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2015 Crocodile Prize Award event is all set to roll in Kundiawa


PREPARATIONS are well advanced for the 2015 Crocodile Prize awards event to be held in Kundiawa on 18 and 19 September.

President of the Crocodile Prize Organisation, Jimmy Drekore (pictured), said that writers, sponsors and friends of the Crocodile Prize national literary competition who wish to attend the event should now be making preparations to travel to Kundiawa.

“People travelling by air are advised to make booking to Kagamuga Airport, Mt Hagen, on Thursday 17 September.

“There they will be picked up by members of the Simbu Writer’s Association which is hosting the event,” Mr Drekore said.

“Then will follow a two hour bus ride to Simbu cruising through Jiwaka Style Flower Country and enjoying the scenery of the famous Wahgi Valley.”

Mr Drekore said it is very important that everyone coming must contact him before the end of August.

His contact details are phone 7272 5826 or email [email protected].

“In this way we can diligently arrange on-the-ground logistics like accommodation and transport,” he said.

_Crocodile Prize trophies 2015PNG Minister for Education and Member for Gumine, Hon Nick Kuman MP, has accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at the awards event, which will see eight of PNG’s best writers receive their trophies.

Among the honoured guests will be former kiap, Bob Cleland, who was an important figure in the construction of the Highlands Highway in the 1950s.

Many Crocodile Prize sponsors, including officials from the Paga Hill Development Company, will also be in attendance.

In addition to the awards ceremony and celebrations in Kundiawa, participants at the event will also be engaged in important discussions about the future of the Crocodile Prize administration.

“Keith Jackson and Philip Fitzpatrick, the forces behind the successful administration of the literary competition to date, are going to reduce their input to enable Papua New Guineans to take over,” Mr Drekore said.

“This is an opportunity where eminent people will be gathering and it is a fitting time to discuss the issue and plot a course for the future.

“The Crocodile Prize ceremonial flame must blaze on into 2016 and beyond and we will be planning how to embrace the challenge.”

Mr Drekore said the SWA wanted to convey its sincere thanks to the Member for Sinasina-Yongmugl and former Attorney General Hon. Kerenga Kua who donated K20, 000 to the event.

He also thanked the Member for Alotau and Minister for National Planning and Implementation, Hon Charles Abel, for donating K10,000.

“Without their benevolent assistance, our dream would not be achieved,” he said.

“We hug when you expect a hand, our tears express our hearts, they call us Simbus. Come and experience Simbu hospitality. This is one opportunity you can’t miss.

“See you all at the foot of the gentle giants,” Mr Drekore said.


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Mathias Kin


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