Police Commissioner David Manning - what's more important, a degree or a track record as an effective police officer?
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| The Kramer Report | Edited
PORT MORESBY – I wrote a week or so ago that I would make a submission to National Executive Council (NEC) to amend the Public Service regulation to no longer require the Commissioner of Police to hold a tertiary degree.
This announcement prompted a number of readers to suggest this would be an act nepotism, corruption and self-interest.
Continue reading "What does it take to be a police chief?" »
Chimbu Valley - 24,000 years of settlement
| Republished in an edited form from ‘Not always easy, not always nice, but look where we are’, PNG Attitude, July 2018
KUNDIAWA - From the north coast our ancestors climbed into the mountains arriving here in Chimbu more than 24,000 years ago.
Organised in small groups, they freely roamed the vast forests of the time, living by hunting and gathering.
Continue reading "Chimbu peoples uneven & constant rise" »
SAMUEL LUCAS KAFUGILI
Fear is a toxin,
A venom that infests,
shutting out enrichment,
Causing huge ill
Fear is a toxin,
Like Halloween witches
Shutting out light
Continue reading "Fear is a toxin" »
Entrance to Bomana prison - Act Now! hopes that corrupt public servants will be passing through these gates
PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea community advocacy group Act Now! has cautiously welcomed the Marape government's decision to investigate public servants who are living extravagant lifestyles beyond what they should be able to afford on their salaries.
But Act Now! has warned the prime minister he will be judged on results rather than promises.
Continue reading "Fat cat probe saluted, with a warning" »
Governor Yoto and Ambassador Xue - Australia looking like a wallflower as the PNG-China bromance flourishes
NOOSA – As covered in PNG Attitude on Wednesday, a fruitless Australian government mission to Daru to show the Western Province government it was a highly valued friend didn't end well.
It resulted in a hostile statement aimed at Australia from governor Taboi Awi Yoto, who I am told is usually a good humoured man.
Continue reading "Western Province seeks Chinese aid" »
Fly River at Kiunga (OTML)
BANGKOK – The recent visit by an Australian diplomatic team to meet the Western Province governor in Daru resulted in another flare-up in the a chronic, complex and damaging sore that has long been festering away four kilometers from Australia’s northern border.
It will take cool heads with real vision and a genuine sense of shared purpose to tackle this.
Continue reading "Western Province - resource rich & deeply poor" »
Ishmael Toroama - has already begun to show his strength as the leader of Bougainville
NOOSA – Bougainville’s new president, Ishmail Toroama, who has impressed people during his first three months in office, has given the strongest indication yet that he’s unwilling to bow to pressure from foreign mining companies or their go-betweens in the province.
In a sternly worded media statement he has hit out at Perth-based Caballus Mining which earlier this month apparently organised international media distributor, Cision PR Newswire, to issue a press release on behalf of the ‘Panguna Tanku'urang Chiefs’ stating Caballus would be the “perfect mining partner” for Bougainville.
Continue reading "Toroama whacks mining companies & compradors" »
Wife of deceased sits atop his body at Wapenamanda mourning , late 1960s (Barry Taverner)
WABAG – One of the many rare photographs in my new book, 'Victory Song of Pingeta's Daughter', is an image of an elderly woman sitting on the wrapped body of a warrior killed in tribal war that has been hung on a pole.
Below the body and her, other women mourn. How she climbed on to the pole, I do not know.
Continue reading "PNG’s mercenary funerary rituals" »
JONATHAN BARRETT & PRAVEEN MENON
| Reuters | Extract
Link here for the complete article
SYDNEY & WELLINGTON - Pacific island nations are turning to China-led agencies to plug funding gaps in their pandemic-ravaged budgets after exhausting financing options from traditional western partners, stoking fears the region is becoming more dependent on Beijing.
The Cook Islands, a tiny country of around 20,000 people, turned to the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) late last year after loans from the US and Japanese-led Asian Development Bank (ADB) and grant from close ally New Zealand fell short.
Continue reading "Pacific turns to China as economies sink" »
| Duresi's Odyssey
AUCKLAND - Last week I saw many social media commentaries by fellow Papua New Guineans regarding a newspaper article on the supply of Covid-19 vaccines to PNG and other countries by the GAVI vaccine alliance.
I noted with interest how so many people were calling for a ban or an investigation into why only the countries listed did not contain names of developed nations.
Continue reading "PNG social media & the Covid vaccination" »
A haus krai at Divine Word University in Madang
YUNGABURRA, QLD - As I get older the frequency of funerals for close friends unerringly increases.
On Tuesday another friend from my early days in Port Moresby passed away in Cairns. So sad, but a funeral is always an opportunity to reconnect with friends and wantoks.
Continue reading "A different kind of funeral" »
Poet and President
TUMBY BAY - Like a lot of people I was mesmerised watching the young poet, Amanda Gorman, reading her poem, ‘The Hill We Climb’, at the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States of America.
What surprised me was to read that Amanda has an aspiration to herself become president of the USA.
Continue reading "President or poet, what’s best?" »
Governor Taboi Awi Yoto meets in Daru with Australian High Commission officials. "Australians working behind my back," he says
TABOI AWI YOTO
| Governor, Western Province | Edited
DARU - As expected, lately there has been an increased Australian interest in Western Province after the signing of the memorandum of understanding for a Chinese-led fisheries park on Daru Island.
Last week a team of Australians [from the High Commission] came to Daru to meet with the provincial government to discuss the fisheries park.
Continue reading "Governor: Oz talks on Chinese fishery fail" »
John Conroy - writes on the neglected part of PNG's economy without which the country would probably not function
JOHN D CONROY
CANBERRA - In my recently-published book, The Informal Economy in Development, I have tried to explain what ‘informal economy’ means, and why it matters for Papua New Guinea.
Economic informality is often misunderstood and disrespected. My book argues that many kinds of informal economic activity are socially-useful.
They should not be banned and informal workers should not be treated unfairly.
Continue reading "The people who put food on PNG’s table" »
| My Land, My Country
LAE - “It’s 100 percent unreliable!” they told me about the machine. An old utility parked at Simeon’s block at the edge of Popondetta town.
‘They’ is my sister in Port Moresby. The ‘machine’ also known as ‘Road Test’ belongs to our older brother Simeon (named after granddad Simeon).
Continue reading "An ancient machine with 6 former lives" »
Chris Warrillow on the radio transceiver at Mainoki in Bougainville, 1967
WANTIRNA, VIC - I am grateful to Bill Brown (A Kiap’s Chronicle, Chapter 29) for attempting to set straight the record in relation to field officers’ involvement in the lead-up to the establishment of CRA’s copper mine on Bougainville in the 1960s.
However, it still disappoints me that the records of academics will probably be the ones most relied on by researchers in the future and whose accounts will remain permanently impressed in the minds of most of their readers.
Continue reading "As it really was: Straightening the record" »
NOOSA - Sometime this year - nobody seems to know exactly when - Australians will be asked to roll up their sleeves and receive a vaccine to fight the dreaded Covid-19.
We don't know which shot we'll get, not yet anyway. It may be the high performing Pfizer (effective in 95% of shots) or the not so flash AstraZeneca (62%, but there's a lack of clarity about that).
Continue reading "Covid dilemma: Australia’s vaccine vacillation" »
CANBERRA – The word Kunume derives from the language of the Lani people in the highlands of Indonesian Papua.
It refers to the Lani people’s sacred men’s house, a place where political, religious, economic, social, cultural, legal and educational matters are discussed.
Continue reading "How Papua's Lani people view the world" »
David Manning at work. So what's better - a person you know can do the job effectively or an unknown quantity with a university degree?
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| The Kramer Report
PORT MORESBY – On Friday afternoon, the Papua New Guinea national court handed down its decision on judicial review proceedings filed by Sylvester Kalaut and Fred Yakasa challenging police commissioner David Manning’s appointment by the National Executive Council in December 2019.
Kalaut and Yakasa challenged Manning's appointment on seven grounds. Justice Cannings dismissed six of the seven but upheld one - that Manning’s appointment by NEC breached procedures as he did not meet the minimum requirements to be selected to lead the police department.
Continue reading "No degree – so police commissioner removed" »
Crime constrains investment and growth and the costs ripple throughout society (World Bank)
| World Bank Blogs | Edited
SYDNEY -Last month I was interviewing participants in the World Bank’s urban youth employment project in Port Moresby, talking about the challenges that Papua New Guinea’s young people face in finding work.
One issue that came up repeatedly was mobility – or the lack of it: the ability to travel safely to and from the workplace.
Continue reading "Living with crime & violence in PNG" »
| Graun Bilong Mi (My Land)
LAE - Being a law enforcement officer is no easy task. Being a fully-fledged police officer is even tougher.
You can become an enemy of evil while you try to uphold the rule of law and keep society in good order.
Continue reading "The Lae police footbeat unit" »
The historic first meeting between U-Vistract's Noah Musingku and Bougainville's President Toroama (Anthony Kaybing)
NOOSA – The Bougainville government continues to make headway in unifying his people as it prepares for consultations with the Papua New Government on independence for the autonomous province.
And on Friday it was with unity in mind that Bougainville president Ishmael Toroama met with U-Vistract leader Noah Musingku.
Continue reading "Toroama reaches out to ‘King’ Noah" »
A small group of government officers approach Mt Lamington after the 1951 eruption (Fred Kleckham - PNGAA)
FRED KLECKHAM & MARJORIE KLECKHAM
| Library of the PNG Association of Australia
Fred Kleckham - The last surviving expat remembers
BRISBANE - 21 January 2021 commemorates the 70th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Lamington, near Popondetta in Papua New Guinea’s Northern Province.
Mt Lamington was probably the most destructive volcano to human life in modern history, taking the lives of an estimated 4,000 people.
Continue reading "Calamity of the mountain in the mist" »
| Business Advantage PNG | Extracts
PORT MORESBY - A World Bank report on the economic and employment impact of Covid-19 on Pacific island countries has shown that harm to Papua New Guinea’s economy, labour market and education has been extensive.
The report, Pacific Island Countries in the era of Covid-19: Macroeconomic impacts and job prospects, notes that PNG has been hit hard by the pandemic, with GDP growth dropping to minus 3.3% in 2020.
Continue reading "Covid creating ‘new PNG poor’: World Bank" »
At the time heavily forested. Mt Lamington was not believed to be a volcano until shortly before it exploded
| My Land, My Country
POPONDETTA - It’s early morning at Hohorita village, a few kilometers outside Popondetta town.
Organisers of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Mt Lamington eruption on 21 January 1951 are putting the final touches to preparations as they wait for the guests to arrive.
Continue reading "Mt Lamington: Remembering the 4,000" »
The Global Times depicts Australia as a United States puppet in its conflict with China
| Pearls and Irritations
SYDNEY - Post Covid, it will be hard for Australia to grow quickly without China’s market, capital, people exchange and know-how. Finding a détente is essential.
However, Australia targeted China before it targeted us. After signing a free trade and investment agreement with China in 2015, we:
Continue reading "Australia, not China, initiated trade conflict" »
You may buy something that looks like real medicine on the street. It might look genuine but there is no way you can really know
| Duresi's Odyssey
AUCKLAND - There’s no other ways to put it but bluntly – buying medicines off the street can kill you.
Here are important reasons why people should not buy medicines off the street, or from unlicensed shops.
The source of the medicine is unknown. It’s anyone’s guess where the medicines were obtained and it’s anyone’s guess how they were manufactured.
Continue reading "Buying medicine off the street can kill you" »
Under the watchful eye of Huawei, PNG DataCo lays the Kumul submarine cable off Vanimo
| The Yegiora Files | Edited
MADANG - Technology is increasingly becoming an important part of human life and most of what we do today is influenced by our use of technology.
As a developing country, Papua New Guinea is seeing technological changes unfold with the help of China.
Continue reading "Huawei’s vital role in digital rise" »
Manki masta Kure Whan at Balimo, 1972
TUMBY BAY - When writing about their experiences in Papua New Guinea, many old kiaps mention the special relationship they enjoyed with members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
Very often they highlight the sense of teamwork enjoyed with the policemen under their command – those wise old sergeant majors and sergeants get special praise.
Continue reading "The indispensable manki masta" »
Amanda Gorman - "I want my words to be a point of unity...."
NOOSA – Papua New Guinea is not only a nation of mountains and minerals, it's a place of music and poetry.
Those of PNG’s many poets, young and old, who got to see young American poet Amanda Gorman, 22, perform yesterday would have been astonished.
Continue reading "Young poet astounds at US inauguration" »
Kerenga Kua - spoke about an embarrassing experience with a cup of tea during his high school days
LAE - Kerenga Kua, Papua New Guinea’s petroleum and energy minister, has occupied senior political positions since he was first elected as the member for Sinasina-Yongamugl in Simbu Province in 2012.
My story, though, is about his student days at Aiyura National High School as told by the man himself in 2014.
Continue reading "Kerenga Kua & lip ti no swit" »
Lae back in Henry's youth - a safe and pleasant town, unlike today
Graun Blong Mi (My Land)
PORT MORESBY - I am originally a highlander from Simbu who, like many others from the New Guinea Islands, Sepik, Papua and a few from the upper highlands provinces, migrated to Lae back then and call Lae home. I grew up in Lae from the 1970s to 1990s.
My greatest memories in life come from growing up in Lae City. Later in life I called myself ‘Simbu blo Morobe’, because Lae will always be closer to my heart.
Continue reading "Mi tu Kumul blong Morobe" »
President Toroama speaking at the first Bougainville cabinet meeting held in a rural area
| Office of the ABG President
TONSU – In a first-time initiative yesterday, the Bougainville Executive Council convened for the first time outside the capital, Buka.
The full cabinet met in the Tonsu constituency on Petatz Island as part of president Ishmael Toroama’s policy of bringing governance structures to the people.
Continue reading "Toroama takes government to the people" »
Graun Blong Mi - My Land | Edited
LAE – Many years ago, I was working as a cleaner at a power plant at Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province when I saw an advertisement for PNG Defence Force recruitment.
I’d wanted to join the Army since childhood, so I submitted a form and was called for an entry test at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby. I would need travel there by sea.
Continue reading "How a janitor helped me become a soldier" »
| The National Weekender | Edited
PORT MORESBY - Engan author Daniel Kumbon launched Victory Song of Pingeta’s Daughter, a 400-page book which attempts to trace the history of the Wabag district and Enga, without fanfare.
It is a culturally valuable and epic work and it is unlikely the author will ever make a toea from it. But that’s normal in Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "Essay competition: 10 days to go" »
| Duresi's Odyssey | Edited
AUCKLAND - We all know that Papua New Guinea, with its diverse environment, is prone to disasters, both natural and manmade.
At times of disaster, we as a nation have joined forces to help as best as we can – many times through donations of whatever we can spare.
Continue reading "Donating medicines? What you should know" »
JAMES MARAPE MP
| Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
PORT MORESBY – In the future the world will look for these five products: food (organic food from the land and fresh marine and river food); clean water; fresh air; new plant based medicines; and cleaner and cheaper energy.
These are everyday needs that everybody needs. And we have them all in total abundance here in Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "My focus: meeting the demands of the future" »
HERCULES PALME JIM
| My Land, My Country
PORT MORESBY - So much has been said on the quality of education in the country.
According to a recent news article only 9,000 Grade 12 students out of 27,000 were selected to attend tertiary institutions in the country (The National, 23 December 2020).
Continue reading "The time bomb of poor quality education" »
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| The Kramer Report
PORT MORESBY -The Allegiance Party headquarters, located in downtown Port Moresby, will open on 16 February 2021.
It is the first of four regional officers the party, established three years ago, will open in 2021.
Continue reading "Kramer’s Allegiance Party shoots for 2022" »
David Manning (centre) took personal control of the investigation into the huge misappropriation
NOOSA – Papua New Guinea’s police commissioner David Manning has disclosed that a woman has been arrested after the discovery of a K268 million theft in Western Province.
The defendant, Edna Oai, 45, was flown to Port Moresby from Daru last Monday and formally charged with 15 counts of false pretence, conspiracy and misappropriation.
Continue reading "Woman charged over huge Daru heist" »
1997 was a dangerous year in PNG, but it ended more positively with Sir Mekere Morauta at the helm
| My Land, My Country
LAE - In the first quarter of 1997, word came out that the government of Sir Julius Chan was in talks with a British security contractor, Tim Spicer, to bring in South African mercenaries to end the Bougainville civil war that had been running for eight years.
The protracted conflict had seen the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) withdraw from Bougainville, depleted, demoralised and badly in need of rebuilding.
Continue reading "1997 – That turbulent and defining year" »
| Aunamelo Blog | Edited
MADANG – When dating, a couple may not have expectations of marriage but, when courting, there is an intention to marry.
Sir Ignatius Kilage’s book, My Mother Calls Me Yaltep, paints vivid pictures of how courting was done in the past.
Continue reading "Courtship past & present: we lost something" »
The Korogu haus tambaran
| My Land, My Country | Edited
MADANG - On Wednesday 16 December, 2020, the Save the Sepik team of volunteers departed Wewak to begin a one-week patrol to the upper Sepik river to talk to the people about Frieda mine.
We arrived at Pagwi waterfront at about 3pm and from there took a 20 meter dugout motor canoe and headed down river towards Korogu, a village built on the banks of the Sepik.
Continue reading "The day the crocodile god walked" »
Death of a Coast Watcher by Anthony English, Monsoon Books, Burrough on the Hill, UK, 2020, paperback. ISBN 9781912049707. Video trailer here. Available from the publisher here.
NORTHUMBRIA, UK - One of the books in my slim pre-1975 Papua New Guinean library is Bilong Boi, written by Keith Pickard.
It was published in 1969, concentrates on miscegenation - sexual activity between humans with different skin colours - and in literary terms is a featherweight.
Continue reading "Tough issues explored with pinpoint accuracy" »
| Abt Associates
ROCKVILLE, USA - Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, has awarded Abt Associates a contract to help roll out Covid-19 vaccines in up to 24 countries including Papua New Guinea.
The contract is part of a global strategy to reduce Covid-19 transmission and loss of life and prevent a protracted global health and humanitarian crisis.
Continue reading "Abt to deploy Covid vaccine in PNG" »
ADELAIDE - Michael Dom’s excellent essay, Tok Pisin, Tok Motu na Tok Ples, will hopefully be widely read in Papua New Guinea.
I do not feel qualified to address some of the specifics in the essay but would like to offer some general observations about the development of languages over the course of human history.
Continue reading "Why Tok Ples is probably doomed" »
“The FODE (Flexible Open Distance Education) students will study the same contents and they will sit for the same exams. So no one should be left behind. All students should be educated equally” - Education Minister Jimmy Uguro, Fee free option for dropouts, The National, 12 January 2021
“Dropout(s), noun: a person who has abandoned a course of study or who has rejected conventional society to pursue an alternative lifestyle, e.g. "a college dropout" (Oxford Languages)
LAE – Some people like to use the synonym ‘hippy’ or ‘free spirit’ instead of ‘dropout’ or, more disapprovingly, ‘rebel’ or ‘misfit’. And, with even less appreciation, ’loafer’, ‘deadbeat’, ‘bum’ or ‘bad boy’ (na ‘bad girl’ tu o?).
Continue reading "Minister, I must say there are no dropouts" »
Sir Mekere Morauta - brought Papua New Guinea back from the brink of economic disaster
| DevPolicy Blog
CANBERRA - Following independence, the Papua New Guinea economy fared relatively well. From 1980 to 1994 it grew at an average of 4% a year.
It was a bumpy ride though, with peaks and troughs in growth, notably the closure of the Panguna mine in 1989 and the start of the Kutubu oil project in 1992.
Continue reading "Morauta’s masterclass in economic reform" »
Biomed chairman Dr Bomai Kerenga. The company has been mysteriously silent since receiving a K10.2 million from the Marape government to find a cure for Covid-19
WAIGANI - Many residents of Port Moresby’s settlements believe Covid-19 is a hoax used by opportunistic government officials to embezzle public funds.
The PNG National Research Institute (NRI) surveyed perceptions of residents of 10 settlements and found more than three-quarters of respondents thought the pandemic was dubious and an excuse for corruption.
Continue reading "Settlement dwellers smell Covid corruption" »
TUMBY BAY – In his essay, Tok Pisin, Tok Motu na Tok Ples, Michael Dom starts with the question, “If Tok Pisin is the language expression of our lifestyle and our intermingled cultures” then what does this language say about us as a people?”
Later in the essay, he writes: "We are educating the native languages out of our societies and along with them entire visualisations and expressions of the human experience.
Continue reading "The importance of language in culture" »