Looking to Loloho and Rorovana from the ridge on Kieta Peninsula (Darryl Robbins)
BILL BROWN MBE
THE CHRONICLE CONTINUES - Despite continuous protests from the community, mining giant Conzinc Rio Tinto of Australia (CRA) remained intent on securing Pakia village and the surrounding land for its town.
The Pakia area had most of the things CRA wanted: gently sloping land, a pleasant aspect, cool nights and, most importantly, a short drive to what would be the mine.
Continue reading "A Kiap’s Chronicle: 30 - Tightening the screw" »
Scott Morrison and James Marape. Morrison talks of PNG as “family” and the Pacific as “our patch”
PATRICIA A O'BRIEN
| The Conversation
CANBERRA – Australian prime minister Scott Morrison is fond of describing Papua New Guinea as ‘family’. He did so recently when announcing Australia’s assistance with PNG’s Covid-19 outbreak.
The urgent support for PNG in the form of vaccines, testing kits, medical personnel and training was “in Australia’s interests”, Morrison said, because it threatens the health of Australians, “but equally our PNG family who are so dear to us”.
Continue reading "If we’re family, remember what we share" »
| My Land, My Country
LAE - In 2020, we went to each of the 10 health centres in Lae City with forms on which the officers-in-charge stated what medicines were in short supply and for how long the problem had existed.
Each form was signed by the manager.
Continue reading "Speak out! Silence is killing our nation" »
Gerard Ivalaoa with his book ‘70 Reminders of Academic Excellence’ (Ples Singsing)
NOOSA – Young author Gerard Ivalaoa struck it lucky after writing an 85,000 word book on his smartphone in the most difficult of circumstances.
After hearing of his achievement, Digicel PNG presented a new Dell laptop and a Samsung smartphone to Gerard, who is of Gulf parentage and lives on the outskirts of Port Moresby in a settlement with no electricity.
Continue reading "He had a phone & he wrote a book" »
FICTION – The ceremony over and the photographs taken, The Old Man and Delisa decided to skip the refreshments for the new nursing graduates and drive straight from Lae to Bumbu village where a big mumu was sizzling amidst hot stones.
The family trooped to the three vehicles. Delisa sat in the backseat while, as protocol dictated, her aunt’s husband sat in the front seat with The Old Man.
Continue reading "The marriage proposal" »
The four objectives of the national strategy on gender-based violence
PORT MORESBY - The gender-based violence (GBV) we struggle with in Papua New Guinea is a result of many activating circumstances.
The number of cases continues to increase. Just on Sunday, two women accused of witchcraft were tortured and burnt with hot irons for hours by 20 men in Port Moresby.
Continue reading "Stop griping & get a grip on GBV" »
TUMBY BAY - The articles featured in the Anzac Day edition of PNG Attitude had a common theme related to the corrupted mythology of Australia’s leading commemorative event and its emergence as a caricature of reality.
The comments by various authors reflected on the inconvenient truths revealed in the articles or sought to defend some of the mythologies thought to be questionable.
Continue reading "Words that mean more than they say" »
With skin like burnished copper parchment
this slim Eurasian lady seems in charge.
She emerges from the shadows of the shelves
and the pages of a spy yarn, now at large.
Her manner firm, attesting ownership,
insisting that I do it by the book
and sterilise my suspect Covid hands
lest I taint her tidy tomes as I look.
Continue reading "Bookshop" »
James Marape and justice minister Bryan Kramer. Marape has again demonstrated he is a political tactician of considerable acumen (Kalolaine Fainu The Guardian)
NOOSA – Prime minister James Marape last week adjourned Papua New Guinea’s parliament as once again he sought to slip away from a vote of no confidence.
With a worrying increase in the number of Covid cases in PNG, Marape explained his action as a move to fight the disease.
"It’s no time to play politics,” he said, before adjourning parliament until Tuesday 10 August.
Continue reading "Marape once again outwits opponents" »
Community feelings towards specific racial groups in Australia
TUMBY BAY – Let me start with a statement.
The most prevalent form of racism is based on colour and is manifested almost entirely by whites against people of colour.
And now a definition.
Racism is the belief that humans can be divided into separate and exclusive biological entities (races) and that there is a causal link between biological traits (such as colour) and intellect, personality, morality and other cultural and behavioural features.
Continue reading "The persistent stigma of white racism" »
FICTION - Early on the morning of the graduation, The Old Man drove from Lae International Hotel to Bumbu village to finalise arrangements for the festivities.
He had asked Japheth to call Delisa to pass on the message that he and Japheth, together with her siblings, would come to the graduation.
Continue reading "The Old Man and the graduate" »
Gary Juffa - "We have used our superior intelligence to pursue selfish gain in a shortsighted manner detrimental to our very existence"
GOVERNOR GARY JUFFA
ORO - Empathy is a great teacher. Only when you go through a situation experienced by others will you be able to truly empathise and understand what they have gone through.
Well we have a situation happening right now which, to humans and humanity is instructing us like never before.
Continue reading "Time to empathise with our Earth" »
FICTION – When Delisa read the text message from The Old Man, she was stunned.
‘I have to come to your graduation as this is the fruit of my efforts and your own commitment to your studies,’ the crucial line had said. The Old Man would be there. He would come to her graduation.
Continue reading "The meeting of the tribes" »
Western Province is the largest and most remote in PNG
TABOI AWI YOTO
DARU – You may be aware of a Papua New Guinea government policy that every province and district should expect to receive K10 million a year to spend on local projects.
This scheme is known as PSIP/DSIP or ‘MP’s funds’ and is meant to disburse K10 million to each province and district, the funds being administered by committees chaired by district or provincial politicians.
Continue reading "Funding quirks make it hard to put smiles on faces" »
ADELAIDE - Dr De Maria has certainly unleashed some caustic criticism of the Anzac tradition, much of it well deserved.
I would argue, for example, that Paul Keating was right to say that the Kokoda campaign of 1942 was much more deserving of recognition as a seminal military event in our history.
Continue reading "A day to remember that 'war is hell'" »
TUMBY BAY – For the past month or so, the Returned Services League (RSL) has saturated us with television commercials drumming up interest in today’s Anzac Day celebrations (now cancelled in Perth because of Covid).
That Anzac Day has been turned into a lucrative money-making industry for many organisations, including the RSL, couldn’t be made any clearer.
Continue reading "Anzac must honour values of peace, not war" »
This map shows more than 500 locations where colonial forces or individuals massacred Australia's Indigenous people. Australia has never come to terms with the Frontier Wars than continued for about 140 years
| Pearls & Irritations
SYDNEY - Conservatives and militarists want us to cling to a disastrous imperial war. They encourage us to focus on how our soldiers fought to avoid the central issue of why we fought.
We fought in World War I for Britain’s imperial interests not our own. The AIF was the ‘Australian Imperial Force’. It could not be clearer.
Continue reading "The Anzac myth & our ignored frontier wars" »
Paul Pavol warned his people of what would happen, but they did not listen
POMIO - The people of West Pomio in East New Britain Province lost most of their land and forest under the controversial, government-backed, Special Agriculture Business Lease (SABL) scheme.
Today, eight years after a Commission of Inquiry condemned the SABL program, there are still a number of active schemes in the West Pomio area with Malaysian logging conglomerate Rimbunan Hijau the major player in logging and promised oil palm.
Continue reading "Foreign land grab disaster in Pomio" »
The Morrison government’s approach to the Covid pandemic has too often opted for spin over substance and politics over science
ADELAIDE - Across the democratic world denial, blundering incompetence, confusion, wishful thinking and indifference have been the common hallmarks of the response to Covid-19.
The political class has, with very few exceptions, made a complete hash of managing the pandemic.
Continue reading "Leaders: what do they think their job is?" »
WILLIAM DE MARIA
| Pearls & Irritations
BRISBANE - Australia has never been the maker of its own history. So said the legendary Manning Clark, who spent a life mapping the heart of our nation.
From the utterly worthless Sudan campaign of 1885 to the most recent atrocity-ridden Afghanistan War, our people have been made to wade through blood in foreign lands to satisfy feckless sycophantic leadership at home and unfathomable geo-political intrigues festering far away.
Continue reading "I’ve got the Anzac Day blues" »
Marina Amaral in her studio. An exceptional artist, 76,000 viewers can't be wrong
NOOSA - On Monday, PNG Attitude published a famous World War II photograph, newly colourised by Brazilian artist Marina Amaral.
It proved to be an instant hit with many thousands of readers.
Some 76,000 people viewed the image and the accompanying story. Nearly 1,000 engaged actively with comments, likes and shares.
Continue reading "The image that stunned our readers" »
MELBOURNE - There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet.
Instances of coronavirus were minimal, along with its disease, Covid-19. Through 2020, the country of nine million people recorded a mere 900 cases.
Continue reading "Covid road for PNG bumpy & vicious" »
NORTHUMBRIA - Here in the United Kingdom, one the world’s top ten economic powers, our government was wickedly slow to close our borders against incoming infection.
It then imposed public movement lockdowns after the virus was imported.
Continue reading "PNG not alone in struggling with Covid" »
Lucy Maino and all Papua New Guinean women need to be treated with respect, decency and morality. Papua New Guinean men have much to be ashamed of
NEW YORK - Lucy Maino was an accomplished role model before she became Miss Papua New Guinea.
The 25-year-old co-captained her country’s national football team, bringing home two gold medals from the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
She also attended the University of Hawaii on a sports scholarship and earned a business degree.
Continue reading "Now listen up, you bullies & misogynists" »
BRENDAN CRABB & MIKE TOOLE
| The Canberra Times
MELBOURNE - The surge of new COVID-19 cases in Papua New Guinea is deeply worrying.
At the end of January, this country of nine million had reported just 866 cases and nine deaths. By 12 April, these numbers had increased to 8,442 cases and 68 deaths.
Continue reading "Covid: urgent business for Australia - & China" »
FICTION - The Old Man was glad, the nursing college graduation was only two weeks away and the three new houses had been completed in record time.
The house built for Japheth had three bedrooms, and was fully furnished. It had power and water connected complete with Tuffa storage tanks.
Continue reading "The Old Man readies for the next chapter" »
MV Aveta ready for patrol, c 1970
ADELAIDE – As a newly minted Assistant Patrol Officer in 1969, I was assigned to Kerema in Gulf Province, seen by new kiaps as a fate worse than death - perhaps exceeded only by a posting to Western Province.
Old hands confidently expected that junior kiaps posted to the Gulf would flee back to Australia, unable to cope with living in the estuarine delta, full of pukpuks and binatangs.
Continue reading "Patrolling not all mountains: Messing about in boats" »
Lucy Maino - An innocent victim of deep-seated misogyny or offended Christianity? Or perhaps both
AVDOH D MEKI
PORT MORESBY - Lucy Maino is best known as a Papua New Guinean footballer and recently Miss Pacific and PNG 2019-20.
Because of Covid, her tenure was extended into 2021 but she was released from duties by the MPIP governing body earlier this month after a video she posted on TikTok triggered a social media storm.
Continue reading "The unfortunate Lucy Maino controversy" »
Governor Peter Yama - off to the supreme court to try to stop people who want to receive Covid vaccines from getting them
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report
MADANG - Last week, Madang governor Peter Yama announced he would file a Supreme Court reference challenging the decision of the Marape-Basil government to provide vaccines to Papua New Guineans who wished to receive them.
Yama said that, after studying a recent US Supreme Court ruling overturning universal vaccination, he had instructed his lawyers to file the reference to stop the vaccine for being provided to ‘his’ people in Madang.
Continue reading "Yama’s vaccine case is ‘idiotic, laughable’" »
New chalkies hit the road near Wewak, November 1963. Yes, there were 10 of us aboard the Series 2 Land Rover. That was fortunate. It took all of us to get it out of a bog later in our journey (Keith Jackson)
TUMBY BAY - When Prince Philip married Elizabeth, the future British queen, in November 1947 my mother was two months pregnant with me.
Like a lot of English women besotted with the handsome prince she decided to name me after him. My Irish father had little say in the matter.
Apart from that tenuous and rather embarrassing connection, Prince Philip has otherwise been entirely irrelevant in my life, as no doubt I have in his.
Continue reading "Land Rover, the prince of vehicles" »
Boigu Anglican minister Rev Stanley Marama gets his vaccine last month (Brook Mitchell)
| The Guardian | Extracts
SYDNEY - The Torres Strait is paying the price for Australia’s poor Covid-19 vaccination planning, experts say, and now faces significant risk from the outbreak in nearby Papua New Guinea.
The rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine to vulnerable populations in the Torres Strait was complicated significantly last week when the federal government warned against giving the vaccine to people under 50.
Continue reading "Torres Strait nervous as vaccine is paused" »
Isaac Salip and Komolong ensure the white copra undergoes correct sun drying
DAVID KASEI WAPAR
| Story & Pictures
MADANG - Mirap, a neglected community in the Sumkar District, is the first to host white copra production in Madang Province, thanks to the initiative of a local farmer.
Copra production along this stretch of the Madang–Bogia Highway has seen better days.
Continue reading "White copra project kicks off in Madang" »
Petats village. "Arriving at Buka Passage on September 25th, 1929, I started work a few days later on the island of Petats, one of the string of coral islets fringing the west coast of Buka. There are no white residents on this island, and it seemed in many ways suitable for my purpose"
NOOSA - Beatrice Mary Blackwood (1889–1975) was born into a wealthy family in England and attended Oxford University, gaining a degree in English and a distinction in Anthropology, a field in which she sought to excel and in which she continued to work at Oxford until a few days before her death.
Blackwood never married and conducted some exacting field trips. Her second, in 1929, was to Buka and Bougainville and she was the first woman anthropologist to travel to the region.
Continue reading "Beatrice Blackwood & her New Guinea exploits" »
KEITH JACKSON & SOURCES
NOOSA – Marina Amaral is a self-taught Brazilian artist known for her colourisations of historical black and white photographs.
The process involves historical research to determine the colours of each object pictured with colourisation often taking more than a month to complete.
Continue reading "Revisiting an iconic image of comradeship" »
Andrew Peacock and Julius Chan, Sydney, 1980
NOOSA - Andrew Peacock, who has died aged 82, as Australia’s Minister for External Territories was instrumental in gaining Australian acceptance for independence in Papua New Guinea.
In 1972, then Australian prime minister William McMahon made Peacock, then aged 32, Minister for External Territories, a position that gave him responsibility for bringing Australia's colonial possession, the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, to self-government.
Continue reading "The man who was there when PNG needed him" »
Charles Monckton in 1907
| Academia Nomad
Charles Monckton: Some Experiences of a New Guinea Resident Magistrate
PORT MORESBY –Charles Arthur Whitmore Monckton (1873-1936) first arrived in the protectorate of British New Guinea (later known as Papua) in 1895 having been recruited from New Zealand as a magistrate.
Upon Monckton’s arrival, Lieutenant-Governor Sir William MacGregor was unable to employ him.
Continue reading "Charles Monckton – the trigger happy colonialist" »
FICTION - The Old Man had never imagined his life would end up like this when he and Rosemary agreed to help Delisa.
But now he had decided to marry this young woman, just a girl to him, late in life when the sun was setting.
Continue reading "A declaration of distant love" »
Peace-making in Oro culture (Photo from 'The Man Who Would Not Die')
| Ples Singsing
PORT MORESBY – Early in the evening of Saturday30 January at around 7:30, my family hosted small peace-making ceremony here in Port Moresby.
Leading into the new year, there had been some misunderstanding amongst my older siblings’ daughters that resulted in dispute and disharmony between several family members.
Continue reading "Oro harmony: Say sori before the sun sets" »
Philip Kai Morre - committed to his God, his church and his people
NOOSA – Philip Kai Morre – a regular contributor to our Comments section from Kundiawa in Papua New Guinea - graduated from St Fidelis College in Alexishafen in 1980.
He then completed a preparatory spiritual year in the Catholic Church at Erave in 1981 before progressing to the Holy Spirit Seminary in Bomana near Port Moresby.
Continue reading "The continuing mission of a man of peace" »
ANNA DZIEDZIC & CHERYL SAUNDERS
Abridged and edited from a research report, Institution Building in Post-Referendum Bougainville, by Professor Cheryl Saunders and Dr Anna Dziedzic for the National Research Institute. You can link here to the full report
PORT MORESBY - There will be four key questions facing decision-makers in Bougainville’s post-referendum consultations.
While the primary focus of the consultations will be the future relationship between Bougainville and Papua New Guinea, there are other questions necessarily linked to this relationship.
Continue reading "What needs to be done on Bougainville" »
Dr Fiona Hukula (centre) at her farewell
| PNG National Research Institute
PORT MORESBY - The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (NRI) has farewelled Dr Fiona Hukula, long-serving researcher and advocate against gender-based violence,.
Dr Hukula joined the NRI in 1998 as a project officer and was a senior research fellow and program leader when she left the think tank earlier this month.
Continue reading "‘Role model’ Dr Hukula leaves research institute" »
Richard Hauser - amongst many other attributes, an urban hunter
NOOSA - It is only recently that I have been introduced to the poetry of Richard Hauser; it's poetry that I admire a great deal.
So much so that I felt compelled to share his writing, especially with those many poets of Papua New Guinea who frequently appear in these columns.
Continue reading "The poet who collects things in a sack" »
Lucy Maino - "The people of PNG should grow to be more accepting of one another" (Daniel Wala)
NOOSA - A week ago, media in Papua New Guinea and Australia reported that Lucy Maino, 25, Miss Papua New Guinea, had been stripped of her crown after posting a video of herself twerking on TikTok.
The video had been shared on numerous social media platforms whereupon thousands of people verbally attacked Ms Maino.
Continue reading "The story of a young woman wronged" »
The late David Wall makes a cameo appearance in ACT Marke's latest Temlett Conibeer book
Marooned on Pitcairn by A C T Marke. Frogmouth Press, Low Head, Tasmania. 419 pages. ISBN 9780645029611. $25 plus $5 postage from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
TUMBY BAY - This is the sixth book in Andrew Marke’s series featuring his repressed hero, Temlett Conibeer, negotiating the world with his strange Victorian era sensibilities.
I suspect that it might be the last in the series because it traces the history of the hapless Temlett from his childhood in Somerset, England, right through to his final days in a retirement village in Tasmania.
Continue reading "Temlett Conibeer calls it a day (maybe)" »
Michelle Rooney - "Women are the target of police and municipal authorities who often resort to violence"
MICHELLE NAYAHAMUI ROONEY
| Centre for International Private Enterprise
An abridged extract from ‘Papua New Guinea: Centering the ‘People’s Economy’ in Covid-19 Recovery’. You can link here to the full paper
WASHINGTON DC – Papua New Guinean women are the backbone of the PNG ‘people’s economy’, but they face cultural and social challenges that undermine their resilience and ability to sustain their engage in the economy.
They are the primary caregivers for the country’s burgeoning young population.
Continue reading "Status of women in 'the people’s economy’" »
| Academia Nomad
Ted Wolfers: Race Relations and Colonial Rule in Papua New Guinea
Link here for details of how you can buy the book
PORT MORESBY - Ted Wolfers’ groundbreaking book, Race Relations and Colonial Rule in Papua New Guinea, was republished in 2016, 40 years after the first edition appeared in 1975.
Ted Wolfers wrote the substance of much of this book whilst he was in PNG between 1961 and 1971.
Continue reading "Another time, but not all has changed" »
Latasha Akane - "Never stop doing what you’re passionate about. Use your gift to inspire others"
LATASHA LALAAH AKANE
| Ples Singsing
PORT MORESBY - Writing is a hobby of mine and I am passionate about it, although people who know me realise how I can never keep anything short.
But they also know that I willingly compile group assignments, edit people’s work and proofread because I find pleasure in writing.
Continue reading "This is how to wrap an essay competition" »
FICTION - Delisa was convinced the Old Man would accept her into his now empty life if he knew the real story behind her father.
Her father was not dead, as had been her original invention. She felt it was time to tell the whole truth.
She wanted to avoid disharmony and embarrassment later when they lived together. For Delisa it was ‘when’, not ‘if’.
Continue reading "The Old Man decides upon a new life" »
KELA KAPKORA SIL BOLKIN
DARU - Daru Island has its own honourable and gallant history dating back to the arrival of Portuguese explorer, Luis Vaez de Torres, in the 1600s.
But today it is withering away in misery under the independent state of Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "Daru – the town the good life left behind" »