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David Gonol

Keith, congratulations on creating and maintaining a successful website fully dedicated to Australia-PNG relationship since 2006.

I for one am truly blessed to be one of the contributors of articles for PNG Attitude.

Thus, I will continue to contribute articles as and when we have time.

Peter McGlynn

Congratulations Keith Jackson. A shining light in the blogosphere.

A nice balance between commentary on contemporary issues, preservation of vital historical figures and events, as well as a liberal dose of cultural and artistic pursuits.

Keep up the great work.

Peter Kranz

Hey Keith - Are we going to have a PNG Christmas story competition again this year?

If so I'll start rattling the keyboard.
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Not a competition but readers' PNG-Pacific Christmas stories are most welcome and will be published. Send them to me at the email address shown in 'About', top right under my pic - KJ

Gene Francis

I am asking for your help as I am not versed regarding the companies associated with the LNG project at Tari near Mendi in the Southern Highlands of PNG.

I'm aware of Exxon Mobil being the main company but the smaller companies doing the road construction are unknown to me. One coming to mind is CHL.

You also mentioned the drilling manager Jim McDermott. Would there be an e-mail address that I could contact him on? Thank you.

Michael Dom

Hertz rent-a-car at Kokopo is good.

Pat Scarle

I am going on the Queen Mary 2 on a trip, mainly because it is going to Rabaul for one day.

Do you know a car hire company there from which we could hire a car or a car and driver. I am worried that we may book one and they don’t turn up.

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Can any reader assist Pat with his query? - KJ

Peter Kranz

Sorry about the word-wrap f*** up.

Bloody Microsoft.

Peter Kranz

Keith - Maybe my last comment should go into the "PNG Filmography" category.

I have more to say about "The Straits". And I welcome other opinions.
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Sheesh, I wish it was that easy this category thing..... Bloody Typepad - KJ


Peter Kranz

"The Straits". On ABC.

ABC cements their reputation as probably the only serious Aussie purvervors of truly indigenous stories. Remote Area Nurse by
SBS is the only serious exception that equals this (and exceeded it in my mind due to the music by David Bridie).

Except that The Straits did not do any actual filming on PNG soil.

A bloody violent, brilliant and disturbing story. A FNQ/Torres/PNG equivalent to Underbelly.

Beautifully filmed, dramatically acted with the great Brian Cox of RSC reputation (but with a rather strange accent - rather
like Sean Connery combined with Nelson Mandela - I saw Brian once live in Blighty when he was talking proper), plus many
equally good local actors.

Remember Brian was Hannibal Lector in the original film. At least as good as Anthony Hopkins.

It's the story of gun running and drug-dealing gangs working between PNG and far north Queensland.

I have some second-hand-knowledge of this and don't doubt the the basic premise is true (maybe this evidence is more fit
for another time and place).

But of course it's a fictional and dramatic film story.

The UK accents are a bit sus. The drama is a bit jumpy. And the muted sex scenes are quite out of place.

But the Tok Pisin and Torres Pisin is pretty authentic - according to the boss meri (but a bit southern).

Aaron Fa'aoso is brilliant.

But the drama of the Island way of life; the Australian connection, and the PNG raskol grenades dropped into things make
amazing viewing.

Altogether great and compelling viewing, though admittedly flawed.

I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

So far.

George Oakes

I read PNG Attitude daily sometimes twice a day and really enjoy it. It is better than any PNG newspaper in keeping us up to date. Just one comment. Is it possible to increase the Recent Comments from 10 to 15. I note that some days you must receive more than 10 comments and if I only look at it once a day I miss out on some. Just a suggestion.
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Thanks George. Unfortunately Typepad restricts us to the most recent 10. I’ve taken up the matter with them, because it is an important feature to our readers, but to no avail. The only alternative I can suggest is to click through on the Comments button at the end of each article.

Patrick Levo

Subject: looking for a lost resident
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Gentlemen of the jury - By virtue of your underbelly tentacles, could you be able to help me locate one Mr George Patterson, ex Comworks, a Lae resident of the early 1960s.

I would appreciate you putting out feelers among your circle of Lae oldies, kiaps, miners, cooks, crooks and underbelly standovers.

Many thanks

Patrick 'Big Pat' Levo
Editor - Special Projects, Post-Courier,
plevo@spp.com.pg
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If you are able to assist Big Pat, respond directly to his email address - KJ

Allan Kidston (PNG 1967-75)

Hi Keith - I am emailing you to thank you for PNG Attitude (and various incarnations) over the years.

I have always retained a strong interest in PNG from my time there both in private enterprise (BNG Trading Co, Burns Philp (AKA Bloody Pirates!) & DIES as the Technical Officer for Film Projection & Broadcasting.

My period in PNG was very influential in forming my attitude to race relations & I have always been very grateful to those Papuan New Guineans who recognised that I was not one of those who loved reading "Black &
White"! (I kept a few copies to educate my grand daughters!)

PNG is certainly in a state of political flux at this time but the various blogs & in particular Liam Fox on Twitter keep us up to date.

I still have that copy of the Post Courier with all of the signatures of those present in the DIES Projection Theatre the day self government was proclaimed.

If it still has any historical value to PNG I would like to send it to an recognised person in the equivalent of our National Archives in PNG.

Needless to say I am definitely not looking to attach a monetary value to the signed Post Courier, but if is of any historical value I would like to make sure it goes to the appropriate person or agency in PNG that will
treat it as a historical artefact.

Once again thanks for PNG Attitude over the years.
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Can one of our readers advise Allan on the best repository in PNG for his historic document - KJ

Peter Kranz

Anyone read 'The Long Green Shore' by John Hepworth? It's about the Aitape-Wewak campaign of WW2.

I can't find a copy in my local library and am sadly ignorant of this great book.

"From the last Christmas of the Second World War, until that war ended … the Sixth Australian Infantry Division fought an obscure but at times bitter and bloody campaign along the savage north coast of New Guinea."

Said to be one of the greatest war novels ever:
http://www.ww2australia.gov.au/lastbattles/shore.html

Steve Cutlack

I received this from a friend in POM and just hope some publicity is given to this trajic unnecessary incident. It is manslaughter, pure and simple.

Post by Albert Tagua....

A good friend and brother of mine Lt Col Steven Dom, the Commanding Officer of 2RPIR, Moem Barracks lost his 10 year old son Kua Dom yesterday 03/01/12.

The mother brought the son into to PIH around 9 30 am yesterday after the child complaint of severe stomach ache.

The father was on Duty to his country in Wewak, PIH refused to accept the little money she had as a deposit for at least some treatment while the father gave some assurance from Wewak to settle the balance.

There NO CASH NO TREATMENT policy left a sick crying child at their emergency room with no attention paid to.

The father desperately tried to remit some money into his wife account, due to the long weekend and long cue at the banks, the transaction went through after lunch. By then the child was coughing blood which was ignored by the staff of PIH.

The child was rushed to Pom Gen Hospital and died shortly there yesterday afternoon. He should have been starting Grade 4 this year.

My brother call me from Wewak and ask if I could assist his grieving young family. When I entered the Pom Gen Emergency Ward to pick young Kua, the condition there was shocking.

Doesn’t reflect a county like PNG with a strong growing Economy.

Let us forget about the current political impasse, they are fighting for their VXs and luxurious lifestyle at our expense yet our people will continue to suffer like the Doms.

I suggest this email be widely circulated so people can stop going to PIH for treatment and hopefully a politician can do something about PIH. I believe there has been several death at PIH under similar scenario.

Peter Kranz

Hell - I just bought a dozen oysters home and Rose gobbled them all down in one go - first time she's ever tried them.

Hopefully I'm in for a good Christmas eve!

Richard Jones

KJ - Not sure the Kone Tigers are even still in existence [see below]. Maybe one of our blog writers can help Mr Bampton:

--- My uncle Edgar Walter Bampton - who is a Life Member of the Kone Football Club having played over 200 games in the 50-60s - is about to turn 80 on 1 January 2012.

I would dearly love to get in touch with someone from the club to arrange something special for him. Can you help? Kind regards, Brian

Brian Bampton
brbampton55@activ8.net.au
Mobile: 0417 747 274
Phone: 04 1774 7274

Peter Kranz

Well, the Australian Labor Party has just allowed a conscience vote on gay marriage.

This, if passed by parliament, means that people of the same sex can get officially and legally married in Australia, with the same status as males and females getting married.

Adam and Steve = Adam and Eve.

In PNG homosexuality is still illegal, let alone gay marriage.

So at the risk of bringing down the wrath of Hades upon me - I pose this question.

What do PNG preople think about gay marriage?

(I will now retire into my nuclear-proof bunker.)

Peter Kranz

Keith - The Typepad search function has a few problems (I think it's called Rollyo).

It often turns up no results with the error message: "Sorry, we encountered a temporary error processing your search."

But if you try the same search later it returns correct results, but only for a limited number of hits.
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It's free - they don't care. Google's better - KJ

Lindsay F Bond

In the Post-Courier, Thursday 29/9/2011, there is a report titled ‘Flood victims ignored’, referring to a present flooding event in the mid-to-lower reaches of the rivers, Mamba, Eia and Gira, in Northern (Oro) Province.

There, local leaders are calling for effective responsiveness from PNG public officials who are or ought to be tasked with public welfare in such disasters, particularly following ‘lessons learned’ from the flooding events of November 2007.

Now approaching four years on from that November, and subsequent Australian Government (AG) response of funding for new public road bridges (maybe at Eroro, Girua, Ambogo and Kumusi rivers), two questions might be asked.

A first is “what is the present state of those AG funded works for new road bridges?”

And a second is “what is the progress or intention of the PNG Government for new bridges to replace the other bridges and culverts that were destroyed in November 2007?”

Peter Kranz

Keith - any update on Sadam's eye operation?
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Phil Fitzpatrick reports that Lydia Kailap is holding the donated money until Sadam gets to Moresby to pick it up. Lydia will also look after Sadam while he is in town.

Joe Gurina, the Post-Courier photo-journalist who wrote the original story, will also be there to take photographs and write a follow-up article - KJ

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Jacinta Yadamatti

Please allow me space to air my views on the long forgotten issue of the William Nanua Kapris robberies.

Where is justice in PNG?

Where does justice stand in the William Nanua Kapris robberies that became a controversial issue some years back?

Up till now, I am still wondering why legal action was not taken against those ‘big shots’ who aided the robbery.

Take heed, these robberies wouldn’t have been successful at all without the aid of [names omitted for legal reasons], the Asian businessman and some high ranked police officer.

So why let William Kapris shoulder the burden alone and let those politicians run free.

It is also disappointing to learn that the government at the time when the names were released did nothing to make these people pay for their million dollar crime.

Media reports on this issue were halted immediately after the names were released and there were no more reports outlining the penalties to be laid against these politicians.

What then is the difference between state punishment for robberies and theft by ordinary citizens and those of ministers?

This also poses a question about the justice system in PNG, its impartiality and the integrity of those upholding it.

Is something being done about these issue? Or, can something be done about this issue? We the citizens of this nation would like these people face the full force of the law.

Alex Harris

My sister Marianna Harris has a radio program on a community radio station in Tenterfield for a couple of hours every Saturday, starting
at noon, where she reads PNG stories.

The station has just started streaming on the Internet. You can find it at www.tenfm.org.au, noon to 2pm on Saturdays.

You might have to download a tool to listen, but it only takes two seconds to do so.

I have been listening today to the story of 'Nuns Who Wore Soldiers Trousers', about a group of nuns and priests who escaped from Japanese capture in the Second World War. Very interesting.

Thought readers might like to look it up.

Lindsay F Bond

Hi Keith - In today's The National is an article about AusAID delivery of health kits to aid posts and health centres throughout PNG.

Among the readership of PNG Attitude there may be some who can assist with verification at least by furnishing a list of all venues of that so-vital delivery. The article is as follows:
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AusAID moves kits to centres to hels

THE task of delivering health kits to almost 3,000 aid posts and health centres in PNG is in full swing, Colin Wiltshire of AusAID says.


He said between July 6 and Aug 12 this year, 2,544 health kits were delivered to 285 aid posts and 193 health centres in the country.


That amounts to 13% of all aid posts and 26% of all health centres.
“Distribution is almost complete in the Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands and Chimbu, with only the most remote districts yet to be reached,” he said. 


“The kits for Northern and Milne Bay are packed into containers in Port Moresby and ready to be shipped.
“The kits for Momase and New Guinea Islands are also ready to go.


“The kits have been delivered to all NCD aid posts and centres, Gulf is at the half way point and Central will be completed soon.”


Wiltshire said vehicles assisting in transporting the kits also got bogged down “bearing testament to the difficulty of distributing medical supplies in remote areas.”


He accompanied the delivery team to Central and said despite the condition of the roads and the remoteness of aid posts deliveries were proceeding well.

“There was one aid post in Abau district we simply could not get to. 


“A number of vehicles tried but failed because of the condition of the road and heavy rain.

“The health kits were delivered the following day,” Wiltshire said.


The head nurse at the Moreguina Health Centre, Central, which services between 12,000 and 15,000, said a baby was born the previous day and she had noticed they had run low on drugs to support mothers and newborn.

So the delivery was a blessing,
“AusAID made a delivery to Manabo aid post where basic drugs were in short supply.

“The community health worker said he had not received medical supplies since last year and was relieved with the delivery of the drugs.”


The estimated completion dates for the delivery of kits to the Highlands region is early next month, while for the Southern region, Central and Gulf it is at the end of this month.

Milne Bay, Northern and Western will be next month.
Estimated completion dates for the Momase region is by early September, with West Sepik and the New Guinea Islands region are expected to be completed by the end of next month.
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This note makes no suggestion of doubt, but rather intends a more informed public awareness.

Basil Peutalo

Excuse my ignorance of how PNG Attitude operates. I would like to post and subscribe to the site. How can I do that? Thank you for your assistance.
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I've emailed the instruction manual to Basil - KJ

Peter Kranz

I think the article referred to by Lindsay was in the Post Courier, not The National. It refers to the ongoing dispute between some trustees of the National Museum and the National Executive Council appointee as Director, Meck Kuk.

Plus the chronic lack of funding which means they haven't paid water or electricity bills for some time and are about to have their services turned off.

Sadly the JK McCarthy Museum in Goroka has closed already for non-payment of bills.

Here it is -

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National museum may close doors

By PETER KORUGL

The National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby will soon close its doors, placing at risk priceless artefacts from PNG it keeps, Director Meck Kuk said yesterday.

The sad situation with the National Museum and Art Gallery, located at Waigani has come about after the Board of Trustees disputed the appointment of Mr Kuk by the National Executive Council in May and took control of the museum’s bank accounts.

Mr Kuk said the money problem has already shut down the JK McCarthy Museum in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province while the electricity and water supplies to the national museum are expected to be cut soon. All auxiliary workers have not been paid for the last two months.

“When the power goes, the air conditioning goes as well. Some of the artefacts we have must be kept under certain temperature and if the air conditioning goes off, we will lose all these priceless artefacts,” a frustrated Mr Kuk said.

“The board has interfered into the administration of the museum and art gallery, it has come down low to interfere in the management.”

President of the board, Julius Violaris is overseas and could not be reached for comment yesterday but in a July 5 letter he had sent to Bank South Pacific’s Aho Baliki, general manager Paramount Banking, Mr Violaris stated that the trustees of the museum “believe” they have the power under the National Museum and Art Gallery Act 1992 to manage and control of the affairs of the museum.

In that letter, he said the trustees have directed that all the museum’s bank accounts be operated in accordance with directions and policies as set by the trustees. Mr Violaris said the trustees have directed that the changes to signatories to the museum’s account with Mr Peter Loko (CEO of Telikom PNG) and Mr Andrew Abel, a trustee.

“Please note that no withdrawal should be allowed or payments made on cheques until and unless Mr Loko or Mr Abel has signed the relevant form or the cheque,” Mr Violaris wrote.

In another letter to Mr Kuk on July 20, Mr Violaris explained the reasons why the trustees took control of the accounts and affairs of the museum and art gallery.

In that letter Mr Violaris accused Mr Kuk of not cooperating with the board and carrying out the policies and directives it set down, placing the museum and its collections in jeopardy. In that letter, Mr Violaris also asked Mr Kuk to furnish all outstanding accounts to Mr Peter Loko.

Both the former Minister for Culture and Tourism, Guma Wau and Mr Kuk wrote to the BSP, informing the bank of the serious impact on the operation of the museum and urged it to allow the museum to access funds but the accounts are still not accessed by the administration.

“The decision by the bank is illegal; there is no court order in place to stop the administration from accessing the funds to operate.

“The action by the Board of Trustees is unprecedented; you do not have boards taking over the running of the accounts and management of State-run organisations.

“This is a first,” Mr Kuk said.

Lindsay F Bond

Hi Keith - Are you picking up on the news item in today's The National titled "National Museum may close doors"? Cheers.
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Thanks, Lindsay. Is any reader in a position to comment or provide more information? - KJ

Steve Cutlack

Has the August issue of PNG Attitude been published yet? If so I seem to have missed my copy.
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Steve now has his copy. The September issue will be published at the end of next week - KJ

Harry Topham

Every organisation needs a Code of Ethics, I guess, so long as it does not eventuate into an admistration manual.

Paul Oates (Pol Ots?)

Polye in pole position to be PM - The National

This headline in the PNG news today reminded me, for some reason, of when I took a closer look at the bamboo flagpole outside the haus kiap at Ogaranang, in the then Morobe District.

We were at the time building the airstrip.

I discovered that the local school children had scratched on the base of the bamboo the words 'Mr Pol'.

Bobby Malabunga

I got your email through your website while I was trying to research the history of Malabunga village and Malabunga High School.

I went through your History category hoping to find some information about how my last name has any ties with PNG.

Any information or links that you can provide about the history of the village or high school would be greatly appreciated.
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If you have information could you contact Bobby on malabunga@gmail.com - KJ

Reginald Renagi

I am looking forward to reading "The Century Voyager". Keep writing Leonard.

Joshua Goa

Thanks Keith..This PNG Attitude is very interesting and a good paper.

Rob Parer

Hi Keith - I have just found out about Frank Alcorta's book published in 2010. Cannot believe it has taken him 37 years to have it published.

He was teaching at Aitape High School & the last I saw of him was when the school year finished in 1973 he went on the expedition & when finished went on to Brisbane & then took on a teaching job in Darwin.I had no idea if he finished the trek or perished on the way.

It was lucky that his diary of the expedition survived when their home was destroyed by the Cyclone Tracy Christmas Eve.

Astounding really what he has accomplished with out any fan fare. An amazing guy.

"A Trip To The Stone Age"

A fascinating account of an arduous expedition by Frank Alcorta, across Papua New Guinea in 1973/74 at its widest part along the border with Indonesian Papua, then Irian Jaya.

This was the first solo expedition across Papua New Guinea. He was motivated by the sheer magnitude of the challenge.

Only once before had the entire country been crossed, in 1928 by two Australians, Charles Karius, Assistant Resident Magistrate, and his companion Ivan Champion.

Never had the country been crossed by a single explorer. Never from north to south, coast to coast and this without government or private support of any kind.

The world has moved on, and there will probably never be another opportunity like this to traverse wild untouched.

Leonard Roka

I, as a Bougainvillean with a dream to be an author, salute PNG Attitude and Phil. To tell you the truth, PNG Attitude is friendly and responsive to me.

I have struggled since 2009 to find people to help me publish .. but I'd hit brick walls. I contacted big name PNG writers, but they never gave me answers; just ignored me.

With that sort of attitude, why are PNGeans not willing to help a PNGean. Sorry, we will never get anywhere.
What do you think?

Can established PNG writers tell us, what is wrong, so they can help the younger writers who are still fighting to get out there?
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Leonard's short story, 'The Centenary Voyage' , will be published in PNG Attitude tomorrow morning - KJ

Cher Adamson

Hi there - I hope you don't mind me contacting you. I’m writing from Dragonfly TV in London, UK, where we produce award winning TV documentaries that are shown throughout the world.

We’re currently making an exciting new TV series called Guess the Relative (working title). In it, people from around the world with get the chance to travel to Britain to discover living distant British relatives, who they never even knew existed.

We’re currently looking for people who think they may have a distant ancestor from the UK. Their ancestor might be several generations back and come from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland - but if they have any link to the UK whatsoever, we want to hear about it.

We are very interested in speaking to indigenous people from any country who believe they may have a UK link.

In addition, we are also looking to hear from anyone who has an interesting or unusual job, hobby, vocation, background, culture or religion.

If you know of anyone, anywhere in the world, who you feel may be interested in taking part then please do forward the information.

To apply to take part go to www.guesstherelative.tv

Thanks so much and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Many thanks and kind regards,

Cher Adamson
Assistant Producer
Dragonfly Film and Television Productions Ltd

cher.adamson@dragonfly.tv

Phil Fitzpatrick

Contact the Sacred Heart Mission in Boroko at mission@mscpng.org. If they can't help try their Oz office at mscmisio@acon.com.au.

Jim Johnson

I am again, and still trying, to find out how to get in contact with the Budoya Mission Station on Fergusson Island

My daughter was born there in 1975 and I plan on returning and wish to get in contact with the people there now.

I am in Hawaii and can be contacted at yachtlove@hotmail,com

Gordon Shirley

I thought I would make a few general comments about some of the commentary and contributors in your April ‘PNG Attitude’ magazine.

Martin Namarong hopefully will become a regular contributor to this magazine; his comments were very insightful, particularly in regards to education and mental health. My Simbu wife of forty years was also impressed with his article.

I wish Trevor Freestone all the best with is attempted communication with the current Australian Prime Minister. She is not noted for her interest in foreign affairs- but keep punching away Trevor.

To the independent battlers Lydia Kailap and Father John Glynn, may your good work in the social justice area continue. Hopefully, you will both get additional support from somewhere up there in Port Moresby to enhance your work.

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Gordon Shirley was a member of the 7th E Course and taught in PNG from 1964-74. he also worked for AusAID in 2004-05


Reginald Renagi

I am a blogger with an attitude! Yes, I am a blogger from PNG with an attitude – the PNG Attitude.

And what’s the PNG Attitude, you say? That depends? Are you for, against or somewhere in the middle viewpoint?

Does it really matter? Maybe, maybe not?

What's important for me is that PNG Attitude is one of the more positive blogs I have being invited to contribute to in a friendly atmosphere.

The forum provides people with varied backgrounds to share and exchange good ideas.

Mostly, readers come up with possible future solutions to PNG's development challenges.

The long-term benefits of having a continuing dialogue between our two countries are many, but importantly it will greatly improve the ongoing relations between PNG and Australia in future.

Congratulations to the intrepid blog master, KJ, for his foresight and vision in creating this fine forum: PNG Attitude.

Bravo Zulu and keep up the good work, Keith Jackson!

Graham King

I recently spent New Year in my wife's village at Kotopan on Buka Island. My father-in-law (Jacob Holin) worked as house boy for a Mr Slattery who was a government officer (kiap?) in Buka in either the late 40's or early 50's.

Mr Slattery taught him to play guitar and accordion and these skills were later brought back to the village.

Is anyone aware if this Mr Slattery still alive and is there a record of government officers available where his family could trace him or his descendants?

Mike Flood

In 1978 I stayed on Karlai Plantation for over two months when it produced copra and cocoa. Does anyone know who overseas Karlai now?

I read that two of the Parers (Cyril and Bernard?) had Karlai after the war until retiring in the 1970's.

I arrived there on the copra boat, Yampy Lass 2, and left by Beechcraft Baron from Tol. There used to be a small wartime aircraft wreck on the plantation .. is that still there?

One of Australian government's WW2 military books has story, maps and photos of the action at Karlai and surrounding area. Unfortunately, the Google Earth photo of this area is very poor.

Henry Reid Bay is named after Henry Reid, a Yorkshireman of Launceston, Tasmania who financed a mission ship which reached Wide Bay.

Mrs Barbara Short

Good on you Raphael!
Glad you have become part of the PNG Attitude Family!
I'm sure we would all love to hear what you have to say.

Raphael Waiyalaka

I subscribed just this year after Barbara Short introduced me through the Ex Keravat Alumni email connections to the PNG Attitude - and I love the concept. The discussions and ideas tossed arround bring about and build the family environment and it makes me feel like I am being heard-not that I have contributed much. Do not be mistaken, I am not asking the reader to be cynical or be seing me as a wallowing child needing tender-loving-care but on the contrary, every human person needs to be heard. I also believe changes comes about when issues are talked about. Thank you Keith and I am looking forward to submitting my story for the Crocodile Prize.

Graham King

News of Fred Hargesheimer's passing is on the following link -

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40796005/ns/us_news-life

Small Rose

Thanks Keith

Ambai Waigl

Keith - Waikai kaima (Chimbu language meaning 'big thank you') for this site for us wantoks.

I am a Chimbu lady living here in Aussie. I was taught by Australians from prep to primary school, then high school, a combination of teachers from US, Canada, Australia and PNG.

When I look back to PNG now, I find it hard to comprehend how Australia could give PNG independence when they were not really ready for self rule.

Was it the magnitude of the land mass that they found it hard to develop? Was it the different ethnic cultures (800+) that would seem dificult to put together? Was there something else that we do not know about?

I still don't understand how Australia could give up a beautiful part of itself which is full of natural resources to this day.

Laurie Meintjes

Thanks, Keith.

Phil Fitzpatrick

A simple idea, simply expressed - one of the hardest things for a writer to achieve. To make your work look easy is bloody hard work. In that sense Keith's summary is a masterpiece.

It is also timely to have the philosophy of PNG Attitude expressed as it gets set to really bloom.

May it grow and grow. I for one am grateful that Keith has allowed me to have had a tiny part in it.

Barbara Short

Many thanks Keith for all that you are doing with PNG Attitude.

It has been great to renew old friendships with my PNG ex-students from the 1970s and 1980s and also great to see them adding their comments to the various topics that we have been discussing on this blog.

Their old teachers - from countries like Australia, England, Canada, USA and New Zealand - have not forgotten them. PNG Attitude provides a wonderful opportunity for us all to put our minds together to try to help PNG today.

Thanks for finding such interesting articles on PNG today for us to read and comment on.

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