Ryan hid in a cave in the mountains of Sarewagat, 1,000 metres above sea level in a steep, densely forested valley with a fast flowing river
Peter Ryan MM - just 18 when called to war
OLIN – This is my place, Olin; a little village in Nawaeb District, Morobe Province.
Some years ago, I was told by my great-grandfather about a World War II soldier who was assisted by the natives of this area to escape from the Japanese.
Continue reading "The mountain cave that harboured Sgt Ryan" »
”More important than anything else in the world, live your life. It’s the only one you have. And when it's your turn, you will have gone”
Pastor Matthew Tapus, Superintendent Christian Apostolic Church in PNG, and Jackson Kiakari reflect on the ephemerality of life
JACKSON YALO KIAKARI
| Reflections from Mango_Diwai
PORT MORESBY - On a grave is written a name, a date of birth and a date of passing.
Position, title, bank account and all material possessions are irrelevant.
Life is a function of Time. Live today - make peace with your surrounding. This moment will pass you by.
Continue reading "The journeys of men & the shortness of life" »
Jacob Luke’s death ought to be a good lesson that the struggle for power, and the death and destruction of this year’s national elections, is not worth it if a man can die anytime, anywhere without saying goodbye
School mates, brothers-in-law and successful Enga businessmen Paul Kurai (left) and the late Jacob Luke at Kurai’s Ribito Hotel in Wabag recently
| Edited extracts from an article in The NationalWeekender
The death of Jacob Luke
Engan icon Jacob Luke was found dead in the jungle near his new Mukeres mansion at Lakolam village in Wabag, a few kilometres up the Highlands Highway towards Porgera.
Nobody had noticed his disappearance on Wednesday 20 July until a team of Digicel PNG technicians, there to erect a new tower, found his body in the bush the next day.
Continue reading "Death in the jungle & the savage aftermath" »
Warrant Officer Ryan did not blame the Papua New Guineans for prevaricating about which side to choose when they sometimes preferred to help neither. Even when betrayed to the Japanese, Ryan understood that the same dynamic was at work
Peter Ryan - a young man, just 18, when he was called to war
Fear Drive My Feet by Peter Ryan, Text Publishing Company, new edition with introduction by Peter Pierce, 2015, 336 pages. ISBN: 9781925240054. Purchase from Booktopia: paperback $13.50 (ebook) $12.75
ADELAIDE - I have just finished reading Peter Ryan’s book ‘Fear drive my feet’, first published in 1959.
Ryan tells the story of his nearly two years patrolling in the mountainous country adjacent to the Markham Valley as an intelligence operative during World War II.
Continue reading "Peter Ryan’s story of endurance & courage" »
The former Kumuls captain made 14 appearances for PNG and 171 in the NRL for Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans and is admired both for his playing skill and his leadership on and off the field
| Twitter @davidmead411
TWITTER - After weeks of thinking about it I have decided to retire from playing rugby league effective immediately.
I want to say a big thank you to the Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans, Catalan Dragons, National Rugby League and Super League Europe.
Continue reading "A true PNG champion bows out with gratitude" »
We cannot build a decent Papua New Guinea when extortion and bribery are the starting points to acquire political power
Dulciana Somare-Brash with the late Sir Michael Somare - "We don't have female representation in parliament and that is a huge motivator. I work in the political space as a technical advisor and I’m hoping to have success at the polls this time"
ANGORAM - I’m the only female candidate contesting the Angoram Open seat in East Sepik Province – one of the 72 candidates who have nominated so far.
That may seem like an anomaly, however the underlying truth is that the steps involved in mounting an election campaign through all its processes up until the final count are complex, exclusive and expensive.
Continue reading "Another Somare seeks to rebuild a nation" »
Anthony Albanese - "A critical component of progress is engaging with people you don't agree with - everything else is the status quo"
ADELAIDE - The demise of Australia’s Morrison government hopefully spells the end of nine long years of inertia, incompetence and corruption.
The incoming Albanese government inherits a sea of troubles: unprecedented public cynicism about politics; a degraded Federal public service; an economy about to be smitten by inflation; mountainous debt and fragile asset bubbles; an incredibly destructive European war; and a Chinese economy teetering on the edge of disaster.
This is a grim outlook indeed.
Continue reading "Can Albanese end the great regression?" »
Allan Bird - "If you liked the job I did, give me the mandate to serve you another term"
| Academia Nomad
The nomination speech of East Sepik Governor Alan Bird is a model for Papua New Guinea's politicians
WAIGANI – Papua New Guinea’s incumbent politicians are seeking re-election. Generally their campaigns feature one of two narratives.
The first narrative tells voters why the incumbent did not deliver services (for non-PNG readers, our politicians are enabled by law to provide services apart from their law-making duties).
Continue reading "Governor Allan Bird’s narrative of success" »
Ben Jackson, Ian Ling-Stuckey, Keith Jackson, Ingrid Jackson, Stella Paulus & Paul Flanagan - a pleasant afternoon in Noosa
NOOSA – My health is so capricious these days I knock back pretty much every request I get to do anything.
It’s like Nature said to me: 'Now it’s settlement time for never knocking back an invite'. It’s a long invoice.
On the rare occasions I accept, I make sure the timing is targeted precisely in a zone when I’m most likely to be alert enough to listen, understand and speak. ME/CFS can reduce a man to surly haplessness.
Continue reading "When the Treasurer visited Noosa" »
The Kanene mob - Joseph (centre back) is a whizz at developing useful apps and has put one into action to help create jobs for Port Moresby youth
“We've 87 youths registered and expect 250 to join by the end of this week” – Joseph hopes his jobs scheme will promote an app to track illegal logging
PORT MORESBY - One beautiful rainy day, somewhere in the National Capital District of the largest island in the Pacific, I was having a cigarette under the cover of my car garage.
I was severely stressed out because a geographic information system I had designed and built to track illegal logging operations in Papua New Guinea was gaining no support.
Continue reading "My jobs scheme for Moresby has liftoff" »
Jason Clare in full flight
NOOSA – Jason Clare, the Labor Party member for Paul Keating’s former seat of Blaxland in Sydney’s west, has leaped to national prominence in Australia after stellar performances as party spokesman in the current election campaign.
Or that's how it may appear. But Clare became a minister early in his political career, was mooted as a potential prime minister in 2013, and since then has occupied a firm position as both a shadow minister and a senior member of Labor’s shadow cabinet.
Continue reading "A look at Jason Clare – Labor’s coming man" »
Now extraordinarily well qualified, Betani Ruhup shows off his testamur after the graduation ceremony he always wanted for himself at the University of Papua New Guinea
| Academia Nomad
PORT MORESBY – This about my journey from cleaner to mine worker to security guard to secondary school teacher and finally to being awarded a second degree at the University of Papua New Guinea.
After attending Divanapmin Primary School, in 1993 I did Grade 7 at Aitape High School. Then after suffering from malaria I transferred to Telefomin High School for Grades 7 and 8 and Grades 9 and 10 at Tabubil High School.
Continue reading "Scholar Betani Ruhup’s formula for success" »
NOOSA – Baka Bina has become the first author from Papua New Guinea to be shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
The Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from any of the Commonwealth’s 54 member states.
Baka’s story, ‘Wonem Samting Kamap Long Mama’ (‘What Happened To Ma?’) was written in Tok Pisin and translated into English by the author.
Continue reading "Baka Bina shortlisted for major literary prize" »
John Guise - "The first Papuan to make a political mark and a true pioneer of nationhood"
| AAP Archive | 28 August 2012
SYDNEY - A little-known role of the most remarkable Papuan of his generation should be recalled during the commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the battle of Milne Bay - Japan's first defeat on land in World War II.
John Guise, the first Papuan to make a political impact, didn't mind a bit of boasting, especially if it involved cricket and the unbeaten 253 he once smashed which was, and may still be, a record for Milne Bay first grade.
Continue reading "Remembering the remarkable John Guise" »
Simon Jackson - Productivity as a songwriter is vast. He also has quality of musicianship and writes lyrics of intense social substance
NOOSA – My eldest child Simon, now old enough to be my father, was born at Taurama Base Hospital (as it then was) in Port Moresby in the middle of the night in October 1967.
I well recall that midnight hour because I was a participant in a new scheme - the presence of fathers at childbirth - but had been shooed away because of some medical complication just as the tip of Simon's head appeared .
Continue reading "Musos war on tyranny: Sand Spiders rampant" »
The 'sandwalk' where the great scientist. Charles Darwin, did much of his thinking
SONOMA - A fertile brain bubbling with game changing ideas is the by-product of habits consistently practiced.
A fertile brain does not emerge by accident, nor is it given on a golden plate.
It needs to be shaped and transformed through consistent good thinking and good practice over time.
Continue reading "You can improve the way your brain works" »
Soldiers of the Australian 39th Battalion, Kokoda campaign, 1942 (Australian War Memorial)
NOOSA – After graduating with a BA in history and English literature, Adrian Clack spent six years as a history teacher and school counsellor.
He then served 12 years as a police officer before, in 2017, making his passion for military history a major pursuit.
Since then Adrian has completed 15 crossings of the Kokoda Track as a guide and historian for On Track Expeditions.
Continue reading "The remarkable Doc Vernon, doctor to the troops " »
Dr Bal Kama - "“If faith had not been part of the equation, I think things would have gone in a different direction"
NOOSA – In March 2020, Bal Kama – from a village near Gumine in Chimbu Province - was awarded a doctorate by the Australian National University for his thesis, ‘Reconceptualising the role of the judiciary in Papua New Guinea’s ‘home grown’ constitution’.
Covid being the great party wrecker of our time, it was only on Tuesday this week that there was a graduation ceremony at which Bal was presented with his testamur - the legal document verifying that a high qualification has been legally conferred.
Continue reading "The Bal Kama story: Quite a journey so far" »
Harry (right) with former Sunshine Coast mayor Bob Abbot. Considering Harry's ubiquity and his reputation for having a finger in every pie, strangely this is the best pic we were able to find at short notice. Looks like ONGU operatives were at work
Harry Roach died this afternoon bringing to an end an illustrious career as a Papua New Guinea kiap, a Cooroy property salesman and a Noosa shire councillor. He was known wherever he went as a can-do man, a thoroughgoing professional, a solid citizen and an inveterate prankster. Life with Harry could be eye-popping, hair-raising and mind-blowing, but the saga of ONGU was perhaps his greatest accomplishment – a true tour de farce - KJ
AITAPE - There was very little to occupy the ever-enquiring minds of the people who lived and worked in the many and varied outstations of the Sepik District in the mid 1960's.
And so it was with those who filled the various government and private occupations on the small Aitape outstation at the time.
Continue reading "Adieu Harry, it was good. May ONGU travel with you" »
Michelle Rooney's mother, Nahau, spearheaded the role of women in PNG politics - a tough task at the best of times
MELBOURNE – Michelle Nayahamui Rooney – a dual Papua New Guinea-Australia citizen of Manus heritage – is one of 10 shortlisted writers in contention for the 2022 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.
The annual award is given by Writers Victoria to an Australian writer for a proposed work of biography.
Dr Rooney is a research fellow at the Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University, a unit that researches and analyses Australian aid and global development with a focus on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.
Continue reading "Michele Rooney short-listed for book award" »
Bernard Narokobi when Attorney-General in 1991. A political and jurisprudential philosopher of great seriousness and stature (Pacific Islands Monthly)
NEW YORK - Bernard Narokobi, who died in March 2010 at the age of 72 after a short illness, was a political and jurisprudential philosopher of great seriousness and stature. That makes my memories of his irrepressible irreverence especially sweet.
One such memory: Bernard taking his afternoon nap on the wall to wall carpeting of the Law Reform Commission’s way too elegant offices.
Continue reading "Narokobi: The man who knew what might have been" »
Sir Hubert Murray's headstone at Badihagwa Cemetery - a great administrator who preferred to be on patrol rather than in Port Moresby
This is an edited version of a story published in Una Voce (now PNG Kundu), the journal of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia, on 16 September 2015
MELBOURNE - My first interest in the old ‘European Cemetery’ at Badihagwa dates back to the late 1980s.
At that time, with my friend and fellow former kiap, Dave Henton, I decided to find the grave of Papua’s former Lieutenant Governor, Sir John Hubert Plunkett (‘Judge’) Murray (1861-1940).
Continue reading "The saga of Judge Murray's grave" »
Woody Guthrie - The work of one of the most significant figures in American folk music focused on themes of American socialism and anti-fascism. His music has inspired several generations politically and musically
FROM THE READER’S CATALOGUE
| New York Review of Books
NEW YORK - Woody Guthrie wrote the heartfelt and playful resolutions below on New Year’s Day, 1943.
From 29 December 1942 until 1 January 1943, Woody filled a 72-page composition book with a letter to his love, Marjorie.
This little gem, in the middle of the book, provides insight into his daily concerns at the time — the large and the small.
Continue reading "Woody Guthrie’s New Year resolutions" »
Natalie (Nat) Whiting enjoys a barbecue with friends at Divine Word University in Madang
NOOSA - Natalie Whiting, the ABC’s Papua New Guinea correspondent, has won a major media award for her news coverage of the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country.
The annual award is given by the Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID) to recognise a journalist who reports with skill and understanding on international humanitarian issues.
Continue reading "Nat Whiting's well-merited humanitarian award" »
PNGDF cadet pilots after graduating from the RAAF Flight School, Point Cook, Australia, 1988. From left: Captain Ted Pakii (flight instructor), Chester Berobero, Major Kwadi (language instructor), Eric Aliawi and Peter Wanamp
| Ples Singsing
PORT MORESBY - Captain Peter Wanamp (‘Captain Sheriff’) Ansphil - a flag bearer for the Jiwaka people and the pride of Senglap tribe - was the first son of the Wahgi Valley to brush aside fear and become an aviator.
His breakthrough as the first person to become pilot from the province broke a barrier in becoming a pioneer pilot for the three ethnic groups, Jimi, Waghi and Kambia – from whose first two letters the name Jiwaka is formed.
Continue reading "The story of Captain Sheriff: Pride of the Tribe" »
'I Am What I Am' - Stewy Brown was a serial drunk and on the verge of deportation from colonial PNG when Bob Parer asked the Policemaster to give him one last chance
BRISBANE – One of the unusual colonial laws of Papua New Guinea when it was an Australian territory was the so-called Dog Act.
Under the Dog Act a magistrate could order that people with an alcohol problem could have their name and photograph posted at all local hotels and clubs for a year.
During that time any premises that served that person alcohol would be fined.
Continue reading "How Stewy Brown beat the Dog Act" »
Jim Abani on the Great Wall during a visit to China
| Mim's Diary | Edited
POPONDETTA – Jim Abani’s journey in life began at remote Bibira No 1 village in Oro Province, where he was the third child in a family of nine children (two of them adopted).
Jim started his educational journey at Safia Community School and moved on to Popondetta High School in 1983.
Continue reading "The village boy who became chief censor" »
Sarah Kaut-Nasengom (Western Michigan University)
NOOSA – The talented Papua New Guinean researcher and poet Sarah Kaut-Nasengom has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to further her studies into women in politics.
The scholarship will enable Sarah to study for a Master of Arts in political science, focusing on women in politics, at Western Michigan University in the USA.
Continue reading "Poet Sarah aims to empower PNG women" »
Ron May - "Sir Norman Chester wrote back agreeing to write a reference but asked why I would give up a promising career in the Reserve Bank for a position in Papua New Guinea"
RONALD J MAY
| DevPolicy Blog
Ron May has spent more than 50 years working in and on Papua New Guinea, including 32 years at the Australian National University, where he was one of the forces behind the establishment of what is now the Department of Pacific Affairs. In this article, Ron discusses the origins of his long engagement with Papua New Guinea.
CANBERRA - In my last year at Sydney High School in 1956, I did quite well in the New South Wales Leaving Certificate exams, topping the state in economics.
Someone in the local Commonwealth Bank branch who saw my results asked what I intended to do.
Continue reading "The making of a great friend of PNG" »
These photos of a still sprightly Sir Paulias Matane were taken at his 89th birthday last year
NOOSA – Sir Paulias Nguna Matane - author, educator, diplomat and former governor-general - turns 90 today, which is a grand age anywhere in the world.
Sir Paulias was born in East New Britain and educated at Toma Village School, Keravat High School and, in 1956, Sogeri Teachers College.
Continue reading "Sir Paulias Matane turns 90" »
Ron May has provided an immense legacy of knowledge and scholarship in 5o years of research and writing about Papua New Guinea
ANTHONY REGAN, NICOLE HALEY
& THIAGO OPPERMANN
CANBERRA - Emeritus Fellow Ron May is being honoured by a conference and Festschrift (collection of writings) to celebrate his 50-year contribution to research, writing and thinking, especially about Papua New Guinea.
The celebration is hosted by the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University.
Continue reading "ANU honours eminent PNG scholar, Ron May" »
Hand-compiling the Kabul Weekly newspaper (Martin Hadlow)
SAMFORD VALLEY – Not long ago in PNG Attitude, this photograph was published alongside my article, ‘Taliban had time & are not so benign’.
It shows the Kabul Weekly newspaper being compiled by hand.
The newspaper was established by an extraordinary journalist, Fahim Dashty. And this is his story.
Continue reading "Fahim Dashty - pioneer of Afghan press freedom" »
Keith, the late Phil Charley and Martin murder a burger & shake near Subic Bay, Philippines, 1986. We were between running media management courses in Manila and Baguio City
NOOSA – I really need to expound here on Martin Hadlow, who wrote the article above, a great friend of mine for nearly 50 years.
It must be a good friendship because it survived Martin taking over two radio stations from me, Radio Bougainville in 1973 and 2ARM-FM Armidale in 1977.
Martin continued to an illustrious career with Unesco and later academia – in both jurisdictions his skills in organisation and expertise in media and communications put to profoundly good use.
Continue reading "Martin Hadlow: The broadcaster who dared" »
Sonia Paua was "determined as hell" to finish the painful treatment. "She wasn't going to give up"
ZALIKA RIZMAL & WILL JACKSON
| Pacific Beat | ABC | Edited extracts
MELBOURNE - Sonia Paua flew to Australia from Papua New Guinea to undergo medical treatment that sounds on paper like some kind of medieval torture.
When seven years old, Sonia was diagnosed with a rare and painful bone infection, chronic osteomyelitis, in her left leg.
Continue reading "Sonia walks free after life-changing surgery" »
Malcolm Kela Smith (PNGi). "Mal's response was furious and littered with profanities. Needless to say, my relationship with him ended acrimoniously"
| Ex Kiap Website | Edited
BARDON, QLD - The people who live along the Sepik River, who depend upon it for their livelihoods, are facing the fight of a lifetime.
The Chinese-owned Guangdong Rising through its subsidiary, PanAust, is seeking approval from the Papua New Guinea government to establish the Frieda River copper and gold mine.
Continue reading "The day I gave the bad news to Kela Smith" »
Daniel Kumbon and grandson Clinton. Kundiawa, 2021
The reviews will come but this is not one of them. Daniel Kumbon’s first novel, The Old Man’s Dilemma, was published this week and here I offer the Foreword I wrote accompanied by Daniel’s Preface. The book is now on sale.
The Old Man's Dilemma by Daniel Kumbon, Love, Grief, Happiness & Rebellion: A Modern Day Novel From Papua New Guinea. Independently published, June 2021. Paperback, 188 pages. ISBN-13: 979-8526508247. Link here to purchase from Amazon. Paper $11.39. Kindle $1
NOOSA – Daniel Kumbon is one of Papua New Guinea’s most prominent modern day authors and he has accumulated a substantial collection of non-fiction writing – all of it offering a Melanesian worldview.
Continue reading "Landmark novel from a distinguished writer" »
I've been everywhere man. James Rice on one of his many trips through PNG
| My Land, My Country
LAE -The motorbike-riding Paradise Foods CEO, James Rich, has ridden his machine from Lae to Gembogl, travelled a portion of the mighty Sepik River, set foot on the banks of Lake Sirunki and admired the salt ponds in Enga.
His approach to living and working in Papua New Guinea has been refreshing for many of us who have grown weary of the negative attention of the media.
Continue reading "‘Buy local like me,’ says the ice cream man" »
Mr Ukuma in the classroom at East Ambogo - "I continue to teach because my desire is to serve my community, my province and my country"
| Mim’s Diary
POPONDETTA - Teachers are the backbone of a nation. They are the foundation of every other profession - tough people who raise their hands to educate a nation.
In Papua New Guinea, we have heard news over the years about teachers going on strike for not being paid or not being paid well. But not all teachers raise their concerns openly.
Continue reading "Ignored & unpaid: The commitment of a teacher" »
Clement Papa - priest, rector and now PhD from the Divinity University in Australia: the youngest brother in a remarkable family
| Asia-Pacific Anticorruption & Human Rights Advocate Group
MOUNT HAGEN - Fr Dr Clement Papa is the youngest son of Pius Pii - popularly known as Kopi Kund Pii - a pioneer PNG Catholic missionary.
In 1947, Pius Pii, among the first students of pioneer American missionary Fr William Ross, upon completion of his training at Rebiamul, Mount Hagen, was sent to Anglimp-South Wahgi to establish the Kuli Parish.
Continue reading "Fr Dr Clement Papa - chip off the old block" »
Captain Len Happ (right) with a fellow aviator and local villager alongside his fighter plane, Little Joe, at Gusap
| Chicago Daily Herald
CHICAGO - In the early phases of the Pacific War, Captain and operations officer Len Happ was based at Gusap Air Base, just south of Lae.
From the war zone in 1943, Happ sent a rare native tribal bow set with several arrows to his home in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Continue reading "Captain Happ & his New Guinea memento" »
Oala Oala-Rarua while mayor of Port Moresby, 1972
| Australian Dictionary of Biography | Edited
CANBERRA – Oala Oala-Rarua (1934-80) - teacher, trade-union leader, politician and diplomat - was born at Pari village near Port Moresby.
He received his early education in mission village schools before transferring to the Sogeri education centre in 1948 where he was trained, and then employed, as a teacher.
Continue reading "Names of PNG: Oala Oala-Rarua" »
Camilla Wedgwood taking the arm measurement of a young boy
| Australian Dictionary of Biography | Edited
CANBERRA - Camilla Hildegarde Wedgwood (1901-1955), anthropologist and educationist, was born on 25 March 1901 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
She was descended from Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), the master potter.
Aided by her famous name and the financial stability that flowed from the sale of Wedgwood pottery, Camilla was free to express her inherited independence, strong social conscience and streak of individualism.
Continue reading "Names of PNG: Camilla Wedgwood" »
Dame Carol Kidu - "Some PNG male politicians would say to me, 'We don’t mind you being here but we don’t want our own women here'
DAME CAROL KIDU
Edited extracts of questions from a talk by Dame Carol Kidu at the University of Papua New Guinea on 23 April. Dame Carol was an MP for 15 years (1997-2012). The current PNG parliament (2017-2022) has no women members in its 111 seats.
Henry Murau, Student
As a female member of parliament what was the main challenge for you?
Dame Carol Kidu
As a female, the only female there, you’re kind of isolated. When you are in the NEC, the cabinet, and have a ministry, you are part of that.
Continue reading "Q&A: The life of a woman in PNG politics" »
Barbara Angoro - the real pressure is on now
| Duresi’s Odyssey
AUCKLAND - Time sure has flown. I’ve completed two years and two months of my PhD. I still have a fair way to go but that this journey is halfway through amazes me. Seems like yesterday I was attending doctoral induction day.
The real pressure is on now – no thanks to Covid-19 lockdowns (the first very long one began in March last year and there have been short ones since, including twice early this year).
Continue reading "My PhD journey, Covid notwithstanding" »
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" »
Philip Kai Morre - "Michael Somare was not only a politician but a role model"
PHILIP KAI MORRE
KUNDIAWA - It is an honour to celebrate the life and death of a giant who has fallen.
Sir Michael Somare lived life to the fullest and with enlightenment. The Grand Chief is one of a few great politicians and advocates of democracy like Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
Continue reading "We honour a giant who has fallen" »
Jackson Kiakari, his son Kyle and supporters - on the way to nominate Jackson for election
PORT MORESBY - It rained intermittently in Port Moresby on Thursday.
No music played, no horns blared, no rowdy exchanges. It was a sombre day.
And this was the day I entered the political arena by nominating as a candidate for the Port Moresby North-West by-election.
Continue reading "Thoughts on nominating for election" »
| Duresi’s Odyssey
AUCKLAND - It has been almost a week since our country’s founding father, ‘Papa’, Sir Michael Thomas Somare departed for the spiritual world.
Papua New Guineans in country and worldwide are grief-stricken as we come to terms with the loss.
Many have shared their delightful experiences of meeting with him, his words of advice and times spent with him.
Continue reading "An important lesson from Sir Michael" »
Papua New Guinea's Kumul flag flutters over Independence Hill, where a number of former prime ministers are buried. Parliament House is in the middle distance. Sir Michael Somare knew whence he came and chose his home town, Wewak, as his final resting place
ALLAN BIRD MP
| Governor, East Sepik Province
Before his death Sir Michael Somare had stated his desire that his final resting place be at Kreer Heights in East Sepik rather than at Independence Hill next to Parliament House in Port Moresby, where other former prime ministers are buried. Lady Veronica Somare and his family have since confirmed Sir Michael's wish - KJ
WEWAK - Judging from social media discussions, the people of Papua New Guinea are now aware that it was our dear Papa’s wish that he be laid to rest on Kreer Heights where he has prepared a place for himself and Mama Veronica.
How do we best honour this great man who gave more than 60 years of life in our service?
Continue reading "Grand Chief chose home for resting place" »
Bee Duresi - brilliant scholar, great communicator, wonderful representative of PNG and, above all, a fantastic mum and family member
| Duresi's Odyssey
AUCKLAND - Time flies ae? I just realised I got on a plane around this time three years ago to come to New Zealand and start a journey of a lifetime.
It was a bittersweet trip – my marriage had just ended, I had been accepted to do a PhD at the University of Auckland, I had successfully secured a NZ scholarship for the entire PhD program, and I was leaving my beloved child behind.
Continue reading "3 years since I got on a plane to NZ" »