PNG Attitude invited each candidate for the forthcoming PNG Association election to write about their aspirations for the organisation. We publish responses in the order they are received.
Why have you nominated for election to the PNGAA committee?
I would like to see Papua New Guineans more involved in an organisation like PNGAA. To meet the organisation's goals it is important to communicate with the community and I feel I am in a good position to do that.
What would you say is your single highest priority for the organisation’s future?
To involve PNGAA with what is going on in the PNG community here and in PNG. Also I want to make Papua New Guineans aware of what PNGAA does. There are lots of people in PNGAA who love PNG, but most Papua New Guineans here don't know of PNGAA's existence.
What other things do you want to achieve in your leadership of the PNGAA?
Get to know people and what they do, and learn from the experience of PNGAA members. There is an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience in the PNGAA membership, and to learn from this and share it more widely is a great opportunity.
Can you sum up why members ought to vote for you?
I am in a good position to liaise in an appropriate way between PNGAA and the community in Sydney, and have good contacts in other community groups. I am aware of the complex history behind PNGAA and feel I can act in a sensitive and effective way.
Tomorrow - Terry Chapman; Tuesday – Sue Ward; Wednesday – Colin Huggins. Previously: Bernard Oberleuter, Chris Diercke. In addition to these statements of intent, you can read biographical information about all candidates on the PNGAA website here.