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30 October 2010


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Hi, my name is Yvonne Rawali, and I am Jack Koavea Karukuru's niece.

I am sad to notify you of my late uncle Jack's death, he passed away on the 31.12.2012 at 7pm at his home at Tokarara, Port Moresby.

We are currently making arrangments to move his body to his home Miaru, Gulf Province, by this Friday the 11.01.13. Thank you.

I'm trying to track down some of my PNG schoolmates from the ’59 –’60 years at Toowoomba Grammar for the 50th Anniversary next year……

Their names are:

-- Brian Amini

-- Orula (George) Kakaito

-- Koavea (Jack) Karukuru

-- Sidney Kulupi

Where do you think I should start looking?

If you can assist Rod, email him here:

As an ex IT person in PNG I am amazed and saddened by how many people in PNG are taken-in by internet and email scams.

I have just saved one of my cousins in PNG from being taken-in by an email scam which claimed he had won $700,000 dollars in the UK.

All he had to do was send them $500 to receive his 'prize'. He was about to borrow this amount to do so. Luckily he asked me for advice before responding.

In western countries we have become aware of how prolific such fraud-attempts are, but in PNG it seems people are still believing what they read in unsolicited email.

I even wrote to the Post Courier warning people about this some time ago. My advice still holds true.

Don't believe what you read in emails from people you don't know and Internet offers which ask you to send some money to receive more in return.

- If it is too good to believe IT IS, so DON'T believe it.

- Never respond to such emails or they will keep trying.

- Put an email spam filter on your PC and make sure your anti-virus software is up to date. Many are free (like AVG Anti-virus).

- Delete such emails immediately, as many contain malware and viruses, and clicking on them can cause your PC to become infected.

I would like to receive PNG Attitude, please. Excellent articles and the best news I ever read about PNG, and by PNGians too.

In The National today there is a report on the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. The nephew of Raphael Oimbari said that Australians have got it all wrong.

Most if not all the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels came from the coast from Morobe to Milne Bay. They have benefited little if at all from developments that Australia is putting into the Kokoda remembrance.

Thank you for publishing our blog. Thank you also for highlighting the unbelievably dangerous issues of environmental degradation, human rights abuse and exploitation facing PNG.

I sometimes feel ashamed to be human when I see what is happening to our close neighbour and the world as a whole. I feel ashamed to be an Australian when I see successive Australian governments, the media, corporations and individuals turn a blind eye and indeed fete the perpetrators.

This is happening all around the globe of course. However Australians still feel immune from these dangers - they do not realise they are going to be at the receiving end one day soon - reaping what they help sow.

I hope awareness grows, apathy recedes and the tipping point comes soon.

Anne - re 'kaiwelella’. I wouldn't have a clue from personal experience but googling about for answers I came across some references to Maori culture and expressions.

One such, `hui e, taiki e’, is said at the end of some karakia, and roughly translates as `Bind as one, together it is done’!

Some of our anthropological minds may give further credence to the likelihood of the ‘kaiwelella’ being coastal tok ples indeed and perhaps drawn from broader Pacific cultural roots.

The context of the use of that expression certainly lends itself to a kind of triumphal chorus of celebrating achievement of the task.

Ditto. So funny how much I found in the magazine that I missed on the blog. Great stuff, thank you Keith.

Does anyone know the meaning of the word ‘kaiwelella’?

The context is this: My father, Jack Griffin, kiap at Saidor from 1947-49, was about to
carry out a long mountain patrol into the Finisterres.

My mother, Norma, was permitted to accompany the patrol for one day’s walk only, from Saidor as far as Sibog. She refers to the carrier line arriving at Sibog in the dark, whooping and calling out ‘kaiwelella, kaiwelella’.

I recently finished editing my mother’s story of her time at Saidor, and would like to check as many details as is possible after sixty years.

Paul Oates and Ross Wilkinson (via the ex-kiaps’ site) feel the word may be in tok ples. Ross suggested your Rai Coast readers might be able to assist. (And we know there are many in these interesting times).

Thank you for the bumper edition of PNG Attitude, which as usual is immediate, gripping, and a real page-turner.

Any reader who knows the meaning of "kaiwelella" can respond to this comment - KJ

Really interesting journal, Jacko. And some amazing contributions - even the Sports section was good with that shot at the Daily Terror.

What a super issue, Keith! Richard Marles looks like a good man who could really make a positive difference.

Appreciate copies of PNG Attitude very much. It is a great read and provides references for reflection on current PNG issues.

Thanks Keith. PNG Attitude is fair, unafraid and has been an eye-opener for me!

Thanks. An interesting, informative and lively discussion on the technical aspects of the Ramu nickel mine.

What a masterly effort, Keith. You should feel justified in having a Bex and a good lie down.

You know something good is happening when you attract that much material to the publication.

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