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19 May 2016

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It was a brilliantly sunny day in Sydney yesterday with a fabulous turn out from the PNG/Australia community - thanks to everyone for the wonderful support!

There were at least nine support groups with people travelling from Darwin, Canberra, Brisbane, Central Coast and Hunter - there were kiaps, teachers, ITI attendees - people attending from PNG, Chinese and Australian networks.

It's an exciting concept and wonderful seeing this community collaboration. It will be hard work to get this up but we're looking forward optimistically.

It'll always be ASOPA for me ....

That's just dumbass trying to change the name of a place described as ‘no other institution quite like it in the world’.

Might as well change Australia to United States of Sahul and get it over with.

Totally agree with Chips and Phil. Let's not let the PC police change the name of the place just for the sake of being seen to do something new.

Hopefully there will be enough of those who attended the old school turn up on Sunday to make a difference and support Andrea Williams and the PNGAA.

Hear! Hear! Chips.

Why call it "The International Training Institute," or "The Centre for Pacific Development," or "The Centre for Pacific Nationals" or any other politically correct gobbledegook name?

As Keith said, "There was no other institute quite like it in the world," and it became so as The Australian School of Pacific Administration.

That is how it will always be remembered, and in my opinion, that is what its future name should always be. So that henceforth and forever more, it will always be known as ASOPA.

The US sent Peace Corp Volunteers to teach at Wesley High School in Milne Bay as well as other high schools in the 1990s.

I wonder if the Australian teachers sent to these schools were from these agencies (ASOPA/Centre for Pacific Development), any light on this?

There were some, but I remember Mr Ian Shepherd, Ms Lori Lesly and Ms Margaret Wilson.

The man at the head of your list, Frederick Peter Christian Kaad OBE, known to all as "Freddy", deserves to be there more than anybody. Fred, now 95, attended the 3rd Long Course at ASOPA in 1952-53.

After serving in the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea during World War II, Fred joined the Administration as a Patrol Officer in 1946, rising to District Commissioner in 1960.

A plane crash whilst on duty near Madang in 1964 left him a paraplegic with extensive burns to his legs and continuing neuropathic pain. Nevertheless, he completed a Masters degree through New England University and became a lecturer and then course director at ASOPA's successor, the International Training Institute in Mosman, Sydney, until his retirement in 1985.

The wheelchair-bound Fred - always a popular figure - taught project management to students from Papua New Guinea and other developing countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean.

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