TOMORROW: PAPUA NEW GUINEA INDEPENDENCE DAY IN PNG ATTITUDE
ARTICLES BY BOMAI WITNE, SAM KOIM, MARTYN NAMORONG & PETER KRANZ.
POETRY BY WARDLEY BARRY-IGIVISA & ALTHEA MASI
IN August we announced the seven Crocodile Prize winners for 2014 (the awards event will be held in Port Moresby in a fortnight’s time) and received a great deal of positive feedback from readers.
PNG Attitude and the Crocodile Prize are linked inexorably because it was the existence of the blog as an outlet for issue-oriented and creative writing that triggered the idea to establish a literary award.
Now in its fourth year, the Prize would not exist without its sponsors who both underwrite the cash awards given to winners and the production of the annual Anthology, which this year tops 500 pages and is a great credit to its editor, Phil Fitzpatrick.
At the time of going to press, the Crocodile Prize Organising Group, COG, had distributed nearly 800 anthologies throughout Papua New Guinea, and PNG Attitude had begun an appeal asking readers to support this project.
If you can spare a few dollars, you can help provide the people of PNG with access to their own literature. A noble cause. Check out how to do this here.
In pursuit of his Master’s degree at Auckland University of Technology last year, Dev Capey submitted a thesis entitled Blogging for social change in Papua New Guinea: A case study investigation of The Namorong Report. Plucked off the net by an eagle-eyed Martyn Namorong, you can read the complete thesis online. In this extract, minus the citations, we reproduce Mr Capey’s analysis of the role and functions of PNG Attitude
NINE of [Martyn] Namorong's July  posts were syndicated, or 're-blogged', on PNG Attitude (asopa.typepad.com).
Almost all of them were his longer, more carefully developed posts: seven essays, one piece of political commentary, and one anonymous post featuring an environmental report, were all re-blogged on PNG Attitude in July.
Farrell and Drezner argue that within spheres of blogs with common interests, certain blogs become 'elite' blogs and subsequently become important nodes of activity in that blogosphere.
All blogs are a networked phenomenon that rely on hyperlinks and recommendations from fellow users: "blogs interact with each other continuously, linking back and forth, disseminating interesting stories, arguments and points of view".
Elite blogs, however, are often aggregators of content, and demand the most attention in a particular area of interest. In the PNG context, Keith Jackson's blog, PNG Attitude, fits that mould.
BY early July, the Crocodile Prize judges had settled down to the arduous task of deciding which of the hundreds of entries in the national literary contest were deserving of the largesse and prestige that follow upon a win.
During the month, PNG Attitude was also able to publish an eight-part series, Creative Nation, which profiled most of the entrants and provided links to their writing. It was a substantial project designed to pay tribute to all 130 writers.
As July went on, the judging drew to a close, the preparation of this year’s Crocodile Prize Anthology was completed and preparations intensified for the awards ceremony and writers workshop to be held in Port Moresby on Thursday 18 September.
ONE of the wondrous things about this labour of love which is the daily compilation of PNG Attitude is that not a month goes by in Papua New Guinea without some soaring moments of exhilaration and an occasional black mood of despair. June was no exception.
The exhilaration arrived in scores of emails as the Crocodile Prize moved towards the closing date for entries. It was also experienced observing the courage of corruption fighter Sam Koim and police investigators as they refused to respond with defeatism to their malevolent sacking by Peter O’Neill. And, yes Peter, you did get that very wrong.
On the last day of June, entries closed for Crocodile Prize 2014 – with 612 contributions received from 130 writers. It was a magnificent result and, among those 600 poems, stories and essays, were many that would excel in any company.
THE pace really started to quicken in May as the Crocodile Prize closing date loomed, triggering a frenetic rush of literary creativity.
On the financial front, things were complicated briefly by Steamships precipitate withdrawal of its sponsorship of the short story award, still unexplained. But then, an anonymous benefactor in Australia sprung up with replacement funds and so the day was saved.
Perhaps it’s worth spending a few words on what happens to those Croc Prize entries when they hit my email box.
First of all, they’re all considered for publication in PNG Attitude and I’m pleased to say that around 90% of them are accepted. The balance of them – the other 10% - go straight into the relevant portfolio (poetry, heritage, essays etc) for judging in the Prize proper.
Those selected for publication are then put through an editing process before appearing in the hallowed halls of this blog.
Having just consulted web measuring site Quantcast to see what its data collection offers PNG Attitude, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the findings.
The overall readership trend (2008-14) is pictured clearly in the graph at right. It’s rising steadily and showing strong numbers that, over the last month, totalled more than 15,000 unique (separate) visitors.
This has been a fairly consistent result over recent times.
WHEN entries come into the Crocodile Prize we read them carefully and mostly lightly edit them if they look good enough to run in PNG Attitude and are likely candidates for the annual anthology.
If they are of great interest or show exceptional promise but have some sort of problem we do a heavier edit. Sometimes we send them back to the author for approval. But often, the volume of literary traffic being so great, we simply lack the time to do this.
We’ve never had an author criticise us for making their piece worse.
IT’S time once more for us to take a rear vision glance at April’s PNG Attitude to see which articles readers responded to most through comments and which they ticked as ‘likes’ in Facebook.
Before that, April was a month in which this year’s Crocodile Prize shifted up a gear or two.
With just two months to go until entries close on Monday 30 June, writers were busy and stories, essays and particularly poetry poured through the email box.
As poet Michael Dom has pointed out: “It's exciting to see many new writers sending in their work."
But that wise man added a caution: “I want to encourage consistency and focus. Rush jobs for the sake of competing show themselves out in less complete work, which can be disappointing to all when read.”
Yes, one of the central truths of a contest is that it is quality not quantity that will prevail.
Crocodile Prize Organising Group - Writing Fellowships
Read here about how you can assist an exciting new project to fund exchanges between emerging creative writers in Papua New Guinea as well as Australian writers whose works have been influenced by their experiences in PNG.
Donations committed so far total $1,113.08 - Anonymous (US) $208.08, Keith Jackson $205, Robin Lillicrapp $50, Rob Parer $250, Dr Lance Hill $200, Bob Cleland $200
AND VISIT THE CROCODILE PRIZE WEBSITE HERE
YESTERDAY the email pulled a bit of a surprise. Out of the blue a short message arrived. It said simply: “I'd like to make a (modest) contribution to the Crocodile Prize”, and asked how that might be achieved.
This kind and unexpected gift, from a US anthropologist who wishes to remain anonymous, got me thinking.
Each year since 2008, we’ve asked readers to contribute to worthy causes. Last year, for example, we bought therapeutic equipment and nutrients and got paraplegic author Francis Nii out of his hospital bed and back on the new wheels we bought for him. All from readers’ donations.
In 2012, readers sponsored Martyn Namorong’s first overseas trip when he undertook a two-week Take the Truth to Australia tour during which he met prominent politicians and journalists, held seminars and became something of a media celebrity.
EACH month at about this time, I take a look at readers’ responses to the previous month’s articles, stories, essays and poems to get a fix on what made you respond with a comment or tick that little like box at the end of each piece.
Well there’s little doubt that March was Albert Schram’s month. After more than a year in exile the Unitech vice-chancellor was allowed back in to PNG and to his job. It was an epic tale of endurance by both Schram and his loyal students and staff back home in Lae. Who will write the book?
BY the middle of last year, Francis Nii – author, commentator and paraplegic – was doing it tough.
Returning from the Crocodile Prize Awards in Port Moresby in September 2012, he’d missed his flight from Goroka to Kundiawa.
So Francis and his wheelchair were loaded on to a crowded passenger vehicle which jolted its way back home to where Francis lives at Sir Joseph Nombri Hospital, Kundiawa. In transit, Francis fractured a bone in a leg.
Confined to bed, a couple of months later he developed pressure sores. Francis had been forced to deal with setbacks before, but this time was different.
The bed sores did not respond to treatment and became worse.
LAST month PNG Attitude was dominated by the tragic shambles that is Manus, an apparent pharmaceuticals tender rort and some bloody fine writing on a range of subjects seeping from the Asianisation of Madang, the social complexities underpinning Simbu elections and the sinister Li Wu practise that is corrupting public officials in Port Moresby.
Meanwhile, the Crocodile Prize national literary contest, which still has nearly four months to run, has already received about 180 entries from some 50 writers.
Here at PNG Attitude, we’re trying to publish as many of these entries as we can and, in doing so, are providing many first time writers with their first public exposure.
At that time, it was an internet version of a newsletter networking former students of the Australian School of Pacific Administration, which had trained kiaps, teachers and other professionals to work in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea.
Two years later, by February 2008, the blog was beginning to spread its wings to cover issues beyond those affecting the ASOPA alumni, and by February 2009 it was well enmeshed in contemporary PNG affairs and the by-lines of Paul Oates and Barbara Short were featuring regularly in its columns.
I’M TRYING SOMETHING NEW. In addition to registering the most commented upon articles for December, I’m including another list of the writing which readers (via Facebook) marked as their favourites.
The two lists vary significantly, but other than to note that difference, I will forego further analysis. Perhaps you’d like to put your mind to a rationale.
Far and away the most commented upon articles involved the vandalisation of the Parliament House carvings, something over 200 comments in total on this one issue. The wilful destruction of part of PNG’s heritage, and the ‘sacrilege’ of the built structure of parliament that represented national unity, took aback many readers. While other, of course, saw Speaker Theo Zurenuoc’s actions as a blow against sorcery and corruption (now exactly how is that supposed to work?).
I’VE SAID IT BEFORE and I’m bound to say it again, but PNG Attitude would be much the poorer without the flow of daily commentary that is sourced in its readers
As you’d expect, some readers are more prominent in offering their views but, each year, some hundreds of people take the opportunity to have their say through our Recent Comments section.
The discussion and debates that ensue often take the articles further than the author might have intended (including wandering into side tracks and even blind alleys), but they’re mostly entertaining and frequently provocative.
One of my jobs as editor is to ensure that the arguments flow freely without getting into water that is too deep legally or in terms of personal offence. Another is to find the time to clean up tortured prose that is defeating the writer’s intent to communicate a point of substance. A third is to exercise interventions from time to time, especially when I know a commenter has made a factual error.
NOVEMBER WAS THE MONTH in which The Crocodile Prize was reinvigorated with the signing of a bunch of good sponsors who will underpin PNG’s national literary awards in 2014, ensuring that a home-grown literature is encouraged and that Papua New Guineans have the opportunity to read their own writers.
As it enters its fourth year, the organisers are able to offer K25,000 in prize money and a similar amount to subsidise book production so the best PNG writing can once again be compiled in an Anthology for distribution throughout PNG and beyond.
At the suggestion of PNG Attitude contributor, Lapieh Landu, for the first time in 2014 an Author’s Citation will accompany each winning entry and Certificates of Merit will be awarded to runners up in each of the five categories.
OCTOBER WAS A BIG MONTH at PNG Attitude. We took up the challenge of re-engaging with The Crocodile Prize; mounted a successful fund-raiser to get paraplegic author Francis Nii some life-enhancing equipment; and saw the new Rivers Harmony Writing Prize (which closed on Friday) in full swing.
The retired teacher Val Rivers, who is funding this excellent venture to encourage Papua New Guinean writers to focus on improvement in societal peace and harmony, lives in the isolated community of Burra North, a small town on the Barrier Highway 160km north of Adelaide.
Val is one of the judges of the prize (the others are Peter and Rose Kranz) and I talk with her regularly on the phone. She is passionate about writing and delighted that she’s had the opportunity to initiate this venture.
FRANCIS S NII
This was the day that the first consignment of life-supporting items - comprising an air mattress, air cushion and vitamin supplements - arrived from Australia courtesy of Terry Shelley’s Nowek Group based in Goroka in the Eastern Highlands.
The day was beautiful with sunshine and a refreshing light breeze blowing uphill from the Simbu River right to my bed.
SO THE FIRST PART of the Francis Nii Appeal is over. It looks like we raised $7,650 over about seven days in both Papua New Guinea and Australia to assist our ailing colleague.
We needed a short, intense campaign so we could get the equipment identified, ordered and quickly on the move all the way to Sir Joseph Nombri Hospital at Kundiawa up there in the highlands of the Simbu Province.
As well as readers (full list of donors below) willing to dig deep to get Francis out of bed and back on track to full health, we also needed a white knight to fund a proper clinical assessment – a simple step if you live in any of Australia’s capital cities but a costly, logistically challenging medivac for a paraplegic living in the middle of PNG.
AFTER A WEEK OF MUCH activity, it looks like the Francis Nii Appeal has met the costs of providing basic equipment to aid for the healing of one of Papua New Guinea’s most talented writers, paraplegic Francis Nii, this past year confined by pressure sores to a hospital bed.
In this article, I’d like to share with readers the steps we’re taking to ease Francis’s way and enable him to sit again and use a wheelchair.
At a macro level, what you're going to read will provide insights into the flaws in PNG’s health system even in the great population centres like the Simbu, where Francis occupies a place in Sir Joseph Nombri Hospital in Kundiawa.
I CANNOT FIND THE right words to express my heart’s gratitude for all my friends in Australia and PNG who have poured out their heart so compassionately to support and ease my physical condition … only silent tears say it all.
In my life as a paraplegic I have been confronted with all kinds of challenges, both physical and spiritual, and some of them are very painful but I don’t whine and cry.
I have always asked myself: would whining and crying help me? And I find that they don’t. They only weaken my spirit and my strength and make my condition worse. So I have developed an iron-hearted approach to the challenges that come my way.
Francis Sina Nii – writer, wise man, paraplegic, a son of Papua New Guinea to the bottom of his feet – could be heading for serious strife.
There are a number of us who, for some years now, have corresponded with Francis by email. But email, convenient though it may be, tells you little about the character or circumstances of the receiver.
It took a phone call, that 19th century methodology, from Robin Lillicrap to discern the true nature of affairs in the corner of the intensive care ward at Sir Joseph Nombri Hospital, Kundiawa, where resides Francis Nii.
AS YOU KNOW, each day I publish a few new stories on this blog, as I have done for nearly seven years.
I have published from hospital beds, from ships at sea, while suffering the excesses of good wine, in seedy hotel rooms with paper thin walls….
I have done this because there needed to be more dialogue and interaction between ordinary Papua New Guineans and Australians. At the time this project was launched there was very little.
Unfortunately friends have their own lives to live and, although they keep in touch, they move on. The support of family is essential. One has to admire the spirit of Francis and Domonic who have a positive attitude even though they are often in great pain.
Domonic is under the care of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Service which has made a huge difference in supplying all his equipment and nursing requirements. I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been without this first class care.
I’ll give readers an idea of what equipment is desirable in order to provide first class care. Most of this would benefit Francis but would be unavailable to him.
IT’S A TOUGH GIG. JUST IMAGINE. Just imagine yourself in this situation.
You’re lying on your back in hospital.
You’ve been confined to bed for over a year now. The old wheelchair with the sagging seat rests against a wall. Your bedsores have put paid to the small pleasure of using it to propel around the wards.
IN NOVEMBER 1963, JUST A WEEK before President John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, a young Australian woman school teacher arrived in what was the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea.
Val Rivers was to serve in Daru, Dregerhafen, Gagidu, Wabag, Kavieng and as head teacher of the demonstration school at Goroka Teachers College. She returned to Australia in 1971, eventually occupying the important posts of matriculation curriculum developer and chief examiner in South Australia.
Last year Val suggested to me that artefacts she had collected in PNG could be sold to fund a writing prize related to promoting a harmonious and peaceful country, in which people’s well-being is top of the social, political and economic agenda.
BIG POLITICAL ISSUES don’t come much more elephantine than government nationalisation of a major private enterprise and it was no surprise that readers found this move and its many related issues to be a source of great controversy during the month.
But trumping even that development for PNG Attitude commenters was a range of other matters readers thought worth focussing attention on.
They included the continuing saga of Belden Namah; the fate of Simbu émigrés who, upon their return home, are conned by cunning locals; how PNG will have prospered in 20 years’ time; the plight of the street children; and even a controversy about one of Michael Dom’s more abstract poems.
AUGUST WAS A VERY GOOD MONTH for readers’ comments and a very diverse month in terms of the writing commented upon. There was history, poetry, politics (natch) and religion.
One commenter wanted her observations removed because I had edited them (no offence intended, ma’am, that’s what an editor does) but most seemed happy to discuss and debate the issues of the day frankly, eloquently, robustly but not offensively. Thank you.
The controversy around the Australia-PNG Manus asylum seeker deal refused to go away and Sonja Barry Ramoi’s planned biography of Belden Namah caused a stir. It was a satisfying month’s commentary.
THE ESSAY AND POETRY CONTEST I am announcing today is for those people who are both writers and thinkers. I’m putting K500 on the table for the best piece of writing designed to promote a peaceful and harmonious Papua New Guinea.
The winner of the K500 prize will be announced on Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day) at 11 am: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marking the end of World War I in 1918 and commemorated since in Commonwealth countries.
I pondered what the exact theme might be, finally settling on “A good life for the people. Is there a Melanesian way?”
READER FEEDBACK WANTED – HAVE YOUR SAY - DEMONSTRATE YOUR ATTITUDE
Sonja Barry Ramoi is writing a biography of PNG Opposition Leader, Belden Namah. She would like any reader with information or stories about Mr Namah to email her here.
Contributor Paul Oates is keen to receive comments from readers with experience of Australia’s new visa arrangements for Papua New Guineans. Email Paul here.
And coming soon – a writing contest for Papua New Guineans on a theme related to ‘how we can make PNG a peaceful place for us all to live’, winner to be announced on Remembrance Day at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Details in next few days.
IT WAS THE MONTH of the great asylum seeker deal between Kevin Rudd and Peter O’Neill and our readers are still not allowing anyone to forget it. A feisty lot, our readers.
But if there was a group (politicians aside) which drew your wrath, it was the reptiles of the Australian media – whose hyperbole, ignorance and plain ill manners about Papua New Guinea and its people were, not to put too fine a point on things, excessive.
Nowhere was this epitomised more than in Claire Harvey’s comment in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph that “PNG is a shithole…. and now it's our shithole.” This had our readers’ keyboards melting in indignation.
Our Twitter account - @PNGAttitude - this morning hit the 1,000 followers milestone. We use Twitter to provide headline versions of the best stories from the PNG Attitude blog & links back to the blog, so ensuring our writers are able to publish to the widest readership we can manage. If you're a writer in the PNG-Australia space send your pieces (articles, news, stories, poetry, commentary, analysis etc) to the editor here
THAT TIME of the month again, perhaps a bit late, eh. I add the ‘eh’ in deference to my impending arrival in Queensland in a couple of weeks’ time. A reformed cockroach about to join the cane toads.
Ingrid and I are going to live in the south-east Queensland town of Noosaville, or as Ingrid has innovatively termed it, ‘Snootaville’. I like that.
The attentive readers among you may recall that May was a vintage month for comments to PNG Attitude. We got lots of them and they were very gung ho. Especially about capital punishment, Chinese businesses and visas. Read the summary again here.
THE BAR WAS SET HIGH to get into our merit list of ‘most commented upon’ last month. It took 13 responses from readers to make the cut off. Never has the requirement been so great.
Why? Well, May was a month for big issues (our readers, commendably, always up for a discussion on such) – with capital punishment, the impact of Chinese businesses on PNG and Australian visas for Papua New Guineans leading the charge.
And, while neither contributor managed to hit the leader board with individual pieces, Bob Cleland’s five-part series on What did a kiap do on patrol?, with 14 comments, and my own 26-episode monster, Keith’s intimate travel diaries, with 130 responses, should also be noted.
All commenters are being asked to submit a verification code before their contribution is accepted. This is because of a major spam attack against the site which we are trying to combat. Some comments may have not been posted due to the difficulty of separating them from spam. We hope to return the site to normal operation soon....
AND SO HERE AM I writing this April feedback report in the middle of the Arabian Sea; not quite up to my neck in it since I am sitting aboard a ship.
April turned out to be another good month for comments to the blog. In addition to the ‘top 10’ list presented here, where the minimum qualification was 12 published comments from readers, there were many other articles, stories and poems that attracted a gratifying response.
Our series of autobiographical articles from writers prominent in the columns of PNG Attitude has now, I think, come to an end. It was Phil Fitzpatrick’s elegantly simple idea and it resulted in first class prose and fascinating tales, especially from Papua New Guinean contributors. Thanks to all who provided stories.
IF THERE WAS A COMPETITION for the best arse tanget, I would have taken the prize year after year.
My arse tanget always had the best leaves, shined to perfection, with small pieces of cloth in front. That was the way it was until I received my first pair of shorts in grade 7. The shoes followed in grade 9.
You can be forgiven into thinking that this is a story set in the 1950s or 1960s. But it was between the years 1975 and 1989 when I became old enough to wear tanget just like my father and older brothers.
14 – EMMA WAKPI
Emma Wakpi is one of Papua New Guinea's most talented young writers. She won the 2012 Crocodile Prize for her essay, 'The Haunting'....
I WAS BORN ON 19 APRIL 1979 at Angau Hospital in Lae where my father was a civil engineering student at the University of Technology. My mother worked for the Evangelical Brotherhood Church in its small print shop.
Having waited with suppressed hopefulness that his first born would be a boychild, dad was keenly disappointed to hear that a healthy baby girl was to be his.
However as soon as he saw me (so he tells me now), he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
NOTICE TO CONTRIBUTORS
It's the usual practice of PNG Attitude to publish contributions within a few days of receipt. However, as the editor is soon to skive off on an extensive trip to the other side of the globe, it will not always be possible to adhere to a uniform publishing schedule. Hence contributions deemed to be 'timeless' in content may be held over for a little longer than usual to cover gaps caused by long flights, poor internet access, scurvy and malaise. That said, we do not want to dissuade writers from submitting articles or poetry for publication; on the contrary, the current substantial flow of quality material is driving a sustained surge in readership that we want to see continue....
13 – BOB CLELAND
When I was old enough to know a bit more about life, Dad, Donald Cleland, went away to the Middle East in February 1940, with all those other Aussies of the Seventh Division, 2nd AIF, to help our ‘mother country’, Great Britain, fight a war against Germany.
I was just nine years old and I didn’t really understand Dad’s words to me just before he left – ‘You have to be the man of the house now. Look after your mother and your brother.’
I grew up a bit then, but it wasn’t until I was about 11 or 12 that I started being the responsible ‘man of the house’.
IT WAS A GREAT MONTH for readers’ comments, our best ever, helped along by yet another surge in reader numbers and the delightful PNG Studies 1 students of Divine Word University.
Their lecturer, Bernard Yegiora, set them an assignment to have comments published in PNG Attitude which, of course, meant that each of them had to read and respond to articles in the blog about which the felt they had something to say.
While, as editor, I took the view that a few of these contributors were in severe need of laying hands on a dictionary, we did receive many interesting comments and some of the young writers showed considerable literary talent.
12 - FRANCIS NII | Supported by the South Pacific Strategic Solutions Writing Fellowship
As a child, I was rarely allowed to go out to public gatherings on my own or go out and play with other children.
My parents would allow other children to come to my home and play with me. Whenever I sneaked out, I had to return early. If I didn’t, my parents would look for me. If it was my father, a slap was the pay.
Well, it is natural for parents to have concern for their children but it was a bit too much on the part of my parents, particularly my father. Even when I was old enough, he was still exercising control over my life until I went to school.
People know when I’m on the tink. I whistle cheerfully if tunelessly and am incapable of distraction, except by the nearby presence of a good chardonnay.
I can’t recall exactly how many iterations this main page of the blog has been wrangled through; perhaps as many as tinksty-plaw.
Thankfully, in 2009, the National Library of Australia selected PNG Attitude for preservation and it re-archives the site each September-October.
Hence past layouts remain available for an awestruck posterity to wonder at and, more importantly, every article and comment we’ve ever published is retained. Check the NLA archive for yourself here and bow to the weight of our legacy.
I WAS BORN IN KUNDIAWA general hospital on the 29 September 1983. I believe the night I was born was just an ordinary night: there was nothing significant, meaning no bright moving stars or fireworks.
At the time of my birth my father was working as a senior business development officer with the Commerce Department in the Simbu provincial government. My mother was a high school teacher who taught home economics and science.
My father was of mixed origin. His father was from Harua in the Kubalia district of East Sepik and his mother was from the Nimai tribe who lived in Koge in between the Tabare, Kere, Dinga, Dom, and Gunagi people in Sinasina, Simbu.
My grandfather joined the police force during the colonial days. He was able to see the evolution of the force from the Khaki to the Zulu era and beyond. Under the colonial administration, he was part of the team led by the Kiaps who brought civilisation to the highlands of PNG.
YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ON TWITTER we announced the visit of Ben Jackson to Port Moresby – and this morning it’s already clear that his first visit to Papua New Guinea will be crowded with gutpela bung, liklik dring, pusit blo niusman, toktok gris and other fashionable Melanostralian activities.
Ben’s 8-day mission in PNG is fourfold: to meet PNG Attitude’s Papua New Guinean friends face to face; to discuss the Crocodile Prize with Society of Writers’ (SWEP) committee members; to talk with potential clients about our Jackson PR Associates company; and to attend the annual general meeting of Bougainville Copper Ltd, which is a client of ours.
Oh yes, and fifthly, to sit down with journalists and talk about what journalists talk about – pay, stories, lack of good pay, lack of good stories.…