BOANA is in the Navaeb electorate of Morobe Province and is in the land of Tikingic (mountain man).
A Lutheran missionary from Neuendettelsau in Germany, Gustove Bergman, first evangelised these people.
To be in Boana is to be in the hub of Morobe, seeing and experiencing scenery, flora and fauna you have never faced before.
Boana is nicely located in a pothole surrounded by mountains and looks in a northern direction towards the beginning of the seemingly endless Finisterre Ranges.
Boana station has both government and church district centres including the Lutheran church headquarters, police station, hospital, primary school and other facilities providing adequate infrastructure for the event which is to come.
The road linkages are in place and bus services can travel forth and back, making business activities convenient for the Boana people. Thanks to the Morobe government.
AN involvement with Papua New Guinea touches people in many ways and in fact there seems to be three degrees rather than six degrees of separation which comes with this involvement.
This was a contributing factor to the relaxed social aspect as well as the formalities of the recent Symposium initiated and hosted by the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia to mark the centenary of the relationship between Australia and PNG.
The first night dinner allowed me the opportunity to meet and chat briefly to familiar faces from the media like Sean Dorney and politics, Charlie Lynn MLC, PNG High Commissioner Charles Lepani and former Australian Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffrey.
DIVINE Word University (DWU) staged a colourful 39thPNG Independence celebration at its Madang campus which kicked off on 13 September.
PNG Week (themed Wok bung wantaim long strongim pasin tumbuna = Working together to enhance cultural values) has become part of the university’s calendar.
It features dances, quests, a movie night, a debate, stage performances and sport, which ended on Wednesday after a flag raising ceremony.
The celebration, especially the dances and mini quests, were staged in the evenings and attracted a huge turnout from nearby communities such as Gavstoa and Nabasa. People went home satisfied.
Vice-President Student Affairs, Ted Alau, observed that many students turned up for PNG Week activities and gave their best despite the hot weather.
A small foundation to support community based literacy projects in Papua New Guinea will be launched in Melbourne next week.
Sustain Education Art Melanesia, or SEAM, is supported by two great friends of PNG – former Australian High Commissioner Ian Kemish AM and author Drusilla Modjeska.
The purpose of the launch on Thursday 25 September is to explain what SEAM intends to achieve in PNG, where it is seeking to establish a pilot project, Wanskul (Schoolmate), adjacent to Tainabuna Primary School in Oro Province.
AUSTRALIA and Papua New Guinea will lead commemorations in September to remember and honour the men who fell in World War I battles and actions in New Britain 100 years ago.
Services in Kokopo and Rabaul this week will mark the Battle of Bita Paka on September 11 and the loss of the Royal Australian Navy submarine, the HMAS AE1, on September 14.
At the outbreak of World War I, Germany administered several territories in the south and central Pacific and operated a small naval fleet.
RURAL schools in the rugged and remote north-west of Simbu Province have been visited by Francis Nii, Arnold Mundua, Mathias Kin and Jimmy Awagl to promote literature among early age school children.
SWA, the Simbu Writers Association, is very interested in targeting students to develop better English through speaking, reading and writing.
Since little Tom Kaupa, a grade seven student entered his short story in the Crocodile Prize and had it selected and published in the annual Anthology, the message was understood that we must drive the Simbu heritage crocodile to visit rural schools.
EMINENT Australian author Drusilla Modjeska is lecturing on Randolph Stow’s great Papua New Guinea novel, Visitants, at Sydney University on Monday.
Drusilla says that it remains, after all these years, the great Australian novel on PNG.
“No contest,” she asserts.
Visitants has been described as underrated. To which the retort has been that’s an understatement.
The novel, which was published in 1979, is set in the Trobriand Islands and, in Drusilla’s view, remains unsurpassed in outsider fiction of Australia’s “complex near-neighbour, PNG.
“Each time I read it, I admire it more," she says.
IT is timely to share a bit on Melanesian culture here after the recent 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Port Moresby which was hailed a success.
From the highlands to the islands, from the southern to the northern tip of Papua New Guinea, they proudly walk on to the podium, almost unrecognisable in the beautiful grass skirts, sea shell ornaments and painted faces and bodies.
Some, flamboyant bodies glistening under the orange stage lights, are showing off special plant extracts and traditional dyes and who knows what. Perhaps a touch of manufactured baby oil or even body lotion, an alien trend becoming a norm in some places today.
But amidst all the chanting and singing, one particular group stands out - their chanting heard clearly accompanied by light feet stamping and the sharp notes of small bamboo garamuts setting the tempo.
THE Reading Association of Papua New Guinea (RASPNG) has called for papers for its 2014 literacy conference to be held in November at the University of Papua New Guinea at Waigani.
The conference, to be held on 13-14 November with the theme Literacy for Empowerment, is organised by RASPNG, the National Literacy and Awareness Secretariat, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UPNG.
Organisers define literacy as “the ability to use printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential”.
The conference will ask how Papua New Guineans can be equipped with the abilities that are the hallmarks of 21st century literate people.
THE ninth Blaqueville Nite held at Divine Word University last Saturday was commended by many students as one of the best Blaqueville Nites yet.
And, after five weeks of preparation for the performances, Bougainville students are now feeling a strong sense of relief after the auditorium reached full capacity for the successful production.
Blaqueville Nite is staged by Bougainville students and was started in 2005 to raise funds for the Bougainville Youth Foundation which provides information to Bougainville communities on the current political, economical and social situation.
THE Papua New Guinea Association of Australia (PNGAA) has announced that Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop MP, will be the keynote speaker at the dinner to commemorate the centenary of Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea.
The dinner will be held in the Strangers Dining Room, NSW Parliament House, Sydney, on Wednesday 17 September.
It will precede a symposium the following day to mark the 100th anniversary of Australia's first battle of World War I, near Rabaul in September 1914.
THE Simbu Writers Association along with Ku High School is gearing up to celebrate National Literacy Day on Monday 8 September when the two entities will host a number of activities involving the province’s 18 upper and lower secondary schools.
The celebrations include a literary competition for Grades 9 - 12 and will run for two weeks leading to the main events at Ku High School.
There will be three categories in the competition: essay, short story and poetry. Each school will submit its five best entries in each category and prizes will be awarded for the top two entries in each category.
The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia
sponsors The Crocodile Prize Publishing Program
WE have previously reported that, in September, the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia (PNGAA) is presenting a ground-breaking symposium reviewing the relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea over the past 100 years.
Entitled From Pacific WW1 battlefield to Pacific powers: A Century of Australia - PNG Relations, the event will be held on 17 and 18 September at NSW Parliament House in Sydney.
This year is the centenary of Australia’s first military engagement of World War I. It took place at Bitapaka on the Gazelle Peninsula when, on 11 September 1914, Australian troops ousted a German garrison defending the most powerful wireless station in the Pacific (pictured).
THE PNG-Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA) held a successful research analysis and report writing workshop for members of its Madang Chapter last Saturday.
The PNGAAA engaged experienced Australian academic and researcher, Dr Jeanette Baird from the PNG Office of Higher Education, to run the workshop for 30 participants at the Divine Word University (DWU) campus.
Dr Baird gave the participants useful insights into the art of research, how to analyse research data and write reports from it.
Several senior academics and experienced researchers from DWU were also on hand to assist in Dr Baird’s presentation. They included the President of the Madang Chapter of PNGAAA and Vice President (Research) of DWU, Associate Professor Maretta Kula-Semos, DWU Vice President (Academic) Professor Pamela Norman and DWU Associate Professor of Education Research, Dr Patricia Paraide.
LAST weekend I attended a series of talks at the Art Gallery of NSW followed by a visit to an incredible collection of New Guinea Highland artifacts collected by Stanley Moriarty.
From his early teenage years, Moriarty had a fascination for art from the South Pacific. He collected from second hand shops and galleries but didn’t travel to Papua New Guinea until 1961 when he was 55.
This exhibition of Highlands artwork ranging from an ancient stone mortar and pestle to more modern masks and statues has been kept together as a collection. The exhibition is a credit to curator Natalie Wilson with the pieces tastefully displayed in a spacious gallery.
The main speakers - Dr Andrew Moutu, Dr Michael Mel, Chris Boylan, and fibre and bilum artist, Florence Jaukae Kamel - gave presentations with a PNG perspective that were informative and interesting.
The softly spoken Dr Moutu’s descriptions and background on the destruction of the traditionally carved lintels at Parliament House in Port Moresby certainly highlighted the damaged that can be caused by extremists, whether from the charismatic sector or some other religious group.
THE Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program convened its second PNG New Voices conference in Port Moresby on Thursday. We assembled a group of interesting and passionate young people with strong views about the future of their country.
They spoke on a range of topics across three key themes: Papua New Guinea's relations with its neighbours, responsible sustainable development and new political engagement.
PNG's relations with its Melanesian neighbours are complex. PNG appears to be somewhat ambivalent about its membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Contributors suggested the government does not involve the people in its management of relations with Melanesian neighbours, leaving some to wonder what the benefits of trade agreements and intra-Melanesia labour mobility agreements are for Papua New Guinea.
BOUGAINVILLEAN author Leonard Fong Roka will tomorrow address the Lowy Institute’s PNG New Voices Conference about the future prospects of Bougainville.
The Australian think-tank is holding the conference at the National Research Institute in Port Moresby.
The Director of the Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, Jenny Hayward-Jones, says the conference aims to provide a platform for young leaders and professionals to offer fresh insights and perspectives on important international policy issues.
“We are seeking to give a platform to young Papua New Guineans to talk about the big issues facing PNG and its future trajectory and place in the world,” Ms Hayward-Jones told me.
The Lowy Institute aims to nurture a collaborative and inter-disciplinary approach to some of the key challenges facing Australia and its interactions with the world.
The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia
sponsors The Crocodile Prize Publishing Program
IN September the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia (PNGAA) is presenting a ground-breaking symposium reviewing the relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea over the past one hundred years.
The event, entitled From Pacific WW1 battlefield to Pacific powers: A Century of Australia - PNG Relations, will be held on 17 and 18 September at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney.
The symposium dinner on Wednesday 17 September will be held in the grand surrounds of the Strangers Dining Room at Parliament House and the symposium itself will be held on Thursday 18 September in the theatrette of Parliament House.
This year marks the centenary of Australia’s first military engagement of World War I. It took place at Bitapaka on the Gazelle Peninsula when, on 11 September 1914, Australian troops ousted a German garrison defending a strategically important wireless station (pictured above). It was a bloody fight.
ACTIONS speak louder than words in Papua New Guinea culture. It is customary that when a person does something good, words do not fully express the appreciation. One has to reciprocate with action.
A common practice is the idea of saying thank you with action rather than words. Accordingly, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mt Hagen organised a pilgrimage to say thank you for the 80 years of the Gospel in the Highlands.
This year is a special year for the Catholic Archdiocese of Mt Hagen, which includes both Jiwaka and Western Highlands provinces. The Archdiocese is celebrating 80 years of the Catholic faith in the two provinces and the rest of the Highlands.
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ATTITUDE UPDATE: Port Moresby Police commander Andy Bawa said this afternoon that, "in the interests of public safety, peace and good order", protest marches and strikes will not be allowed on Monday. Commander Bawa said that members of the public found congregating in public places will be arrested and charged with unlawful assembly.
A GROUP CALLING ITSELF the ‘Social Media Activism Committee Executive’ that operates through the PNG News Group on Facebook is calling for people to stop work throughout Papua New Guinea on Monday to protest against corruption.
The group had originally planned to hold a mass public rally in Port Moresby on Wednesday but called it off when Police objected.
A notice is now circulating in social media asking “all workers in Port Moresby and around the nation to stop work on Monday and challenge the O’Neill government to send the Police to come and arrest each and every one of us for protesting”.
Included in the 12 people associated with the Social Media Activism Committee Executive are Sonja Barry Ramoi, David Ephraim, Lucas Kiap, Noel Anjo Kolao, Charlie Gilichibi and Reginald Renagi.
“You can help to stop corruption by protesting it so that as a collective voice we can be heard,” the group says. “We ask all PMV and taxi operators in Port Moresby to pull your vehicles off the road on Monday 18 November. We also ask all parents not to send your children to school.
THE PNG ANTI-CORRUPTION Movement for Change will have to toughen up if it’s going to make a difference. A peaceful civil protest planned for today turned out to be a damp squib when organisers called it off after police said they didn’t like the idea.
The protest had been arranged after a growing social media outcry among Port Moresby’s internet savvy community.
Organisers claim there is growing frustration among the general public over the lack of action by the government in addressing corruption.
They had asked prime minister Peter O’Neill to come to the protest event at Jack Pidik Park to explain the ‘Paraka allegations’ that have triggered political and media controversy in recent weeks.
The celebration lasts for three days and is showcasing traditional dances and canoe races by different cultural groups in the Milne Bay Province.
The dancers from Rossel Island in the Louisiade District accompanied the governor of Milne Bay, dressed in his traditional regalia, to the stage for the opening of the festival.
DON WISEMAN | Radio New Zealand International
THREE KEY FORMER Bougainville Revolutionary Army commanders in Papua New Guinea yesterday set aside their differences at a meeting at Panguna.
It is the latest step as the autonomous Bougainville province moves closer to a decision on whether the controversial mine at Panguna can be re-opened.
The three men - Ishmael Toroama of the BRA, Moses Pipiro from the Me’ekamui Unity Government and Chris Uma from the original Me’ekamui faction - agreed to reconcile after 17 years of enmity.
SHORTLY AFTER INDONESIA’s President Suharto was forced out of office by a popular uprising in May 1998, the people of West Papua began channeling their democratic energy in a new direction.
Hundreds of peaceful West Papuans took to the streets in July 1998, demanding that the Indonesian government give them the opportunity to vote on the issue of independence.
On the island of Biak, demonstrators occupied the harbour area, refusing to leave until the government met their demands.
Indonesian security forces surrounded these unarmed protesters at dawn and began firing into the crowd. Scores of people were killed.
Since its inauguration at Hahela on 15 June 2005, it has been marked in all parts of world where Bougainvilleans live.
Back home in Bougainville, celebrations have been happening all through the weekend in every part of the region from north to south. The Facebook social network was flooded with news of happenings and messages of good will.
WELL, I HAVE TO ADMIT it beats me.
Deakin University keeps inviting Papua New Guineans to its annual PNG talk fest (sponsored by AusAID) without providing travel support for those folk who can’t afford to make the trip to Melbourne.
The next event (on 4-5 April; program not yet ready) is entitled Leadership for the Next Generation and again Martyn Namorong (just commended by Telikom PNG as playing “a significant role in shaping the national discourse”) has been invited to speak.
The $250 registration fee has been waived but travel and accommodation costs are prohibitive. Unless Martyn gets support, he won’t be able to make the conference.
He has managed to save half the $1,500 required for the trip, but is in urgent need of the $750 balance. So once more I appeal to readers for assistance.
You can remit whatever donation you can afford (no, PNG Attitude is not tax exempt) to Keith Jackson, NAB 082-302, Account 50650-1355. And please send me an email here to let me know. I'll make sure the funds get to Martyn.
JEFFREY MANE FEBI
Heard the ticking of dawn
As with eyes without a lens I looked
Wrinkles of love lazily they pass by
Then Earth delivered and I was hooked
Hisses of storms old hastily rush by
Many a vivid plot pregnant with
Chances unaccounted for marched.
‘Aaha heart’, said I … ‘look at you’,
‘Look at me … who between us’
‘Is in greater pain … you knew!?’
Even a tomorrow got its own
Chances to be unaccounted for to moan
‘Oh’ said the heart. ‘My joy isn’t yours’
‘And your pain is certainly yours’.
Office of Benny Wenda
Wenda is now free to travel and is visiting political leaders, lawyers, activists and supporters in in six countries to build support and awareness of the campaign for self-determination for the people of West Papua.
Ahead of the tour, Wenda spoke of his hope that “it will further raise the voice of the West Papuan people whose cries for freedom and justice have been largely ignored by the international community for the last 50 years”.
After first visiting the US, Wenda will travel to New Zealand from 8 February, launching the International Parliamentarians for West Papua at Parliament House in Wellington on 12 February.
In Australia (13-25 February), he will host an event at Parliament House, Canberra, attended by politicians and members of the legal fraternity. He will also visit Melbourne, Sydney and Perth as well as meeting Aboriginal elders.
Wenda’s tour of Melanesia from 25 February to 10 March will conclude in Papua New Guinea, where he will speak to parliamentarians and meet community leaders.
The building is named after Christina Violaris and is dedicated to her memory.
It incorporates a Buk Bilong Pikinini library on the ground floor and comes complete with built-in sick bay, office, a bathroom for very small people, kitchenette and various storerooms.
Upstairs is a small lending library for adults, a computer room with internet access, an office and a large area with tables and chairs for older students to study undisturbed at night.
Night study will be supervised by retired teachers so they can help students requiring assistance with homework and assignments.
The Centre will also be used for running all sorts of courses for Nawae Construction employees, community programs and, eventually, adult literacy courses.
The local communities of Rabe, Waema and Mutuya presented Alex Violaris and me with a big pig and many vegetables and baskets and buai to show their appreciation of having the library in their community.
It’s not just the mercury that’s been soaring in the nation’s capital this week; the politics also have been absolutely red hot. But this blog’s PNG Attitude not Political Attitude, so I’m not going there.
That made clear, this year’s Walkleys are being held in the grand precincts of Parliament House but with any luck it’ll be the wine not the whine that's doing the talking.
Ingrid and I are attending as guests of Queensland University, of which I have the honour, along with eminent Pacific journalist Sean Dorney, of being an adjunct professor in the School of Journalism and Communication.
And Queensland University is at the Walkleys because it sponsors the Award for International Journalism.
I’ll be sitting with the head of school-designate, Prof Libby Lester, leaving the University of Tasmania for warmer climes, and the acting head of school, Dr Rhonda Breit.
And I’ll certainly be wanting to talk about how Sean and I might be able to work with the university to build a stronger connection with Papua New Guinea.
That is a great opportunity and one well worth pursuing, especially given the school’s pioneering Centre for Communication and Social Change, which specialises in the study, research and practical application of communication in sustainable development.
Back to the Awards. Each year, more than 1,300 entries are submitted and my old mate Laurie Oakes, who has a strong PNG connection and who is chairman of the Walkleys, says it’s never been more important to promote excellence in journalism.
"Given the challenges now facing the media in this country, it has never been more necessary to recognise, reward and showcase excellence in our industry,” Laurie says.
And what is his PNG association? Well, he’s the late Tom Cole’s son-in-law.
Tom, who was to become an eminent author (The Last Paradise, Spears and Smoke Signals, Hell West and Crooked) spent 30 years in PNG as the first professional crocodile shooter, later establishing a coffee plantation in the Highlands.
Small world, isn’t it?
The 57th annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be broadcast on SBS 1 from 9.30pm (AEDT) tonight
A POWERFUL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION, that has already moved millions of people around the world through its touching images of AIDS-affected communities, opened at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney yesterday.
Access to Life features the work of some of the world's best photographers from the global agency Magnum Photos, world-renowned for interpreting and chronicling people and personalities, global issues and events in a compassionate and meaningful way.
For the first time, a series of new photos from Papua New Guinea will be included in the exhibition, taken by acclaimed British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins.
They join photographic case studies from India, Vietnam, Russia, Swaziland, Haiti, Mali, South Africa, Peru and Rwanda.
More than 250 photographs by nine international Magnum photographers feature people with HIV and AIDS, their families and communities, and the health care workers from 10 countries.
The photos capture the emotional stories of people before and four months after receiving the antiretroviral treatment.
Access to Life is in Sydney for World AIDS Day 2012 and coincides with the 30 year anniversary of the first case of HIV being diagnosed in Australia.
Created by Magnum Photos in partnership with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Access to Life was launched in Washington DC in 2008.
It has since toured major cities around the world including Rome, Madrid, Olso, Oakland, New York, Tokyo and Seoul.
Let’s hope ti can get to Port Moresby and other PNG cities soon.
Photo: UK Magnum photographer, Chris Steele-Perkins, has produced a prolific body of work and recently shot photographs of AIDS-affected regions in Papua New Guinea. This portrait shows Camillo and his now HIV-free son Henry
THE RECENT LOWY INSTITUTE PNG New Voices Conference was a much-needed shock to the complacency I have become attuned to as a member of Australia's international policy community.
It was the best Lowy Institute conference I have ever attended. In fact it was the best conference I have ever attended full stop. This is because again and again the speakers demonstrated qualities that are rare in Australian-based public discussion: passion, frankness, courage, creativity and a talent for generating new ideas. The determination to get their views across shown by those who participated was infectious.
PNG Government representatives (from Foreign Affairs, Treasury and Sports), business owners, senior NGO managers, economists, journalists, artists, students and future political candidates gave honest and considered views of where they see their country going and why PNG's politicians are not doing enough to deliver for the people they serve. Now, over email and social media, these same people are forming new networks, debating policy ideas and coordinating future meet-ups, interviews and events.
PNG public servants that spoke at PNG New Voices were careful to explain that 'the views in my speech don't necessarily represent the views of the government of PNG', before presenting fresh and frank perspectives, strong opinions and creative policy ideas. I can't image an Australian public servant able or willing to do the same.
Australia's international policy expertise within the public service is increasingly locked away from public view and public discussion. Trapped in rigid hierarchies and spread across about a dozen internationally-focused government departments, most will only reappear when they jump ship into a non-government or private sector role.
Too many of these specialists spend more time briefing, coordinating and thinking about their department's place in Canberra (and their branch's place in their department, and so on) than using their knowledge to inform international policy formulation. The burden and cyclical nature of the vast demand for briefings – for politicians, senior government employees and even for mid-level public servants – is inhibiting the strategic capabilities of the public service.
Australian Government departments, intentionally or unintentionally, hinder public debate by putting up barriers that limit and discourage the participation of policymakers and public servants. The requirements to get clearance to engage in public discussion can be so demanding that a policymaker needs to assess whether it's worth their time and effort.
It's rare to see an Australian public servant ask a question in a public forum, let alone offer their opinion or idea on a topic. The barriers to participate in public discourse that have helped contribute to the over-cautious nature of Australia's internationally-focused policymakers need to be abolished. This inactive approach to participating in public discussion and debate is self-harming and short-sighted for Australia, a country which sees itself as a creative middle power.
It’s the fifth time in the last 10 years that this group of former cadet education officers has got together.
Each time the ranks thin: this week we’ll miss ‘Dubbo’ Dave Kesby [pictured as a young ASOPA graduate soon after arriving in PNG], Bill Bergen, Dave Argent and Bill Wilson. All fine men.
When the first reunion was mooted early in 2002, I committed to producing a newsletter to stimulate a bit of interest. So was born Vintage, which morphed into ASOPA People, that became a blog of the same name which later transformed into PNG Attitude.
At each step in this process, the scope of what we did expanded until we have the website as it exists today.
ASOPA, for those unfamiliar with the acronym, was the Australian School of Pacific Administration – a very important Australian-based institution in the colonial history of Papua New Guinea.
The ASOPA story is both compelling and unusual – you can read all about it here.
But back to the Class of 1962-63. Later today 36 people, including 25 of the original 58 students, one of whom was me, will convene at a haunt called the Tradies Club in the Canberra suburb of Woden.
For three days they will catch up with each other’s recent histories, reflect on times and people past, compare medical conditions, chat and laugh a lot, probably have a bit too much to drink, and once more enjoy their shared company.
The Canberra-based organisers, who have developed a fine program but have no control over the weather, are Ian Mclean, Bob Davis and Geoff Chapman.
It will be a grand time.
Art Newspaper (UK)
But, says the vintage photograph dealer Daniel Blau, Bailey’s photography “goes much deeper than what you can see in a glossy magazine”.
This month, Blau’s London gallery will show for the first time Bailey's Papua Polaroids taken when the photographer ventured into the Papua New Guinea highlands in 1974.
The photos were unexpectedly discovered by Blau during a recent visit to Bailey’s studio. Blau believes the market for instant photographs is undervalued.
“They are the most direct proof of the communication between the artist, the sitter and the viewer,” he says.
THE LUK SAVE ART TEAM is pleased to announce that its 10th Anniversary Exhibition will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Port Moresby and will be for the first time open to the general public.
Founded in 2003 at the Royal Papua Yacht Club, Luk Save has evolved into the largest celebration of contemporary art in Papua New Guinea.
It proudly displays work from artists throughout PNG, of all ages, training and backgrounds and is, for many, their primary experience of a formal exhibition.
Built on an ethos of inclusion our international art ‘rock-stars’ stand alongside self-taught talent. The only rules are that it must be original work, can not have been exhibited elsewhere and be current, that is, created in the year between shows.
The quality of the artwork presented has increased dramatically over the history of the event with many artists stretching boundaries and concepts to deliver their most inspirational pieces for the exhibition.
The incentive to improve and create their best was recognised by NASFUND in 2010 with the addition of the NASFUND Art Award for ‘Best in Show’.
Chosen by a panel that draws on academic, artistic and curator experience from Australia and New Zealand, it is a significant prize and has undoubtedly been instrumental in the strengthening of quality presented in the exhibition.
Alongside the show, the Luk Save team produce The Catalogue. This has become a much sort after collectors item with copies being held by the National Library of Australia and the Pratt Institute of Art in New York.
Created with the backing and support of Deloitte, it is the sole record of the journey of contemporary art in Papua New Guinea over the past 10 years and is a joyous celebration of the art displayed.
The 10th Anniversary Exhibition draws together over 230 artworks from drawings and paintings through sculpture, pottery and photography from across the country. All work presented is available for sale and this is the primary income generating event for the art community each year. In the past 9 years, Luk Save has paid over K1.8 million direct to artists.
Saturday 22 September: 7pm – Opening Night Cocktail Party, ticket only access. Tickets available from Art Stret Gallery, Steamships Hardware Compound, Waigani. K250 includes a copy of the Luk Save Collection Catalogue, food and drinks
Sunday 23 September: 9am – Open Day, free of charge all day
CATHERINE ARMITAGE | Sydney Morning Herald
The only references he ever made to the war were the names he gave around their Central Province village commemorating places he had been - his nephew Warisota; the family dog Buna; the pet pig Higaturu; a new banana variety, Koitakini.
The father, Temu Purikei, stayed silent until his death in 1990, not just because it was painful to speak of but because he also did not want to bring the Australian soldiers into disrepute.
Mistreatment of forced carriers is now established as fact, says Mr Temu, a librarian at the Australian National University.
As a lone Papuan voice at the Australian War Memorial's conference this week to mark the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign, he says the ''so-called fuzzy wuzzy angel'' was a myth.
His father, like many of the Papuan carrier/labourers, was third or fourth-generation Christian, educated in a Christian school and an emerging leading man of the village, Mr Temu said. He was from the middle class of Papuan society. ''These were the pastors, deacons, elders and mission teachers.''
When recruited by army officers who came looking for young, fit-looking men, they went because the village pastor, whose orders it was customary to obey, told them the London Missionary Society headquarters would appreciate their contribution to the war effort.
Some made their escape but his father was tracked down. The village pastor told Mr Temu's mother that her husband lost most of the flesh from his back during the bitter fighting around the beachhead at Buna and only survived because his cousin refused to accept the doctor's pronouncement of death and cared for him in a hideout.
Eventually Mr Purikei was taken to the Gemo Island Native Hospital, where he composed a traditional lament in the Hula language, part of which translates as ''Longing to come out of my mountain hideout/Feeling overwhelmed, bereft of my kinsfolk/Self pity and loneliness/This is not a job of my own choice''.
Mr Temu says it is hard to describe his feelings about his father's experiences. ''It is difficult for me to imagine what he went through. Obviously it was not done in a humane way,'' he said.
His father returned a changed man in 1945, determined to devote his life to developing the village church and working for the welfare of the people.
He taught them skills he learnt, including how to construct pit latrines and open-air showers, cook rice and bake damper. He had six children who became engineers, medics and MPs.
THIS IS A HEART WARMING STORY of an adventurous open canoe voyage designed to draw people’s attention to climate change and sea levels – two related issues of significant environmental and humanitarian impact worldwide and, even more immediately, in the Pacific.
To raise awareness of these issues, the 48' open canoe Climate Challenger will leave Manus today on a challenging voyage which is emulating some of the great traditional seafaring exploits of the past.
The people of Manus and guests gathered at Lorengau last weekend to wish the vessel well before its long and risky journey around the Pacific.
During the speeches, although the rain poured down, support for the crew did not waver and the people gave their blessings before Governor Charlie Benjamin officially cut the ribbon signifying the beginning of the voyage.
The great Pacific canoe voyage is an initiative of Manuai Matawai [pictured] of Pere village who works with The Nature Conservancy and Selarn Kaluwin of Mbuke who work with the World Wildlife Fund in Manus, Papua New Guinea.
They are passionate about raising awareness of climate change, clean oceans, a clean atmosphere and, as a curious extra, connecting the people of Mbuke on Manus Island with the lost Titan tribe on Yap Island in Micronesia.
The canoe voyage is partly funded by AusAID under its ‘building the resilience of communities and their ecosystems to the impact of climate change’ program.
The voyagers write:
Climate change is here to stay. Science has blamed human induced activities for causing these changes [to which] we must respond individually, provincially, nationally and globally to adapt and mitigate [them].
In Manus Province, the people of Mbuke, at their own initiative, had responded by planting yams and water security. They are also planting mangroves to protect the shoreline. The people of Pere also planted mangroves for coastal protection and planted sago on higher ground.
Both Pere and Mbuke set aside marine protected areas to protect and manage reef fish, coral and other commercial invertebrates as part of their effort in building the resilience of their community and ecosystem to the impact of climate change helped by The Nature Conservancy and WWF respectively.
Deep in history, the Mbuke and Pere people hailed from a Titan tribe known as Mwanus. They are sea people and dependent on the sea for their livelihood. Part of the great voyage will be an attempt to connect with this lost tribe.
On board Climate Challenger are 10 local navigators, dancers and musicians to share the Manus culture throughout the island destinations to be visited: Kavieng, Lihir, Buka, Shortland Island, Taro (Choiseul), Honiara, Nauru, Kiribati (Tarawa), Marshall Islands (Majuro and atolls), Kosraie, Ponape, Truk, Puluwat, Soral, Yap, Palau, Wuvulu, Aua (Manus), Ninigo Group, Hermit and finally back to Lorengau.
The trip is expected to take 70 days and cover more than 3,200 km of the Pacific.
Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua is a touring exhibition developed by the Australian Museum (featured in PNG Attitude in 2008) and hosted by the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney depicts an artistic legacy from a career spanning nearly 60 years.
On display are 82 framed photographs taken on two journeys to Papua in the early 1920s. The photos reflect both an Australian-controlled Papua – a place where government and missionaries exerted a strong influence in the areas they occupied – and a more traditional Papua. The culture clash between the colonial settlers and the Papuan people is clearly captured in the mesmerising images.
Like everything Hurley touched, the Papua photographs were cloaked in controversy. Moral questions were raised about the circumstances in which Hurley took the photographs.
He was accused of theft, bullying, duplicity and unethical behaviour. Although Hurley was largely innocent, he did not mind the accusations. There was always a Barnum and Bailey side to Hurley. And if a bad headline swelled the number of people paying to see his slide shows, Hurley would milk it for all it was worth
The photographs are extraordinary and include scenes of mission life, landscapes and the first aerial photographs taken of Papua. There is a magnificent a four-frame panorama of a Papuan village which has never been seen before. But mostly there are portraits - dozens of haunting photographs of people who had never seen a camera but were persuaded to pose despite their obvious apprehension.
The photographs that caused much controversy were those which Hurley took of his party carrying guns in the remote Lake Murray district. They had been told to carry guns by the Lieutenant-Governor because Lake Murray wasn't under government control. But a missionary saw a photo and drew the conclusion there had been violence.
Hurley’s subsequent slide shows were a huge success, with tours of the US and Britain. His book Pearls And Savages became an international bestseller, encouraging him to return to the region to make two feature films.
By 1927 Hurley was going through difficult times, forced to take a desk job. He decided to sell much of his Papua collection of glass-plate negatives and lantern slides to the Australian Museum.
WHAT: Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua Photographic Exhibition
WHEN: Until 26 October 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday (after hours by appointment)
WHERE: Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Female Orphan School, Parramatta South Campus Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere
COST: $5 per person
BY KEITH JACKSON
ON MONDAY, DELIVERING THE OPENING REMARKS at his first public forum in Sydney, Martyn Namorong had relied heavily on notes; some of which fell to the floor while he was presenting. Their disorder was not a great help to fluency.
Martyn also had a series of slides to illustrate his talk. Not needed. Especially when you forget they’re there and have to scrabble though them every few minutes to find where you’re up to.
You only need visuals when your content has no other visible means of support.
Despite such technical difficuties, the event was a great success.
Yesterday lunchtime – at Mido Restaurant in Neutral Bay, Sydney – Martyn, poised somewhere between the ABC and the SBS and their need for interviews, and sitting on a single beer throughout, fronted a round table of (let me be polite) older gentlemen.
All of whom had spent some time in PNG in the 60s and 70s. A tough audience. Tough as in: ‘What’ve you done with place since we left, eh?’
There were ex chalkies, ex journos, ex military, no ex kiaps thank god. It was a tough enough gallery. But a fair one.
So it was that the assembly threw every issue at Martyn except what happened to the kitchen sink – corruption, media freedom (or otherwise), Chinese influence, demographics, Chinese illegal immigrants, gun running, what happened to old so-and-so from Karkar, Bougainville, politics, even the events of the day (the Supreme Court had just declared Somare the rightful prime minister, again).
Our man Martyn, who had been out and about all morning, and who I anxiously wondered was across the day’s events, was on top of every question and every nuance.
Not a question without a substantive, informed and often witty answer.
I wish the camera crew had been present for this event: the old colonials meeting the newest edition of the post-independents. The two groups, despite being separated by two generations, saw eye to eye on just about everything.
I also wish I had the memory bank (and the space here) to repeat the anecdotes about times past with which Martyn was regaled by the likes of John Highfield and Leo Carroll and Phil Charley.
Each story received with a silent smile and eyes glistening with encouragement.
No question unanswered, no tale unappreciated, no false statement unchallenged (but in the gentlest way).
If you get a chance to catch up with Martyn Namorong in Australia, make sure you do. You won’t regret it.
On Tuesday Martyn also featured on the ABC's Late Night Live and on the SBS-TV News as well as being interviewed for Radio Australia and having a guided tour of the ABC broadcasting centre in Sydney. Early in the morning he had written an 800 word article for The Age newpaper.... http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/2237661694/Leadership-crisis-grips-PNG
The privately-funded Take the Truth to Australia tour will enable one of Papua New Guinea’s new generation of writers and thinkers to speak about the issues afflicting his country – one of which he says is Australia itself.
Namorong, 25, who sells betel nut in Port Moresby’s markets to earn money to support his writing, is well known for his gritty and accurate portrayals of the struggling and increasingly depressed society that is today’s PNG
“I don’t dream anymore,” he says. “I am grounded in reality. I grapple with the facts as they are.”
In 2011 Namorong was recognised for his writing when he won the inaugural Crocodile Prize, PNG’s national literary award.
As a medical student at the University of Papua New Guinea, Namorong witnessed the troubles of PNG at first hand and now chooses to live a lifestyle no different from that of the vast majority of his compatriots.
“The system of education in this country [Papua New Guinea] is a failure trap,” Mr Namorong says.
“It is supposed to groom Papua New Guineans, but all it does is produce a lot of failures.”
Namorong has been acclaimed as the foremost of a growing group of Papua New Guinean writers unafraid to speak boldly on issues of corruption and public waste and who are using social media to stimulate pressure for social change.
In Australia he will meet with politicians, journalists and people interested in PNG affairs.
Martyn will be in Sydney (21-22 May), Melbourne (23-26 May), Canberra (27-29 May) and Brisbane (30 May-2 June). He is available for media interviews
Media contact: Ben Jackson: 0417 407 565 | (02) 9904 4333 | email@example.com
MEET MARTYN NAMORONG
TAKING THE TRUTH TO AUSTRALIA TOUR
An initiative of PNG Attitude & our readers
Sydney - Monday 21 May 2pm - Jackson Wells, Neutral Bay
Melbourne - Thursday 24 May 4pm - Venue TBA
Canberra - Tuesday 29 May 4pm - Hotel Kurrajong
Brisbane - Friday 1 June - watch this space for venue & time
Contact Keith Jackson here to book
BUSINESS ADVANTAGE INTERNATIONAL
PORT MORESBY IS TO HOST its first international investment conference in September.
The 10–11 September event, The Papua New Guide Advantage 2012, will bring local and international investors together to discuss how the private sector can drive PNG’s development over the next decade.
It will be coordinated by the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with Business Advantage International. Partners for the event will include the National Capital District Commission, BSP, ANZ and Deloitte.
The conference will be split into two days, with a general investment summit on the first day and a second day focused exclusively on infrastructure. Speakers will include international experts and local business people.
“We want to create an event that allows investors to knuckle down and focus on the tremendous range of business opportunities there are in PNG,” said David Conn, Executive Director of POMCCI.
“There will be a strong focus on regional development. As the host chamber, we’re keen to reach out to PNG’s other chambers of commerce so that they can also be a part of this exciting event,” he said.
Jackie Barton, British High Commissioner to PNG, said “September will be the perfect time for UK companies to come to PNG and learn more about investing here.”
The event will focus on business sectors outside mining and petroleum.
The Papua New Guinea Advantage Conference will take place at the Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby on 10 and 11 September.
Uncle Richard was in Papua New Guinea to perform the Aboriginal cultural ceremonies to bring his relative Private Frank Archibald's soul to rest.
Private Archibald was shot by a Japanese sniper while trying to save a friend during the Kokoda campaign, in November 1942.
The only surviving member of Private Archibald's 11 siblings, 74 year old Aunty Grace Gordon (nee Archibald), and other relatives, travelled with Uncle Richard to Port Moresby to take part in the ceremonies.
There are more Australian war dead at Bomana than at any other war cemetery in the world.
BY MARTYN NAMORONG
THE NAMORONG REPORT
The streets are largely deserted and the few people who venture out carry on rather nervously. Port Moresby’s notorious traffic jams are nowhere to be seen and for once the city looks like the most liveable place on earth.
Angau Drive in Boroko with its lush vegetation has a slow stream of pedestrians, much to the annoyance of street vendors who prop up stalls near the footpath. The roundabout near SP Brewery lacks its usual scrum of vehicles puffing out toxic fumes.
Along Kennedy Drive, where mobile giant Digicel is headquartered, a mother escorts her child back from Gordon’s Secondary School. They’re both immersed in conversation about the constitutionality of the Judicial Conduct Act and parliament’s decision to postpone elections.
The Gordons main bus stop and market area is unusually slow as a small crowd mingles around waiting for buses or buying mobile phone credits.
The largest city in the South Pacific, Port Moresby, has been shut down for Occupy Waigani, a protest organised to demand that parliament rescind its decision to interfere with the judiciary and to postpone the elections.
Meanwhile, at around 10 am, students from the University of Papua New Guinea are all gathered on campus for their march to Sir John Guise stadium.
As news filters that the University students are moving, a vocal crowd of predominantly teenage primary schoolboys leaves the stadium and heads towards the Government Offices at Waigani.
The boys are stopped by police opposite Morauta Haus – the office complex that houses the Prime Minister’s Department.
Back at the stadium a live band performs to a growing crowd of about 5,000 people. Everyone is waiting for the arrival of the university students.
An hour later the students enter Independence Drive. The students were advised to march to the stadium instead of taking public transport.
It is a lesson learnt from Tahir Square that once a small group with great legitimacy takes the streets, the sympathetic public joins the queue. And it worked as the students march to Waigani with a 5,000 strong crowd.
Sir John Guise stadium is now packed with about 10,000 people. Many Port Moresby residents have never seen such a crowd.
This crowd serves as an ominous warning to Port Moresby based politicians as the clock ticks is way down to election time. One protestor described the crowd as the largest she had seen since the 1991 South Pacific Games held at Sir John Guise Stadium.
The rhetoric begins on stage and the crowd cheered rausim! rausim! rausim! [rescind! rescind! rescind! in Tok Pisin] as various speakers called on the O’Namah regime to rescind its recent decisions.
Unionists Michael Malabag and John Paska address the crowd first. Legal expert Dr John Nonggorr then articulates the unconstitutionality of these changes in Tok Pisin. No doubt Dr Nonggorr had done an excellent job in Tok Pisin.
As Dr Nonggorr speaks, the O’Namah regime’s convoy enters the stadium. Opposition Leader Dame Carol Kidu also makes her way in. As the O’Namah entourage comes to a standstill at the stadium, it is booed by the crowd.
The politicians make their way up the stadium and there is minor chaos on stage as seats are sought for them. Dr Nonggorr then continues his rhetoric and presents a synopsis of the petition.
Prime Minister O’Neill is given the petition by unionist Michael Malabag while UPNG student president Emmanuel Isaac presents another to Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen. The Trawen petition calls on the Electoral Commissioner to go ahead with the elections as scheduled.
Here are the outcomes of Occupy Waigani at Sir John Guise stadium as summarised by ActNow:
1) The issue of writs is officially postponed until 18 May (Mr Trawen said so!).
2) Today's parliament sitting is postponed to 10am Wednesday.
3) The Judicial Act will be repealed as long as Injia and Kirriwom step down (Mr O'Neill said so).
4) The issue of the march will blow over and people will forget (Mr Namah said so).
5) Mr O'Nelil wound down his window and waved royally to all of us gathered at the Sir John Guise Stadium when leaving.
6) Mr O'Neill stated clearly that only the Electoral Commissioner has the authority to delay or not the 2012 National Elections therefore he can't give assurance that elections will run according to schedule.
7) Mr O'Neill stated clearly that he will repeal the Judicial Act if Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and Justice Nicholas Kirriwom step down.