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The pidgin-speaking diplomat's posting coincided with some of the most tumultuous events in PNG's short history as an independent nation.
Among them were the constitutional crisis sparked by the leadership dispute between Peter O'Neill and Sir Michael Somare, an attempted military mutiny, and last year's national elections.
Despite the drama Mr Kemish told the ABC’s PNG correspondent Liam Fox that he's optimistic about the country's future though it faces serious challenges.
The interview began with Mr Kemish relaying the event he says most sums up his time in PNG getting stuck during the long drive up the east coast of Bougainville.