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Sunday, 17 September


PNGs body a bit under the weather but better days ahead "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sam-Koim (Business Advantage PNG)SAM KOIM

You can read here the complete speech from which this article was extracted

TOWNSVILLE Heres a medical question which requires some form of scientific explanation.

Theres a body that is 42 years old, sitting on a plate of gold, floating on a sea of oil, powered by natural gas, got all the enablers to grow and still struggling to get on its feet and continuing to receive $500 million in aid annually.


I mean, if a body is 42 years old and still yet to get its footing in the rudiments of life, the chemistry is not working well, is it?

In Papua New Guinea, I was confronted with this burning question so decided to take some time off from the hustle and bustle of politics to search for answers.

For the last three and half months, I have been conducting a diagnosis of this 42-year-old body.

Believe it or not, I have discovered that the body had the symptoms of diabetes. Much of it is overweight, dysfunctional and, most importantly, losing its sight. It has developed a Type 2, insulin-resistant diabetes.

I have identified a number of potential causes.

In its infancy, this body was not treated by real doctors but by copycats. Although the copycats meant well, they were not trained to understand the body. So they experimented on the body in the best way they could.

When one of the organs got dysfunctional, the watchmen started feeding it sweets to gety it to work. The glucose started to seep into the body. Before we realised it, the body was overweight and very unhealthy. It needed trimming. I mean a lot of trimming and weight loss.

That is the body that is celebrating its 42nd birthday.

I have painted a rather gloomy picture of our beloved country and you might be depressed. I am showing you that, until that body is healed and regains its sight, it will never be able to see and help others who are sick.

The good news is that our best days are still ahead of us.

I am convinced that the strength of our country is its people. I have seen on social media that, despite our shortcomings and economic turmoil, our people took time out in colours to hon...


After 2017s wipeout, whats next for women in PNG politics? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Women candidates mocked
A newspaper cartoon mocking female candidates caused social media outrage & retaliation during the recent PNG national election

KERRYN BAKER | East Asia Forum

CANBERRA - For the first time in 20 years, Papua New Guinea has no women at all in its 111-seat national parliament.

While a record 167 women (5% of the total 3,340 candidates), including the three female incumbents, contested the 2017 elections, none was successful.

The electoral contest in PNG is undoubtedly hostile to women, but there are three key pathways that could improve womens electoral prospects.

First, the campaign playing field should be levelled out for women.

Money politics is a pervasive and, in many parts of PNG, a dominant aspect of election campaigning. The practices of vote-buying, vote-selling, gifting and treating are evident in all regions of PNG, and seem to have increased exponentially in the past few general elections both in terms of the number of people engaged in the practice and in the amounts spent.

Although it is illegal, candidates who participate in money politics and this style of campaigning do tend to perform better than those who do not.

Many female candidates, either for ethical or financial reasons, find themselves unable to compete in a contest characterised by money politics.

Women who contest elections are usually less well-resourced than their high-performing male counterparts, and this gender imbalance plays out in the election results.

A concerted effort to change the emerging electoral culture in Papua New Guinea, by tackling the rise of money politics and moving to curb campaign spending, could have real benefits for the competitiveness of female candidates. But this is likely to be politically unpalatable.

Despite the significant barriers to electoral success for women in PNG, it is important to note that there were numerous women who performed very well in the 2017 elections, even if they were ultimately unsuccessful.

So the second initiative that should be pursued is su...


Papua New Guinea struck by 5.9-magnitude earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says. The quake struck in the early hours of Monday local time at a depth of 37km, in the sea southwest of Kandrian, the centre added.


Kiribati joined, eight countries will bring West Papua issue in UNGA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Minggu, 17 September 2017 05:58
Kiribati joined, eight countries will bring West Papua issue in UNGA

Papua No. 1 News Portal I Jubi,

Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary for Prime Minister Johny Koanapo (left) with Jubi journalist Victor Mambor after an interview at UNHRC, Geneva in February 2017 Doc. Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai admitted that although the Pacific Leaders Forum (PIF) in Samoa last week discussed West Papua as an agenda item, some PIF members considered West Papua a sensitive issue and did not want the forum to make a decision.

However, Salwai, who leads the West Papua lobby during the PIF, also acknowledged support for the West Papua issue continues to grow.
"If last year seven countries, including Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, are currently the eight countries that joined the Paciifc Islands Coalition for West Papua (PICWP)," Salwai told the Daily Post last week.

These eight countries will bring the West Papua issue before the United Nations General Assembly session that will begin next week in New York, USA.

"So far, Vanuatu has continued to commit itself to pioneering the West Papua problem, through government, civil society and churches and this year we are bringing this issue to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) forum," Salwai continued.

Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary for the Prime Ministers Office, Johny Koanapo, told Jubi via e-mail Sunday that the efforts of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands in the Pacific have shown significant progress. If previously, the West Papua issue is just a bilateral issue and a regional issue in Melanesia, now West Papuas advocacy has spread far and wide in the Pacific.

"The West Papua issue has passed the Melanesian Spearhead Groups where we have different opinions on how to deal with the West Papua issue. But this problem has moved beyond the jurisdiction of MSG, "he said.

Not only the Vanuatu government and the Solomon Islands government, Koanapo continued, currently other countries in Micronesia and Polynesia have joined the PICWP established since a year ago.

"Kiribati is a country that joins in 2017 after seven other countries, namely Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu and Tonga established PICWP," Koanapo said.

Widespread issue of West Papua in the Pacific is certainly demanding more jobs for Vanuatu who...


Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil explains move "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil  has said  that his defection to the government ranks   wasnt at all desperate for portfolios in the government but the move was to safeguard the partys future in the coming months and in the 5 years term of the current government.

There may be casualties in moving into the government ranks or even remaining in the Opposition but in weighing the move as a responsible leader, the casualties of staying in opposition are greater than crossing the floor, said Mr. Basil.
Mr. Basil also denied having any disagreements with the Opposition leadership saying he moved to the government with a good heart and believed in the leadership of Patrick Pruaitch as the Opposition leader.
Pangu Pati also welcomed 2 new members into its camp, in Lae MP John Rosso and Lufa MP Moriape Kavori.


Einstein A Go-Go - 17th September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In the studio this week are Dr. Jeff, Dr. Catherine, Dr. Jen and Dr Shane.

News: Bacteria on teeth is environmental not genetic, smoking outside health facilities, tattoo ink and its movement through the body's transport systems and zero and the Bakhshali manuscript.

First guests: (in the studio) are Cassie Nolan and Charlie Medic science students from Monash University who are investigating the spread of Rainbow Lorikeets across Victoria. 'Where's Lori?' is a 'pop up' citizen science project running through the month of September, 2017. There are also some awesome prizes to be won for participants.

Second guests: (in the studio) are Jacinta Den Beston (UoM) and Tanya Hill (Planetarium Scienceworks) talk about visting astro/cosmo-nauts and the Astrolight Festival 2017.

Third guest: (in the studio) is Yen Ying Lim from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health who talks about Alzheimer's disease and the Healthy Brain Project.

Dr. Shane talks about (well mentions) the Cassini spacecraft (again!).

Remember, Science is everywhere, including:

Program page: Einstein-a-Go-Go Facebook page: Einstein-a-Go-Go Twitter:...


Sunshine Coast Falcons to meet PNG Hunters in Intrust Super Cup Grand Final "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Justin Olam in action
THE Sunshine Coast Falcons have set up a grand final showdown with the PNG Hunters, after they smashed Redcliffe 40-14 at Dolphin Oval.

In a stunning performance, Craig Ingebrigtsens side ran riot in the second half to secure their first Intrust Super Cup grand final appearance since 2009.

The Falcons scored four tries to one in the second stanza, with star halfback Ryley Jacks bagging a double.

Former Hunter Justin Olam also claimed two tries for himself, after he scored the first four-pointer of the game in the sixth minute.

The final score from the Sunshine Coast was one that few could have predicted, given Redcliffes form this year.

But Ingebrigtsen said his side executed perfectly to leave the Dolphins heartbroken.

Its a bit surreal, he said.

You start in the middle of November and you think of this as your goal, that you want to play in the grand final. Obviously only two teams go there so Im really happy and proud of our group.

We made sure we were clinical about what we did. The boys were outstanding on their execution.

I cant wait for next Sunday. I wish it was here now ... were up for the challenge. Momentum is a wonderful thing.

The Falcons have only won the competition once in the Queensland Cup-era, after they claimed the trophy in 2009.

It has taken a lot of work for the club to get back to this point, after they almost folded before they became a Melbourne Storm feeder club in 2015.

That hard work and determination was also on show as player captain Dane Hogan pushed through injury to help get the Falcons the win.

It was revealed on Sunday that Hogan fractured his cheekbone in the semi-final showdown against Easts last week while playmaker Jacks had also battled a minor groin injury before the Redcliffe clash.

Jacks played down his issue, saying it was much better now than it had been against Easts, but said that need to put the team first was crucial at this time of year.

Last week...


Rainfed commercial rice farming in PNG attracts Australian scholars "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Unique rainfed commercial rice farming methods practiced in PNG have drawn the attention of prestigious Charles Sturt University in Australia.
Students and staff from the New South Wales-based institution were in Papua New Guinea as part of their international field excursion to learn from different agri-based based industries, and in particular the grain-based agriculture production systems in the Markham Valley.
The Markham Valley is seeing a rapid change in the landscape with a recent drive by number of large agri-based companies including Trukai Industries who have put significant investment into creating a grain-based farming hub.
A rapid evolution from being just a cattle country to grain production is now very visible to those who have lived in or commuted frequently along one of PNGs biggest highways, which connects major province centres in the highlands and Madang province.
The Government and the people of Papua New Guinea are now fully aware of the great potential for agriculture the valley, said Trukai Industries Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese.
Its well known amongst leading agricultural experts that the Valley is the food bowl of our country, and ideal for growing crops and developing a primary-based industry. However, its potential has never developed until only recently, and now significant interest has been shown by major agri-based companies.
The students were led by Lecturer in Agricultural Business Management Katrina Durham who has visited various agro-based industries in the Valley.
The students spent three days of their visit at Markham Valley in the Morobe province, where Trukai and landowners are pioneering in new and unique model of commercial rice farming through their joint-venture.
The students we able to learn how the company has made significant progress in testing the model, which includes engaging local farmers, developing a market structure and supporting farmers with the appropriate rice farming technology.
The visited extended to the Trukai milling facilities in Lae where the raw materials from the rainfed crop will be processed and packaged as part of the PNG-grown rice brands that Trukai Industries is working towards.


New rice mill future-ready for booming industry in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trukai Industries long-term plans for a sustainable commercial rice industry in PNG have taken a further leap forward as a new state-of-the-art paddy rice mill in Lae nears completion.

With the Trukai Industries Rice Mill Maintenance Team working alongside Vietnamese Industrial & Agricultural Machinery Company Bui Van Ngo, installation of the Paddy Rice Mill has is now in full swing, with expected completion before the end of September.
In recent months the Rice Mill Maintenance Team has been preparing the area for construction including upgrading services, installing infeed equipment, ensuring Good Manufacturing Practice(GMP) standards, organising the fumigation area and refurbishing office space for the new rice mill.

The mill has maximum production capacity of a staggering 240 ton per week, though output will be limited by how much rice can grown at this stage.
Trukai has laid down their blueprint to grow the local rice farming industry exponentially over the next decade and beyond. Alongside the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative it has established 500-plus hectare rice plantation near Rangiampum which will be progressively expanded up to 2,000 hectares over a number of seasons.
Our technicians expect the project to be completed within the next few weeks, explained James Gawne, Engineering Manager for Trukai Industries Limited.
New mains have been installed and power supply from the stockfeed end of shed has been supplied to the area. All infeed equipment is being painted and is a work in progress, and the office space has been refurbished. There are a multitude of other technical installations that are being competed according to schedule.

Trukai Industries General Manager for Agriculture Jarrod Pirie said the new rice mill was another foundation being laid to establish a bona fide local rice industry.
The mill is being developed to be future-ready for when our local farmers are producing rice at a greater rate than at present, which will happen, he said.
Year-on-year that growth is being displayed on the ground, through our investment in technology and training with local farmers. Our work with Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative is a statement for how far we have come in a short space of time.
We still have some way to go but milestones like this mill indicate our plans for the future, and where we plan to get to.


Profiting from Sickness: The Dark Economy of Public Health in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNGi has released the first instalment of a three-part investigation into the abusive commercial transactions that are leading to the circulation of overpriced and substandard medicines and medical supplies and the waste of millions of Kina in desperately needed funding.

Life expectancy in PNG is twenty years lower than in Australia and the lowest in the region. Eight million people in Papua New Guinea live without access to decent health care and everyone feels the impacts.

If ever there was a sector which should be safeguarded by political leaders to ensure that services are provided in an effective and efficient manner, free from malfeasance, it is public health, but as the the PNGi investigation reveals, that is far from reality.

Profiting from Sickness focuses on controversial medical goods supplier, Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals Limited, its principal, Sir Sang Chung Poh, and a network of business people, former public servants and doctors, connected to him.

Part I of Profiting from Sickness puts the spotlight on Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals Limited itself.

It reveals allegations made against the company from a range of credible authorities, including the Medical Association of PNG, The Global Funds Inspector General, a Special Parliamentary Committee, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Solicitor Generals Office, the National Doctors Association, front-line medical workers, Professor Glen Mola, Governor Gary Juffa, and Sir Mekere Morauta.

The general pattern common to all these allegations, is that Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals benefits from rigged or flawed tender processes, which come at a significant cost to donors and the public. Furthermore, the goods being provided through these flawed tenders, it is claimed, have been found wanting.

All of which, it is argued, result in Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals making engorged profits at the publics financial and physical expense.

The results of this alleged abusive behaviour could not be more serious. Rather than the public health system eroding health inequalities, it is exacerbating them and missing the opportunity to make inroads into primary health care that could make a significant impact on the quality and quantity of life enjoyed by ordinary citizens. This comes at an enormous cost to family life and the national economy.

Part II of Profiting from Sickness, to be published next week, will turn the spotlight on some of Sir Sang Chung Pohs business partners. These include some of the countrys top physicians; some of who have been investigated for...


New Basketball Program Helping Combat Gender Based Violence in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - The Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG)
successfully rolled out its new Mums A Hero program this week in Kaugere.
The innovative program, which forms part of the National Federations Hoops for Health (H4H) community
engagement strategy, is designed to achieve the dual objectives of addressing gender based violence
and promoting health and well-being through exercise.
Along with the facilitation of basketball-based physical activity sessions, Mums A Hero also sees
workshops delivered on gender empowerment and education on the resources available to support
women and their families.
The project has been established under a joint-partnership, with key stakeholders being BFPNG, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC), Papua New Guinea Australian Policing Partnership (PNGAPP) and ChildFund Papua New Guinea 1-Tok Kaunselin Helpim Lain.

BFPNG Administration Officer and coordinator of Mums A Hero Delisha Liri said the program was an interactive way of combating gender based violence.
We recognize GBV is a major issue in our communities and we want to make sure we are doing our part to help address it. Many women, mums especially, dont know what services are available to assist them and through this
program we can open the conversation, providing education regarding rights and creating awareness of services available, while also promoting the health benefits of physical activity by encouraging the
participation of women in sport.
The Child Fund Papua New Guinea 1-Tok Kaunselin Helpim Lain is free and we want people to know its out there.
Were also very thankful that we have the support of the RPNGC and PNG-APP who are assisting BFPNG with program delivery.


ExxonMobil PNG empowering women leaders "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby: Two Papua New Guinea women have graduated from a four week Global Women in Management training program held in Washington DC in the United States of America.

Julie Alo and Bala Kerapa were the recipients of this years Global Women in Management (GWIM) program which is supported by operator of the PNG LNG Project, ExxonMobil PNG Limited (EMPNG).
ExxonMobil PNG Public & Government Affairs Manager Robert Aisi said womens economic empowerment is one of ExxonMobils key focus areas for community investment because it recognises that women are strong drivers of social change in their communities. Each investment in a woman is also an investment in her family and her community, so the impact is broad and multidimensional, he said.
The Global Women in Management program, run by Plan International USA, brings together women from diverse cultures across the globe to network, learn, share and adapt best practices around the world for expanding womens economic opportunities.

Julie Alo and Bala Kerapa thanked ExxonMobil PNG for the opportunity to participate in this years program which they said was very rewarding and they look forward to applying their new skills to their work.

I have learned a lot from this experience and have gained new set of skills which I am looking forward to put to use back home, said Alo.

64 women from Papua New Guinea have benefited from the program since 2006.  Aisi said all past participants are strong leaders in their own communities, and are making a significant contribution in their roles within the nonprofit sector, entrepreneurial sector, community and greater society.

The training alumni also formed their own secretariat: Advancing Papua New Guinea: Women in Leadership Network (APNG:WLN) to leverage the strengths of their networks to support each other to deliver positive change in their communities and contribute to policy development in relation to social issues.

APNG:WLN representative Cathy Alex thanked ExxonMobil for its continuous support to the women of Papua New Guinea and also for recognising the need to empower them through the Global Women in Management program so that they can positively contribute to the growth and development of their communities.

For the first time earlier this year two past participants, Maureen Santana and Ruth Kissam, returned to Washington DC to participat...



ARAWA, Papua New Guinea,  Former BRA commander opposed to the
reopening of Panguna mine, James Onartoo has denied claims by the media and by the ABG
Vice President, Raymond Masono that he and his group had signed a resolution with pro
mining BRA Commanders, Ishmael Toroama, Sam Kauona and Glyn Tovirika paving way
for the reopening of Panguna.
Mr Onartoo said that while he represented the silent majority who believe that mining was
not the answer to Bougainvilles future, he had no authority to sign anything that will take
away peoples resources and their rights to their land.
I am one of the many who dont support BCL or mining in Panguna or anywhere in
Bougainville but I cannot claim to have the authority to sign a resolution or an agreement on
their behalf, to reopen the mine at Panguna. The reports that you have seen in the Post
Courier and in the statement by ABG Vice President are untrue, he said
Mr. Onartoo also said that he and his group which includes, women, landowners and the excombatants
of South and Central Bougainville remain firm that Panguna must not be
reopened. He pointed out that ABG is weak and lacks laws and systems to effectively regulate
and to deal with a large scale mine. He said that without these mechanisms in place mining
will cause more harm than good to the region.
Mr. Masonos claims that only a minority opposed reopening of Panguna mine is totally
untrue because, the silent majority are with us and our call for no mining in Bougainville is
gaining popularity. More and more people are beginning to realize that mining can easily
strip Bougainville of its independence by taking control of ABG and is already causing
divisons among us the ex-combatants and landowners, Mr Onartoo said.
Mr. Onartoo appealed to BRA commanders and ABG Vice Present not to mislead the people
of Bougainville regarding sensitive issues such as mining. He said that leaders must act
responsively give factual information to avoid confusion that disunity.
Meanwhile, ABG efforts to reopen Panguna were dealt another blow last week when excombatants
and officers of Panguna Mine Negotiations (PMNO) under the influence of
alcohol threatened a community volunteer worker, Theonila Matbob and her family. The
threats were made over the hosting of a referendum awareness program with the help of
visiting Melanesian indigenous rights advocacy group, MILDA. The program was move to
Arawa following the encounter with pro mining elements in Panguna.


PNG rice farming reaches new level "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Surveying the vast rice fields of Markham Valley, Sunrice and Trukai Industries board directors have seen first-hand Trukais vital role in supporting a viable commercial rice industry in Papua New Guinea.
Members of both Sunrice and Trukai Industries board of directors travelled to witness the progress of Trukai Industries expansive Markham Valley rice project, established with the cooperation of the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative.
The board was met by members of the Chingwam Co-operative on the new development site near Rangiampum Village.
During the historic tour, a cheque for K84,700 for the purchase of the 140 ton of rice harvested in May was presented to the Chingwam Rice Growers Co-operative by Trukai Industries.
Trukais ever-evolving partnership with the local farming community is evident. The results of Trukai providing local farmers with intensive training in commercial rice production methodology, and most importantly the finished rice product set for households around the country, were all on display.
Rob Gordon, CEO Sunrice & Trukai Director, with Sunrice Chairman Laurie Arthur and several directors from both Sunrice and Trukai were warmly met by Michael Maran, Chairman of Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative and John Maran, the Cooperatives Project Coordinator.
Other members and leaders of the Rangiampum community and Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative were present along with Bernard Maladina of Niugini Strategic Services, as Trukai Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese and Trukai GM-Agriculture Jarrod Pirie delved into the intricacies of their stunningly successful project.
The occasion presented a prime opportunity for all stakeholders to reflect on the significance of the land development projects progress over the previous 2 years - and get an indication of what is involved in the project expansion for this year and the potential for further expansion into the future.
This a significant milestone in the development of our rice industry in Papua New Guinea. The project has progressed from a pilot testing to a whole new level in rice farming in the country, said Mr. Saese.
This project involved an initial pilot testing of 10 hectares in 2015 and saw the successful cropping and delivery of 20 tons of rice.
Expansion into a slightly larger area of 40ha in the 2016-17 cropping se...


Papua New Guinea: SABL untold stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

16 Sep 2017 | Act Now!Locals in Bewani, West Sepik Province are paid poorly for their labour on oil palm plantations by logging companies.

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Papua New Guinean genetic diversity of populations intrigues scientists "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinean genetic diversity of populations intrigues scientists: [] Papua New Guinea is called a stepping stone in the human movement from Asia to Australia by the researchers. The team of researchers note that the differences in the genetic makeup of the population can be dated back to ten to twenty thousand years only rather than fifty thousand years back when humans first arrived. They found that agriculture was independently found on this island around ten thousand years ago, and this did not change the genetic makeup of the population as was the case in several populations across Europe and in some regions of Asia.

Anders Bergstrm, a graduate student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, who was part of the study team, explained that agriculture tends to homogenize the genetic differences in populations. Sanger Institute geneticist Chris Tyler-Smith, lead researcher further explained that in the Europe for example when agriculture was brought in by the Anatolia farmers, the genetic makeup of the local hunter gatherers that lived then for generations completely got replaced by the new genetic features. This obliteration of the genetic picture is absent in New Guinea and this is a big surprise he said.


Trying to solve the mystery of Hal Holmans wingless fairy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hal Holman's inscription on the sculptureKEITH JACKSON

LORENGAU Occasionally I receive an email that truly surprises me, and Friday was one of those times.

Edin Corr, a regular PNG Attitude reader currently in Lorengau, wrote telling of a person from Sori Island off the north coast of Manus who had turned up with a mysterious bronze sculpture.

Edin examined the sculpture and found inscribed the sculptors name (right). It was a work of Hal Holman, who died last year leaving a rich legacy of sculpture and painting, much of it part of the modern artistic heritage of Papua New Guinea.

I was pleasantly surprised to come across this bronze piece by such a renowned artist, wrote Edin, who then went on to tell me the remarkable story of its discovery.

Bronze fairy (front)About two weeks ago an elderly local lady was having a swim at Sori Island passage when she noticed a reflection of something at the bottom of the sea, about two metres down.

She dove down and recovered this sculpture, which stands about 24 cm high and weighs 23.5 kg.

Edin thought that PNG Attitude might be able to trace the origin of the sculpture and e ven find out how it ended up here in Admiralty Islands, adding: It is not for sale.

So I got in touch with Jo Holman, Hals wife, who quickly responded: This is indeed curious! The sculpture is one of the cast bronze fairies that Hal produced but without the wings that he would add after the body had been cast.

I organised the casting of several (four I think) in Brisbane after Hal moved there but have no idea how many bodies he had cast in Sydney when he first made the fairy original.



Genealogy in PNG: Lets find out about our ancestors while we can "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Maria Kerua
Maria Kerua, early 1950s, daughter of Mt Hagen bigman Ninji


DUBLIN - Some years ago a happily married Mt Hagen woman, Maria, told me a story about her first boyfriend. 

They were from different tribes in the Western Highlands, they had just become friends and were interested in getting to know more about each other.

Then it happened that a great-grandmother of Maria, who lived some distance away, died and Maria went to the funeral, where she spotted her boyfriend.  She knew he was not from that place and asked him, What are you doing here?

He replied, My old great-grandmother died and I am here.

The two then realised with a shock that they were closely related and, in accord with tribal custom, they could not marry. They split up straight away and Maria later married a man from another tribe.

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea there were many reasons why it was important to know who your ancestors were.

Tribal elders knew full well about the dangers of inbreeding and were careful  to avoid any wanblut consanguineous marriages.

If a tribe was small then one had to marry outside it; if the tribe was very large, one had to marry outside the clan or tribal segment. Incestuous relationships were prohibited.

This could be difficult. While in some cases clan elders did welcome women from enemy tribes, in other cases they were suspicious of them.

When asking about ancestry in the Hagen area, I found some knowledgeable people were able to trace back five or six generations. I can recall a Jika Muglmana tribesman, Thomas Berum, telling me he could trace back seven generations on his mothers side of the family.



We sing our anthem with pride - but what about our daughters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



GARY JUFFA | Asia Pacific Report

PORT MORESBY - O arise all you sons of this land here was perhaps one of the problems to progress in Papua New Guinea as we celebrated 42 years of independence yesterday.

Why have we not included the daughters of this land in our national anthem? How have we totally forgotten about them in the most important task of nation building?

Surely they too should rise and build this nation too since it is just as much theirs as it is that of the sons.

Yes thats correct our daughters should have the right to rise up for this land and be accorded the dignity and honour of being recognised for their efforts.

I believe we have set a negative psychological platform for Papua New Guineas development by excluding a significant segment of the hardest working and most intelligent people in our communities our womenfolk.

Some will argue they are truly the hardworking segment of our community.

Leadership and nation building should not just be restricted to menfolk. It should be based on someones passion, willingness and ability to deliver.

Its absurd and foolish to exclude the daughters of this land and we do it every time when we stand up and sing our anthem.

Out of a total of 3,332 candidates in PNGs general election this year, 165 were women 30 more than in the last election in 2012. None was elected to Parliament.


RISE Exclusive media Release: Ex-detainees Launch #sanctionAustralia Campaign: 16/09/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

#sanctionAustralia Campaign

Today RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees launches the Sanction Australia Campaign. Initiated and driven by a group of ex-detainees, Sanction Australia calls for international human rights bodies and the United Nations to sanction Australia for its inhumane mandatory detention policies and explicit refugee boat push back policies and to exclude Australia from participation in international humanitarian and human rights decision making processes until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers and refugees by Australia is abolished.

For the past 26 years, Australia has been progressively implementing punitive and cruel policies against people seeking asylum by boat. These policies have been maintained by successive Australian governments resulting in systemic torture and abuse of refugee/asylum seeker adults and children, and deaths in custody. Since RISE was launched in 2010, we are aware of at least 36 people who have died in Australian detention centres and many RISE ex-detainee members have witnessed deaths in detention well before this time period. How long, asks Abdul Baig, RISE director and ex-detainee, do we have to continue to face such cruelty in front of Australias eyes? Where is the justice?

Depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses are pervasive within Australian detention centres, and are often a direct result of the experience of detention itself. Recent Australian immigration department records reveal that over a period of just one year there were 188 incidents of self-harm involving asylum seekers on Nauru (roughly one every two days) and 55 incidents of self harm on Manus Island. The treatment of detainees within these camps, along with the indefinite detention they experience meets the definition of Torture under International law.

Further, he added We believe that Australias anti-refugee policies are not going to end unless there are international sanctions against the Australian government. We therefore urge international human rights activists and the UN to actively sanction Australia for such cruel acts.

US president Donald Trump has been widely criticised for his anti-refugee policies yet even he says that Australias policies are worse than the USA. Australia is the resource centre for anti-immigration policies in affluent liberal democracies around the world. Sanction Australia campaign coordinator and ex-detainee (unnamed) said We should sanction Australia on human rights to send a strong message to others who are intent on following Australias lead on this. Australia is the place to start on human rights sanction among industrialised countries. How many more from our community will be killed to serve Australian political interests? We dont need any more inquiries or reports, we....


The Room I Entered Was a Dream of This Room: Scattered Reflections on the Poetry of John Ashbery "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

John Ashbery, a genius of modern poetry and one of the most influential figures of late-20th and early-21st-century American literature, died on September 3 in New York at the age of 90.

John Ashbery. Credit: Reuters

Im quite puzzled by my work too, along with a lot of other people. I was always intrigued by it, but at the same time a little apprehensive and sort of embarrassed about annoying the same critics who are always annoyed by my work. Im kind of sorry that I cause so much grief.
~ John Ashbery (1927-2017), in an interview to Contemporary Authors

A tale is often told about John Ashberys first book of poems, Some Trees (1956), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. W.H. Auden, who judged the competition, had confessed later of not understanding a word of the winning manuscript. Hyperbole this, with more than a grain of truth in it perhaps, but despite some understandable incomprehension of Ashberys sometimes expansive and languorous, often fearsomely cryptic, poetry, Auden had felt, unerringly, the pulse of its urgency. He had sensed in his own poetic gut its standing-apartness, if we will, amid a slew of poets still in the throes of modernist adventurism in the 1950s despite the fact that Ashbery was a poet who grew to stand in contradistinction to the poet-as-editor figure that Auden as well as others like Pound and Eliot then embodied. It is not surprising perhaps that this young poet was largely inaccessible to the older man, nor unthinkable that Ashbery, however, named Auden as one of the earliest, strongest influences on his writing; and it is probably poetic justice that a youthful Ashbery still won his first prize adjud...




I .. (name).. from (location) urge . (insert human rights group) to sanction Australia and exclude Australia from participation in all international humanitarian and human rights decision making processes.

Australia has been committing crimes for over 26 years against refugees who are seeking protection by boats. Lack of transparency and accountability in Australian run detention centres is something that has been widely reported and acknowledged by International human rights groups including the UN. There have been many inquiries and many reports of deaths and sexual abuse within these camps yet nothing has changed because the Australian government is not being held accountable. Refugee cases have been mishandled, unfairly dismissed and processed without proper adherence to refugee rights protocol and this should stop immediately.

There have been 36 deaths in Australian detention centres since 2010. There have been multiple incidents of abuse and sexual violence against asylum seeker/refugee adults and children. People who are fleeing harm in their country of origin, experience a compounding of their trauma under Australian government policies that are designed to punish people who are exercising their human right to seek asylum in Australia. Depression, suicide ideation and other mental illness is pervasive and often a direct result of the experience of detention itself. The Australian governments own detention records in just a year to July 2015, indicate that there were 188 incidents of self-harm involving asylum seekers at Nauru (about one every two days) and about recorded 55 incidents of self-harm at Papua New Guineas Manus Island. The detainees treatment within the camps, along with the indefinite detention they experience meets the definition of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment under International law.

We should not wait until one more refugee is murdered, sexually abused, tortured, or refouled by Australia.

Seeking asylum is not a crime and it is a universal human right.

Please take immediate action and sanction Australia until mandatory detention and refoulement of Asylum seekers and Refugees is abolished in Australia.




Samsung won't partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

14 Sep 2017 | MongabayUnder fire from watchdogs and consumers of its smartphones, Samsung said it would not pursue a joint venture with Korindo amid an NGO campaign highlighting Korindo's rainforest destruction for palm oil in Indonesia's Tanah Papua region.

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wp Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesias Treatment of West Papua with Myanmars R ohingya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesias Treatment of West Papua with Myanmars Rohingya

Posted 13 September 2017 20:59 GMT
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Cartoon in support of Dandhy Dwi Laksono, drawn by Iwan Sketsa/ @Sketsagram on Twitter and Instagram. Published with artists permission.

Indonesian police in East Java are investigating a veteran journalist for comparing former President Megawati Sukarnoputri to Myanmars Aung San Suu Kyi in a Facebook post.

On September 3, 2017, journalist and documentary filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono wrote on Facebook that Megawati and Suu Kyi are alike in many ways, noting that both are former opposition leaders who now head the ruling parties in their respective countries. Dandhy added that if Myanmars government is being criticized for its treatment of ethnic Rohingya, the Indonesian government should similarly be held liable for suppressing the independence movement on the Indonesian island of West Papua.

He further compared Suu Kyis silence on the persecution of the Rohingya to Megawatis role as party leader of the government, which has recently intensified the crackdown on West Papuan independence activists.

Rohingya people born and living in Myanmar are...


On independence day, its time to look for a birthday present "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG's human development index - off the cliff


CANBERRA - 16 September 2017 marks Papua New Guineas 42nd anniversary of independence. How have things been going?

A good benchmark for measuring progress is PNGs Vision 2050 document. This set out a blueprint for making PNG a smart, wise, happy and fair society by 2050.

The visions primary measurement indicator is we will be ranked in the top 50 in the United Nations Human Development Index by 2050.

So how is PNG going towards meeting this goal? This graph shows PNGs progress in improving its Human Development Index (this is a composite index of factors such as life expectancy, education, and incomes).

Since the 2050 Vision document was released in 2010, PNG had its lowest rate of improvement since 1990. After doing well in the early 1990s and during the 2000s, PNG has gone back to even worse rates of development than the disastrous late 1990s.

To meet the goal of being in the top 50, PNG needs to move from its 154th ranking of 188 countries in 2010 and jump forward by at least two places every year. So from 2011 to 2015, did PNG jump some 10 positions? No, it stayed exactly in 154th position by 2015 (the latest available data).

Indeed, it is now in equal 154th position as Zimbabwe has moved forward and it now ranked exactly the same as PNG. PNG is in the bottom 20% of countries and not moving forward. This is not good news.



What can Australia do to help with elections in PNG? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Australian-aid-for-elections-2002-2017 (estimate)
Australian aid for PNG elections 2012-17

CANBERRA - For decades Australia has been at the centre of international efforts to improve elections in Papua New Guinea.

Australia has spent almost US$60 million since 2002. Despite this, the 2017 elections were blighted by a frightening pack of problems.

Given PNGs electoral woes, it is tempting to conclude aid hasnt helped. Tempting, but mistaken. Elections may not be good in PNG but good is not the right yardstick for aid success in this area.

As I described in an earlier article, Whats the matter with elections in PNG, Papua New Guineas domestic political economy produces forces that are at odds with well-run elections.

As I discuss in this paper, international engagement has served as a countervailing force against these. Because of this, it is very likely that elections in PNG would be worse still without Australian involvement.

This doesnt mean that Australian efforts cant be improved. Here are some suggestions. Because this is a blog post they are, by necessity, broad. I hope many others will offer a lot more in coming months; for now, treat these ideas as a start.

First up, recognise the road to the next elections starts today. Improving them will be an ongoing effort. It will require engagement, pressure and assistance, every year from now to 2022.

The chart above shows my estimates of Australian aid spending devoted to elections in PNG since 2002. As you can see, the post-2012 effort was inconsistent and less than previous elections.

This isnt the aid programs fault. In between aid cuts and the death of AusAID, it was a tumultuous time.

Even so, theres still a lesson from 2017: improving elections requires substantial, sustained engagement. It requires staff devoted to the task and it requires the steady accumulation of contextual knowledge.



The Flag "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


I see my flag
I see Pride
I see Hope

we bleed, we suffer
the socio-economic injustice

we are neglected,
we are lost
our heritage at stake

yet we are precious
soaring like a kumul
we are always proud

in the face of darkness
we are shining stars
we have hope

All arise!
All you children of this land

Happy 42nd Anniversary!
Papua New Guinea

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