The Warriors Who Had No Name

01 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS The Ben Moide Story: Nameless Warriors by Lahui Ako, University of Papua New Guinea Press, 2012, 246 pages. ISBN 9980869577. Order online or purchase from the UPNG Press & Bookshop, Port Moresby. PORT MORESBY – Ben Moide was one of the youngest members of the Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB), a unitContinue reading “The Warriors Who Had No Name”

Significance of the centenary: history and commemoration of the Kokoda Campaign in Papua New Guinea

31 OCTOBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS ‘History’ and ‘commemoration’ are distinguishable terms. For instance, while Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia share a history spurred from the events of the Kokoda Campaign, our analyses, understandings, perspectives and experiences of the war are subjective and thus different. Commemoration is centred on the present and is concerned withContinue reading “Significance of the centenary: history and commemoration of the Kokoda Campaign in Papua New Guinea”

Eh, Mi Seksek

31 OCTOBER 2020 MAIKEL DOM English translation follows the Tok Pisin original Eh, mi seksek long meri iaLek, han na lewa guriaTaim maus blong em singautim miTaim em lukluk long ai blong miBun bilong mi tanim wara Aiyo mama, aiyo lewa Meri em naispla samting ia Tasol nogut em less long mi             Eh, mi seksek! Ating long nait baiContinue reading “Eh, Mi Seksek”

Remember Me: An Ode for the Dead

30 October 2020 GREGORY BABLIS The living must honour the dead,         For they teach us the good and the bad.Times of sorrow and strife,         Are all a part of life. Though the world I may roam,         My mind is never far from home.Although I travel about,         My heart will always remain in Waut. We wereContinue reading “Remember Me: An Ode for the Dead”

Voices From The War: PNG Stories of The Kokoda Campaign

30 October 2020 TIMOTHY PIRINDUO PORT MORESBY World War Two (WWII) passed through our land, along the rugged, inhospitable terrains of the now iconic Kokoda Track, and the tales we read and heard were all about foreign armies who came, fought the war to leave a legend. 70 years on and little to nothing wasContinue reading “Voices From The War: PNG Stories of The Kokoda Campaign”

Run Hard and Don’t Look Back Until You Achieve Your Goal

30 October 2020 CAROLINE EVARI PORT MORESBY DAD resigned as workshop manager with NCDC Parts & Services in 1997 to contest the national elections that year and we moved to Sakai Village near Musa in Oro Province. We vacated our nice big house and sold the car and other belongings we did not want toContinue reading “Run Hard and Don’t Look Back Until You Achieve Your Goal”

Kaiwa and Marumaru the Dwarf

29 October 2020 SANDRAH ISSACH NEW ERIMA PRIMARY SCHOOL, NCD There once was a man named Kaiwa. He lived in Efogi, a Mountain Koiari village in Central Province. Kaiwa loved gardening and worked in his garden plot most days. Many a time, while he was at his garden, he would help other villagers make fencesContinue reading “Kaiwa and Marumaru the Dwarf”

Sijo on the Loss of Culture

29 October 2020 MICHAEL DOM – LAE Strangers teach you to sing songs and march to a drum that they own; To reject your garamut, your kundu and the stilled speech of wood; Their soporific chorus dulls your mind and cheats your Black soul. This piece first appeared on PNG Attitude on 11 January 2014Continue reading “Sijo on the Loss of Culture”

Shared Military Heritage and Developing ‘Kokoda Culture’

29 October 2020 KIRSTIE CLOSE AND GREGORY BABLIS PORT MORESBY Efforts continue in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to preserve and protect World War Two heritage. In 2014, a team of Papua New Guinean researchers commenced work on an oral history project along the Kokoda Track, recording the memories of local people and families who hadContinue reading “Shared Military Heritage and Developing ‘Kokoda Culture’”

SOSEPANI BONA LUISA

28 October 2020 TRANSLATION BY REV. WILLIE MOSES AND CHRISTINE MOSES Ooooh Lalokau, Mani unu gadobada hurehuredia aha kala henidia. Kone ai ehepatakaumu, kunu asi ramina na heto. Una lai maivalona ese niu retadia ekoedia laomu, ekoedia maimu. Ehegiromu bona eheude heudemu. Mavaru kekenidia moale gabudiai na heto. Ooooh Lalokau. Na laloamu bema oi lauContinue reading “SOSEPANI BONA LUISA”