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’”


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”

Bernard Narokobi – Leader, Legislator, Literatus

28 October 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Port Moresby In 1995 when Bernard Narokobi was minister for agriculture, he, Bart Philemon and Jerry Nalau voted against Prime Minister Julius Chan’s proposed bill for an Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Governments. Given the ongoing conflict in Bougainville and violent bid for secession there, the three MinistersContinue reading “Bernard Narokobi – Leader, Legislator, Literatus”

Legend of the Origin of Coconut

27 October 2020 ISSAC MOMO New Erima Primary School, NCD Long long ago, there lived a couple and their two sons along the coast of Papua New Guinea. The two brothers decided to go fishing out at sea one day. They loaded their fishing gears onto their canoe and departed. The brothers fished all dayContinue reading “Legend of the Origin of Coconut”

Tonight the Moon Carries Her Umbrella

27 October 2020 She rises late in the afternoon And tonight she carries her umbrella Smoky tendrils trail behind her glittering sarung kobaya As she strolls across my universe Far, far away she walks, alone Where my arms cannot reach to embrace her *Dia beranjak keslangan hori ini Dan molom ini dia membawa payungnya GugusanContinue reading “Tonight the Moon Carries Her Umbrella”

Yu Lukim Drai Garas Antap Long Ol Rap Kat Diwai

26 October 2020 TOK PISIN TRANSLATION BY RAYMOND SIGIMET Yu lukim drai garas antap long rap kat diwai      Na giraun plo blong haus blong mi Taim mi opim haus dua long yu Na yu tingting long yu yet hau yu ken halivim mi. Na yet … Mi simelim tuhat blong dispela moning mipela katim kunaiContinue reading “Yu Lukim Drai Garas Antap Long Ol Rap Kat Diwai”