Narokobi and the Melanesian Way

By LISE M DOBRIN and ALEX GOLUB – Posted on The National A CENTRAL figure in Papua New Guinea’s transition from Australian territory to independent nation, Bernard Narokobi was a jurist, philosopher and poet.He is best remembered for making ‘the Melanesian Way’ an important theme –if not the guiding ideological principle – in the discourseContinue reading “Narokobi and the Melanesian Way”

Grand-daughter’s story of a pioneering pastor

PHILIP FITZPATRICK – posted on PNG Attitude blog Mugang Mugarewec Bitengere- A Pioneer Missionary to the Highlands of New Guinea by Gabby Mugang, Marapa Publications, Waigani, 2018, K100 from the author at TUMBY BAY – The early Lutheran missionaries in the highlands relied very heavily on their Papua New Guinean pastors and evangelists to spread theirContinue reading “Grand-daughter’s story of a pioneering pastor”

WWII Track With Divisive History Unites Locals In Present

By Gregory Bablis The Lark Force Track is a little-known wartime track with a big history. Located in the East New Britain Province, it runs from the Warongoi River in the north to Tol, Wide Bay, along the south coast. The track is named after the 2/22 Lark Force Battalion which was a garrison ofContinue reading “WWII Track With Divisive History Unites Locals In Present”

’George Washington’ and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel: legend-making in wartime Papua

By Dr Jonathan Ritchie and Gregory Bablis My colleague from the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery, Gregory Bablis, was unable to get to Finland to present his section of our joint paper and so I will read his contribution later in the presentation. To begin with, however, I will provide some preliminaryContinue reading “’George Washington’ and the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel: legend-making in wartime Papua”

Extension service is the bedrock of agriculture in Papua New Guinea

By planter’s child adventures Growing up with a father who is an agriculture extension officer, I have witnessed and have seen the day to day significant challenges of delivering farmer trainings in rural villages with limited or nil resources. In Kaiapit in Markham where agriculture extension is active, officers still go out to teach farmersContinue reading “Extension service is the bedrock of agriculture in Papua New Guinea”

Science meets oral history at Orokolo Bay

CHRIS URWIN| Monash University MELBOURNE – In late 2015, I arrived for the second time at Orokolo Bay on Papua New Guinea’s south coast. The bay is a long grey-black beach, densely forested with hibiscus and coconut trees. As we approached by dinghy from the east, clusters of houses could be glimpsed fleetingly among theContinue reading “Science meets oral history at Orokolo Bay”


30 NOVEMBER 2020 ANDREW MOUTU Paddle – In its origin, a paddle is understood as a lever that is operated by the foot and by its scale of thought, it was a foot in length. In music you encounter pedals on the piano and on foot switches that bring a sustained effect or a blendingContinue reading “A STORY OF THE PADDLE, THE SPEAR & THE CROCODILE”