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”

Recalling the day I met Daniel Kumbon, one of PNG’s prominent writers

Richard Napam As he entered the Ribito Restaurant in Waigani, I could recognize him instantly. He had his bilum hat and his long beard which I saw on the cover of his books and in pictures. Daniel and his friend placed their lunch orders and chatted away two tables from me. I purchased a copyContinue reading “Recalling the day I met Daniel Kumbon, one of PNG’s prominent writers”

Narokobi: The man who knew what might have been

By JEAN ZORN – PNG Attitude Blog NEW YORK – Bernard Narokobi, who died in March 2010 at the age of 72 after a short illness, was a political and jurisprudential philosopher of great seriousness and stature. That makes my memories of his irrepressible irreverence especially sweet. One such memory: Bernard taking his afternoon napContinue reading “Narokobi: The man who knew what might have been”

Sir Paulias Matane, an outstanding leader, dies at 90

TANIA FEWEC BALE – PNG Attitude Blog| The Pacific Newsroom FINSCHHAFEN – Very sad news this morning on the passing of Sir Paulias Matane, a truly great human being. My mind goes back to the last interview I did with him. It was after he had retired as Papua New Guinea’s Governor General. We met himContinue reading “Sir Paulias Matane, an outstanding leader, dies at 90”

Susan Karike: PNG Flag designer

By Jacintha Kerry In 1971, as independence approached; the people of Papua New Guinea were invited by the government to submit their designs for a competition to find the flag of Papua New Guinea. A committee of Parliamentarians from the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly toured the country inspecting the flag designs, hoping toContinue reading “Susan Karike: PNG Flag designer”

PNGDF Pilot Late Capt Peter Wanamp: Pride of the Tribe

By Paul Minga Another PNG’s very best pilot late Capt – Peter Wanamp Ansphill (Capt Sheriff) was a flag bearer of the Jiwaka people and the pride of Senglap tribe. Peter was a first son from the Waghi Valley to brush aside fear and risk that is imminent for any aviator likely to encounter over the flyingContinue reading “PNGDF Pilot Late Capt Peter Wanamp: Pride of the Tribe”

The two interpreters – Palnge and Simbil 

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY BY PAUL MINGA According to stories by my deceased mum, Agatha, of what had transpired before her eyes in the late 60’s and early 70’s, this story starts in her recalling of first and pioneer Catholic missionaries namely Father William Ross, Father Misik, Father Peter Van’ Andrichen, Sister Rose Bernadette and otherContinue reading “The two interpreters – Palnge and Simbil “

Uphill: A journey from the Highlands to the Coast (Part 1)

AN ADVENTURE STORY BY MOSES ANDRIAS November 2018, Morobe, a blend of everything Papua New Guinean, from the cool mountainous ridges that step from the majestic highlands to the endless plains of the Markham and on-wards to the shoreline of the Huon Peninsula. A walk around ‘Eriku’ and a visit to Lae Market remains noContinue reading “Uphill: A journey from the Highlands to the Coast (Part 1)”

Sana: The making of a great man

DIANE HIRIMA & MINETTA KAKAREREAcademia Nomad | Edited posted 4th May 2021 on PNG Attitude Michael Somare: Sana, An Autobiography PORT MORESBY – Sana was first published in 1975, the year of Papua New Guinea’s independence. It traces Sir Michael Somare life from childhood to politics and his leading PNG to nationhood. Sana (peacemaker) is a metaphor for aContinue reading “Sana: The making of a great man”

Charles Monckton – the trigger happy colonialist

Charles Monckton in 1907 BY BRADLEY GEWA | Academia Nomad Charles Monckton: Some Experiences of a New Guinea Resident Magistrate PORT MORESBY –Charles Arthur Whitmore Monckton (1873-1936) first arrived in the protectorate of British New Guinea (later known as Papua) in 1895 having been recruited from New Zealand as a magistrate. Upon Monckton’s arrival, Lieutenant-Governor SirContinue reading “Charles Monckton – the trigger happy colonialist”