“If “Tok Pisin is the language expression of our lifestyle and our intermingled cultures” then what does this language say about us as a people”

Tok Pisin and Tok Ples as languages of identification in Papua New Guinea PHILLIP CASS Cass, P. (1999) Tok pisin and tok ples as languages of identification in Papua New Guinea. Media Development, 4; pp. 28-33. After the Second World War missions in Papua New Guinea faced new imperatives driven by the reaction of theContinue reading ““If “Tok Pisin is the language expression of our lifestyle and our intermingled cultures” then what does this language say about us as a people””

Poem for the 46th Anniversity of Independence

ISSABELLE VILAU Thousands By Thousands we are Hundreds of Islands scattered across, the silky blue surface of the Pacific Ocean Mountain ranges stood tall and proud like a King Crowned with rare jewel of untouched virgin forests and Clothed with the royal robe of endemic flora and fauna By Thousands we are Tribes sparsely scatteredContinue reading “Poem for the 46th Anniversity of Independence”

Don’t Make History a Fairy Tale!

By Gregory Bablis Cultures around the world have different concepts of history and of time. The historicity of a people or place crystallizes in many forms etched in the environment, landscape, language, stories, and material culture. Legends, myths, fairy tales, creation stories or origin stories are just some examples. They are historical “artifacts” that canContinue reading “Don’t Make History a Fairy Tale!”

Reuben Taureka Highway?

08 NOVEMBER 2020 NOTICE GREGORY BABLIS A few years ago the PNG Government decided to rename the well-known Magi Highway after Sir Dr Reuben Taureka. Understandably, the people of Central had mixed reactions and some were anxious and angry about the name change. There was even an alternative suggestion to name the highway Polonsky HighwayContinue reading “Reuben Taureka Highway?”

Voices from the War: Stories from Milne Bay

08 NOVEMBER 2020 CATHERINE NOLAN (Editor) NOTICE This short book comprises some of the experiences and encounters that the people of Milne Bay Province had during the time when World War Two came to Papua New Guinea. The men and women whose stories are included in the book took part in a study during MarchContinue reading “Voices from the War: Stories from Milne Bay”

Voices from the War: Stories from New Ireland

08 NOVEMBER 2020 NOTICE Nolan, Catherine (Editor) This short book comprises some of the experiences and encounters that the people of New Ireland had during the time when World War Two came to Papua New Guinea. The men and women whose stories are included in the book took part in a study from March toContinue reading “Voices from the War: Stories from New Ireland”

Aisoli Salin of New Ireland: Memories of a Great Teacher

08 NOVEMBER 2020 Notice Compiled by Jonathan Ritchie from conversations with Aisoli Salins’ family and pupils, 2019 This book tells the story of one of Papua New Guinea’s first leaders, Aisoli Salin from New Ireland. It has been written from the memories of late Aisoli Salin’s family members, living on the islands of Tatau andContinue reading “Aisoli Salin of New Ireland: Memories of a Great Teacher”

Book Summary of John Keith McCarthy’s “Patrol into Yesterday: My New Guinea Years”

02 NOVEMBER 2020 PHYLISS PHILIP BABLIS Armed with his ‘bible’, a blue covered book called Standing Instructions which was issued to Cadets and Patrol Officers during pre-war days, John Keith McCarthy headed out into the big rugged island to the north of Australia. McCarthy was a government officer, soldier and writer. He was born onContinue reading “Book Summary of John Keith McCarthy’s “Patrol into Yesterday: My New Guinea Years””

Papua New Guinean Biography

Person in Focus – Paulus Goresau Arek 01 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Over the last seven decades, Papua New Guinea has grown from a disparate collection of traditional societies administered as an Australian colonial territory, to a thriving, developing state. The story of how Papua New Guinea came to lose its colonial shackles and gainContinue reading “Papua New Guinean Biography”