Only the government can ensure that PNG authored books are placed on our library shelves nationwide

DUNCAN GABI | Tingting Bilong Mi Essay entry 2020 According to the “A Manifesto for Literature in Papua New Guinea”, a petition drawn up by the PNG writers to present to Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, the manifesto states that “There are no major publishers in Papua New Guinea interested in publishing our work. IfContinue reading “Only the government can ensure that PNG authored books are placed on our library shelves nationwide”

PNG authors return to us our own cultural expressions with authenticity

Andy Ray | Tingting Bilong Mi 2020 Essay Books are written based upon the imagination, experience and observation of the author. There are different types of books written by people of diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds, with a broad variety of reasons and intent. Writing a book is one thing but getting the book toContinue reading “PNG authors return to us our own cultural expressions with authenticity”

Cleaning up school funding could boost literature

10 February 2021 AG SATORI PORT MORESBY – I’ve been investigating the operation of the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) process in Papua New Guinea and whether it is doing the best it can for schools. And also whether it might be better structured to do more to support education and, in doing that, to supportContinue reading “Cleaning up school funding could boost literature”

PM offers wise words. What’s next?

09 February 2021 AG SATORI PORT MORESBY – The other day Papua New Guinea prime minister James Marape offered the children – and adults – of our country some true words of wisdom. What the prime minister extolled in his message, however, is followed today by very few parents and their children. In the image accompanyingContinue reading “PM offers wise words. What’s next?”

Libraries can provide new lakatois to sail

PLES SINGSING MASTERMINDS Henry Ipoki is a mature age student at Sacred Heart Secondary School in Tapini. Last year Henry was one of the first entrants for the Ples Singsing Tingting Bilong Mi Essay competition. His essay was hand-written, faxed to someone in Port Moresby who then took pictures and emailed us the JPEG imagesContinue reading “Libraries can provide new lakatois to sail”

How to avoid leaving behind PNG’s 85%

19 July 2021 STEPHEN CHARTERIS “People build their nation and transform their society by being active creators, observers and participants inside it” – Michael Dom, ‘Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution‘, 17 July 2021 CAIRNS – That is a statement to agree with. If we look at most cities and towns in Papua New Guinea,Continue reading “How to avoid leaving behind PNG’s 85%”

Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution

17 July 2021 MICHAEL DOM LAE – How do we return Papua Niugini to a culture of Melanesian cooperation and how can the common people make those in power behave responsibly? According to the evolutionary perspective, the birthplace of democracy was the tribe. Indeed, tribalism is sometimes referred to as ‘primitive democracy’. I believe myContinue reading “Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution”

Needed: A compact between govt & people

16 July 2021 STEPHEN CHARTERIS CAIRNS – Michael Dom is right (Two questions long struggled with) in asking how can Papua New Guinea return to cooperation and how can the common people hold power to account and keep it responsible? No one doubts the absolute necessity for a strong well-governed and administered political centre. AContinue reading “Needed: A compact between govt & people”

PNG must make people the centre of power

14 July 2021 STEPHEN CHARTERIS CAIRNS – Patrick Angrai’s article, Death of a Teacher, hit me hard too. Firstly sadness, then anger. Death in childbirth, through lack of timely referral or resources, is so horribly common in rural settings and often goes unreported. As Arthur Williams has said, how can this happen in such a resource richContinue reading “PNG must make people the centre of power”

Bougainville highlights need for a new PNG

09 July 2021 MARTYN NAMORONG| PNG Signal PORT MORESBY – Will Papua New Guinea break up if Bougainville is granted full independence? For some PNG leaders the threat of balkanization has shaped their attitudes towards Bougainville leaving the union of 850 tribes. One of them is prime minister James Marape, who recently pleaded with Bougainville’s leadersContinue reading “Bougainville highlights need for a new PNG”