Francis Ona, leader of BRA, told his followers that in order to purify Bougainville they must be the first ones to be purified. Bougainville News Feature : If we have all learnt anything from Panguna, it is this. It was the land of plenty everywhere in PNG. 1975 province of newly independent PNG. Bougainville News Alert : President Toroama reports on 100-days progress : December 15, 2020; Bougainville News : Reflections of memory and reality , there is rhyme, reason and ritual to hunting, gathering and fishing. Bougainville News Alert : President Toroama reports on 100-days progress : December 15, 2020; Bougainville News : Reflections of memory and reality , there is rhyme, reason and ritual to hunting, gathering and fishing. There are six candidates from which you are to make your choice of 1, 2 and 3. Mobile phone coronavirus awareness to commence. I expected the Ministers to take your cue from my priorities and implement them through your respective Department Plans. Crucial meeting of Bougainville and PNG leaders delayed. Catch up Bougainville News . These kinds of memories and stories are rarer, and far and in between to tell. The Toroama Government is also responsible for funding and launching office space for three key law and justice agencies; the Department of Justice and Attorney General – Community Based Corrections, Office of the Public Solicitor and the ABG Department of Justice and Legal Services in Arawa. The regional body such as the MSG and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) could be very powerful institutions that allow the leaders of the Pacific nations to unite and say NO to cheque book diplomacy coming from large foreign powers. We had just gotten one foot in the modern world in a country with everything going for it, and another foot still supplanted at home so that we combined and enjoyed the best of both worlds. Bougainville News Webinar Alert : The use of mobile technologies in the 2019 Bougainville referendum presents both opportunities and challenges for the future of democracy in the Pacific, Bougainville News Alert : WEBINAR – Mobile telephones on for public messaging: Did the Bougainville referendum information hotline make a difference? The President has also launched the Manetai Lime stone project, the Integrated Agriculture Project at Tonolei in Buin District and the Integrated Landowner Group registration exercise for the Bana Special Economic Zone. [online] Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE. [5] ROKA, L.F. (2014). The scars of war and the immense loss of life will forever be carved into the hearts of families, clans and tribes. A collective solution cannot emerge from divided and fragmented nations wrapped in conflict. Their claims of developing the Pacific Islands are a mere smokescreen for their true ambitions of a regional and global hegemony, as they strategies how to carve up the Pacific region pie. Bougainvilleans have long been the target of violence – they have endured decades of exploitation and abuse from Germany and Britain in their colonization pursuits. The Ombudsman Commission will be strengthening its presence and role in Bougainville in this regard. Catch up Bougainville News . 1988 separatist war with PNG breaks out. We have not learnt enough. The festival has been run each year since 2016 in different locations throughout Bougainville and brings together cocoa farmers, chocolatiers, industry representatives and government officials to network and discuss market access, and share improved farming and processing techniques. They’ve taken the bark, the leaves and the branches, until the tree no longer resembles its former greatness. Walter Lini once said, “Vanuatu will not be fully free until all Melanesians are free.”[7]. It is also a time for reflection and renewal in our spiritual and physical lives. In 2021, my government, will develop and implement initiatives aimed at growing the Bougainville economy quickly. The root of the problem is our worldview: this civilization is based on individual, materialistic desires and selfish actions. The latest from across Bougainville. We have not learnt enough. Bougainville might be close to independence but the enthusiasm for sitting … PHOTO above : c1973/74: We are a sensible, sharing and giving society. Available at: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/405899/png-govt-urged-not-to-derail-bougainville-referendum-mandate [Accessed 7 Jan. 2020]. I was almost nearing the end of my undergraduate studies at UPNG and eager to return to full time work with the House of Assembly. Catch up Bougainville News . [4], Damien Dameng – prominent leader of the Meekamui movement in the 1950’s, from the Iran-Pangka Valley in Panguna District – recognized the impact of these “alien invasions” and contamination of life on the islands. Each of these levels must have strong economic foundations. The 2020 Bougainville Chocolate Festival has been postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. The mining investors are untouched by the generational pain that mining and civil war have caused in Bougainville. Available at: https://www.pngattitude.com/2014/03/the-legacy-of-damien-dameng-the-father-of-meekamui.html [Accessed 7 Jan. 2020]. We cannot forget that the leaders of the Bougainvillean Revolutionary Army (BRA) believed that they were waging a war against what they believed to be between purity and corruption. The Pacific Region is fast becoming important for competing superpowers for geopolitical and economic strategy. We need quality and experienced political leaders with active national and international links, who can fight for Bougainville independence, on the floor of PNG Parliament, and also lobby with international friends. News and Public Notices The latest from across Bougainville. THE Government has allocated K8million for the Bougainville regional seat by-election with the writ issued by Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae yesterday. 28 Nov 2020. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. John next to me in the photograph had recently commenced work and studies with a government entity in Port Moresby. The ABG veteran, Karaston lost to first timer Polycarp Suito who was declared the member-elect for Suir Constituency. We have always worked on the land or sea to look after our families. August 08, 2020 ; The National Deputy Controller Dr Paison Dakulala yesterday announced 25 new confirmed COVID19 cases in Papua New Guinea which brings the total COVID19 cases to stand at 188. The next thing we may lose is care, love and respect for the state. Critics will claim that the war was about demands for the mining royalties, but it was in fact predominately about eliminating deadly poisons that resulted from mining on the islands. Bougainville timeline. It was affordable to go to school. [online] Asiapacificreport.nz. We also experienced the excitement of forming a new Bougainville Government under my Presidency and the end of term of our most senior and longest serving political leader, Dr Chief John Momis. The President stressed on this important agenda of … ... for ad-free news and current affairs. That way, both govt and the private sector will promote balanced development throughout Bougainville. I remember in the villages and in the towns and cities for example no one could falter the enthusiasm for education every child desired to better themselves or to land a good paid job in a government office or in a company business in the city. ... for ad-free news and current affairs. From 2021 onwards, I do not want to see idle parent-youths roaming the streets of Buka, Arawa and Buin towns. May 15, 2020 ; Starting this week, Bougainvilleans will begin receiving short coronavirus awareness messages on their mobile phones and be able to call Bougainville COVID-19 Hotline number toll free. February 19, 2020. Bougainville News Alert : President Toroama reports on 100-days progress : Bougainville News : Reflections of memory and reality , there is rhyme, reason and ritual to hunting, gathering and fishing. 8:20 am on 25 November ... An anti-violence campaigner in Bougainville says women are very concerned at the latest sorcery attacks. 151220PRESIDENT TOROAMA STRESS ON THE RECENT JSB MEETING. Empowering women is the driving force behind Therese Kaetavara entering Bougainville's latest parliament. Tragically, crises such as those in Bougainville are typically reported on as “primitive tribes fighting”. This should be supported by necessary social and economic infrastructure and services delivery. To me, the term Melanesia invokes the idea of an alien tree within Oceania that has not yet produced its own fruit. BY ROMULUS MASIU. The myth of national unity serves only the interests of elites in Port Moresby parliament house and Canberra – those who could not care less about the Melanesian communities whose lives, language, cultures and land have been under severe attack by the project of modernity. Bougainville just waiting for Marape's call on JSB Radio New Zealand 01:21 19-Dec-20. We are also increasing efforts in progressing the Bana Free Trade Zone through the establishment of the Integrated Land Groups registration process. Bougainville government wants Arawa assets returned. There is rhyme, reason and ritual to hunting, gathering and fishing. This is a war between industrial civilization versus the natural world. As we all take a well-earned rest from our hectic duties, but most importantly, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I want us to also think about the following Christmas Messages. Bougainville President John Momis heads to the polls on referendum day. Greetings to you all my people of Bougainville, this is the first Christmas message I am sharing with you as your President, since coming into office 4 months ago. Panguna copper mine, now closed, serves not only as a stark reminder of war, but the breakdown of social structure, cultural values, and the destruction of Bougainville’s ecosystem. ... Bougainville also wants more information on Mr Marape's earlier commitment to allow the establishment of foreign missions in Bougainville. When we talk about “being independent”, it is not just political independence that we should have in mind but also being independent in the way we live our lives at all levels daily. This directed us to engage in clean battle. 1. May be all is not lost. Bougainville Election 2020 News : Polling starts today 12 August with young people seizing the opportunity to help reshape our future ” Young people in the South Pacific islands of Bougainville are seizing the opportunity to help reshape the future of the autonomous region of Papua New Guinea as they head to the polls this month to elect a new leader. This is not a time to vote for beginners. [2]. Looking forward returning home the land looked very lush green with thriving forests. We must stop having expectations of handout mentality by government or the leaders. 11:04 am on 28 November 2020. 14 Dec 2020. But they must be sensible decisions. I am happy to announce to the people of Bougainville that the BEC recently approved the establishment of the Bougainville Strategic Research and Planning Secretariat which will drive the changes that I have been advocating since becoming your President. Bougainville News Feature : If we have all learnt anything from Panguna, it is this. The latest from across Bougainville. Melanesia at stands at a crossroads, Which Way? Top New Zealand Stories Vanilla farmers in the Autonomous region of Share on Twitter; Share on Facebook; Share via email; Share on Reddit ; Share on Linked In; Empowering women is the driving force behind Therese Kaetavara entering Bougainville's latest parliament. Christmas is a time of special Joy as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. [2]  RNZ News (2019). PNG govt urged not to derail Bougainville referendum mandate. [online] That’s So Jacob. 7 Dec 2020. In a statement the Bougainville … When you give birth to a child, it is your responsibility to give that child good clothes, good house, good health, good education and a good life for the rest of his/her adult life. The Toroama government has progressed Bougainville’s Independence preparations which are at an advanced stage, however, consultations are obviously happening slower the expected because of the national political context but the ABG ready to engage as soon as the situation stabilizes in Port Moresby. Posted Wed Wednesday 23 Sep September 2020 at 3:32am Wed Wednesday 23 Sep September 2020 at 3:32am Ishmael Toroama said the next few years would be a challenging time for Bougainville. Bougainville leader upset at JSB waste claim. Share on Twitter ; Share on Facebook; Share via email; Share on Reddit; Share on Linked In; The Papua New Guinea and Bougainville Governments have delayed a key meeting. as bishop of the Diocese of Today 156 Bougainville community members have filed a complaint with the Australian Government against Rio Tinto for environmental and human rights violations caused by its former mine on Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. Available at: https://asiapacificreport.nz/2016/03/06/bougainville-faces-mental-health-issues-legacy-from-the-civil-war/ [Accessed 7 Jan. 2020]. Flip The Script: Nora Vagi Brash, Which Way Big Man? The festival has been run each year since 2016 in different locations throughout Bougainville and brings together cocoa farmers, chocolatiers, … Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It has been 80 days following the swearing-in of Ishmael Toroama as the fourth President of the Fourth Bougainville House of Representatives on 25th September this year. Now Bougainville President, Ishmael Toroama, said he was just waiting for a call from his PNG counterpart James Marape. [8]. The Impact of Mining and Politics in Bougainville. The overall theme of my Christmas message is “Being Independence Ready by taking responsibility at your own level”: Whether it is at the Individual level; the Family level; the Clan level; the Church level; the Community level; at the COE level, and at whatever level you belong to, we all have a responsibility to be independence ready. Counting of presidential votes from central Bougainville is what has carried Dumarinu to the top position among the 25 candidates. Bougainville is one of the many Indigenous communities around the world fighting to protect and preserve their ancestral knowledge, language and culture. [online] RNZ. Not so long ago the  beneficiaries which is the community always recognised this knowing that their hunters, gatherers and fishers always brought home something to the dinner table for all to share. Bougainville government wants Arawa assets returned. John Momis, a prominent Bougainvillean statesman, referred to the Panguna mine as a “cancer cell” in his letter to the company’s managing director. Business Vanilla farmers to access established export market . All communities must be socially and economically “independent” through our own initiatives. September 15, 2020 The primary count for the Bougainville Presidential Seat has concluded with former BRA commander Ishmael Toroama finishing top with 27,459 votes. Latest News; National News; Editorial; Yu Tok; Drum; Bougainville; Classifieds; Business; World News; Sports; SPORTY TUESDAY; Weekender; Commentaries & Features; Search for: Search. The conflicts in Melanesian mining villages are far more complex: these are wars against industrial machines that uproot cultures and tear apart ecosystems; fighting for the survival of languages, values and land as the threat of extinction rears its head. When Australia was facing depression it did not have enough resources to maintain itself and PNG so when the call for independence was put through to the United Nations Australia willingly passed the resolution in Canberra. This is a key agenda item for the Joint Supervisory Body … If we are not careful, the first thing we may lose is ourselves, our sense and sensibility of who we are and where we are at. The slaughtering of Papuans every day by Indonesians on the other side of this imaginary colonial border (PNG and West Papua) is being undertaken in the name of “national unity and integrity.” There is no unity or integrity in killing your fellow beings. News and Public Notices The latest from across Bougainville. 2.THE Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, Mr George Manu has announced the appointment of returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (AROs) for the 2020 Bougainville General Election 3 WORK on updating the electoral roll for the 2020 Bougainville General Election is currently underway in Bougainville. I challenge the administration and the private sector to make this change happen. The Bougainville Regional seat, is equivalent to a Governors’ seat in other provinces. He led comfortably from the beginning when count started from South Bougainville, the to Central and North Bougainville. We were fighting for our rights, to get rid of all these bad companies and their effects. My dear people of Bougainville, addressing corruption is another element of being “independence ready”. They were not troubled by any lawlessness on their way to see the new borne king. We need a paradigm shift in the way both Govt and private sector do business. The rest will be sold at the fish market. Bougainville News Alert : President Toroama reports on 100-days progress : Bougainville News : Reflections of memory and reality , there is rhyme, reason and ritual to hunting, gathering and fishing. Stock Market News. 7:38 pm on 14 December 2020. Young generation, you have a lot of opportunity where you are to work the land, or the sea and achieve something and live a good happy live. Morning Brief. 4:47 pm on 17 December 2020. “It is circa 1973/74. Late Mallinson Kipau lost his life in the early hours of Wednesday morning 23 December, 2020, in his village of Mamaromino, Baubake Constituency, Buin South Bougainville. Find Bougainville Latest News, Videos & Pictures on Bougainville and see latest updates, news, information from NDTV.COM. Such major change will require a fundamental shift in our consciousness to realize that the value and integrity of life in the indigenous cultures of Bougainville or Palestine is just as important as those in London or Beijing. December 23 2020 . It always gave  us a sense and appreciation that our world of the living was not just about our species but about a world where everything thrived all around us. Latest News Latest News Choose date and time: Wed 23 Dec Tue 22 Dec Mon 21 Dec Sun 20 Dec Sat 19 Dec Fri 18 Dec Thu 17 Dec Wed 16 Dec Tue 15 Dec Mon 14 Dec Sun 13 Dec Sat 12 Dec Fri 11 Dec Thu 10 Dec Wed 9 Dec Tue 8 Dec Mon 7 Dec Sun 6 Dec Sat 5 Dec Fri 4 Dec Thu 3 Dec Wed 2 Dec Tue 1 Dec Mon 30 Nov Sun 29 Nov Sat 28 Nov Fri 27 Nov Thu 26 Nov Wed 25 Nov Tue 24 Nov Mon 23 Nov × The MSG founding fathers such as PNG former prime minister Paias Wingti, Solomon Islands former prime minister Ezekiel Alebua, and Vanuatu’s first prime minister Walter Lini had visions backed by strong political desire to strive for the entire decolonization and freedom of the Melanesian people and territories under the colonial rule in the South Pacific. As well … [4] Mcdonald, J. Australia, China, and Bougainville’s Choices. The legacy of Damien Dameng, the father of Meekamui. Fox Sports; news.com.au; Home; Top Stories; Latest News; National News; Editorial; Yu Tok; Drum; Bougainville; Classifieds; Business; World News; Sports; SPORTY TUESDAY; Weekender; Commentaries & Features; Search for: Search. She has had a long involvement in community work throughout Papua New Guinea and said she was struck by how women in south Bougainville fail to get the services they … Jun 29 2020 Bougainville Election 2020 News Alert : Panguna mining is a story that evokes timeless lessons and has some relevance for all of us forever throughout our lifetime. My people of Bougainville, another area in which we must be “independence ready” is the economy. After two adjournments and a third one yesterday after the intervention of the Judiciary I’m not sure what this House will bring anything to the dinner table that is beneficial and palatable to share with its people that are developing a growing concern (may be even fear) and a reason to be sceptical and cynical about leadership and governance in this country.