MR & MRS Sam KAUONA

7 12 2014

My time with Kyle happens to run out so have to get in touch with my comrade JM for wheels so Kyle could talk and meet one of the most wanted man and his head was tag for K200 thousand dead or alive during the height of the man.
We took off to Aropa or Tunaia his base with out even contacting him. I saw him in Buka from a distance the past week and just signal him with hand sign that I will see him when in Arawa, Aropa Tunaia.
The BSP Arawa stuff were having their Christmas party at his resident beside the beach when we arrived. His wife saw me and came running with a big smile welcoming us. She invited us to her garden area, which is so green and beautiful and told me that her husband is swimming with his grand kids in the sea.

Josephine Kauona

Josephine Kauona


I Told Kyle that he should start the tape rolling by chatting with Josephine the wife of the former BRA General because she got great and sad stories to tell about our struggle.
Later, the man himself came over and welcomes us; Sam Kauona is a very open person that is one thing I like about him.
He told us the last legal battle is on section 8 & 9 of the new Bougainville mining law, which must be deleted, as it is giving BCL the rights.
Kyle has been to Aceh province in Indonesia and talked with the Rebel leader there and he told me later that Sam is just like him.
We left him later in the evening wishing him best of luck with the last legal battle.
Sam Kauona

Sam Kauona





PANGUNA VISIT

7 12 2014

On the 4th November 2014 at 6pm I rang Meekamui Commander Moses Pipiro in Panguna that we are planning to visit Panguna on the 5th, it was a short notice but he gave us green light.
Kyle,a reporter have to pay K200 at the check point the normal fee on foreigners passing through the check point, fortunately Colonel Alex Dakamari who is in charge at the check point knows that we are going to Panguna as we had an interviewed with him at the check point in the morning hours of the 4th of November.
We told Commander M Pipiro that we would arrive around 10am local time but we arrived there a little early. When I jumped out of the truck I saw Meekamui Government of Unity vice President Philip Takau walking towards the burnt down police station told him we are here so we went to see Moses Pipiro at his resident then went down to the Meekamui main assembly hall.

Meekamui Unity Governement meeting hall

Meekamui Unity Governement meeting hall


President Philip Miriori was with his cabinet members when we walked in, he welcome us but told us he has an appointment and a truck is coming to pick him up so he will be with us for 15 minutes.
President Philip Miriori answering questions

President Philip Miriori answering questions


During the short 15 minutes interviewed his mobile rings every 10 seconds which is a bit annoying but as our arrangement was a short notice and he was a busy man we didn’t take note of it. We should not be entertained if they do not know me.
After 15 minutes of his time he left, with the question of on going hot topic by President Momis with ABG on mining he told us “NO Mining”.
Commander Moses Pipiro escorted us to the mine pit than down the tailings.
Moses Pipiro with Kyle at the mouth of the pit

Moses Pipiro with Kyle at the mouth of the pit


We thank Moses Pipiro for his time and came back to Arawa.
No garden like this would happen if the mining continue

No garden like this would happen if the mining continue


A bcl bus which was burned down

A bcl bus which was burned down


The mine pit after I return there 14 months later

The mine pit after I return there 14 months later


Down Jaba river, local gold panners

Down Jaba river,


Jaba, tailing pipe which was not use at all

Jaba, tailing pipe which was not use at all


Moses showing us around

Moses showing us around


Run down building at the cons

Run down building at the cons





Chief Peter Garuai & his beautiful Pokpok Island

7 12 2014

I make a called to chief of Pok pok island Chief Peter Garuai asking him if we could run an interview with him. He agreed and told me, come to my beautiful Pokpok Island just off Kieta harbour.

Chief Peter Garuai son taking us to the Isles of man

Chief Peter Garuai son taking us to the Isles of man

JM my comrade picked us from Arawa and dropped us at Makaki Point, Chief Garuai son was waiting for us so we jumped on the boat and headed to the Isles of man as Chief normally calls.

On the boat from Makaki Point to the Island

On the boat from Makaki Point to the Island


He sent his boys to pick green coconuts and fruits which we had for lunch.
Interviewed on the Island

Interviewed on the Island


After the interviewed he took us for a trip to other island call Tausina spent about 20 minutes than dropped us at Makaki market.
To Tausina island

To Tausina island


Taking a boat ride around the isles of man

Taking a boat ride around the isles of man


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TASIPO RECONCILIATION

7 12 2014

During the height of the war there’s been so much destruction and lost of lives on Bougainville. Coming closer to my area in the Bovo valley, On the 4th of December reconciliation was held between the former BRAs and the victims of Tasipo villages.

Chief Thomas Koronaru Explaining how the ceremony will go

Chief Thomas Koronaru
Explaining how the ceremony will go


The Victims who lost their properties, being assaulted, their relatives killed came forward and asked the former BRAs why their houses were burnt down, being assaulted and killed. The former BRAs came forward to explain why they did these and who gave them orders. They walked back and forth while talking, what we call Dangi in Nasioi language.
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During the ceremony Commander Chris Uma’s name was mentioned and the victims together with the leaders gave praise and support to Chris Uma for taking the stand forward so that the former BRAs and the victims will live happily with their hearts and minds clear from knowing the truth.
Gorethy, asking why her Png husband was kill

Gorethy, asking why her Png husband was kill


Chris Uma told me later in a interviewed that he was a happy man because most of the questions in the air was clear, Tasipo platoon Commander B Demoi told me that the burden is now lifted.
Chris Uma told me he is happy with the reconciliation

Chris Uma told me he is happy with the reconciliation


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The ceremony ended with shaking of hands with the victims and a feast.
Shaking hands with the victims

Shaking hands with the victims


Former BRAs shaking hands with Victims

Former BRAs shaking hands with Victims


Naomi Taniung her house worth thousands of Kina was burn down during the war.

Naomi Taniung her house worth thousands of Kina was burn down during the war.





RAIOVI PRIMARY SCHOOL 4 IN 1 CLASSROOM OFFICIALLY OPEN

2 12 2014

People of Raiovi were lucky to have a 4 in 1 classroom for their children to be more concentrated on their learning in a better and modern classroom which was funded by the member for Central Bougainville and Minister for Communication Hon Jim Miringtoro.

Classroom 4 in 1

Classroom 4 in 1


Hon Jim Miringtoro went to Raivoi in the late hours of monday 1st of December and officially opened the classroom.
Keys handed to leaders of the school by the builders

Keys handed to leaders of the school by the builders

Hon Jim Miringtoro told the people of Raiovi to look after the classroom so that children can learn and become leaders of tomorrow in our Island.

The keys handed to Hon Jim Miringtoro who than officially opened the doors

The keys handed to Hon Jim Miringtoro who than officially opened the doors


Hon Jim Miringtoro ready to cut the ribon

Hon Jim Miringtoro ready to cut the ribon





BETH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

28 11 2014

On Thursday night after filming outside Arawa town I arrived back in town at around 7pm and went to a shop to get few things. The shop owner told me that he is going to a school closing and asked me if I can film the closing ceremony which I agreed and we went to section 10 Youth centre hall.
We arrived when they finished singing the Png national anthem and the Bougainville Anthem.
It was a colourful closing ceremony as I saw the school kids were full of smiles and so excited.IMG_5215
Mr Lenge shared with the kids & parents that Education is the key to life, when you hold on to education you will have everything in life and will travel the world.
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Aropa Airport, Work in Progress

24 11 2014

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I was sitting at the wind house in section 14 when I got at called from JM to go with him to Aropa Airport to drop of workers. He told me come and takes some footage of the work in progress. We arrived at Aropa Airport at around 12pm. We were taken around the new terminal building by the Island Cops security personnel.

Entering the gate

Entering the gate


When it’s finish and open within 3 weeks time it will really help older people who finds it hard on a bumping truck ride from Buka to Arawa.
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Departure lodge

Departure lodge


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One of the woman security personnel


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Market opposite the Airport

Market opposite the Airport


JM buy green coconut for the ladies who were cleaning up at the Airport

JM buy green coconut for the ladies who were cleaning up at the Airport








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