BELKOL

14 01 2015

Talks of Belkol is very strong in the media, on the ground I interviewed several people. Some says it can go ahead but it doesn’t mean that it is to do with reopening the Panguna mine. Others says we don’t want it, and it never happen with a Company, Belkol is for the Indigenous people of the Island.

When I asked the Meekamui Military Government they sent me the statement below.The Meekamui Government of Unity with President Philip Miriori told me that they opposed the Belkol and President Philip Miriori will put out a statement with in two days time.

Belkol is a cultural ceremony and only for Bougainvilleans to
participate in it. BCL is a foreign company and has no culture to
value what we value on our people, land and resources. They were a
party to the atrocities and the balatant abuse of human rights
violations committed by the PNG Security Forces by supplying
accommodation, food, vehicles, fuels, money and logistics to the
PNGDF. BCL has to pay compensation to the loss of 20, 000 lives,
properties and damage to the environment. The demand made by the late
President Francis Ona for BCL to pay 10 billion Kina for compensation
is still outstanding.

According to the custom of the people of Bougainville the people of
Guava Village and Panguna District are the ones who can be involve in
the BELKOL ceremony to say sorry to other Bougainvilleans who lost
their lives supporting the cause of the late Francis Ona.

BCL has no place in the custom of Bougainvilleans and we do not
welcome them in Bougainville for making a mockery out of BELKOL our
good custom that regulate peace and unity among our people. I demand
those Bougainvilleans involve in the BELKOL exercise to stay out of it
and disqualify themselves for making a FOOL out of themselves for the
money they can solicit from BCL.at the expense of degrading our good
custom the BELKOL.





TAMPARA DUANTA MELANESIA OPENS NEW OFFICE

10 01 2015

Tampara Duanta Melanesia opens their new office block in Tokunari on friday 9th January.
The guest speakers were Chief Peter Garuai the Board Chairman, Chief Tavuriko, the Rep from the Tokunari landowners, Annie Takaku the TDM Rep.
It was witness by about 20 people including the Officers of the TDM, after speeches Chief Tavuriko handed the key to Chief Garuai and he officially opens the new office.

TDM New Office

TDM New Office


Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers


Some of the people who came to witness the opening

Some of the people who came to witness the opening


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Chief Peter Garuai Officially opens the door to the Office as Cheif Tavuriko looks on

Chief Peter Garuai Officially opens the door to the Office as Chief Tavuriko looks on


Kaikai time

Kaikai time


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TDM VISIT TOTOKA FOCUS GROUP IN WAKUNAI

20 12 2014

Heading to the mountains of Wakunai leaving Buka Highway on the other side of Red River Bridge

Heading to the mountains of Wakunai leaving Buka Highway on the other side of Red River Bridge


On the 14th of December I was asked by the new project manager for TDM Erengeta Mararu if I would go with his TDM team on the 17th of December and film their visitation to one of their focus group Totoka cultural Group in Wakunai. TDM, stands for Tampara Duanta Melanesia in Nasioi language. Good journey with doing God given initiative with appropriate manner in Melanesia
Dropped off when the truck can't go more because of slippery and feeder road not use for sometime

Dropped off when the truck can’t go more because of slippery and feeder road not use for sometime


We took off from Arawa at about 7am and battle the dusty Buka highway luckily we are in a ten seater so avoided being white all over from the dust.
With some Wakunai kids on the road to Ruvirapaia village

With some Wakunai kids on the road to Ruvirapaia village


We left the main Buka highway at Red River and followed a feeder road which hardly being used for about 1 hour when the truck complained from the road so slippery so have to dropped off and walked rest of the way up to the village.
Short interviewed with Annie Takaku, Admin & Accounts stuff with TDM

Short interviewed with Annie Takaku, Admin & Accounts stuff with TDM


When we arrived at the first village I had an interviewed with Annie Takaku an Administration & Account stuff with the TDM. She told me they have four focal districts on the Island which is Tinpuzt, Wakunai, Kieta and Nagovis[Bana] , In Tinpuzt and Wakauni they have 10 focus groups, in Kieat more than 12. After every two years they come together and performed, in a festival call Reeds Festival.
traditional welcome at Ruvirapaia village

traditional welcome at Ruvirapaia village


We were given a traditional welcome when we arrived at the village which makes me feels proud that we still have our culture even though the western culture is fast making us forgetting some of it.
Beautiful welcome

Beautiful welcome


A light break fast was served for us mostly on traditional disc; also drinking water was drink from bamboo. After a short rest, speeches was said by the TDM team with cultural dances in between and ended with three speeches from the leaders in the area.
Kevin Buruau, Arts & Craft coordinator of TDM drinking water from bamboo

Kevin Buruau, Arts & Craft coordinator of TDM drinking water from bamboo


Than comes lunch, which followed by more cultural dances but this time it was more interesting as the Upe boys came to join in from their boys house some distance away from the main village.
Upe head boy was carrying on the shoulders while dancing

Upe head boy was being carried on the shoulders while dancing


We slept at the village so we would to come to know more of each other, early the next morning the TDM team had a meeting with the members of the Totoka focus group before we walked back to the main road following another road.
Mens house

Mens house


Erengeta Mararu new TDM Programme Manager giving his speech

Erengeta Mararu new TDM Programme Manager giving his speech


Morning break fast serve on local traditional disc

Morning break fast serve on local traditional disc


Chief Mark Waraka giving his speech

Chief Mark Waraka TDM Cool culture Coordinator giving his speech


Clive, after singing new song, Native Born, I would not sell my island for a price again

Clive, after singing new song, Native Born, I would not sell my island for a price again


Kids want to be on the camera

Kids want to be on the camera


Erengeta Mararu, Leslie & Jim singing their song

Erengeta Mararu, Leslie & Jim singing their song


Chief Mark Waraka & Benny singing one of their number

Chief Mark Waraka & Benny singing one of their number


A colourful welcome by Totoka cultural focus group

A colourful welcome by Totoka cultural focus group





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.








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