DENOMINATIONS PASTORS IN ARAWA INVITED CENTRAL HARDLINERS

25 08 2015

The Denominations Pastors in Arawa invited Central Hardliners to explain to them why they are stopping the Belkol program. When the Central Hardliners Chairman explained to them they all say Amen.
We will help you with our prayers

Arawa Meeting today

Arawa Meeting today





INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED

23 08 2015

The Kieta Group known as Daboru Besi with the public in and around Arawa will be celebrating International Day Of The Disappeared on the 28th of this month. Chief Peter Garuai the head of the group wants everyone who can make it to Arawa to attend and march with the mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters of the missing persons.

The Theme for this year is: In Darkness Still Wating

The Theme for this year is: In Darkness Still Wating

The T Shirt they will be wearing

The T Shirt they will be wearing


Chief Peter Garuai the head of the group making public awareness in Arawa on friday

Chief Peter Garuai the head of the group making public awareness in Arawa on friday


A grieving mother talking to the public

A grieving mother talking to the public





CHIEF PAUL LUNDOI, WE DON’T WANT BELKOL WITH BCL

23 08 2015

On Friday I got a called from one of the member of the Central Hardliners that a Chief from Mananau down Jaba river wants to voice out his and the people’s view on Belkol with BCL after hearing that there is a strong notice for a stop to it from the people.
Chief Paul Lundoi told me that he and his mother lost 42 hectares of land at Mananau from the waste and pollution that dumped down from Panguna mine.

Chief Paul Lundoi

Chief Paul Lundoi


He didn’t want to see reopening of Panguan mine, he mentioned that if the upper landowners wants to reopen the mine put the waste into their pockets.
When I asked him if there was any member from his down stream area attended the Belkol talks so far, he told me that a woman rep came but when she went back Paul told her she is young and don’t know anything just following money after that she never attend the belkol meeting.
The woman Rep from Chief Paul Lundoi Lower Tailings at the Belkol meeting in Arawa early this year and never attended the next meetings

The woman Rep from Chief Paul Lundoi Lower Tailings at the Belkol meeting in Arawa early this year and never attended the next meetings


He, Paul doesn’t want Belkol but want to see an independent group to carry out the study of the destruction and pollution in the area. The last one he mentioned was headed by a woman, her report was in favour of BCL and everything is okay.
Chief Paul further stated that ABG Government and those who are advising them must not try to make Panguna mine as a weapon to get Independence.





BELKOL PLAN FOR SEPTEMBER 30 WITH BCL

16 08 2015

The Belkol which plan to be held on the 30th of September with BCL and Panguna mine old landowners association is coming under fire and more opposition to it.

Belkol meeting in May in Arawa

Belkol meeting in May in Arawa

A group calling themselves Central Hardliners had a meeting on 10th of August 2015 and wrote a letter to put a stop for the plan belkol. The group consist of Youths, Women group, the EX Combatants and Ex Combatants from the Veteran Associations of Central.

Central Hardliners meeting on the 10th of August in Arawa

Central Hardliners meeting on the 10th of August in Arawa


A member of the central Hardliners signing the letter on friday which will be given to the Belkol Committee this week

A member of the central Hardliners signing the letter on friday which will be given to the Belkol Committee this week





Panguna Primary school new 4 in 1 classroom

16 08 2015
Photo: T Naikang.

Photo: T Naikang.





TARLENA CAMPAIGN 2015

12 04 2015

On the 8th of April I went down to Arawa, though it was raining I want to check with the candidates how are they going with their campaign. I sent almost 50 texts or SMS to candidates if they have any campaign line up for Thursday, Friday onwards. Unfortunately 49 sms either went missing or they don’t want to reply or they are not ready. Only one reply who says he will start in Buin South Bougainville.

Feeder road to Tarlena with potholes

Feeder road to Tarlena with potholes


I tried the Northern Region, a contact I came to know late last year. I asked her if she is standing for the election and if so may I film one of her campaign? She reply and told me NO but she is assisting another woman who is contesting the North Bougainville women’s seat. After talking with the woman’s campaign manager she text me back and told me that am welcome.
Chabai Rehabilitation Centre

Chabai Rehabilitation Centre

It was late in the evening so I rang the person I know well if he will run Arawa Buka passenger trip on Thursday. He says yes so all set to go. Thursday arrived Kokopau but they change the timing to Friday, I have to come back to Arawa and returned back to Buka on Friday 9th of April.

Dr John Momis campaigning

Dr John Momis campaigning


On the afternoon of 9th at around 1pm Dr Naomi Tulaha and her party came to pick us up then we drove to Terlena. Some 100 plus women were having a workshop at the Chabai Rehabilitation centre so it was the good time for candidates in the Northern Region to speak to a crowd. The feeder road has some worst potholes, which the women who were on the truck complained that their elected leader in the current house haven’t done anything to fix the potholes.
Women from North Bougainville Catholic Villages who were attending workshop now listening to the candidates

Women from North Bougainville Catholic Villages who were attending workshop now listening to the candidates

Chabai Rehabilitation Centre is where the women seek refuge and get counselling when they have problems of all kinds in their lives.
The campaign started with the introduction from the chairlady, introducing the candidates.

Dr Ruth Saovana Spriggs asked Dr Momis a question on mining on behalf of the women

Dr Ruth Saovana Spriggs asked Dr Momis a question on mining on behalf of the women

There were 5 candidates with the current caretaker president Dr John Momis, who talked for almost one hour plus. The others were given only 3 minutes to speak. The rest of the candidates are in Dr John Momis New Bougainville Party. Only Dr Naomi Tulaha is running as an independent candidate.

Dr Naomi Tulaha, Independent candidate for women seat in the North

Dr Naomi Tulaha, Independent candidate for women seat in the North


Astasia Lapoint Candidate under J Momis New Bougainville Party

Astasia Lapoint Candidate under J Momis New Bougainville Party


Mercilyn Getsi for Veteran seat North Bougainville under New Bougainville Party

Mercilyn Getsi for Veteran seat North Bougainville under New Bougainville Party





GENDER VIOLENCE WORKSHOP

4 04 2015

Participants on the final day of the three days Gender & Violence Workshop & Training

Participants on the final day of the three days Gender & Violence Workshop & Training


A Gender Violence workshop and training was held in Pakia Village Central Bougainville.Thirty five [35] Participants from all over the Central Region attended the workshop and training. The participants told Mekamui News that they really learned a lot and will share the knowledge with their people in their respective villages they came from.
Participants listening to Josephine Kauona

Participants listening to Josephine Kauona


Josephine Kauona thanking every participants

Josephine Kauona thanking every participants


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After the closing of the workshop when we are waiting for transport back to Arawa, Thomas Tamusio a Chief from the village was telling the participants that all the stones they were seeing at the village were not from there but was carried down the river by the big landside when they were digging the road up to Panguna which buried couple workmen and machineries.
After he finished his story I asked him if I could film him which he says ok and I did further asked him what his thoughts about reopening Panguna mine. He told me his answer is big NO, but he wants BCL to clean up the mess. The land is for gardening not mining he says, population is multiplying where will the children live and make garden up there as well as us if mining further destroys the land.
Chief Thomas Tamusio

Chief Thomas Tamusio








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