“Fear grips PNG’s Wewak amid reports of police violence”

December 14, 2013 at 3:48 am (Commentary, East Sepik Province, PNG, Wewak)


Fear grips PNG’s Wewak amid reports of police violence

Posted at 20:01 on 13 December, 2013 UTC

The East Sepik Council of Women in Papua New Guinea says the police in Wewak are very violent and the public are scared.

PNG’s acting police commissioner, Simon Kauba, has set up a high level investigation into the alleged rape at the weekend of a 19-year old girl, by Wewak-based policemen.

It will also look into the detention of a woman activist at the Wewak police station, who went there, with the girl’s family, to lodge an official complaint.

Norah Kapari from the East Sepik Council of Women says after an unrelated incident on Wednesday where a drunk soldier was severely beaten by police in the township, other soldiers stormed the police station in retaliation.

That sparked disorder and looting in the town but she says police have gained control again.

Norah Kapari says the people want the Commissioner of Police in PNG to come into the town and flush out the bad elements in the local police force.

“The police are very violent now they are not doing the proper work that they were trained to do so the people are scared of the police.”

Norah Kapari from the East Sepik Council of Women.

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I’ve heard that there was serious rioting in Wewak yesterday. You might have some sources to elaborate on this.



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From the PNG Press!

October 3, 2013 at 5:05 am (Angoram, Commentary, East Sepik Province, Michael Somare, PNG, Press Freedom, Wewak)



(Click on the above links to read these interesting items.)

Two pieces of news from The National Newspaper: One reader described the first as gobbledegook, and the second as a sick joke! .

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Knights of the Realm in PNG

September 25, 2013 at 1:13 am (Commentary, Dreikikir, East Sepik District, Maprik, Papua New Guinea, PNG, Sir Pita Lus)

To say that knights of the realm are thin on the ground in Wewak is not exactly correct. Without too much trouble on any one day in the town, you could run into Sir Hugo, Sir Michael, Sir Pita, and other knights.

In January of this year I saw Sir Pita Lus, but didn’t recognise him, as it had been many years before that I had last seen him.

Sir John Kaputin once wrote this of Sir Pita:

“The former member for Maprik, Sir Pita Lus might have been perceived as vociferous and a loose cannon, but, behind this façade, there was a very serious mind concerned with real issues, expressed in pidgin with lots of humour and punctuated with colourful phrases in English.”

I had encountered Pita many years before in and around Dreikikir, well before he was elected to the House of Assembly. On one occasion he waved down the Land Rover I was travelling in from Maprik to Dreikikir, and in a rather forceful manner seemed to be demanding a lift to Dreikikir. I responded to him by asking, was he asking or telling me to give him a lift? His manner then changed, and he said he was asking. I then said to him: “Get in the back.”

This year while in Wewak in company with Peter Johnson, Peter saw and started talking to Sir Pita. After Pita left I asked Peter: “Who’s that?” I was informed that  was Sir Pita Lus. (Please excuse my conversational grammar!)

Later I was motivated to write to Sir Pita in my rather poor Pidgin, resulting in me not sending the epistle:

16 Janueri, 2013

Dia Sir Pita,

Mi sori tude, mi luk long yu, tasol mi no save pes bilong yu, taim yu tok long Peter Johnson long klostu pos ofis long Wewak.

Bipo mi wok long Malaria Control long Dreikikir, nau mi save long yu wok long Talatala Misin.

Bihain mi ofiso long 1964 Ileksen.

Mi lik tok gude long yupela,

Dave Wall

What I was trying to write in so many words, was that I was sorry not to have recognised him, and that I knew him many years before when I was with Malaria Control in Dreikikir, and he was with the Protestant Mission.  Also, in 1964 I was an electoral officer

Here are just a few thoughts of mine about a knight of the realm, and a former colourful PNG politician.

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Michael McNeice on the Sepik River with Sava Maksic in 1968

September 19, 2013 at 7:02 am (Commentary, PNG, Sepik River)

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Click on the above to see Michael’s photos.

Michael McNeice NSW said,

September 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm ·

“I would like to make contact with Sava Maksic as I have a lot of photos I would like to share from 1968 on the Sepik.”    Michael McNeice
myallviews@ bigpond.com

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Book Review

August 25, 2013 at 8:48 am (Book review, Commentary, David Wall, East Sepik District, Fiction, PNG, Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk, Sepik River)


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“The Search for Mrs Right”

March 22, 2013 at 12:12 am (A.C.T. Marke, Commentary, East Sepik District, Famous Old Wellingtonians, Fiction, Love in a hot climate, Love on the Run, Photos, PNG, Temlett Conibeer, Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer's greatest challenge)



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Norm Liddle, an engaging and likeable character!

February 23, 2013 at 5:31 am (Angoram, Angoram Club, Biography, East Sepik District, East Sepik Province, Kainantu, Mining, Norm Liddle, PNG, Sepik River)

The remains of Norm Liddle's saw mill in Angoram

The remains of Norm Liddle’s saw mill in Angoram

In the course of our lives we all meet a number of people – some readily forgettable and others we might just remember. But there are a select few we can never forget. In this category I would put Norm Liddle!

Norm was that type of Australian, particularly a Queenslander, who I’m afraid to say are now pretty thin on the ground – a man with a wide and varied experience of life and readily adaptable to whatever circumstances he found himself in – whether it was the Australian outback, cutting timber, fixing machinery, serving in the RAAF and the AIF, and living along the Sepik River and the Highlands of PNG; he took it all in his stride. Truly a character!

I first met Norm in 1966 in Angoram. At this time he was living in what was known as the Ex-Service Camp in the far extremities of the town boundaries on the banks of the river. It was there that he had the beginnings of a saw mill.

He arrived in Angoram in 1963. His first interest was to ascertain the timber potential in areas near the Keram River. His junior partner in business at the time was Jeff Liversidge – a man who is still living in Wewak, and is well-known as a sculptor.

A friend of mine once described Norm: ‘as an accomplished musician, skilled taxidermist, reptile hunter, ex-serviceman in both the army and the air force, and pioneer forestry surveyor.’

I well remember Norm in the Angoram Club giving us a rendition on his accordion of Rolf Harris’s The Court of King Caractacus. I must also admit, that on some rare occasions the members hoped that Norm would be like the ladies of the harem of the Court of King Caractacus and just pass by! But seriously we all enjoyed his playing.

Norm was a man that could and would speak with authority on most subjects. In many ways he had an encyclopaedic mind – his facts were not always correct, but in discussions he had few equals. On one occasion he engaged a Spanish speaker in the correct pronunciation of the word, President – Norm insisted that it was El Presidento, the Spanish speaker said it was, El Presidente – I’m afraid the Spanish speaker was correct!

Norm fitted in with the prevailing atmosphere, and the life of Angoram. Some who were less than friendly towards him may have described him as bone lazy. But all credit to Norm, he did survive, even if at times he may have appeared to be only subsisting!

He would make himself available to the odd tourist around the town, and this brought in the odd dollar. One young American woman whom Norm had helped with arranging transport and hiring canoes, showed her gratitude by sending him a packet of marijuana seeds from the States. This was at a time when New Guinea was blissfully ignorant about the drug. Norm planted the seeds near his setup on the river bank and they grew like wildfire. Some said that for a year or so Norm kept himself pretty well stoned! I was told that he was careful not to let the locals know anything about the plant and what it was doing for him.

Norm was a great advocate for a number of local people in the courts, and was instrumental in getting many off after representing and giving legal advice to them – indeed a man of many parts!

His interesting and varied life came to an end in Kainantu in 1986. It was there that, I believe, he thought he was onto a sure thing having found a gold mine that he figured would yield great returns.

Sometime prior to this his personal life took a very happy turn for the better. He met Monika, a woman from Kambaramba, and they became partners. Monika subsequently gave birth to Vivian, their daughter. Norm by all reports was so proud of Vivian.

What else can I say about Norm, he was a character, but a very likeable one, a human man with more virtues than vices!

See: https://deberigny.wordpress.com/2008/09/08/komuniti-monthly-newsletter-angoram-community-centre/

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I hope to visit Angoram shortly – or should I? Things may have improved!

December 26, 2012 at 2:59 am (Angoram, Commentary, East Sepik Province, PNG, Sepik River)

Poor old Angoram


Wednesday 11th May, 2011

Thugs rule Angoram


A COMMUNITY leader in Angoram said criminals are overtaking the district and its headquarters while their MP Arthur Somare is nowhere to be found. Luke Gawi, a block holder at Gavien Rubber Scheme, said District Administrator Aloi Agat was also absent from the district most of the time. He is either in Wewak, Port Moresby or at his rubber block at Gavien and not in his office. Mr Gawi also said the Angoram Hospital was rundown and the Angoram High school faced the same fate but funds for their renovations were yet to be received. He said that on average, three murders occur in a month in Angoram, three to four armed robberies took place within a week and two to three rapes took place in a month and the police were not able to do anything. He said the people in the district had no-one to turn to if they fell victim to criminals because the police in Angoram turned a blind eye to all crimes in the district. He said Mr Somare was never there to experience and see what was happening nor did he have any plans to contain the situation. “Arthur does not have a house in Angoram, he lives in Port Moresby, goes to Australia or New Ireland where his wife is from, and does not care what happens to us in Angoram,” he said. Mr Gawi said just last week, a local woman was pack-raped by criminals who held up the truck she was travelling in from Wewak to Angoram.

Copyright 2009  Post-Courier Online


What a sorry state! Bring the Kiaps back. The next step is to descend into total chaos. It seems that the local member doesn’t care that the good people of Angoram are abused and explioted. Where is the local member?

No longer can the people of Angoram say: Bai mi tokim kiap.

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“The Return of the Native” (Apologies to Thomas Hardy!)

December 23, 2012 at 7:06 am (Angoram, Commentary, Funerals, PNG, Sepik River, Wewak)


Dave Wall 001


Not quite The Return of the Native, but something of it, anyhow!

On the 29th of this month I hope to be in Wewak – staying in the Sepik for a month. Maybe a trip to Angoram to catch up with old friends.

If I should croak while there, I’ve left instructions that I’m to be buried in the nearest matmat – no involved movement  of remains!

I hope this trip will be a rich source of information that will inspire me to write better, and improve the usual 2nd rate stuff that I put on this blog!

To all my readers, wherever you are, all the best for Christmas and the New Year!

David Wall

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December 12, 2012 at 4:32 am (Angoram, Commentary, Photos, PNG, Rabaul, Territory New Guinea)

Melanesian beauty      Angoram photos

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