How #PNG can solve plastic pollution, housing shortages & unemployment in cities

My mind was working in over drive yesterday as we came past Nadzab Airport. The edge of the road is a mess.

The trash – both organic and inorganic – is piled on the roadside. I was thinking about the possibilities of trash as a commodity instead unmanaged waste. It didn’t occur to me that every time you focus on a solution without an immediate one in sight, you will be led to one. I should know better because I preach about ‘help from the universe.’

So the Universe came to help last night…

Going through random videos on YouTube, I simples across a series of videos about ECO BRICKS – ordinary plastic drink bottles filled with plastic trash which are used as a building material.

The Philippines, like Papua New Guinea has a serious plastic pollution problem. They’ve found that making eco bricks have helped to solve both the plastic pollution problem and helped ease the housing.

Using cement as a mortar, the compacted eco bricks become a formidable structure able to last up to 30 years.

Eco bricks have become a community effort involving men women and children. It has given people the opportunity to express their creativity in building and DIY craft projects. It is giving communities incentive to clean up their beaches and environment and see immediate benefits.


1. We can turn our trash into a commodity.

2. We can eliminate the plastic pollution problem

3. We can create jobs and encourage a network of people who collect make and sell eco bricks to community based organizations or companies who can build low cost houses.

4. We can encourage municipal authorities to use eco bricks in the construction of benches and retaining walls.

5. I am sure that the innovation of Papua New Guineans will shine though as they find new uses for eco bricks.

For more information click HERE

Supporters of the ABC call for help to revitalise Australia’s voice in the Asia-Pacific

Press Release
Help Revitalise Australia’s voice in the Asia/Pacific.

A group of Australian based supporters is trying to revitalise Australian broadcasting in the Pacific and Asia.
For more than 50 years, ABC-Radio Australia was a trusted and respected friend in the region broadcasting independent news and information.

But five years ago, the service was almost silenced by budget cuts.

It’s recently been revealed that Radio Australia’s shortwave frequencies into the Pacific and Asia have been taken over by China Radio International.

The supporters group says that now because of a new political environment in Canberra and across the region, the time is right to propose a major upgrade of ABC radio, television and digital services to the Asia Pacific.
The group wants people to have their say at a review of Australia’s broadcasting in the region being held by the Australian department of foreign affairs and the department of communication and the arts.
It would like to see the Review recommend the reinstatement of full ABC Asia Pacific broadcasting with a new model of stronger partnerships between Australia and the region.
The supporters group includes household names in the Pacific like former ABC-Radio Australia correspondents Sean Dorney and Jemima Garrett along with former Radio Australia Network Manager Sue Ahearn.
Ms Garrett says the Australian media, in the form of the ABC’s international services [Radio Australia, Australia Plus TV, and digital and online services) has played a crucial role in promoting debate, transparency and good governance in the Pacific and Asia.
She says the ABC has provided a powerful role-model and, through its presence and reporting empowered journalists in the region, to tackle stories that are difficult but of important public interest.
Ms Ahearn says this is a chance for those who care about independent journalism and democracy to be heard. “Your submission does not need to be long, even a few sentences is valuable. The more perspectives the Review receives the better”.
The Review is asking for submissions from individuals and organisations in Asia and the Pacific as well as Australia.
A link to the submission portal is here.
Submissions close on August 3, 2018.
You can join our Facebook site at Or join us on Twitter

For more information and interviews, please contact Sue Ahearn or Jemima Garrett. or +61 439474444 or +61 408163226
Please let us know if you would like photos of the group members.

The purpose/objective of the review ‘is to assess the reach of Australia’s media in the Asia Pacific region, including examining whether shortwave radio technology should be used’. The review is instructed to analyse:
• the coverage and access of existing Australian media services in the Asia Pacific region
• the use and value of Australian shortwave technology in the Asia Pacific region.

And the review will cover:
• all media distribution platforms (television, radio and online)
• commercial, community and publicly funded services
• different types of technologies such as analogue, digital and satellite radio and television services and online services.

Israel, a spiritual journey for the soul | By Adelaide Sirox Kari


I’m actually watching the sunrise in Jerusalem from the 11th floor of the Leonard Hotel. A tear drops, I think of my mum. I know she’s in paradise seeing her own beautiful view. But oh how I wished to share this with her.

In all my years working as a Journalist with EMTV, I would never imagine being offered a fully paid trip to the Holy Land and to understand the geopolitical situation In Israel. It’s a serial moment, it’s 5:30 am but the sun is already out shining bright over the Holy Land.

I am a part of a 12 Pacific media delegation selected to visit Israel, Fiji,Vanuatu,Solomon Island, Naru, Samoa, Marshall Islands and Guam Journalist. I am representing Papua New Guinea and this trip is more than a work trip for me as I soon realize, thanks to my strong Christian belief, that this is God’s grace on me to say good bye to my loving late Mother.

Our delegation meetings being with the Isreal foreign affairs ministry, a briefing on the economy of the country, the Geopolitical situation between Iran and the Palestinian.

The official visit includes a visit to the parliament house known as the Knesset, a meet with a women member of parliament, a look at the agriculture and livestock sector and tours to very significant sights for the Christan faith.

I would like to share my experience when visiting the Old City of Jereuselm.

The city Jerusalem has been attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice over history and rebuilt. I’m carrying my Bible with me as our tour guide begins with taking us to the city of David. I have goosebumps throughout the tour as I can’t comprehend the fact that I am actually seeing with my two eyes things that are written in the Bible and how archaeological finding at the city of David is than cross-examined with the Bible.

From the city of David we walk across the road. Note: we haven’t entered the old city gates yet on top of Temple Mount and next to Mount Zion, across the road is a current archaeological survey being conducted on what used to be a car parking lot for the City of David.

There, we enter to an archaeological excavation something you only see on Discovery Channel. I take a deep breath, I can’t believe my eyes. Each layer is from a different reign, we enter an under tunnel built during King Herod’s reign for drainage for the city (old city of Jereuselm). We walk for 7 minutes and come out to the Old City next at the southern walls of the city. And as we walk on the path the tour guide says ‘look down to the bricks… these bricks are the same bricks that Jesus would have walked on…’

I’m shaking, tears fill my eyes and I get someone to take a picture of me standing on that path. I had put a passport picture size of my mum at the back cover of my phone, when they took the picture I swear I saw her smile.

She would be proud, I told myself, she’s smiling down at you I tell myself, heavy tears drop. I’m broken, I want to call her and tell her where I am. And just when I’m having a meltdown, I see it. The wailing Wall, men on the other side and women on the other. Christans and Jew’s rush towards it. I thought, how can I break through the crowd and pray. Our tour guide tells us we won’t pray here but inside after meeting the head rabbi. The head rabbi said something that I still can’t get out of my head, he said when you pray here it is said God listens extra carefully. I thought yes, I can talk to mum!! I can finally send my prayers to her knowing she would get the message. Who would of known a Jewish Rabbi comments would bring a Christian such peace.

They take us to a section of the western wall that reserved private For prayer. While I will not share my prayer, I can tell you that praying gave me peace. It had been three months since my mother’s passing and that one gesture of prayer at the Holy City was my divine intervention to keep me sane and continue doing the job my mum was so proud of me of.

While my job as a Journalist is very serious, I can say this job has helped me fight so many silent battles. I went to Israel thinking I would learn more about the country, I instead the country and it’s people showed me the power of believing and knowing your home.

I’m on my way home now back to where my family is, but I can’t help to sit and think of all those places I visited, but most of all being in Jerusalem and the people I met, Christan’s, Jew’s, Muslims and other religions living in the same place in harmony and worshiping together at the Old City of Jereuselm because their history of when there people reign is still so evident.

Joseph Tondop did NOT say anything wrong, he was talking about leadership and solutions

Below is the article by Post Courier’s Johnny Poiya.  Sidelined Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tondop, did not say anything wrong. He was simply stating facts and highlighting what needed to be done.  He has now been removed and will remain “unattached.”  Tondop has the respect of the people, by the way.

Joseph Tondop

POLITICAL leaders from Southern Highlands Province have been urged to return home and unite with their people to apologise to Air Niugini, the judiciary and the country.
Provincial police commander Chief Superintendent Joseph Tondop said it was time to apologise to the country as leaders of the province, as well as join hands with their people in remorse. This would also provide a venue for reconciliation.
Chief Supt Tondop said the public apology was due for the burning of Air Niugini Dash 8 aircraft, the courthouse and the governor’s residence last Thursday. Meanwhile, security operations for the Southern Highlands State of Emergency started yesterday.
Soldiers and police personnel started patrols along road links into Mendi and the National Highway as well as providing security for government assets.
Mendi town was unusually quiet as most shops and the Bank South Pacific remained closed.
Chief Supt Tondop visited the hospital and assured staff that they were safe, urging them to continue to provide services.
“The soldiers are here helping us with security operations and I appealed to Government agencies return to normal operations.”
He said dialogue with the people was important but following last Thursday’s mayhem people were not coming out into the town.
Chief Supt Tondop said yesterday: “We will start a public awareness tomorrow to restore public confidence. Through the operation, we will address issues as we see fit”.
He said Mendi-Nipa chaos was a leadership issue that needed to be discussed between the security forces, leaders and the people in a dialogue.
“We have to meet and talk with the people within the next 14 days. We can’t fix this issue if one of the three parties is not here,” Mr Tondop said.
He said he was happy that the political leaders met and apologised to the country for the Mendi destruction.
It was important that the people are taught the processes of the court system and to respect the law, he said.
There had been a public outcry following disturbances in Mendi late last year for leaders to return and clear issues in the province but none of the political leaders ever did so.
Mr Tondop echoed the sentiments yesterday saying the leaders needed to get closer to their people to install stability.

Why SOE is Bougainville 2.0 and why leadership is needed | By Jaive Smare

When I was young boy, I witnessed a leader of the moge tribe in hagen stop his ten thousand strong tribesman by almost sacrificing his life. It was a bone chilling, terrifying experience, a display of leadership that was is a truly cultural phenomena of Western Highlanders.

He stood before them and the path to their anger, and he said “Kill me first” He meant it. His own tribe men were so conflicted, some wanted to kill him. I wached as my mothers people came inches within killing him.

In the end, they cried out of frustration and turned around. He was their leader. A true big man in Western Highlands fights for peace above everything else. Kanges are aggressive. One Kange in the middle of a thousand Engans or SHP will still go toe to toe.

When a Kange wants to fight, there is no backing out of it. Stopping a whole tribe of Moge’s was force of leadership. It was not an isolated event. A decade later, a jiga leader was saved at the last minute after he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger, trying to stop his tribe from starting a war that would have decimated Hagen.

He said if you want to fight, then I will die first. If it wasnt for his nephew who hit his arm, deflecting the pistol shot that the bullet grazed his temple, he would have been dead.
Around that period, I was in Bougainville and the late great Patrick Ita told me how he negotiated down to the last day, what he saw was an industrial dispute in Bougainville.

When he saw the Soldiers coming off the boat, he told the DF controller, “You have killed me. Soldiers are not trained to negotiate, they are trained to fight. You have killed me.”

The BRA dragged Patrick Ita off the dockyard to be hung and Ona cut him down that day.
Decades later, we could lose Bougainville. I dont want to. You dont.
We could lose bougainville not because they want to leave. We could lose bougainville because the leadership perspective that soldiers on their own people has not changed at all. Patrick Ita recognised the problem as an industrial dispute and land rights. Not an armed conflict. Not a rebellion or successionist movement.

There is an SOE in SHP. Their are soldiers up there. Our boys and our girls, to kill our boys and our girls. Like Patrick Ita, the one voice of reason, the Police Commander Joseph Tondop, who is seeing the problem in Southern Highlands as a Leadership problem, and not a secessionist problem, has been fucking sidelined. I know Scott Waide that calling it another Bougainville is premature. But I am calling it. This is another Bougainville.

And we are in the fight for our young democracy and we dont even realise it. Southern Highlanders can fight. And all roads lead to Hagen. Bougainville is an island. God gave us a chance to learn, to fix a great wrong that we committed
Peter Oneil is not my Prime Minister.

I come from Warriors. My great great grandfather cleared the coastline that we call our home. My mothers father started Hagen Kofi. My father was the first national administrator of Western Province, Manus, and Western Highlands.

He physically arrested warring Manusians, cult leaders, cannibals, Jiga’s in the middle of killing people. I am not even making this shit up. One of my uncles tells me his favourite story of my dad. The shock of seeing this coastal guy running into the battle field to arrest him and hundreds of others and ship of to Manus to strip the World War 2 excess and build proper roads for that town.

My grandmother walked from Boiken, East Sepik, to Bulolo, and up through the Kuli Gap to marry my grand father who was station in hagen. My GF who would years later, die and be buried in Matupit because of injuries sustained during the war from saving allied troops and civilians (he was a national police officer).

Yeah. my dad and his people built this country. My mother, the teacher and her people built this country.

No Southern Highlands Son or Daughter should die by the bullet of a PNGDF soilder. Bougainville started with sabotage. Patrick Ita, God bless his soul, called it right. Soldiers and police are not trained to negoiate. Thomas Eluh is the wrong person for the job as controller up there.

Bougainville had a massive resource project that was causing problems. SHP/Hela does. Bougainville started with Sabotage out of frustration because of decisions made in Waigani. Tick. Waigani appointed a controller from NGI. Tick. Bougainvilleans dug up guns from Torokina and armed themselves. Tick.

This is not an isolated incident. Too many details are lining up.
Peter Oneil is trying to politicise the issue by saying people are politicising the issue.

Go lo ples blo yu na toktok lo ol lain blo yu. Na sapos ol traim yu, em i orait. Em ol lain blo yu.

Steven Biko said there is no success with struggle, and no sacrifice without struggle.

We are dearth in leadership in PNG today. There is a vacuum so large and wide that we will lose Bougainville and we will lose SHP and we will lose more than we care to imagine

I look at my freinds, all of them, and within my closest circle, there is absolutely none of them I can call a leader.

In Parliament, Bryan Krammers post about his direct handling of the Madang crisis, reminds me of the ethos of my uncle who stopped his tribe, my father who stopped warring tribes, partick ita who negotiated to the last day at the wharf in Kieta as the sunset in Bougainville for its longest night.

The sun is setting on our young democracy, and we have to ask ourselves, are we ready for night. We have to ask ourselves which leader will we follow, whose post will we share, who’s fake account will we block, which of our friends will we dump, who will we love the most tonight.

300 people died on a boat to mainland PNG, and there is still no justice. Kato Ottio died of negligence and thousands are dying of negligence and there is still no justice. We have alcoholics and drug bodies ruining our villages and our neighbourhoods and there is still no justice. There are schools with no desks in POM and PNG and there is still no justice.

They burnt a plane in Mendi. Because they want Justice.

No Southern Highlander should die in this SOE. No Papua New Guinean too.