Showing posts with label Papua New Guinea Facts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Papua New Guinea Facts. Show all posts

Subsidiarity: The Other Flavour in Decentralisaon by Emmanuel Narokobi

Without a doubt, Decentralisation has a conflicting taste in our mouths today. Institutionally and legally we already have decentralisation, with examples like the District Development Authorities (DDA's). Yet we are anything but decentralised in decision making, and principally in how budgets and government finances are operated.

Within the flavours of Decentralisation I wanted to expand a little on the concept of 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 which is touched on at 01:06:00 of the video.

Any large organisation needs control to make it run efficiently. In today's world, there is absolutely no reason why organisations cannot be decentralised because of the technologies we have today. The overwhelming majority of Papua New Guineans have a mobile phone now so there is no excuse. On a global scale the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin exemplifies the spirit and practical application of decentralised systems where control of the whole is placed at the tips of the network. In other words, many individuals operate in their own interests but with a common belief in the value of the network that serves everyone.

But Decentralisation is still a human system and the discipline to practice it to extract value out of an organisation is still evident with or without modern ICT. How else did the British East India Company rule and operate in India for 300 years? How else did the Catholic Church become the world's first multi-national?

In fact, Subsidiarity is a management concept that was developed by the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI in 1931. The concept, however, has broader philosophical roots in the idea that matters should be handled by the smallest, least centralised competent authority, like a Parish Priest. Meaning that higher levels of authority like the Arch Diocese should only intervene when issues cannot be effectively managed at a more local level.

Subsidiarity therefore promotes decentralisation by advocating that decisions be made as close to the affected individuals or communities as possible to empower lower levels of society—such as individuals, families, and local communities—by allowing them to address their own needs and problems, thereby fostering greater engagement, responsiveness, and efficiency in governance and organizational management.

As a concept in Government, Subsidiarity aims to strike a balance between autonomy and support, ensuring that local governing authorities can operate independently while receiving necessary assistance from higher authorities when required. This approach not only respects local capabilities and knowledge but also prevents unnecessary centralisation, encouraging a more participatory and effective governance structure. One particular aspect that I like personally about it is that it promotes local communities to do as much as they can themselves until they absolutely need assistance from higher authorities.

Now to be clear, Decentralisation involves the redistribution of authority and resources, including government budgets, from central to local levels to improve efficiency and governance through structural reforms. Subsidiarity, on the other hand, is a principle stating that decisions, including budgetary ones, should be made at the lowest competent level, with higher authorities intervening only when necessary. So while decentralisation focuses on the broader transfer of power and financial resources, subsidiarity emphasises the appropriateness of the decision-making level to enhance local autonomy and participation.

You may then ask, well what does it actually look like in practice? Well, let's take for example our beloved Con-Act PNG program spending billions for roadworks. How do we spend public funds in a way that builds local capacity at all levels of government, that maximises the use of our money and minimises corruption?

I'll explain in this way assuming that Allan Bird's "Block Grants" have been fairly and efficiently delivered to each Province already.

Local Level

A village community identifies that their local roads are deteriorating, affecting daily life and access to essential services. The local government, understanding the immediate and specific needs of the village, allocates part of its budget to repair and maintain these local roads. They employ local workers and use local resources, ensuring that the project is managed efficiently and in a way that suits the community's specific requirements.

District Level

For more substantial road projects, such as connecting multiple villages or improving major local routes, the district government steps in. Recognizing that such projects require more resources and technical expertise, the district government allocates funds and oversees the project. They coordinate with local governments to ensure the needs of each community are met and manage the logistics and technical aspects of the project.

National Level

When it comes to large-scale infrastructure projects, such as building highways that connect different regions of the country, the national government takes responsibility. These projects require significant funding, advanced technology, and comprehensive planning that goes beyond the capacity of local and district authorities. The national government ensures these projects align with broader economic and development goals, providing the necessary resources and expertise.

Example in Action

In the Highlands region, a local village council uses its budget to repair local roads damaged by seasonal rains, employing local labour and materials. For a larger project to pave and expand a road connecting several villages, the district government intervenes, providing additional funding and technical support. For the construction of a new highway connecting the Highlands to the coastal cities, the national government takes charge, coordinating efforts, securing funding, and employing advanced construction firms.

What we see here is that if the funding by Government isn't hoarded and controlled in Waigani and fair budget distributions as the proposed "Block Grants" are given to each Province, then the concept of Subsidiarity will ensure that roadworks are handled at the most appropriate level, promoting efficiency, local engagement, and effective use of resources.
PNG has all the money, laws and institutions to finally provide equal participation and benefits to everyone. It's obvious that our current centralised decision-making is glaringly flawed, yet we still love the taste of failure whilst a few in power continue to benefit from the sweetness of corruption.

Disclaimer: The article and accompanying video presented herein have been republished by PNG Insight for the benefit of our readership. The original article, authored by Immanuel Narokobi, and the video, produced by Ganjiki D Wayne for his Tokaut Tokstret Podcast, offer insights of such significance that we believe it is imperative for the current and future generations of this nation to be aware of them. Please note that all credit for the original content goes to the respective author and producer.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) Flag Meaning: More Than Just Colours and Symbols

The flag of Papua New Guinea (PNG) serves as a striking and meaningful representation of the country's identity and heritage. The flag holds a deeper significance that not many people know. To truly grasp its modern-day meaning, one must delve into the traditional roots of its colours and symbols.

Comprising two identical triangles, with the upper one in red and the lower in black, embedded in a rectangle, the flag stands as a symbol of unity, history, and cultural significance. Now, let's explore the symbolism behind the colours (red, black, white, yellow) on the PNG flag.

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To find out about the school girl who designed the PNG Flag, click here.

Black and Red: Melanesian People and Culture

The black and red triangular design of the flag carries profound meaning for the people of Papua New Guinea. Black symbolises the Melanesian people, who make up the majority of the country's population. This colour signifies their unique cultural heritage, traditions, and identity, serving as a unifying element that reminds the nation of its rich and diverse heritage.

The red colour is rooted in traditions of the Melanesian poeple. It mirrors the vibrant red hues found on traditional tribal war shields, face and body paintings, and other cultural artifacts used by various ethnic groups across the country. In this context, red represents bravery and the enduring warrior spirit ingrained in the nation's history.

Yellow The Bird of Paradise: Unity in Diversity

Within the red triangle on the PNG flag, a yellow silhouette of the Raggiana bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) is depicted. The bird is portrayed in a stylised, tribal art-inspired form, with its wings spread wide, ready to fly. This native bird species, renowned for its resplendent plumage, serves as a potent symbol of Papua New Guinea. 

Also, the yellow silhouette of the Bird of Paradise powerfully represents Papua New Guinea's unique wildlife and natural beauty, and 850 languages and tribal groups. 

Beyond that, it embodies the national motto, "Unity in Diversity." This phrase celebrates the nation's multicultural tapestry, emphasising the importance of unity and harmony among the myriad ethnic groups that call PNG home.

White: Symbolising Purity and Friendship

Amidst the black half of the flag, five striking white five-pointed stars shine brightly. These stars represent the Southern Cross, an important navigational feature in traditional PNG travels, and also mark the planting and harvesting seasons of crops—a crucial piece of traditional knowledge still widely used in many rural communities in the country.

Furthermore, the colour white, featured in this emblem, signifies purity and stands as a representation of the country's aspiration for a harmonious and peaceful future.

The diagonal pattern seen in the flag's background is inspired by the traditional exchange systems (also called the Traditional Barter System) such as the ''Moka'' and ''Hiri Moale'', where tribes exchange goods as a symbol of friendship and alliance. The diagonal pattern thus embodies the spirit of cooperation and unity among Papua New Guinea's diverse ethnic groups.

Check out this video for more detailed meaning of the PNG Flag.

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The Shark's Teeth: A Symbol of Strength

Finally, the flag's pattern, consisting of the black and red diagonal triangles, is also thought to represent the shape of a shark's tooth. 

In Melanesian culture, including PNG, the shark's tooth symbolises strength and courage, further underscoring the resilience and determination of the nation's people in the face of challenges.

Here is a POEM about the meaning of PNG Idependence that you might also like, click here to find out.

Papua New Guinea Flag Meaning

In conclusion, the PNG flag weaves together a tapestry of colours and symbols that tell a profound story of the nation's history, culture, and aspirations. 

From the bravery symbolised by red to the unity represented by the tribal patterns and the natural beauty encapsulated by the Bird of Paradise, this flag proudly stands as an emblem of Papua New Guinea's past, present, and future.

Papua New Guinea Highest Civilian Award

Imagine receiving an award that not only acknowledges your hard work but also carries the weight of a nation's gratitude and admiration. Well, that's precisely what happened recently in Papua New Guinea (PNG). 

In a special ceremony at the Government House, Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi of India was conferred with the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu (GCL), which happens to be the highest civilian award of PNG. 

This is no ordinary award; it's a recognition of exceptional service, achievement, and dedication that goes beyond boundaries.

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Companion of the Order of Logohu awarded to India PM Narendra Damodardas Modi 2023 

The Order of Logohu: What's the Buzz About?

The Order of Logohu isn't just your run-of-the-mill recognition. It's a big deal in PNG's honours and awards system. 

Think of it as the country's way of saying "You're awesome!" to those who've dedicated themselves to making a positive impact on society. 

And just so you know, folks who receive this award get to be called "Grand Chief." That's a pretty fancy title, right?

Different Levels, Different Aims

Now, this award has a structure – four classes to be precise. At the top of the pyramid is the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu. This one's like the MVP award for people who've shown exceptional service, achieved remarkable things, and kept up their amazing work for at least twenty years. 

Imagine being titled "Chief" for that! Oh, and there's a limit – only 50 living citizens can get this prestigious award. 

But, wait, there's a twist: the Chancellor of the Order gets to be called "Grand Chief." And guess what? There's room for one more living Papua New Guinean to be titled Grand Chief.

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

The Officer of Logohu (OL) is for those who've done standout work for Papua New Guinea or their local community, consistently, for a good ten years. 

Then there's the Member of Logohu (ML) category, which is all about commending those who've made a positive impact on a specific area, the nation, or their local community for at least seven years. 

The National Logohu Medal (LM), on the other hand, recognises folks who've shone brightly in their profession, career, or industry group, or who've made an outstanding contribution to the community for five years or more.

Global Recognition: Royalty and Dignitaries

Believe it or not, this award has even caught the attention of royalty and global figures. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles (the Prince of Wales), and Princess Anne (Princess Royal) have all received the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu. 

These aren't just ordinary names; they're big shots who've made a mark on the world stage.

Papua New Guinea Highest Civilian Award

The Papua New Guinea Companion of the Order of Logohu Award isn't just any award – it's a recognition that carries the nation's respect and appreciation for outstanding service, dedication, and accomplishments. 

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi joining the ranks of distinguished individuals who've received this award showcases the global impact of excellence. 

So, whether it's local heroes or international figures, the Order of Logohu reminds us all that commitment and hard work have the power to leave a lasting legacy that inspires generations to come.

The Enigma of Michael Rockefeller: Exploring the Asmat Tribe in West Papua

In the annals of mysterious disappearances, few stories captivate the imagination as profoundly as that of Michael Rockefeller. The young scion of the powerful Rockefeller family and the governor of New York, Michael's vanishing in the wilds of West Papua's Asmat region remains an enigma to this day. 

While the official cause of his death is listed as drowning, the shadow of intrigue extends far beyond, involving a collision of cultures, colonial history, and the complexities of the Asmat people. 

This article aims to delve into the story of Michael Rockefeller, exploring the context of his expedition and the unsettling theories surrounding his fate. Also, it's essential to highlight the broader backdrop of the island of New Guinea, a region comprising West Papua and Papua New Guinea, each marked by their colonial legacies and paths to independence.

Asmat region of Papua New Guinea
Asmat region of WEST PAPUA

The Island's Division and Colonial Heritage

Firsly, West Papua is NOT Papua New Guinea though the former in under Indonesia and the later is an independent country near Australia.

The island of New Guinea, often misconceived as a singular entity, is comprised of two distinct parts: West Papua and Papua New Guinea. West Papua, the western region of the island, was a former Dutch colony, subsequently integrated into Indonesia. 

Papua New Guinea, an independent state, is home to a diverse population once controlled by the British and German colonisers.

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Michael Rockefeller's Adventure

At the heart of the mystery lies Michael Rockefeller, a young man who departed the comforts of his family's privilege to embark on an adventure that would ultimately lead him to the Asmat region. 

Graduating from Harvard, he joined an ethnographic film expedition to document the lives of the Asmat people of (the now West Papua). 

His fascination with primitive art and desire to make a significant cultural contribution compelled him to venture into the relatively untouched territory.

The Vanishing Act

During his journey, tragedy struck. Rockefeller's boat capsized, forcing him to swim for the shore. 

He disappeared in the midst of this attempt, leaving behind a void of information that has fueled speculation for decades. 

Theories ranging from drowning to assimilation into the local culture's violent rituals have emerged.

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The Enigma of Michael Rockefeller: Exploring the Asmat Tribe in West Papua

The Clash of Cultures

One of the most compelling aspects of the Rockefeller case is the profound cultural clash it exposes. 

The Asmat people, living according to their unique rituals and belief systems, became inadvertently entwined in the events surrounding Rockefeller's disappearance. 

Their complex practices, including headhunting and carving, created an atmosphere of mystery and intrigue.

Unveiling the Truth about Michael Rockefeller's Fate

The quest for truth about Michael Rockefeller's fate has led to extensive investigations, the uncovering of archival documents, and interviews with those who were part of the era. 

The shadowy accounts of Dutch missionaries and officials have further fueled the mystery, raising questions about potential cover-ups to protect colonial interests.

Michael Rockefeller's disappearance reverberated beyond its immediate impact. The legend of his fate has inspired literature, art, and media representations, with the story even making its way into popular culture.

Reflections on Possibilities

While definitive answers remain elusive, the most plausible theories suggest that Michael Rockefeller might have swam ashore and encountered the Asmat people. 

Tragically, he may have been mistaken for a spirit, a belief deeply ingrained in Asmat cosmology, leading to a violent end. 

This tragic outcome symbolizes the intricate intersection of cultural misunderstanding and colonial legacy.

The Island of New Guinea: West Papua and Papua New Guinea

West Papua and Papua New Guinea are two distinct regions situated on the island of New Guinea in the Pacific. While they share a geographical proximity, they are politically and culturally separate entities. West Papua is a part of Indonesia, located on the western half of the island, and it includes the territories of Papua and West Papua provinces. On the other hand, Papua New Guinea is an independent country occupying the eastern half of the island.

The Asmat Tribe, known for their intricate artistry and rich culture, resides in the region of West Papua, Indonesia. This tribe is indigenous to the southwestern coast of the island, primarily inhabiting the vast and ecologically diverse Asmat Regency. The Asmat people have a unique way of life, deeply rooted in their spiritual beliefs and artistic expressions, such as intricate wood carvings and ritual objects.

It is essential to recognize the distinction between West Papua and Papua New Guinea, as their historical backgrounds, governance, and cultural identities differ significantly. West Papua, despite being a part of Indonesia, has had a history of seeking greater autonomy due to cultural and political differences. Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, gained independence from Australian colonial rule in 1975 and has its own distinct national identity.

While West Papua and Papua New Guinea both contribute to the rich tapestry of the island of New Guinea, understanding their separate geopolitical and cultural contexts is crucial for accurate representation and respectful engagement with their unique histories and communities.

Summary: The Enigma of Michael Rockefeller

The story of Michael Rockefeller's vanishing is a mosaic of cultural complexity, colonial history, and family legacy. It's a testament to the allure of exploration, the tension between differing worlds, and the unsettling depths of the unknown. Yet it is also important to note that the Island of New Guinea if made up of the West Papua and Papua New Guinea. 

Beyond the mystery, it serves as a reminder that the histories of regions like New Guinea are woven with narratives that stretch across time, transcending their physical borders. 

As the world continues to evolve, the story of Michael Rockefeller endures as a fragment of a broader tale, a snapshot of a moment when East met West, with tragic consequences.

Papua New Guinea's Honours and Awards System: Recognising : Highest Civilian Awards

In a world where many selfless individuals tirelessly serve their communities without expecting recognition, Papua New Guinea's awards system stands as a testament to celebrating outstanding contributions. 

Although countless acts of service often go unnoticed, a select few individuals have been honoured and bestowed with medals for their remarkable dedication. This article delves into the history, categories, and notable recipients of these prestigious awards, shedding light on the individuals who have made a lasting impact on the nation.

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A Legacy of Service - PNG's Highest Civilian Awards

The foundation of PNG's awards system dates back to 1975, a pivotal year when the country chose to remain a part of the British Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. 

Despite being geographically distant, the representation of the Queen in PNG was vested in the governor-general. 

The first individual to hold this office was Sir John Guise, inaugurated in 1975, a position he held until March 1, 1977. Subsequently, nine other vice regals followed in his footsteps, each contributing their unique service to the nation.

1. Sir Tore Lokoloko (1977-1983)

2. Sir Kingsford Debela (1983-1989)

3. Sir Ignatius Kilage (1989)

4. Sir Vincent Eri (1991)

5. Sir Wiwa Korowi (1991-1997)

6. Sir Sailas Atopare (1997-2003)

7. Sir Paulias Matane (2004-2010)

8. Sir Michael Ogio (2011-2017)

9. Grand Chief Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae (2017-present)

PNG's Honouring Tradition

After gaining independence, PNG initially adopted the Imperial Honours system. However, on its 30th anniversary, a new awards system was introduced in October 2005. 

The cornerstone of this system is the Order of PNG, which encompasses three orders and several medals. 

The announcement of this creation was made by then Prime Minister the late Sir Michel Somare on November 12, 2004, with the Princess Royal conducting the first investitures in early October 2005.

Papua New Guinea's Honours and Awards System: Recognising : Highest Civilian Awards
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Royalty and Recognition

Members of the British royal family have been among the honoured recipients. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles (the Prince of Wales), and Princess Anne (Princess Royal) have been recognised as Grand Companions of the Order of Logohu. 

Furthermore, Rear Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne's husband, was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia.

Noteworthy Recipients

The inaugural honours list, commemorating PNG's 30th Independence anniversary, highlighted key figures who contributed significantly to nation-building. 

This included former Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan, former Governor-General Sir Tore Lokoloko, and other prominent individuals. 

The then Governor-General late Sir Paulias Matane and founding Prime Minister Grand Chief late Sir Michael Somare were also recognised as Grand Companions of the Order of Logohu.

Order of Papua New Guinea Awards

The Order of Papua New Guinea comprises three distinct awards, with the Order of Logohu being the primary category. 

This order encompasses four classes:

  1. Grand Companion, 
  2. Officer, 
  3. Member, and 
  4. National Logohu Medal. 

The Grand Companion title is reserved for citizens and others who exhibit exceptional service, achievement, and merit over a span of 20 years.

"Papua New Guinea's prestigious awards: Order of Logohu and Order of the Star of Melanesia, recognizing outstanding contributions."
Companion of the Order of Logohu conferred to India PM Narendra Modi

Star of Melanesia

The Order of the Star of Melanesia features a single class, that of Companion. This award is bestowed for distinguished service to PNG and Melanesia over a 15-year period. 

Notable recipients include Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, late Sir Rabbie Namaliu, and late Sir Brian Bell.

Honours and Awards

The hierarchy of honours includes the:

  • Cross of Valour (CV), 
  • Grand Companion of Logohu (GCL), 
  • Companion of the Star of Melanesia (CSM), 
  • Officer of Logohu (OL), 
  • Member of Logohu (ML), and National Logohu Medal (LM)
There are also various other medals recognising service in fields like medicine, military, and public administration.

Papua New Guinea's Highest Civilian Awards

The honours and awards system in Papua New Guinea stands as a testament to the nation's commitment to recognising exceptional contributions. 

From its inception in 1975 to its evolution into the Order of PNG, this system has celebrated the dedication and selflessness of individuals who have positively impacted the country. As PNG continues to grow, so does its legacy of honouring those who serve with distinction.

Find Out About Fascinating Countries Near Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is situated to the north of Australia and shares borders with Indonesia to the west and the Solomon Islands to the east. PNG is also in close proximity to other countries in the Pacific region. 

In this article, we take a look at five countries near Papua New Guinea and the unique characteristics that make each of them stand out.


Indonesia is located to the west of Papua New Guinea, and is the closest country to PNG. The two countries share a land border on the island of New Guinea. 

Indonesia has a population of over 270 million, making it the fourth most populous country in the world. The population density in Indonesia is 145 people per square kilometre. It is home to the world's largest Muslim population and has a rich cultural heritage. 

Many Indonesians speak Bahasa Indonesia, which is the official language of the country. 

Something not many people know about Indonesia is that it is the only country in the world to span two continents - Asia and Oceania.

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Australia is located to the south of Papua New Guinea, across the Torres Strait. It is the sixth-largest country in the world and has a population of over 25 million people. 

The population density in Australia is relatively low, at just 3 people per square kilometre. 

Australia is known for its unique wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies. The country is also home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. 

Something not many people know about Australia is that it is the only country in the world that is also a continent.

Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands are located to the east of Papua New Guinea, and consist of a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. 

The country has a population of just over 600,000 people, with a population density of 23 people per square kilometre. The Solomon Islands are known for their beautiful beaches and rich culture. 

The people of the Solomon Islands have a unique form of music, known as panpipes, which is played using bamboo pipes of varying lengths. 

Something not many people know about the Solomon Islands is that it is home to one of the largest lagoons in the world, Marovo Lagoon.


Fiji is located to the southeast of Papua New Guinea and is made up of more than 300 islands in the Pacific Ocean. 

The country has a population of just under 900,000 people, with a population density of 49 people per square kilometre. 

Fiji is known for its beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, and coral reefs. The people of Fiji have a rich cultural heritage, and are known for their hospitality and friendliness. 

Something not many people know about Fiji is that it is the only country in the world where rugby union is the national sport.


Vanuatu is located to the east of Papua New Guinea, and is made up of more than 80 islands in the Pacific Ocean. 

The country has a population of just over 300,000 people, with a population density of 25 people per square kilometre. Vanuatu is known for its rugged landscape, tropical forests, and active volcanoes. 

The people of Vanuatu have a unique form of architecture, known as "bures", which are traditional thatched huts made from woven palm leaves. 

Something not many people know about Vanuatu is that it has more languages per capita, with over 100 indigenous languages spoken.

In conclusion, the countries near Papua New Guinea each have their own unique characteristics and cultural heritage. Indonesia, Australia, Solomon Islands

Information about visiting Papua New Guinea

Here are three websites where you can find information about visiting Papua New Guinea:

  • Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority: The official tourism website of Papua New Guinea, this site provides comprehensive information on attractions, accommodations, events, and travel tips for visitors. You can find it at

  • Lonely Planet: A well-known travel guidebook publisher, Lonely Planet provides information on travel destinations all around the world, including Papua New Guinea. You can find their guide to Papua New Guinea at

  • PNG Insight: The website at is a valuable resource for anyone looking to travel to Papua New Guinea. It is a local website that provides information on travel, culture, lifestyle, and other topics related to Papua New Guinea. In particular, the section on travel in PNG is a great source of information for tourists, with tips on planning your trip, popular destinations, and local customs and traditions.

PNG Independence Poem: What do the Colours Represent on the PNG Flag

In Papua New Guinea, where stories are spun,

Through colours on a flag, a tale's begun.

What do these hues symbolise, vibrant and bright?

Let's explore their meanings, in the flag's radiant light.

Yellow, a beacon of hope in the red's tight embrace,

The Bird of Paradise soars, with elegance and grace.

A tribute to wildlife, diversity's sweet song,

"Unity in Diversity," where we all belong.

Red, like tribal war shields, fierce and bold,

Signifies bravery, a spirit to behold.

A history of warriors, through challenges they'd steer,

In the red, their valour, forever sincere.

Black, the Melanesian people, proud and grand,

Their culture, traditions, a heritage so grand.

In this colour, their unique story takes flight,

A tapestry of tales, in the ebony night.

White stars in the night sky, forming Southern Cross,

Guiding travellers, no matter the loss.

A symbol of purity, friendship in its gleam,

In Papua New Guinea, it's more than it may seem.

Diagonal patterns, barter systems of old,

Where tribes exchanged goods, stories to be told.

Unity among groups, cooperation's decree,

In this flag's design, a harmonious sea.

And the shark's teeth, fierce and strong,

In Melanesian culture, where they've belonged so long.

Symbolising resilience, courage in each strife,

In Papua New Guinea, the heartbeat of life.

So, what do the colours on the PNG flag mean?

A history, a culture, in a vibrant display.

From red's brave embrace to unity's sweet grace,

This flag tells a story, for all to embrace.

In Papua New Guinea, where dreams take flight,

The flag stands tall, in the day and the night.

A tapestry of colours, a story unfolds,

Of a nation's past, present, where unity holds.

PNG Independence Poems: What do the Colours Represent on the PNG Flag

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In the heart of the Pacific's embrace,

A nation emerged with dignity and grace,

From prehistoric past to destiny unknown,

Papua New Guinea, a land to call its own.

In '73, self-governance they'd declare,

A people united, a vision to share,

On that December day, their journey would start,

Towards full independence, with hope in their heart.

In '75, the flag was unfurled,

As PNG joined the nations of the world,

With Somare, their leader, the "father" they'd name,

Guiding them through the path to acclaim.

Through the '70s, early years they'd explore,

Facing challenges they'd never seen before,

Economic hurdles and political strife,

Yet forging ahead, determined for life.

Julius Chan, Pius Wingti, leaders of might,

Nurtured a nation, through day and night,

In '89, Bougainville's conflict would arise,

Testing their strength, under New Guinea Island's skies.

Mekere Morauta, Sir Rabbie Namaliu's grace,

Led with transparency, in this challenging place,

Bill Skate's charisma, though controversy would flow,

Development, they'd strive for, with each new blow.

Peter O'Neill's era, infrastructure's grand feat,

But controversies and challenges kept them on their feet,

Then came Marape, with unity in sight,

To address education, healthcare's plight.

Earthquakes would tremble, in twenty-eighteen,

Testing their spirit, resilient and keen,

While student's riots in '09's May,

Showed strength in diversity, in their own way.

Bougainville, its journey to independence, nears,

As PNG's history continues through the years,

In twenty-twenty, they'll navigate the tide,

With hope and courage, side by side.

In twenty-twenty-three, PNG stands tall,

A nation diverse, united for all,

Their story of struggle and progress they claim,

On Independence Day, they honour their name.

Papua New Guinea, a land of a thousand tougues,

A nation that's risen to every new height,

With hope in their hearts, and dreams to pursue,

On Independence Day, they salute the red, black, and gold.

PNG Independence Poem 2023

Meaning of Papua New Guinea's Flag (PNG Independence Poem)

In Papua New Guinea's flag unfurled with pride,

A story of history, culture, and dreams resides.

With colours and symbols, it does proclaim,

The essence of this nation, its cherished name.

Two triangles, red and black, side by side,

Melanesian spirit within them does abide.

Black for the people, their heritage and pride,

Rich traditions and identity, they can't hide.

Red, like war shields and body paint so bold,

Signifying bravery, the stories of old.

The warrior spirit that in history did unfold,

In the hearts of its people, a tale to be told.

Within the red triangle, the Bird of Paradise so fair,

A symbol of wildlife and beauty beyond compare.

With tribal art-inspired grace in the air,

Unity in diversity, a message to declare.

"Unity in Diversity," the national motto's embrace,

A reminder of the various ethnic groups in this place.

Harmonious coexistence, in every case,

Amongst the tribes and cultures, a shared space.

In the black half, stars of white shining bright,

The Southern Cross guides, day and night.

For travelers, trade, and seasons' light,

A connection to tradition, pure and right.

The diagonal pattern, a fascinating trace,

From barter systems, it finds its place.

Friendship and alliance in every embrace,

Among diverse groups, it leaves its trace.

The Shark's Teeth, a symbol of might,

In Melanesian culture, courage takes flight.

Strength and resilience, in challenges' sight,

A token of endurance, shining so bright.

PNG flag, a tapestry so grand,

A story of a nation's history, it does command.

From bravery to unity, it stands hand in hand,

Papua New Guinea's past, present, and future, so grand.


Check out this POEM about the History of PNG Independence.

poem about the meaning of png flag



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