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2nd May 2011 by Marion Crawshaw, Port Moresby | 1 Comment

Like my colleagues across the world, I commemorated ANZAC Day last week. The dawn service takes place at Bomana War Cemetery on the outskirts of the city at the Port Moresby end of the Kokoda Track, where Australian soldiers held the Japanese at bay for months and prevented the taking of Port Moresby. The Port Moresby branch of

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Business Opportunities

28th April 2011 by Marion Crawshaw, Port Moresby | No Comments

We had a New Zealand trade mission in town a few days ago. It was the first since 2004, for which coincidently I was the MFAT accompanying officer. There was a different atmosphere around this latest venture, reflecting the excitement and opportunity of Papua New Guinea’s booming economy. There aren’t a lot of countries forecasting

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Bougainville: Winning the Peace

26th April 2011 by Marion Crawshaw, Port Moresby | No Comments

Since my last blog, I have spent a couple of busy days in Bougainville  renewing my contacts with the Autonomous Bougainville Government, catching up with the NZ Police and NZVSA teams and, in particular, getting a sense of where discussions are at on re-opening Pangina mine.   Bougainville’s President Momis is one of the architects

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Hello from Papua New Guinea

1st April 2011 by Marion Crawshaw, Port Moresby | No Comments

This is my introductory blog piece. It’s longer than following ones will be, because I’m setting out what I’m going to use the blog to do. The basic aims are to engage New Zealand interest in the opportunities in Papua New Guinea and to provide a place where Papua New Guineans as well as New

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