Friday, October 8, 2021

Card Skimming: Kina Bank PNG Note to Customers


Unfortunately, card skimming is on the rise in PNG. Here’s what you need to know: Card skimming is the devious act of installing devices on EFTPOS or ATM machines. Then it can steal your card info or PIN number when you make a transaction on those machines. But you can take a few simple steps to help protect yourself. We call it the TRIPLE C method:

- CRITICALLY inspect devices when you make a transaction. Look for any strange or unusual coverings or other objects on ATM slots or on
EFTPOS machines.
- COVER your keypad with your hand when you enter your PIN.
- CHECK your transactions on your statements regularly and flag anything suspicious to Kina Bank right away.
If you or anyone you know has been impacted by card skimming, please call us immediately on 308 3800 or 180 1525.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Why Indigenous knowledge should be an essential part of how we govern the world’s oceans

In Samoa, villages can set up and enforce marine protected areas.
Simon_sees/Flicker, CC BY-SA

Our moana (ocean) is in a state of unprecedented ecological crisis. Multiple, cumulative impacts include pollution, sedimentation, overfishing, drilling and climate change. All affect the health of both marine life and coastal communities.

To reverse the decline and avoid reaching tipping points, we must adopt more holistic and integrated governance and management approaches.

Indigenous peoples have cared for their land and seascapes for generations, using traditional knowledge and practices. But our research on marine justice shows Indigenous peoples face ongoing challenges as they seek to assert their sovereignty and authority in marine spaces.

We don’t need to wait for innovative Western science to take better care of the oceans. We have an opportunity to empower traditional and contemporary Indigenous forms of governance and management for the benefit of all people and the ecosystems we are part of.

Our research highlights alternative governance and management models to improve equity and justice for Indigenous peoples. These range from shared decision-making with governments (co-governance) to Indigenous peoples regaining control and re-enacting Indigenous forms of marine governance and management.

Indigenous environmental stewardship

Throughout Oceania, Indigenous marine governance is experiencing a revival. The long-term environmental stewardship of Indigenous peoples is documented around the globe.

In Fiji, customary marine tenure is institutionalised through the qoliqoli system. This defines customary fishing areas in which village chiefs are responsible for managing fishing rights and compliance.

Coastal communities in Vanuatu continue to create and implement temporary marine protection zones (known as tapu) to allow fisheries stock to recover. In Samoa, villages are able to establish and enforce local fisheries management.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori environmental use and management is premised on the principle of kaitiakitanga (environmental guardianship) rather than unsustainable extraction of resources.

Australian Aboriginal societies likewise use the term “caring for country” to refer to their ongoing and active guardianship of the lands, seas, air, water, plants, animals, spirits and ancestors.

From the mountains to the sea

These governance and management systems are based on Indigenous knowledge that connects places and cultures and emphasises holistic approaches. The acknowledgement of inter-relationships between human and nonhuman beings (plants, animals, forests, rivers, oceans etc.) is a common thread. So is an emphasis on reciprocity and respect towards all beings.

Read more: Respect for Indigenous knowledge must lead nature conservation efforts in Canada

Coastal and island Indigenous groups have specific obligations to care for and protect their marine environments and to use them sustainably. An inter-generational thread is part of these ethical duties. It takes into account the lessons and experiences of ancestors and considers the needs of future generations of people, plants, animals and other beings.

In contrast to Western ways of seeing the environment, the Australian Indigenous concept of country is not fragmented into different types of environment or scales of governance. Instead, land, air, water and the sea are all linked.

Likewise, for Māori, Ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea) encapsulates a whole-of-landscape and seascape view.

Sharing knowledge across generations

Māori hold deep relationships with their rohe moana (saltwater territory). These are increasingly recognised by laws that emphasise Indigenous rights based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi. One example is the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group, which co-manages the Kaipara Moana (harbour). The co-management agreement specifies shared responsibilities between different Māori entities (Kaipara Uri) and government agencies.

The agreement recognises Kaipara hapū (sub-tribes) and iwi (tribe) rights, interests and duties. It provides financial support to enable them to enact kaitiakitanga practices as they work to restore the mauri (life force) of the moana through practical efforts such as replanting native flora and reducing sedimentation.

They are using their mātauranga Māori (Māori Knowledge) alongside scientific knowledge to enact kaitiakitanga and ecosystem-based management.

Read more: When rehoming wildlife, Indigenous leadership delivers the best results

Another co-management agreement is operating in Hawai'i between the community of Hā‘ena (USA) and the Hawai’ian state government. The Hā‘ena community operates an Indigenous fishing education programme. Members of all ages camp together by the coast and learn where, what and how to harvest and prepare marine products.

In this way, Indigenous knowledge, with its emphasis on sustainable practices and environmental ethics, is transmitted across generations.

Indigenous knowledge, values and relationships with our ocean can make significant contributions to marine governance. We can learn from Indigenous worldviews that emphasise connectivity between all things. There are many similarities between ecosystem-based and Indigenous knowledge management systems.

We need to do more to recognise and empower Indigenous knowledge and ways of governing marine spaces. This could include new laws, institutions and initiatives that allow Indigenous groups to exercise their self-determination rights and draw on different types of knowledge to help create and maintain sustainable seas.

The authors acknowledge Roa Crease, Karen Fisher, and Gloria Hinestroza for their assistance with the research as well as Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge for providing funding.

Monday, April 26, 2021

PNG's Military - The Science Of Armed Combat: The Interface

Even if the PNG Army were to execute the final act to defend the PNG Constitution, it would be done ‘New Guinea Style’.

The argument is a military coup can be justified.
And, the following features of a dysfunctional political system must manifest itself, if not already.
Nicolai Macklay, the Russian scientist and humanist scholar said in the late 1800s that
the people of New Guinea share a world view.
He referred to pre and post - colonial contexts of a Papuan nation in tribal Melanesia.
The features of this world - view are made up of the ideal type, as well as the experience the country has gone through with plus, and minus.
So, the apart from theory, practice shows the majority of people right across the country: (1) are left out and have no real stake in the country; (2) dependent because they cannot decide on fundamental economic issues; and (3) find therefore themselves not easily motivated to take part in the development effort.
The army coup leader will have to define all that before the regime change is executed to uphold the national interest and the common good some forty plus years after PNG gained independence from Australia and came up with its own definition of democratic governance.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Ethical and professional Police Officer in Port Moresby: Well done to this SSD team

 This is how police in the country should conduct themselves when engaging with the public. Ethical and professional Police Officer Well done to this SSD team

Thursday 22nd April 2021:


The intoxicated driver of a black sedan who attempted to flee from police was chased and arrested at Gordon today by members of the Mobile Squad. The sedan was stopped by a police officer near the Telikom compound for drink-driving, when it suddenly turned and sped off towards Gordon. A high-speed car chase ensured but Mike 400 quickly intercepted the chase by overtaking the sedan before blocking-off the road. They forced the fleeing car, to a screeching halt, and arrested the abusive driver. The suspect was then taken to the Traffic Office at 4 Mile, but duty officers at the Station opted to impound the vehicle and told the driver to go home and return the next day, because three of his occupants included one male adult and two school children. A Traffic Officer at the Station said, they could not press charges on the driver immediately because of the children but they have impounded the car with a whiskey bottle and will deal with the driver the next day.