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Subject: Waghi Cultural Show - Highlands Post

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Date Posted: 17:11:11 06/02/05 Thu

The following artile is being copied from the Highlands Post ..... Readim gut na kam soim support blo yu lo Jiwaka!!

Waghi show ready to roll

Every effort has being made to maintain the recently revived Wahgi Cultural Show, which was revived last year after being dormant for more than a decade.
It will be the second rebirth celebration at Nondugl, inside the once famous Hallstorm Bird Sanctuary.
The show is planned from June 11 to 13 to coincide with the Queen's Birthday weekend.
It is a timely rehearsal for the Mt Hagen Cultural Show which is from August 20 to 21.
The Western Highlands Provincial Show Committee has increased its contribution from K50,000 to K75,000 this year for the Mt Hagen Cultural Show. It will be bigger and better this year.
A well-planned and prepared show needs ample rehearsal and the Wahgi Cultural Show with a view of performing at the Mt Hagen Cultural Show.
Wahgi Cultural Show committee chairman John Koimo said preparations were well underway to stage the second show at the same site as last year.
This venue has been selected due to its historical background in connection with tourism. The once popular Hallstorm Bird Sanctuary was run by an expatriate who was also engaged in the setting up of the first coffee plantation in the area. Nondugl was also discovered by the first Catholic Missionaries in the late 1930s, where a mission station and a school were established, and was renowned to produce one of the first local teachers in the Western Highlands Province. Nondugl is on the Western Highlands and Chimbu border. It is an hour’s drive from Mt Hagen City.
“Installation and maintenance of common infrastructures like roads, electricity, water supply and government buildings such as schools and police station have long been a problem for successive governments at all levels. Politicians emerge when the season starts, spraying verbal diarrhoea with nothing substantial and sustainable developed or maintained for the people of Nondugl,” Mr Koimo said.
Due to the rugged conditions of the winding 10km road, locals are clearing by hand and grooming colourful flowers on the sides to make visitors feel more welcome. The show committee is optimistic the show will be better, colourful and more exciting than last year.
“We’ve made arrangements with tour groups like Trans Niugini Tours, Paradise Tours and Tribal Tops who have agreed to get in overseas tourists,” Mr Koimo said.

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[> Subject: Re: Nongoi ah.. eh kawei

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Date Posted: 12:39:58 06/03/05 Fri

That is something that is to be addressed seriously... our world unique and diverse cultural heritage is dying out just in a matter a generation or two. IT's very sad and will be a thing that we will regret loosing for the generations to come. Look at the Moari's and the Abos, they are struggling to keep up with what has been theirs but its not an easy thing! It feels that it has all been drowned and blurred by the dominant and single western influence.
It's about time we gave this matter a serous thought.
Enem nal ne pisim???
[> [> Subject: I agree with you....Nongoi ................no complain whatsoever.

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Date Posted: 12:20:03 06/08/05 Wed

Nongoi...i agree with you totally with what you are saying about our unique culture and traditinal heritage. """WE MUST MAKE SURE OUR HERITAGE LIVE EVERLASTING."" But our government doesn't seem to know and think ahead about the consequences our country and districts (like waghi) will face. With aspects like enforced negoitation about ECP (to allow aussie police with direct immunity), landowners close to minning areas accepting foreginers to expand minerals exploitation, government allowing huge foreign companies to operate in PNG in coffee, coca, and oil industries...........it doesn't look too good.

I guess that my point is that eventually all these foreign activities will turn our people to be like those Aborigines and NZ Maoris. We must deal with foreigners without damaging our heritages. Every company brings in foreigners nnd foreigners bring in their own culture and that brings in change.....and that exactly what happened to australia and New Zealand in the years gone by.

So now take a look at Aborigines and Maori.......no identity, no unique place to call it true home....high divorce rate, welfare dependent families, parents and kids having no respect for each other.......etc etc...

We must keep and hold onto our tradition and heritage.



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