Central Bougainville

Bougainville chocolate festival returns to Arawa

This year’s festival, to be held in Arawa, Central Bougainville, is expected to draw thousands of people, farmers and international chocolatiers.

It will be the fourth since it began in 2016 and will be staged on Thursday and Friday, 8 and 9 August, 2019.

Festival Co-chair and Secretary for Primary Industries, Thomas Betitis, says a key aim of the festival is to connect Bougainville cocoa farmers and their world class cocoa beans to international markets and buyers.

Asian shops looted in protest

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred around midday.

Reports from the ground state the issue stemmed from disgruntled locals from the Wakunai area of Central Bougainville, who were protesting the sale of merchandise with the iconic Upe, which originates from the area.

The Upe is worn by young men as they are initiated into adulthood, and is a respected and taboo symbol in the area.

Women are not allowed to wear the symbol.

Central Bougainville polling delayed again

The region consists of four districts, Arawa, Panguna, Wakunai and Kieta, and the delay has affected over 40 000 eligible voters.

CBR Returning Officer Denise Palipal confirmed reports received from the voters that many of the names are not on the electoral roll.

Palipal and CBR police commander Spencer Aila urged all 49 polling teams not to carry out polling until the preliminary roll is printed and distributed to them.

Palipal confirmed that they will be using the preliminary roll from the 2012 elections.

New Ireland chiefs welcome Kauona reconciliation

The chiefs rallied behind Governor Sir Julius Chan to support what they term a courageous step for peace from the BRA Commander.

He was the first to meet with Sir J within three days of him assuming the Prime Ministership of Papua New Guinea in 1994 in Honiara, during the height of the Bougainville conflict.

Central Bougainville new champions of NGI Besta Cup

In a stunning football match that saw two Bougainville teams clash in the finals, the boys from Buka town outran the local village boys to claim the title.

Central Bougainville will now represent Islands region in the Besta Cup Championships to be held in Port Moresby or Lae early next year.

The two teams also took part in the tournament for the first time as most of the players are students and teachers.

Meanwhile, four of their players were selected for the U17 trials that will be held on Tuesday.

It’s an all Bougainville final

The Central Bougainville side opened the scoring in the 15th minute of the game, but  Kimbe fought back to  level the scores at 1-1 before the break.

After the break, it was anybody’s game for the taking as Kimbe showed a lot of courage in front of their home crowd. But the Bougainvilleans held a strong side to defend as they push their forward packs  in attack.

After several attacks from both sides, Bougainville forwards broke through the host team’s defence to convert their only chance to lead 2-1.

Islands Besta Cup qualifiers into knock out finals

In the men’s division South Bougainville will take on SBLC Buluma while Central Bougainville will play the host Kimbe Team (2). The winners of the two games will play in the grand final while loosers play for third and fourth placings.

In the women’s division, Buvussi will play Mosa NBPOL for the third and fourth placings, while Kokopo team 1 will play Kumbango in the finals.