Chief

Academic clarifies use of ‘maimai’ title

UPNG Political Science academic *Patrick Kaiku, who is also a New Irelander, says maimai (chief) is a specific leadership title of the people of Tikana or generally, the Kavieng area.

“There are rituals, usually connected to the Malagan ceremonies that are specific to this leadership style of the Tikana clans.

“The Namatanais have their own indigenous names for leadership titles – I believe kabasit is the title. In New Hanover we have the Passingan title, and so on and so forth.”

Sir Michael made chief in New Ireland

Mekun Chief is the highest chieftaincy given to leaders who have matured leadership quality.

It is one of the ranks that distinguish the wise from the unwise.

Sir Michael had proven to be that Chief and accepted the chieftaincy.

He also undergo traditional rituals of all the main three cultural backbone of New Ireland.

And those were, the Tumbuan ritual, Malagan and Kabai rituals.

Sir Michael was also made a paramount chief of a clan from Sir Julius Chan’s as they were the only leaders to have that quality.

Aggressive awareness needed for B’ville referendum

A village chief from the Konnou area of Buin, South Bougainville, told Loop PNG that the awareness for the referendum needs to be more aggressive now.

Joe Patuai said: “There needs to be more funding put into these awareness programs and people need to travel the full length of this island, even into places where service doesn’t go to, awareness has to go.