ANZAC Day

A monument to enduring friendship

“These bonds are embodied in the iconic Kokoda Track, a monument to the friendship, courage, endurance and sacrifice that both countries demonstrated during World War II in defence of our shared values,” said the Australian High Commission.

“While COVID-19 has interrupted the thousands of trekkers who would usually walk the Track, the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG) continues to preserve, protect and promote the military and cultural heritage of the Kokoda Track and surrounding area.

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‘We will never forget the bond’

Port Moresby Sub Branch members of the Returned and Services League of Australia joined staff of the Australian High Commission, Defence and Police Personnel from Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the day.

After the ceremony, Australian Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Anne Ruston, and Australian Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr travelled to Isurava on the Kokoda Track to take part in an Anzac Day commemorative service and the opening of a new community museum and trade house at Efogi.

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Hunters go down 20-18 in ANZAC clash

The Hunters found themselves in trouble right from the kick off when a miscommunication in their own try line forced a line dropout.

The Hunters struggled to get out of their own half and were forced to mostly defend in the opening minutes. It wasn't long before the Bears cracked open the defence to find the try line through Kurtis Rowe in the 10th minute. Jamal Fogarty added the extras to put the score out to 6-0. Fogarty increased the score to 8-0 after a dangerous tackle by Adam Korave in the Hunters half in the 17th minute.

Residents hail upkeep of war cemetery

The Australian Government Department of Veteran Affairs has assisted the Port Moresby sub branch and the Australian High Commission in the official ANZAC Day Dawn Service, which was open to the general public to observe and pay their respects.

Port Moresby residents who attended the service said the cemetery was beautiful and very much well-prepared for the day.