Autonomous Region of Bougainville

Tsiamalili joins pioneer Origin honor

The trophy honored the pioneers of the Interstate Rugby League, who were soldiers playing league on the island of Bougainville just after the Second World War (WWII).

According to the NRL Historian David Middleton, one of the earliest state of origin matches between New South Wales and Queensland was played in Torokina, Autonomous Regional of Bougainville and it was a two match series – Queensland won both.

Middleton said, “There were two games played in September of 1945 on the island of Bougainville. Based on where players were born - New South Wales or Queensland.

Revitalizing the Bougainville Economy

President Ishmael Toroama announced this in the region’s parliament this week, stating that this program has been identified as an immediate priority for the Bougainville Administration. 

“This is a deliberate approach for immediate intervention to create the economic landscape to align revenue streams under Bougainville owned policies and legislations for economic development,” President Toroama said. 

Christmas gift in Dios bridge

Dios village is located in Tinputz District along the Kokopau to Itakara road about 50 kilometers from Kokopau.

The Kokopau to Itakara trunk road provides a critical link between the Central, Northern, and Southern regions of Bougainville, connecting villages, communities and livelihood supply chains, including for the people of Tinputz.

Elated locals joined the Department of Technical Services (DTS) of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and the Department of Works and Highways (DoWH) for the official opening.

NEFC conduct costing study for B’ville

The purpose of the costing study is to answer the question “What is the cost-of-service delivery in Bougainville”.

National Economic and Fiscal Commission Advisor, Allan Cairns said that through this study NEFC is building on the experience it has got over the past 20 years of doing costing studies for the provinces right across the country.

“NEFC does costing studies for all the provinces in a period of five years intervals excluding the Autonomous Region of Bougainville,” said Cairns.

North B’ville Open By-election Writ received

The election was held to fill a critical seat in the region's parliamentary representation. Francesca Semoso, a candidate from the Pangu Party, emerged as the winner with 13,270 votes. Her victory was officially declared on October 29, 2023, in Buka. This marks a momentous occasion in the region's political landscape.

PM Marape commends Semoso’s victory

He said the election of Ms Semoso as North Bougainville MP is a resounding testament to PANGU’s commitment to promoting women's leadership in Papua New Guinea.

Her victory came having secured an impressive 13,270 votes, surpassing her 16 competitors.

This historic win further bolsters PANGU Pati's representation, increasing the party's count to 54 MPs following their triumph with 39 seats in the 2022 National General Election.

 “I congratulate Ms Semoso on behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea, PANGU Pati, and my family. I also thank all other candidates.

Semoso declared North B’ville MP

Semoso who contested the seat under the Pangu Pati banner polled 14, 851 votes ahead of Lauta Atoi with 13, 482. She was declared on Sunday 29th October.

Semoso will be the third woman member of the National Parliament after she won the North Bougainville open seat in a by-election.

The MP-elect also becomes the first woman from Bougainville to win a seat in PNG's national parliament.

The by-election followed the sudden death of William Nakin, who had retained the seat but died during the vote count last year.

B’ville to benefit from spin-off benefits

This follows after a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was executed last Friday between Bou & Ko Limited, a company collectively owned by the Korean investors and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) in collaboration with a local Bougainville Destiny Helpers Foundation (BDHF), who is mandated by ABG in the development and operation of the Bougainville Economic Corridor Project under the Go-PNG’s PPPP.

Relief supplies for Mt Bagana survivors

Its second and third eruptions occurred on the 15th and 17th of July respectively, affecting the local level government areas of Torokina, Wakunai and Kunua, in the respective districts of South, Central and North Bougainville.

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has estimated that the eruption has affected 8,111 people, with heavy ashfall polluting drinking water sources, destroying food gardens and closing schools.

Relief supply exercise launched

The province over the weekend witnessed the event in Tropicana Vunapope beach front in Kokopo where important delegates representing the country the minister for Defense Win Daki, Commander PNG Defense Force Brigadier Goina, Director National Disaster Center Lusette Mana, Police Commissioner David Manning, Bougainville Affairs Minister Manaseh Makiba, Correctional Service Commissioner and delegates from AROB representing the president led by Peter Tsimalili Jr Bougainville Regional Member and Minister for Internal Security were in the province to witness the event.