Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB)

Consensus reached to reopen Panguna

The focal point of the meeting was President Toroama's disclosure regarding the government's recent verdict concerning the granting of the Exploration Licence (ELO1) over the Panguna former Special Mine lease area to Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL).

Addressing the assembly, President Toroama underscored the historical significance of the gathering, marking the culmination of a series of dialogues facilitated over the past two years through the Panguna Mine Dialogue process.

Bougainvillean Awarded Artes Mundi Prize

Her relentless exploration into the ramifications of resource extraction and Australia's complex Pacific relations earned her the esteemed £40,000 ($77,197) Artes Mundi prize.

In an event held in Cardiff, the heartland of the Artes Mundi prize, Havini expressed gratitude for the recognition.

She emphasized the significance of her indigenous ancestral narratives finding resonance in Cardiff and Llandudno, underscoring the universal struggle for cultural and political self-determination.

Bougainville Copper granted Exploration License

“I want to assure our people and all stakeholders that this significant development has undergone rigorous scrutiny within the framework of the legal process. 

“I wish to assure all stakeholders that the grant of EL01 marks a significant milestone that will finally settle the longstanding court proceedings between ABG and BCL. This is welcoming news given that the ABG is a major shareholder in BCL. 

UC Arawa final 2023 Unisocial event

The Pastor and the Church members invited the Arawa Safe House and Arawa Police Station to collect boxes of garden food to help those in need during this holiday season.

Over 40kg of garden foods were donated by members of the church to these two public entities so that they would be able to feed more than 10 families and help people, who are in desperate situations due to unforeseen circumstances.

Empowering women leaders

Born and raised in the tranquil village of Lontis, Haku Constituency, Bougainville, she reflects on her carefree childhood by the sea, emphasising her journey from a simple coastal life to becoming a senior education official with a Master's Degree from Australia.

Growing up as the second eldest of nine daughters, Dorothy attributes her strong leadership and consensus-building skills to her upbringing. Her mother, a role model in their community, instilled in her the values of hard work and determination.

Bougainville Tech College receives new facilities

The event was graced by esteemed dignitaries including the President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Ishmael Toroama, Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp, Bougainville Minister for Education Thomas Petaaku, Bougainville Minister for Community Development Morris Opeti, and representatives from the ABG Department of Education.

ABG budget component released

For this initial phase of the program, it is the moving of Village Court and Land Mediation officials from DJAG and the administration officers from the Magisterial Services of PNG to Bougainville.

The MoU was signed between the Department of Justice & Attorney General, the Magisterial Services of PNG, the Department of Personnel Management and the Department of Justice and Legal Services of the Autonomous Bougainville Government.  

IOM scales up relief efforts

The relief effort is conducted with the National Disaster Centre and Bougainville Office for Disaster and Climate Change. 

Financially supported by the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IOM deployed the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) site assessment tool to assist with the response planning arranged by the Government and humanitarian partners.

MV-22 Ospreys complete first PNG mission

According to the U.S Embassy, the Osprey is the world’s first production tiltrotor aircraft, with both vertical and short takeoff and landing capabilities, designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.

This mission is the first time Ospreys have touched down in Papua New Guinea.

Australia Delivers Crucial Aid to Bougainville

The eruption had left a trail of destruction, displacing hundreds of women, men, and children.

At the request of both the Papua New Guinea and Bougainville governments, a significant delivery of humanitarian supplies took place on August 10th. Jon Philp, the Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, accompanied by Colonel Travis Gordon, Defence Adviser, oversaw the delivery. The supplies were transported via an Australian Defence Force C-27 aircraft, landing in Buka, the capital of Bougainville.