Everyday people PNG

Everyday People: Kwara Kwara

I have been a teacher for 27 years during my career my wife supported me.

My am from Hula in Central Province. My name is actually Kwara Kune and it refers to the first arrival of the London Missionary Society (LMS) church in our area. I am 49 years old and I have a big family. I started with having three boys that came first but I felt I had to balance it out so my wife had three girls, making it six children. My wife and I are from the same area.

Everyday People: Kayleen Guaf (Part II)

Today, I am pursuing a career in Human Resource Management with the CPL GROUP OF COMPANIES, under the company’s Graduate Development Program. I came across the program’s advertisement on Facebook and decided to give it a try. That was towards the end of 2020.

Since it is a GDP, I am currently on rotation within various departments in the company, but I am planning to focus on HR once I am done with this training program.

Everyday People: Kayleen Guaf (Part I)

I grew up almost everywhere in PNG because of the work my parents did.

I was born in East New Britain. My parents then moved to Lae, Morobe Province. We lived in my father’s village for the first 3 or so years and then moved to Bubia, the NARI station, where we lived there for seven years. After that, we moved back to my dad’s village again, then to my mum’s in Manus, and eventually we moved to Vanimo in the early days of 2011.

Everyday People: Dajas – Henry & Sentanya

The couple have graced many musical stages in the city, around the country with their melodious presence that captivates any crowd they perform in front of, and they put the “E” in entertainment.

Henry and Sentanya formed their outfit “DAJAS” in honor of their seven children and from strength to strength, each note sung and chord hit, is dedicated to the grind for their children’s benefit and well-being.

Everyday People: Barike – Wan Kantri

With Papua New Guinea celebrating its 46th anniversary, songs like “WAN KANTRI” bring back what it felt to achieve peace, unity and independence.

The song was originally written about one person’s journey and then it progressed onto becoming an unforgettable masterpiece, that is performed everywhere by many.

WAN KANTRI was written by Glen Low and pieced together by Kanai Pineri and Donald Lessey of the Barike Band and it was recorded in 1982 and originally sung by the famous Late John Wong.

Everyday People: Ngaire "Ngaiire" Joseph

Ngaire started her musical career in 2003 enrolling in a bachelor of Jazz studies at the Central Queensland University and her musical journey started then on.

In 2004, Ngaiire (pronounced ny-ree) her stage name, competed in the second season of the Australian Idol as a semi-finalist but was unable to make it through to the final 12.

Before pursuing her solo career in 2008, Ngaiire worked as a session vocalist for the Blue King Brown and Paul Mac.

Everyday People: Taurama Military Wives SME

There are four of us in our current group, and we are a part of the lucky few that participated in workshops that landed us a stall to sell our items in the week leading up to the 46th PNG Independence.

Despite being a part of an SME group, we all come individually to sell our items at events that we are able to set up a stall for, and we always support each other.

I have a company of my own called Hipom Kuse’s Family Delight where I do catering of all sorts and for various occasions. The food I deliver in my work is all organic.

Everyday People: Charles Jordan "CJ" Amini

It’s been a long journey.

I’m 29 now and I’m confident that my team, the Kumul Petroleum PNG Barramundis, are ready for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after a solid preparation at home.

We’ll be going in as underdogs in the October tournament because Oman have home advantage and Scotland have been there before. This will be our first time.

But it would be an opportune time to learn from the whole experience. 

Everyday People: Mairi Harry

I look after my son’s printing shop in the village called Sango IT Solutions, a small business that has helped many with their printing needs in the village, so that they need not go far.

Working in my son’s shop, we have produced many different types of items from binding print copies, printing onto cups, caps, shirts and plates. Our biggest project yet was printing one hundred cups for Moresby South Member Justin Tkatchenko.

Everyday People: Joseph Ovia

Before I came here, I taught in two schools in the Central Province.

I’m a presenter in the Milk in Schools program because I am a qualified teacher too. I really enjoy this programme because it’s also educational for myself since I’m not a nutritionist.

When it’s time to prepare the lessons, I have to go on the internet to do my own research and that’s where I learn new things. I feel like a nutritionist too, and not just an ordinary primary school teacher.