Everyday people PNG

Everyday People PNG : Epel Kapinias

“I’m always setting short goals in my game which pushes me to work hard every day.”

This year 2021 season comes with more new challenges and sacrifices for Epel and the rest of the Hunters team.

The relocation process to Queensland and the transition to their new temporary home in Gold Coast was a culture shock for them but very privileged to be in such world class facility

Everyday People PNG : Epel Kapinias

“I have two older brothers and a sister.

“I come from Nanga Nanga village in the Raluana LLG area, Kokopo, East New Britain.”

Nangananga village in the Raluana LLG, Kokopo is famous for producing great representative softball, rugby union and rugby league players over the years; a legacy that continues to inspire Epel's generation today.

To start with Epel could have ended up being as a policeman like his father, after completing his year 12 studies.

Everyday People PNG : Riyala Ruben

My name is Riyala Ruben, I am from Enga and Sepik and I live at ATS block.

I attend New Erima Primary School and I’m in grade 8 this year. I am from a family of 6 and I am the third in the family.

In the mornings, I usually walk to school since my school is close by, however, in the afternoon I get on the bus and go back home. I’ll be turning 15 in November this year.

In school, I have 4 best friends.

My friends and I are really into writing, so we write essays and poems.

Everyday People PNG : RENOGETH RAU

There are 5 of us in my family, 2 girls and 3 boys.

We live at ATS settlement in Port Moresby.

I am 20 years old. I finished grade 12 back home in Wabag and game to Port Moresby to live with my mum, but due to school fee problems, I haven’t been able to continue further studies. 

Right now I am just at home, helping mum in whatever way I can.

I plan on going back to school next year, and since I studied Social Sciences, mainly history, I hope to go on to UPNG to study Law and become a lawyer.

Everyday People PNG : Gaudi & Wendi

My name is Gaudi and my wife Wendy and I with our 4 children lost our home to a tragic fire on last August.

The rush of panic and loss was so great that we could hear our own heartbeats through the roar of the flames and sweltering heat.

The weather made things even worse, the heavy winds swept through our house in a frenzy, destroying everything in its wake.

Within minutes there was nothing left except the remaining embers of what we once called “HOME”.

Everyday People PNG : Benedict Samlal

We got on a ship and went to Rabaul. The following year I did grade 7 again and grade 8 at Maltech and I moved to another school, to Malabunga and then in 1994 whilst I was in grade 10, Mt Tavurvur erupted.

So I was part of two of the country’s major historical events.

The eruption also affected my grade 10 school year because our school had to close and I left for Port Moresby.

From my internal assessments and my marks, I was given a slot at Kerevat National High School and was there from 1995 to 1996 and then in 1997 I went to the University of Papua New Guinea.

Everyday People PNG : Andrew Waramanga

I came to live in Port Moresby in 1989 and worked in the security department for companies like Air Niugini and the police force for a few years.

In 2003 I came to work for CE Hardware and for the past 19 years the company has been good to me through good times and bad.

My job was head of security and for checking of stock coming in and going out. I have met so many wonderful and interesting people on my job. The staff were and are like family to me, so it was really difficult to see most of them sent home.


My story is dedicated to the memory of the most courageous, brave and loving mother one could ever ask for. I’m not saying our days when she was here were all sunshine and rainbows. Her bark was worse than her bite. She could command a room just from one sentence or a word for that matter. Her name is Noela, a fierce and amazing human being to all that knew her.

Everyday People PNG : Tessy Anama

After the closure of Manu Market in Port Moresby, I wasn’t making as much money selling fish then I used to.

I learned how to fish when I was in Grade 3, I used to go fishing after school and on school holidays.

Now that I am married, my husband and my son, go out to the open sea early in the mornings to throw their nets. Usually they catch trevally (bat-bat), tuna and brim.

Depending on the weather and the number of customers in a day, the price of fish varies. When I make a loss, I take home the fish for consumption.

Everyday People PNG: Tom Nohoro

Our story goes back to the War (World War 2), when my grandfather who was a soldier helped a man from Gaire, Central Province, named Sibona.

During the war, Sibona, was shot and injured, and my grandfather, Nohoro, came to his aid, I guess you could say he saved his life. From then on they developed a strong friendship.

After the war, during the Hiri Trade, when the Motuan’s used to voyage to Gulf for traditional exchange, Sibona, got on a lakatoi and sailed to Ihu to visit his good friend.