Everyday people PNG

Everyday People PNG : Captain Kopi Maino

I’m the captain of Mamose Express. I’ve been on board this Lutheran Shipping vessel for three years.

Out at sea, I’ve been sailing for more than nine years; this year will be my tenth.

As the captain on board, my responsibility is safety. Safety is of paramount importance; we consider it before and after sailing.

As this is a passenger vessel, we normally do our safety briefings and announcements with our passengers, where we inform them of safety procedures.

Everyday People PNG : Eva Wando

I attended a then community school at Four-Mile in Lae. From there, I went to high school but was unable to complete Grade Eight due to school fee issues.

After doing a number of odd jobs, I ended up at a hotel in Lae and have been here for 13 years now.

My rate is not that high but I need to continue working if I am to support my wife and two children.

I also love my job and am wholly committed to it. I am concerned about this job and every day, I look forward to ensuring that I fully achieve my day’s tasks.

- Eva Wando 

Everyday People PNG : Ellen Manase

Since we live near the Dregerhafen Secondary School, our income depends on the students and staff there.

When students are in school, I can earn K30 a day; no more than that.

When they are out on holidays, we look for other ways to put food on the table.

Our MP said to help us with SME funding so we are still waiting for him to fulfill his commitment.

For the time being, we do what we can.

Ellen Manase, Finschhafen, Morobe Province

Everyday People PNG : Captain Moses Padigaga

“I am from Alotau as well as my First officer Bernice Watinga and also our boss Air Niugini CEO Bruce Alabaster is married to Alotau.”

“Alotau will always have a place in our heart.”

“It is long overdue and thanks to the National Airport Corporation all people involved in upgrading the airport so that bigger aeroplane B737 can land.”

“This is for the people so we able to facilitate today and am proud to be one of the guys involved in making this happen.”

Everyday People PNG : Diane


In Memory of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

We repost this profile, as a mark of respect for his passing today. May he Rest in Peace.


“When I was telling Papua New Guineans about independence, there were a lot of reluctance; a lot of  people did not want to say anything. They were frightened that the country will go bad.

But believe me, I stick by what I said. You’ll have independence, you’ll have celebrations, you’ll have hamamas in the country. And now people are very proud of the fact that 45 years is coming up on the 16th of September.

Everyday People PNG : Bosco Yamai

I’m also in charge of the ship’s maintenance.

I started my career as an ordinary seaman. This is my first time to work aboard a passenger vessel.

From ordinary seaman, I made it to able seaman and then to chief officer. I’m still learning.

I’ve worked for 3-and-a-half years; three months of that has been spent on “Mamose Express”.

I’ve visited the ports of Wewak, Madang and Lae so far.

Everyday People PNG : JOHN BANG KALE

While I study, I also want to continue playing good rugby league and hopefully attract some interest from Digicel cup teams, then I want to get into the Hunters system .

I only started playing in 2018, in B grade for Works Panthers in the Kundiawa rugby league competition so I’m still learning.

Same year I was promoted to play in A grade for Panthers that took part in the Ipatas Cup challenge which gave me a lot of exposure and experience to play at competitive level.

Everyday People PNG : Jennifer Thomas

I am married with six children and I use the money to pay for my children’s clothes, school fees, rice and protein, and essentials that we need for our home.

Having lived in Omun Village in Western Highlands all my life, I spend my days gardening. I grow pineapples, pawpaw, banana, kaukau, cabbage, and many other local crops.

I sell my produce along the highway that runs between Western Highlands and Southern Highlands.

Sometimes I take my crops to Mt Hagen and sell at the main market.

Everyday People PNG : Carol Paul & Tabitha Abel

My name is Carol and my wantok, well sister, is Tabitha. Our province has been a leader in education and that’s because of our ‘action’ Governor. Now we will be a leader in bringing peace into the province. Often we get a bad image because of all the tribal fighting. Recently we had three deaths in our community and it was a horrible feeling to hear about these young lives lost. We are peaceful people, these are opportunists high on drugs and so the news was a shock to us.