Everyday people PNG

Everyday People: Barnabas Maha

Cricket is fun because you make a lot of friends. It’s nice to be around the boys and making friends.

What was played just for fun in backyards growing up is now something I am serious about.

It runs in the family. My father and my grandfather are my role models; they’re cricket players too.

Now prepping to leave for the World Cup in the West Indies, I am anticipating my debut performance.

It’s not my first time travelling overseas but my first World Cup tour. I’m a bit nervous but I’ll go out and do my best.

Everyday People: Mou Evorea

I am the Manager of the newly established Forensic Unit of the ICA; a role I have been playing for one and half years. I oversee forensic investigation of documents purported to be fraudulent in nature relating to immigration. My team and I basically verify the authenticity of these documents.

For 17 years I have been serving the public service, specializing in the field of National Border Security. It is a privilege to be given this leadership role in the ICA’s newest unit.

Everyday People: Mark Petelo

After graduating from Gaulim at the end of 1979, the list of ENB Schools that he taught in are, Tudungan 1980, Rabagi 1981 to 1987, Tamanairik 1988, Nangananga 1989, Tavui 1990 to 1997, Vudal 1998 to 2001, Waterhouse 2002, Kabagap 2003 to 2005 and Kalamanagunan 2006 to 2020.

Mr Petelo was tasked to set up what is now known as Rabagi Primary School as a one-man teacher school in 1981 in only his second year of teaching.

Everyday People: Loretta Bele

I started my company in September this year and being part of the startup challenge and winning it, I have learnt a lot. I look forward to taking things further with my business.

I am now able to continue to work and connect with other individuals that participated in the challenge.

I just started my business, so I am very new, a few months into it. The support that I will be getting from being the winner of the challenge will help to diversify my portfolio and build on that going forward

Everyday People: Michelle Koete

I have a passion for arts and culture and recently I have taken to painting as a form of learning in expressing myself as an amateur artist and to make ends meet with the end results for the sake of my children’s education and well-being.

In high school, I loved arts so much, every aspect of it whether it be making things, drama, singing or dancing, and as I grew I developed a connection with painting that required more practice over time.

Everyday People: Sine Koete – Rookies Woodworks

In high school, I was in the science stream, have always been interested in science and recycling of things, and have tried to apply some of what I have learnt in school to recycle wood, instead of letting them become firewood or thrown away as waste. So instead, I turn them into everyday useable items like furniture, etc.  

Everyday People PNG: Jamie Lape

Jamie is the outgoing head boy of Kopkop College situated at Gerehu in Port Moresby.

He is a quiet, strong-minded young man who finished as the second highest academic achiever at the recent 11th grade 12 graduation.

An incident happened when I was a small boy and my family had to go through the trouble of hiring different lawyers. My parents spent a lot of money.

Everyday People PNG: Veronica Tala

I was working with the Catholic Archdiocese at the time my husband left me. That was around 2008.

I thought he would help me care for our children but he was too attached to his new wife and he never did. With the little missionary pay, I helped my children complete their primary education.

Many times we have to go without food. Sometimes my children had to walk to school because they didn’t have bus fare. We live at Kila Kila, and they would walk to St Therese Primary School at Badili.

Everyday People PNG: Mameri Mark

Mameri has four sons, but lives with three of them and her husband in Port Moresby.

“We’ve been living here for almost 3 to 4 years now. My husband bought a piece of land so we’re living here with my son Laury and his wife.

“My husband was an accountant before he suffered a stroke. After the first stroke in 2009, he got treated and he was okay. He came out and went back to work but in 2016 when he had another attack again he didn’t fully recover, and he lost strength in his legs. He couldn’t do company work anymore so this is where we are.

Everyday People PNG: Semie Mansu

My biggest inspiration is my two-and-a- half-old daughter. She keeps my partner and I on our toes and pushes us to work hard and do better for our family.

I have always been passionate about Photography. It is definitely something that you never stop learning once you get into it. I have been blessed to have cross paths with some of the professional photographers both nationally and internationally and have learnt new things along the way.