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Leader calls for New Zealand to stand with West Papua

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Benny Wenda (centre) with audience members at AUT – Te Wahanui

Jayapura, Jubi – An independence leader is advocating for New Zealand to join the fight to free West Papua.

Benny Wenda, an independence leader for West Papua and founder of the Free West Papua Campaign spoke at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) last night. During his address, he talked about the country’s struggle for freedom and human rights abuse over the last 50 years.

The Indonesian government took over West Papua months after the country was given independence from the Netherlands at the end of 1961 in its mission to claim former Dutch colonies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr Wenda  told the audience his experience of living in West Papua – his mother was beaten and the Indonesian military raped his aunt in front of him in 1977.

However, Mr Wenda shared how he managed to escape from prison in 2002 after being arrested for leading peaceful demonstrations. He said the land was being destroyed by the Indonesian military, causing deforestation, which is the West Papuans’ source for food.

“They don’t care about our environment, our nature. They only care about how to get rich…If we don’t act, the forest will be destroyed,” said Mr Wenda.

West Papua is located 500km north of Australia and a close neighbour of the Pacific, New Zealand in particular.

“Australia and New Zealand need West Papua…we are the gatekeeper and for security reasons, West Papua is very important,” said Mr Wenda

He encouraged everyone who attended the meeting to spread the message about the injustice through the Free West Papua Facebook page.

Director of the Pacific Media Centre at AUT, Professor David Robie, said when he attended the World Media Freedom day in Indonesia last week, the authorities attempted to gag discussion about West Papua.

“Whatever happens in West Papua is going to have repercussions for the rest of the region…it’s important to know of issues happening in our own region,” said Professor Robie.

Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty said New Zealand needed to join the other seven Pacific Islands urging for change, and make it eight.

One attendee, Auckland University student Georgia Thomson, admitted she did not know much about West Papua before the meeting, but said she wanted to learn what she as an individual could do to help.

“I thought it exposed people to a lot of information you wouldn’t otherwise find in your news media and then, of course, you wouldn’t know to look for it,” said Miss Thomson.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee was unavailable to comment on New Zealand’s relationship with West Papua. (*)

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Papua Printing Company to support young Papuan writers

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Komunitas Sastra Papua (Papuan Literature Community) when launching a discussion on literacy education in Jayapura. – Jubi/Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi- Komunitas Sastra Papua (Papuan Literature Community) asked the Papua Provincial Government to reactive the regional company ‘Percetakan Rakyat Papua’ (Papua Regional Printing Company) to response the current demand of publication since many young Papuans are now becoming a writer.

However, the main constraint is in printing,” said the secretary of Komunitas Sastra Papua (Kosapa) Aleks Giyai on Thursday (31/5/2018).

Percetakan Rakyat Papua is considered bringing opportunities for Papuans to get the lower-cost printing. “To print some printed items such as books, magazines, calendars and so on, we have to make an order in Java. Even though the printing cost is quite cheaper, the shipping cost is expensive,” explained Giyai.

Meanwhile, cultural activist Andy Tagihuma thought books play a crucial role in developing a character of a nation. “The gradual progress of literacy development in Papua is a result of the inconsistent book publishing,” said Tagihuma.

He further said Papua should be able to produce and publish books and other writings locally like what has been done by the University of Cenderawasih in the past, which printed most of their writings such as Warta Uncen and other scientific journals independently. “But now they mostly send it to Java for printing,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Developers must complete the permit for housing construction

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Illustration of the rapid growth of housing in Doyo Lama area. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – As the rapid growth of housing construction in the areas of Sentani Timur, Sentani and Waibhu, the Head of Integrated Permit and Regional Investment Agency of Jayapura District Henock Puraro said developers should administer the IMB (Construction Permit) first for new housing constructions.

Developers who want to build new housings need to arrange an agreement with the tenure of landowners first. Then, they should complete the legal aspect of their proposal,” Puraro told reporter in Jayapura Regent Office at Gunung Merah, Sentani on Thursday (31/5/2018).

He said his office would soon publish about the spatial planning to the public in regards to the ongoing regional development process. “We will publish the system of city spatial planning including the regulation related to housing construction,” he said.

Similarly, the Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Jayapura District Henky Yoku said developers should consider the cultural, social and economic aspects of the local community.

“What is the impact of housing development on the local community? Developers cannot just build new housing then take a profit of it. They should take account of the sustainability of the local community who live surrounding the environment. Therefore there is a value added from this development,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Nine fish species found in Fakfak coastal areas

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Nine fish species found in the coastal areas of Berau Bay dan Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay, Fakfak District. – Jubi/Doc CI Indonesia, Fakfak

Manokwari, Jubi – The Conservation International (CI) Indonesia in Fakfak has identified nine species of coral fish as new species because it has not scientifically included in Pisces taxonomy.

The Program Manager of CI Indonesia for Fakfak Nur Ismu Hidayat said this finding made during the survey on the potential of coastal areas in Fakfak in two-week diving at the Berau Bay, Kokas sub-district and Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay, Karas sub-district.

“From two weeks of diving at the northern Fakfak (the coastal area of Berau Bay), we can identify six new species. Then three species were identified in the western Fakfak, namely the coastal areas of Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay located at Karas sub-district,” Hidayat told Jubi on Friday (1/6/2018) in Manokwari. Further, he said the habitats of the nine fish are quite varied, from the depth of 1-2 metres with average wave condition, muddy sediment to the coral area.

“One of the newfound fish, 6-centimetre black fish with the light-coloured mouth like wearing lipstick, is classified in Pomacentrus Family based on its morphology. This species cannot find in other places. Based on this fact, the researchers strongly assume the species is the endemic fish of Fakfak coastal sea,” said Hidayat. Moreover, he said the nine new fish species are not possible to consume because of their size, but they potentially become decorative fish that people can enjoy their beauty in their natural habitats, so, it’s potential for ecotourism development.

Furthermore, he said the coral and marine biota in Fakfak are extraordinary. Fakfak coastal area is also a safe habitat for rare fish species that rarely found in other sea areas.  “For instance, the gong-liked black parrot fish (large coral fish species which a bulge front head looked like a gong), known as Chlorurus Oedema, was successfully captured during the survey in the estuary of the Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay,” added Hidayat.

Meanwhile, a lecturer from Universitas Papua (Unipa) Manokwari Keylopas Krey said the potential of local species in West Papua Province is quite high, but it has not well documented. For the new finding, the researcher certainly will take a systematic and scientific procedure. “In the process to identify the taxonomy, morphology and genetic analysis would be applied to confirm and validate whether these nine species are new species that evolve or have a relationship with other species in that area,” said Krey.

The finding of these alleged new fish species is a good prospect for science. Therefore the reserve management of this area couldn’t be separated from science. It means science will be applied to improve the application system and national and international records about regional potencies.

“Unipa will not only continue to encourage the smart steps of many parties in protecting the environment in the entire of the land of Papua as the centre of biodiversity; but also keep to push all the parties for taking positive steps toward the sustainable development management,” he said.

Moreover, he added,” there are high conservation values that need to maintain. Therefore, the development in Papua, especially in West Papua Province, can always prioritise the values that respect to the future of local wisdom for our future generation.” (*)

 

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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