Council of Elders
In late 2006 the Council of Elders (CoE) of the Carteret Islands held a series of meetings to discuss the worsening effects of sea surges on their islands. The CoE were concerned that progress in establishing a relocation program for the Carteret people was going very slowly, while the erosion of their islands and the destruction of food gardens as a result of sea water surges was increasing at a very fast pace. As early as 2001, the Bougainville government talked about relocation for the Carteret, but as nothing had ever eventuated, the CoE felt the process was not going to happen unless the Carteret people took charge and actively found a solution to their worsening situation.
The CoE contacted Ursula Rakova, the Executive Director of a significant local NGO, (Osi Tanata in Arawa, Bougainville) and requested that she bring her skills and experience ‘home’ to the Carteret to assist. Ursula responded to the request. She resigned from her paid employment and travelled back to her birthplace in the Carteret.
In December 2006, following a series of community meetings, the CoE decided to form the local NGO Tulele Peisa Inc. It was decided that the Carteret people needed their own indigenous organisation to plan and implement a voluntary relocation program for the next 5-10 years. Tulele Peisa therefore was set up to organise a well planned, staged program of moving Carteret people from their home atolls to the Bougainville mainland, where they could be safe and secure with access to economic opportunities as well as health and education services.
A constitution was drawn up and Tulele Peisa was incorporated (at that time as Carteret Relocation Program) in September 2007. In late 2007 the name Carteret Relocation Program was changed to Tulele Peisa (TP) Incorporated.
Council of Elders of the Carteret Islands
RUFINA MOI – WOMEN CHIEF, NABOIN
ROSE TSUBE – WOMEN CHIEF
CLARA TANGIN – WOMEN CHIEF, NAKARIPA
CLARA TAHOU – WOMEN CHIEF, LUMANKOA
MARTHA TOROVIA – WOMEN LEADER, NAKAS
KARLO TUGIER – CLAN CHIEF, NABOIN
RUTH TOHAKA – WOMAN LEADER
AUGUSTIN NAHIA – CLAN CHIEF, NAKARIPA
PAUL HAREHIN – CLAN CHIEF, NAKARIPA
ANDREW TAKIOMO – CLAN LEADER, NABOIN
PAUL T MAEKA – CLAN CHIEF, NAKAS
PAUL TAPAROHO – CLAN CHIEF, NAKARIPA
JOSEPH MOLOGAI – CLAN CHIEF, NAKARIPA
DOROTHY RENI – CLAN CHIEF, NABOIN
JOHN SAILIK – CLAN CHIEF
TONY TOLOGINA – CLAN CHIEF, NABOIN
SIMON WINCHA – YOUTH LEADER
NICHOLAS HAKATA – YOUTH PRESIDENT