Ethics: Message to Media
A letter from the Hapiu Carteret Council of Elders to all media wanting to document the Carteret Islanders.
January 11, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
Advisory to journalists, film makers, photographers, writers, researchers and tourists not working for or through Tulele Peisa, revised on Han Island on January 11, 2010.
Thank you for your interest in the Tulun/Carteret Atoll, Bougainville, PNG. We regret to inform you that the atoll community is currently unable to accept any visitor to any of the islands. The islanders need time and to put in efforts to relocate and resettle in safer grounds.
This is a decision and directive from the 30 chief representatives of the 15 clan houses on Han who are also members of the Hapiu Carteret Council of Elders (CoE). At the one day workshop held between the Hapiu COE, women chiefs, men chiefs, youth representatives and Tulele Peisa a decision was reached and a directive given to Tulele Peisa.
As the non-government organisation representing the CoE and responsible for the relocation and resettlement, we have entrusted Ursula Rakova, its Executive Director to ensure that our directive is respected and adhered to.
This directive supersedes the decision of 1st March 2009 indefinitely and ultimately we call for this decision and directive reached on January 2010 until such time CoE are able to review the situation and adopt a different policy.
Should you wish to be considered to come to the atolls an amount of K5, 000 as administration fee has been agreed upon by the CoE and Tulele Peisa and must be paid to the Carteret Trust Fund prior to coming to the island. The purpose of this administration fee is to contribute to the building of the houses on identified relocation sites for the Carteret Islanders, co-rodinated by Tulele Peisa.
The payment of administration fee (PGK5, 000) excludes payment for food, transport and accommodation both in Buka and on the Tulun/Carteret Islands.
Last but not least, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation of your concern and interest. We trust this decision and directive paves the way for respect and mutual understanding and better co-operation between yourselves and Tulele Peisa to safeguarding the welfare of the Carteret Islanders on this campaign and advocacy on climate change and rising sea levels on the most vulnerable atolls in the Pacific.
God Bless You!
On behalf of the Hapiu Council of Elders,
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
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