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made in png



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Products of all sorts ... (from left) whiskey, rum, coconut oil, tuna, coconut soap and water tanks are all produced of PNG. The logo (right) is reproduced with permission of the Manufacturers Council of PNG.

and local Richard Andrews explores the wide array of products being made in Papua New Guinea, from handicrafts to palm oil, beer, coconut soap, coffee and the country’s coveted chocolate.

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rom baskets to biscuits, and from coffee to kit homes, Papua New Guinea manufactures a wide range of products. And many are products with a purpose beyond off-the-shelf consumption: their sales support local communities and reflect the nation’s diverse culture and colourful history. It may sound strange, but an excellent introduction to the array of PNG products is available when you leave the country from Port Moresby’s Jacksons International Airport. Located in the departure terminal, A Little Something From PNG is an excellent store carrying traditional handicrafts and themed items that represent village life and culture, from the highlands to the islands. Carved fish, turtles and crocodiles sit among baskets, coffee, vanilla beans, wildlife books and other souvenirs. And if you want to be the life of the party at home, why not return with a kundu drum, the pillar of

sing-sings? More than just a musical instrument, the sound of the kundu is said to represent the voice of ancestors. “We’re proud to represent PNG and give travellers a positive, lasting impression when departing from this beautiful country,” says retailer Aaron Chin. “We support grassroots communities and have been buying from them for more than two decades.” Another enterprise with village links, Tropic Frond Oils, arose from fiery ashes – literally. Coconut oil runs in the blood of owner Debra Hill, who grew up harvesting the fruit with her family on the remote northern island of Emirau. She went on to set up a coconut processing plant in Rabaul with her husband, Dennis. Just nine months later, in 1994, the Hills had to escape by boat when the twin volcanic eruptions of Mount Tavurvur and Mount Vulcan all but destroyed the town. July – August 2016

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Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...