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Coconut enterprise ... Niugini Organics produces cosmetics, soaps and coconut oil and provides the main source of income for 200 families at Keravat.

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If the munchies strike while trekking the Kokoda Trail, try one of the products from the Lae Biscuit Company. Under its distinctive Big Pela Na Strong Pela logo, the company’s classic snacks have been flavoured for local tastes to become a national favourite.

Undeterred, the Hills returned shortly afterwards and started again at Keravat, a safer 35 kilometres from the still-active volcanoes. Today, the company’s organic cosmetics provide the main income for 200 local families who harvest the coconuts sustainably from their own land. The Curls range of products is a household name in PNG, while the virgin coconut oil and soaps are exported under the Niugini Organics brand. “Pacific Islanders have always used coconut and flowers in their hair and on their skin,” says Hill. “The rationale then is the same as now; take a centuries-old tradition and make it relevant to the 21st century.” As a means of livelihood for more than 1200 people, Morobe-based PNG Forest Products is also proud of its heritage and ‘socially responsible’ operations. The company was born as Bulolo Gold Dredging during the heady days of the 1930s, when the area was one of the world’s largest gold fields. As mining was scaled down, gold mining was replaced with a plywood factory, sawmill and pine plantations. PNG Forest Products now uses renewable plantation pine for many timber products, including prefabricated commercial and domestic buildings, as well as affordable village homes. Adapted for local conditions, the modern designs acknowledge traditional Pacific housing styles. Instant noodles is another product with a community role in PNG. Global food giant Nestle began importing noodles during the late 1970s, and is now one of the country’s largest manufacturers. Apart from convenience and taste, the national popularity of Maggi Noodles is associated with the company’s outreach initiatives. These include a travelling road show that visits hundreds of rural

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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...