The primary influencer for the subtle change in priority from pilgrimage tourism to socio-environmental issues appears to be Mr. Mark Nizette MBE, Strategic Management Advisor to the DFAT ‘Kokoda Initiative’ and Secretary to the influential ‘Kokoda Initiative Committee’ within the PNG Conservation Environment Protection Authority (CEPA).Read More
‘Kokoda’ is almost the complete adventure experience for Australian baby-boomers and young adventurers. It requires physical stamina and mental tenacity. The wartime history evokes strong emotions. The unconditional care and support of local PNG guides and villagers is humbling. The environment is rugged, remote and pristine.Read More
The Kokoda Tour Operators Forum scheduled to take place in a 5-star Brisbane hotel on 23-24 November 2023 should be cancelled and either conducted via Zoom or switched to Port Moresby.Read More
In 1992 Prime Minister Paul Keating opened a $2 million Kokoda Memorial Hospital along with a Backpacker’s Hostel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign.
It was also planned to open a new terminal at the Kokoda airfield but the locals burnt it down shortly before his visit. It turned out to be an omen of things to come with a well-intentioned aid policy inadvertently reinforcing a ‘cargo-cult’ mentality.Read More