Maraki Vanuariki Council of Chiefs renewal of spiritual and political relations with Federal Republic of West Papua in Port Vila on 29 November 2014 (subsequent Unity Day Declaration with West Papua National Authority in 2007, and Sanap Wantaim Ceremonial in Melbourne in 2002
Maraki Vanuariki Village, Efate Island, Vanuatu, Saturday 29 November 2014
Maraki Vanuariki Chiefs Shem Rarua and Morris Kaloran, welcoming Federal Republic of West Papua delegates (Jack Wanggai, Jacob Rumbiak, Markus Yenu, Frans Kapisa, Elizier Awom)
Maraki Vanuariki Organizing Committee welcoming Kanaky Chief Jawa
President of the Maraki Vanuariki Council of Chiefs recounting the development of the spiritual and political relationship with the Federal Republic of West Papua. The relationship was initiated by Morris Kaloran on Australian Aboriginal land during the Sanap Waintaim Ceremonial in Melbourne in November 2002
Maraki Vanuariki Chiefs with visitors from Kanaky (New Caledonia), and Federal Republic of West Papua (Frans Kapisa, Jacob Rumbiak, Chief Jawa, Elizier Awom, Jack Wanggai, Markus Yenu, Alfonse Adadikam
Maraki Vanuariki Chiefs with visitors from Kanaky (New Caledonia), and Federal Republic of West Papua (Elizier Awom, Frans Kapisa, Markus Yenu, Alfonse Adadikam, Jacob Rumbiak, Jack Wanggai). Also Louise Byrne from Australia West Papua Assoc-Melbourne
Maraki Vanuariki Organizing Committee
Maraki Vanuariki Organizing Committee garlanding Kanaky Chief Jawa
Maraki Vanuariki Organizing Committee garlanding Kanaky Trade Union visitor
Gift Exchange (1)
Gift Exchange (2)
Nicole Kaloran Jimmy and Louise Byrne from Australia West Papua Assoc—Melbourne (Nicole is one of seventeen ni-Vanuatu women who contested national elections in Vanuatu in 2013)
Maraki Vanuariki Women’s Organiser, and Louise Byrne (Australia West Papua Assoc-Melbourne)
Frans Kapisa (Minister for Interior, Federal Republic of West Papua)
FRWP Governor Markus Yenu and Elizier Awom (Minister for Defence)
Nicole Kaloran Jimmy, one of seventeen women who contested national elections in Vanuatu in 2013
Maraki Vanuariki Chief Shem Rarua, with Rev. Peter Woods from Melbourne translating into Indonesian
Chief Morris Kaloran ceremonially invites delegates to feast on the large pig gifted to the Maraki Vanuariki Council of Chiefs by the Federal Republic of West Papua (FRWP).
The pig was bought by a Christian family in South Korea with money saved by the mother for the education of her two children.
The gift prompted the Maraki Vanuariki Council to buy a pig for the West Papua National Day Procession two days later on 1 December 2014. The Maraki Vanuariki Council’s pig, in turn, prompted the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs to buy two pigs for its ‘West Papua Leaders Summit on Reconciliation and Unification’
Alfonse Adadikam from Biak Island (West Papua) who has lived in Melbourne since 1984. He landed in Docklands on an Indonesian cargo ship that was testing the ban imposed by the Maritime Union of Australia in 1969 (in response to the UN Act of Free Choice).