World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Bougainville government asks PNG for more powers

Bougainville government asks PNG for more powers

The Autonomous Bougainville Government, which has just celebrated its first year in office, has called on the Papua New Guinea Government to hand over more powers over the next 12 months.

These will include the right to oversee activities such as mining, forestry and fisheries.

The move would allow the ABG to chart its own development goals including any the decision on whether to re-open the Panguna mine.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby Alex Rheeney, says the request is in line with peace agreement’s arrangements on the transfer of powers.

“So what has happened is the Bougainville Executive Council, or the Bougainville Cabinet, has invoked section 290 of the PNG Constitution which allows for those powers to be transferred to the Bougainville government administration. So the PNG government has 12 months to get that done.”

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC