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Earlier this year, photographer Woodrow Wilson joined a team of Oaktree volunteers on an annual review trip to Papua New Guinea, seeking to capture stories from our partners and the communities in which they work. 

Neima, meaning 'we' in Engan, is a collection of photographs from the trip. The photographs reflect the communities visited in the highlands of PNG, showcasing the impact of education on community identity and hope for the future. 

Neima will be open publicly from Friday 16th to Thursday 22nd October. A range of prints will be available for purchase. To keep up to date with the latest news from Neima click here.



The Future of PNG: Young People, Governance and the role of Australians

There are 7 million people in PNG. And 55% of them are under 25. We know youth play an instrumental role in the future of PNG, yet the voices of young people are too often absent from the development discussion.

Join us on Tuesday, October 20th for a night of photography and discussion with a panel of experts from the aid and development sector. With our closest neighbour on the brink of fiscal calamity, and with DFAT's announcement of one of the biggest governance programs in the world - it could not be a better time to be part of the PNG conversation. Click here to purchase a ticket.

Date: Tuesday 20th October, 6.30pm

Venue: Borough of Hawthorn, 598 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122


His Excellency Mr Charles W Lepani is Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to Australia a is one of Papua New Guinea’s longest serving and most eminent public servants. He has has represented PNG as the Ambassador to the European Union and has been the PNG High Commissioner to Australia since 2005.

Trudi Sieland is the Secretary for the RMIT PNG Students Association and is currently studying a Masters of International Development at RMIT. Trudi is from the Gembogl area of the Simbul province in the central highlands of PNG. She would like to see PNG take ownership of their development challenges at all levels.

Professor John Langmore is a Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. He was previously an MP and later Director of the UN Division of Social Policy and Development in New York. He worked in PNG as a public servant and university lecturer between 1963 and 1976, where he led the preparation of the first national plan. 

Melissa Wells is Senior Economist at Save The Children. Her work has included economic policy at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, pro-poor growth assessments for the World Bank, evaluating local economic benefits of aid programs and promoting sustainable social investment in the mining sector.