Maori firm helps PNG mining industry
Radio New Zealand
A Maori consultancy firm is teaching the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville how to boost its mining industry.
Tuia International has an office in the capital of Buka, where it is engaging directly with the region’s political leaders.
It’s offering advice about best practices about mining legalisation and economic development.
Mining on the island was once one of the most lucrative industries for Papua New Guinea, but in 1996 the mines were shut down which sparked a political crisis and civil war stifling its economic development.
Tuia International director Mike Taitoko says the regional government wants to pick itself up and Maori are playing a key role in doing that.