Powes Parkop: Change Starts with You

By Hon. Powes Parkop, LLB, LLM, MP

Mission Quest 2019 – Starting The Year with Family.

As we prepare to bid 2018 goodbye, I am back again in beautiful Tufi with my family for our annual Mission Quest.

This time it’s Mission Quest 2019. We came to have a good time as a family, but more importantly we came to set goals for the new year!

‘S-M-A-R-T’ goals!! “S” for Simple and Specific; “M” for Measurable or Meaningful; “A” for Achievable/As if now; “R” for Realistic/ Responsible; and “T” Timed/Towards what you want and turn up everyday heading towards your goals. Living everyday as if your goals are already there. Visualizing yourself in that moment when you have achieved your goals and using that imagination to inspire and motivate yourself to achieve the outcomes you want.

We started with a reflection of where each of us are, in respect of our 2018 goals.

Reflecting and learning on the achievements and the non-achievement and how each of us can do better in the new year with the outstanding goals and the new ones we adopt for next year. Despite some outstanding and mixed outcomes, we were all happy with our achievements for 2018. It can only get better!.

Next year we plan to have a big year in both personal and family goals. We want to go beyond our borders and push the boundary a bit more to challenge ourselves for a greater year.

Change start with each and everyone of us. We can’t wait for the family, the clan, the tribe, the district, province or the country. We must be the change we want everyone to be.

Happy New Year, Papua New Guinea!

Celebrate and welcome the New Year in style and in joy. Bid goodbye to the old year with lots of nostalgia and great memories, and as you celebrate the New Year, remember to set personal, family, business or professional goals for 2019.

Change starts with you. I am only sharing what I do with my family in the hope that it might inspire you and your families to do the same as a matter of habit and to cultivate quality time with the family.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. So set your goals and don’t worry about making mistakes. Just believe in yourself and always show up as the best version of yourself.

Once again, HAPPY NEW, YEAR PAPUA NEW GUINEA! May the new year bring renewed joy and happiness to each and everyone of you.

Source: Facebook.com

Powes Parkop: Let Your Poppies Grow Tall

“You cannot strengthen one by weakening the other. You cannot add to the stature of a dwarf by cutting off the leg of a giant”

Benjamin Franklin Fearless President of the US Steel Corporation in 1950.

It is called the “Tall Poppy” syndrome! A worldwide phenomenon but particularly so in Papua New Guinea where envy and jealousy keeps many communities and people thinking small and staying in our comfort zone. A sure strategy to keep everyone failing.

It is practiced everywhere in PNG but worse in some parts of our country like Morobe Province particularly around Markham Valley, Central Province, Madang Province and some parts of the Eastern Highlands Province.

It’s a phenomenon where no one dares to dream and grow big. Everyone think and stay small because they are afraid of criticism and attack. Those who dare to break this cycle are thrown upon and brought down directly or indirectly until they relent and give up their dreams and join everyone else in playing small and being mediocre.

Late Prime Minister of United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher when asked to comment on this when visiting the US before she became Prime Minister said “Let your poppies grow tall”! An assertion she made to acknowledge that it was a big problem in the UK and the only way to treat or counter this syndrome was to focus on success strategies and greatness and not to succumb to envy and jealousy with the aim to make people fail and cause problem to everyone around.

The tall poppy syndrome has taken a new height on social media and applied by some members of the opposition is clearly, no matter how you look at it, is intended to bring failures, destruction and chaos for our people and our country.

Whether this is a conscious plan or not, the approach that is currently being taken to shoot each other down by subjective and unrelenting criticism with negativity and name calling just to pull our leaders down into smallness or if possible give up altogether will not work in the long run. Is our purpose just to shoot each other down? What are we fighting? We are not fighting corruption we are fighting ourselves!

Today the elected members on the Government side are coping the flank and the onslaught. Those who are mounting the attack will attract the same type of low level onslaught and attack if somehow they find themselves in Government or decision making situations.

And time and time again it is proven when the attacked strikes back it might be merciless or worsened. What you do to others you invite others to do the same to you! And the cycles starts all over again. Who wins at the end? Who pays the price at the end? When will this cycle end? When will our people learn to support, come together as one people, one country and give time for your elected leaders to do their job and deliver?

Four years from now if some members from the Opposition maintains this strategy of knocking and rubbishing everything Government does and denigrating everyone in Government they will only remain in Opposition! Nothing will change and any fault or under achievement that is committed by the Government will not be corrected.

I hope, Government Ministers and the Government themselves will not succumb to the negative onslaught of this tall poppy syndrome and think and play small, play safe and please everyone.

I urge all Government MP’s, Opposition MP’s and everyone who has been subjected to these attacks including women who have also been subjected to mean sexist comments to remain steadfast, dare to push the boundary and be strong to think and act with courage and self-belief. We don’t have to be subjected to these unfounded rumours and adjust our life because we are afraid of what people will say. Be proud of who you are as an individual, as a family, a community, a city and as a country.

Constructive criticism is good for all and should be welcomed. It can act as a good feedback on how we can grow and learn to be better.

In politics, criticism should be based on alternative policies and strategies. It is better if it was offering solutions rather then merely denigrating, rubbishing and criticising with an intention to bringing a person down and the issues downplayed.

A responsible and credible Opposition is very important to maintain checks and balances of the Government. It would be good if issues are discussed and MP’s from both sides engages in a debate and convince everyone that they have a better policy, a better plan and strategy.

Inciting public to boycott or to strike without a clear alternative of what will happen next is the height of irresponsibility that does no good to a country, its people and it’s future generation. Why are we choosing a failure strategy? Are we morons? Are we not thinking about our children? No one wins and no one gains. We all lose as a nation.

Let’s us stay strong on the eve of our country hosting a major event. This is the time we must come together with pride to showcase who we are as a nation. Bring all issues into parliament so it can be effectively addressed and all matters brought to question in an appropriate manner.

The Time is NOW Papua New Guinea. Put our differences aside and stand strong as One People, One Country. One Nation.

May God Bless our beloved Papua New Guinea and may we have have a successful Asia Pacific Economic Corporation leaders summit.

“You cannot strengthen one by weakening the other. You cannot add to the stature of a dwarf by cutting off the leg of a giant” Benjamin Franklin Fearless President of the US Steel Corporation in 1950.

It is called the “Tall Poppy” syndrome! A worldwide phenomenon but particularly so in Papua New Guinea where envy and jealousy keeps many communities and people thinking small and staying in our comfort zone. A sure strategy to keep everyone failing.

It is practiced everywhere in PNG but worse in some parts of our country like Morobe Province particularly around Markham Valley, Central Province, Madang Province and some parts of the Eastern Highlands Province.

It’s a phenomenon where no one dares to dream and grow big. Everyone think and stay small because they are afraid of criticism and attack. Those who dare to break this cycle are thrown upon and brought down directly or indirectly until they relent and give up their dreams and join everyone else in playing small and being mediocre.

Late Prime Minister of United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher when asked to comment on this when visiting the US before she became Prime Minister said “Let your poppies grow tall”! An assertion she made to acknowledge that it was a big problem in the UK and the only way to treat or counter this syndrome was to focus on success strategies and greatness and not to succumb to envy and jealousy with the aim to make people fail and cause problem to everyone around.

The tall poppy syndrome has taken a new height on social media and applied by some members of the opposition is clearly, no matter how you look at it, is intended to bring failures, destruction and chaos for our people and our country.

Whether this is a conscious plan or not, the approach that is currently being taken to shoot each other down by subjective and unrelenting criticism with negativity and name calling just to pull our leaders down into smallness or if possible give up altogether will not work in the long run. Is our purpose just to shoot each other down? What are we fighting? We are not fighting corruption we are fighting ourselves!

Today the elected members on the Government side are coping the flank and the onslaught. Those who are mounting the attack will attract the same type of low level onslaught and attack if somehow they find themselves in Government or decision making situations.

And time and time again it is proven when the attacked strikes back it might be merciless or worsened. What you do to others you invite others to do the same to you! And the cycles starts all over again. Who wins at the end? Who pays the price at the end? When will this cycle end? When will our people learn to support, come together as one people, one country and give time for your elected leaders to do their job and deliver?

Four years from now if some members from the Opposition maintains this strategy of knocking and rubbishing everything Government does and denigrating everyone in Government they will only remain in Opposition! Nothing will change and any fault or under achievement that is committed by the Government will not be corrected.

I hope, Government Ministers and the Government themselves will not succumb to the negative onslaught of this tall poppy syndrome and think and play small, play safe and please everyone.

I urge all Government MP’s, Opposition MP’s and everyone who has been subjected to these attacks including women who have also been subjected to mean sexist comments to remain steadfast, dare to push the boundary and be strong to think and act with courage and self-belief. We don’t have to be subjected to these unfounded rumours and adjust our life because we are afraid of what people will say. Be proud of who you are as an individual, as a family, a community, a city and as a country.

Constructive criticism is good for all and should be welcomed. It can act as a good feedback on how we can grow and learn to be better.

In politics, criticism should be based on alternative policies and strategies. It is better if it was offering solutions rather then merely denigrating, rubbishing and criticising with an intention to bringing a person down and the issues downplayed.

A responsible and credible Opposition is very important to maintain checks and balances of the Government. It would be good if issues are discussed and MP’s from both sides engages in a debate and convince everyone that they have a better policy, a better plan and strategy.

Inciting public to boycott or to strike without a clear alternative of what will happen next is the height of irresponsibility that does no good to a country, its people and it’s future generation. Why are we choosing a failure strategy? Are we morons? Are we not thinking about our children? No one wins and no one gains. We all lose as a nation.

Let’s us stay strong on the eve of our country hosting a major event. This is the time we must come together with pride to showcase who we are as a nation. Bring all issues into parliament so it can be effectively addressed and all matters brought to question in an appropriate manner.

The Time is NOW Papua New Guinea. Put our differences aside and stand strong as One People, One Country. One Nation.

May God Bless our beloved Papua New Guinea and may we have have a successful Asia Pacific Economic Corporation leaders summit.

Commentary by Hon. Governor Powes Parkop, National Capital District

Posted by Staff Reporter : PNG Today on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Filed under allLetters .

Hello world! Hello Melanesia! Hello Walk 4 Life!

Welcome to WordPress. This is the first post of this blog, installed today 19 November 2018 in Port Moresby, the capital city Papua New Guinea, the biggest capital city of Melanesia.

I am Wewo Kotokay, as a result of recent discussions with various netrepreurs in Port Moresby, I am launching this blog particularly to

  1. Spread the news and information on Walk-4-Life launched by the Honourable Powes Parkop, the Governor of National Capital District (NCD) Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  2. Encourage the practice/ walk for life across Melanesian peoples, start from the Four-Kings Islands of West Papua to Wallis-Futuna Islands on the easternmost part.

Through this blog, I invite all of you to participate in spreading the information, and inject the virus of “healthy life” by “walking”,and yes, “just by walking”.

We Melanesians remember well, our parents in villages live much longer, much healthier, much stronger, not because they eat modern rice, bread, butter and vegetables, not because hamburger and Kentucky Friends Chicken, but primarily because “They WALK”, and they do so ALL THE TIME.

I am encouraging all of you to set up “Walk for LIfe” in the following cities

  1. Walk-4-Life Port Numbay
  2. Walk-4-Life Port Moresby
  3. Walk-4-Life Port Vila
  4. Walk-4-Life Suva
  5. Walk-4-Life Noumea
  6. Walk-4-Life Honiara

Finally we will celebrate in a big events across Melanesia called “Walk-4-Life Melanesia”

Governor of PNG’s capital to keep pushing boundaries

The governor of Papua New Guinea’s capital has defended his promotion of healthy living programmes and city clean-ups.

Powes Parkop has faced a barrage of criticism over initiatives he has implemented in Port Moresby such as the Yoga Walk for Life programme and restrictions on betelnut.

But Mr Parkop says such initiatives, which generally fall under the Active City programme, are encouraging people to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.

As Moresby prepares to host the APEC leader summit in November, he spoke to Johnny Blades who asked if all the changes in the capital were actually benefiting grassroots communities.

TRANSCRIPT

POWES PARKOP: 
Any change that is small or big should be welcome and we should look at it positively. But I think overall in terms of what is happening in Port Moresby, I think it’s absolutely good for Port Moresby, but also for Papua New Guinea. It gives us hope for the future because I think for a long time in PNG we came to a dead end, that people thought that this was the end of it. nothing was going right. So… undertaking those changes in Port Moresby is good for our psychology in that we start to have self-belief again, that we can achieve more, we can do more, that there is another standard we can reach That’s been my goal as governor of our capital city, that I want at least one part of Papua New Guinea to set the standard, to become an example, to inspire our people. And the right place to have that inspiration and set that standard is of course our capital city.

JOHNNY BLADES: Now you’ve tried some things which are maybe quite radical, such as the ban on public consumption and sale of betelnut. Has it been a success?

PP: Yeah I think if you look at Port Moresby before and now, you have to agree with me that it’s been a success. Although in terms of dealing with the problem (the health hazard of chewing betelnut) we have not been successful in that respect. But these are issues to do with  behaviour, attitude and culture of a people. It doesn’t happen overnight. We take people on a journey. And if you see other countries that had this practice before, mainly Asian countries – Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, go up to China, even India – it did not happen overnight. So I had no illusion that it would be an overnight success. I know it would take a long time. And the city’s much better now. We’re still chewing betelnut. People are still selling it – some in unauthorised places – but compared to where we were before, it’s much much better now, and we’re getting better. So a lot of our people, their attitudes have changed, they can see the benefit of what we’ve done, and gradually they will come along and everybody will pull up, because there’s no other option. But I have to keep pushing the boundary, I have to try new things. I can’t keep on using the old tools. We’ve been doing the same things over again and not getting the result we want. So we have to try new things.

JB: One of the new things that you’ve tried of of course is the Sunday fitness and yoga sessions. But you’ve had some criticism about that. How do you feel about that?

PP: Like with  natural things, everything new challenges people’s comfort zone. But I have to do my work as a leader to lead our people to push the boundary a bit to get our people to see things in a different way. But it’s getting better all the time. Our people have faced a lot of health problems. In terms of our longevity, people are not living very long lives. So these are challenges that are important for our country, our people: to live better lives, longer lives, healthier lives. We’ve been spending a lot on health, but mainly corrective healthcare. That type of spending may be helping our health in that respect, but not improving longevity, physical fitness, wellness and health. So going in this direction, it might taken a bit of time to get our people accustomed to it but I’ve been doing it since 2014 and it’s getting bigger all the time. There are more people coming to walk with me, thousands of people walking eight kilometres with me every Sunday. The yoga class for example, we now have about six hundred young men and women turning up three times a week. It’s in the communities. In the city we also have classes in acrobat and kick-boxing and other non-combatative sports. The thing is Johnny, this is the strength of our people: physical activity, walking, jumping, swimming, climbing trees. This is our people’s strength. And I need to use the strength of our people to secure a better future. I’ll give you an example: if I were to train average Papua New Guineans to become like Chinese to run shops tomorrow, absolutely we’re lining them up for failure. But if we get them to do sports or physical activity, you can be assured that they’ll become champions instantly. So that’s why this programme is critical, because it’s moving our people. when you move change takes place. It’s also combining their mind and body together. Because for a long time we did awareness: awareness on so many things, you know, financial literacy, environment, on health and wellness. The problem with that type of approach is it’s only addressing the mind. But the body’s left behind. You can get the mind to understand. But if the body’s not in synch with mind, you have a problem. That’s been our biggest problem in Papua New Guinea.

JB: I can see what you’re talking about with trying to help change mindsets. Things all begin with ourselves, don’t they. But you’ve got such a diverse country, which is a strength of Papua New Guinea, but also there are times when people from different parts of the country clash, like we saw at the weekend here in Moresby. Will that ever change in Moresby, where there won’t be some of these tensions, disputes?

PP: It’ll not be easy to change this type of behaviour and practice because it’s something that is in the psyche of our people. They are used to the predominant way in some sectors of our communities that problems or issues are solved. So resorting to violence has been a tendency in the past, so I’m not going to pretend to say it’ll change overnight. But I think the way to get on addressing this is just grow the economy, create more opportunity. Grow the middle class, people start to change their values, and then they start to have more self-respect for themselves, they have greater goals, and then they change their behaviour. So for me I think that’s what we are doing in the city. In terms of those types of challenges, like ethnic conflict, and so on. In the past, we used to have it regularly in Port Moresby, but now I think what happened in the city last week, and at the weekend, for me I see it more as the exception rather than the norm now.

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz

From Dateline Pacific, 3:04 pm on 20 August 2018 

Parkop defends yoga deal

By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK
NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has defended the awarding of a contract to a company to provide yoga training to Port Moresby residents.

He said due process and proper procedures were followed by the National Capital District Commission in the securing of the K3 million-a-year contract.

He was replying to questions raised in Parliament this week by Madang MP Bryan Kramer regarding the engagement of a foreign-owned company to provide yoga training to Port Moresby residents.
Kramer claimed that there were “irregularities” in the awarding of the contract.

Parkop however accused Kramer of abusing parliamentary privilege to make false allegations against him.

He challenged his critics to lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman Commission or the police fraud unit so that the matter could be investigated if they still think that rules had been breached.

“If they have a problem, they can go to the Ombudsman Commission and the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption squad and we will give all the files (on the contract) to them,” he told Parliament yesterday.

“And if any political opponents want to challenge me, then they can wait for 2022.”

Parkop had been behind the Walk for Life programme in 2014 to promote healthy living among city residents. It involved organised walks in the city on weekends. The National Capital District Commission later contracted the company in question to provide yoga training as part of the programme.

He said if Kramer had cared to, “he will find out that we went through a due process to award the contract”.

“I was a co-founder of this Walk For Life programme in 2014. I paid for the cost out of my pocket money, paying all the volunteers, drivers, and the programme got too big. The cost went too high.

“That’s when I went to the National Capital District Commission to use funds from my Provincial Service Improvement Programme. And we started humbly with K300,000. So I have declared my interest.”
He said the contract with the company was approved by the NCDC board and managed by the NCDC.

“Everything is on file. There is acquittal, monthly acquittal both in terms of how the money is spent and also the outcomes of the programme,” he said.

He said the company had paid for its own certification with the Investment Promotion Authority. He urged Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori to verify that with the authority.

“If you go to IPA, you will find that we (NCDC) did not pay for that certification. How can we pay for that certification? We would be stupid to use public funds to pay for a private (company) certification,” he said.

He also defended the healthy living programme he started.

“I have nothing to hide, I’m ready to answer questions. This programme is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and is shared with seven other cities in the world.

“It’s based on a model that was devised in Liverpool city in England. Liverpool used this model to address problems of crime and violence. And we are using this programme to change the negative mindset of the city’s residents.”

Source: The National PNG

NCD Governor: Walk for Life Benefits Communities

NCD Governor Powes Parkop has done a remarkable job in spreading the popularity of the health-conscious concept of the communal Walk For Life in Kimbe West New Britain.

The once a week early morning walk held in Port Moresby under his guidance sees hundreds of people including mothers, children, women, girls, fathers, and many others of all ages come together an interact while taking the Freeway from the Jack Pidik Park to Konedobu.

This is in recognition of the all too important reason of ensuring there is a reasonable level of fitness in everyone so that they can manage themselves better.

For too long people have been dictated to by the lifestyle they adopt when they come to the city and literally forget that they have a very important obligation to themselves to keep fit.

Because with keeping fit, it allows the individual to also maintain a healthy lifestyle and improved mentality.

The Port Moresby experience also has other side benefits in that it increases the level of interaction between city residents and creates new friendships and better, it consolidates current connections.

Obesity for many is a problem in the city and those that find themselves heading in that direction have actually benefited by taking part in the weekly Sunday Walk For Life in Port Moresby.

What it has done for many is given them a new direction in being conscious about their health, improvement in their diets raised their level of physical fitness.

The benefits of physical fitness are numerous and include better health, greater strength, more flexibility, increased energy, improved appearance, and a more positive attitude and mood.

Regular exercise can lead to both immediate and long-term benefits.
Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality from many chronic diseases.

The benefits of fitness far outweigh the inconveniences of regular exercise and are health related including cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance and muscle strength.

Physical fitness is considered a measure of the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypo kinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.

And since Kimbe has adopted the Walk For Life concept, it is not a bad idea for leaders in other main centres to do likewise.

It is a chance to rally mostly workers that live in towns to help improve their health and physical conditions in order to improve lifestyles.

The benefit of the physical fitness is endless and as such this communal activity is a good start.

Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/

Port Moresby Governor defends “Walk 4 Life” program after attacks

The governor of PNG’s capital district, Powes Parkop, is defending his ‘Walk 4 Life’ initiative and maintains it is a safe event, despite several violent attacks yesterday.

Local media and regular citizens posting on Facebook are reporting numerous incidents where drivers had items stolen and their cars stoned by people taking part in the early morning walk across Port Moresby.

Hundreds of people, many from the city’s settlement areas, take part in the walk each Sunday, which Governor Parkop first started several years ago in an attempt to encourage city residents to be more physically active.

He’s condemned the weekend’s violence but admits that they were slow to put adequate security in place.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/

Port Moresby Governor defends “Walk 4 Life” program after attacks


The governor of PNG’s capital district, Powes Parkop, is defending his ‘Walk 4 Life’ initiative and maintains it is a safe event, despite several violent attacks yesterday.

Local media and regular citizens posting on Facebook are reporting numerous incidents where drivers had items stolen and their cars stoned by people taking part in the early morning walk across Port Moresby.

Hundreds of people, many from the city’s settlement areas, take part in the walk each Sunday, which Governor Parkop first started several years ago in an attempt to encourage city residents to be more physically active.

He’s condemned the weekend’s violence but admits that they were slow to put adequate security in place.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/

Parkop launches Walk for Life in Goroka

The National,   By ZACHERY PER

NATIONAL Capital Governor Powes Parkop launched the ‘Walk For Life’ programme in Goroka on Friday for the people of Eastern Highlands.

“My goal is to inspire future generations to be much healthier and make our country much better than what it is today,” Parkop told people who gathered for the event.

He said the programme aimed at promoting healthy living that would prolong life.

Eastern Highlands Walk for Life branch will be based in Kabiufa village, 8km from Goroka town.

Parkop presented K20,000 to Eastern Highlands Family Voice and K40,000 to the people of Kofena in upper Asaro to fulfil a commitment he made in 2008.

He said there was fierce tribal fighting in the past in Kofena where many people were killed. Many of the tribesmen fled to Port Moresby and voted for him to become NCD Governor.

Parkop initiated a “walk for peace” on Saturday morning from Kofena to Asaro government station. He then initiated another walk yesterday morning from Kabiufa Seventh-day Adventist Secondary School to Goroka town.

Governors Walk for Life

That was the word from NCD Governor this morning to more than 200 people who participated in the Governors Walk for Life which started at the Unagi Field in Gordons and ended at the Ela Beach Amphi theater.
Governor Powes Parkop encouraged the citizens to be concerned about their health and taking part in such activity to keep fit is important as we are all responsible for our own health.
On the 31st January 2016 they will dedicate their walk for Cervical Cancer and Breast cancer that kills most of our women population in the country.
The crowd went through some warm down exercises led by Ypgabatics Youth for Change Group.
The Yogabatics then put on some sizzling performance which got the crowd hyped-up and everyone enjoyed themselves this morning.
PNGFM /ONE PNG