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  • [War Cry]

  • 3, 2, 1

  • [traditional PNG war dance]

  • These kids are celebrating the culture of their country, Papua New Guinea.

  • There's arts and craft, traditional outfits, a coconut cracking competition, and even a

  • coconut race! It's all their way of celebrating an important moment in their country's history.

  • Hi I'm Isobel, Hi I'm Jemimah, and I'm Mason, we're all grade 6 students from the Ela Murray

  • International School in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

  • We're celebrating the independence of Papua New Guinea, which took place 40 years ago.

  • It's all about when PNG gained their independence, and when they took the Australian flag down

  • and put the PNG flag back up.

  • Independence Day here celebrates the moment more than 700 tribes of Papuans united to

  • form a single independent country, Papua New Guinea.

  • Before then, this beautiful region had been controlled by many nations, including Australia!

  • After these islands were discovered by Europeans, Britain and Germany set up colonies there.

  • They were called German New Guinea and the Territory of Papua, which ended up being controlled

  • by Australia. During the First World War Australia also seized German New Guinea, renaming it

  • the Territory of New Guinea. After the war ended Australia set up plantations and gold mines.

  • But big parts of the region stayed the same because the thick tropical jungle and high

  • mountains made it hard to get around. In the Second World War those thick forests became

  • an important battleground in the Pacific.

  • The Japanese invaded the island. But the thick, hot, wet jungle here on the Kokoda trail made

  • it hard for them. So it was there that the Australians, Americans and local Papuans helped

  • push the invaders back. It was one of the most important victories in the war in the

  • Pacific and the Papuans that took part are still remembered for saving many Australian lives.

  • After the Second World War Australia remained in charge of the area. But in the early 1970s

  • the territories of Papua and New Guinea combined, held elections and then in 1975 became an

  • official independent country: Papua New Guinea. Since then PNG has grown and changed a lot.

  • If PNG wasn't independent we wouldn't have different cultures and we wouldn't be celebrating

  • things every single year.

  • [Carl] They still embrace the traditional way of life in the region. But PNG has also kept

  • a close relationship with countries like Australia. In fact these guys say there aren't that many

  • differences between the two nations!

  • [BTN Intro Music]

  • At this school they even watch BtN!

  • Were officially BTN’s biggest overseas fans. Each and every Friday we watch BTN rain,

  • hail or shine - and we just love it.

  • After each episode of BTN we play quiz masters where we post BTN questions to our class mates

  • and teachers - here’s an example right now.

  • Hi BTN fan’s, I’m Kenneth with your quiz fact of the weeeeek. FACT, did you Aussie

  • kids know that PNG has 800 spoken languages? EIGHT HUNDRED!? That’s a lot of dictionaries

  • my green and gold friends.

  • Think what I like most about BTN is how we learn about world news

  • in a really really fun way.

  • And I’m really like the sport because I live and breath sports.

  • But the best thing about BTN is how they always make the news interesting and fun.

  • I just want my big head on television!

  • We love our island home of PNG, but it's great to find out news from our neighbour country

  • Australia, and the issues that shape our world.

  • [Carl] They say they're excited to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of PNG's independence

  • and they hope Australians will celebrate with them!

  • So if you ever pop into Port Moresby, make sure you pop into TEMIS as well and say hello!

  • Bye bye!

[War Cry]

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    minipa posted on 2016/03/18
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