A fundraising dinner to raise money towards the conservation of the countries iconic Goldie’s Bird of Paradise took place in Port Moresby last Friday.
Held at Gateway Hotel, the event was arranged by the Tourism Promotion Authority, among other partners, to support both the Goldie’s Bird of Paradise conservation efforts and the new Esa’ala Creative Festival that is planned to be taking place on October 24-27.
The event’s organisers were thrilled with the turnout with a few Ministers and MPs joining in the evening’s festivities.
Among these were Jiwaka Governor Dr William Tongamp, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi, Attorney General and MP for Esa’ala Davis Steven, Minister for Tourism Emil Tammur, Minister for Inter-Government Relations Kevin Isifu, Member for Talesea Francis Maneke and a representative for the Governor of Enga Sir Peter Ipatas. Also at the event were representatives from Telikom, the Civil Aviation Authority, National Airports Corporation, Justice and Attorney-General’s Office and Puma Energy.
Speaking during the event, The MP for Esa’ala spoke passionately about the Goldie’s Bird of Paradise, bringing out the fact that the bird was our national icon that remains endemic to PNG.
“Esa’ala is one of the few places in PNG where you can find the Goldie’s Bird of Paradise, and that is why we are coming up with new and innovative ways to share these birds with the world while keeping them in Esa’ala through modern technology and multimedia,” said Mr Steven.
He said the Esa’ala Creative Festival was being organised as a lead up event to the popular Kenu and Kundu Festival which starts on November 2, adding that it would be a culturally enriching experience that is unique to Esa’ala.