Farewell White Man by Ken Fairweather

Ken has travelled Papua New Guinea’s Highlands and her highways; knows her people and is fluent in Tok Pisin, the country’s most commonly used language.

His 40-year career has book-ended an era of passionate entrepreneurship, astounding development, and colourful politics, and of deals, always deals.

You know you’re in for gritty yarn when he starts with: “There’s a funny story about…”

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Ken Fairweather

Ken Fairweather CBE — farmer, trucker, politician and self-confessed larrikin – was born in Melbourne, Australia, and arrived in Papua New Guinea in 1970 in search of opportunity. As it turned out, he was just in time to witness the birth of his adopted nation, as she moved to self-governance in 1973, and then independence in 1975.

He has been an integral part of Papua New Guinea’s commercial heart since that momentous time and has also served as a Member of Parliament for Sumkar (Madang Province) from 2007 to 2017, and Minister for Housing and Urban Development from 2011 to 2017. Ken was recognised with a CBE in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to commerce and the community, including his role as Member of Parliament and Minister of State.

He has also been Chairman of Papua New Guinea’s Copra Marketing Board (now Kokonas Indastri Koperesen) and Deputy Chairman of the National Privatisation Committee (now Independent Public Business Corporation).

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You walk around with a hand grenade up your arse and just when things are going well – you pull out the pin. Papua New Guinea and I have this in common

Ken Fairweather

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