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Sogeri - Varirata National Park and surrounding areas !

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Sogeri, for many years, has been a means of escaping from the sweltering heat and scorched landscape of Port Moresby.

While Moresby is dry as a bone for over six months of the year, Sogeri, invariably, is moist and green and its mountain air cooler.


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The mountains, foothills, forests, savannah woodland, rivers and streams have long captured the imagination of many.

It goes without saying that when one goes to Sogeri, one returns to the city very much relaxed, and reinvigorated.

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Having just recently moved to Moresby, after four wonderful years in Goroka and the Highlands, has been like being placed on a burner.

The capital’s arid hills are a far cry from a place like Goroka with its evergreen rolling hills, shrubbery, flowers, and cool mountain air.

Sogeri is a chance for residents of Moresby – recently disparaged (rather unfairly) by the Economist Intelligence Unit at the “world’s worst city”- to get away from the stresses of the capital.

It is quite ironic that, 30 minutes drive from Moresby, can be found one of the many jewels in PNG’s crowd.

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Beatrice Grimshaw, the Irish writer, traveler and close friend of Sir Hubert Murray, the Lieutenant – Governor, had a cottage built for herself overlooking the falls at Rouna, where, amongst other things, she might enjoy the “excellent health” that she had observed in the other white residents of the district

It was Grimshaw, in fact, who described Sogeri as “one of the most beautiful places in the world”- a view that any former national high school staff or student will subscribe to.

Some of the most – colorful characters in the history of PNG have at one time or another set foot on Sogeri.

A local businessman, Ken Fairweather, is into hydroponics gardening at Sogeri, something that PNG could look at with a burgeoning population and reluctant landowners all over the country.

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Since coming to Moresby in June, I’ve been to Sogeri two times, one for the Sunday market and the other last Saturday (August 26) for the Koiari United Church Show.

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The United Church Koiari Circuit held its women’s fellowship, youth, and Sunday School Show at Sogeri last Saturday.

With all this talk about development of the informal sector, I was surprised that none of the bigwigs from Moresby were there.

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There were displays of arts and crafts, clothing, vegetables, and various food items including the famed Koiari magani (wallaby) and king – sized prawns from the nearby streams steamed in bamboo.

The highlight of the day was a variety and cultural show.

Show co – ordinator, Reverend Kora Taboro, said the three groups had their own separate shows in the past but this had been changed this year.

He said the purpose of the show was to promote friendship, spread the Gospel, as well as raise funds for the circuit.

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Representatives from six Koiari villages – Anahadabu, Boredabu, Ogotana, Kailaki, Karakadabu, and Mesine – took part in the show.

People from the Sogeri area and Port Moresby attended the show.

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Among the visitors was a group of former Australian soldiers who were in the area to build a classroom at Vesulogo.

Their visit surely proved that the spirit of Kokoda is alive and well after 60 years.

The soldiers, former members of the 8th Royal Australian Regiment who served in Vietnam, were in the Sogeri area last week to build a new classroom at Vesulogo.

They flew in last Wednesday on a Royal Australian Air Force plane and left on Sunday.

Spokesman, Bob Long, said the group came here once every year to work on projects sponsored by the Kokoda Memorial Foundation.

Past projects include work on the Kokoda War Memorial, water supply, and many others, as a token of appreciation for the contribution of PNG’s “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” during World War 11.

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They have also donated several items to the community in and around the Kokoda Trail.

“It’s been a short trip but we’ve done a lot,”Mr Long said.

“The RAAF donated their time and effort to fly us here and do our job, and fly us back.

“We’re Australians proud of the Kokoda Trail and proud of the Fuzzy Wuzzies.”

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