Dadi Toka Jnr

New era for Motu-Koita

He said this during the swearing in of the MKA Assembly members at Hanuabada on Friday.

The ceremony was attended by NCD Governor, Powes Parko, Moresby South MP, Minister for Lands and APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, Police Minister, Jelta Wong, and Motu Koita Villagers.

It was a huge turnout as locals witnessed a change of guard from the last 10 years.

Dadi Toka Jnr said the result of the MKA Election was a solid confirmation of the need for change, with only three members form the previous 17 returning.

Angry villagers close off NCD road

The roadblock begins in front of the Sabama market all the way to Mahuru.

The road was closed after an eviction notice had been served on a local woman living at the junction of Sabama-Pari intersection, to vacate her premises to allow for the road development to continue through.

There are also fears that the rest of the homes within the sphere of the road development may be removed, forcing locals to close the road until a proper explanation.

Dadi Toka Jnr is MKA Chairman-elect

He was declared today after surpassing the absolute majority by more than 390 votes.

The MKA chairman-elect says they have already hit the ground running.

At around 1:30pm a convoy of supporters rallied into the Sir John Guise Stadium led by Chairman-elect Dadi Toka Jnr to be declared.

It was a landslide victory for Dadi Toka Jnr, who was 3,240 votes clear of runner-up, Beatrice Mahuru.

Former Chairman, Miria Ikupu, polled 2,456 votes, 3,756 votes less than Dadi Toka Jnr.

Sir Michael backs Toka Jnr

Sir Michael was among family members and supporters who escorted Toka Jr to nominate as a candidate for the Chairman’s Seat at the PNG Electoral Commission office on Friday, 31st August.   

Team Toka had a successful campaign launch at Hanuabada Village on Saturday, 1st September, where over 5,000 people from all Motu Koita Villages attended.

The Motu Koita Assembly Act was endorsed in 2007 by the Somare Government. 

Landowners pay for candidates’ fees

They paid for the current Member for Kirakira Seat, Arutu Bake, and new candidate for the Motu Koita Assembly Chairman’s Seat, Dadi Toka Jnr.

The villagers conducted a wheelbarrow push at Kirakira to raise the funds themselves.

An overwhelmed Dadi Toka said: “The gesture of other villages mobilising to pay for candidates from another village is rare in the Motu Koita Assembly elections. However, this is a true display of an emerging and united Motu Koita.”

Over K900, 000 raised for HB Fire Appeal

Co-chair of the Hanuabada Village Fire Appeal, Dadi Toka Jr said he is pushing to have most of the houses ready before Christmas.

“Work has started. A couple of the houses have started putting in the timber that goes into the mud to set up the foundations of the houses that will go over water.

He added the money raised will cover the houses that were razed to the ground plus those that were partly damaged from the fire.

First and foremost: Behavioural change

This is about healthy lifestyle choices and begins way before being diagnosed with cancer.

It is primary prevention.

Toka Jnr said the curative aspect of cancer (treating cancer) is expensive; not just in PNG but in the world.

“We only have one cancer unit in the country that does radiotherapy. There are other hospitals also that do chemo and surgical which we’re very fortunate. But once again, the options are very limited and this is where prevention is very important,” he said.

Successful cancer foundation lunch

The lunch, formerly brunch, is a big fundraiser for the foundation that is held annually.

Proceeds go towards funding the foundation’s work in addressing cancer, in particular women's cancer in PNG.

The event, held at the Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby yesterday, sold over 20 tables at K3,500.

“We’re very humbled by that because I understand how difficult things are especially at the financial end, not just with individuals and families but also the corporate sector,” said the CEO, Dadi Toka Jnr.

Cancer Foundation launches Pink Ribbon lunch

In a statement, the PNGCF says it will focus on creating awareness on cancers that affect women in PNG through the Pinktober- Womens Cancer Awareness Month campaign.

This will run through the month of October.

PNGCF CEO, Dadi Toka Jnr in his remarks during the launch, thanked sponsors for the launch of the Pink Ribbon Lunch for 2017.

He said that with the current statistic from the PNG Institution of Medical Research stating that two women die every day from cervical cancer. This is a vital campaign.”

Half a million raised from HB appeal

The appeal needs K2m more in order to reach the set target of K2.5 million.

This amount is to go towards rebuilding the houses and setting the families up with basic water and power needs.

While there is no set time frame to reach this target amount, co-chair of the appeal committee, Dadi Toka Jnr, says the main goal is to move families back into their homes.

“But it’s not all about the money,” says Toka Jnr.

Many organisations have visited the village with donations in kind, including food, water, generator sets, and many more.