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The Melanesian Institute (MI) is an ecumenical research, teaching and publishing institute. It is designed to help churches, government and other organisations speak more clearly to the needs of the people in Melanesia. Melanesian Institute staff have experience of living in Melanesia as well as qualifications in areas like anthropology, sociology and theology. MI's research focuses on topics of pastoral and social concern to people in Melanesia.

The staff offer their services in three main ways: through Teaching, Research and Publications. Staff members are available for seminars, in-service courses and orientation courses, both for church groups and others concerned with the needs and aspirations of Melanesian peoples. The results of the research are communicated through courses and seminars, and are made available in a variety of publications including Catalyst, Point, Occasional Papers and Melanesian Mission Studies.

Mission Statement: The Melanesian Institute (MI) is an ecumenical research, teaching and publishing body in Papua New Guinea that:

  • is mandated to focus on pastoral and socio-cultural issues,
  • engages in ongoing dialogue between Christian values and Melanesian cultures,
  • promotes peace and reconciliation; dignity and respect; and social, economic and ecological justice.

Melanesian Institute's location map and Organisational Chart.

FOCUS 2014

Every year, the Melanesian Institute dedicates its work to specific focus areas. This means that every staff member work towards achieving the common goal set for certain activities. This year our focus is on:

  1. Point No. 38 (Will be published in September 2014)focus 2014
  2. Catalyst Vol. 44.1 & 44.2
  3. Disability Research
  4. Melanesian Mission Studies
  5. 2013 Recent Publication: Point No. 37

Our Recent Publication



Papua New Guinea holds national elections every five years. The 2012 National Election was the eighth since Independence in 1975, and the second conducted under the Limited Preferential Voting system. Over the years, Papua New Guinea has acquired a reputation for high levels of interest and participation in elections, but also a reputation for questionable election practices and election-related trouble.

The title of this issue of Point, The Politics of Give and Take reflects our view that the way Papua New Guineans appoint their leaders, and the way those leaders conduct themselves is still strongly influenced by the traditional “culture of reciprocity” and by very local interests.

Inside this issue of Point, members of the Melanesian Institute Research Team give eyewitness accounts of the 2012 elections in five diverse electorates. It also contains a 2012 Election Audit report from a conference organised by the Commission for Social Concerns of the Catholic Bishops Conference and the Bishops of the PNG Highlands. The Election Audit evaluates the 2012 poll in the Highlands Region and makes recommendations for future elections. Read more.........


Catalyst 43.1

cat41.1This issue was published in 2013. The topics include; Australia: an insider’s view from the outside, Understanding the dynamics of Indigenous knowledge through western education in PNG, The Catholic Church HIV/AIDS Ministry in PNG: The National Catholic AIDS Office (NCAO) Strategic Plan 2011 – 2016, Communication Gap: Danger for Landowners, Government, and Investors, Outgoing Moderator Rev. Sir Samson Lowa’s Report to the 23rd General Assembly meeting of the United Church of Papua New Guinea, Report on the 2nd PNG Tokples Scipture Conference at Ukarumpa, The Melanesian Institute as a model for ecumenical coorperation in Papua New Guinea and Visit to the Islamic Centre of Port Moresby. Read more........

Melanesian Mission Studies No.5

This is a timelyMelanesian Mission Studies No.5
book, as accusations of sorcery and witchcraft, which result in witch hunts, trials and brutal killings, appear to be occurring with increasing egularity throughout PNG. The aim of the research, which has resulted in this first volume, was to find out the situation in regard to the belief in and the .......... .. Read more..........

Occasional Paper No. 14Occasional Paper No. 14

This handbook is the English version of a two-piece dis-semination from a five year research project into sorcery and witchcraft in PNG carried out by the Melanesian Institute from 2003 to 2007. This book attempts to bringt to light the increasing problems associated with......Read more....There is also a Tok Pisin version to it.