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August 2013




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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. Melanesian Mission Studies
  4. 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 44.1

This issue was published in 2014. The topics include; What makes men in HIV-positive relationships more or less likely to access HIV services? Iowara Refugee Camp: an update after 19 years, Bilum Bible Partnership Council Meeting 2014 Report and Last words on ritual killing? Read more........


Occasional Paper No. 15
This white paper is published to communicate the results of the symposium discussions in a manner that is useful to those who wish to conduct research in the area of disability in Papua New Guinea. It is designed to be a working document; one that stakeholders can use and change or add to as they address research questions and as new questions emerge.......Read more....