This project just keeps throwing up hurdles. Ursula, who has previously invited me out to the Carterets, writes today to say this:
Dan, I am giving your request to travel to the Chairman of the Council of Elders (Andreas) as he is now here in Buka. He has asked the purpose of your trip, how your trip will benefit the Carterets relocation program and whom you will advocate your program to.
This office was set up by the chiefs and they wish to know why you’re coming after so many media people have come to the islands.
But, the more I think about it, the more I think it’s a fair question. Why am I going after other media have been there? And what will me going there actually do for them? I think both are bloody good questions for any journalist to ask and I’m going to throw this open while I also have a think about it myself. So, any comments or suggestions are welcome. The email is over there on your right.