Bougainville is a small island nestled between the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Between 1989 and 1998, Bougainville and the Buka Islands were locked in civil conflict with the government of PNG.

Oxfam began working in Bougainville in 1998 with a series of income-generating projects that have been helping to repair the damage caused by the conflict.

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Pacific nations join forces to tackle international arms trade

March 1, 2012

Ending the deadly impact of the illicit trade in firearms and reducing the threat of armed conflict in the Pacific will be the focus of talks in Brisbane this week. Those attending the talks will also develop a regional position to take to negotiations at the United Nations in July for the world’s first truly global, legally binding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The treaty will seek to establish common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms.

Oxfam urges Pacific leaders to achieve a strong arms trade treaty

September 16, 2011

Oxfam welcomes the strong commitment to regional cooperation in negotiating an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) made at the Pacific Islands Forum held in Auckland last week. Pacific governments should follow through on these commitments by actively working together to develop a common position ahead of the ATT negotiating conference next July.

Initial reports suggest limited tsunami damage to Pacific island nations

March 12, 2011

In the aftermath of the massive earthquake off the coast of Japan, international aid agency Oxfam continues to closely monitor the situation and is beginning to respond where appropriate. Initial reports from several Pacific countries suggest tsunami damage has been limited and alerts are gradually being lifted.

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PNG: Great expectations

June 20, 2013

Set against the backdrop of Bougainville's bitter civil war in the early 1990s, Mr Pip is a new film released in NZ on 3 October.

VIP loos

December 1, 2011

Enoch and his family survived the bitter nine year Bougainville civil war by fleeing into the hills. After the conflict, they returned to their village to find it completely destroyed. Enoch knew good sanitation would be as vital for keeping the village children alive as protecting them from soldiers.

Latest stories

March 31, 2011

In the sandy soil of coastal villages in Bougainville, standard pit latrines proved to be unworkable – the sides of the pit would just cave in. With Oxfam’s support, local water technician John Narivau and the residents of Sirovai village perfected an ingenious solution. As a result, they are in the process of building a toilet for each family and significantly reducing the risk of waterborne diseases, such as diarrhoea.

February 20, 2011

We'd like you to meet one woman making a huge difference to the lives of other women – our water engineer in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, Pauline Komolong.

July 26, 2009

The New Zealand city of Christchurch has made a massive commitment to Oxfam’s Water for Survival work by aiming to raise $60,000 for the Bougainville programme. This is a significant target and will make an invaluable difference in the provision of access to safe water for 15 rural villages in Bougainville.

Osi Tanata

  • Founding date: 1998. Launched as a local entity in 2004 
  • Headquarters: Arawa, Bougainville 

Osi Tanata was formed in 1998 as an Oxfam New Zealand project to help improve livelihoods for remote rural communities and helping revitalise civil society by providing advocacy, vocational skills training and implementing small development projects.