Albert Maori Kiki

Albert Maori Kiki (1931-1993), trade union leader, politician and writer. Kiki was born in Orokolo, Gulf District, and educated at the Orokolo London Missionary Society school from 1940 until 1945 and Sogeri High School in 1948. In 1949 he undertook a teacher training course and taught in 1950 and 1951. From 1952 to 1956 he studied at the Suva Medical College in Fiji and from 1956 to 1961 worked as a laboratory technician at Port Moresby General Hospital. In 1958 he initiated the Kerema Welfare Association and was its president from 1958 to 1960. In 1959 Kiki took a leading role in the formation of the Papua and New Guinea Workers’ Association. From 1961 to 1963 he was a welfare assistant with the Hahalis Welfare Society on Buka Island in North Solomons District. In 1965 he received a Laboratory Technician’s Diploma from the Administrative College in Port Moresby.

In 1967 Kiki became the first national secretary of the PANGU Pati and one of the radical activists who petitioned the Legislative Council for “home rule” by 1968. In 1972 he was a member of the Port Moresby Town Council and the Territory Education Board, president of the Miscellaneous Workers’ Union, secretary of the Building and Construction Industry Workers’ Union, and honorary Vice-President of the University Rugby Union Association. Kiki represented a Central District seat in the House of Assembly from 1972-77; was minister for Lands and Environment in 1972, Defence and Foreign Relations in 1973, Foreign Relations and Trade and Deputy Prime Minister in 1975. After leaving parliament he became a successful businessman. His Kiki: Ten Thousand Years in a Lifetime was the first autobiography by a PNGan. He was knighted in 1975.

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