Paulias Matane

Paulias Nguna Matane (1931- ),┬ápublic servant and writer. Matane was born at Viviran, East New Britain (ENB) District. After teacher training at Sogeri School in 1956 he became an assistant teacher and from 1958-61 headmaster of Tauran primary school in ENB. From 1962-66 he was an Inspector with the Department of Education and from 1969-70 a member of the Public Service Schools’ Board. From 1969-70 Matane was Secretary of the Department of Business Development and from 1975-80 PNG Ambassador to the USA, Mexico and the United Nations and High Commissioner to Canada. He was Secretary to the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1980-85. In 1972 he was a member of the Australian College of Education and the Advisory Council of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Matane has represented PNG at meetings and conferences in Australia, Asia and Africa. He was knighted and awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Papua New Guinea in 1986. His publications include My Childhood in New Guinea and Aimbe the Pastor.

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