Greetings! My name is Nick Chesterfield. I am a journalist, grassroots security analyst and citizen media activist and trainer who stands up for the rights of Indigenous Peoples across the Asia-Pacific Region, specifically focusing on Melanesian issues.
Some of my services include Independent investigative Human Rights & Human Security Journalism, Consultancy, Field Investigations, Citizen Media & Civil Resistance training, Strategic Planning and Advocacy across Melanesia, Australia & the Pacific
If you need to know anything at all about me in the public domain, please just google me, and you should get a rough idea of what I get up to.
So what is Manukoreri?
Manukoreri is an amalgam name that symbolises the connection of my heritage and way of life to the struggle for indigenous liberation and respect, especially in the Melanesian region. Manu comes from a highly honoured name given to me in ceremony by Elders of the Guugu-Yalanji Baama of the jungle of Far North “Queensland”. The full name – Bubumanu – means “the neck of the land”. As in messenger, the pathway of nourishment and conduit between head and heart. It is a name I wear with pride.
Koreri, of course, is a Biak name for the law belonging to the Morning Star. The Morning Star is the most sacred symbol for all Melanesians, one that unites us all in a common identity, our ancestors. It is a story that unites our Land as it was before the waters rose only 8000 years ago, a very sacred story. It tells the stories of our songlines and helps us navigate. It guides our messengers and our travellers. It allowed our fishermen to come home from hundreds of kilometres out to sea. It enabled our ancestors to populate the ocean of peace – The Pacific.
The Manukoreri logo shows the connection clearly. It is of our land before the waters separated us, and shows the key sacred dreaming of our one land. One People, One Land, One Soul.
Manukoreri is about bringing that all back together, to enjoy peace and prosperity with sustainability and respect for the Land from which we come.
“….Nick Chesterfield, among the most energetic activists for the West Papua cause and a regular commentator on Papua in Australia’s mainstream media.”
September 2006, Rodd McGibbon, Deputy Director, Office of National Assessments