Human Rights & Human Security Journalism, Advocacy and Media, Training and Consultancy for Melanesia

About Manukoreri.Net


Greetings!  My name is Nick Chesterfield.  Welcome to this site to showcase my work and services.  This site is currently undergoing an upgrade to bring it in line with the services and experience I offer in 2019.

I am a human rights and investigative journalist, digital journalism safety trainer and OpSec consultant, and co-founding Editor and of the clandestine witness journalism project WestPapuaMedia.  Over the last 20-odd years of field work, I have provided support, capacity building, fixing and training to indigenous journalists, environmental and human rights defenders across Indonesia, Timor, Melanesia and Aboriginal Australia, specifically focusing on the provision of credible information collection, citizen media safety, and civil resistance journalism.

My OpSec work specifically focuses on the experience gained in training frontline witness journalists across the world as part of (one of several side projects I work on) the eyeSafeMoJo – The Safe Witness (Mobile) Journalism Project and in formulating the groundbreaking Project FiveARM Secure Crisis Journalism Reporting Tools

I am currently engaged in producing an Operational Security Guide for Witness Journalists, based also on several consultancies I have been doing for a variety of corporate and cryptocurrency clients.

I have also worked am a journalist, grassroots security analyst and citizen media activist and trainer, focusing on amplifying and educating on the inalienable 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, OpSec Consultancy, Field Investigations, Citizen Media & Civil Resistance training, and Strategic Planning and Advocacy across Melanesia, Australia & the Pacific. is here to showcase some of my past and present work in the region; connect people with some of the worthy crew I work with; and for regular updates on issues I am involved in. It is also to allow me to demonstrate some of my experience and skills that may be attractive for your organisation or network on a reasonable consultancy basis. (more in the “What I can do for your Organisation” page).

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. Whilst it is not from my own mixed indigenous blood heritage, Manu comes from a highly honoured name given to me in ceremony by Law Elders now passed 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 artwork at top of the page shows this 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.


I am of mixed indigenous and decolonised colonist heritage, and I am currently based in Meanjin (Brisbane) in geographic Australia, on Yuggera land.

10 responses

  1. Susan Chalcroft

    Hi Nick,great to see your new site. I am currently working on Adelaide Stop The Intervention Group ASTIG and A massive controversy has broken here over andrew forrester stacking a Fortescue Metals Group and trying to cheat the Yindjibarndi people out of almost their entire CountryCheck out the one generation site. Thank you for your sites on the Free West Papua Movement. best of luck to you all xo

    April 12, 2011 at 01:27

  2. Bonny Kaiyo

    Hi Nick! Some of us are thoroughly inspired by your exploits to enable Melanesians to lift the bar and prove certain past observations and assumptions wrong. JFK said Papuans and therefore Melanesians were ‘rock – apes not capable of coming to terms with science and technology’. Not what Melanesia can do for you but what you can do for Melanesia. Your logo for is a signature image – maker for the Pacific. Our ancestors are shifting in their graves in total approval. Cheers!

    April 12, 2011 at 10:03

    • Thanks for those kind words. I just do what is right, because it is the right thing to do.

      May 3, 2011 at 16:19

  3. Hi Nick, Congratulations on the revamped website. Adam

    April 13, 2011 at 13:19

  4. Tracey Mcdonald

    Hello Mr. Chesterfield,

    I am an anthropology student in Tacoma, Washington, and I have just recently heard about the situation in West Papua for the first time. What I have read has haunted me so badly, I have been furiously researching and trying to figure out what I can do to help spread awareness in my community.

    If you ever have any spare time, I would love to do an online interview with you. My goal is to make as many contacts as possible who can provide reliable information and constructive input. I have found that a lot of information on the internet is inaccurate or disturbingly biased. Or, for that matter, hacked into and not even available anymore.

    Please feel free to contact me via email at any time. I greatly look forward to hearing from you and I hope we can set up an interview.

    Thank you so much for your time.

    Tracey McDonald

    May 5, 2011 at 20:59

  5. Ian newton

    Good Afternoon Nick.
    My name is Ian newton. I am one of the producer/presenters for RadioAdelaide 101.5fm weekly barometer program (tuesday nights 6 -7 cst), focussing on the environment and social justice issues. I would like to interview you, preferebly for tomorrow nights show. we could do a live phone in if that suits. I was seeking to give the listers a better understanding of the current situation in west papua. If you are unable to do tomorrow night then we may be able to organise a pre-record (around the middle of the day) or schedule you in for a future show.
    I look forward to hearing from you
    Ian newton
    0457 065 705
    8379 9360

    May 30, 2011 at 16:12

  6. Like it.


    July 31, 2011 at 20:25

  7. anonymous

    Dear Nick.
    Please send to me your details of translator requirement of Bahasa Indonesia.

    March 22, 2012 at 13:09

  8. james

    hi Nick, you are doing a real great job. In fact, you are speaking out and showing the entire world on behalf of the silent and disadvantage majority that there are some human beings in this world that needs assistance and freedom to live a normal life just like anyone else. “IF YOU CANNOT DO IT THEN WHO ELSE WILL DO IT”….NO ONE WILL HAVE THE GUTS TO DO IT… I just want to say thankyou….Jaymo (Papua New Guinea)

    March 31, 2013 at 15:48

  9. james

    hi Nick, am very interested in your work after reading thru. I have always wanted to work in an organisation like yours to help humanity in many different ways. am from Papua New Guinea in Australia now. my contact number is 0429803008. I will be more than happy to provide you with any kind of information should you need it.

    Keep up the great work buddy….

    March 31, 2013 at 15:57

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