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.
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.