Long-time peace activist Vikki John looks back at the bloody history of mining in Bougainville and the new government's plan to take political control over the nation's destiny.
Bougainville independence movement
In a speech following his victory in the presidential election for the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Ishmael Toroama argued "the wind of change has blown"
Moses Havini, former leader of the Bougainville independence movement, died in Sydney on May 2 after a long battle with cancer. Vikki John from the Bougainville Freedom Movement said: “Moses inspired so many people and will be truly missed. The love, dignity and freedom for his people on Bougainville and their right to self-determination were at the forefront of Moses' life.