The Ranu Guri Kite Flyers of Konedobu


It’s one of those ironic things, that my mate Robert Weber spotted these kids flying homemade kites on the hills of Konedobu, just next door to the famous Australian High Commission Compound, ‘Fort Shit Scared’. On one side of the hill you have this fully fortified fortress for Australian public servants in Port Moresby, then just metres away on the very same hill, you have the care free kids of Ranu Guri Settlement  flying kites made of umbrella material, sticks and plastic.

So Robert and I decided that we had to climb up there and get shots of these kids. Pure bliss it was, just sitting up on the mountain, over looking Fairfax harbour, watching the buoyant kites in flight being swallowed by the sunset. Most of the kids mulled around Robert and his camera work but the dedicated few simply focused on the job of being a genuine Ranu Guri Kite Flyer.


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3 thoughts on “The Ranu Guri Kite Flyers of Konedobu

  1. I would have to agree with Bernard on his comments. True fun is not being glued to the television set of the screens of the mobiles phones and iPad. It’s running wild with the wind…

    1. Great post! There are few things as obscene as that building and the attitudes it represents. If you want to find disconnected, alienated, ignorant and scared, that’s the place. What a contrast with the kite flyers.

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