FIRST Union organisation and West Papua Action Auckland have opened the West Papua Desk in the Onehunga area of Auckland New Zealand, with an agreement to co-manage the ‘West Papua Desk’ program. The organising committee include Catherine Delahunty, Marama Davidson MP, Golriz Ghahraman MP, Oceania Interrupted, Run it straight, Marie Leadbeater, and other supporting MPs. The role of the desk is to co-ordinate all New Zealand groups, and to work on policy and lobbying the government.
Moved by the generosity of the support from West Papua’s Pacific neighbors. Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda said “This historical and kind gesture is an empowering gift from the people of Aotearoa to West Papua. We accept your offering with deep gratitude, and give our everlasting friendship in return. We thank you for seeing West Papua’s battle for freedom and extending a hand to us during our time of need. The journey is sometimes dark and weary, but a ray of hope from our Pacific family can light the way on this long road. June 11th 2018 is now a great day to remember on this path to freedom. We will write it down in history as a day of friendship between neighbours.”