Tiki Igah and Family
Tiki’s connection to the company stretches back over 60 years when his uncle, Kimbu Alungbam, started employment with Bulolo Gold Dredging Limited in 1950. Kimbu worked as a crewmember on the MV Mubo, a ship transporting Sepiks to Bulolo to work in the Pine Plantations, until he left to work at the Plymill in 1960.
Tiki moved to Bulolo to live with his uncle in 1967, to attend the Hompiri Primary School at the age of 12. He completed his education in 1979 and returned to Bulolo to work in the company with his Uncle Kimbu.
Kimbu retired in 1983 after 23 years with the company. Tiki left to attend UNITECH and after graduating, Tiki rejoined PNGFP in 1997 and now holds the position of Community Affairs Manager. Tiki has worked for the company for over 33 years, the last 22 years continuously.
However, the legacy of Kimbu Alungbam doesn’t end there. Tiki’s wife, Joan Igah was with the company for 38 years, retiring as the PA to the General Manager in 2018; their son (and Kimbu’s grandson), Jack Igah joined PNGFP in 2014 and is PNGFP’s Senior Purchasing Office; and their daughter Sue, (Kimbu’s granddaughter), is now working with PNGFP as an IT technician.
Patrick’s father, machine operator Peter Atau, worked for the company for an impressive 50 years, before retiring in the year 2000. Like so many others, Patrick followed in his father’s footsteps in 1980, joining the company as a mechanic in PNGFP’s Lae Division. Patrick left in 1985 to explore other opportunities but returned to the company in 1989 and is still with PNGFP today, working as a Tradesman Mechanic, with over 30 years of service under his belt.
Naku Bayu followed his uncle into the company in 1974 and is still with us today, some 45 years on, working in the Plymill QA Division. His uncle, Sua Tara, started as a carpenter with Bulolo Gold Dredging Ltd, retiring in 1998 after 48 years of service to the company.
Naku’s son and daughter have also worked for PNGFP.
Lawrence Tupui’s roots in the company are strong indeed, with his great grandfather, Yabo Dangi having started with Bulolo Gold Dredging way back in 1942, as their Supervisor Storeman at the compound store.
Yabo’s son and Lawrence’s father, Tupui Saun, joined in 1954 and worked as a Farm Hand, retiring in 1985 after 31 years.
Lawrence started with us an apprentice boilermaker in 1977, has worked in our machine-shop for many years and is now running our rock-crushing plant . 42 years with the company and is still going strong.