Topic: Native Affairs

Native Affairs: Summer Series - West Papua Part 1

While this country has debated whether or not it should change its flag, spare a thought for those who have a real problem with theirs.

In the Indonesian province of West Papua, indigenous Papuans have been arrested and even killed for raising their flag, the Morning Star a symbol of independence. 

The province is tainted by allegations of Wide Spread Human Right's Abuses, and at the Pacific Islands forum last year, some Leaders called for a fact finding mission to West Papua. 

This was not supported by New Zealand or Australia.   

However Native Affairs producer and cameraman Adrian Stevanon along with journalist Karen Abplanalp travelled to West Papua to speak to the indigenous people about their lives.

It's the first time in 50 years a New Zealand television crew has been allowed into the province.  Here is part one of their special report. A warning some of the images in this story you may find disturbing.