The Hiri Moale Festival celebrates a centuries-old traditional trade voyage of the Motu people of Central Province and ExxonMobil PNG continues to support the event this year with a contribution of K67,000 towards it. The company has supported the festival since 2014.
PNG LNG plant operations manager Alyssa Warner said ExxonMobil PNG worked closely with communities and local governments to preserve and manage cultural resources in PNG LNG project areas.
PNG LNG says it is also supporting a workshop on pottery making at Porebada Village to revive Hiri Motu pottery which was once used in the Hiri trade. "The workshop is seeking to pass down to the next generation the traditional skills to make clay pottery, an art that is slowly disappearing with the older generation," said PNG LNG, which also supports the Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival.