by Maire Leadbeater
Thirteen years ago New Zealand hosted peace talks for the parties to the conflict in Bougainville. Since these talks were instrumental in ending a horrific war it is understandable that New Zealand has gained a good reputation as a peace broker. Over the last decade many West Papuan leaders have urged New Zealand to take up the peacemaker mantle again. Now that the call for dialogue between West Papuan representatives and the Government of Indonesia is high on the agenda, it is time for a closer look at New Zealand’s role in helping to broker peace in Bougainville.