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Peren and Paladin’s garden initiative continues to bloom

Peren and Paladin’s community garden initiative has blossomed on Manus Island, providing hands on agriculture experience to the community and teaching younger generations about the importance of sustainability and creating a greener, healthier future. At the start of the  initiative, Paladin’s community engagement team worked with a few schools and not-for-profits to plant herbs and vegetables in garden plots, but through word of mouth, this has now grown to include the wider community. Initially the participants faced a few challenges but with a lot of perseverance, hard work and determination, the project now boasts a dedicated shade house and number of garden plots. Participants visited the Peren Gardening Centre and have gained hands on gardening and agricultural experience including soil sterilisation, germination, transplanting [...]

May 16th, 2019|

Black Swan Staff Leading the Way on Security

Two staff members of Black Swan, part of the Paladin Group, have been lauded for their role in preventing a robbery at a Port Moresby hotel. Ezekiel Wakou and Valentine Yoki, security guards stationed at the location of the attempted robbery, were praised for their “quick response and courage” in a note sent through by the hotel’s general manager. They each also received a token of appreciation from the hotel management. Black Swan General Manager Brent Thomson commented, “Black Swan has set the benchmark in PNG when it comes to providing security services that our clients can rely on. Our staff are well trained to respond to issues quickly and efficiently. I commend Ezekiel and Valentine for preventing this incident and ensuring the [...]

May 15th, 2019|


We welcome the Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) decision to unreservedly retract false claims made against Paladin Director Craig Thrupp. Between 11 February and 19 February, the Australian Financial Review (AFR) ran a series of articles regarding Manus contractor Paladin and its director Craig Thrupp, which made a number of false assertions. In the retraction published today, the AFR said “On 11 February, the Australian Financial Review ran an article titled “Bad debts and failed contracts across Asia trail Manus contractor Paladin”, which asserted Mr Craig Thrupp was “associated” with High Risk Security, a company which had collapsed in 2010 owing creditors $170,000.  The AFR acknowledges Mr Thrupp was not a Director of High Risk Security, but High Risk Security (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd, [...]

May 10th, 2019|

Internal Promotions – Melynda Powaseu and Bobby Heni Become Directors

Paladin is delighted to announce that Managers Melynda Powesau and Bobby Heni have been appointed to Director roles in our organisation. Melynda takes on the title of Director of ECM, Pomwan Paladin and Paladin Solutions while Bobby becomes Director of ECM and Paladin Solutions. Melynda and Bobby have both been outstanding members of the team, and the appointments reflect our commitment to developing our staff and promoting from within. As part of their preparation to assume the directorships, Melynda and Bobby have completed a director development program conducted by the PNG Institute of Directors and received their certificates on 24 April 2019. We wish them the very best as they assume their new roles and we’re confident that they will continue to be [...]

May 1st, 2019|

Peren and Paladin Kick-off Recycling Project

Peren and Paladin have teamed up to lead a major recycling initiative on Manus Island. Led by Papuan Olympic boxer Hubert “Terminator” Tinge Meta, this project has seen teams conduct beach, lagoon and other clean-ups as well as raise public awareness of the harm of single-use plastics on the Manus environment. This initiative is part of Paladin’s commitment to protect and preserve the natural environment in the communities in which it operates. Earlier, Paladin began to make changes across its supply chain to reduce single-use materials and ensure the sanitary re-use of commonly used items. Peren and Paladin will continue to support the excellent work undertaken by the local community in recycling and waste management with a view to promoting Manus as a [...]

May 1st, 2019|

Michael Koupere Becomes Director of Black Swan

  Paladin is pleased to announce that Michael Koupere  has been appointed to the position of Director at our sister company Black Swan. Michael joined Paladin in January 2019 as Operations Manager following an extensive career in the PNG Defence Force and the private sector. Commenting on the new appointment, Paladin Director Ian Stewart said “We were delighted to recruit someone with Michael’s expertise to Paladin, where he has been supporting our work to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of our staff, the communities in which we operate and the people in our care. “I look forward to Michael utilising his experience and knowledge in his new role as Director of Black Swan.”

April 24th, 2019|