A New Zealander injured in an
attack on a group of trekkers in Papua New Guinea is
comfortable and on his way back to the country's
The man in his 50s, a resident of Australia, was among a
group of Australian trekkers and local porters who were
attacked at a remote village in the country's northern Morobe
Two PNG porters reportedly died when bandits attacked the
group at Banis-Donki, about 200km north of Port Moresby,
armed with knives and machetes.
PNG Trekking Adventures boss Mark Hitchcock, whose company
organised the trek, confirmed the New Zealand citizen was a
resident of Australia, aged in his 50s.
He would not go into further details about the man.
The New Zealander and the other trekkers, all men, were now
off the track and in transit to Port Moresby.
"Their injuries not life-threatening. They're comfortable and
they're good to travel."
Mr Hitchcock said the group was on the first day of a six-day
trek on on the Black Cat track when they came under attack.
The trekkers had established a camp for the night at the
village when they were attacked.
"They were held up and all their possessions were stolen."
Mr Hitchcock would not comment on the nature of the injuries
the men suffered, but said: "It was nothing major or life
He said his company had arranged for locals, medics and
security officials to meet the trekkers as they walked back
from the village.
"As soon as we heard of the incident and were able to have
phone contact with them, we mobilised assistance," he said.
"It was quite a remote location. It was three hours from when
we were first notified until our group met them on the track
... they met them over half way up to the village."
Mr Hitchcock said the incident was rare and local people were
"deeply shocked" by what had happened.
"It's an isolated incident. We've been residents in Papua New
Guinea for the 23 years, we've been running our trekking five
or 10 years and this is the first incident that we've had.
"It's a great tourist destination and it's just unfortunate."
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) spokesman said
the injured New Zealander was reported to be in a stable
condition and their next of kin has been informed of the
The New Zealand High Commission in Port Moresby would be
extending consular assistance to the New Zealander once they
arrived back in Port Moresby.
The Australian department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has
reported two PNG nationals were killed in the attack.
The 61km Black Cat track, which runs from the Wau area to
Salamaua in northern PNG, takes several days and is dotted
with wartime wrecks.
It is recommended only for very fit and experienced trekkers.
MFAT's current travel advice for PNG states there is some
risk due to violent crime and civil unrest, and advises