Despite being one of the most beautiful and environmentally diverse places on earth, it is the rich traditions, culture and simple way of life that ultimately draws me to Papua New Guinea (PNG). Traditional practices such as facial tattooing, initiation ceremonies and tribal art are still very much a significant part of everyday life. Housing is no exception to this and visitors to the nation may be pleasantly surprised to find traditional houses being constructed and lived in. Like many things in the country, traditional housing varies greatly from region to region and is a reflection of the social patterns, climate and available materials. A house constructed in a given area is not only a reflection of the region’s culture and traditions but is a trademark of self-reliance and cultural pride.