It is whispered in the west that Papua New Guinea is stunning and in many ways unexpectedly beautiful. In a lot of the provinces, despite western influence, the people have maintained their ancient customs and traditions. Hela province is one of these places and if you choose to step into this enchanting land you will be met by a rugged terrain that is softened with swollen rivers, the delicate petals of the altitude orchids, bird song and the smiles and spirit of the colourful locals.
Hela Province created in 2012 and situated in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, is made up of three separate districts: Komo-Magarina, Koroba-Kopiago and Tari-Pori. Tari is the provincial capital. Most of the people share the belief that they all came from one common ancestor called Hela and call themselves brothers as they believe they all came from the one common father. This common father had four sons; Huli (now the largest tribe of Hela), Opene, Duna and Tuguba and a daughter, Hewa. Hela is rich in natural resources including gold and oil. Both of these are sought after and mined in Hela and have led to a hive of commercial and economic activity.