17 Sep 2013

Trekker says PNG attack an "aberration"

9:57 am on 17 September 2013

One of the members of a trekking group targetted by a deadly attack last week in Papua New Guinea says what happened was an aberration.

Two local porters were hacked to death, and several foreign and local trekkers injured on Tuesday in an attack by a group of men on the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province.

A third porter later died from his injuries in hospital in Lae where the group were airlifted on Wednesday.

A New Zealander, Nick Bennett, who was one of the injured says that apart from the attack, he experienced overwhelmingly warm and hospitable treatment by Papua New Guineans and says he will go back.

"I'd be cautious but New Guinea is an amazing place to travel in. It is still so wild and rugged. You have an adventure and an experience. The villagers like to see people like us. They're very curious about us. So it's not about stopping this. It's about planning your trip, get fit and pick a good company to travel with - if that's the case - and go and enjoy the adventure and experience that Papua New Guinea is."

Nick Bennett and others from the group have extablished the Black Cat Porters Trust Fund to raise money for the porters' families.