For my beloved brother, Christopher Tataeng, whose modest personality continue to inspire me daily.
by planter’s child adventures
Meet Christopher Tataeng aka CT. He is my big brother, mentor and guardian.
Christopher’s paternal grandfather and my paternal grandfather are brothers. We come from a village at the foothills of Kaiapit in Markham called Gantisap.
Christopher was named after our great grand father called Nabia and he has lived up to the legacy of this name.
He completed his secondary schooling at Kabiufa Adventist Secondary School in Eastern Highlands where his father worked for a coffee livelihood support project.
“Growing up I wanted to become a pilot and soar the skies. Fascinated by Fireman Sam, I wanted to be a fireman too,” Christopher chuckled.
Due to lack of advise from guidance teachers and accessibility challenge, he ended up in the school of social sciences at the University of Papua New Guinea in 2005.
The challenge that he went through on all fronts made made him wanted to share information with others so they too can be informed to make a better choice.
” I wanted to influence the outcome irrespective of one’s socioeconomic status as I believe every human being has the innate God given potential of channel of blessing to receive and give willing fully. And I believe HR strand came at the right time for me to switch.”
Christopher found his calling when he switched courses to study human resource management at the School of Business Administration.
Mentoring and coaching program, interview coaching sessions, career talks, CV write ups, guest lectures were his professional and personal plans of giving back in human capacity development.
In 2010, Christopher graduated with flying colours. I was a first-year journalism student at that time. I hold him in high regard and admiration.
He went on to work for Ok Tedi Mining Limited and made his way up and out to High Arctic Energy Services as a manager before he left for other engagements.
CT is the most inspiring person you could ever meet. I have learnt a lot from listening to his conversations about day to day life to helping underprivilege kids to conducting interviews for CEOs. I marveled at what I hear with much respect.
One of his greatest achievements was a Youth Employment Project in 2016. In this project, CT was involved in creating pathways for marginalized disadvantaged youth from the settlement of Port Moresby into formal sector as part of the World Bank Urban Youth Employment Project.
Why was the above achievement seen as greatest compared to the ones from mining and oil and gas experience?
“It is because I touched (influence the outcome) the lives of the hopeless, disillusioned, discouraged but promising young Papua New Guineans. To see the youth turn around to be somebody full of hope for tomorrow with their eyes beaming with light was truly the greatest achievement.”
In the mining and oil and gas industry, CT’s mission is to touch lives while working. This means building relationships with the locals and looking at ways to impact the lives of youth.
“I’m happy to influence youth development program and sponsor them to convention and school upgrade program. I’m sure, they’ll be a lot of Chris through such approach.”
Today, CT is still making this impact in the formal workplace environment at Lihir.
“To see the results in the heart of youth was memorable and lasting when you know you’ve achieved something.”
Dangki tsira, thank you CT for being a champion of change, an inspiration and role model for many including, myself.