Most of the population on the remote atoll of Takuu, also known as Mortlock, in Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville region have resettled in Buka town. From a population of at least 600 ten years ago, only around 50 people remain on Takuu which, like other outliers in the region, has been steadily impacted by rising sea levels. A Takuu native who is now based in PNG’s capital Port Moresby, Raroteone Tefuarani, says most young people have left the atoll. She says due to the impact of climate change, declining food crops, and the lack of education and health services, many people feel they must leave Takuu.
Takuu is a Polynesian outlier and Ms Tefuarani says its unique culture and traditions are observed faithfully by its people.