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Kokoda Trekkers Hall of Fame

Our Kokoda Trekking (KTL) - Hall of Fame shows all the names of our past trekkers and also up to date statistics:

We at Kokoda Trekking would like to thank past trekkers for their support and confidence in choosing us as their preferred operator. To all future trekkers, we look forward to meeting you in 2008

KOKODA TREKKING (KTL) STATISTICS:

As at the 31st December 2011, we are proud to announce that we have taken well in excess of 4000 trekkers safely across the Kokoda Trail.

Many years in a row we have taken more trekkers on the Kokoda Track than any other operator. This is indeed something we are proud of. Our Kokoda operation is PNG run and you can be assured your money employs hundreds of porters and guides from Kokoda and surrounding areas right up to Sogeri. We have invested heavily in motor vehicles; satellite radios; two way radios; Orohaven Kokoda Retreat and other equipment we feel necessary to run successful Kokoda Treks.

KOKODA CHALLENGE RACE - 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011:

In 2004 I arrived home one day to find our porters disappointed that Brian Freeman had broken the track record. They felt the record should belong on PNG soil. Russell and I discussed this and decided that in 2005 we would run a race so that the local boys could try and win back the record and their pride. John Hunt Hiviki not only broke the record, he smashed it. Last year we decided to change direction and run the race from the Ower's Corner end. Brendan Buka won the race in 17 hours 49 minutes.

Update 31st August, 2008: Once again Brendan Buka has re written the history books when he broke his old record to win the 2008 Kokoda Challenge Race in a record time of 16:34:05.

2005 - Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Kokoda to Owers' Corner - 28th August, 2005 - Winner - John Hunt Hiviki Time 22:14:01

2006 Kokoda Challenge- Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on 26th August, 2006 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 17:49:17

2007 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 26th August, 2007 - Winner - Tom Hango (KTL) - Time: 19:07

2007 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Kokoda to Owers' Corner on the 26th August, 2007 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 17:20

2008 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 30th August, 2008 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 16:34:05

2011 Kokoda Challenge - Race Winner - Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 27th August 2011 - Brendan Buka (KTL) in a time of 17:50:33.

Placings:

1. Brendan Buka 17:50:33
2. Andrew Yauga 19:10:06
3. Horace Yauga 20:18:36
3. Moses Buka 20:18:36
5. Luana Nagas 20:34:37
6. Samson Joheri 22:40:19
7. Cyprian Aire 24:30:03
7. Aidan Bauba 24:30:03
9. Lenny Enjeka 26:40:50
10. Henson Kokeni 27:30:40
11. Matt McLaughlin 31:47:25
11. Tom Hango 31:47:25
13. Frank Ombi 32:30:20
14. Wayne Urina 33:20:41
15. Jessie Aire 34:40:50
16. Ramsi Idau 39:20:41


Kokoda Challenge Race Records:

Fastest man on the Kokoda Track/Kokoda Trail: Kokoda Trekking (KTL) porter - Brendan Buka - in both directions set in August 2007 and August 2008
Fastest Female - Nesta Gipine - set 31st August 2008 - Time 22:08:38
Fastest white man - International Competitor - Owers' Corner to Kokoda - Damon Goerke set in August 2006 in a time of 19:28
Fastest white man - International Competitor - Kokoda to Owers' Corner - Andrew (Andy) Rowan set in August 2006 in a time of 24:15


Other KTL records:

First Trekkers: 16th April, 2003 - Geoff and Daniel Trott from Melbourne
Youngest Male Trekker: Nicholas Lawson (7) - 2005
Youngest Female Trekker: Ellie Hargrave (12) - 2004
Oldest Male Trekker: Walter (aka The Fox) Kelly (81) - 2004
Oldest Female Trekker: Sybil Dwyer (74) - 2010
Youngest Papua New Guinean Trekker: Malik Suma (6 years) 2007
Trek Numbers - most trekkers - over 4000 in the past 5 + years
Bases - only company with a head office in Port Moresby and bases in Kokoda and Australia


Attention anyone who has logged onto this page through the 'Hall of Fame' area using the icon on our front page: to view the photographs mentioned below, PLEASE CLICK HERE:

Photograph A group of our hard working KTL boys seen here at Isurava. One of our older trekkers who really enjoyed her trek. The other photograph was taken just before our boys lined up for the 2011 Kokoda Challenge Race: At Kokoda Trekking each year we try and give something of importance to the community of Kokoda. 2004, we placed a Mitsubishi Canter 3 tonne truck in Kokoda, commonly known as KTL 1 which has served the community for the past three years going back and forth from Kokoda to Popondetta on a daily basis except when trekkers are in town: In 2005 we placed a 4WD Toyota Hilux in Kokoda to add another service should the need arise to pick up trekkers from Kovelo Village or areas where our truck cannot access. This vehicle also serves the Gona/Buna/Sanananda end picking up trekkers from the airport and showing them around before driving them up to Kokoda: In May 2005 we purchased an ambulance for Kokoda and surrounding areas so that anyone requiring urgent medical attention can be transported down to Popondetta. In 2006 we purchased thousands of australian dollars worth of equipment for villages along the track which included, water containers, good quality tarpaulins, cooking pots, change rooms and other items. Photograph below was taken at Ua'Ule Creek. One of our tarpaulins was used when a roof was leaking. On one of our treks, it was used for trekkers to sit on and relax in the village of Kagi: In 2007 we decided on a 3 cyclinder tractor lawnmower as a much needed piece of equipment to help keep Kokoda Station and Kokoda airstrip mowed. Finally it has arrived in Kokoda and is now hard at work trying to clean up. After we catch up, it will be used on a monthly basis to keep Kokoda clean and tidy. Our aim is to TRY and make KOKODA the most beautiful place in PNG. All our KTL boys have been asked to find and take to the Kokoda Station at least 10 plants each when they have been selected to walk on one of our treks. With this kind of help, it is hoped they can continue to grow the beauty of the station: Another addition of ours both on the track and in Kokoda this year in 2007 has been the introduction of rubbish bins. So far we have placed them as follows: Also in Menari, Efogi, Ua'Ule Creek and Owers' Corner We also purchased various items for the Kokoda Primary School including a brand new lawnmower. However, now we have our tractor we will mow their lawn for free each month: Our latest project has been the Kokoda Airport, check out our progress:

Photographs:

Pic 1: before work commenced
Pic 2: work in progress
Pic 3: trekkers now posing for photographs in front of our carved signs
Pic 4: the end result, a nice building and atmosphere now present at Kokoda airstrip
Pic 5: our New Holland tractor which now mows the airstrip to allow all track operators the chance to trek as tractors in Kokoda have all broken down. With the rainfall in Kokoda it would not take long for long grass to close the airport - hence another community project for Kokoda Trekking (KTL) Hello Gail

Congratulations to you on your wonderful unselfish nature and attitude, in supplying all these necessary items to the wonderful people who live on the famous Kokoda Track. You never cease to amaze me with your Love and Care for PNG and it's people, by willingly donating and giving so much out of your own pocket.

I know you are rewarded in your heart for what you do, but I sincerely hope that one day you are recognised and rewarded in a tangible manner for all you have done and no doubt will continue to do over the years for the people of Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava, Alola, Eora Creek, Templeton's Crossing, Myola, Kagi, Efogi, Menari, Nauro, Ioribawa and Ua-Ule Creek.

God Bless

Love

Waza Update end of trekking season 2010: In 2009 it was decided to consolidate our business interests on some land acquired in Kokoda adjacent to the Kokoda Airstrip. This area has been developed a project at a time and is coming along quite nicely. The initial setup was a kitchen, staff quarters and four huts. In August 2010, Lady Carol Kidu and some relatives of the Airlines of PNG plane crash opened our developed which we have called, Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. Oro for the 'Oro Province of PNG' and 'Haven' as we sincerely hope when you stay with us, you will think of it as a haven after roughing it on the track. With hot showers on offer, running water to wash your gear, flushing toilets, wood fired pizza oven, cold cold beer and a bar, you will feel you have finished your trek in style before flying out of Kokoda and heading for home.

In July we were approached by a family who lost their daughter in the plane crash for an area where they could put a plaque in Kokoda in honour of the beloved daughter. We thought hard and then started to build two stone walls. One side was set aside for relatives to place their plaques, the other wall is work in progress as we hope to one day have some plaques in relation to the fuzzy wuzzy angels participation in the war. We also encourage any of our trekkers to bring with them a plaque in honour of their loved ones and we will find a space for it on our wall.

This was also a very sad time for Kokoda Trekking as Russell and John Eroro lost their brother Kingsley in the same accident and a plaque was also placed on this wall as our contribution to his memory. Both John and Russell were on hand along with several of our boys who sang the PNG National Anthem before raising both flags representing PNG and Australia. In July we also commenced building an outdoor bar area at Kokoda for guests and local people of Kokoda. This bar has turned out to be a really popular place for locals in Kokoda so in the new year we are planning on opening another area on the block to cater for them when guests wish to retire for the night and the general popular wish to keep partying.

The new area will be built away from the area where we present accommodation for guests but in the meantime the population of Kokoda are enjoying somewhere to sit and drink a cold beer instead of under a tree. They are now starting to buy their beers cold in smaller lots rather then the previous trend being cartons of warm beer. Sitting listening to music at a table talking and mixing with their friends is catching on so we are pleased once again to be putting something back to Kokoda.

Rusty not known to knock back a beer is also enjoying our 'Wantok' own bar. We chose the name 'Wantok Tavern' as the word means 'one language'. As my wantok's the Australian's and his wantok's, the PNG National's are guests it was a popular name choice to call the bar. In 2011, with rents skyrocketing in Port Moresby due to the economic growth of 'Mining' and the new 'Gas' project, we decided to build a place where we could operate from.

We ended up renovating an old boy house (domestic quarters). We now have an office, grounds to park our vehicles and a large two bedroom home.

It still has a few things that need attention but is ready to operate come the 2012 trekking season.

What will 2012 bring, well we will just have to wait and see what we come up with.

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Total number of treks: 786

Murray Jones Team Kokoda Anzac Trek

Date: 25 April 2005 - 3 May 2005

April group beginning their trek after the Anzac Dawn Service at Bomona cemetery on the 25th April and concluding at Russells block on the 2nd May with a scheduled flight back to POM on the morning of the 3rd May. The total number of PAXs is 8, plus Scott Lowe who I assume will meet us in Moresby.

Trek 81 - Ower's Corner to Kokoda immediately following the Bomana War Cemetery Service on the 25th April: List of Trekkers:

1. MURRAY JONES
2. PAUL BROWN - paid in full
3. MONTANA RAGGETT - paid in full
4. LYNNE GILBERT + Requires a porter - paid in full trek but still owes porter
5. NORMAN JOHNSTON + Requires a porter - paid in full trek but still owes porter
6. BRYAN JOHNSTON - paid in full
7. ANTHONY JOHNSTON - paid in full
8. RICHARD JOHNSTON - paid in full
9. SCOTT LOWE - Does not require a porter - paid in full 1/3/05

Murray to catch up with this group after he returns on the 27th April either by foot or charter.


9 Day 8 Night Private Anzac Day Trek

Date: 24 April 2005 - 2 May 2005

9 Day 8 Night Kokoda to Port Moresby Anzac Trek:
Trek 1 - 24th April - 2nd May 2005 - Kokoda to Ower's Corner: Trek Schedule Number 62:

Fly into Kokoda and walk back to Ower's Corner:

1. Derek James Brown - paid a deposit 14/07/04 - paid in full 28/01/05
2. Jeff Head - + requires a porter - paid in full 28/02/05
3. Mark Dungey - paid in full 15/04/05
4. Rosemary Dungey + requires a porter - paid in full 15/04/05
5. Colin Brown - fully paid 08/04/05

We fly into Port Moresby on the 23rd Apr 05, then fly to Kokoda on the 6AM flight on the 24th April 05, Complete the trail on the 2nd May 05, visit the Bomana War cemetery/shopping on the 3rd May 05, and flying back to Australia on the 4th May 05.
ANZAC at Isuarava Trek - 2005

Date: 24 April 2005 - 2 May 2005

9 Day / 8 Night Trek - Kokoda to Port Moresby 24th April - 2nd May 2005 - Trek 83

1. Warren Turner - + requires a porter - paid in full 19/04/05
2. Phillip Turner - Requires a porter - paid in full 05/04/05
3. Patrick Turner - paid in full 05/04/05
4. Steven Percival - paid in full 07/04/05
5. Haydn Fletcher - paid in full 07/04/05
6. Sue Scott + Requires a porter - paid in full 2/3/05
7. Louise Peach + Requires a porter - paid in full 2/3/05
8. Damian Ward - paid in full 29/03/05

THIS TREK NOW CLOSED:


1. Ex trekker - journalist Jason Kovac's wants to fly in on the same aircraft and walk to Isurava returning to Kokoda, over to Lae by boat and back to Goroka by PMV.

2. Deahne Turnbull - Australian High Commission. Flying in to walk up to Isurava for Anzac Day - Requires a porter. Returning the following day to fly out with Executive Excellence.

List of extra people on flight:

1. Jason Kovacs - will supply own food
2. Jason's girlfriend - will supply own food
3. Jason's friend from Australia - will supply own food
4. Deahne Turnbull - Australian High Commission
5. Paul Kennedy - Channel 10 Sydney
6. Channel 10 Cameraman
7. Colin Taimbari - Tourism Promotion Authority


Included booking a seat on KTL 1 down to Popondetta following return from Isurava & overnight at Family block.

4. Deahne Turnbull (Australian Federal Police - Australian High Comm) + requires porter - no food will supply her own - fly in with trekkers and walk up to Isurava. Overnight and then walk back down and fly out with Executive Excellence Group.
7 Nights 8 Day Trek - Anzac 2005 Trek 2

Date: 17 April 2005 - 24 April 2005

8 Day 7 Night Trek from Kokoda to Ower's Corner:

17th April, 2005 to 24th April, 2005:

Trek 55-A:

1. Peter Dalziel - paid in full 15/3/05
2. Scott Dalziel - paid in full 15/3/05
3. Neil Walker - does note require a porter-paid in full 22/02/05-Gateway Hotel
4. Hayley Tomlinson + Requires a porter - paid in full 22/02/04-Gateway Hotel
5. Paul Turner-Does not require a porter - paid in full 22/2/05-Gateway Hotel
6. Christine Bowen - Requires a porter - paid in full 22/2/05-Gateway Hotel
7. Anne-Marie Delahunty - Requires a porter - paid in full 22/2/05-Gateway Hotel
8. Andrew Charlton - paid in full 08/04/05
9. Brett Ireland - paid in full 08/04/05
10. Shannon Hewett (shagger:bretts mate) - Does not require a porter - deposit paid 29/07/04
11. Jamie Mackerill - final payment 14/4/05
12. Stephen Kennedy - deposit paid 7/11/04, paid $2000 15/02/05
13. Matt Kennedy - Sharing a porter between father & son - deposit paid 7/11/04
14. Wayne Havenaar - paid in full 09/04/05

THIS TREK IS NOW CLOSED - If you want to book this date, please refer Trek 2 below:


OPEN FOR TREKKERS TO JOIN:

Trek 55-B: OPEN TO OTHER TREKKERS - Guide Tony Evari:

1. John Walton + Requires a porter - paid in full 14/3/05
2. Amanda Ashwin - Requires a porter - paid in full 14/3/05
3. Steve Sleswick - Does not require a porter - deposit paid 13/01/05
4. Mr Cameron Brown + Requires a porter - paid in full 22/3/05
5. Bob Robertson + Requires a porter - paid in full 29/3/05
6. Dan Towler - paid in full 12/04/05
7. Michael Sztachanski - paid in full12/04/05
8. Ken Toombs - Does not require a porter - deposit paid 24/11/04
9. Alissa Crossley - paid in full 12/04/05
10. Daniel Livingston - Does not require a porter - deposit paid $300 31/1/05


2005 sees us offer two different treks. One commencing from Ower's Corner and the other trekking from Kokoda. If you would like to join either of these Anzac Treks, please contact us

Both treks will end up back here in Port Moresby so anyone wanting to stay on can attend the Bomana War Cemetery for the Dawn Service, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast at the Australia High Commission. Later in the day if you still wish you can go to the Royal Papua Yacht Club for lunch and a game of two-up
Anzac 2005 Trek - 9 Days & 8 Nights

Date: 16 April 2005 - 24 April 2005

Ower's Corner to Kokoda - then fly back to Port Moresby on Sunday 24th April, 2005 and be able to attend the Bomana Dawn Service on Anzac Day. Trek Schedule 51:
Trek 51-A:

1. Jason Peters - paid in full 1/3/05
2. Brian Whitehouse - paid in full 21/3/05
3. Peter Elliot - paid in full 23/2/05
4. Darin Bell - paid in full 1/3/05
5. Kevin Bell - paid in full 1/3/05
6. Grant Bell - paid in full 14/02/05
7. Michael Cook - paid in full 17/02/04
8. Peter Hesse - paid in full 16/02/05
9. Peter Fraser - paid in full 16/02/05
10. David Fraser - paid in full 16/02/05
11. Scott Levy - paid in full 2/11/04
12. Adam Long - paid in full 21/3/05
13. Lindsay Kelly + Requires a porter - paid in full 28/03/05
14. Leon Lincoln + Requires a porter - paid in full 22/2/05
15. Michael Lincoln + Requires a porter - paid in full 22/2/05
16. Craig Farrant - Does not require a porter - paid in full 23/2/05
17. Stuart Small - paid in full 28/2/05
18. Murray Farrant + Requires a porter - paid in full 23/2/05
20. Michael Pesle - paid in full 12/04/05
21. Mark Appleton - paid in full

Trek 51 - B:

1. Lora Brown - paid in full 21/3/05
2. Ben Odonnel - paid in full 30/03/05
3. William Tooher - paid in full 08/04/05
4. John O'Donnel + Requires a personal porter - paid in full 30/3/05
5. Adam Clarke - paid final payment 12/4/05 - paid for personal porter 10/05/05
6. Vasco Soyanov - paid in full
7. Anita (Acock) Watson - paid in full 24/03/05 (is a vegetarian but eats fish and seafood)
8. Troy Watson - paid in full 24/03/05
9. Catherine Thomas - paid in full 12/04/05
10. Darren Nicholson - paid in full 12/04/05
11. James Kaminski - paid in full 14/04/05
12. Colin Petrie - Does not require a porter
13. Lynda Shaw - Requires a porter - paid trek $900 12/04/05-not porter
14. Steve Lloyd (our Staff Member) to monitor all three treks 51-A; 51-B & 51-C

Trek B - Itinerary:

Day 1 - Ower's Corner to Va'ule; Day 2 - Vaule Creek - Ofi Creek, Day 3 - Ofi Creek to Nauro; Day 4 - Nauro to Manari; Day 5 - Manari to Efogi; Day 6 - Efogi to Myola Junction; Day 7 - Myola Junction to Iora Creek; Day 8 - Iora Creek to Isurava Village; Day 9 - Isurava Village to Kokoda and fly back into Port Moresby.

You are all invited to overnight at Russell Eroro's family block on the night of the 23rd April. The next day your flight will leave from Kokoda to Port Moresby.

Trek 51 - C:

1. Raymond Noel Mitchell + Requires a porter - paid in full 5/3/05
2. Ben Mitchell + Requires a porter - paid in full 5/3/05
3. Dean Mitchell + Requires a porter - paid in full 5/3/05
4. Craig Armstrong + Requires a porter - paid in full 24/3/05
5. Martin O'Malley + Requires a porter - paid in full 31/3/05
6. Nicole Henderson + Requires a porter - paid in full 16/02/05
7. Millie Plowman + Requires a porter - paid in full 4/3/05
8. Dave Sutton - Requires a porter - paid in full 4/3/05
9. James Dyer - paid in full 22/2/05
10. Miles Flanagan - paid in full 1/3/05
11. Brett McKinnis + Requires a porter - paid in full 18/01/05
12. Gill Dear - requires a porter between the three of them - paid in full 23/2/05
13. Anna Dear - Does not require a porter - paid in full 27/2/05
14. Ian Dear - Does not require a porter - paid in full 27/2/05
15. Simon Foxall - Does not require a porter - paid in full 01/03/05
16. Bill Foxall - Requires a porter - paid in full 28/2/05
17. Amy Livingstone-Foggo - Requires a porter - paid in full 27/02/05
18. Walter (aka The Fox) Kelly + Requires a porter - paid in full 23/2/05
19. Steve Jones - + Requires a porter - paid in full 14/03/05

Trek C - Itinerary:

Day 1 - Ower's Corner to Uberi; Day 2 - Uberi to Camp 44; Day 3 - Camp 44 to Nauro; Day 4 - Nauro to Manari; Day 5 - Manari to Efogi; Day 6 - Efogi to Templeton's Crossing #1; Day 7 - Templeton's #1 to Iora Creek; Day 8 - Iora Creek to Russell's Family block in Kokoda; Day 9 - Fly back to Port Moresby

Editors Note: We welcome on board, Walter Kelly who is aged 81 and who has always wanted to walk the Kokoda Trail. I have been emailing back and forth for the past 6 months with Colleen his daughter and this is what she has to say:

Hi Gail

Dad will be 81 on the 7th May. He has just returned from the Great Victoria
Bike Ride along The Great Ocean Road. One thousand gave up and returned
home on the first day with that one. Not dad though. He was home a week
when he went to Tasmania and did the great Tasmania Bike Ride. unquote

What a truly wonderful man. Walter, I have already informed Russell in Kokoda of your impending trek and he is just so excited and like me cant wait to meet you.


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