Papua New Guinea - Geodetic Monitoring Site

Site ID
TARO
Station Location
Taro
Station Number
TARO 2000
Station Address
Taro Village
Vokeo Island
Schouten Island Group
East Sepik Province

WGS-84 Station Coordinates
Latitude            S 314'18".9
Longitude         E 14404'34".8
Ellipsoidal Ht     82m

SITE OWNERSHIP

Owner / Authority
Taro Community School
Catholic Mission

Site Contact/s
Joe Kasuk, Head master, Taro Community School
Toby Samek, El Presidente (has generator for hire K200 per day!)
Olaf Salum, Council Baijor Village

Phone

Fax

Address
Joe Kasuk
Vokeo Community School
PO Box 107
Wewak

Email

STATION DESCRIPTION

Station marker
30cm galvanised bolt in concrete with hemispherical head


Inscription
TARO 2000
Reference marks
1 x 150mm galvanized bolt in concrete
1 concrete nail, on concrete slab



Witness marks
Memorial Cross, corners of buildings
Azimuth marks
none
Station constructed by/date
Richard Stanaway, RSES, ANU, 14th September 2000
special instructions
Bring food and trade goods, as only one trade store at Gol, on N side of Island
In dry periods, water will need to be brought from Wewak
A spring 150m away on the beach dries up in droughts
Coconuts and fish reasonably plentiful
Contact Head master on arrival

Site soil / Geology

SITE ACCESS

Boats
PMV boats are fairly frequent to Taro (every 2 days) K40 return, banana boats take 2hrs to Wewak
Boats depart from beach opposite Wewak post office
Margaret Hayward at Airport Lodge, knows local charter operators who charge reasonable rates
K150 to Vokeo one-way charter

The site is 5 minutes walk through Taro village from the mooring to the NW of the village.
Taro is between Morok and Faiala villages

The mark is next to the community school, on a small green with the Catholic church on the other side


SITE FACILITIES

Power
Solar panels are really essential
A village councillor has a generator, but there may be problems using it

Shelter
The receiver can be housed in the classroom of the school (during holidays), otherwise a tent can be used.
Accommodation
Village accommodation is available (headmasters residence)
Aid Post at Baijor

Security
see below
Labour
Local islanders can assist, rice, kerosene and trade goods are greatly appreciated in exchange.
Communications
radio or satellite phone useful
Adverse conditions
snakes (wear gaiters and take precautions + anti-venom if available)
SITE DIAGRAMS

Access map

Schouten Islands Map
Taro 1:100,000

Site diagram ans photos
TARO station mark
TARO setup 2000
TARO RM
TARO sketch 2000

Elevation mask
Some trees and structures nearby, 20 degree mask
OCCUPATION SUMMARIES

2000 Campaign

Party leader
Suvenia Hasiata, Surveying, UNITECH
Contact details
473 4967 UNITECH
Assistant/s
none
Labour / security
Taro villagers;
Jack Malau
Damien Conda
Joe Kasuk, All night security
Wanak Kasuk, Labour
Toby Samek, Generator

Last updated: 26th November 2003
Richard Stanaway
Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University