Hahalis Welfare Society

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Hahalis Welfare Society. A religious and economic development movement with some cargo ideas on Buka Island, Papua New Guinea. In 1952, two former students in Roman Catholic schools, John Teosin (b. 1938) and his brother-in-law, Francis Hagai, formed a family co-operative which in 1957 developed into a co-operative society involving half the Buka population in plantations, stores, transport, etc. In 1961, they set up their own ‘church’.