PNG highland warrior ?Dicko? gets a taste of Tweed life
HE'S called Dicko, but he has never seen Australian Idol.
In fact, he'd never been to the beach until a few days ago.
Dickson "Dicko" Sai, a proud bushman warrior from the New Guinea Highlands, is visiting the Tweed and Gold Coast with his Aussie mate Brenden Anderson, who lives at Banora Point, when he's not working in the Highlands.
The Gold Coast theme parks and the Tweed's magnificent beaches are a long way from the wild, lawless jungles surrounding Mt Hagen, where Dicko and Brenden work with a daily threat of violence and death from "rascal gangs".
Dicko helps maintain helicopter engines, working alongside Brenden, an aircraft engineer, with armed guards. The pair have been good mates for four years.
As if the Mt Hagen "rascals" aren't enough to worry about, Dicko's Kundige tribe are regularly engaged in battles with two neighbouring tribes.
Dicko was due to visit Australia some months ago, but had to postpone the trip after his father and two brothers were killed in a tribal war. He immediately set off to avenge the family deaths. The best thing about Australia, according to Dicko, who really enjoyed a t-bone steak at his first barbecue, is the relative safety and peace.
Brenden said, "I've been shot at and I've seen people killed up there.
"Down here, this is my double life."
Dicko has another 10 days staying with Brenden at Banora Point.
Brenden wants to give Dicko a go at surfing on a longboard before he returns home.