A Papua New Guinean law researcher in New Zealand says adopted political and justice systems do not always allow for the Papua New Guinean way.
Academics, law practitioners, and university students shared their research at the Victoria University Pasifika Law and Culture Conference in Wellington.
Raho Kila who is studying at the University of Canterbury said balancing western laws with various Papua New Guinean practices, such as polygamy, was tough.
"It is actually illegal to commit adultery but then customary law would prevail that polygamy is acceptable and then again it would come down to the grounds and the context of the situation," Raho Kila said.
She said there should be a clear distinction between politics and traditional customs with each situation assessed individually.