Bryant Allen was born in New Zealand in 1944 and attended primary and secondary school there. He earned a BA degree from Massey University in 1965 and a Master’s degree with 1st class honours in 1969. His thesis was a study of development on the island of Mangaia, Cook Islands. In 1970 he was a Tutor at Flinders University School of Social Sciences, Adelaide and in 1971 he became a PhD Scholarship in Department of Human Geography, Research School of Pacific Studies, The Australian National University.
An El Nino induced drought and frost event is now having a severe impact on much of PNG, as well as parts of Papua/West Papua, Solomon Islands and Fiji.