With the scramble for Papua New Guinea's resources new dangers are emerging in a country whose state lacks the institutional machinery, or political inclination, to robustly oversee gas, oil and mineral operators.
When Julian Assange and Wikileaks released a cache of US government cables in 2010, Australia's prime minister, Julia Gillard, denounced the leak in the strongest terms. Fast forward three years, and it would appear the Australian government has had a road to Damascus experience.
So, we're smack bang in the middle of a drought in our fair land. To remedy our hose-pipe ban blues here at Black Tomato we've selected our favourite water-based adventures from across the globe to whet your travel appetite.