P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 3 Jul 2002

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PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay
Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 3 July 2002

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Elections Rain - Tabubil / Pomio
Malaria Port Moresby General Hospital
Mask Festival Frequently Asked Questions
Tropical Fish Toys for PNG Village Kids
Services Training Usino-Bundi District
Nightclub Ban Medical and Health Science
Air Niugini Boeing 767 Air Niugini Domestic
Rotary Gift PNG Defence Force
Transport Publication Aussie Rules Football
Immunology Society Milne Bay
Medicine Importation Defence Force Retirement Benefits Fund
Red Cross New InterOil Director
UPNG Medical Student Kina Decline
Food Security Bougainville
UPNG Field Hockey
Track and Field Mercy Flight
Kokoda Trail Post Courier 7-hour blackout
Isurava Monument PNG Media Related Sites
The End / Em Tasol  

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Remember that this mailing list is mainly meant for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time in this newsletter, is currently worth around 24 - 25 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter for most world currencies can be located at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html



Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
kam come
kam hariap come quickly
kamap become
kamap come up
kamap / kamap long arrive
kamapim improve
kamapim lait light the lamp
kamapim mani raise money
kamaut come out
kamautim (kaukau) harvest (sweet potato)
kambang lime (powder)
kambek / kam bek come back
kamera camera

Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo -- and -- http://www.michie.net/png_faqs. -- The PNG Business Directory at -- http://www.pngbd.com -- is also an excellent place to look for PNG information.

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look -- http://maps.google.com -- and then click on the find a map option. Go to this link for a quick start to a link to a map of Port Moresby. http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.


A reader, Nobby, has recommended the following links -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PNGSA/ -- This is the website for PNG Solidarity Action which is a Sydney based activist collective, organising a campaign in Australia in support of progressive activists in PNG who are fighting against the World Bank, IMF, Australian economic imperialism and other aspects of neo-colonial globalisation.

along with

http://www.geocities.com/belisi_2000/ -- A useful site if you are after information on the Bouganville Crisis, and brand new -- http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/fadt_ctte/PNG/ -- Australia's relationship with Papua New Guinea and other Pacific island countries

cheers, Nobby.

The United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PNGnews/

Of course you could also visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PNG_News/ but what would be the point of visiting yet another copy of this newsletter??

Rather than list every Yahoo Group dealing with PNG - please visit this link and scroll through the pages.



News Items


The media has been filled with results of elections. The Electoral Commission website has been very helpful in letting people keep track of what is happening. http://www.pngec.gov.pg

Rain - Tabubil / Pomio

Rain seems to have been falling all over PNG. Although it rained for most of the day near Tabubil during the elections it failed to dampen the enthusiasm of voters near Tabubil in the Western Province. Rain also delayed voting in the Pomio district of East New Britain Province. The weather in Port Moresby has also been wet and cold.


If you have ever had malaria or think you may have then visit this web site -- http://www.rph.wa.gov.au/labs/haem/malaria

Clinically diagnosed malaria is still the leading cause of outpatient presentations, the second leading cause of admissions and the second leading cause of death within PNG. In the year 2000 statistics reveal that there were over 1.5 million suspected cases of malaria, which lead to 617 deaths. Almost 225,500 blood films were examined and 36 percent showed malaria parasites.

Areas above 1600 metres tends to be too high for malaria but between 1200 and 1600 metres there are intermittent cases of malaria being reported with death rates being high due to a lack of immunity in the population.

Another website is located at the American Mosquito Control Association -- http://www.mosquito.org

Port Moresby General Hospital

The Port Moresby General Hospital has had to put a hold on elective, non-emergency surgery due to a shortage of drugs. Only life-saving operations are being performed. The key drugs used to anaesthetise patients and then revive them after operations are arriving in dribs and drabs causing many operations to have to wait for the necessary drugs.

Mask Festival

The eighth National Mask Festival will be held between the 21st and 27th of July (2002). This will be the second year that the event has been held in East New Britain (ENB). The festival will see the revival of the cultural showpiece of the Tolai people of ENB - the warwagira. The festival will be held in the Queen Elizabeth Park in Rabaul. Along with the warwagira there will be choirs, string band and drama competitions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the land area of the provinces in PNG?

Tropical Fish

"Jim Reid" <jrrfl@bellsouth.net> is looking for Tropical Marine fish collectors. If you have any information he would appreciate if you could send him an email.

Toys for PNG Village Kids

Donna Harvey-Hall has submitted the following article.

I read your article about all the toys that were donated to the patients in Port Moresby Hospital from the people in Salt Lake City and I thought about how lucky the kids in Moresby always are as they get donations from everywhere.

In our area the poor little girls have a real problem. In the past, the "things" they always used as dolls were the glass shaped Coke bottles which they wrap up into a piece of laplap and call it a "baby". These days, glass Coke bottles are a thing of the past and the plastic ones are just not the same. I was recently out in the Garaina and Waria areas and I saw little girls carrying little bilums with dirt filled plastic Coke bottles as their babies.

My heart went out to them. Being a little Mother is an instinctive thing and I wonder if one of your readers is a Coca-Cola employee and if they possibly have a company-produced magazine, which maybe could have worldwide, or even Australia-wide appeal for "Dolls for the Little Mothers in PNG". I would be happy to distribute these in our area. Any readers have a suggestion?
Donna Harvey-Hall

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Services Training

Six officers from the Fire Service, Police, Defence and the St John Ambulance Service are attending the first Pacific urban search and rescue course in Fiji to obtain more knowledge for their work.

Usino-Bundi district

Measles have been reported in the Madang Province. A total of 55 people, mostly children, have been treated for measles at the Walium Health Centre in Usino-Bundi. This is the first time Usino-Bundi district has experienced a measles outbreak.

Nightclub Ban?

There has been a call to impose a liquor ban and to close nightclubs by HIV/AIDS counsellors attending a conference in Madang because they are potential ways to curb HIV infections. The counsellors have sent a petition to Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta.

The petition called on the Government to impose a liquor ban and close nightclubs in both rural and urban areas, which the counsellors claimed were potential places for the transmission of HIV infection. It asked the Government to:

Medical and Health Science

The University of PNG School of Medical and Health Science has received a donation of K231,500 worth of computers and printers from AusAID. The donation consisted of 44 desktop and four laptop computers. Twenty of the computers will be installed in the medical library for the students to use to access the latest information on any health issues contained on CD-ROMs.

Air Niugini Boeing 767

As hinted in the last issue Air Niugini is about to make major changes to it schedule of flying on international sectors. The chairman of the Air Niugini Board, Sir Michael Bromley, has confirmed that Air Niugini was close to finalising contractual arrangements to lease a Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

The existing Airbus A310 will be stored in USA for a while and then used as a cargo plane. Press release

Air Niugini Domestic

Air Niugini Management is now required to present recommendations on long term fleet plans to service the PNG domestic market by September 30 this year.

Rotary Gift

The Rabaul Rotarians have donated 1000 books to the Rabaul District Library. The library is open to the public. Rotary have also opened the Rotary public library to supplement the District library.

PNG Defence Force

Ross Eastgate has the following to report -- The three newest officers of the PNGDF graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon on Saturday, 22 June 2002. They are 2nd Lieutenants D Aisuk, V Kagena, and DNBT Vavar. The PNG graduates were among 61 graduates from the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and the Singapore Armed Forces who paraded at Duntroon before being presented with their commissions by the outgoing Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Admiral Chris Barrie AC.

Major Ross Eastgate OAM
ADF Liaison Officer
East Timor Independence Celebrations

Transport Publication

The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) has launched a textbook to help guide politicians and the government to address the transport needs of the country. The books have also been written with the students in mind and will be used widely at UPNG.

Aussie Rules Football

As mentioned in a previous issue of this newsletter the Australian Rules Football Club - the Sydney Swans walked the Kokoda trail last year. The trek over the famous Kokoda Trial is having a positive impact for PNG.

The Sydney Swans football match scheduled against the Richmond team from Melbourne for the 31st of August will be dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the trail on which so many young Australians lost their lives in defence of Australia.

Immunology Society

The Immunology Association of Papua New Guinea has been formally launched at a function held recently in Port Moresby.

The purpose and goals of the association will be to attend to concerns and issues of immunology as it relates to the people and to expand, explore and research new frontiers in the immunology field.

Milne Bay

A dive workshop to review issues related to Milne Bay's dive sites has had to be deferred until the 26th of August in Alotau. A trial dive fee policy will be introduced to Milne bay. This means that PNG registered dive vessels and operators will pay K3 per diver site per day while non-PNG registered vessels will pay K10 a day for the privilege.

Medicine Importation

The Health Secretary, Dr Nicholas Mann, will get tough on medical centres that do not follow his department's regulations on the importation of medical supplies. One of the first targets is a private hospital that has recently run afoul of the Health Department by importing cheaper medicine to control HIV/AIDS. It has been reported that "Prescription Only Medicine" is readily available over the counter at all chemists in the country.

Defence Force Retirement Benefits fund

The inquiry into the Defence Force Retirement Benefits fund has heard that the former defence minister Peter Waieng used almost K19,295 from the PNG Gaming Board to invest in a Cairns based car rental company in Australia.

Red Cross

Students from the Don Bosco Technological Institute have conducted an awareness week to help develop the value and spirit of voluntarism among Papua New Guineans especially towards the Red Cross.

New InterOil Director

InterOil, owners of the Napa Napa oil refinery in Port Moresby, have appointed Edward Speal, the managing director of BNP Paribas in Canada as a new member to its board of directors.

UPNG Medical Student

For readers who are not familiar with voting in PNG -- When a person votes in PNG their fingernail is painted with ink to show they have voted. A student at the UPNG medical Campus was seen using swabs to erase the indelible ink mark on his finger to presumably vote again in Port Moresby. Many people have said that even bleach will remove the mark so a person could easily vote again.

Kina Decline

The value of the Kina has suffered a significant decline due to election problems combined with minimal support from the central bank.

The Kina has recently decline against the US dollar and all other major currencies. It is hoped that if the correct person becomes Prime Minister then confidence will return and the Kina will climb.

Food Security

The Consumer Affairs Council (CAC) has said that it has no power to stop traders from importing certain products so long as it is not dangerous to people's health so the only other option was to educate the people to make right choices on what they should eat. Awareness programs on healthy eating habits need to be carried out by government agencies, health education and the CAC


Many Bougainvilleans have found that they are not able to vote (at the election) because their names are not on the Common Electoral Roll. The biggest problem is that the current Bougainville Common Roll has double entries, thousands of names of those who have died are still registered and some eligible voters have found they are not registered and cannot vote


The University of Papua New Guinea has awarded its best academic performers with certificates and K200 bookshop vouchers. 13 students were awarded the Vice Chancellor's honours awards for scoring a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 and above. Thomas Wangi, a second year student in the Bachelor of Economic degree program, scored the highest GPA of 3.75 and received a bookshop voucher of K400 for his performance.

Field Hockey

The Papua New Guinea Hockey Federation has agreed to stage the 2002 national championships in Lae this year from the 14th to the 15th of September. The championships will be open to affiliated and non-affiliated members.

Track and Field

Mae Koime has picked up three gold medals and a AUD $200 bonus when recently competing in the Coral Coast track and field carnival in Cairns, Australia. The 18-year-old Goroka Grammar school student competed in the open division and won the 100 metre on Saturday in a personal best time of 12.1 seconds and followed this with victory in the 300 metre gift race on Sunday which carried a first prize of AUD $200. Koime managed to just hold off a strong challenge from Kimara Timms to breast the tape in 25.9 seconds in the 200 metre event.

Mercy Flight

The Townsville Bulleting in Australia has reported that a nine-year-old PNG boy in the remote Western Province needed to have a lead pellet cut out his lung. The boy was shooting pellets out of his shanghai and managed to swallow a pellet he had stored in his mouth. The boy needed to be flown direct to Cairns by charter flight and then on to Townsville by a commercial carrier for then operation.

Kokoda Post Courier

In what has been reported to be the longest newspaper delivery walk in Papua New Guinea has been completed with the 10 young men from the June Valley Youth Fellowship arriving back in Port Moresby last week. The group set out on the walk on June 7 at Edebu, 62km northeast of Port Moresby to amongst other things, deliver copies of the Post-Courier Election Special Edition to villages along the track to Kokoda station and then to Popondetta in the Northern Province.

7-hour blackout

Port Moresby has suffered yet another blackout longer than the normal one to two hours. PNG Power, the new name for Elcom, has apologised to the people of the national capital for the major blackout that hit homes and election activities recently. Most of the city was without power for seven hours, from 2pm until 9pm. A tripped circuit was given as the excuse for the blackout.

Isurava Monument

Rick has contributed the following item -- A rather large monument is likely to be erected at the site of the Isurava battlefield on the Kokoda Trail.


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