P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 22 Sep 2002

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Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 22 Sep 2002

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Links Book
Disaster Appeal Web Ring / Ring Link
PNG Ring Deskless
Hiri Moale Festival Miss Hiri Hanenamo
Independence Day Professional Standards
Angau Cancer Unit Gold
Lihir Island Southern Highlands
ANZ Bank Power Problems
Miss PNG Red Cross Election Petitions
BBC Gaming Funds
Air Niugini Books for Lae
Narcotics Bureau Tomaringa Barracks
Goroka Show Police Force
Police Porn Charges Bougainville Autonomy
East New Britain Madang Hospital
Alotau Eye Clinic AIDS Training
Mount Hagen PNG Media Sites
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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 23 - 24 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"
Tok Pisin English
win air
win breath
win wind
win masin air conditioner
windo window
winim be better than
winim blow
winim win
winim bugol blow bugle
winim kot acquitted
haus win garden house / summer house
kisim win / wiken / malolo to have a rest
pulim win breathe
sotwin out of breath
tokwin rumour

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.


http://www.coralrealm.com/inverts/lgpolypedPNG.ihtml -- article and photo gallery describing large-polyp stony corals from Milne Bay

http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/png_milnebay.html -- A database of photographs, descriptions and locations of WWII wreckage remaining in Milne Bay, Milne Bay Province

http://www.divexprt.com/moreinfo/milne.html -- Milne Bay Some of the world's most unusual reef creatures are found on the oceanic reefs off Papua New Guinea. This site deals with the waters of Milne Bay and the Bismarck Sea. A diver will find many lonely islands far from shore surrounded by lush reefs and awesome drop-offs.



News Items

Recommended Book

Kevin Lock, an ex PNG teacher now living in Australia, has recommended a book to read

I am reading a book written by CAW Monckton titled 'Some Experiences Of A New Guinea Resident Magistrate' (published by Penguin first in 1920 - lastly in 1937).

In the preface he refers to his loathing of Pidgin English. I thought it may be of interest to you and maybe your readers.


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Disaster Appeal

The National Broadcasting Commission has launched an appeal for the people of Wewak district who were hit by an earthquake recently and the people of West New Britain who have been affected and displaced by the eruption of the Mt Pago volcano. Contributions can be made by ringing the NBC on phone number +675 325-5233.

Web Ring / Ring Link

What is a Ring? A Ring is a group of like-minded sites with a common theme linked together allowing a surfer to go forwards or backwards in the ring. You can also list all the ring members and surf to the one that interest you the most. If you are daring then you can select a site randomly from the ring. The PNG Ring is for sites with PNG content.

PNG Ring

I am attempting to revive the PNG Ring that used to be hosted at http://www.webring.org. Webring was taken over by Yahoo and almost brought to its knees. Yahoo has now passed it on and the webring idea is now alive and well. RingLink, a WebRing competitor, allows a ringmaster to host their own ring on their own website. The PNG Ring is now hosted at http://www.png-gossip.com/pngring. If you have a PNG site I suggest you surf to http://www.png-gossip.com/pngring and go through the ring. It only has a few members at present. Most are still left at the old ring site - http://www.michie.net/pngring. If you think the ring idea will help you then join the ring. The old ring will not be disabled as I feel having two rings will let your viewers come from two different areas and you can also have them directed to different areas of your site.


The Post Courier has carried an article stating that unofficially up to 60 percent of school children around the country do not have a desk to sit at to do their lessons. The majority of children have to sit on the floor to do their schooling. In a bid to correct this the Port Moresby Rotary Club has distributed 1400 free desks to local schools.

Hiri Moale Festival

The Hiri Moale festival was held over a five-day period and was hailed as a huge success by locals and visitors from Port Moresby's sister cities of Townsville, Australia and Nausori, Fiji.

Miss Hiri Hanenamo

The new Hiri Hanenamo Queen is 24-year-old Kori Noka from Pari village. The runner-up was Miss Nido Saka of Kira Kira village while 22-year-old Michelle Pala of Porebada won Miss Hetura (Friendship). Last year's Miss Hiri Hanenamo Queen was Hanenamo Sibona -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/misshiri.html

Independence Day

Independence day in Moresby was really a non-event. The only event was really the flag raising ceremony. Moresby was lucky that the Hiri Festival was on at the same time. Other provinces had special celebrations and by all accounts were very successful.

Professional Standards

After twenty-seven years of independence the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology has said that the Somare Government aims to develop PNG professionals such doctors, lawyers, engineers and research scientists to international standards. Many PNG people have reached very high standards are employable anywhere in the world but the majority of them have had to travel overseas for that training.

Angau Cancer Unit

Leaders have been urged to work together to help rebuild the country's only cancer treatment unit at Lae's Angau Memorial General Hospital. The unit had been closed for the last two years because of a lack funding, equipment and trained staff over the years.


Approximately four tonnes of gold are produced annually using alluvial methods in PNG but only two tonnes are reported as official gold production and can be accounted for. The Government has been urged to intervene and centralise the trading of gold in the country in an effort to stamp out gold smuggling and illegal trading.

Lihir Island

Mining company, Lihir Gold, has boosted law and order on Lihir Island by donating a new vehicle for use by the resident magistrate, who was appointed this year, and the New Ireland provincial government has donated a vehicle for use by the local police.

Southern Highlands

Since the Electoral Commission declared votes null and void no votes previously cast for the Southern Highlands provincial seat will be counted in the new election. New candidates will also be eligible to contest the six seats along with those who contested in the failed elections however fresh elections will only be conducted after peace and normality have been restored in the province.

ANZ Bank

An anonymous subscriber has submitted the following..


The ANZ strikes again with their wonderful service.

I have been waiting for some weeks now for a replacement access card, after numerous enquiries and obtaining the PIN I was told "the card embosser is broken and we are waiting a part"

I must presume that there is only one of these machines in PNG to cover the whole country !!, obviously they have little regard for customer service, and obviously have not heard of airfreight !!

To rub salt into the wounds they changed my phone banking access number to reflect the new card ( which I do not have) so I was unable to use this service either until I managed to find somebody who could give me the new number.

The Waigani Branch still frequently do not answer their phones either, just listen while you are standing in line for the 25 minutes it takes to get served.

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At least the old PNGBC did away with embossing your name on the cards and gave out blank cards. Let's hope their new electronic banking, over the Internet, goes a bit better!

Power Problems

Residents of Port Moresby have been warned to switch off all unnecessary items of electrical equipment in attempt to save power. The power company is rationing the release of water for the hydroelectric scheme and use by city residents. The company is also buying more generators to produce more electricity. -- http://www.pngpower.com.pg/

Miss PNG Red Cross

Many of the contestants in the Miss PNG Red Cross contest are holding various fund raising functions. Miss Air Niugini, Rita Aisi, has held many successful sausage sizzles outside the Air Niugini head quarters at Seven Mile. The other contestants are Miss Galley Restaurant - Yaku Ninich, Miss Pacrim -- Katherine Tabuchi, Miss Western Province -- Naomi Kapal, Miss Club Galaxy and Miss NCD/Central -- Betty Gall. -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/missredx.html

Election Petitions

Both the Prime Minister and his son have had petitions filed against them over the results of the recent elections. The petitions filed separately in the Court of Disputed Returns contained similar allegations of bribery and undue influences during the elections. -- http://www.pngec.gov.pg


Don't forget that if you are in Port Moresby you can receive the BBC world service on FM 106.7

Gaming Funds

A former MP has been arrested and charged with misappropriation of K60,000 belonging to the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB). The money was supposed to be used for the hire of a helicopter to transport building materials for the construction of a building but the building was constructed and the builder shipped all materials.

Air Niugini

Air Niugini expects its cadet pilots to be graduating on the 27 September.

In a cost saving measure Air Niugini recently retrenched a faithful worker who was paid peanuts but for every day for the last umpteen years has raised the PNG flag and the Air Niugini flag every morning before 8am and lowered it every night after 4pm. Since this persons departure Air Niugini has been plagued by the fact that they have had to have installed two or three new flag poles at considerable cost despite the fact that the old faithful worker had no trouble with the existing poles. The cost of the flagpoles probably equate to 4 or 5 times the annual pay of the retrenched worker. -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg

Books for Lae

A container load of books is headed for Lae from Townsville in Australia. The Lions Club in Townsville has sent 60 cartons of books to their counterparts in Lae for distribution.

Narcotics Bureau

The Narcotic Bureau has lobbied the PNG Medical Symposium for support to push for a controlled substance act. The Bureau also said that a community-based approach to drug prevention should be considered.

Tomaringa Barracks

The Tomaringa Police Barracks in East New Britain have been condemned because they are unfit for human habitation. Police and families living in the barracks have been given seven days to vacate.

Goroka Show

The Goroka show held over the recent weekend was a success with 60 dance groups participating. A beauty contest was also held.

Police Force

The new Police Commissioner Sam Inguba has made his first official appointment, only days into the job by appointing the Assistant Police Commissioner Fred Sheekiot (Personnel and Training) as the Acting Deputy Commissioner Administration.

Police Porn Charges

A policewoman has appeared before the Waigani Grade 5 Court for charges relating to taking part in obscene sexual acts with another person. The 23 year old from Pomava village in Kieta, Bougainville, appeared before the court but her case was adjourned to October 15.

Bougainville Autonomy

It is expected that elections for an autonomous Bougainville provincial Government will be held by November 2003. This has been based on the assumption that the weapons disposal program would be completed on schedule and a draft constitution for the province would be finalised by the middle of 2003.

East New Britain

The organisers of the three-day East New Britain youth show say it was a huge success, which culminated in the Independence Day celebrations on Monday. Exhibitions at show included health awareness, cocoa and coconut production techniques and the Kerevat National High School expressive arts department's collection of student art as well as a colourful display by the Chinese community of a dragon dance.

Madang Hospital

The Modilon hospital has been hit by drastic budgetary cuts and will be scaling down some of its services and attend to emergencies only. Patients who can be treated by taking medication will be treated at outpatients at the hospital or the nearest health centre.

Alotau Eye Clinic

An eye specialist, Dr Jan Tynousky, has been in Alotau and has managed to check and operate on more than 10 eye patients.

AIDS Training

The National AIDS Council is training coordinators to be accountable and transparent in managing funds from all donor agencies. The training is part of AusAID's K100 million assistance to the PNG Government to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Mount Hagen

The Asian Development Bank is providing funding for the sewerage system in Mount Hagen. The project is part of the water supply and sanitation project aimed at improving the quality of life in the town.


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