P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 16 Aug 2003

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin
tu two
tri three
foa four
five /faiv five
sikis six
seven seven
et eight
nain nine
ten ten
namba wan very good
namba wan first
namba tu second
namba tri third
namba ten tenth
nambaten terrible / tenth rate



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 27.5 - 28 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

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 and Tourism Directory located 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.expedia.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.


Pryde Furniture

If you are interested in furniture made in PNG from PNG timber then please visit the Pryde Furniture web site -- http://www.pryde.com.pg/

Jane Resture

The following are some interesting pages about PNG by Jane Resture. -- http://www.janeresture.com/png_home/index.htm

She has an interesting link about Trobriand Women located at -- http://www.janeresture.com/trobriand_women/


For information about the small island of Wuvulu please visit -- http://www.wuvulu.com

Anglican Church

The Port Moresby Diocese of the Anglican Church in Papua New Guinea is located at -- http://portmoresby.anglican.org

Mihalic Project

Another interesting link is the "Revising the Mihalic project" -- The following link welcomes all with an interest in Tok Pisin! http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/PNG/MIHALIC/Index.htm. This is a collaborative project -- you can help if you know Tok Pisin well. You are especially wanted if you are a Papua New Guinean with regional and dialectical usages of Tok Pisin, or you know trade, occupational, botanical, faunal, and nautical or any other specialist subsets of the language. John Burton is coordinating the project.


Not far from Port Moresby is Loloata Resort. For more info visit -- http://www.loloata.com


A site worth visiting, especially if you are into diving is -- http://www.walindi.com

DIVErsion Dive

Take a look at the PNG section of DIVErsion Dive Travel & Training in Cairns, Australia located at -- http://www.diversionOZ.com

New Media Site

TreeHouse Productions -- http://www.treehouse.com.pg/treehouse__productions.htm

Port Moresby Rotary

Rotary is an organization consisting of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs. The Port Moresby Rotary Club has a website located at -- http://www.pomrotary.org.pg

PNG Business and Tourism Directory

PNG Business and Tourism Directory -- http://www.pngbd.com -- This web site is probably the most useful stopping point for anyone interested in finding out more about PNG. Many businesses use the website on a daily basis to find out the exchange rate as the rates on the website are updated by the banks on a regular basis throughout the working day but the website offers more than that. The best way to find out what it has is to visit the site.

Disabled Association (F.O.D.A.)

The Friends of the Disabled Association (F.O.D.A.) is an organization that has been specifically developed to assist the disabled people of Papua New Guinea. In particular this organization aims at providing a link between the business community and the many Non-Government Organisations already working in the field with the aim of providing resources and expertise. The website for FODA is located at -- http://www.foda.org.pg

Metals Refining Operations

PNG only precious metal processor and refiner has a website located at -- http://www.metalsrefining.com.pg

Misc Web Sites

Pacific Training Academy -- http://www.pta.com.pg
Remington PNG -- http://www.remington.com.pg
Investment Promotion Authority -- http://www.ipa.gov.pg
Airlines of PNG -- http://www.apng.com

Link Request

Does any one have any links they want mentioned? The only rule is that links must be related to Papua New Guinea.


News Items

Solomon Islands

Before his recent capture the warlord on nearby Solomon Islands had been linked to Bougainville. It had been gossiped about around town that he was recruiting Bougainvilleans to help fight the Australian led intervention force. The accuracy of the gossip could not be verified and BRA supporters on Bougainville were very upset about the reports. In fact so upset that they attacked the Post Courier reporter based on Buka Island and ransacked the office. Everyone has condemned the attack.

Engan Payback

An innocent nurse has been murdered in Enga. Her murderer thought she was from the clan that earlier on had killed an Engan businessman but it was a case of mistaken identity. I wonder whether her relatives will now be out looking for members of the culprit's clan for revenge. As a result of the trouble the town of Wabag has been deserted.

Mt Hagen

A four-year-old girl has been kidnapped in Mount Hagen outside her home. Parents and relatives claim the kidnapping is politically motivated. A K1000 reward has been offered for anyone who finds and returns the girl.

Cocoa Industry

The PNG cocoa industry made K255 million in export earnings last year. This comes at a time when world prices have risen significantly and prices in the last eight months have been the highest on record.


Is PNG heading down the same pathway as many Southern African countries? The United Nations Children's Fund resident representative in PNG has said that if leaders at various levels do not take up the fight then the prevalence rate could go up to 35 to 40 percent in 10 years time. The current reported prevalence rate is only one to two percent at the moment.

The World Health Organisation representative has said that HIV/AIDS awareness should be included in the curriculum of schools in order to better inform students of the virus.

Lutheran Church

The former Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG, Sir Getakec Gam, has died at the Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae. Sir Getakec was born in Sikam Village in the Kabwum district. He served as Bishop for 16 years retiring ion 1997.

Robbers Beware

Robbery has become so common in many parts of PNG that the victims are now becoming fed up and taking out their anger on opportunistic robbers. Yet another report has come in of the robbed turning on the robbers and inflicting serious injuries on them. In a recent incident at the nine-mile settlement in Lae the victims killed one and injured three others seriously before handing them over to the police. Two firearms taken from the robbers were also handed over to the police.

Open Heart

The open-heart operation program at the Port Moresby Hospital has been declared another success despite the loss of two children to various complications. A total of 43 operations, 10 adults and 33 children were operated on. It is anticipated that the 41 survivors will be able to carry on normal lives within the community. This round of operations brings the total operations to 300.

Chief Justice

The new Chief Justice has been confirmed as Sir Mari Kapi who has taken over from Sir Arnold Amet. The Governor General swore in Sir Mari on the 15th of August. The Chief Justice appointment is made for a period of ten years.

Private Hospital

Another attempt is being made to sell the unfinished private hospital at the back of the University of PNG Medical Faculty. The hospital was partially completed years ago by the Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited and has sat vacant since then. It was intended to be a 79-bed hospital but it is possible that the buyers will use it for other purposes.

Lae Prisoners

Four prisoners, on their way to Buimo jail in Lae, have escaped with only weeks of their sentences to serve. Police are very concerned about the escape because they had to go to the prison to confirm the escape reports they had heard on the streets of Lae.

Air Niugini

Air Niugini has passed one major hurdle in its fight back. The Boeing 767 leased from overseas and previously registered in New Zealand has now been placed on the PNG Civil Aviation Register as P2-ANG. The inaugural flight up from Brisbane with the first load of passengers was uneventful except for the fact that the ferry flight from Auckland was 25 minutes late.

Milne Bay

It is expected that the province of Milne Bay will receive a grant of K140 million from the Asian Development Bank next year. It has been proposed that some of the money will be used to maintain the roads in the province such as roads on the mainland, Trobriand Islands, Normanby Island, Fergusson Island and Goodenough Island.

Milne Bay Plastic

The province of Milne Bay has decided to ban plastic bags. The PNG Coastal Clean Up Association has applauded the plans as it feels that taxes on plastic bags would be too difficult to police. The Association hopes that other provinces follow the lead of Milne Bay.

Weather Information

For weather details around PNG please visit the following sites -- (courtesy of http://www wunderground.com and http://weather.yahoo.com)

Agaun = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92068.html

Alotau = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Alotau_NG_c.html

Bougainville = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Bougainville_NG_c.html

Daru = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Daru_NG_c.html

Erave = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92051.html

Goroka = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92010.html

Gurney = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92077.html

Hoskins = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92072.html

Jinjo = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92090.html

Kainantu = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Kainantu_NG_c.html

Kavieng = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Kavieng_NG_c.html

Kimbe = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Kimbe_NG_c.html

Kiunga = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92001.html

Kurada = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92069.html

Lae = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Lae_NG_c.html

Lombrum = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92036.html

Madang = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Madang_NG_c.html

Mendi = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Mendi_NG_c.html

Misima = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92087.html

Momote = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92044.html

Mount Hagen = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Mount_Hagen_NG_c.html

Nadzab = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92047.html

Nimowa = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92092.html

Oksapmin = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Oksapmin_NG_c.html

Popondetta = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Popondetta_NG_c.html

Port Moresby = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Port_Moresby_NG_c.html

Port Moresby Weather Office = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92035.html

Rabaul = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Rabaul_NG_c.html

Sideia = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92070.html

Tokua Weather Office = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92100.html

Vanimo = http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92022.html

Vanimo = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Vanimo_NG_c.html

Wau = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Wau_NG_c.html

Wedau = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Wedau_NG_c.html

Wewak = http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/Wewak_NG_c.html

University of Technology

A student from the University of Technology in Lae has been killed in an attack allegedly by settlers from East Taraka, a suburb near to the University. As a result of the death students have gone on a rampage burning houses and intimidating the settlers. Family and relatives of the killed student have demanded K100,000 in compensation from the East Taraka community.

St John's Blind Association

The St John's Association for the Blind is in danger of having to close some of its services due to a shortage of funds. A local Port Moresby Hotel, The Lamana, has come to the rescue donating some money to the organisation.

Bogia Hospital

The Bogia Regional Hospital has received a donation of a small steriliser from the Madang Modilon General Hospital. The Modilon Hospital is in financial trouble with debts of more than half a million Kina. The debt could be as high as K800,000 according to local health service authorities.

Melanesian Brothers

The six Melanesian brothers kidnapped by rebels on the Solomon Islands in April have been reported dead by the chief of the Australian led intervention force, former Australian High Commissioner to PNG - Nick Warner. As reported previously one of the Anglican Melanesian Brothers was PNG Brother Robert Lindsay.


It has been mentioned that the Rural Development bank may reborn as the Papua New Guinea Banking Corporation (PNGBC). Legislation is being prepared to go before Parliament as early as next month.

Daffodil Day

Papua New Guinea, along with many other countries such as Australia, Untied Kingdom, Canada etc, will be celebrating daffodil day on the 23rd of August. The daffodil is a spring flower that has become accepted as the international symbol for cancer. As the 23rd is a Saturday people are requested to wear the symbolical daffodil badge or pin on the 22nd of August.


The Mineral Resources Development Company is set to purchase the Malaysian owned Maybank operating in PNG for a rumoured K40 million. It is understood that the big Malaysian Logger Rimbunan Hijau is also bidding to purchase the bank.

Rotting Coffee

It has been reported that over K6 million worth of organically grown coffee is rotting away in the Okapa, Eastern Highlands Province due to bad roads and the continuous activity of criminals along the roads. This is equal to about 3000 tonnes of coffee.

Power Problems

The city of Port Moresby has been hit again by power problems. Some suburbs had to make do for days without power. Power users in Lae have been hit with a back dated increase in electricity despite the fact that the increase was advertised as being from the 1st of August this year.

St Joseph's Tech

The St Joseph's Technical school on the outskirts of Lae at eight-mile is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over the last two years the school has spent more than K500,000 on building new buildings and fixing old ones with money provided by friends of the school in overseas countries. The Catholic run school is one of the oldest technical schools in the country.

IT Donation

Info Tech company, Daltron, has donated a Personal Computer to the Media Council of PNG. The Media Council will use the PC to help fight corruption. -- http://www.daltron.com.pg

Internet Service Providers

Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.online.net.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.com.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg

Computer Companies in PNG

Able Computing -- http://www.able.com.pg
Comserv Computer Centre -- http://www.comserv.com.pg
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.net.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
Remington Technologies - http://www.remington.com.pg

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