P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 26 Nov 2004

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin Englsih
abababa bubble gum
adres address
bel belly
bel i pas constipated
bel i tantanim nauseated
belhevi regret
belisi calm / peaceful
bung wantaim unite
bungim wantaim pack (vb)
bung maket market
bungim painim meet
dua door
dua i go ausait exit (n)
haus moni bank (n)
haus marasin pharmacy
haus marit married quarters



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 29.75 - 30.5 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.


PNG Religious Sites

Bible Society Work in PNG -- http://www.biblesociety.org/bs-pap.htm
Christian Brethren Churches of PNG. -- http://www.dg.com.pg/~cbcpng/
Evangelical Brotherhood Church -- http://www.ebc.org.pg
Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG -- http://www.lutheranworld.org/Directory/ASI/EvangelicalLutheranChurchofPapuaNewGuinea.EN.html
Hetune - Community of the Visitation, Popondota -- http://orders.anglican.org/arcyb/cvl.html
MAF Service in PNG -- http://www.maf.org.au/png/pnginfo.php
New Tribes Mission Aviation in PNG -- http://www.ntmpng.org/ntma.htm
PNG Church Partnership -- http://hometown.aol.co.uk/pngcpluxton/PNGChurchPartnership.htm
Pioneer Bible Translators: PNG. -- http://www.pioneerbible.org.pg/
Religious Television Association of PNG -- http://www.rtapng.com.pg/
Society of St Francis -- http://orders.anglican.org/arcyb/ssf-pac.html
The Diocese of Port Moresby Anglican Domain -- http://www.portmoresby.anglican.org/
The United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG -- http://www.upcpng.org

Dive Boat Web Sites

http://www.bomatu.com/MVTiata.htm -- MV Tiata
http://www.chertan.com/ -- MV Chertan
http://www.febrina.com/ -- MV FeBrina
http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/png/export/sites/TPA/diving/mvpsport.htm -- MV Paradise Sport
http://www.mvgoldendawn.com -- MV Golden Dawn
http://www.peterhughes.com/star/Star_dancerindex.shtml -- MV Star Dancer

Aussie High Comm

The Australian High Commission has revised its travel warning for Australians visiting PNG. The full text can be found at -- http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Papua_New_Guinea

National Disaster Centre

Do not forget to visit the fairly new web site for the National Disaster Centre that has on recently come on line. It can be found at -- http://www.pngndc.gov.pg -- The site is worth taking a look.

Real Estate Agents Association

The Real Estate Agents Association has advertised their web site. It is located at -- http://www.reia.org.pg.

Real Estate Agents

Arthur Strachan (Lae) -- http://www.arthurstrachan.com.pg
Century 21 -- http://www.century21.com.pg/ -- and -- http://www.siule.com.pg
Kohoy Real Estate -- http://kohoyrealestates.tripod.com/
L.J Hooker -- http://www.ljhooker.com
Ray White Real Estate -- monian[@]online.net.pg
Strickland RE -- http://www.sre.com.pg
The Professionals -- http://www.theprofessionals.com.pg

Superannuation Funds

The Association of Superannuation Funds PNG (ASFPNG) has a website located at -- http://www.asfpng.org.pg -- ASFPNG is an industry body established in 2002 by interested industry participants with the common goal to protect superannuants retirement savings within a regulated environment whilst fostering a competitive industry.


News Items


IEA Schools

The merger of two IEA schools in Lae has some of the parents up in arms. Unfortunately if it is anything like the merger of IEA schools in Port Moresby the parents will be well and truly ignored. The secondary grades at the International School of Lae (TISOL) will be transferred to the Coronation College. TISOL will now continue on as a school catering for primary and elementary grades. An index of most of the IEA schools can be found at -- http://michie.net/pnginfo/skul.html -- The IEA has a Web Site at -- http://www.iea.ac.pg -- and can be contacted on a general email address of -- iea[@]iea.ac.pg

Previous Miss Red Cross Winners

The following people have won the title of "Miss PNG"

+ 1974 Miss Eva Arni was the first holder of the title "Miss PNG" - Eva went on to win the Miss Asia Title.
+ 1975 Miss Eau Suve. Eau went on to win the "Best Traditional Dress" award at the Miss Asia Quest.
+ 1976 Miss Sayah Karukaru
+ 1978 Miss Angeline Tukana
+ 1979 Miss Milly Misbut
+ 1980 Miss Mispah Alwyn
+ 1981 Miss Jennifer Abaijah
+ 1982 Miss Moi Eli
+ 1983 Miss Shannel Bray
+ 1984 Miss Patricia Mirisa
+ 1985 Miss Carmel Vagi - Miss Communications
+ 1986 Miss Anna Wild
+ 1987 Miss Harriet Warren
+ 1988 Miss Erue Taunao
+ 1989 Miss Joycelyn Leahy
+ 1991 Miss Marcia Muir
+ 1992 Miss Jennifer Lemeki
+ 1993 Miss Sharon Onsa
+ 1994 Miss Tania Doyle
+ 1995 Miss Imanakone Sioa
+ 1996 Miss Rita Stegman
+ 1997 Miss Lisa Linibi
+ 1998 Miss Helai Oala
+ 1999 Miss Roberta Ali
+ 2000 Miss Ephreddie Jubilee
+ 2001 Miss Olivia Wilson
+ 2002 Miss Yaku Ninich
+ 2003 Miss Cynthia Asi - Central (Miss MRDC)
+ 2004 Miss Ashwin Samson - Miss Warehouse

Church Service Delivery

The Australian Government through its AusAID program is funding a partnership program that is aimed at building and strengthening the capacity of the churches to provide services such as health and education. AusAID is providing K50 million towards the church partnership program. The aid package was developed between the churches both in Australia and PNG. The churches involved in the initial phase are the Seven Day Adventist Church, Anglican Church, Baptist Union PNG, Caritas (Catholic) Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salvation Army and the United Church.

National Library

HOPE World Wide PNG has donated four computers to the National Library. The computers will be used as part of the mobile library programme's Information Technology component. HOPE has received a total of 50 computers and these will be used to help students become familiar with Personal Computers.


For the latest news about PNG visit the Post Courier web site at -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg -- or the National Newspaper web site at -- http://www.thenational.com.pg -- both offer up-to-date news about PNG. If you want to catch up on news it is also good to visit http://www.pngbd.com -- The PNG Business and Toursim web site.

The Drum

The famous Post Courier Column "The Drum" has been in the electronic age for sometime now. For all of those people who are familiar with The Drum you can now email titbits of gossip to -- thedrum[@]spp.com.pg -- or you can still send a facsimile message to +675 320-1781. For those not familiar with The Drum then I suggest taking a look at the Post Courier website located at -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg -- and follow your nose to "The Drum".


It has been over a year since the idea of Jeepneys has been talked about as being a new means of transport for PNG. The concept may be a good idea but it would seem that setting it into practice is a great deal harder than convincing the transport department of the idea.

Divine Word

Two more schools are preparing to affiliate with the Catholic run Divine Word University in Madang. The two institutes, St Mary's School of Nursing at Vunapope and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Teachers College (Kabaleo) are located in East New Britain. Both institutes have been negotiating for more than ten years with the university over that time the institutes have had their programs and structures studied by the University. Divine Word has also conducted an academic audit of each institution. -- http://www.dwu.ac.pg

Mt Hagen / Western Highlands

A pair of shoes caused a fight to erupt between tribes from two provinces in the highlands earlier this week. It has been reported that 17 people have been axed and three houses have been damaged in the fight between people from the Eastern Highlands province and Western Highlands. It has been reported that people from other highlands provinces have sided with the Eastern Highlanders and that they had demanded the Western highlanders pay compensation over what they have claimed to be "continuous attacks on innocent highlanders living in Mt Hagen". The clash began over a new pair of shoes that it has been alleged a Western Highlander decided he wanted to have more than the Eastern Highlander who was wearing them.

Goroka / Eastern Highlands

The town of Goroka was in chaos previously this week but calm has been restored. Many highlanders from other highland provinces fled the town earlier this week after Eastern highlanders went on a rampage in retaliation over the attack in the Western highlands. It was also claimed that leaders from the Eastern Highlands Province had shut the part of the highlands highway that passes through their province but police denied that rumour. There have also been threats to force the closure of the Yonki power station in the province that provides power to the other highland provinces. Police have advised that it is safe to travel along the highlands highway.

Kainantu Gold Mine

The Bilimoia landowner group, owners of the Kainantu gold mine in the Eastern Highlands province, have threatened to close the mine unless the mine operator honours its obligations given in an agreement to them. The commitments include awarding contracts to the landowner group. The landowners also want the mine operator to honour verbal commitments that have been given in the past these included the provision of K10,000 capital for 10 landowner clans.

Garden City

Garden City shopping and accommodation complex in Boroko had its fair share of water woes recently when Eda Ranu decided to contaminate the water with diesel. The manager was seen running around with chlorine and fire hoses attempting to flush out the tanks. He was also seen attempting to pressurise the water pumping system with little more than a toy car tyre pump. Never one to keep tenants in the dark David had one of his "newsletters" out and circulating almost as soon as Eda Ranu did the dirty deed followed closely by another update to assure tenants the water was safe even if it did smell of chlorine. Having dealt with other property managers it is a pleasure to find someone that cares about their tenants.

I believe that property manager of Garden City has also had the go ahead to vastly improve the building. Ray White Real Estate manages Garden City.


A new Malaria carrying mosquito has been found in a village called Oveng in southern Cameroon near the borders of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. It joins four other known species. This species has been dubbed Oveng Form after the village it was found. Mosquitoes from the Anopheles group kill roughly 3,000 people per day in the world. The new mosquito is similar to others in that it carries Plasmodium falciparum except that it does not appear to be found inside houses as much as the other malaria carrying mosquitoes.

Malaria Drugs

The World health Organisation has said that there will be a worldwide shortage of the major drug used to treat malaria. Artemther-lumefantrine produced from the Artemisia annua plant takes a minimum of six months to cultivate and then another three to five months to extract and process into a useful drug. There has been a recent surge in demand for the drug creating the shortage of the drug.


It has been claimed that loggers are using fake PNG documents in an attempt to export illegally logged timber from Indonesia's Papua Province. Indonesian police have apprehended a foreign registered ship carrying illegal logs in a district next to the NG border. It is claimed that around 200,000 cubic metres of illegal Indonesian logs have been shipped to China and India through the southern part of the Philippines using the fake PNG papers.

Undisciplined Defence Force

The good efforts of about 120 PNG soldiers on a military exercise in Townsville, Australia has been severely tarnished by at least four soldiers who have been ordered back home after fighting in an Australian Army Infantry Mess last week. The fight left mess facilities damaged and caused Australian soldiers to vacate the mess disgusted. A full investigation is underway by high-level defence force personal.

It has also been reported that two PNG soldiers that recently caused a commotion at the Duntroon Military College in Canberra, Australia will most likely be terminated from the force.

Undisciplined Police Force

Not to be out done by the Defence Force the police force put on its own undisciplined display at a store not much more than 100 metres from the Boroko Police Station. Police, possibly intoxicated, assaulted the owner and son of the Boroko Trophy Haus store. Witnesses could only watch as one of the policemen fired four shots from an M16 rifle at the feet of the owner and son. A photographer from The National newspaper also had his digital camera confiscated. The owner has lodged a complaint with the Boroko police station.

City Hall

The Manger of the National Capital District Commission has upset the Governor General by not attending a meeting. The city manager is the first person to break the new Governor General's attempt to upgrade etiquette and decorum at Government House. Since Sir Paulias Matane took office earlier this year a marked improvement has been noted in the etiquette of Government House something that has been allowed to slip over the years.


Erigere Singin has been quietly removed from the second top position at the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) in Port Moresby. No reason has been given for her removal. Peter Vincent, the Tourism boss, has said that tourism figures for PNG are up by 5 percent when compared with the numbers for 2002. The PNG government has allocated an extra K2 million to the TPA from the country's budget for 2005. -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg

Moresby Arts Theatre

The Moresby Arts Theatre is celebrating its 90th birthday with free entertainment including short films, dances, drama, etc. They began on 31st November 1914 at the Library Institute hall in Douglas Street, downtown Port Moresby and was opened by the Lieutenant Governor. For those who know modern day Port Moresby the Deloitte Tower is the modern day occupier of the original Library Institute site. The modern day Library Institute is still standing next to the Deloitte Tower. The Moresby Arts Theatre is now located at Waigani.


The highway that serves all of the villages on the main Manus Island is being repaired thanks to the efforts of the World Bank. The road has been allowed to deteriorate over a period of five to ten years. The poor condition of the road has caused an inconvenience for all travellers on the main island. The World Bank in conjunction with the Manus Provincial Government aims to upgrade the four main sections of the highway using gravel to help minimise soil erosion.

Fishing Resort

PNG has a new fishing resort located on the south coast of the main island of New Britain. The name of the resort is Lindenhafen and it is on the Solomon Sea -- http://www.anglingadventures.com.au/lindenhafen.html -- Lindenhafen is also a great place to take the family on a relaxing holiday and is sure to become popular in the PNG tourism industry


Here are some of the more common frequently asked questions that keep cropping up.

What is the land area of the provinces in PNG?
National Capital and Central, 29940 sq kms
Oro Province, 19827 sq kms
Milne Bay Province, 14000 sq kms
Morobe Province, 34,500 sq kms
Madang Province, 28000 sq kms
Eastern Highlands, 11706 sq kms
Simbu Province, 8476 sq kms
Western Highlands, 8288 sq kms
Southern Highlands, 25988 sq kms
East Sepik, 43000 sq kms
West Sepik (Sandaun),36000 sq kms
East New Britain, 15500 sq kms
West New Britain, 21000 sq kms
New Ireland, 9500 sq kms
Manus Province, 2100 sq kms
North Solomons Province, 9400 sq kms
Enga Province, 10790 sq kms
Western and Gulf Province, 135,000 sq kms

More PNG Frequently Asked Questions can be found at -- http://www.michie.net/png_faqs -- If you can help expand the FAQ's then visit the site and leave a message. If you find a question with an incorrect or outdated answer please also let the site owner know. -- png.faqs[@]michie.net


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Updated 6 Dec 2004

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