PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Mar 2005

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draiva driver
buskanaka savage
inglis British
kepten captain
kuk cook
kuskus clerk
lapun old person
liklik dokta medical assistant
mangi boy / youth
meri woman
manmeri everybody
pikinini child
pren friend
rabisman no-hoper
sista nurse / nun
skulboi schoolboy
tisa teacher
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Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at -- -- and -- -- The PNG Business and Tourism Directory located at -- -- 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 -- -- 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. --

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




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PNG Chill

A new PNG web site is now up and running. It can be found at --

Wewak Guest House

A new web site developed by Michele at Bluefin Consulting Ltd is now online advertising the Wewak Guest House --

National Statistical Office

The National Statistical Office has a web site located at --

Ever wondered what is the population of various PNG towns? -- makes a reasonable guess considering the last census held in PNG was in the year 2000.

New Guinea Traders

New Guinea Traders have a website located at -- -- the company is a limited liability corporation importing green Arabica coffee beans. Originally established by Aarlie and Larry Hull for the purpose of helping indigenous Papua New Guineans realise a greater return on their labours and a more equitable profit from the magnificent natural resources of their country.

National Disaster Centre

A web site for the National Disaster Centre has come on line recently . It can be found at -- -- worth taking a look.

Budget Travel

Budget travel web site can be found at --


For information about the small island of Wuvulu please visit --


Wikipedia is a free web based encyclopaedia and the information it has on PNG can be located at the following web address --

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 --

Internet Service Providers

Originally there were five Internet Service Providers distributing the bandwidth allocated by the government body Tiare. This has been reduced to four. Bandwidth into and out of PNG has been hampered with the "loss" of an Intelsat satellite. Bandwidth has been reduced to 75 percent making it very difficult for people to access their favourite websites. The four surviving ISP's are -

Daltron --
Data Nets --
Datec --
Global Technologies --

Tourism Offices -- Morobe Tourism site -- Milne Bay Tourism Site -- Main Government Tourism Site -- Papua New Guinea Tourism and Business Directory -- East New Britain Tourism Promotion Web Site -- West New Britain Tourism Promotion Web Site

News Items

East Sepik Governor

The court has ordered that there must be an election to elect a new governor for the East Sepik province. The vacancy occurred when Angoram MP, Arthur Somare, vacated the post to take up a cabinet post in the National Government. A councillor was elected to fill the post in 2003 but because he did not meet the qualifications his election has been declared null and void. Under Section 21 of the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Government only members of parliament are eligible to run for election of the Governorship.

Law Awareness Book

Stanley Kuli Liria has produced a book to raise awareness of the law for non-legal professionals. It has been written to be as simple as possible. The book explains the rights, freedoms, court processes and other basic areas of law which the grass roots people need to understand to appreciate relations and interaction with others in the society. The author comes from the Southern Highlands Province of PNG and is a practising lawyer. --

Civil Aviation

Civil Aviation in Port Moresby was thrown into chaos recently when back up generating equipment failed to start during an electrical outage. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), responsible for the supply of electricity to Jackson's Airport, are investigating the reasons. Several CAA workers have been suspended during the investigation. The travelling public, including the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, were inconvenienced for almost a full day. International passengers arriving on the early morning flight from Singapore had to be checked into the country under the light of a candle. CAA workers have indicated that they would go on strike over a wage related issue. It is not known whether the loss of power and absence of staff was related to any strike action.

Power Shedding

PNG Power has had to commence load shedding in Port Moresby due to the shutdown of one of the generators at the Kanudi Power Station. Load shedding is being carried out between 8am and 4pm during weekdays until the Kanudi machine has been brought back online. Currently Port Moresby uses 78MW during the daytime but the remaining generators can only produce 68MW.

HOPE Worldwide in PNG

Hope Worldwide is currently trying to collect a large quantity of second-hand computers from Australia this year to send them here (PNG). The computers will be used to establish and / or boost 15+ computer classrooms, including connecting at least two schools to the Internet. As this is a project at the very beginning and knowing the generosity of companies around Australia Hope Worldwide is hoping that they do not get an avalanche of Personal Computers this year although by the sound of it an avalanche next year after they have set up a few schools and have more expertise would be appreciated. Hope ship items to PNG every three to four months. Hope are also approaching IT companies in an effort to raise money for this project.

Hope reports a success at Gumine in Simbu province. With mostly AusAID money that have been able to establish a solar-powered computer classroom with eight new computers, a scanner and a printer. The set up is operating well.

Coming Events

The Game Fishing Titles will be held between the 19th and the 28th of March in Madang.

Mining Conference -- PNG's premier mining conference will be held between the 23rd and 25th of May at the Lae International Hotel. This will be the seventh Geology, Exploration, and Mining Conference. For further information please contact the PNG Chamber of mines -- conf[@] - Telephone +675 321 2988 and Facsimile +675 321 7107.

The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of PNG will be holding its annual general meeting on,2nd of April 2005 at the St Martin's Anglican Church Hall in Boroko.

Coming soon is the East New Britain Cultural Festival consisting of two main events. The Warwagira July 4th to 12th 2005 (mostly singing/choir, string bands groups both Ancient & Modern) followed by the + Mask Festival July 13th to 16th, 2005 (Traditional Masks and ancient culture ONLY)

Pokies Govt Payout

Over a period of nine years the pokies have collected K900 million from players. Of this the government has been a winner and collected K522 million, provincial government have had a small share (K48 million), gambling operators (K106 million) and site owners (K223 million). Port Moresby is the unofficial gambling capital of PNG with the most money being lost by the players. Players are losing an estimated K6 million a month in Moresby.

Here are the figures outlaid since the machines were officially introduced in 1995

1995 - K6.7 Million
1996 - K57 Million
1997 - K77.5 Million
1998 - K86 Million
1999 - K106 Million
2000 - K100 Million
2001 - K106 Million
2002 - K110 Million
2003 - K116 Million
2004 - K128 Million


Air Niugini has introduced e-ticketing for staff members travelling on international flights to and from Brisbane. The trial will be progressively extended, as more experience is gained and any problems are ironed out, to Executive Club members. Airlines currently using paper tickets pay a royalty to the International Air Transport Association of about $US5.00 per ticket. E-ticketing requires that the person booking a seat on a plane has photographic ID so that they can be clearly identified. This could be in the form of a passport, driver's licence, work identity card etc. All airlines in PNG currently suffer from the illegal sale of tickets to other people. E-ticketing will help stamp out this practice as well as giving the traveller more security when a ticket is lost or misplaced because without the correct form of ID the e-ticket is worthless. E-ticketing will eventually be introduced to all passengers that require the service.

Home Brew

Eight people have died after drinking an unknown alcoholic beverage in Lae. It is believed that the beverage contained methanol or ethanol. Reports indicate that a quantity of methanol or ethanol could have been stolen and used to concoct a powerful drink. A survivor said the drink tasted like kerosene. A ninth victim has since died.

Private Hospital

Does any one know what is happening to 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 have to use it for other purposes as other private hospitals have sprung up in Port Moresby.

Languages of PNG

PNG has three national or official languages -- they are Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin and English. Overall in the whole of PNG the number of languages listed equals 832. Of those, 823 are living languages and nine are considered to have become extinct in the last fifty years as some groups are absorbed into others and more influence is exerted by tok pisin speakers to make it a truly national language for the country.

Sex Education

A study carried out by Geraldine Maibani and Tony Lupiwa of the PNG Institute of Medical Research in the Eastern Highlands recommends that there is a need to promote responsible and safe sexual behaviour and to conduct formal sex education in the province at school level. The study carried out recently shows that children as young as 10 are actively participating in sex. The age group studied, from 10 to 24, make up 31.5 percent of the PNG population.

Police Reforms

Senior police have been given a year to reform by the Internal Security Minister. Police who do not pull up their socks by the end of the year will be issued with "show cause notices" as to why they have not performed to expectation.

PNG Religious Sites

Anglican Church of PNG (Diocese of Port Moresby) --
Bible Society Work in PNG --
Catholic Church of PNG and Solomon Islands --
Christian Brethren Churches of PNG. --
Church of God in PNG --
Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG --
Hetune - Community of the Visitation, Popondota --
MAF Service in PNG --
Melanesia Field is part of Nazarene World Missions. It is part of the Asia-Pacific Region and has its headquarters in Kudjip, PNG --
Nazarene Hospital at Kudjip in the Highlands of PNG is a mission hospital operated by the Church of the Nazarene, serving the people of PNG since 1967 --
New Tribes Mission Aviation in PNG --
PNG Christian Links --
PNG Church Partnership --
Pioneer Bible Translators: PNG. --
Religious Television Association of PNG --
Society of St Francis --
The meaning of the Vow of Poverty in the third world --
The United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG. --


PNG has over 9000 confirmed cases of HIV/AIDS out of a population of approximately 5.5 million. This is the highest number of confirmed cases in the Pacific region. It has been reported that 14 people die of AIDS every day at the Port Moresby General Hospital and a further 115 new cases are diagnosed every month at the same hospital.

PNG Information Technology

Currently PNG is rated one of the lowest among other Pacific Island nations in telecommunication that comprises of the fixed line segment, mobile and internet segment and television segment and the lowest fixed-line density. PNG has 700 payphones, by far the lowest per capita phone coverage of all Pacific nations. PNG also ranks with the lowest in internet penetration, less than one per cent of the population, while its internet access costs are among the most expensive in the Pacific Island Nations States.

PNG also ranks among the lowest of television receivers in the PINS with a TV penetration accounting for only eight per cent of the population.

Coconuts and Tearooms

Do not forget to try and get a copy of an excellent book that covers an attempt by one person to record some of the history of coconuts, tearooms and Rabaul. The book, called appropriately Coconuts and tearooms, covers the eruption of the volcanoes around Rabaul in 1937 and the preface covers the reason why Pat's book is of extreme historical value. In 1942 the Japanese invaded Rabaul and destroyed irreplaceable records. I recommend that you somehow get to a library and grab a copy of the book titled "Coconuts and Tearooms" by Pat Boys. National Library of New Zealand ISBN 0-473-01724-5

It is copyrighted in 1993 but covers a six-year period in the 1930's. The book started out as ten foolscap, single-spaced pages that Pat's mother had written about her experiences. With this meagre beginning an a keen interest to preserve a little bit of the history of the Rabaul area and helped by over 200 photographs taken by her father Pat has been able to produce a wonderful 140 plus page book. The only complaint I could find about the book was that I wish the photos were in colour! Now if I could only buy a plantation for the price mentioned in Pat's book but using the money I earn today without subtracting anything for inflation!

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 -- -- 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 -- -- and follow your nose to "The Drum".

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