Wikipedia is a free web based encyclopaedia and the information it
has on PNG can be located at the following web address -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua_New_Guinea
Wikipedia are now trying to start a Wikipedia in Tok Pisin. It can
be found at -- http://tpi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
A page about Air Niugini can also be found at -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Niugini
-- This page has some information that is not accurate but it is a start
at documenting some of the history of the airline..
Air Niugini, National Airline of PNG -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg
Airlines of PNG -- http://www.apng.com
Airlink -- http://www.airlink.com.pg
Bill Purcell's Site -- http://www.billpurc.com/aviation.htm
MAF Australia (PNG Info) -- http://www.maf.org.au
-- and follow the links. Or try this one -- http://www.maf.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Itemid=125
Michie.NET PNG Aircraft Register -- http://michie.net/balus
Online Airline schedule -- http://www.pngbd.com/travel/flights.php
PNG Balus Project -- http://www.balus.gov.pg
TNT Air Cargo -- http://www.tnt.kenmore.com.pg
PNG New Tribes Mission -- http://www.ntmpng.org
TE(PNG) Ltd is a company offering a diversified product ranges for
the wholesale and retail markets in PNG -- http://www.tepng.com
PNG Rugby League -- http://www.rleague.com/nations/png
United States Embassy - Port Moresby -- http://portmoresby.usembassy.gov
PNG Incentive Fund -- http://www.incentivefund.com.pg
PNG Advisory Support Facility -- http://www.asf.sagric.com/
UNDP PNG -- http://www.undp.org.pg/
The Web Site for the PNG Institute of Directors gives an excellent
introduction to PNG company law and related governance issues it can
be found at -- http://www.pngid.org.pg
PNG Institute of Accountants -- http://www.pngia.org.pg
Rotary Club of Boroko and PNG -- http://www.rotary.org.pg
Friends of the Disabled Association -- http://www.foda.org.pg
Living and Working in PNG
Here is a good and up-to-date article about living and working in PNG
Aussie High Comm
The Australian High Commission has travel warnings for Australians
visiting PNG. The full text can be found at
PNG Automotive Web Sites
Boroko Motors -- http://www.boroko-motors.com
Ela Motors -- http://www.elamotors.com.pg
Hertz Hire Cars -- http://www.leasemaster.com.pg
The Fiji Foreign Affairs and External Trade minister has said that
Fiji wants to import Petroleum products produced by the Napanapa Oil
Refinery in Port Moresby. Fiji, like other South Pacific counties, is
importing fuel from Singapore.
Like other airlines worldwide Air Niugini has announced increases in
the cost of travelling due to the increase in fuel prices. According
to the Chief Executive the company has attempted to absorb as much of
the increase as possible. The increase will be implemented alongside
the present fuel surcharges and it is expected that more will be coming
as the price of fuel is expected to increase again and again this year.
The domestic fuel surcharge will now cost K30 per sector and the International
surcharge will be US$46.20 per sector.
Australian Assisting Police
It appears that crime in the Gordon area of Port Moresby is increasing.
Some people are saying that this is because the Australian Assisting
Police are located there and they are too soft on criminals in the area
and they have made it easier for the crims to operate without being
harassed by the PNG police. Records show that armed robbery, car theft,
and assault cases have increased with murder and rape cases decreasing.
The National Capital District / Central Police Assistant Commissioner
has denied that crime rates have in creased since the deployment of
the Australian police. The Assistant Commissioner has said that there
has been an increase in the reporting rate for crime. He said that people
are now confident that if they report a crime something will happen
whereas in the past people simply did not report crime and if a crime
was reported often it was not recorded correctly if at all.
The Assistant Commissioner has since been held up, assaulted and robbed
of his vehicle and other items by armed criminals in the area.
The uproar over the recent security search of Sir Michael Somare in
Brisbane has seen the PNG government place some of the Enhanced Cooperation
Program on hold. It has also been mentioned that the deployment of troops
waiting to come up to PNG will now not happen.
The outspoken Governor of Morobe province has called on the government
to cut all ties with Australia. He has also demanded that the Australian
High Commission in Port Moresby be shut down and all staff sent back
to Australia as well as closing down thew PNG High Commission in Canberra
and the Consulate office in Brisbane.
Sir Michael rather than have the hassles and possible embarrassment
of transiting in Australia has hired a private jet to go overseas on
his most recent trip. Never mind that the estimated cost of this little
trip is over a quarter of a million Kina.
The company at the centre of the uproar has apologised if it has offended,
embarrassed, or humiliated anyone but they do not apologise for the
absolute application of the security policies that are in place.
The National Superannuation Fund has announced a three-month pre-tax
profit of almost K60 million up to the end of March this year. Much
of the increase has been attributed to the shares held by the fund in
the Bank of South Pacific.
The following has been submitted from a long-time contributor. He also
sent it off to the Post Courier. It is about a picture that appeared
on the front page of The National newspaper.
PIG BASHING - AUSSIE BASHING
Do any of the other readers of our two national newspapers feel the
same revulsion and disgust seeing the front-page photo and story of
a cabinet minister bashing a pig to death? In line with other cruelty
meted out daily, this must diminish all respect held for this particular
minister who has long been regarded as one of our best. Bashing animals
to death when there are humane and painless ways of disposing of their
lives remains another great difference between some PNG traditions and
Perhaps it just fits in with the other papers insidious wish to drive
a stake between PNG and other nations with whom the majority of people
in this country wish to maintain dialogue.
Minister, I hope you sleep well at night after being used so cruelly.
The RSPCA is for all animals,
Sir John Dawanicura has been awarded the Olympic Order for his contribution
to the Olympic movement and sport in general. Sir John is the PNG Sports
Federation General Secretary. The president of the International Olympic
committee presented the award during the annual general assembly of
the Oceania National Olympic Committee in Brisbane recently.
The University of Technology Vice-Chancellor has said that tertiary
institutions in PNG are living from day to day on life support systems
with funding deficiencies and the stress created by public expectation.
He said that he feared the neglect of the higher education sector is
tantamount to neglecting brain development in a growing human being.
Martin Luther Seminary
The Martin Luther Seminary in Lae has successfully held its 33rd graduation
ceremony. Plans are underway to upgrade the status of the Martin Luther
Seminary to the level of a university next year. The Governor of Morobe
Province would like to see a formal university course on the Tok Pisin
language once the Seminary is upgraded.
University of PNG
The University of PNG has held its 50th annual graduation. The graduation
saw the largest graduation of students. 130 students received a degree
in the Bachelor of Clinical Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing programme.
The University also saw the first graduates in its Bachelor of Business
and Management Studies programme. The ceremony was split into two sessions
with the morning session being used to graduate students from the School
of Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Natural and Physical Sciences.
The afternoon session saw students graduating from the Schools of Business
Administration and the Medicine and Health Sciences.
Along with the Martin Luther Seminary the University of Technology
(UniTech) in Lae has held yet another successful graduation ceremony.
This was the 37th graduation of students from the University of Technology.
A total of 662 graduands received masters, post graduate diplomas, degrees
The University of Goroka is holding its 8th Annual Graduation
Ceremony on the 13th of May. The previous ceremony was put on hold due
to the uncertainty about the quality of fuel provided to airlines in
PNG Coffee Festival for 2005 is set for 5th, 6th and 7th of
May at the Raun Raun Theatre in Goroka. There will be more than 30 traditional
singsing groups as well as educational exhibits on coffee; agriculture;
fisheries; livestock; business development; tourism and culture; banking
and finance; vocational education; radio communications and technology
to rural areas; horticulture and cut flowers; arts and crafts; pottery
making; woodworking; alluvial gold mining; farming equipment and demonstrations
and many more.
The SP Brewery Port Moresby Open Squash Championship is being
held from the 29th of April to the 1st of May 2005.
East New Britain Warwagira and Mask Festival. The Warwagira
will be held on the 6th to the 12th of July followed by the Mask Festival
on the 13th to the 16th of July. Both events will be held at the Queen
Shell PNG and InterOil are finalising the terms for performing tests
on the jet fuel suspected of being contaminated. The suspect fuel caused
Air Niugini to ground most of its fleet last month causing a major inconvenience
to passenger and freight forwarders.
The Madang National Court has told the Madang branch of PNG Power that
the continuous blackouts are not acceptable to the court. Justice Mark
Sevua warned that the National Court has very wide reaching powers and
that under the Constitution it has the power to punish people or agencies
that fail to provide vital services to the Court. The continuos cutting
of the power to the courthouse has meant that the court cannot maintain
records of proceedings etc.
Mt Hagen Court
It has been reported that magistrates in Mt Hagen are not able to attend
to court cases because they have housing problems. The three Mt Hagen
magistrates have to live with relatives outside the city and find it
difficult to get to and from work. A house that was at one stage intended
for the use of magistrates has been sold to a new owner by the National
Housing Corporation (NHC) with no consultation with the magistrates
who say their associates have occupied the house for the last 20 years.
The NHC has said the sale was an error on the part of the NHC.
The WR Carpenter (PNG) group has enjoyed a K20 million pre-tax profit
for 2004. The group's after-tax profit rose 17 percent to about K16
Thieves that broke into the Kiunga District Court recently are now
behind bars waiting their court cases. Police caught the three suspects
but none of the stolen items were recovered. It has been reported that
the thieves stole a large sum of cash and cheques, two cartons of marijuana
and two factory made pistols and one homemade gun.
The 10th National Health Expo was held recently in Port Moresby. The
Expo is a joint effort of the National Department of Health and The
National Newspaper. As usual the Expo was a great success attended by
what seemed to be the whole of Port Moresby.
An increase in the minimum bet on poker machines from K20 to K50 has
meant that many poker machine sites are almost deserted during the day
and even the night. Some gaming site operators have said that they may
have to close down soon if the trend continues.
Drunken Cop Charged
A senior policeman faces charges of assault and drunk and disorderly
behaviour as well as resisting arrest after a drunken incident at a
pokies parlour in Boroko, Port Moresby. Police allege the incident occurred
recently when the defendant, an inspector, was found to be behaving
in a disorderly manner at the parlour.
Madang Resort Upgrade
The Madang Resort Hotel, part of the Melanesian Tourist Services (MTS)
Ltd - is undergoing a major K12 million expansion. To be known as the
Kalibobo Resort, work has already begun on an adjoining up-market development
to the current seafront resort. It will include 100 new deluxe and executive
rooms and a new waterfront facing the vast blue waters of the Bismarck
Bank of New South Wales
The first branch of the Bank of New South Wales was opened in Port
Moresby on the 10th of May 1910. It was the first official bank in the
country. The bank has since changed its name to the Westpac Bank but
that will not stop the over 400 employees celebrating 95 years in the
Datec -- http://www.datec.com.pg
-- and -- http://www.datec.net.pg
-- has recorded profit gains in PNG and other Pacific countries but
made losses in Australia and Fiji. The company had an overall reported
revenue of about K132.3 million in the year 2004 marginally up from
2003 and still managed an overall loss of K2.6 million. The losses have
been attributed to increased competition in Fiji and Australia. A recent
attempt to buy out a major competitor in PNG was defeated by the Independent
Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) due to the virtual monopoly
that would result in PNG
Are PNG Men Violent?
According to a 2000 report prepared by the World Health Organisation
(WHO) PNG men are the second most violent group of men in the world.
The WHO report says that over half the female population (56,1 percent)
have been physically assaulted. That does not include sexual abuse or
rape. It has been suggested that the figure could be higher because
many women are too scared to report violence against them. PNG was only
second to Uganda in terms of violence against women.
2005 Medical Symposium
The PNG Institute of Medical Research has started fund raising for
the 2005 Medical Symposium to be held in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province
during October. The Eastern Highlands Governor has kick started the
fund raising by donating K25,000. Other Members of Parliament from the
area have also promised to help with the funding of the symposium.
The Carbine Club of PNG held a successful fundraising lunch for PNG
Rugby League raising heaps of money auctioning off Rugby League memorabilia
on Friday the 15th of April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Carbine Club
was established in 1961 in Melbourne and the PNG Club started up in
1990. There are about 13 Carbine Clubs around the world.
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