PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 August 2005

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
nem name
baksait / bek back (rear)
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
insait inside
insait long in / inside of
kambek / kam bek come back
long bek backwards
not north
sait / hapsait side
saut south
wes west
nem bilong mi my name is
mi no save I do not understand
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Warning: PNG web sites seem to come and go. The fact of life is that it costs money to host a web site and there is not much return on the outlay to most businesses in PNG. If you do click on a link and use the services or even have some comments to make then please contact the people at the relevant web site and let them know so they at least know that someone has gained some value from their efforts. If you are so inclined them mention that you heard about them from this web site. -- The PNG Gossip Newsletter.

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Malaria Sites

It has been widely publicised that worldwide everyday over 3, 000 people die of malaria.

Malaria among pregnant women in PNG --
The official Rotary Against Malaria (PNG) Website --

PNG Aviation

Note the couple of additions to the list below that appeared in the last issue.

Air Niugini, National Airline of PNG --
Airlines of PNG --
Airlink --
Bill Purcell's Site --
MAF Australia (PNG Info) -- and search from there
PNG Unofficial PNG Aircraft Register --
North Coast Aviation --
Online Airline schedule --
PNG Balus Project --
TNT Air Cargo --
Regional Aviation --
PNG Civil Aviation Site --

Digger History

Interesting site showing various documents and badges used in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War --

Misc Sites

Quest Investigation International Limited --
Wewak Guest House --
National Disaster Centre --
The Wikipedia web site information about PNG continues to grow --
Do not forget the Melanesian Institute's home page is at --

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

PNG Independence Day (UK)

It looks like the people in the United Kingdom are better organised that the whole of PNG with respect to getting ready to celebrate PNG's 30th Anniversary. There will be a special 30th anniversary celebration dinner in Cornwall on Saturday the 17th of September.

The private sector in PNG has contributed K1.2 million towards staging the 30th Independence Anniversary celebrations.

Salvation Army

The Governor General of PNG, Sir Paulias Matane, has kick started the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. Sir Paulias is the patron of the appeal and a long time supporter of Salvation Army activities in PNG. The Red Shield Appeal supports a large range of Salvation Army services such as HIV/AIDS care, support, education and training; emergency disaster works such as the work being carried out amongst the displaced Manan Islanders; a remand centre for youth sentenced by the courts; aid to those in prisons, hostels, community services, community development projects and village health car centres. For more information contact the Salvo's on telephone +675 325 5507 or send a donation by mail to the Red Shield Appeal, PO Box 505, in Port Moresby. (That's in PNG of course).

Mobile GSM Network

The board of Pacific Mobile Communications have announced that Mendi, the provincial headquarters of the Southern Highlands Province will have a mobile telephone service before the end of this year. The Governor of the Southern Highlands, Hami Yawari, paid K176, 000 to Pacific Mobile to carry out a feasibility study and identify a suitable site to locate the necessary equipment and associated antenna.

Japanese Photographer

A Japanese Photographer is holding an exhibition in Tokyo in October to promote portraits of the many faces of Papua New Guinea. The exhibition will be held in the Fuji Photo Saloon in Ginza, central Tokyo, from Oct 7 to 13. On display will be 35 photographs of PNG portraits, which will be exhibited to about 1, 000 visitors a day during the week.

Papuans Not Aussies

The Australian High Court has upheld laws that PNG people ceased to be Australian citizens when PNG became independent in 1975. It had been argued that people in Papua had remained Australian citizens after PNG became independent and they had never become PNG citizens because they did not take steps to renounce their Australian citizenship. Papua along with New Guinea was administered by Australia up until Independence.

People born in Papua after the Australian Citizenship Act was passed in 1948 were Australian citizens but under the Migration Act required an entry permit to enter or live in Australia. The PNG Constitution does not allow for dual citizenship and declares that anyone who was born in PNG and had two indigenous grandparents was automatically a PNG citizen.


The New Guinea Islands wants financial autonomy from the PNG Government. The Governor of West New Britain, Clement Nakmai, has said that the National Government is collecting taxes in the region and not giving enough back to the provinces. The Governor has said that they are not trying to break away from PNG but are asking for financial authority.

Failed Robbery

A daylight robbery of a person outside the Bank of PNG (BPNG) was foiled when one of the BPNG staff members tripped one of the robbers and wrestled the stolen money away from the thief. A security guard, attempting to shoot at the robbers, only managed to put a bullet hole in one of the nearby parked cars.

Garden City

Management of Garden City in Boroko have been allocated a large sum of money to renovate the shops and residences. A large proportion of the money allocated will go towards getting the lifts in the building fixed. Residents have already been treated to getting their private car park gate fixed.

7th Mini SP Games

The mini SP games have been wrapped up and PNG finished with 16 Gold, 11 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. The weightlifting team lead the PNG team with six gold, 15 silver and nine bronze medals in the lower weight categories. The women's team also scored the most points to finish at the top of their competition. Weightlifter Dika Toua managed to win three gold medals. Track specialist Mae Koime won three gold and was named queen of the track. In outrigging canoe the PNG women's team, competing for the very first time managed to finish third ion the event. The next step for the team that went to the mini games is the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in March 2006. New Caledonia finished in first place with 56 Gold medals.

UPNG Students

It has been reported that many students at the University of PNG are attending classes without knowing whether they have passed or failed previously completed courses, leading to charges of incompetence on the part of the administration. It is supposedly so bad that a final-year student is attending classes even though he has no official grades for a previous course.

Uni Probe

The probe into the recent unrest at the University of PNG is getting underway. It is being headed by committee chairman Dr Thomas Webster, a director at the National Research Institute, and the other four members are deputy chairman Lady Hilan Los, who is the executive director of the Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum, Prof Bryan Gould, a retired vice chancellor from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, lawyer and former diplomat Sir Kina Bona and former auditor-general Makena Geno.

Operation Open Heart

Operation Open Heart is set to get under way later this year. The medical team usually comprises of 25 - 30 volunteer doctors, nurses and support staff. This will be the 12th times that a team has come to PNG to help people, mainly children, with heart defects.

Medical Symposium

The annual PNG Medical Symposium will be held in Goroka this year. Goroka is in the Eastern Highlands province of PNG and is the headquarters of the PNG Medical Research Institute -- -- The Symposium is being hosted by the Medical Institute and will be held at the University of Goroka --

Ashdown Medal

Professor John Reeder from the Institute of Medical Research -- -- in Goroka is the holder of an Ashdown Medal from the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine in Cairns. This is one of the highest honours that can be given out by the College and Professor Reeder received his in recognition of his contribution to tropical medicine. Professor Reeder's contribution has been in the area of research on malaria and he has published over 60 articles in international scientific journals during the last 15 years.

Hydro Power

PNG relies heavily on the generation of electricity using water. PNG Power has announced that the Rouna 2 Hydro Power station just outside Port Moresby will be undergoing a major rehabilitation programme worth K89 million to refurbish and replace the aging generators at the power station. Rouna 2 Power Station is the biggest of the four Hydro Power Stations at Rouna, with an installed generation capacity of 30 Megawatt. However, due to the wear and tear of the five generators at the station over the last 37 years, the generating capacity has been reduced to about 11.5 Megawatt.

Murder Trial

The trial of 13 Southern Highlanders accused of murdering six people at a squatter settlement in Port Moresby two years ago has finally begun in Port Moresby and the court has set aside three weeks for the hearing. The accused are alleged to have killed the victims from Goilala in Central province at the Tete settlement in Gerehu in an apparent payback killing. The killing is believed to have been related to the murder of a betelnut seller from Tari who was returning to the Tete settlement when he was attacked.

Casino Raid

Police recently arrested 54 people in an early morning raid on a casino located at the Song Bird nightclub collocated with the Fu Gui restaurant in Gordons. Out of the 54 arrested two were operating an illegal casino that was in breach of the relevant chapter of the Gaming Act. The raid was conducted at the request of the Gaming Board who have been on the trail of illegal gaming establishments in the country. An amount of K50, 000 on top of a table was seized during the raid.

Highlands Highway

The Chinese government is willing to help PNG fix the poor state of the Highlands Highway. They have recommended that a feasibility study is carried out to determine exactly what is needed. The Chinese have also indicated that they support the Government's medium term development strategy.

Angau Donation

A vanilla buyer from Australia has donated K7, 00 worth of medical equipment to the Angau Memorial Hospital. The buyer had collected surplus medical items from a private hospital in Melbourne through his sister. Many hospitals throughout PNG are suffering from shortages of even the most basic of items and all donations are welcomed by the various hospitals.


It is believed that about 220 new HIV/AIDS cases are being reported in the country every month that is a 10-fold increase from last year. It has been mentioned that this is a staggering 2 percent of the whole PNG population but in the same report by Dr Banare Bun it mentions that the figure is as much as 40, 000. It is difficult to get accurate figures but the population of PNG is over 5 million.

Illegal Trading

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has instructed the Civil Aviation Authority to close two kiosks being operated by foreigners at the Port Moresby Airport and sell them to qualified PNG operators. The PAC has said that the foreigners were operating in jobs that could be carried out by PNG people and in fact the jobs are classified as being reserved for PNG citizens only.

Air Niugini

Air Niugini continues to struggle with its solitary Boeing B767 aircraft. Every time the aircraft is serviced in New Zealand the airline experiences lengthy delays in the schedule causing inconvenience for passengers attempting to visit or leave PNG. It also throws into chaos the hospitality industry due to the greater demand for accommodating disrupted passengers.

I am also sorry to have to announce that Bob Martin, the General Manager for Marketing at Air Niugini, died a week ago (30 July 2005) when attempting to climb Mt Wilhelm with his two sons. -- -- All who knew him will miss him.

Hiri Hanenamo Quest

19 entrants in the 2005 Hiri Hanenamo Quest from 10 Motukoitabuan villages have been formally introduced to the Hiri Moale Festival Organising Committee. Out of the original 44 applicants, only 20 were selected to participate due to financial problems and other constraints but now one of those 20 has withdrawn. The quest, in its 19th year, is run in conjunction with the Hiri Moale festival along with Independence celebrations. The winner of the quest will fly to Townsville for the Townsville Show. Port Moresby and Townsville are sister cities.

Miss PNG

Miss PNG Red Cross Contestants have visited the Red Cross Special Resources Centre. The centre helps to educate children from elementary to upper primary level who have disabilities. The school is funded by the Red Cross through various fund raising activities such as the Miss PNG Quest. The girls who visited are Miss Boroko Motors Sharley O'Conner and three girls, Melinda Sape, Kathy Hamadai and Michelle Pala who do not have sponsors yet.

Coronation College Murder

A student at Coronation College in Lae has gone wild and allegedly murdered two staff members and injured a third victim who is recovering from her wounds at the Tusa Private Clinic. The suspect remained calm and appeared to showed no remorse at the Lae police station cell when investigators conducted interviews.

Coming Events

Squash - The K50, 000 Steel Industries PNG Squash International has been set to be held between the 16th and 21st of August in Port Moresby.

Mount Hagen Show, Western Highlands Province -- around the 20th of August 2005.

Look Save Art Show -- to be held at the Royal Papua Yacht Club from the 14th to the 16th of September, 2005. This is the third such show.

PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September 2005.

Hiri Moale Festival -- 15th to 18th of September 2005.

Goroka Show -- Independence Weekend (17th - 19th September)

Tufi Cultural Show -- 17th - 19th September

Morobe Show, Lae -- 15th and 16th of October 2005

The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be held 4th - 6th of November.

Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March 2006.

2006 - April 8th to the 16th -- National Game Fishing Titles

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