PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Dec 2013

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Governor Defies Prime Minister

The governor of Port Moresby has raised the flag of the West Papuan independence movement, despite a request by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill not to do so.


Dual Citizenship

Parliament has unanimously voted to amend the Constitution to allow for dual citizenship. One of the main reasons why Papua New Guineans who live overseas continue to push this dual citizenship issue is that it is their country of birth and there is a strong bond with the country and regaining that citizenship will formalise that feeling.


PNG Games

The 6th PNG Games Host Organising Committee headed by Chairman Phil Franklin has said that the two-week event in November 2014 will need K30 million (US$11.6 million) to stage.


Medecins Sans Frontieres

The health NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres says an inaugural conference addressing high sexual and family violence rates in PNG has exceeded expectations.



AFL PNG recently completed its second talent camp for Port Moresby, with the first camp held in Lae, earlier this month, for the Northern and Highlands regions.



Parliament has taken the first step in setting up the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in a 92-0 votes.


POM Fashion Week

The inaugural Port Moresby Fashion Week was a night to remember. Those who turned up left overwhelmed by the variety of designs, colour and culture on display.


Nautilus Exploration

The Canadian deep-sea mining company, Nautilus Minerals, will start sea floor mining exploration in the waters of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands soon. Nautilus has licences around Bismarck Sea and the Woodlark areas and parts of the Solomon Islands.


Miss Gulf 2013

Congratulations to Rikana Vavine for recently winning the 2013 Miss Gulf Title.

Carstenz Pyramid

Although not in PNG the Isle of Man newspaper thinks it is -- The acting chief inspector with the Isle of Man Constabulary returned to the Isle after summiting the remote Carstenz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea, at 15,629 feet (4,884 metres) the tallest peak. Just to make sure that his Seven Summits Challenge achievement could never be in doubt he also climbed Australia's Mount Kosciuszko, said by some to be the highest peak in Australasia.



Post Courier Web Site

The Post Courier web site has been redesigned. Pay the site a visit. You can also sign up for a free subscription that is valid until Feb 2014. After a quick view of a couple of news items you will be asked to login so signing up lets you continue to read the paper.


Parliament Web Site

The PNG Parliament web site has a database of information on Parliament including profiles of MPs, bills and papers, committee report and Hansard report.

The European Union funded the web site for K1 million. The project was born from an agreement signed by the Government, Transparency International PNG and EU in April to promote transparency and democracy.



The National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI) at Kerevat in East New Britain province recently celebrated the official commissioning of infrastructure and allied research facilities and staged an agricultural innovation show.


Tembari Children's Care

Westpac's credit team has donated a freezer and K3,000 to the Tembari Children's Care. Tembari Children's Care is a charitable organisation for orphans and abandoned children and operates a day care facility at Oro Village (Air Transport Services) 7-Mile, outside of Port Moresby.


POM Rain

After recent rain in the National Capital the hillsides are beginning to look green. How long will it be before the green turns brown and then black?

Wet season a cause of accidents --

NBC East Sepik

National Broadcasting Corporation has begun celebrating its 40th anniversary in East Sepik. Radio East Sepik actually began 10 years before the NBC was set up. Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was one of the announcers who worked at the station.


Sorcery Conference

Experts from a range of fields have gathered in the country to discuss an increase in sorcery killings and come up with ways to stop them. There have been a spate of gruesome sorcery killings this year, including one where a women was burnt alive on a main street in one of PNG's biggest towns.


Queensland Cup

AGMARK Rabaul Guria coach Michael Marum is the new head coach of the PNG team that will participate in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup next year.


Food Security Issues

Australia and PNG have signed off on a new project addressing rising food insecurity among smallholder cocoa and oil palm farmers in the country. The four year research project is a partnership between the Cocoa Coconut Institute, Oil Palm Research Association, Curtin University and James Cook University.



Tropicair has temporarily suspended its operations following the recent crash of one of its four Cessna Caravans in the Gulf province. The crash killed three out of ten occupants on board when the pilot made a forced landing after experiencing engine trouble between Kimusi and Purari in Gulf province.

Mother loses second son in a year after PNG plane crash --

Mining Downturn

The PNG Chamber of Mines says for the first time in a decade mining is facing difficult times while the gas industry in PNG is booming. PNG has had 10 years of very substantial growth.


Five-star Hotel

Work on a planned five-star hotel and casino at the four-mile roundabout in Port Moresby has come to a standstill with the Korean developers said to be out of money.


Population Cap

Ken Fairweather, the Member of Parliament for Sumkar District in Madang Province, says population growth in PNG is faster than western nations and essential services such as education and health cannot cope. He has rolled out a free contraception programme to slash the number of women giving birth in his district.


School Kriket

The BSP School Kriket Program run by Cricket PNG aims to reach 150,000 students in 2013 and to date they are on target. Through the BSP School Kriket program Cricket PNG has taken steps to achieve this aim, by developing innovative programs at the school level.


NRI Cadet Program

The National Research Institute is looking for young university graduates to join the NRI Cadetship Program in 2014. The program starts in January 2014 and cadets 2will be engaged for 12 months. For more information click on the link below or contact the Human Resource Manager, NRI, PO Box 5854, Boroko NCD 111, PNG.


Commission of Inquiry Report

The PNG Supreme Court has overturned a three-year injunction preventing the publication of an 812-page commission of inquiry into false compensation scams that cost the country more than $300 million.


Miss South Pacific Pageant

The 2013 Miss South Pacific Beauty Pageant is being held in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Twenty-four year old Miss Papua New Guinea, Christine Aiwa, originally from Chimbu, Sepik and Morobe province parentage, is taking part in the contest.


Climate Change

A new report by the Asian Development Bank has assessed the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture, fisheries, tourism, coral reefs and human health in PNG, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Samoa. The Bank says reduced food crops in PNG will be a main cause of economic damage brought on by climate change.


Nations Cup Netball

Papua New Guinea has beaten Sri Lanka by 76 points to 52 in their opening encounter of the 2013 Nations Cup Netball Tournament currently underway in Singapore.




Singapore narrowly beat PNG 44-43 --

LNG Health Care

The PNG Liquefied Natural Gas has launched a K6.9 million initiative to improve paediatric medicine in the country. The child and maternal health care programme which began earlier this month and led by Houston-based Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in partnership with PNG LNG, was launched in Port Moresby recently by the Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Michael Malabag.


Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day - 1st January 2014

Remembrance Day - 23rd July

Independence Day - 16th September 2014

Christmas Day - 25th December 2014

Boxing Day - 26th December 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 --

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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