PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Aug 2016

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News Items

Milne Bay Islands

Studies indicate that the Kuyawa and Munuwata Islands of Milne Bay are on the verge of being stripped of their food and water resources at the mercy of climate change.


Air Niugini

Air Niugini has taken delivery of a 4th F70 aircraft registered P2-ANU. It arrived early August and will add more capacity to their fleet serving domestic and regional routes.

Nambawan Super Airfares

The 160,000 members of Nambawan Super Limited (NSL) can now enjoy discounted airfares following an agreement with Air Niugini. The two-year agreement to July 2018 will enable contributing NSL members up to 15 percent discount, and members of the retirement savings account 45 percent discounted air fares with Air Niugini.


New Lae Nasfund Office

National Superannuation Fund (Nasfund) has opened a new office at Top Town in Lae. At the opening was the Nasfund Chief Operating Officer, Warwick Vele.


Lupari in Denial

Isaac Lupari recently put out a statement as chairman of the Mineral Resources Development Corporation (MRDC) board denying that the State-Owned Enterprise had funded the Government camp in Alotau but Social Media begs to differ.


Moresby Drivers

A vehicle plunging into a drain outside the Games Village in Port Moresby at midday recently, sparkied concerns by residents over reckless driving.


Governor Released on Bail

Ati Wobiro, the Governor of Western province, has been granted bail on medical grounds.



Australian rice growers could lose thousands of tonnes in sales - equal to almost a third of their revenues - if a plan by the PNG government to launch quotas aimed at fostering a local rice industry goes ahead.



West Papuans Grateful

After many years without a permanent home, West Papuan refugees have been allocated land for resettlement in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby.

More than a thousand West Papuans, some of whom have been in the country for more than 30 years, squat on land in the Rainbow settlement as well as in Hohola and Waigani within the National Capital District.


Fiji Trade War Looming

The Trade, Commerce and Industry Ministry of PNG will be looking at taking serious trade measures against Fiji on its refusal to accept imported products and commodities from PNG into the Fijian Markets. The Minister also had talks with Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll to ban imported Chicken from Fiji as the first trade measure to be taken once cabinet approves the Ministry's submission.


PNG will stop trading with Fiji because it has been putting up unnecessary trade restrictions on PNG products, according to Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru. --

Pacific trade war looms as PNG warns Fiji to shape up --

The Priest Who Serves

In the deep Melanesian jungles, a native PNG Catholic priest walks miles through the deep thick forests. He scales the country's steep mountainous terrain to reach his remote flock and serve in the poorest parishes every weekend. The PNG government has not been to the region in more than 40 years, since independence in 1975.


Madang Home Brew

Many students are getting locked up by police in Madang for drinking home brew and misbehaving in public.


PNG Censors Documentary

Actor Sarah Snook has spoken about her involvement in a controversial documentary that was heavily censored after a politician took court action against the film.


Coffee and Cocoa Delayed

Over 7,000 bags of coffee and cocoa are sitting on a ship at Lae's main wharf. Bags of coffee and cocoa from Wasu in Tewai-Siasi District were loaded onto Lady Zeming, a Morobe Coast Shipping Services vessel. An officer from Morobe Coast Shipping said they were not aware of the circumstances behind the delay.


Guns Pose Election Threat

Retired Major General Jerry Singirok said he was concerned the proliferation of illegal guns in PNG will threaten security during next year's general election.


PNG Recovering From Drought

The World Food Program (WFP) says more than 200,000 are still in need of food aid in the PNG highlands as the region continues its slow recovery from the most severe El Nino-related drought in decades.


Internet Gaining Speed

Increased investments in telecommunications infrastructure are set to improve PNG's internet capacity, extending coverage across the country and paving the way to roll out 4G.


Despite PNG having mobile service coverage of 80% of the country from early 2016, some services are limited due to slower operating speeds, with many rural regions only having access to 2G technology.

ANZ goMoney

ANZ has rolled out the goMoney digital channel + cash merchant network in PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, signing up nearly 150,000 customers between 2013 and the end of 2015. The mobile technology enables customers to make cash deposits and withdrawals with their bank accounts at cash merchants and conduct transactions directly on their mobile phones.

ANZ goMoney is a mobile banking service that allows customers to access their ANZ accounts securely from their mobile phone.

LNG Woes

Disgruntled Highlands landowners are threatening a shutdown of the country's major LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) project. The project's gas conditioning plant in the Hides area of Hela highlands province remains locked by landowners protesting that the government owes five years' worth of project commitments worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It has emerged that more landowner groups from LNG Project areas in neighbouring Southern Highlands province have joined the Hela landowners in their protest.


Cruising on Ponants le Soleal

Read about cruising through Indonesia and PNG on Ponant's Le Soleal


Reuters Train PNG Journalists

The United Nations in PNG and the Media Council are delighted to announce that a week-long journalist training will be conducted by the world-top journalist organization, Thomson Reuters.

According to reports the organisation is able to train up to 15 well-committed and motivated PNG journalists. The training will take place between the 29th of August and the 2nd of September this year.


Chicken Distribution Successful

The monthly distribution of day-old chicks to youths in communities by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) has seen a major impact in a notorious community in Port Moresby.


Zenag Chicken is partnering with DJAG to supply chicks which this month saw 18 boxes containing about 50 chicks each given to Morata, Dogura, Sabama and a youth group in Morobe.

Police Save Sorcery Victim

Police in Enga province say they have saved a woman who had been accused of sorcery from certain death. Provincial commander Superintendent George Kakas said the woman from Kaiap village had been accused of using sorcery to kill another woman who died while giving birth a month ago.


Eda Ranu Gets Tough

Eda Ranu is to take a tough stance against illegal users of water and sewerage services in Port Moresby, acting chief executive officer Dr Fifa Matainaho says.


Nature Park Cultural Day

The Port Moresby Nature Park is set to host its first cultural day on the 3rd of September. The day will be staged in partnership with the National Cultural Commission, the National Museum and Art Gallery and the National Agriculture and Research Institute (NARI).


Association Donates Water Pump

The Tete settlement in Port Moresby will now have access to water, thanks to the Malaysian Association of PNG (MAPNG) and the Four Square Church. The Patron of MAPNG and also the Malaysian High Commissioner to PNG, Datuk Jilid Kuminding opened the water project recently and handed it over to the community.


Conservation International

Conservation International (CI) has had a presence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for the past twenty years. It has always been CI's strategy to eventually phase out of direct implementation in PNG in order to foster custodianship among Papua New Guineans. CI began this process some time ago, and took a major step on 30 June 2016 when CI formally closed its national office. The next day, on July 1, 2016, an independently established, locally managed, environmental NGO: Eco Custodian Advocates (ECA) was opened in CI's place. ECA is fully independent of CI and managed directly in PNG. The prior staff of CI-PNG have transitioned also, thus bringing years of experience gained though CI. Equipped with a new and empowered vision, ECA is ready to make an impact.

ExxonMobil Bookworms

Over 50 ExxonMobil PNG (EMPNG) volunteer bookworms helped to deliver over 6000 books to 25 schools within PNG LNG project areas in Hela, Southern Highlands and Central provinces for National Book Week.


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.

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby --

Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp 2 - 11 of September 2016 in Port Moresby

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament 13 November - 3 December, Port Moresby --

Christmas Day - 25 December 2016

Boxing Day - 26 December 2016

New Year's Day - 1st January 2017

Surfing Association PNG - World Surf League tour championship in January 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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