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baksait back (rear)
baksait; bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
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insait inside
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long bek backwards
nem name
not north
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Links PNG News Links
Misc. Links The News
Sustainable Tourism PNG Group Unfairly Held
Fulbright Scholarship Program New Governor General
Education Dept. Information Systems Highlands Pacific Limited
Breakaway Soccer League Diplomat Returns Home
10 Pin Bowling Electronic Banking
Women Candidates Enough Gas
Digicel Data Land Grab System Disappoints
PNG An Investment Destination Air Niugini
Modern Pathology Lab Suspects Arrested
Mining Sector Energy Sector Looks Promising
Another Somare To Contest Political Parties
Millions To Fight AIDS Javani Settlement Eviction
Aussie PM Visit Foreigners Robbed
Carjacking Suspects Shot Frieda River Copper
Surfers Set For Madang Aussie Smartraveller Update
Disaster Information Management System Hanuabada Village Safe Water
Vale Robert Hau'ofa Coming Events
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Lae City dwellers target perfect start to Oceania Campaign --

New Bomana police homes vandalised --

Immigration Department blocked from returning sick asylum seeker to Manus Island --

Manus Island medical clinic may be shut down, PNG Government says --

Refugee with dwarfism to be housed --

Gun amnesty extended in PNG's Hela province --

Scores of detained asylum seekers take Australian cash and return home --

Call for greater returns for PNG resource owners --

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Tertiary institutions to mark international sport day --

Opinion: What PNG taught me about doing business --

Sime Darby to restructure before spinning off units --



News Items

Sustainable Tourism

Speaking at the Tourism Working Group workshop on sustainable tourism in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Ms. Alcinda Trawen, from the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) provided two successful PNG mining sector case studies to tourism officials from APEC's 20 other Members. The two community level case studies covered a sustainable tourism project in Kimbe in West New Britain province, and the other was the development of the Tupira Surf Club, on the North Coast of Madang province.

PNG Today --

PNG Group Unfairly Held

A PNG man says he and several countrymen were subject to unfair incarceration in West Papua by Indonesian authorities. The incident occurred early last year when a small group from PNG's Western Province travelled by boat to the Indonesian port of Merauke to sell traditional items to a local buyer.

Radio New Zealand --

Fulbright Scholarship Program

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced its scholarship program to support the pursuit of quality in legal studies in Papua New Guinea. This followed the opening of its office in Port Moresby in last November as part of an expanded Asia-Pacific network.

PNG Today --

New Governor General

Parliament has sworn in Bob Dadae as the 10th Governor-General of PNG. Mr Dadae, who was the current MP for Kabwum in Morobe province, was elected to the governor general's post on January. Dadae takes over as vice-regal from Sir Michael Ogio, who passed away in February, near the end of his term.

Radio New Zealand --

Japan's PM Abe sends condolences to PNG's late Governor General Sir Michael's family --

Education Dept. Information Systems

The PNG Department of Education has contracted with Trinoor to modernise all of their computer applications and build new applications to support the maintenance and upkeep of basic education infrastructure.

Trinoor Web Site --

Highlands Pacific Limited

A rift has developed between Highlands Pacific Limited and its shareholder, Chinese group Guangdong Rising Assets Management Co Ltd, over the future control of the PNG company.

One PNG --

Breakaway Soccer League

Plans for a breakaway national soccer league in PNG have at last been finalised. Over a recent weekend the heads of several football associations from around the country met to discuss a blueprint for the newly-formed Football Federation Papua New Guinea.

ABC Australia --

Football Federation Outlines New Strategy --

Diplomat Returns Home

A diplomat at PNG's Embassy in Seoul returned to PNG early last month after being booked for allegedly molesting a woman at a Seoul club, Yongsan Police Station said recently.

Yonhap News --

10 Pin Bowling

Read about Lanes, the new 10 pin bowling alley in Port Moresby, in a brief blog by Kiwi Expat.

Kiwi Expat Blog --

Electronic Banking

The advent of electronic banking in Papua New Guinea has the potential to significantly modernise and expand the country's financial system Greg Pawson, General Manager of Westpac Pacific tells Business Advantage PNG.


Women Candidates

Fifty women candidates who intend to run for the 2017 National Election have been selected to participate in a week of training on parliamentary processes.

PNG Today --

Enough Gas

State petroleum company, Kumul Petroleum, sees its role in developing oil and gas projects in partnership with developers, according to Managing Director, Wapu Sonk. He tells Business Advantage PNG there is enough gas in the country for no less than five LNG trains.

Business Advantage PNG --

Digicel Data

Digicel has launched an exciting new smartphone offer, which has never been done before in PNG or any other country where Digicel operates. In a first for any telecommunications company in PNG, people can now buy any smartphone from any phone-selling outlet nationwide and get free data for 6 months from Digicel.

PNG Today --

Land Grab System Disappoints

The government is pushing ahead with plans to convert controversial Special Agriculture Business Leases to another form of land tenure. A petition was presented to the government last week calling for action on the SABLs, the majority of which were found by a commission of inquiry to have been fraudulently obtained.

Radio New Zealand --

PNG An Investment Destination

PNG is an outstanding investment destination, Oil Search Limited managing director Peter Botten says. Speaking during the first day of the inaugural Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby recently, Botten said the company believed in the involvement of communities as well.

The National --

Air Niugini

Air Niugini was recently able to offer its customers domestic return fares reduced by 60%. The offer has now expired but check the company web site for other offers. The offer was available for walk in customers and also online.

Air Niugini --

Taking flight on our path to progress --

Modern Pathology Lab

Since last year residents of PNG and especially those living in Port Moresby have had access to a modern K3 million Pathology laboratory. What would cost more than K10,000 in expenses outside of the country can be provided by the laboratory for only K280 in country.

PNG Today --

Suspects Arrested

Lae Police have arrested two male suspects in connection to an armed robbery which happened a week ago. Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said the suspects were part of a gang that held up staff of a mobile phone company outside ANZ Bank, Market Branch.

Loop PNG --

Mining Sector

PNG is looking to build on solid performance in its mining sector in 2016, though legal reforms expected later this year are creating a degree of uncertainty for prospective investors. The increase was led by the Lihir gold mine, which posted annual income of PGK3.57bn ($1.1bn). Despite closure due to drought conditions experienced in the first two months of the year, the Ok Tedi copper mine was the second-highest contributor with PGK2.1bn ($661.5m) in output, followed by the Porgera gold mine at PGK2bn ($630m). Together, these facilities accounted for 78.6% of sector revenue.

Oxford Business --

Energy Sector Looks Promising

In light of a good turnout of commodity price in oil and gas internationally, now is a good time for investors to tap into PNG's energy sector. That is the message from PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill when officially launching the inaugural Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby.

PNG Today --

Another Somare To Contest

East Sepik Governor and founding Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has given his blessing to his daughter, Dulciana Somare-Brash, to contest the seat he has held for the last 49 years. Dulciana said national unity was important.

The National --

Political Parties

Dr Yala, from the National Research Institute, says it is a problem if too many political parties contest the elections. PNG has 44 registered political parties contesting the 2017 National Elections. There are 111 Parliament seats being contested.

Loop PNG --

Millions To Fight AIDS

PNG will receive close to two hundred and three million kina as funding in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country. The funding will go towards helping the National Department of Health's efforts to roll out HIV testing, developing site-level strategies to address Gender Based Violence and support for improved data collection.

PNG Today --

Javani Settlement Eviction

Dozens of families have been forcefully evicted from the Javani settlement in Lae City following an eviction order issued on the 19th of February by the provincial government. Over the last 40 years, Lae's growth spurred a steady influx of people looking for jobs and opportunities. Many end up in settlements like Javani.


Aussie PM Visit

The Aussie PM, Malcolm Turnbull, is expected to make his first official visit to PNG since he became the Australian prime minister. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Frances Adamson told a Senate estimates hearing that discussions were underway on pinning down a suitable time.

Channel 9 Australia --

Foreigners Robbed

Four foreigners have been held up in Port Moresby shortly after leaving the international airport. They were about to reach their compound at 6-Mile when a sedan overtook their car and forced them out of their car. On the 16th of February another three Malaysians were held up in similar circumstances after arriving in Port Moresby on a flight from Singapore.

Pasifik News --

Carjacking Suspects Shot

Police have shot three car theft suspects in Port Moresby, while another suspect is in custody. From the three suspects who were shot, one is in a critical condition at the Port Moresby General Hospital. The men were part of a gang that attempted to steal a vehicle in Port Moresby's Gerehu suburb.


Frieda River Copper

Frieda River is one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world. Now, the smaller shareholder in the project, in the remote highlands of PNG, has cried "foul' warning that a proposed board spill will give the Chinese government control.

Sydney Morning Herald --

Surfers Set For Madang

Over 50 surfers and officials will attend the PNG Kumul Longboard World Championships hosted by Tupira Surfing Club in Bogia, Madang this month from the 18th to the 25th. The world surfing event is supported by Kumul Consolidated Holdings with a K1 million sponsorship.

The National --

Aussie Smartraveller Update

The following travel advice has changed or been added for PNG Current Advice Level:

Latest update:

Tensions may escalate in the period surrounding national elections in late June/early July 2017. The site continues to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in PNG. Higher levels apply in parts of the country.

Smartraveller Website --

Disaster Information Management System

International Organization for Migration (IOM), working in close partnership with the PNG government's National Disaster Centre (NDC), has developed and handed over an Information Management System (IMS) that will be used to collect, analyse, report and store information on disaster and displacement incidents in the country.

The IMS will be rolled out in Gulf, Morobe, Oro, Madang, East New Britain and West New Britain Provinces. Together, IOM and the NDC are leading the way in utilizing the IMS towards reducing risks that natural disasters pose to vulnerable communities.

IOM --

NDC --

Hanuabada Village Safe Water

The NZ Herald and World Vision are launching the Hidden Pacific Campaign. They want to raise $100,000 for the urgent water and sanitation needs in Hanuabada village, and World Vision wants your long-term support for ongoing work in the Pacific.

New Zealand Herald --

Taps Off Day Challenge to Help Provide Easy Water Access to PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu --

Vale Roger Hau'ofa

The great broadcaster, Robert Hau'ofa, has passed away on the 4th of March 2017 a few minutes before midday. Hau'ofa had over 50 years in broadcasting. He had an unmistakeable voice that was synonymous with talkback radio in the country.

Facebook --

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.

Men's and Women's Longboard World Championship Tour Tupira Surf Resort, Madang province - 18th - 25th Mar 2017

Good Friday - 14 Apr 2017
Easter Sunday - 16 Apr 2017
Easter Monday - 17 Apr 2017

Australia PNG Business Forum & Trade Expo 14 - 16th May in Port Moresby --

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup from the 24th of September to the 1st of October, 2017.

PNG Games have been postponed to 18 Nov 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 Dec 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 Dec 2017

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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)

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