PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Dec 2017

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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
ai bilong front of / in
ailan island
antap high / summit / up / upstairs
apinun afternoon / evening / good afternoon
diwai tree / wood (timber)
diwai kros cross
gel / meri girl
gut nait good night
holim hold
kalabus jail
kros cross
mambu bamboo
ol they
ol pikinini mambu bamboo shoots
painap pineapple
pikinini baby / child
pikinini bilong diwai / prut fruit
pikinini bilong sipsip lamp
pikinini meri (bilong em) daughter
sipsip sheep
sol salt
wan handet one hundred

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Pamela Anderson Slams Australia's Treatment of Refugee's Dog in PNG --

Telikom Launches 3g / 4g Service in Eastern Highlands --

Settlement kids given early Christmas gifts --

Mobile and Internet Costs in PNG --

PNG Electoral Commissioner Eyes Electronic Voter Machines --

PNG Air makes loss --

NGO to conduct child abuse research in three Morobe Districts --

Rosso queries Lae council land deal -- -- and --

Twinza's Pasca A gas field flares successfully --

Pre-launching PNG Digital Ecosystem - PNG ICT CLUSTER --

Kerema, Kairuku shoppers stranded --

Misc Links

Concerns PNG villagers may be poaching vulnerable dugongs in Australian waters --

Measles Emergency Plan of Action --

PNG National Weather Service --

CNMI receives Pacific Games Council flag --

Keama: I thought I had a good fight --

Eruption of Tavurvur volcano at Rabaul, East New Britain --

PNG PM welcomes decision over arrest --

PNG invites New Zealand to invest in Agriculture Sector --

Money hungry Nautilus weighs funding options as project challenges mount --

PNG graduates celebrate time with Tec-NQ --

News Items

K260,000 in Fines Collected

Police in Western Highlands have generated more than K260,000 for the provincial government in spot fines charged on motorists. Provincial police commander Chief Superintendent Martin Lakari said police collected K262,506 in fines from motorists driving defective and unregistered vehicles.

The National --

TISA Milne Bay

The township of Alotau in Milne Bay came alive recently, with contributors of the largest savings and loan society in Papua New Guinea, TISA, celebrating the opening of their newest investment in the province - TISA Haus - their first major investment for TISA in the province since it commenced operations in the province in 2004.


Drunkenness Targeted

National Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N'Dranou says one of the objectives of the Christmas and New Year police operation is to reduce alcohol-related accidents in the city.

The National --

East New Britain Cop Arrested for Driving Drunk - Loop PNG --

Rotary Donates Wheelchairs

110 wheelchairs worth over K50,000 have been donated to the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) by the Rotary Club of Boroko in association with the wheelchair Foundation and various rotary clubs in Australia and Goolwa. This is the fourth shipment in the past 10 years, and of the 110 wheelchairs, 40 will go to POMGH, another 40 will be donated to the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Services (NOPS), 10 will be donated to PNG Rehab Centre and the remaining will go to other outstation centres.

Post Courier --

Mangrove Diving

Mangroves are the unsung heroes of the ocean and a diver's best friend. They are biodiversity hotspots and nurseries where up to three-quarters of all tropical fish species are born; ensuring plentiful life at dive sites around the world.

Milne Bay is known for its many World War II wrecks, some of which can be explored by diving and snorkelling. The mangrove system attracts dolphins to the area and the reefs are colourful and diverse, with deep walls and coral gardens. It is a great destination for muck diving, especially at Dinah's Beach - where this type of diving is thought to have begun amidst the black sand slopes.

Deeper Blue --

2018 National Game Fishing Titles

The Lae Game Fishing Club (GC) is all set for action. They have been confirmed to host to the 43rd National Game Fishing titles from March 23 to April 1 in the Morobe capital next year. The Game Fishing Association of PNG endorses and oversees the National Fishing Titles, and in doing so alternates the tournament between the four main Fishing Clubs in PNG each year - Lae, Port Moresby, Rabaul and Madang.

Post Courier --

Inmates Celebrate

Over 700 prison inmates at the Correctional facilities at Bomana just outside Port Moresby spent a day in prayer and entertainment, recalling the birth of Jesus and celebrating an early Christmas.

The National --

National Weather Service Strike

The Chief Executive Officer of Air Niugini says the airline was prepared for a proposed strike by members of the National Weather Service and had alternative measures in place if the strike had gone ahead.

Loop PNG --

National Weather Service Strike on Hold --

HMAS AE1 Located

The wreck of Australia's first submarine that vanished 103 years ago has been discovered off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The disappearance of the HMAS AE1 submarine off Rabaul on the 14th of September 1914, and the fate of her 35 Australian and British crew members, has remained one of Australia's oldest naval mysteries. It was the first loss for the Royal Australian Navy and the first allied submarine lost in World War I.

Nine News --

Betel Nut Export

The proposal by National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop to export betel nuts to Saudi Arabia is an idea that should be studied and developed. For Parkop, redirecting betel nuts to the Middle East achieves for him one selfish end; the more that can be sent away the less that can arrive in Port Moresby where the capital city has turned a disgusting red from the spit of betel nut chewers.

Also known as areca nut, betel nut is used in the Pacific, Southeast and South Asia, and parts of east Africa. Labelled as Asia's deadly secret, betel nut is consumed by a 10th of the world and is said to give people a buzz on par with six cups of coffee.

The National --

Air Niugini Donates to PMGH

Air Niugini donated over 150 gift bags to patients at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) on Thursday 07th December as part of the Christmas gesture to bring smile to the sick and less fortunate. Air Niugini's Executive Manager-Marketing, Ms Nori Maniana said it is part of the airline's community service obligation and this was not the first time, Air Niugini donated gifts during Christmas.

PX Website --

Hunters bring Christmas joy to patients --

Bougainville and PNG Reach Deals

The Papua New Guinea Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government have announced several resolutions ahead of the vote on independence in 2019. The resolutions include appointing an internationally recognised person as the chair of the Bougainville Referendum Commission. There was also agreement for the question in the 2019 referendum to elicit a simple yes or no answer.

Radio New Zealand --

Nurses Graduate

47 students from the Lae School of Nursing have recently graduated with a diploma in nursing and provisional licence to practice.

The National --

UPNG Doubles Fees

The University of Papua New Guinea has been forced to hike the compulsory fee it charges all students. The UPNG's media director, James Robins, said a substantial fee increase was needed to meet the escalating costs the university was facing as it tries to cope with higher government charges and pressure to absorb more students.

Radio New Zealand --

2018 UPNG Selection List --

Attempts to End Manus Blockade

A Manus Island refugee says a meeting has taken place in an attempt to end the blockade of the East Lorengau Transit Centre in Papua New Guinea.

About 350 refugees exiled to the island by Australia reside in the transit centre. Disgruntled land owners have been blocking the road to the facility since Monday, preventing service providers from entering.

Radio New Zealand --

Award-winning cartoonist escapes Manus Island --

UN releases Manus Island fact sheet --

Manus Island: UN calls on Australia to resolve plight of asylum seekers --

Youth With A Mission

Sand, sea and a whole lot of singing will be hallmarks of a Christmas with a difference for Townsville-based volunteers in PNG. Youth With A Mission will base its medical ship in Port Moresby during the Christmas and New Year period after a busy few months of delivering health services to remote parts of PNG.

Townsville Bulletin --

Goroka Landing Explained

A rumour in the last edition of the PNG Gossip Newsletter has been explained in an article that has appeared in the PNG Post Courier.

Air investigators have found that an engine malfunction and "serious safety deficiencies" had forced a Defence Force aircraft to make an unauthorised landing on a closed runway in Goroka two weeks ago.

Post Courier --

Chinese Firm Donates to Kavieng Hospital

Chinese construction company, PNG CJ Construction, has donated K10,000 to the Kavieng General Hospital in New Ireland.

The National --


The Intellectual Property Office of Papua New Guinea has recently unveiled a series of improvements to their -- website, a move which will assist brand owners interested in protecting their rights in Papua New Guinea ("PNG").

The IPOPNG website now provides access to a searchable electronic database of PNG trademarks which is hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Trade mark owners can now conduct direct availability searches prior to filing to help identify potentially conflicting registrations. It is unclear how often the IPOPNG database will be updated, but there is currently a delay of ~3 months for new trademarks being published online, which suggests that some care should be taken when reviewing search results.

IPO Website --

Vale Dr Sir Reuben Taureka

Dr Sir Reuben Taureka farewelled pioneer - who spent a lifetime in Government, politics and community service, was farewelled from Port Moresby with a memorial service at the Rev Sioni Kami Memorial Church on the 18th of December by about 300 mourners. Sir Reuben is believed to have died on the 11th of December.

Post Courier --

PNG's First Ministry --

Prison Breakouts Investigated

An investigation team has been established by the Commissioner for Correctional Service to look into the recent breakouts of Buimo prison in Lae as well as Kerevat.

Loop PNG --

Kari Eyes Commonwealth Title Defence

24 year-old PNG weightlifter, Steven Kari, has his sights set firmly on defending his Commonwealth Games gold medal after making a winning return to top level competition. Kari won three gold medals at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu earlier this month, in the men's 94kg division, and also came out on top at the Commonwealth Championships in September.

Radio New Zealand --

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.

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

New Year, 1 January 2018

11th March - 1st round QRL 2018 season. PNG Hunters kick off premiership defence against Ipswich Jets --

PNG Petroleum & Energy Summit - 19 to 21 March 2018 in Port Moresby --

43rd National Game Fishing titles from 23 March to 1 April 1 2018 in Lae Morobe province.

Good Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018

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

Oceania Men's and Women's Continental Hockey Qualification in Port Moresby in May 2018

Queen's Birthday, 11 June 2018

July 2018 - 6th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture - Solomon Islands

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco - 20 - 22 July 2018

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, 27 September

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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