PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Jan 2018

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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bagarap mess up / accident / breakdown
bagi red shell necklace used for trade in the kula ring islands
baibel bible
edukesen education
faivpela five
februeri February
fik fig
kulau green coconut
kumul bird of paradise
kurita octopus
kus cough / sneeze / cold
kwesten question
poro acquaintance / friend
rabis poor / rubbish / worthless
wantaim and / with / together / alike / the same
wantok friend / close friend / family / mate
wilwil / baisikel bicycle
win wind / breath / breeze

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Young Pilot Waits for promised funds --

Goroka villagers refuse to sit and wait for help --

Wewak police warn against false tsunami warnings --

FIFA World Cup to Tour Port Moresby in February --

Customs closure impacts businesses --

A Fijian who recently led the team at the iconic Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby has been appointed General Manager at the Plantation Island Resort in Fiji --

Norfolk church celebrates Papua New Guinea connection --

PNG leader urges action from global community at Davos --

Maprik petition challenged --

Misc Links

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TourRadar - PNG Tours and Trips 2018 --

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31 PNG Animal Images --

Dangerous PNG snakes --

Padlocked genitalia: Suspect formally charged -- -- UN condemns attack --

Children rescue blue-tongue lizard hatchlings --

New Research Report on Future of Commercial Aircraft Propeller Systems Market Headed for Growth and Global Expansion by 2021 --

What you need to know about Cybercrime Act --

News Items

APEC Motorcycles

To meet the rise in traffic activity during the APEC in Port Moresby the PNG police (RPNGC) and the Australian police have initiated motor cycle and motor vehicle training teams for the police traffic officers. The RPNGC and AFP motor cycle training team will be tasked with coordinating traffic for visiting leaders as well as the traffic for Port Moresby residents. The APEC training team for motorcycling started in April last year, and has trained over 30 officers with an expected number of 50 officers from traffic directorates to be in motorcycles by November.

Post Courier --

APEC calendar year starts --

PNG Hunters 2018

The PNG Hunters have named the final team for the 2018 Queensland Cup competition.

One PNG --

Melanesian Spearhead Group

PNG will host this year's 21st Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders' Summit in Port Moresby next month (February). Prime Minister Peter O'Neill will assume the chairmanship of the MSG and its constituent bodies on behalf of PNG.

Post Courier --

Manus Refugees Bound for US

Fifty-eight Manus refugees bound for the United States of America. Refugee advocates said 58 were able to go to the United States through a deal struck between the Australian government and the former US president Barack Obama. One refugee told the Refugee Action Coalition, "I am very happy to be free of the hell that the Australian government made for us on Manus. But we are sad for those who are still waiting so long. We can't stop thinking of everyone who are still on Manus. We all need freedom."

Radio New Zealand --

Electricity Project Takes Shape

The K375 million 58 megawatt (MW) gas fired power project is slowly taking shape adjacent to the PNG LNG plant in Port Moresby. This venture is owned by Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited and Oil Search and is constructed by NiuPower Limited, a subsidiary of both companies. The gas fired power project once completed will assist PNG Power Limited who will be constructing a double circuit 66kV transmission line from the power plant site to a new Gerehu substation.

Post Courier --


Kadovar has erupted again sending plumes of steam and ash into the air. Thousands of people have been evacuated from islands surrounding Kadovar Island off the north coast near Wewak since the volcano there began erupting on the 5th of January. Flights nearby have been cancelled due to the risk posed by ash plumes and ships were warned to stay away from the island.

ABC News --

Man Attacked Over Alleged Sorcery

Villagers have attacked a man they believe used witchcraft to cause the death of the country's late rugby league star Kato Ottio. The Post Courier reports a man, understood to be Ottio's cousin, suffered knife wounds after he was set on by angry villagers from Tatana in the northwest of the PNG capital Port Moresby. The paper says the man had to be rescued by police who were also pelted by the villagers.

Radio New Zealand --

Post Mortem on late Ottio completed --

PNG sorcery-related attacks an inter-generational horror --

POM Betel Nut Ban

Powes Parkop, the governor of the National Capital District has warned he may re-introduce a ban on the public sale and consumption of betel nut. A previous public ban on betel nut was introduced in the capital in 2013 and then eventually lifted in 2017.

Radio New Zealand --

Lae Property Sold

A former tenant of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) has come forward with documents that show that the NHC management did not know how a prime Lae property was sold.


Moresby Softball

The Port Moresby Softball League will enter a weekend double header slugfest at the Bisini diamonds on the 27th and 28th of January. The men's competition will play another round of double headers on Sunday while the women will be expected to keep up to their fitness level with the first weekend of double headers on Saturday.

Post Courier --

Lareva, Erima and Tokarara Markets

Deputy city manager Ted Lulu says the Lareva, Erima and Tokarara markets in Port Moresby will be developed further. He said that the development of these markets was the primary focus of the National Capital District Commission's market division in 2018.

One PNG --

Beekeeping Guidebook

Goroka-based company, New Guinea Fruit (NGF) will be launching the Guidebook for Beekeepers at the end of January. The Guidebook is intended as an introduction to the beekeeping sector in PNG, providing critical information for beginner beekeepers in order to improve the productivity and profitability of the sector. The guidebook is authored by Cooper Schouten from Southern Cross University, and the New Guinea Fruit team, and will be available in English and Tok Pisin.


Building Business Report 2017

The "Building industry in Papua New Guinea: Business Report 2017" report is now available from .. This report is a comprehensive research of building industry in PNG. The first two chapters of the report feature the country profile by giving general information on Papua New Guinea and by thoroughly studying its economic state (including key macroeconomic indicators and their development trends).

Digital Journal --

Hunters Sign Junior Bobby

The SP PNG Hunters keeps on opening the doors for new talent with their latest signing in Junior Bobby who will boost their backline. After a successful debut with the Enga Mioks in the Digicel Cup last season, Junior Bobby was a key figure in the side with a good 19 points last season. He scored seven tries in 10 matches and kicked a field goal.

Post Courier --

Police Impersonator Caught

A wanted criminal and escapee, who was on the run for nine years, could be the most daring police impersonator in the country, after spending the last three months as a police officer in Finschhafen district, Morobe province.

One PNG --

Human Capital Investment

Investment in human capital is the pre-requisite for the PNG's future to take it away from its dependence on others.

PNG Today --

Airline Codeshare

The PNG Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) plans to allow Air Niugini to continue its partnership with Air Vanuatu and Solomon Airlines in their respective code-sharing arrangements. The commission has proposed that this should continue for three years. The code-share services will be provided under flights operated by Air Niugini.

PNG One --

Expired Food

A Lae shop owner has tried to sell expired tinned fish disguised as dog food to the public. The shop owner was caught by Lae district health inspectors and gave that explanation when asked about the expired date on the tin fish.

Post Courier --

SIM Card Registration

The Ministry for Communications has extended the date for SIM card registration to the 30th of April. Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy, Sam Basil, has issued a stern warning to mobile telecommunications service providers to have their remaining 1.5 million subscribers to urgently register their SIM Cards while allowing a further three months extension. Mobile telecommunications service providers were initially given 18 months' notice period from 16th July 2016 to 23rd January 2018 to register their subscribers' SIM Cards.


Banmap Bridge Collapse

People from Bogia and parts of the Ramu district have been severely impacted by the collapse of the Banap Bridge while an existing Bailey bridge is being worked on. Spokesman Michole Barui estimates that over 3,000 locals have been affected by the collapse of the bridge, which is normally used on a daily basis.

Loop PNG --

Driver in Hiding

According to Police reports, the driver of a white 5-door Landcruiser that crashed at Nasuampum, along the Lae-Nadzab highway was driving under the influence of alcohol. He has gone into hiding after the accident that resulted in the death of 7 people.


NID Scam

A syndicate has been uncovered supplying certiciates and NID cards to others. Acting registrar general, Michael Kumung, said this was discovered following the establishment of a task force to identify illegal NID activities.

Loop PNG --

Madang FC Donates to Kadovar Relief

The Madang Soccer Association (MSA) has donated 10 percent of their gate takings at the Laiwaden Oval over a recent weekend during the NSL match between Madang FC and Southern Strikers towards support for the displaced Kadovar Islanders of East Sepik.


Land Grab Criticised

A community group in Papua New Guinea says the government needs to stop organising 'land grabs' disguised as investment. ACT NOW!'s Eddie Tanago said government minister Justin Tkatchenko planned to allow commercial banks to take customary land as security for loans. Mr Tanago said the Minister had met with three major banks to discuss the idea.

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.

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, Monday 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, Monday 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, Sunday 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, Thursday 27 September

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December

New Year, Tuesday 1 January 2019

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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