P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 4 Sep 2001

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PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay

Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 4 Sep 2001. A very special welcome is extended to any new readers. If you have comments or suggestions to make then please e-mail them to giaman@png-gossip.com

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Remember that this mailing list is mainly meant for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time, is currently worth somewhere around 28 - 28.5 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter for most world currencies can be located at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look http://maps.expedia.com and then click on the find a map option. Go to this link for a quick start to a link to a map of Port Moresby. http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.

Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
door dua
gate dua
fence banis
wall banis
table tabol
chair sia

Sites to visit

http://www.art-pacific.com - Collectors of New Guinea art in the field since 1965.
http://tribal-artifacts.com - Collector quality art from Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya, and the Solomon Islands

World Championships

Seem to be on a roll when it comes to mentioning World Championships and records.

Stanley Nandex

With a victory over his opponent at the World Kickboxing championships in Vienna, Austria recently Stanley Nandex made PNG history by winning the world title in the 80kg category.

Yesterday the 3rd of September, the airport was packed with thousands of well-wishers on the return of the new World Super Middleweight Kick boxing champion, Stanley Nandex.


Another heroes welcome was given to junior cricketing star Mahuru Dai on his return from the recent international cricket tour in Fiji. Mahuru recorded the fastest half-century in the world by hitting 54 runs off 16 balls at the tournament.

University Students

The Post Courier (http://www.postcourier.com.pg) has reported that two journalism students at the University of Papua New Guinea testified that they saw students put their hands on their heads before police shot them at during the recent student protest.

One Net, Australia

This is a bit stupid but I suppose an affected reader or two may just happen to be reading the web page version of this newsletter wondering where their subscription has gone. If you are subscribed with an @one.net.au email account then your mail is being returned as an unknown ISP. I have deleted all the offending addresses. You will need to resubscribe - apply.html


The fifth National Karate Championships have been scheduled to be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium on the 9th of this month.

Bougainville Women

The women of Bougainville have put out a cry for a donation of pocket Bibles. If any reader would like to donate then please get in touch with ---

Bougainville Interchurch Womens Forum
P.O. Box 209

The co-ordinator is Sr. Lorraine Garasu CSN.
email: bicwf@tiare.net.pg


Dennis Buchanan

Earlier this year (2001) PNG lost Bryan Grey, one of many remarkable aviation characters. Now Dennis Buchanan described as a pioneer aviator and the king of the skies in PNG has passed away. Sir Dennis, 68, died on the 28th of August after a long bout with leukaemia.

Old Tourist Airlines Ticket<
Old Tourist Airlines Ticket

Under the banner of Talair (Tourist Airlines of Niugini) he once was in charge of more than 50 planes that were reported as being the largest third level fleet in the world.

Talair Aircraft at Wedau Airstrip
Talair Aircraft at Wedau Airstrip, Milne Bay Province

Oil Palm

The World Bank is planning to fund a nationwide oil palm project in the year 2004. The Bank is now conducting feasibility studies in various oil palm growing provinces such as Oro, Milne Bay, West New Britain and New Ireland.

Hiri Moale festival

The festival is all set to go from the 11th through to the 17th of September.

The highlights will be the crowning of the 2001 Hire Hanenamo Queen, Traditional Sailing (Lakatoi) Gospel Choirs, String bands, Peroveta Singing, Traditional Dancing, Canoe Racing, a Float Parade and Fire Works.

Moresby Water

Residents of Port Moresby have again had to put up with having no water and no hydro-generated electricity due to the ongoing landowner dispute in the water catchment area at Sirinumu.

Fast Moni Scheme

The PNG Banking Corporation has confirmed that the directors of U-Vistract have deposited K50,000 and not K3 billion and told by the directors to creditors recently.

Electricity Tariff

Electricity has again risen this time by 20 percent. The increase is part of a 44 percent price hike sought by the struggling power company in April this year.

Financial Institutions

Caritas Girls Technical School

The school has held another successful cultural day with hundreds of visitors attending the celebrations. The girls put on a colourful display of traditional dancing from all parts of PNG.

Post PNG

The Prime Minister has announced a rescue plan to help the almost insolvent Post PNG out of trouble.

Computer and Communications

C & C are putting a little extra into the "booting the computer" option. They now advertise that they sell boots along with computers and Boomer dog food.

Interest Rates

FinCorp are offering the following rates for amounts from K5000 to K49,999

Approx Exchange Rates

TV Programming

One of the questions that I get asked frequently is - "what sort of television do you watch?"

I'll list some of the stations that we are able to receive. Along with our local TV station EmTV (http://www.emtv.com.pg) we also have access to several satellite broadcasters such as -

Some people have access to other channels and still we can't find anything decent to watch.

Aviation Websites

For those interested in aviation, apart from visiting the above sites paying a visit to http://aviation-safety.net/database/country/P2.shtml might prove to be interesting. Air Niugini rates a couple of mentions.

Gold Smuggling

Two foreigners have been detained whilst attempting to leave PNG with 10 kilogram of gold nuggets hidden away in their baggage. The gold was contained in seven glass jars.

World Sevens Rugby

It has been tipped that former Wallaby stars David Campese and Glen Ella will lead the Australian Barbarian team to Port Moresby for a scheduled match to be played in October. The PNG Barbarian team is being sponsored by Air Niugini as the major sponsor and Kumul Hotels and the city of Port Moresby as the host sponsor.

General Sports

Lae rugby league referees in Lae have received new uniforms courtesy of a local spare parts supplier.

The Port Moresby Defence Australian Rules Football Club has received a set of new uniforms and a donation of K10,000. The uniforms came from a former player and the PNG Defence Force Headquarters donated the money.


Parliament has risen and will not sit again until the 8th of October this year.

Stolen Goods

Hear that a customer of a recent auction conducted by the Sheriff has found out that some of the equipment he purchased was stolen property. The person, who passed on this little bit of gossip, was wondering if that made the sheriff guilty of dealing in stolen property??

Air Niugini

I have heard that any time soon Air Niugini (http://www.airniugini.com.pg) will be launching a new look website. It has been designed for the low / slow bandwidth into PNG so don't expect the latest and greatest whiz-bang show but a more streamlined new look.

Volcano Monitoring

Once again the lives of people living in the vicinity of several volcanoes are at stake due to the continual theft and destruction of monitoring equipment. Madang and East New Britain are two province affected.

Boat People

433 people currently on a Norwegian Registered ship near Christmas Island will be moved to New Zealand and Nauru via Port Moresby. The boat people will arrive on an Australian troop carrier and leave on an aircraft.

Gerry Singirok

It is believed that suspended Defence Force Commander, Jerry Singirok, has suffered a stroke and is recovering in the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Lae Water

Residents of Lae living from Half Street to Seventh Street suffered from a lack of water when a pressure valve burst overnight. Meanwhile the water problems in Moresby seem to be returning to normal. The electricity has been on for almost four days in a row without interruption.

Copra Board

Michael Varapik has been confirmed as the head of the Copra Marketing Board. Mr Varapik has worked at Air Niugini and the Motor Vehicle Insurance Trust before going to the Copra Board.


Stop and Shop have advertised the following items on special.

Hospital Probe

The chairman of the hospital Board, Sir Brian Bell, has backed a probe into the running of the Port Moresby General Hospital. Sir Brian commented that a probe might reveal that people who made certain statements regarding the administration of the hospital would find that it comes back into their own lap of responsibility.

Milne Bay

The Governor of Milne Bay has pointed out that his government has only received 26 percent of the provinces budget allocation up to June of this year making it difficult to maintain existing infrastructure let alone expand.


Air Niugini recently had to suspend flights to the Milne Bay province due to trees growing to tall near the runway. The Milne Bay administration stepped in and has organised to cut the trees down. It is believed that the Office of Civil Aviation did not have money to do the job.

Red Cross

Jacqueline Boga, a lawyer from Central Province, has been appointed the secretary general of the PNG Red Cross Society. She replaces Janet Philemon.

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