P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 30 Sep 2001

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PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay

Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 30 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 27 - 28 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"
kala Colour
blak or blakpela black
dak or tudak dark
blu blue
klia clear
lait light
wait or waitpela white
grin green
gre grey
ret red
ret pink
yelo yellow
golmoni gold
makmak multi-coloured
hap half
hap ret purple

PNG Weather Sites

Weather details courtesy of http://www.yahoo.com

Web Sites

US Visitors

Several F/A 18 fighter jets from USA have stopped over in Port Moresby for refuelling on their way from Amberley Air Force base in Australia to Guam although the Post Courier said they were on their way to Japan, which is true, but via Guam.

US Airforce Jet

A page with more photos can be found at http://www.michie.net/misc/airplan3.html

PNG Made

The PNG Made Trade Fair is on again. It will be held between the 9th and the 11th of November at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

Pomio Schools

AusAid is funding five community schools in East New Britain to the tune of K6.34 million. The funds will be used by the five schools in the Pomio District and will go towards upgrading the schools so that they will be able to cater for grade seven and eight students next year.

East New Britain

The breakdown of a generator and the dry spell has caused power problems in East New Britain. The water level at the Warangoi hydro has reached a dangerously low level. Load shedding has begun and business houses and individuals with their own generators are being urged to use them.


Paul Pautani is the new national karate champion. The first PNG woman's title went to Frieda Kurabi. Over 50 fighters from several centres and different martial arts disciplines took part in the competition.

Fuel Prices

The price of fuel has been cut in PNG.

Prison Escapees

Early this week more than 60 prisoners escaped from Bomana Jail just outside Port Moresby. Police have asked for the co-operation of the public to apprehend the escapees.


In another part of PNG a remandee, who had escaped from custody, had made arrangements through his family to surrender to police but was foiled by police when they failed to turn up to rearrest him. Can it only happen in PNG?

Hiri Queen

The new Hiri queen crowned during the Hiri Moale festival is Sibona Bogehenao from Barakau village.

Porgera Mine

The mine has been granted a further extension of three months to operate without a valid water use permit.


The Bougainville Governor, John Momis and staff have been locked out of their offices due to non-payment of outstanding bills to the landlord of the building they occupy.

National Pride

Andersons Foodland owned by the East New Britain Provincial government had many of their supermarket staff dressed in traditional dress over the recent PNG Independence weekend. I believe that the Stop and Shop chain of supermarkets also had their staff dress appropriately for the occasion.


Another Recommended Site... Royal Papua Yacht Club located at -- http://www.rpyc.com.pg -- is a site well worth visiting if you are interested in yachting.

East New Britain

The East New Britain Ulaveo Industrial Centre in Kokopo has been launched. The centre will be the country's second largest after the Malahang centre in Lae.


A report in the Post Courier has said that Kokopo is not safe from natural disasters. An AusAID funded project has reported that both Rabaul and Kokopo towns were considered high risk areas due to their vulnerability to volcanic activity, earthquakes and tsunami. Kokopo was the town set up to take over from Rabaul after the 1994 volcanic eruptions. The report may have come too late after millions of Kina have been poured into the development of the area.


Forty six percent of PNG's reefs have been identified as being threatened. PNG is the world's fifth largest reef nation just behind France.

Sports Aid

PNG is set to receive sports aid to the value of K5.5 million from the government of Australia.

Laloki Mental Health Centre

Hi-Tech Industries has donated computers worth more than K2000 to the Laloki Mental Health Centre just outside the National Capital. Hi-Tech have also donated an internet connection which will be provide by DG Computers as well as sporting equipment. -- HT PNG (formerly High Tech Industries) -- http://www.hightech.com.pg/

International Monetary Fund

The IMF has praised the government for achieving political and economic stability under what the IMF has said were very difficult circumstances.

The IMF said that inflation had declined and international reserves have increased.


A big eight-week campaign is currently underway to raise awareness of HIV-AIDS. The campaign is set to reach all provinces through radio, television and newspapers as well as posters, billboards, public meetings and community events.


The PNG Banking Corporation has hinted that it plans to close the only bank on Buka Island and Bougainville. The bank is currently closed with only the automatic teller machine working after trouble with a customer who wanted to cash someone else's cheque (check) and a drunk that harassed staff after-hours.

Fig Feeding Insects

A remote village in the Chimbu Province has opened a research laboratory to monitor and study fig feeding insects. The research station is part of a new Community Education Centre built by the Sangamanga Culture and Education Preservation Group.


Clinically diagnosed malaria is still the leading cause of outpatient presentations, the second leading cause of admissions and the second leading cause of death within PNG. In the year 2000 statistics reveal that there were over 1.5 million suspected cases of malaria which lead to 617 deaths. Almost 225,500 blood films were examined and 36 percent showed malaria parasites.

Areas above 1600 metres tends to be too high for malaria but between 1200 and 1600 metres there are intermittent cases of malaria being reported with death rates being high due to a lack of immunity in the population.

Motorcycle Police

After over eight years the National Capital District sees the return of the motorcycle mounted traffic police. The motorcycles have been off the road since the last training course was held at the Bomana Police College in 1992.

Police Motorcycles 2001

National Doctors

Doctors who are members of the National Doctors Association are now entitled to a comprehensive insurance policy with Workers Mutual Insurance PNG Limited. The insurance will cover over 300 doctors and their spouses and children under 18.

Road Work

The various road works around Port Moresby are progressing well. It is planned that more land will be reclaimed along Ela Beach to make the beach wider for city residents to enjoy.

Taurama Road Contsruction
Taurama Road Construction near swimming pool

The current and completed major projects are

Telephone Management

If anyone is in PNG and looking for a good telephone management system for their Ericsson, Telikom Oki, Panasonic or NEX PABX then I suggest taking a visit to MATRYX http://www.matryx.com.pg. This system has over 100 customers within PNG. The company can also offer web development and various IT services.

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is on the increase. The number of people diagnosed with Dengue Fever so far this year has increased from the figures for 1999 and 2000.

Miss PNG Quest

The rules have changed for this year's quest. The overall winner will now be the person who raises the most money for Red Cross. A contestant has called on all sectors of the community to support the quest especially since the destruction of the World Trade Centre has highlighted the need for such organisations as the Red Cross.

Music Concert

A Music concert will take place on the 8th of December to officially celebrate the International Volunteers Day under the UNV umbrella.
If you are interested to take part in the above mentioned event, please give Pablo a call on +675 321 2259 or e-mail him on <pablo@dg.com.pg>
School students, musicians and singers are most welcome to take part.


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