Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo and http://www.michie.net/png_faqs. The PNG Business and Tourism Directory located at http://www.pngbd.com is also an excellent place to look for PNG information.
For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look http://maps.google.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.
http://www.duncalfes.com/pngscn.htm -- Duncalfes Online photographs of PNG.
http://www.toowrite.com/comp6/0861.shtml -- Too Write essay based around the Tambul Nebilyer electorate of PNG.
http://ukarumpa.org/ukarumpa_times/Default.htm -- Ukarumpa Times
http://www.birdlife.net/species -- Search this site for species of birds threatened in PNG.
http://www.vso.org.uk/png/culture.pdf -- PNG Culture
http://www.seniorluxurytravel.com -- This site deals with many travel destinations. One of them is Papua New Guinea.
http://www.exkiap.com -- a good source of info particularly for finding kiap mates. This link has come via Arthur Williams. (Kiap - government official)
Internet Service Providers
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.online.net.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.com.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
HiTech -- http://www.dg.com.pg
Four Australians have just completed the trip of a lifetime from Australia to Papua New Guinea by kayak. The four paddled from Thursday Island on the 23rd of September and arrived in Alotau, Milne Bay Province on the 31st of December after paddling across the Torres Strait to Daru and following the coastline, reaching Port Moresby on 26th of November.
Another kayak trip will be undertaken by Mal Headley who will be kayaking from Townsville to PNG following the route taken by the blackbirders who travelled that direction to pick up slaves for the sugar industry in Australia and other countries. At the moment Mal has eight people in four kayaks ... but he expects that number to swell with people joining the expedition for short legs of the journey. If anyone is interested in the trip please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass on the email to the person concerned. If anyone is interested Mal is also looking for sponsorship.
The Government plans to develop a "government city" in the Waigani area to accommodate government offices. The project, Waigani City Development, was approved by the Mekere government and endorsed by the current Government to help reduce the high cost of renting buildings from the private sector to house government offices.
The government hopes that if it owns its own buildings then it will not be embarrassed by being locked out when the rent is not paid on time.
The Jack Emmanuel Park at Kokopo, long a central feature of the town as its major sports field, is to be taken over for construction of a commercial centre at an estimated cost of K14 million. The sporting clubs using the park will be shifted to a new site at Takubar, several kilometres away, and a major new sports centre for the province and the islands region will be built in the higher-altitude Gazelle electorate, at Vunakanau. The sports stadium is to be built on State land that was used during World War 11 as a major airstrip by the invading Japanese forces.
The only public motor vehicle (PMV) operator along the Kivori Sepoe road in Gulf Province will no longer operate due to the deteriorating road conditions. The Kivori, Sepoe and Lavare road is so bad that a truck can't travel along it.
The majority of asylum seekers held at the Lombrum Naval Base in the Manus Province will be moved out. The New Zealand Government has confirmed a number of asylum seekers at Lombrum would be flown to New Zealand for resettlement. This will leave 12 asylum seekers at Lombrum. Whilst this is good news it will mean a reduction in mainly Manus work force.
The ground has been broken for the historic Koki market to get a facelift under an initiative of the Japanese Government.
The Japanese have pumped K1.1 million into the National Capital District Commission for the re-development of the market.
Under the agreement, the NCDC will chip in with K500,000 as counterpart funding. It is hoped that once the place had been upgraded, security will be tightened so that people who snatch women's bags will be caught and dealt with. Some of the money will be used to build new toilets as well as a proper car park and facilities for a fresh fish market.
The PNG Banks and Financial Institutions Workers Union (PNGBFIWU) have said that currently women employees in the private sector went on maternity leave without pay. The union has called on Parliament to amend the labour laws to make it compulsory for the private sector to pay women on maternity leave. The public service already pays women on maternity leave.
Christ the King Hostel
A fire that burnt the new wing of Christ the King Hostel at Badili in the National Capital District has left about 50 residents without accommodation. The fire completely gutted the building. Luckily firemen were able to saved another older wing from being destroyed by the fire. There were no injuries or lives lost as most of the occupants were at their work places when the fire started and destroyed the building.
The Bougainville Interim Provincial Government (BIPG) and the Bougainville People's Congress (BPC) will merge to form the Bougainville Constituent Assembly. The new assembly is to receive, debate and approve the proposed Bougainville Constitution with the Transitional Consultative Council (TCC). It is said that the combined assembly is the best option because the BIPG and BPC broadly represent the people of Bougainville.
A man from Bougainville was brutally murdered at the Port Moresby Six-Mile settlement recently as he was changing his punctured wheel. It is rumoured that the people who offered to help change his puncture wheel were not happy with the money he offered them for helping. The man was married to a Central woman from Gerega Village on the edge of Bootless Bay not very far outside Port Moresby. Police have been able to apprehend suspects with the help of the Six-Mile community. Six-Mile settlers have been warned by police to return to their homes of origin voluntarily or face eviction by force.
In retaliation for the brutal murder of the Bougainvillean settlers, from other provinces residing at the six-mile settlement, removed and burnt down houses owned by Goilalas, who they alleged carried out the murder. The Member of Parliament for Goilala has condemned the action. Policed picked up 20 suspects during a raid and six have been charged for destruction of property.
It has been reported that there are over 100 distinct squatter settlements in Port Moresby. Squatter settlements in the city are often seen as only a police problem but they are really a problem for all government departments especially the Department of Lands, Social Welfare, Health and the National Capital District Building Board. These departments must co-operate and identify which settlements and settlers were approved and which were not.
Western Highlands Province
The Western Highlands Provincial Assembly has passed its 2003 provincial budget. The K53,840,700 budget for 2003 will focus on five priority areas, while some divisions have been abolished due to budget cuts. The five priority areas include road infrastructure, health, education, law and order and agriculture. Divisions abolished included commerce, land administration, customary lands, physical planning and information.
The Enga Province has passed a K47,229,181 budget for the year 2003. This is a reduction of K9,560,382 compared to previous budgets. The budget saw cuts in goods and services, capital formation from derivation grants and Special Support Grants.
The fact that there are police present in Tari, Southern Highlands surely must be a positive sign that things are settling down and a step closer to government services to returning to the town.
Wafi Gold Mine
The landowners of the Wafi Gold Mine in Lae have rebutted statements made by the Lands Minister concerning the ownership of their land. The Piu landowners claim that they have formally registered the customary land in accordance with the Piu genealogical history reports from the archives. It took the Piu Landowners 10 years to compile all documents now being formally included in the National gazette. As usual land disputes can take many years to resolve due to the fact that hardly any of the villagers hold title to the land they occupy.
The production of copra in Bougainville has increased despite the slight decrease in its prices. Many producers throughout the island are still producing copra, this time, especially for their children's school fees.
A man from Western Province has been arrested for pocessing 27 rolls of marijuana. The man was arrested and flown to Port Moresby.
Not only has copra production increased but the selling of betelnut to make money to raise children's school fees has also increased. Betelnut is in high demand and sales are fast.
Napa Napa Oil Refinery
The Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare visited the Napa Napa Oil Refinery site and is satisfied with the progress being made. Work on the multi-million-kina refinery is on schedule with the intention of having the first crude oil by the end of next year.
Once completed the refinery would produce 33,000 barrels of refined petroleum products per day. Of the 33,000 barrels 70 per cent would be able to be used locally while 30 per cent would be exported overseas.
The legal case over the hijack of an MBA aircraft in 1997 may have hit a snag with two witnesses in case failing to turn up at court. The resident judge in Mt Hagen has warned three people alleged to have been involved in the hijack and their friends to "lay off" witnesses or face being locked up in jail.
The Central Province police commander has called on Koiari landowners to seek advice from the appropriate authorities to remove illegal settlers in their area. He said the landowners were not trying hard enough to stop people from other provinces and districts settling on their land.
It has been announced that the Australian Government will not fund the emergency patching of the 78km Buka town - Kessa road in North Bougainville despite rumours that said they were going to.
Stanley Nandex is set for a chance at the world title. He has to win three more events to have a crack at the title. He is currently undergoing intensive training in Melbourne Australia and will also contest the South Pacific Games.
First Year Trainee teachers arriving for the annual elementary teacher-training program in NCD were told that they had to pay for the course. None of the trainees were aware of the fact and they have been given a week to pay the money or else they will be replaced by people on the waiting list who had money to pay.
Teachers in the Eastern Highlands who have not been able collect their leave tickets since last year should have been able collect them by now. The delay has enraged a great number of teachers and spoiled their Christmas holiday plans, as they have not been able to travel to their home provinces.
New chairmen have been appointed to head hospitals in the Islands, Southern and Mamose regions of PNG.
Islands Region --
James Sipun is chairman for Lorengau Hospital.
John Tova chairman for Kavieng General Hospital
Ronnie Kalulu chairman for Nonga Base Hospital and
Urban Giru, chairman for Kimbe General Hospital.
Southern Region --
Ure Taina is chairman for Daru General Hospital
Peter Neville was re-appointed for Alotau
Sir Brian Bell remains for Port Moresby and
Timothy Titipu is the new chairman for Popondetta General Hospital.
Names for the Mamose Region hospitals were not available.
The Governor of Sandau (West Sepik) Province has requested that a mobile squad of police be based permanently in the province.
The Governor has had to spend provincial funds to obtain a vehicle for PNGDF soldiers to attend to the recent border situation between West Sepik and Indonesia. The Defence Force Commander has said the situation is under control at the border and that it is being handled by the police force.
Home-brew is a growing problem in the province of Madang. The selling of liquor is banned from Thursday to Sunday in Madang so the people make their own brew from the roots of the kava plant.
Following a crusade by the South Sea Evangelical Church of PNG in Lae during New Year's Day a homemade firearm and a quantity of ammunition were surrendered to police by youths of Maus Markham settlement on the fringes of Lae city. The crusade convinced the youths to turn away from criminal activities and live a normal life.
The Hospital in Buin has not been receiving any assistance from the government since 1995. The hospital has had to survive on the K1.00 paid by out patients. Other donations have been received from outside donors such as AusAid and other agencies.
Pyramid / Fast Money
The fast-money scheme that went by the name of U-Vistract Corporation is believed to have set up office in the Solomon Islands.
A rumour has circulated that U-Vistract will pay some of its PNG clients from Honiara.
North Solomons Province
The Chinese Embassy in Port Moresby has donated K40,000 to the Moma Education Centre located at Buin in South Bougainville of the North Solomons Province.
The Governor of Oro has said that the maintenance of roads would be a priority in the Northern Province. The first roads to be maintained would be the Kokoda, Siai, Afore and Sasimbta roads.
The project will be the first of its kind in the province for almost 10 years.
Both the Post Courier and The National have announced that PNG airlines may not be able to fly to Australia after the 31st of January. Scott Braiding, from Australia, has kindly supplied the following link -- http://news.airwise.com/display/story.html?name=2003/01/1042460793.html for readers. The reason for this advice is a result of the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority's concerns about the capacity of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of PNG to carry out its safety oversight responsibility in accordance with its obligations under convention on International Civil Aviation. The National gave the story front page treatment and also carried a story from chairman of the PNG Aviation Representatives Board which said politics, political appointments and political ineptitude are the fundamental cause for Civil Aviation Safety Australia's notice to PNG that its aircrafts will not fly into Australian airspace after Jan 31 unless safety audits are provided by the local PNG CAA. -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/0113/nation2.htm.
A good price and the drop in the value of the Kina against the US Dollar has meant that the cocoa farmers in PNG have been able to rake in 86% more revenue than other years. PNG was able to export over 37,000 tonnes of cocoa for an eleven-month period last year.
Pick Pockets in Lae better watch out as the Governor has convened a meeting with local villagers to help police public places. The provincial government has approved the initiative and allocated K100,000 to help implement the idea.
The election petition against both the Somare's have been thrown out of court. For overseas readers Michael Somare is the Prime Minister and his son Arthur is the Governor of East Sepik Province.
A petition against the member for Sinasina/Yangomegl MP has also been thrown out of court.
A person travelling by ship from Bougainville to Lae has been arrested when the ship he was on called into Kimbe to drop off other passengers. The man was found to have a live grenade in his possession.
- Post Courier Newspaper -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg
- The National Online Newspaper-- http://www.thenational.com.pg
- PNG Tok Pisin Network-- http://www.tokpisin.net
- Chin H Meen (Music) -- http://www.chmsupersound.com
- EM TV (Television) -- http://www.emtv.com.pg
- Hitron (Cable TV) -- http://www.hitron.com.pg
- Pacific View Multimedia -- http://www.pvm.com.pg
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