P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 16 Jul 2003

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PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay

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Tok Pisin Links
Kayak to PNG Kokoda Trail
PNG Institute of Directors Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce
Investment Promotion Authority of PNG Bill Purcell's Website
Accommodation Links East New Britain Accom
West New Britain Port Moresby & Central
Milne Bay Morobe Province
New Ireland West Sepik / Sandaun
Western Highlands Diving Links
HTML Version South Pacific Games
Solomon Islands PNG Telikom
Kokoda Trail Current Events
Tuna Charter Air Niugini
National Parliament Speaker Air Travel Charges
Visa Fees Tourism
Wabag University Enga Show
PNG Gas Project World Bank
PNG Telephone Book Media Related Sites

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin
wan one
tu two
tri three
foa four
five /faiv five
sikis six
seven seven
et eight
nain nine
ten ten
wanpela ten wan eleven
wanpela ten tu twelve
wanpela ten tri thirteen
tupela ten twenty
tupela ten wan twenty-one
tripela ten thirty one
fiftifaiv fifty-five
wan handet 100



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 in this newsletter, is currently worth around 27 - 27.5 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

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.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.


Kayak Voyage to PNG

Don't forget to follow the sea kayak voyage of the "Paluma" from Townsville in Northern Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby (PNG) starting on the 10th of August, 2003 by first visiting the official website at --

PNG Institute of Directors

The PNG Institute of Directors has revamped its website with the help of an AESOP Volunteer, Peter Griffin. It is an excellent introduction to PNG company law and related governance issues it can be found at -- http://www.pngid.org.pg

Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce website is located at -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg

Investment Promotion Authority of PNG

The PNG Investment Promotion Authority has a website located at -- http://www.ipa.gov.pg -- if you are thinking of investing or doing business in PNG then it is a must that you visit this website and make contact with the Authority.

Bill Purcell's Website


Bill, a pilot, has sections dealing with Tok Pisin and PNG Aviation in General with special areas on Missionary Aviation Fellowship, PNG Airstrips, Humour and even some airline related humour. This site has more than mentioned above so my tip is to visit and take a good look around.

His section on PNG airstrips carries the following disclaimer. PNG Airstrip Data is published only as a guide to pilots in matters helpful to operations, such as GPS settings, wind characteristics, and surface conditions. The PNG AIP-AGA is the legal document governing aviation operations.

Accommodation Links

see http://www.pngbd.com/forum/f73s.html first and then try some of the following links.

http://www.coralseahotels.com.pg -- also look after Budget rent a car as well as

Gateway Hotel (Port Moresby)
Melanesian Hotel (Lae)
Highlander Hotel (Mount Hagen)
Coast Watchers Hotel (Madang)
Huon Gulf Lodge (Lae)
Lamington Lodge (Popondetta)
Hibiscus Motel (Port Moresby)

East New Britain Accom

Hamamas Hotel -- http://www.OntheNet.com.au/~hamamas/index.html
Kaivuna Resort Hotel -- http://www.kaivunaresort.com
Kokopo Village Resort (East New Britain) -- kvr@global.net.pg
Kulau Lodge -- http://www.global.net.pg/kulau
Takubar Beach Resort -- lomotaku@global.net.pg
The Beach Hut Lodge -- beachhut@daltron.com.pg
Vavagil Guest House -- vavagil@global.net.pg

West New Britain

The web site for Walindi Resort, West New Britain Province can be found at -- http://www.walindi.com

Port Moresby & Central

Coral Sea Hotels -- http://www.coralseahotels.com.pg
Ela Beach Hotel -- http://www.elabeachhotel.com.pg
Golden Motel - rbasix@daltron.com.pg
The Weigh Inn Hotel - theweighinn@global.net.pg
Granville Hotel -- http://www.islandshotels.com.au
Magila Hotel & Backpackers -- http://www.magila.com
Loloata Resort - 15 minutes from Port Moresby -- http://www.loloata.com
Pondorosea -- P.O.Box 6361, Boroko Fax -- (675) 323 4555
Budget Inn -- budget-inn@dg.com.pg -- Fax: +675 321 7396

Milne Bay

Alotau International Hotel -- http://www.alotauinternational.com

Morobe Province

Lae International Hotel -- http://www.laehotel.com.pg

New Ireland

Nusa Island Retreat -- http://www.nusaislandretreat.com.pg
Lissenung Island Resort -- http://www.lissenung.com
Tree House Village -- http://www.treehouse.com.pg

West Sepik / Sandaun

Sandaun Motel -- http://www.sandaunmotel.com.pg

Western Highlands

Hagen Airport Hotel - mmakap@online.net.pg
Haus Poroman Lodge -- http://www.hausporoman.com.pg

Diving Links

If you are interested in diving in PNG then any of the following websites may be of interest to you -

Tufi Dive Resort and Telita Cruises -- http://www.tufitelita.com/index.html

There are many other links related to diving in PNG. Try searching http://www.google.com or http://www.ixquick.com



News Items

PNG Links Database

If you have a web site or even a single web page dealing with Papua New Guinea (PNG) and would like to have it mentioned here then please send an email to PNGNews@pnggossip.com. If you are looking for web sites about PNG then you can try a search at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pnglinks.html. This link allows you to add your own PNG related site, and also lets you search for keywords of other sites about PNG. The PNG Business and Tourist Directory, located at http://www.pngbd.com, is an excellent site and it has forums, exchange rates - in fact it has so much information the only way anyone can get a full understanding of what is available is to visit the site. I highly recommend this site.

HTML Version

I think I am lucky that not many people get the "html" version of the newsletter. I was overseas and did not have access to a suitable PC to send the html version last issue. What went out as the html version was the "text only" version with all multiple spaces compressed to a single space and all end of paragraphs totally ignored. The "real" html version can be found at http://pnggossip.com/news/g030706.html - Scott Braiding was the only one to point out this fact and apart from the embarrassment I am thankful to him for pointing out my error. Hopefully things will be almost back to normal with this edition and flying high with the next one.

South Pacific Games

Dika Toua from the big Port Moresby village of Hanuabada has set five new South Pacific and Oceania records (both junior and senior) as well as a junior Commonwealth record in the weightlifting 53kg division. Athletics stars Mowen Boino and Sandy Katusele have both contributed to the gold medal tally along with Dika. Katusele made PNG history when he broke a long drought to win gold in the high jump. The PNG cricketers have also won gold.

Solomon Islands

PNG will send 84 policemen and soldiers, consisting of 40 policemen and 44 soldiers, to the Australian-led multi-national intervention force on the Solomon Islands. Australia will fund the exercise. PNG law does not allow the use of policemen outside PNG so Parliament will be asked to amend the law to allow the policemen to be deployed on the Solomon Islands. The regional Solomon Islands response unit will take two to three months to fully assemble but the first members of the force are expected to be in place in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara by the end of this month. (July 2003).

PNG Telikom

Nearly the whole of PNG was plunged into a major telecommunication blackout recently due to a power failure at the Boroko Telephone Exchange in Port Moresby. Other people have had major cables vandalised so they have had a double dose of outages. Mobile telephones, the Internet, telephone calls and facsimile have all been off the air.

Kokoda Trail

Thanks to help from the Australian government villages along the Kokoda Trail now have access to fresh water. The Australian Government has funded the construction of water supply projects in 11 villages along the Trail, including Kovelo, Isurava, Alola, Abuari, Hagutava, Kaile, Felai, Kanadara, Hoi/Mudulu, Soa and the new Isurava memorial. Australia has also been expanding the radio network along the Kokoda Trail. Soldiers from the Australian Defence co-operation program have installed 18 radio stations along the Kokoda Trail to improve communications.

Current Events

Do not forget the following events --
- 9th National Mask Festival: July 16th -19th 2003, Rabaul, East New Britain Province.
- Malagan Mask Festival, 17th - 19th July 2003, Kavieng, New Ireland Province

Tuna Charter

A Russian military-built aircraft, the AN12 Antonov, has been refitted to carry up to 12,500 tonnes of freight between Lae and Brisbane once every week on Wednesdays. The freight from Lae will mainly consist of Tuna and the freighter will be available for shipment of freight from Brisbane directly to Lae.

Air Niugini

It has been reported that the new Chief Executive Officer of Air Niugini has started off on the right foot by having informal talks with all departments of the airline. It is hoped that he can build on that and get the very demoralised staff motivated so the airline can perform as well if not better than other airlines in the world.

National Parliament Speaker

The speaker of the National Parliament has indicated that he will step down if a pending repeal of the National Capital District Commission Act, which will restore full provincial government status to the nation's capital, is successful as he will become the governor of NCDC. The government of former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta passed the NCDC Act in 2001 that effectively barred the NCDC from being headed by a Governor and the Motu-Koitabu Assembly from active participation in the affairs of NCDC

Air Travel Charges

The Civil Aviation Authority has given 60 days notice that it plans to increase the current K30 facilities charges tax at the Port Moresby Jackson's International Airport to K60. It is also proposing a K10 Facilities Charges Tax on all departures from Jackson's Domestic Airport. The Civil Aviation Authority says this will allow the Authority to break even. Other plans are afoot to increase landing charges for planes and helicopters at Port Moresby and other airports outside Port Moresby

Visa Fees

The Foreign Affairs Minister has said that he is willing to look at the recently increased visa fees for entry into PNG. Many experts in the already hard hit tourist industry have claimed that the fees are too high and that tourists are being driven away. Genuine tourists are issued visas on arrival into PNG if they have a valid return ticket to another country.


Malum Nalu, from the Tourism Promotion Authority has said that visitor numbers for PNG are up in first quarter. A total 13,274 international visitors came to PNG during the first quarter of 2003 (January to March). This reflects a substantial increase of 5 per cent over the same period last year. The main reasons for the visitors coming to the country were business 9542 (72 per cent); holiday 2760 (21 per cent); visiting friends and relatives 1401 (7 per cent); and other purposes 67 (1 per cent). Australia was the largest source of visitors during the quarter (6328) followed by USA (1602), Japan (683) and other Oceania countries (595). -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg

Wabag University

The University of PNG has refurbished and reopened the university centre in Wabag, Enga Province. This follows on from the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Enga Provincial Government and the UPNG at Wabag.

Enga Show

The Enga Cultural Show Committee has received a donation of K30,000 from the Enga Governor who said the money came from the Mineral Resources Enga Group. The Enga provincial Government has also donated K100,000 towards the cost of running the show but another K95,000 is required to run the show.

The show is expected to get underway on the 8th of August and go to the 10th of August.

PNG Gas Project

Energex Australia has signed an agreement to buy gas from PNG. Energex has conditionally agreed to purchase between 480 and 1200 petajoules of gas from PNG over a 20-year period commencing around 2007. this commitment is not sufficient to kick start the project as other commitments are required to make the project viable.

World Bank

It has been claimed by forest activists (PNG Forest Watch) that the World Bank has issued a 30-day ultimatum to the National Government to rid the forest industry of corruption. If PNG does not comply with the ultimatum then it has been said that the World Bank would withdraw the bank's aid package to PNG.

PNG Telephone Book

Has anyone noticed the fact that the International Time Zone Chart on page eight (8) of the newly released printed copy of the 2003 PNG white pages shows Papua New Guinea as being minus two (-2) hours from PNG time! New Zealand is shown as being the same time zone as PNG. Is this a case of someone "pinching" a time zone map from another country and using it illegally in PNG or just a typical PNG stuff up? Thanks to Bruce in Melbourne for picking up this fact. Of course the telephone book was never renowned for any form of accuracy - my own entry took over 18 years to get in the book. If anyone is after a fairly accurate telephone book for PNG then you can't go past the electronic version updated regularly by Telikom PNG located at -- http://www.telikompng.com.pg/WhitePages.aspx -- Thanks to this electronic version the new printed phone book is more accurate than it has ever been before.


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