There are more than 800 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, and
even more traditional songs and dances. Papua New Guineans love to
share them at the two-day-long "cultural shows" that are
held around the country every year.
Listen to an Audio Postcard: Celebration in Papua New Guinea by Skye
Rohde -- http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7851373
Internet Service Providers
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.net.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
Goroka Grammar School
The Goroka Grammar School started in January 2001 with four teachers
and 60 students. It now has 18 teachers and over 200 students. It has
a web site at -- http://www.gorokagrammarschool.ac.pg
PNG Web Hosting
Interested in having your own PNG Web Site? Worried about the cost?
It may be cheaper than you think. Take a look at pricing at the PNG
Web Hosting site. -- http://www.pngwebhost.com -- Sites with space
for 2,500 MB of data, 40 GB transfer per month and 24/7 ticket/phone
support for less than US$5.00 per month. -- Domains from US$9.00 per
Education Web Sites
PNG Education Institute -- http://www.pngei.ac.pg (new)
Ela Murray International School -- http://www.elamurray.ac.pg
Goroka Grammar -- http://www.gorokagrammarschool.ac.pg
Institute of Banking and Business Management -- http://www.ibbm.com.pg/main.html
Institute of Business Studies -- http://www.ibs.com.pg/
International Business Institute -- http://www.ibs.com.pg
International Education Agency -- http://www.iea.ac.pg
Korobosea and Boroko East School -- http://www.koroboro.ac.pg
Pacific Training Academy -- http://www.pta.com.pg
PNG Basic Education Development Program (BEDP) -- http://www.bedp.sagric.com/
PNG Curriculum Reform Implementation Project -- http://www.pngcurriculumreform.ac.pg
PNG International Training Institute -- http://www.iti.com.pg
PNG Maritime College -- http://www.pngmc.ac.pg
PNG University of Technology (Lae) -- http://www.unitech.ac.pg
POM Institute of Matriculation Studies -- http://www.pims.ac.pg/
Tabubil International Education Agency School -- http://www.tis.ac.pg
The International School of Lae -- http://www.tisol.ac.pg/
University of Goroka, Eastern Highlands -- http://www.uog.ac.pg
University of PNG -- http://www.upng.ac.pg
South Pacific Exports
If you need that hard to get part for your electrical / communications
gear or even a special tool send email to Peter Goleby at < firstname.lastname@example.org> -
he might just be able to help you out or at least point you in the
right direction. Peter claims he will attempt to get anything legal
for you so long as he can add a small amount to cover his own costs.
Orion PNG Expedition
The passenger ship Orion often cruises through PNG waters. Here are
a couple of reports about the cruises.
New or Updated Blogs
See previous editions for the many blogs dealing with Papua New Guinea.
Thousands of Papua New Guinea Images and Photographs -- http://www.pngbd.com/photos/showphoto.php/photo/9208/sort/1/size/medium/cat/500/page/
Revd Peter Ramsden has been appointed as the new Anglican Bishop of
the Port Moresby Diocese. Originally from Cheshire and educated at
Birkenhead School, the bishop elect read Geography at University College
London and trained for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection,
Mirfield. He married fellow geographer Sue in 1977 and served two curacies
in Durham Diocese. PNG will not be new for the Bishop elect as the
couple first arrived in PNG in 1983 where they spent the first three
years in the Western Highland's Jimi Valley running a remote mission
station at Koinambe. In 1987 they moved to Lae, PNG's second city and
major port, where Fr Peter was Rector of All Souls' Church. During
three years there they extended the new church building, renovated
the old building as a school, and started the first ecumenical Mission
to Seafarers Centre in PNG. Rather than reinvent the wheel interested
readers can read about the Bishop at -- http://www.btinternet.com/~vicar.stbarts/vicaronthemove.htm --
and -- http://www.btinternet.com/~vicar.stbarts/vicar47.htm
Who are the legitimate landowners of the Jackson aerodrome at Seven
Mile, Port Moresby? The Lands and Physical Planning Department and
the Land Titles Commission are currently trying to determine who the
real owners are. The Dubara clan of Kira Kira village and the Iarogaba
clan of Korobosea village both lay claim to portions of the airport.
The Lands Minister, Dr Puka Temu, has told disgruntled landowners there
was currently insufficient information regarding the legitimate landowners
of the Jackson aerodrome land and that more time was needed to investigate
the various claims of ownership.
After only ten months as the Chief Executive Officer of Telikom PNG
David Waterhouse has resigned. Peter Loko has been appointed to act
in the position with support from Clark Kulianasi until a replacement
can be found.
The president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government Joseph Kabui
last week announced that his government will not sign nor be part of
the proposed heads of agreement with Ord River Mining Company of Australia
and the PNG Somare government.
Medical Advice Online
Many people coming to PNG for the first time are worried about various
ailments that can affect you especially in the tropics. There's a lot
of medical information online, but how much of it can you trust? Where
can you go to learn more about various drugs and medical conditions?
If you wake up with puffy, irritated eyes, is it just a seasonal allergy
or maybe something worse? Thanks to the Internet, we have the ability
to find out the answer to many medical problems before we visit the
Many research and informational sites are available to the public,
sharing medical advice that will help you diagnose your every ailment.
If you want information from real doctors, not some guy selling miracle
cures, read on...
The Bank of PNG is reminding everyone that the 1 and 2 toea coins
will be withdrawn from service on the 19th of April this year and will
no longer be legal currency. They have also announced that the older
and larger (32.72 mm) One Kina (K1) is also being withdrawn leaving
the smaller (30.00 mm), metallic coin as legal tender. The bank has
also advertised that old, torn, worn out notes also need to be returned
to the commercial banks for change over to newer notes.
For sample of notes please visit -- http://michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html
News From London
Here is an old article that has not appeared here before. It has been
submitted by DANIEL TORDOFF
In July 2005 a mother from PNG and her six year old girl denied accessed
to the high commissioners Home in London: They were homeless for
three months: she has lived in Britain for over 25 years: she lost
her home when she went to PNG to care for a very ill relative: they
died after six months and she came back to the UK: just to find her
council home given to some one else because she had over stayed:
she went to speak to the high commissioner Mrs Jean Kekedo just to
put her up for a week so she could organized herself with the welfare
system: Mrs Jean Kekedo told her to go back to PNG: or go away :she
couldn't do that because all her children are in full time education
and they need her: Was the high commissioner suppose to help this
woman and her child or not? Sad story but true this could be
God loves is better then a human love
I think this is outside the duties of a high commissioner but what do others think?
The 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment (1RPIR) has celebrated its
56th battalion anniversary recently at Taurama barracks. Read more
about this in The National -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/031307/nation20.htm
Tari MP Tom Tomiape has been referred to the Public Prosecutor by
the Ombudsman Commission for allegedly depositing K250,000 of public
funds into his personal account. The commission conducted an investigation
and found that in 2002, Mr Tomiape received a total of K250,000 being
part of the discretionary component of the District Support Grants
for his electorate under the Rural Action Programme Funds, and allegedly
deposited three cheques totalling that amount into his personal account.
He was also referred for prosecution for failing to submit annual statements
for the period July 16, 2002 to July 15, 2003.
With only a month to go before the writs for the 2007 general elections
are issued, a number of high profile cases awaiting an outcome include
that of suspended Petroleum Minister Sir Moi Avei, Gulf Governor Chris
Haiveta and Communications and Public Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare.
Child Welfare Act
Community Development Minister, Dame Carol Kidu, has said on National
Talk Back radio that the Child Welfare Act has gone through the NEC,
the first legislative council and back to the department and she is
expecting it to be back on her desk in the near future and then it
will go back to Parliament to be tabled in Parliament in April. The
review of the Child Welfare Act is to make it more appropriate and
to fill gaps in the policy area.
Air Niugini has announced the introduction of its service to Fiji
which will commence on the 23rd of March 2007. Flights to Nadi will
operate via Honiara in both directions on a twice weekly basis on Friday
and Sunday from Port Moresby to Nadi and returning on Saturday and
Monday. Air Niugini says the flight schedule provides great opportunities
for tourism to Papua New Guinea and business and leisure travel to
Fiji, as well as options for travel via Nadi to the United States,
New Zealand and other Pacific Island destinations.
A 29-year-old man, who escaped arrest after allegedly raping an expatriate
woman in Vanimo five years ago has been re-arrested by Vanimo auxiliary
police after a tip-off.
Sepik Iron Man
The Sepik Iron Man competition, in Wewak, East Sepik province, will
be held on the 11th of June 2007. The organising committee is expecting
over 100 competitors if last years event is any indication. The registration
fee for this year will remain at K350 a team and the prizes would be
K10,000 (first prize), K7,500 (second prize) and K5,000 (third prize).
The teams that have already indicated competing are
South Seas Tuna Company,
Porgera Joint Venture,
PNG Ports Corporation,
International Food Corporation,
Lae Biscuit Company,
RH Trading, Theodist,
Bank South Pacific,
PNG Tourism Promotion Authority,
Office of the Prime Minister,
Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers,
Brandi High School,
Bits N Pieces,
Windjammer Beach Resort,
and Kapmundu Service Station.
There has been about 500,000 completed birth registrations made in
the country. The response to birth registration, 110 years ago since
1986, was 3 per cent before the launch of the registration in 2003
which saw it shoot up to 15 per cent. Prior to 2003, there were about
1,000 people who registered but after that year, the number had increased
and it is hoped that the figures would reach a million, about 60 per
cent to 70 per cent by the end of this year.
Sir Michael Somare recently officiated at the ground breaking of the
new plant at Alotau in Milne Bay. He said the plant is an example of
his government's pro-active approach to attracting investors to develop
industry in PNG, and their efforts to expand the palm oil industry.
Crude palm oil will be processed in Alotau to provide a clean form
of diesel which will be sold locally as well as exported.
WWII Crew Remains
The bones and personal effects of aircrew have been found in recent
weeks during excavations of crash sites in the mountains of Morobe
Province, according to Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph. --
The Leader of the Opposition, Peter O'Neill, has warned the Government
to be careful about unplanned, unbudgeted, spending on the lead up
to the elections. He says the Government is running the real risk of
the Central Bank forcing up interest rates and implementing a significant
tightening of lending due to the unplanned spending. Mr O'Neill said
the Government was ignoring the Bank of PNG governor's clear warning
about excessive spending.
The 23rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum will be held at
the Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns from the 18th to 20th of March.
32nd Gaming Fishing Association of PNG titles will be held from the
1st to the 4th April
May Coffee Festival 2007 - cancelled due to 2007 National Elections.
Tufi Cultural Show, Oro Province -- 9th to the 11th June
National Mask Festival, Kokopo - East New Britain Province -- 12th
to the 15th of July
Sepik Iron Man Contest -- 11th of June 2007
International Orchid Spectacular -- 5th and 6th of August
Lukim PNG NAU Tourism Expo -- 9th to the 11th September
National Tourism Conference -- 12th September
Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby - National Capital District -- 15th
to 18th of September
PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September
Morobe Show, Lae -- 4th to 5th of November
The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be in November
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