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Travellers should be cautious and aware of the risk of crime when in Port Moresby, Lae and Mt Hagen. All travel to the Southern Highlands, except on essential business, should be avoided because of high levels of crime and inter-tribal... http://islandsity.com/article.asp?articleid=4112
http://www.duncansapien.org/wordpress/?p=16 -- and -- http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28967
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madang -- and -- http://tpi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madang
New Tribes Mission
New Tribes Mission -- http://www.ntm.org/
Boroko Motors -- http://www.boroko-motors.com
Ela Motors -- http://www.elamotors.com.pg
Hertz Hire Cars -- http://www.leasemaster.com.pg
Freeway Motors -- http://www.freewaymotors.com.pg
Aussie High Comm
From time to time the Australian High Commission revises its travel warning for Australians visiting PNG. The most up-to-date text can be found at -- http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Papua_New_Guinea
For the latest news about PNG visit the Post Courier web site at -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg -- or The National Newspaper web site at -- http://www.thenational.com.pg -- both offer up-to-date news about PNG. If you want to catch up on news it is also good to visit -- http://www.pngbd.com -- The PNG Business and Tourism web site.
The Post Courier has recently its cover price from K1.00 per copy for delivery in Port Moresby to K1.20. Outside Port Moresby the new price for air freight copies is K1.70 - up from K1.50
Lissenung Island Resort
P.O. Box 536 - Kavieng-N.I.P. Papua New Guinea - Phone/Fax ++675 984 2526 -- http://www.lissenung.com
Kabaira Dive Rabaul
Kabaira Dive Rabaul is a member of the PNG Diving Association and a family-owned and operated business that has been operating for the past 4 years -- http://www.kabairadive.com.pg
The Kokoda Track Foundation has been established in recognition of the assistance given to the Australian Diggers during the Pacific War from 1942 - 1945 by the people of PNG including the 'Fuzzy-Wuzzy Angels' and the Koiari and Orokaivean people living along the Kokoda Track. The Foundation has a web site located at -- http://www.kokodatrackfoundation.org
Tree House Village -- http://www.treehouse.com.pg -- For those who want a truly tropical style accommodation package then I suggest the exotic Tree House Village. The village is about 15 minute along the scenic Buluminski Highway from Kavieng in the New Ireland province. If anyone wants further details then please write to Tree House Village, PO Box 351, Kavieng, PNG. Phone +675 984 2666 / facsimile +675 984 2693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg
PNG Institute of Directors -- http://www.icd.org.pg
Rotary Club of Boroko -- http://www.rotary.org.pg
Friends of Disabled Association -- http://www.foda.org.pg
The East New Britain Chamber of Commerce and East New Brisbane Tourism Bureau has a web site at --- http//www.eastnewbritain.com
http://www.pitic.org.au -- Pacific Island Trade and Investment Commission.
The PNG chapter of Transparency International has a web site located at -- http://www.transparencypng.org.pg.
Port Moresby Golf Club has a web site that can be found at -- http://www.pomgolf.org.pg.
Who was Sir Dennis Buchanan?
Sorry the PNG FAQ's doesn't cover this but have a look at -- http://www.pngair.com/?q=node/1330 -- Also try a search for Territory Airlines (TAL) and Talair (Tourist Airlines of Niugini) to find out more. If you happen to look at the PNG FAQ's and find an incorrect answer or perhaps you know a good question (and answer) then please submit them via the FAQ web site. -- http://www.michie.net/png_faqs
The following is a direct quote from the PNG Tourism Promotion newsletter. (Well it is Easter and supposed to be a holiday)
Surfing Movement Impresses PM
Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was pleasantly surprised at the growth of the surfing movement in Papua New Guinea. Opening the 2007 PNG National Surfing Titles in Vanimo on Feb 15, Sir Michael said after 20 years, PNG surfing has developed against all odds and has proven that it should be supported by both the industry and the government as a sport and a niche tourism product for our country. Surfing Association of PNG President Andy Abel said the inaugural titles attended by about 200 surfers was the result of 20 years of dedication and hard work. The World Bank also presented SAPNG with its Strategic Development Master Plan which was developed with input from all SAPNG affiliated clubs around the country and will guide the development of surfing as a sport in parallel with surf tourism.
The following was submitted by reader, Ross Eastgate
I see there has been a general notice in a recent Brisbane Courier Mail for Lexie Burns, a long time PNG resident who operated a number of restaurants including the Galley at the Aviat Club.
Toyota have opened a new K5 million showroom at the Badili, Ela Motors complex. Ela Motors has over 40 years of experience selling Toyota motor vehicles in PNG. They also sell Yamaha, Hino and Daihatsu.
The Popondetta General Hospital has raised over K130,000 at a recent fund-raising dinner. The government put in K30,000 during the dinner.
Police Prosecutor Bashed
The police prosecutor, Thomas Eluh, was allegedly assaulted by two members of the police force and the son of a high ranking policeman in Gordons recently in full view of the public and in the presence of Eluh's son, whom he had picked up from school. Chief Superintendent Eluh was allegedly attacked by officers believed to be attached to the NCD Sector Patrol and one of the sons of a recently appointed director of crimes Raphael Huafolo. The Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, has condemned the attack. Gari Baki has directed the suspension of officers involved in the attack.
As the elections get closer more and more promises are made about what various political parties will or will not do if they get into power. It is time for the electors to sit back and try and make an informed decision. Unfortunately with most of the population not having access to the media this is very difficult. One attempt has been made by one of the blogs mentioned above and listed here again to rectify this but not many people have access to the web. If anyone knows of any other objective or even biased PNG election material please let this newsletter know so that it can be advertised in a bid to enlighten a few of the voters. The blog mentioned can be found at -- http://milnebayelections.blogspot.com/2007/03/as-at-end-of-march-2007.html
Don't forget that you can keep track of the elections by visiting and book-marking the Electoral Commission web site -- http://www.pngec.gov.pg
PNG Web Hosting
Interested in creating your own PNG Web Site or any web site for that matter? Worried about the cost? It may be cheaper than you think. Take a look at pricing offered at the PNG Web Hosting site -- http://www.pngwebhost.com -- Sites with space for 15,000 MB of data, 300 GB transfer per month and 24 hours a day / 7 day a week ticket / phone support for less than US$5.00 per month. The larger web-hosting plan at US$9.75 per month offers 25,000MB of disk space, 400GB transfers and the ability to host up to 10 domains and 32 sub domains on this one package. All sites come with a web site builder to make web site making easy! As an added bonus several PHP and MySQL options are available. The best way is to visit the web site and see for yourself. Oh, and by the way, DOT COM Domain Names are as little as US$9.00 per year.
Remember there is no need to spend hours and hours learning HTML code or graphics editing. No need to worry about details with PNG Web Hosting. Let the tools such as the Joomla! or Mambo Content Management System, help you on your way. If that seems too much effort then there is also a "fill in the gaps" html web site builder available free of charge. So if you are looking for a permanent home for even just your email address then take a look at -- http://pngwebhost.com
Exploring The Sepik River
A new companion to help adventurous travellers experience one of the last great wildernesses on the planet - the mighty Sepik - has been launched. The new community-tourism publication ' Sepik River - Nature & Community Tourism' is a guide to one of the most important centres of biological and cultural diversity in the world. The Sepik is both unique and vast and harbours an abundance of animal species to discover, including more marsupial species than anywhere else in the world; amazing bird life such as Birds of Paradise, kingfishers, herons, eagles, small parrots and cockatoos; reptiles, ranging from tiny lizards to enormous crocodiles; a large variety of snakes including gigantic pythons and an extensive number of butterflies, including one of the largest known butterflies, the goliath Birdwing Butterfly. The lives, customs, beliefs and languages of the indigenous groups are also linked inextricably with the geography of the Sepik. The guide produced by the WWF in association with Divine Word University was launched at the inaugural Crocodile Festival held on March 1 - 2, 2007. (Source WWF web site -- http://www.wwfpacific.org.fj)
Gogodala Canoe Festival
The mention of Gogodala immediately brings to mind those big long single hull canoes paddled by up to 30 standing and chanting warriors. Dressed in traditional wear, these descendents of once fierce head-hunters take pride in painting their canoes with elaborate and distinct paintings and a totem of a bird or crocodile proudly carved out on the front of the canoes to represent each of their clans. The Gogodalas and their canoes have been a major attraction at the National Kundu & Canoe Festival in Alotau in the past 2 years. However, the local community at Balimo in Western Province - the home of the Gogodala - also have a canoe festival of their own. The 2007 Gogodala Canoe Festival will be held from the 25th to the 27th of April, 2007 when the lakes in this area of vast wetlands celebrates the canoes that is their identity.
thanks to the PNG Promotion Authority newsletter for this item.
25th to the 27th of April -- 2007 Gogodala Canoe Festival
May Coffee Festival 2007 - cancelled due to 2007 National Elections.
Tufi Cultural Show, Oro Province -- 9th to the 11th June
Sepik Iron Man Contest -- 11th of June 2007
National Mask Festival, Kokopo - East New Britain Province -- 12th to the 15th of July
International Orchid Spectacular -- 5th and 6th of August
Lukim PNG NAU Tourism Expo -- 9th to the 11th September
National Tourism Conference -- 12th of 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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