PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6th Dec 2010

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haus bilong king palace
haus bilong pisin nest
haus bilong tumbuna pasin museum
haus bilong wasim klos laundry
haus kuk / hauskuk / kisen kitchen
haus lain long house (Highlands)
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haus lotu bilong ol mahomet mosque
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haus moni bank
haus marasin pharmacy
haus marit married quarters
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haus pater monastery

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New Guinea Singing Dog International --

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PNG in the News

Lack of fund halts new PNG Chancery construction --

PNG's Prosecutor's Office to study court decision dismissing Somare's appeal --

Madang is "cowboy country" --

Women get crash course on politics --

Conrad and Somare still pushing for $1 billion for REDD --

PNG patrols take aid where it is needed --

News Items

North Shore Pasifika Festival

A group, comprised of members from Manus, Oro, Kerema, Milne Bay, Western Highland and Engan heritage, has recently performed at the North Shore Pasifika festival in Auckland, New Zealand. The group called Yumi PNG was formed so that the youth based in Auckland's North Shore could firstly get in touch with their roots through traditional songs and dances and secondly to create a support system for themselves as a number of them have recently moved to New Zealand and transition into a new way of life and culture can be difficult.

Miss South Pacific

Contestants from around the South Pacific have taken part in the 2010 Miss South Pacific contest held in Port Moresby. The new Miss South Pacific is Joyanna Meyer from Cook Islands. She is a Mechatronics engineer graduate with Honours from the University of Auckland. The 2009-2010 reigning Miss South Pacific Queen Marawalesi Nailatikau from Fiji crowned her moments after the announcement was made.

Other pageant Results
1st runner up: Miss Aotearoa (NZ)
2nd runner up: Miss Samoa
3rd runner up: Miss Fiji
4th runner up: Miss Hawaii

Best sarong, Talent & Photogenic: Miss Cook Is.
Best Traditional wear & Best Friendship/Personality: Miss Tonga
Tourism award: Miss Aotearoa (NZ)
Miss Elegance: Miss Hawaii Is.
Miss Internet: Miss Samoa

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Women in Parliament

Community Development Minister, Dame Carol Kidu, has expressed disgust over a decision to defer until next year a bill to reserve 22 parliamentary seats for women.

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MP's Get Pay rise

The members of parliament have voted to give themselves a 52 per cent pay rise to their base salaries before adjourning for a six-month holiday. The vote by parliament raised the base salaries from the prime minister down to an ordinary MP by 52.08 per cent backdated to last year. The rise in the base salaries of MPs came after they recently voted to give themselves a 100% increase in housing and vehicle allowances.

Councillor compares his K50-a-month to an MP's pay rise --

Dreams in Orbit

A not for profit group are raising funds to buy the Terrestar-1 satellite, launched in 2008, so they can bring the Internet to remote places in Papua New Guinea and other countries. The original owners of the satellite went bankrupt.

Malaria Worries

World Health Organization officials say there are signs of growing drug resistance to mosquito-borne malaria, raising concern millions of people in Asia may be at risk. WHO officials say counterfeit drugs and poor storage are to blame. The Asia region accounts for more than 60 per cent of the global population at risk of the parasite with the main focus on India, Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Full report --

Kaugere / CUMA

The Children's University of Music and Art is located in Kaugere. Kaugere is one of the oldest settlements in PNG, having started in the 1960s, and is home to the notorious raskol gang, Koboni. Even other raskol gangs will not tangle with these boys.

Assess the effectiveness of AusAID in PNG --



The PNG women's team went down 3 - nil to the New Zealand Maori team at the Third Oceania Pacific Cup (OPC) Hockey Tournament played at the National Hockey Centre in Suva, Fiji. The finals will be played next weekend.

This year's OPC is particularly important as the top island team at the tournament will qualify to play in the 2011 Olympic Qualifiers with Australia and New Zealand.

Aussie Sues

Aussie pilot, Fred Martens, who spent 940 days in a Queensland prison after being convicted of the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Port Moresby, is suing the Australian federal government for $45 million.

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New Catholic Archbishop

The Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed Bishop Stephen Reichert, 67, of Mendi, as archbishop of Madang. Archbishop Reichert succeeds Archbishop William Kurtz, 75, who retired due to his age. Born in Leoville, Kansas, USA, Stephen Reichert graduated in 1970 from Capuchin College in Washington, D.C. He was named bishop of Mendi in 1995. He was president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Island from 1996 to 2001.

The Madang Archdiocese has 153,000 Catholics, with 39 priests and 81 religious.

Santa Steals K50,000

Robbers, in Mt Hagen, dressed up as Santa have stolen over K50,000 from local business Wamp Nga Holdings. Western Highland's police said three of the suspects, who were armed with two homemade pistols, had threatened the employees before escaping with the money. Police claim some of suspects were apprehended in Banz by mobile squad six based in Mt Hagen.

See --

MP Charged

An MP has been arrested and charged with 20 counts of misappropriation and false pretences. The Post Courier reports the member for Kandrian Gloucester, Tonny Puana, is likely to be charged again for absconding after he failed to appear for mention while on bail. He is alleged to have misappropriated nearly 130-thousand US dollars between February 2008 and 2009.

Mt Hagen Doctors

Mount Hagen General Hospital's efforts to provide quality health care have been boosted with two more doctors to work at the hospital. Anaesthetist Dr Jayanta Goswami and urologist Dr Timmy Tingnee are the new resident doctors who will provide much needed professional health care in Western Highlands and the region.

Full report --

Rising Seas

In the coastal village of Siar in Madang, Muieg Kai, a 70-year-old man has been watching his small island erode to the forces of the sea while Gokly Kaliam a man of about 52 is struggling to keep his house standing as the sea pushes small waves under it.


MP Misplaces Cheque

The Member of Parliament for Telefomin, in West Sepik has misplaced a cheque for a million Kina in a Port Moresby taxi. It is not known why a bank transfer was not made and a cheque raised. Iwei has asked the Finance Department to put a stop on the cheque.

It seems that the same MP was also defrauded out of K10,000 of his own money when he tried to fast track the issue of another cheque for K12.4 million.

See --

MP's caught up in scam --

HIV Continues to Spread

Amid violence, denial and fear, HIV continues to spread. Horror stories abut the treatment people with HIV get in PNG continue to surface especially in the remote areas of the country. For example :- a young man has confessed that his sister was HIV-positive. One night as she slept, he and his neighbours tied her arms and legs and put her in a coffin. She woke up and screamed for help as they nailed it shut. They buried her alive.

Lack of knowledge about HIV has resulted in ostracism, violence, even accusations of sorcery and murder, pushing people living with the virus to hide their status and continue spreading it to sexual partners.

Full report --

PNG vows to stabilise spread of AIDS --

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Coming Events

2010 Oceania Pacific Cup Hockey. 4th - 12th of Dec in Suva, Fiji.

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 - 22nd - 29th January 2011

International Women's Day (IWD) - 8th March 2011 - The first IWD was run in 1911 so 2011 sees the IWD Global Centenary.

Arafura Games - 7 - 14th of May 2011 --

Wahgi Sing Sing -- June 2011

Rabaul "Kimawai" -- July 2011

Mount Hagen Cultural Show -- 13th and 14th of August 2011

Goroka Show -- September 2011

Morobe Show -- October 2011

Canoe and Kundu Festival -- November 2011

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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