PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 May 2014

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Travel Advisory Update

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued new Travel Advisory update for Papua New Guinea. It contains new information in the Summary and under Safety and security: Civil unrest/political tension (violence at Porgera gold mine). They now advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Porgera township in Enga province in the northern highlands. They continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Papua New Guinea overall.


Rabaul Queen

A district court has committed a maritime safety officer to trial over the deadly sinking of the Rabaul Queen ferry. At least 173 people died when the Rabaul Queen sank in rough seas off the country's north coast on the 2nd of February 2012.


POM CBD Rebuild

Public Enterprises and State Investments Minister Ben Micah has said with assistance from Korea the government will rebuild Downtown Port Moresby, the capitals central business district (CBD). Micah said that it was part of the government's plan to relocate the city's main wharf and building the city business centre and Fairfax Harbour into a world class recreational and business centre. This will be part of the preparation for the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.


PNC Party Intact

The ruling Peoples National Congress (PNC) Party is intact and has thrown its full support behind Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to lead the party and the government to the 2017 General Elections.


Seafarers Found

14 Bougainvilleans lost at sea have been found. The group went missing on Friday a week ago while travelling from Nissan Island to Buka. It appears the boat ran out of fuel


Police Image Overhaul

Papua New Guinea's police force has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. From the involvement of the Police Mobile Squad in the deadly violence on Manus Island to allegations of a brutal assault against a female office, the local media has been full of stories of police behaving badly. So how does a police force in a developing nation like Papua New Guinea turn that around?


PNG Drug Running

Australian Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison has flagged talks with PNG on a fresh anti-corruption partnership to tackle transnational crime syndicates on Australia's doorstep. West African and Chinese organised crime gangs operating out of Port Moresby are behind the illicit drug trade using electronic business transfers, negotiable bearer bonds, and undeclared cash to pay for shipments. Real estate investments in Cairns, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have also been linked to the money trail.


Malaria Update

Ninety percent of PNG's seven million people are at risk of malaria infection. A recent study by the PNG Institute of Medical Research has found that approximately 65 percent of households surveyed owned a long lasting insecticide net and a little more than 90 percent of health centres studied were having the first line anti-malarial drugs in stock.


Manus Island Riots

An unnamed G4S guard has told how PNG guards entered a trance-like state during an outbreak of violence at the Manus Island detention centre. The unnamed former Australian soldier, who served in the army for 20 years in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor, was working for G4S at the detention centre and has made a submission, including photos and videos, to an Australian Senate inquiry into the riot.


A new broom on Manus is lifting the veil of secrecy --

Buka Airport Reopened

Air Niugini has resumed normal flights into Buka after a recent suspension of flights to the town following reports that the landowners of the area, where the airport is situated, were going to close down the airport after learning that the ABG nor the NAC were not addressing their demands.



Housing is a basic need for everyone and the average wage earning Papua New Guinean living in Port Moresby is often forced to rent single rooms in a house or live in un-zoned residential areas. Minister for Housing and Urban Development Paul Ezekiel said while land allocation had been a challenge, the department had managed to secure 75,000 allotments for housing development.


Irregular Procurement

The National Department of Health (NDoH) has been accused of using irregular procurement procedures and mismanaging cash advances.


WHO denies it backs PNG's Chinese drug suppliers --

The Crocodile Prize

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE is the home of the Papua New Guinea Crocodile Prize. The crocodile, like the ubiquitous pig, is a symbol for all Papuan New Guineans, from the highlands to the coast and islands. The Crocodile Prize is a powerful supporter of writers in PNG.


Ramu Mine

According to the traditional food crop calendar of the Mindere people of the Basamuk area, from January to May they will be harvesting taro while planting yam and from and from May to September they used to harvest yam while planting kaukau and other food crops like banana etc., while from September to December they will harvest kaukau and banana while planting taro, and so the cycle goes on.


Asylum Seeker Policy Slammed

Powes Parkop, Governor of Port Moresby, has taken out full-page advertisements in local PNG newspapers criticising the Manus Island detention centre. The open letter from Governor Powes Parkop to PNG's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato expresses "grave concern" at the treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island. It says asylum seekers have not committed a crime and should not be held in prison-like conditions.


Waigani Market Closure

The market at Waigani was closed recently after a policeman was attacked there. Acting National Capital District metropolitan commander Supt Perou N'dranou confirmed the incident and said such an attack on a police officer was totally unwarranted.


Remote School Solar

Teachers and students in a remote school in the Telefomin district, Sandaun province will soon be able to teach and learn using modern equipment like computers and projectors, all thanks to the Ok Tedi Development Foundation.


Conflict Islands Group

Flamboyant expat entrepreneur, Ian Gowrie-Smith, has ramped up the sales campaign for his piece of Papua New Guinea paradise the Conflict Islands Group.


Solomon Islands Assistance

The government has given K21 million to the Solomon Islands as a relief and development grant assistance. Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato said K1 million was relief assistance for the recent flood in Honiara and K20 million was for development assistance.


Vice Chancellor Back

The newly re-installed vice chancellor of the University of Technology, Dr Albert Schram, says there are immediate measures he's taking to resolve long standing grievances. Dr Schram has been back at the university in Lae after being forced out of the country a year ago when the university council took issue with a reform programme he had started.



Susu Mamas

Susu Mamas, an organization well established in the country, are planning a treat for mothers at the Port Moresby General Hospital Maternity Ward on Mother's Day. The committees of Susu Mamas have been visiting Mothers in the Maternity Ward annually handing out bags of various items thanks to KK Kingston and many other companies. The annual visit by Susu Mamas is not only to promote health and hygiene but it eases the pain to mothers who feel they are not been cared.



Sustainable Development Program

The Government is understood to be considering legislation to outlaw the operations of the Sir Mereke Morauta-led PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited. This follows a recent ruling by the Singapore High Court that dismissed the State's application to appoint a receiver to take control of PNGSDP's assets.


Porgera Strife

The PNG Government has declared a state of emergency in Porgera, Enga province. Over a hundred policemen and soldiers from Port Moresby and Mt Hagen are already on the ground in the mining township, Highlands Divisional Commander Teddy Tei said recently.



Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

PNG Hunters vs Manly Seagulls 10 - 11 May, Kalabond Oval, Kokopo, ENB

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, July 2014

Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014

Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014

PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka

Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, Saturday 6 September 2014 --

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 --

Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 --

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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