PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Mar 2018

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
aibika greens / plant
aigris envy / jealous
ailan island
ain iron / metal / steel
bilas decoration / finery / jewellery
bilasim decorate / adorn / paint
bipo before / formerly / previously / long ago
birua enemy / accident / opponent
boi boy
meri women / female / girl / wife
rausim renmove / get rid of / cut off
sais size
tinpis tinned fish
tisa teacher
tit teeth / tooth / beak /fang
vot vote
wanwan each one / various
yam yam / sweet potato
yangpela young / green / premature / small

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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Highlands Earthquake Situation Report --

UN supports the Government of in its earthquake response efforts --

Capuchins raise funds for victims of earthquake --

Israel donates generators after earthquake --

Gender equality lowest in Pacific --

Global gas markets ease as traders handle PNG outage --

Harsh response lessons abound in wake of PNG's quake devastation --

Professor Kaluwin: Deep Sea Mining Operations Will Pose a Threat to PNG Marine Life --

Research reveals genetic timeline of early Pacific settlers --

Negotiations to Restore Water Supply into Madang Town --

First PNGean PhD journalist --

Crooks from Milne Bay to be returned --


Misc Links

South Pacific flights from AUD $279 flying Virgin Australia --

Interesting de-classified memo's written during the 2nd World War. Mainly about the South Pacific --

PNG Opposition wants change in Government --

Meet the humanitarian doctors curing blindness from a boat --

Air Niugini: Number of female staff evident of gender equality --

News Items

Divine Word Graduation

Dr. Kevin Pamba, from Ialibu, Southern Highlands, has been presented with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Divine Word University during the 36th graduation ceremony of the University. He was the only PhD student to graduate. He graduated with over 800 students that gained diplomas, bachelor degrees, and master’s degrees

Divine Word Graduation list --

APEC Officials in Goroka

The Senior Official Meeting delegates, part of the APEC delegates, have recently visited Goroka to obtain information about PNG and its various cultures. The first group of delegates visiting Gorokawere accompanied by Justin Tkatchenko.

Loop PNG --

Betel Nut Ban

National Capital District City Authorities have put a partial ban on the sale of betel-nut in Port Moresby's Boroko Area. City Manager Bernard Kipit says the ban will also cover other illegal activities like street selling and littering.


Partial betel nut ban takes effect in Boroko area --

Common sense must prevail --

Counting Earthquake Cost

Read more - Asia Pacific Report --

European Union brings relief to the victims of earthquake --

OK Tedi donates K50 million to Help Restore Services --

First Relief Supply from National Government to Hela, Southern Highlands and Western --

Quake like Christchurch, but without the response --

Boxing Gets Boost

The Tourism Promotion Authority has given a K20,000 boost for the Kokoda Boxing Challenge. The event will see 18 bouts, with 10 male boxers and eight female fighters competing against the visiting New South Wales contingent.

Post Courier --

Experts Called In

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says an independent team of experts from Australia will investigate and review the cause of the earthquake which has killed more than 100 people and destroyed countless properties. O’Neill told The National, in response to claims by people especially in the affected areas that the disaster was linked to the oil and gas projects in the area, that there was no proof of the claims.

The National --

PNG sees long recovery ahead as quake death toll tops 100 --

Counterfeit Crackdown

Highlands region Eastern End Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ben Turi, has called on the PNG Customs, Department of Labour, Independent Consumer and Competition Commission and the Bank of Papua New Guinea to work together to eradicate counterfeit products and money laundering in the country.

Post Courier --

Trukai Fun Run Shirts

Auctions of Trukai Fun Run shirts in Port Moresby and Lae have raised K309,000 for Team PNG.

Loop PNG --

Deportations Loom on Manus

Papua New Guinea police have taken four men from one of the refugee facilities on Manus Island this morning with what is thought to be the intention to deport them. The journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani said the men from Bangladesh were not granted refugee status.

Radio New Zealand --

NZ'd Foreign Minister Visits

New Zealand Foreign Minister Ron Mark was in Papua New Guinea last week to conclude a bilateral status of forces agreement with his counterpart Minister of Defence Solan Mirisim in Port Moresby. While in PNG, Mr Mark met with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Defence Minister Solan Mirisim, and Minister for Police Jelta Wong and Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko.

Post Courier --

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been celebrated in Port Moresby. Hosted by Pacific International Hospital (PIH) in partnership with Port Moresby Arts Theatre and EMTV, the evening welcomed an undoubting atmosphere of unity.


Funding Lifts PNG Rating

PNG has successfully secured funding and has improved its ratings in the World Bank. The acting first assistant secretary from the markets policy division of the PNG Department of Treasury Roddie Wada said this is the result of the biggest success in structural reform.

Post Courier --

Connected PNG Technology Summit

The Connected PNG Technology Summit 2018 has commenced with exhibitions and tradeshow sessions at the Stanley Hotel and Suites in Port Moresby. The event saw various Technological vendors from within and outside the country showcase their products.


Landlord Threatens Government

The owner of a building that hosts the offices of several Papua New Guinea government departments is threatening to close it next week if rent is not paid. The owner of Port Moresby's Central Government Building said rent had not been paid for a long time, and had engaged a lawyer to have the building shut down.

Radio New Zealand --

Responsible Sustainable Development

The Environmental Science & Geography division of the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) has been leading a Southern Region Workshop in Alotau, Milne Bay Province on the National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development (StaRS) in PNG.


PNG Water Strike

Staff from the state owned water and sanitation provider, Eda Ranu, are on strike, and at one stage shut down the water supply. The workers are protesting against government plans to merge Eda Ranu with Water PNG.

Radio New Zealand --

Eda Ranu Staff Against Merging with Water PNG --

PNG Travel Advice

Read the latest travel advice from Australia for Papua New Guinea dated the 9th of March 2018

Australian Government Smart Traveller --

PNG Car Number Plates

PNG requires vehicle owners to register their motor vehicles and display vehicle registration plates. Current plates are Australian standard 372 mm × 134 mm, and use Australian stamping dies.

World License Plates --

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 Petroleum & Energy Summit - 19th to 21st March 2018 in Port Moresby --

43rd National Game Fishing titles from 23rd March to 1st April 2018 in Lae, Morobe province.

Stage ready for game fishing titles --

Good Friday, 30th March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018

Commonwealth Games - 4th April 2018 - 15th April 2018

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

Oceania Men's and Women's Continental Hockey Qualification in Port Moresby in May 2018

Queen's Birthday, Monday 11th June 2018

Trukai Fun Run - 24th June 2018

July 2018 - 6th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture - Solomon Islands

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco - 20th - 22nd July 2018

Remembrance Day, Monday 23rd July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, Sunday 16th September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, Thursday 27th September

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26th December

New Year, Tuesday 1st January 2019

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

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