P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 18 Jun 2001

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Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 8 Jun 2001. A very special welcome is extended to any new readers. If you have comments or suggestions to make then please e-mail them to giaman@png-gossip.com

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Remember that this mailing list is mainly meant for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time, is currently worth somewhere around XX - XX United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter for most world currencies can be located at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look http://maps.expedia.com and then click on the find a map option. Go to this link for a quick start to a link to a map of Port Moresby. http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.

Pidgin Words for this week


The following is from the General Manager of Pacom Communications - Pacom Web Page: http://www.prosec.com.pg/pacom

A big guria was felt at Woitape lodge on Tuesday night 5/6/2001 at about 7 PM and later at about 1.30 AM.

I also believe that it hit Wafi Creek mining area causing land slides and damaging some buildings.

It also gave a Pacom Technician on the Hertzog range repeater site a big scare as the 100-foot tower was seen to sway at the top by about 10-15 feet popping many of the coax cable ties.

Terry Griffiths
General Manager,
Pacom Communications

Post Courier

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The government has put a stop to all land compensation payments totalling more than K75 million that have been awarded to landowners by the National Land Commission.

The National Executive Council has directed the Attorney General to make possible a court review of all awards made by the National Land Commission.

National Executive Council

The National Executive Council (NEC) is meeting at Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands province. The Western Highlands is the stronghold of Pious Wingti the chief mover of the Peoples Democratic Movement.

The Governor of the Western Highlands, Father Robert Lak has said that holding the NEC meeting in his provinces is a misuse of funds.

Mt Hagen Police

Police are on alert in Mount Hagen during the visit of the Prime Minister and the National Executive Council. About 200 police, including five mobile squads, have been deployed to keep the peace.


The Royal PNG Constabulary (RPNGC) barracks at Bagita, Port Moresby have been demolished in readiness for a new two-storey single men's barrack. Work on the new barracks has been started. The Australian Government is supplying the estimated K1.48 million required to do the project.

Gordon's barracks is also benefiting to the tune of approx. K680 thousand worth of renovating works to single men's barracks as well as work on the storm water and sewerage drains.

Provincial Woes

Several provincial governments are concerned that even if court action against the National Government is successful there will be no money in the bank to pay up.

Peace Corps

After 20 years in the country the volunteer organisation USA Peace Corps is packing up and leaving the country citing deteriorating security problems as the reason. The volunteers have worked in remote areas like Bema, Menyamya and Wasu in Morobe province and Wasab in Madang and in areas like Misima, Goodenough in Milne Bay and many other rural outposts.

The volunteers have been subjected to aggravated assault, robbery at gunpoint, attacked while working alongside their local counterparts and have had their cars stolen and their homes broken into. This has been assessed as being three times the risk factor of other developing countries.

American tourists to Papua New Guinea are cancelling their travel arrangements here following the "high security risk" alert posted on the Internet by the Peace Corps.

Sir Michael Somare

It has been tipped that the leader of the National Alliance, Sir Michael Somare, will have his leadership challenged by possibly Bart Philemon, Manus Governor Stephen Pokawin or Wapenamanda MP Masket Iangalio.


Church leaders have met with the Prime Minister in Mount Hagen and petitioned him to get rid of poker machines. The machines are currently taxed heavily but this has not stop family members gambling what little income people have in an attempt to win big money.

East New Britain

An upsurge in crime in the province has seen an increase in car thefts, break and enter, robbery, armed hold ups and attempted rapes. The increase has been blamed on an influx of people from other provinces.

Landowner Problems

Problems with landowners in East New Britain jeopardise the jobs of 200 Papua New Guineans who are employed by D-Scan (PNG) Ltd, a foreign company involved in the processing of teak into furniture components for export at its Takubar mill near Kokopo. 82 PNG employees have already been laid off.

The landowners want to take a 100 percent equity in the company so they can negotiate prices of their teak with D-Scan's sister company in Indonesia.


Between the 19th of May and the 8th of June a total of 74 cases of typhoid has been reported at the Goroka Base Hospital in the Eastern Highlands province. Typhoid is the third reason for admissions to the hospital after malaria and pneumonia.

Residents are being warned to boil water and not to buy food from roadside stalls.

PNG Accommodation and Tourism Sites

Accommodation Sites

Tourism Sites

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Central Province

Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) fares have gone up in Central province. The last fare increase was in June 1995. And the operators of the many buses have been struggling to make ends meet let alone maintain their equipment.

Illegal Immigrants

John Pundari, the newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister has declared war on illegal immigrants. The East New Britain governor, Leo Dion has supported the move by Mr Pundari and had appealed to all in East New Britain province to report any suspicious individuals. He also said that many of the jobs being held by the illegal immigrants were jobs reserved for the people of PNG.


Moves have started in East New Britain to set up a copra exporting company owned by small copra producers in the province. The company will be known as the East New Britain Exporting Company.

2002 Elections

Eligible voters are being called on to enrol for the national elections that are only just around the corner. Local level government elections will also be held at the same time.

To enrol a voter must;

Bill Skate

Mr Skate, the leader of the PNG Opposition, has recently registered his new political party. The name of the party is not yet known.

Lady Carol Kidu

Lady Carol has come up with a scheme called "The Bag of Books" to help beat the common problem in PNG where individual books are borrowed and never returned. It is hoped that the bag of books will be signed out in the name of a reliable person who will be responsible for the return of the bag that will contain six books.

Sepik River

Villages and tourists along the famous river are being terrorised by an armed gang. The gang is heavily armed with high-powered rifles. Unconfirmed reports say that tourists have been held up near Karawari Lodge. The police are powerless to do anything about the problem because they do not have working dinghy to go after the criminals. The Provincial Police Commander has written to the divisional headquarters in Lae for help.

Fish Attack

Fish known as Paku (piaractus briachypumus), introduced in the early 1990s, by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and National Fisheries Authority (NFA), into the Sepik River and Ramu River systems are causing concern to villagers. It has reportedly killed two people in the Sepik area already as well as injuring other villagers.

The Paku is an insect-eating species related to the piranha, a savage freshwater fish from tropical South America. It is threatening the Sepik and Ramu river eco-systems, killing the native fish population.


The Department of Health has pledged itself to attempting to getting rid of Malaria. Malaria accounts for between 25 - 35 percent of all outpatient attendances in PNG. The Co-operative Centre for Vaccine Technology (Australia) and the Swiss Tropical Institute have just successfully completed the analysis of a malaria vaccine efficiency trail performed in the Wosera area of the East Sepik Province.

The vaccine was able to produce a reduction in the number of parasite numbers by as much as 62 percent. This is a promising result but is not to be seen as the final result.

Boating Accident

A dive boat accident has seen the death of a woman from USA. The dive boat was overturned and sank when it was hit by a wave at a popular dive spot last Saturday.

Search parties from the Loloata Island Resort, National Emergency and Surveillance, Maritime Search and Rescue, nearby Pari village, Royal PNG Yacht Club, including members of the US Army and soldiers from Taurama Barracks, have failed to find the woman's body.

Kaugere Youth

The Good News Centre at Kaugere, allowed to run down for the past eight years, is slowly getting a facelift. Youth from Kaugere, Sabama and Vabukori gather there every Thursday and under the supervision of Pastor Tony Savoa from the Boroko United Church give the place a new look.

Madang Town

A claim by villages that the Madang Town land was theirs has been thrown out by a National Court judgment which has declared the land as being state land.

Orchid Show

Wolfgang Bandisch at the Botanical Gardens in the National Capital has announced that there will be an Orchid show to be held on the 25th of August this year.

Air Niugini

The national airline has embarked on an "I support PNG - I fly Air Niugini" campaign in a bid to win back some loyalty of the many PNG citizens who choose to fly on airlines other than the national airline. The TV advertisement was filmed in Cairns by an Australian based advertising agency. I believe the Australian agency does employ a PNG citizen.

Computer Companies in PNG

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