P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 13 Dec 2002

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PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay
Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 13 Dec 2002

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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 in this newsletter, is currently worth around 20 - 21 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



Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
daka pepper used with betel nut
daun low
daunpasin humility
de bilong wok workday
dewel bilong man i dai ghost (of dead person)
dewel / dewel bilong man shadow
dia expensive
didiman agricultural officer
dinau borrow
dis bilong waswas washbasin
hansapim bail up / hold up
hanwara side stream
hanwara tributary

Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo and http://www.michie.net/png_faqs. The PNG Business Directory at http://www.pngbd.com is also an excellent place to look for PNG information.

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look -- http://maps.google.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.


http://www.online.net.pg/-tabis -- Tabubil International School

http://www.spjc.org -- 15th Annual South Pacific Judicial Conference website.

http://www.pngbuai.com -- PNG BUAI (Papua New Guinea Books Useful Articles & Information) seeks to provide a virtual home for a growing collection of research level electronic material on and from Papua New Guinea.



News Items


To all the readers of this newsletter who celebrate Christmas -- A very Merry Christmas to you.

The Christmas star has appeared on the top of Signal Hill at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby. The road to the top of the hill is so bad that not even a four-wheel drive vehicle was able to help carry the star to the top of the hill. Soldiers had to man handle the star and then have enough energy to erect the structure.

PNG Religious Sites

Anglican Church of PNG -- http://portmoresby.anglican.org
Catholic Church of PNG & Solomon Islands -- http://www.catholicpng.org.pg
Pioneer Bible Translators -- http://www.pioneerbible.org.pg
Religious Television Association -- http://www.rtapng.com.pg
Ukarumpa Alumni -- http://www.ukarumpa.net
Ukarumpa Mission Station -- http://www.ukarumpa.com
United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG -- http://www.upcpng.org


Here is a contribution from Kevin in Western Australia.
I am reading C.A.W. Monckton's "Some Experiences of a New Guinea Resident Magistrate" first published early last century. A great read! Reference in the text to 'Giaman' shows that its origin is English in the form of the word 'gammon'. Monckton was very unkind to Pidgin English in the book's preface and it is interesting that his use of the word 'Gammon' in relation to some natives who were telling a few fibs obviously precedes its use in Pidgin English.

Moresby Hospital

The National Capital District Commission has given the Port Moresby General Hospital K100,000 worth of assistance. The money is part of a K500,000 grant for then year 2002 from the Commission. So far this year the Commission has only donated K313,00 including this latest payment. Another donation is expected before the end of the year.

National Capital Commission

The new board of the National Capital District Commission (NCDC), under the guidance of the chairman, Jack Pidik, is keen to get the NCDC back on track. The NCDC in recent times has diverted funds to other areas and has been seen to neglect its municipal responsibilities. Mr Pidik has called on businesses within the NCDC area to assist wherever possible to assist organisations such as the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Mr Pidik has received death threats allegedly due to the tough stand his board has taken on corruption in the city council.


Consumers of electricity have been advised that there will be a 15 percent increase in what they have to pay for power next year if they have meters otherwise the people using easy-pay have an immediate increase. PNG Power has said that the increase is 12 months behind which probably means more increases are to be sought from the price controller.

Post PNG

Post PNG is set to turn a profit at the end of this financial year. In the previous five years Post PNG has accumulated losses of K19 million but this year a small profit of K2 million is anticipated.

Police Ministry

Politician Peter Yama has said that he will not takeover the police ministry whilst he is under investigation. He has said that it would be morally wrong and that his conscience tells him it would be wrong. The leadership charges he is to face are not yet known.


Reports from major hospitals in PNG have indicated that diabetes is on the increase. The Port Moresby Hospital is seeing at least 135 new cases every year but many cases are not recognised by the individual until it is too late. The increase has been attributed to eating non-traditional fast food.

Cocoa Board

Private accounting firm Tengdui and Associates have revealed that the previous Cocoa Industry Board spent more than K2 million on travel in three years. It has also been stated that the daily allowance given to officers was three to four times of what other government and statutory authorities give their workers on duty travel.

Mount Pago

The Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has given 32 cartons of masks to victims of the Mt Pago volcano. The 32 cartons contained almost 8000 masks.

Tourism Promotion Authority

The following people have been appointed to the board of the Tourism Promotion Authority.
Nick Kumine -- Ex-officio chairman
Thadeus Kambanei -- Finance department,
Warren Daniels -- hoteliers,
Ruth Japhlom -- tour operators,
Bob Martin - national airline,
Justin Tkatchenko -- tourist attraction section,
Peter Honale -- recognised tourism industry,
Florian Bahin -- general tourism and
Esau Niba -- charter airlines.

Madang / UPNG

The University of PNG (UPNG) has signed a five year agreement with the Madang Provincial Government for its distance education program in the province. This system will make it possible for people in Madang to study for a bachelor, masters or post graduate degree from UPNG.


The PNG Defence Force Soldiers stationed on Bougainville require at least K500,000 to pay outstanding bills and to ensure that the soldiers do not go hungry over the Christmas New Year period. It has been reported that the army has not received funds for the soldiers on Bougainville since April this year.

NPF Inquiry

The Parliament of PNG has adopted the NPF report. This means that the police and the Ombudsman Commission can now go ahead and investigate people mentioned in the report. Several prominent PNG citizens have been implicated in the report. Speaker Bill Skate, Labour and Industrial Relations Minister - Peter O'Neill, Gulf Governor - Chris Haiveta and Former NPF Chairman - Jimmy Maladina have all rated a mention in the report.

US Lawsuit

The multimillion US Dollar class action lawsuit that the Bougainvilleans are bringing against mining giant Rio Tinto will still go ahead in USA.

Port Moresby Roads

The Prime Minister, Michael Somare, has given his assurance that funds will be made available to help finish off the outstanding roadworks in Port Moresby. Many residents of the National Capital have to drive over rapidly deteriorating temporary bush tracks to get to or from work and drop their kids off at school.

National Gaming Board

The National Court has cleared the former boss of the National Gaming Control Board of 47 counts of misappropriation whilst in office. The Judge slammed the State for not proving beyond a reasonable doubt the charges that the State had laid against Paul Aisa.

Department Heads

Many heads of government departments and statutory bodies have signed employment contracts. The Governor General, Sir Silas Atopare, has called on the departmental heads to serve both the government and the people of PNG with loyalty and dedication.

Weight Lifting

The PNG power lifting team to the Oceania championships have returned with three gold medals and one bronze. Overall the PNG team finished third behind Australia (2nd) and New Zealand in first place.

Chinese English

Overheard at the Aussie High Comm the other day. The lady behind the counter was explaining to the customer about some documents. The conversation went along these lines.

Do you want us to post them for you or will you courier them? The customer replied "No, me not Korea -- me China" This went on for a while until the lady behind the counter got the message across by mentioning sending via TNT. Getting the message across is a bit hard to do when you have to talk through the security glass at the High Comm.

Mekere Morauta

The former Prime Minister, Mekere Morauta, has been dumped by his party in favour of Bulolo MP John Muingnepe as the PNG Opposition Leader. It is thought that the move may have been orchestrated by another former prime minister. Paias Wingti.

Paias Wingti, the Western Highlands Premier, is now back at the head of the People's Democratic Party(PDM).

Sir Mekere claims that he is STILL the leader of PDM.

PNG Gas Pipeline

The Queensland (Australia) Premier Peter Beattie has said that Queensland would offer to send advisers to help the PNG Government negotiate deals with local landowners to ensure they did not intentionally disrupt supply once the gas pipeline was operational. Mr Beattie also revealed a bold tourism plan being pursued by his Queensland government that would see cruise ships packed with wealthy European and American holiday makers sailing between Queensland, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

Southern Highlands leaders have warned that it would be a "time bomb" if the Queensland gas pipeline deal was allowed to go ahead before the supplementary elections in the province were held.

Civil Aviation

The head of the Civil Aviation Authority, Miria Ume, has been suspended. The suspension has come after the renewal of Mr Ume's contract for another four years.


It has been claimed the Independent Public Business Corporation is insolvent. If the IPBC is going to be effective in helping to sell off government assets worth K200 million then the government will need to inject at least K8 million into it. The IPBC was the successor to the Privatisation Commission.

Maternal Death Rate

The Maternal Death Rate for PNG woman has been reported as being the highest in the western pacific area. The rate is 370 deaths for every 100,000 mothers in PNG. Many mothers die during the delivery of their children.

Cyanide Spill

In March 2000 the Hevi-Lift helicopter company dropped a one tonne drum of cyanide, intended for the Tolukuma gold mine, 15 kilometres south of the mine. The compensation claims have reached K70 million which the company feels is excessive when they say the claim should be in the thousands and not millions.

PNG Defence Force

A PNG Defence Force pilot, Major Dennis Gareitz, has died only hours before he was due to be flown to Australia for a kidney transplant after a donation from the Australian Defence Force.

TPA Germany

The Tourism office in Germany seems to be treated like a political football every time the politicians and government departments start counting toeas. It is unknown how many tourists from Europe that the office brings in but it would be a substantial amount of both tourists and the all important money that the tourists tend to spend once they get here.

The office has been run by Air Niugini and then bounced around to the Tourism Promotion Authority in the past. Maybe it is now time for Air Niugini to pick up the job again?

Hospital Power

It has been claimed that many hospitals around the country will soon have to close due to the large sums of money owed to PNG Power for the supply of electricity.

Warangoi Power

The Baining landowners at Warangoi have been told that the East New Britain Provincial Government will not hesitate to use force against them if they shut down the Warangoi hydro power plant. The landowners issued a 10 days ultimatum that they would shut down the plant if land compensation claims were not met.

2003 Budget

The Somare-Marat 2003 Budget has been passed by parliament on the same day Sir Mekere Morauta lost his leadership of the opposition. PNG Power has already sent a notice to the Wewak hospital giving notice that PNG Power would disconnect the power to non-essential areas of the hospital if the outstanding bills were not settled soon.


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Created 13 Dec 2002
Updated 13 Jun 2003

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