P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jan 2003

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Tok Pisin Links
Internet Providers Computer Companies
Stationery Suppliers Scanning
PDM Land Payments
Wabag Health Centre Post Courier
Waima Village Oro Province
Free Vehicles Motor Vehicle Insurance
Deloitte Tower New Year
Queen's Awards Angau Hospital
UNDP Miscellaneous PNG Websites
Asylum Seekers Tolukuma
Highway Troubles Indonesian Border
New Ireland Jika Tribe
Buka Wharf Road Works
Education PNG Scholarships
West Papua Waigani Shops
Bougainville Hijack Scare
Home Brew Arawa Hospital
Wet Season Disasters
National Provident Fund PNG Media Related Sites
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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin
haus building / house / hut
haus bilong wasim klos laundry
haus kuk / hauskuk / kisen kitchen
haus lotu temple / church
haus luluai bilong longwe ples embassy
haus mani bank (n)
haus pamuk brothel
haus pekpek toilet
haus piksa cinema / theatre
haus sik hospital
haus tambaran spirit house / art gallery
haus win garden house / summer house
haus / long haus home



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 23 - 24 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

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 and Tourism Directory located 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.seniorluxurytravel.com -- This site deals with many travel destinations. One of them is Papua New Guinea.
http://www.exkiap.com -- a good source of info particularly for finding kiap mates. This link has come via Arthur Williams. (Kiap - government official)

Internet Service Providers

Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.online.net.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.com.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
HiTech -- http://www.dg.com.pg

Computer Companies in PNG

Able Computing -- http://www.able.com.pg
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.net.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
HT PNG (formerly High Tech Industries) -- http://www.hightech.com.pg/

Remington Technologies - http://www.remington.com.pg

Stationery Suppliers

Theodist -- http://www.theodist.com.pg - Theodist also sell Magellan GPS Systems.


Professional Scanning and Archiving Services - ProScan Ltd http://www.proscan.com.pg



News Items


The leader of the People's Democratic Movement (PDM) is still in dispute. The Registrar of Political Parties has declared that the current occupant, Paias Wingti, is not the leader as he is registered as an independent politician. Mr. Wingti can apply to become a member of PDM, the party he founded but it is debatable whether all of the current PDM members will accept him.

Land Payments

It has been revealed that Ramu Sugar have been paying land payments to the wrong people since the project started in the late 1970s. Ramu Sugar has been told to terminate the present agreement and negotiate a new agreement with the rightful landowners.

Wabag Health Centre

The Daewon Hotel in Wabag has donated K10,000 to the Wabag Health Centre. The money will be used to set up a new blood bank this year.

Post Courier

The Post Courier -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg -- Anderson's Supermarkets, all Brian Bell stores -- http://www.brianbell.com.pg -- and FM100 --
http://www.tiare.net.pg/fm100/ -- have joined forces to launch a new nationwide competition for nine lucky families (three lucky families a week for the next three weeks) to win K1,000 towards school fees for this year.

Waima Village

Families from Waima Village in Central province have celebrated Christmas by surrendering a large number of illegal firearms to the police. 32 home made guns, three factory made shotguns, 14 lots of home brew equipment and 11 marijuana plants were handed over to the police on Christmas Day.

Oro Province

One of the main bridges linking the town of Popondetta to the port at Oro Bay has been destroyed by heavy rain. This is the third time in less than two years that the road next to the bridge has collapsed.

Free Vehicles

It has been rumoured that some former senior government officials are holding on to government vehicles despite the fact that their employment contracts have not been renewed. The former Police Commissioner and the former Defence secretary are holding vehicles in excess of K300,000 each. The former director of the National Disaster Management office is holding onto another vehicle of lesser value. It has been reported that police action may have to be taken to recover the vehicles.

Motor Vehicle Insurance

The Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited has been dealt a blow with two of its foreign reinsurance brokers pulling out. The brokers are concerned about political interference in the country's only motor vehicle third party insurance company. The pullout has left the drivers of motor vehicles in a precarious situation with only one local company now carrying the reinsurance for motor vehicles.

Deloitte Tower

The Deloitte Tower in downtown Port Moresby, all 15 levels, has been without air conditioning for a couple of days due to a broken water pipe. The problem should be under control after intervention by the maintenance people.

New Year

The capital city of Port Moresby celebrated a wet and subdued New Year when compared with other years. In the Oro (Northern) Province a hard-core criminal was shot dead and a policeman stabbed on Wednesday afternoon. The Gulf Province was able to report a very quiet New Year. The Highland provinces were also able to report a quiet start to the New Year.

Queen's Awards

The Honour's awards handed out by the Queen on recommendation by the government have received much publicity after the current Prime Minister vetoed the award for three people from overseas. The previous government of Sir Mekere Morauta recommended the awards and it is believed the Queen had approved the awards.

Angau Hospital

The Angau Memorial General Hospital has received a donation of K700 towards a new children's ward from staff of PNG Motors in Lae. It is estimated that the project will cost about K200,000.


Melpa Media Productions, a local company specialising in television, radio and video program productions, has been engaged by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to film and produce a video and television documentary on the Global Environment Facility small grants program in Papua New Guinea.

Miscellaneous PNG Websites

A parody of Waltzing Matilda called "kai kai the buai" can be found at http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/WM/Kai.html

Asylum Seekers

A scuffle has been reported at the Lombrum Naval base between soldiers and asylum seekers. The confrontation occurred just before the New Year. A soldier received a cut above an eyebrow while several asylum seekers received bruises, black eyes, swollen lips and broken teeth.


The Minister for Environment and Conservation is prepared to conduct an investigation into the water quality issues at the Tolukuma Mine but he has said that there are only limited funds to do so.

Highway Troubles

Two people attempting to hold up a Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) along the Magi Highway near Barakau in Central Province have been seriously wounded by police. The police happened to be in the area and were quickly on the scene.

Indonesian Border

It has been confirmed that two women have been shot at the PNG border with Indonesia. OPM rebels allegedly fired on a min-bus picking up passengers near the border. The PNG Government is extremely concerned at the current situation at the common border especially for the safety and security of the traditional border crossers from both sides, as well as the nearby villages at the border.

New Ireland

The Japanese Ambassador has committed about K234,000 towards the costs of providing an Emergency and Disaster VHF Radio Network for the New Ireland Province. The grant will provide 21 two-way VHF radio units in the province. The radio network will be installed at aid posts, health centres and local level government centres throughout the province.

Jika Tribe

The Jika Komapi tribe in the Western Highlands has donated more than K2200 to the Mount Hagen general hospital. The donation was made after the hospital appealed for funds to keep the hospital open.

Buka Wharf

Work on the multi-million Kina Buka Wharf will not continue until a study has been made into any possible environmental damage to the waterfront. Heavy equipment owned by Curtain Brothers remains idle on the island while workers await a decision on the project.

Road Works

Residents around the many unfinished roadwork sites in Port Moresby are considering mounting a compensation claim against the people responsible for the problem. The National Capital District Commission owes about K15 million to Global Construction and Curtain Brothers for the unfinished roadworks.


The "on-air" education program has received a boost of a donation of a 15-seater bus and a four-wheel drive vehicle so that teachers can be transport4d to various schools to conduct programs. The education media centre received the two vehicles as a donation from Japanese company Sony.

PNG Scholarships

Two students from Timor have won scholarships to study in PNG at the Divine Word University. Bob Howarth, the managing director of the Post-Courier, -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg -- will sponsor the students for two years.

West Papua

A political refugee from West Papua (Irian Jaya) has finally been granted a PNG passport after waiting 18 years. The passport will allow the holder (the president of the West Papua National Congress) to travel across the South pacific to talk to governments and leaders about West Papua's fight for independence from Indonesia.

Waigani Shops

The Papindo store and two other shops at Waigani opposite the market burnt down just before the New Year. The fire started in a shop next door to the Papindo store and spread to the other shops.


The National Government has committed K10 million over the next two years to help promote development on Bougainville.

Hijack Scare

An early morning Air Niugini flight scheduled to land at Buka airstrip recently did not land on schedule due to a threat by Bougainvilleans to hijack the aircraft. It is not clear what sparked off the scare - whether it was fact or simply one of the many rumours that can be heard in PNG.

Home Brew

Police around the country are targeting people who are into home brewing of alcohol. Police at Hanuabada village in Port Moresby confiscated a home brew kit and three 20-litre barrels, cylinders and the contents over Christmas.

Arawa Hospital

The Arawa Hospital in central Bougainville is without a doctor and patients have to travel to Buka for attention. An overseas volunteer doctor left the area over four month ago and no replacement has been forthcoming.

Wet Season

Is it official? The wet season appears to have arrived in Moresby. On arrival in the country recent visitors are now being greeted with hilltops with a tinge of green rather than the usual dust and smoke. The city council is making an extra effort to keep the drains clear to stop flooding. All residents and visitors to Moresby had hoped that the roadworks would be completed before the wet season but now it will be interesting to see how many cars are bogged, stranded etc in the middle of the abandoned roadworks.


Official figures have shown that 3.2 million people have been affected by emergencies in the last five years. Over K100 million in cash and kind has been used to help those people affected. During the period 63 natural and man made disasters hit PNG, the most sever being the drought and frost in 1997.

National Provident Fund

Police have moved on investigating the National Provident Fund report. A task force of ten detectives will be working with a police force forensic accountant and lawyer to ensure those responsible are prosecuted.


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Created 6 Jan 2003
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