P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 26 Feb 2003

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Links Port Moresby Golf
FPCD Bilum Paintings
Haus Poroman UPNG Website
Kick Boxing Karl Wagels
Illegal Rounding Civil Aviation
Madang Settlements Kerevat Prison
Filariasis Wau - Bulolo Highway
Highlands Highway Gulf Province
Francis Ona Mangroves
Wet Season Heavy Rain
Erap Village Southern Highlands
Rice Price Rural Development Bank
Port Moresby Power Port Moresby Water
Motupore Turtle Rescue Police Fees
Rape Suspect Nabbed Vanimo Hospital
Illegal Weapons Tinputz
Coffee Trade Fair Suspended MPs
National Broadcasting Corp Australian Aid
UPNG Professors Loloata Resort
Marylebone Cricket Club PNG Media


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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
ambalens ambulance
bas / PMV bus
bateri battery
driva driver
haus sik hospital
hetlait head light
laisens licence
mak bilong ron speed limit
paia kar fire truck
polis police
pulim kar towing a car
raunabaut roundabout
semitrela semitrailer
taia tyre
taia i plat flat (tyre/tire)



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 24.5 - 25 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.


The Golden Years

http://www.keithbuxton.com/ -- this Website is dedicated to Papua New Guinea and includes information on Keith Buxton's forthcoming book "The Golden Years" which spans the years 1956 ~ 1988. Many of these recollections give a wonderful insight into the humour that was so prevalent in P.N.G. with both expatriates and indigenes alike !

Port Moresby Golf

http://www.pomgolf.org.pg -- The home of the Port Moresby Golf Club.



http://www.fpcd.org.pg -- Foundation for People and Community Development (FPCD)
The Foundation for People and community Development Incorporated is a local non-profit NGO based in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea. FPCD Inc programme officers conduct workshops, training, awareness raising and provide backup support to programme participants throughout the country.

Miscellaneous PNG Websites

Haus Poroman

The web site for Haus Poroman, P O Box 1182, Mt Hagen, PNG is -- http://www.hausporoman.com.pg -- Haus Poroman translates to "House of Friends" and is the only place to stay if you are visiting Mt Hagen and wish to experience the atmosphere that is Papua New Guinea.

University of PNG

http://www.upng.ac.pg -- Quoting from the website -- The diversity of Papua New Guinea's uniquely rich cultures and traditions, many tribes and over 800 languages, flora and fauna (10 % of which is endemic), coupled with a famous slogan, "The Land of the Unexpected" is enough an urge to visit this website. The University of Papua New Guinea is your window to learn about the unique characteristics of this strikingly beautiful vibrant and colourful country that is not only rich in natural resources but also rich in the culture of her mostly Melanesian people.



News Items

Bilum Paintings

I am Dominique Martin, artist and ex resident of PNG, painter of the then well known "bilum paintings". I have left the country eight years ago and I have had almost no contact with PNG in the meantime. I have renewed contact recently with some old friends who told me that bad copies of my paintings have been sold under my name in Port Moresby and especially at the Ela Beach craft market ever since I left. Any painting sold under my name in PNG in the last 5 years, unless purchased directly from Walindi Plantation Resort, are UNAUTHORISED FAKES and I would like everybody in Port Moresby to know this. Please pass on the word. (Walindi Resort -- http://www.walindi.com)

Thank you in advance.
Dominique Martin

Kick Boxing

Stanley Nandex has retained his professional South Pacific Championship title after soundly defeating Nick Barnes from Queensland, Australia in a title defence fight held in Melbourne Australia. This is his fourth fight as a professional. His next fight will be the main event in Melbourne on the 28th of April.

Karl Wagels

As mentioned in the last edition of the PNG Gossip Newsletter Captain Karl Wagels has had his last official flight as a captain in PNG. Captain Wagels has flown more than 20,000 hours with over 30 years of flying experience in PNG. His flying career spanned more than 40 years.

Illegal Rounding

Notice that the new RH Hypermarket is employing rounding for cash customers doing away with the necessity of carrying one and two toea coins. I do not think the customers have been warned about this dubious practice. The central bank has not announced that one and two toe coins are no longer legal tender so it would be interesting to find out why RH Trading is dong this?

Civil Aviation

An expert in Australian aviation - Mr Doug Rosa, has replaced the suspended civil aviation secretary, Miria Ume. Mr Ume has been the subject of much controversy during his term as the head of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Madang Settlements

The following is a reproduction of a letter that was found by a reader on the DWU notice board and thought it deserved further viewing. The letter is copied and reproduced here. I understand the letter was sent to the Post Courier and relates to the present state of affairs in Madang in relation to the provincial government's handling of the settlements question.

-- Quote
Wanem Kain Gavman, Wanem Kain Bikman.

The provincial government and the police are doing all they can to stifle lawful debate and legal protest over James Yali's determination to remove all settlers from Madang town. At a meeting last Sunday settlement residents were told the evictions would commence on March 9 and that any resistance would be dealt with severely. Bulldozers would be used to summarily remove houses and gardens from all settlement areas. Armed police and soldiers would be on hand to enforce the eviction order and they will have the authority to use their firearms. The meeting was told that a protest march planned for next Wednesday 19th will not permitted to approach the provincial government offices and would be dispersed by police and defence force personnel.

Where are the people's elected representatives in the midst of all this controversy? Aloysius King, Madang Open member, who found it convenient to be on hand at the DWU graduation ceremonies the previous week and who grandly handed out K10,000 pledges to the DWU Tourism faculty, was yesterday nowhere to be seen. Peter Barter, who was voted in by the people of the Madang Regional electorate as their representative, but who now chooses to follow a personal agenda elsewhere could only admit that he had no current information, when last week he was asked about the planned evictions.

And what about the member for Raikos, James Yali, who has claimed the Governor's crown by default and now thinks he has a mandate from the people to do whatever he thinks fit without discussion. When does Mr. Yali intend to stand up before the collected Madang community, with all its diversity, and detail his vision for all to hear and judge?

If Mr. Yali thinks that he can continue to act without accountability he should think again and quickly. If he thinks he can control people and events through the use of force and threats of force then he should read his history. And if Mr. King and Sir Peter think they can pretend that it's all happening to someone else's electorate they should check their maps, and their calendars. Governments change.
-- End Quote

Kerevat Prison

Seventeen prisoners have escape from the Kerevat Jail. The 17 escaped from the prison by using bolt cutters when the guards were busy preparing lunch for them.


The Gold miner Placer Dome Group has committed itself to help eliminate the tropical disease filariasis on the Milne Bay Island of Misima. Placer Dome's Misima mine has assisted with a three-village research program in 1996 that demonstrated that positive blood levels dropped by 67 percent to 3 percent after a single drug treatment.

Wau - Bulolo Highway

The highway that goes between Wau and Bulolo will be moved away from the Kumalu River. When the river floods it throws huge rocks downhill destroying everything in its path. Police are unable to traverse the section of the road where the damage has been done and people travelling along the route have to hop off one bus and carry all their goods across the damaged section to buses waiting on the other side.

Highlands Highway

The parliamentary member for Chuave in Simbu Province has called on the government to bypass the Daulo Pass section of the Highlands Highway. Landslides and other associated problems has made the MP suggest an alternative route through Unggai to Unggai-Bena electorate and Siane Valley to Chuave.

Gulf Province

The main double storey admin building of the Gulf Province in Kerema has been destroyed by fire. The fire is believed to be the work of arsonists. The entire history of the Gulf Province and all the present day admin files / records have been destroyed.

Francis Ona

The PNG Government has appealed to the elusive Francis Ona, the leader of the Bougainville rebels, to join in the efforts to restore lasting peace to the island.


Villagers along the coast have been urged to replant mangroves. Many of the mangroves around Port Moresby have been uprooted for firewood and to build houses. As a result the marine life is dying out. Gum trees along the highways leading out of Port Moresby have also been cut down for firewood.

Wet Season

The wet season appears to have hit Port Moresby full force. Several suburbs have reported extensive flooding. Many security fences collapsed with huge amounts of rubbish building up and the water pushing on this to help wash the fence away. Unsecured shipping containers also caused much damage when they decided to go sailing down the road perhaps looking for their ship home. Much of the flooding has been blamed on the city council for not maintaining the drains especially when the wet season has been anticipated for many months.

Heavy Rain

Heavy rain in areas outside Port Moresby has called havoc. Power disruptions, landslides, burst riverbanks and destroyed gardens have hit the highlands. Many people processing coffee have lost everything. One coffee producer has lost almost K150,000 worth of dried parchment coffee (45 tonnes).

Erap Village

Villagers from around the Erap and Wampar Local Level Government region of Morobe are being threatened by the heavy rain and flooding. The main village that is affected, Bobong, is only about 30 minutes drive from the provincial capital of Lae.

Southern Highlands

The supplementary elections in the Southern Highlands haven't got off to a very good start with several days being lost when nomination forms were locked away in an office. Polling officials from the failed elections last year closed the office demanding payment for their services. It is anticipated that the action by the officials will speed along the payment process so the fresh elections are not delayed by too much.

Rice Price

The price of rice has decreased by 10 percent due to the slightly stronger Kina but the price of other goods such as Tinned Fish and Bully Beef will not decrease. Some of the suppliers have not fully applied price increases from last year so this will stop the rises for the time being.

Rural Development Bank

The Rural Development Bank has a new executive chairman recently appointed by the National Executive Council. The new Chairman, Rupa Mulina, was the former managing director of the PNG Banking Corporation.

Port Moresby Power

The National Capital is again facing load shedding. The excuse this time is that the heavy rainfall has caused flooding damage to the Kanudi power plant and the water intake screens for the hydro scheme have been blocked by debris being washed down by the heavy rain.

Port Moresby Water

The ongoing claim for compensation over land used to build the dam at Sogeri that supplies the water for residents of Port Moresby has seen the presentation of a log of claims and a 30-day deadline. Some of the claims date back to 1957 when the dam was built. The landowners also want a 35 percent holding in PNG Power and the same in Eda Ranu, the company responsible for supplying water to Port Moresby. The total of the claim is in the order of billions of Kina, which raises the question whether it would be easier to move the National Capital, somewhere else.

Rape Suspect Nabbed

Last week, during a torrential downpour, in Port Moresby a bus carrying nurses and other hospital workers capsized no doubt helped along by poor road conditions. A number of young people who came under the guise of helping the stranded bus dragged one of the nurses to an area not far from the local police station and proceeded to gang rape the nurse. Police, acting on information received from one of the many people disgusted over the incident have managed to arrest one of the suspects.

Motupore Turtle Rescue

Two undersized protected green sea turtles have been returned to the sea after being nursed back to health by officers at the University of PNG Motupore Research Island after receiving spear wounds from fishermen. The university officers were helped by staff from the Department of Environment and Conservation. The turtle were confiscated from fishermen Koki market in Port Moresby.

Police Fees

The Police Commissioner has declared money paid to the police for security escorts illegal. The fees could be construed as bribery and corruption. Many businesses in PNG have often had to pay for fuel for police vehicles or even provided vehicles for police to get to a crime scene.

Vanimo Hospital

Pregnant women, sick children and patients requiring surgery are in serious trouble if they wish to attend the Vanimo General Hospital. The hospital does not have an operating theatre, children's ward or a labour ward. K1 million is required to build an operating theatre in the West Sepik provincial capital.

Illegal Weapons

Weapons that are meant to be disposed of on the island of Bougainville are finding there way onto the black market. Some weapons have been sold for thousands of Kina and most are destined for trouble spots within PNG. It has been reported that over 300 Defence Force weapons and ammunition are missing and most of these are supposedly on Bougainville.


Approval has been given for the establishment of a Provincial High School for Tinputz to be located on the Teapasino Plantation on the North Eastern section of Bougainville Island.

Coffee Trade Fair

The third PNG Coffee Festival and Trade Fair is set to get underway on the 2nd and 3rd of May. The festival will be held in Goroka at the Raun Raun theatre. It is expected that between 30 to 40 singsing groups from around PNG will perform at the festival. For more information pleas contact png.gold@global.net.pg

Suspended MPs

Five Members of Parliament have been suspended for various reasons and will take no part in the current parliamentary session. Andrew Kumbakor (Nuku), Bernard Hagoria (Yangoro-Saussia), Mao Zeming (Tewae-Siassi), Michael Nali (Mendi) and Peter Yama (Usino-Bundi) will still receive salaries and entitlements.

National Broadcasting Corp

The National Broadcasting Corp (NBC) has bought a fogging machine to help contain the threat of malaria amongst staff in Port Moresby. Many people are upset because the money would be better spent fixing transmitters and other broken broadcasting equipment around the country. The NBC has announced that it will rent out its barbeque facilities to the general public at the Port Moresby five-mile site to help raise money.

Australian Aid

Australian Defence Force Aid will not be increased this year due mainly to the increased spending by the Australian Defence Force on a possible campaign in Iraq. Joint military exercises between PNG and Australia will also be limited this year.

UPNG Professors

The Public Accounts Committee has raised concern that the awarding of the title "professor" to non-academics was an abuse of an academic title. Five executive deans at the University of PNG have been giving the title of professor despite the fact that they have not attained professor status at an academic level. The quality of work carried out by the executive deans is not in question just the title they are using.

Loloata Resort

The popular resort just outside the boundaries of Port Moresby is celebrating its 25th birthday. http://www.loloata.com

Marylebone Cricket Club

A Colts Cricket Club team and a combination cricket team are being prepared to take on a side from the famed MCC - Marylebone Cricket Club, England. The English tourists will have their first match against a Colts side on the 8th of March followed by other matches against the Chairman's XI and Motu Koitabu / Central teams.


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Created 26 Feb 2003
Updated 16 May 2004

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