P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 16 Sep 2003

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
draibisket cracker
pis fish
honi honey
jem jam
muli lemon / lime
switmuli orange
letis lettuce
abus meat
susu milk
anien onion
popo pawpaw / papaya
painap pineapple
ti tea
kapti teacup
tipot teapot
skon scone
blaksos / blakpela sos / soisos soya sauce
botol bottle
braunpela loli chocolate (candy)



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 28.5 - 29 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.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.


PNG Institute of Directors

The PNG Institute of Directors has revamped its website with the help of an AESOP Volunteer, Peter Griffin. It is an excellent introduction to PNG company law and related governance issues it can be found at -- http://www.pngid.org.pg

Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce website is located at -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg

Tourism Sites

South Pacific Motor Sports Club

The South Pacific Motor Sports Club web site is located at -- http://www.spmsc.org.pg -- For information about the car club, located along Waigani Drive in Port Moresby; this is the site to visit.


News Items

2003 Public Holidays

The remaining Public Holidays for PNG are shown below.
16th September, Tuesday - Independence Day
25th December, Thursday - Christmas Day
26th December, Friday - Boxing Day

Independence Day

Many celebrations were held for PNG Independence Day the 16th of September. Cultural Shows were held in the main towns of Goroka and Madang as well as most schools around the country to mark the event.

US Ambassador

The new United States Ambassador to PNG has presented his credentials to the Governor General of PNG on the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on the twin World Trade centre towers in New York on the 11th of September 2001. The new ambassador inspected a guard of honour before presenting himself to Sir Silas Atopare at Government House.

Goroka International School

Students and staff of the Goroka International School run by the International Education Agency celebrated Independence Day in fine style. Even the principal of the school participated in many of the events the most spectacular being the New Ireland whip dance. The Chairwoman gave a very moving but short address to the many parents and friends who attended the event.

Freezing Fish

Air Niugini and the Fishing Industry have combined to build a freezer complex at Jackson's International Airport to help get freshly frozen fish to the market in Japan in as good a condition as possible. The Fishing Industry Association paid K800,000 for the freezer that will be operated by Air Niugini. Being a small airline Air Niugini will be able to have the fish in the freezer until an hour before departure. Other bigger airlines have to allow at least two hours from the time it leaves the freezer to the time it is on board the flight to its destination.

Governor General

Several candidates have been put forward for the position of Governor General that becomes vacant at the end of the current holder, Sir Silas Atopare. Names put forward so far amongst others have been -- Sir Albert Kipalan, Dadi Toka, Sir Arnold Amet, Simon Pentanu, John Kaupa, Sir Tom Koraea, Bernard Narokobi and Simon Kaumi. The current Governor General is also putting his name forward for the position.

Goroka Show

Tourists attending the Goroka Show were confronted with a bill of K100 for one day or K200 for the full three days of the show if they wanted to take pictures. Local expatriates were also hit with a similar fee even if they had a pocket instamatic camera and little or no camera experience. Over 500 tourists were estimated to have attended the show in the Eastern Highland's Capital. The best day to attend was Saturday because it was the only day where the sun shone for most of the day. On Saturday the rain stayed away until the last of the dancing groups were leaving the dancing arena. Another 30 seconds and they would have left -- almost perfect timing.

Jimmy Maladina

The former chairman of the National Provident Fund, Jimmy Maladina, has appeared in court again to face eight more charges. This brings the total charges against him to 17. The case was adjourned because a key witness from Kumagai Gumi Limited was still in Japan awaiting arrangements to bring him to PNG to give evidence.

School Robberies

Hot on the heels of the robbery of the Port Moresby International School the Kila Kila Secondary school has also been robbed. As well as the robbery the school has asked the surrounding community leaders to address the matter where the youth from surrounding areas were causing problems for the students. The annual Kauka quest held by the school was won by (Junior) Gwynette Ikupu - (Senior) Sarah Ilave and Miss Charity Queen Aileen Lepani.


Telikom PNG has recently commissioned a new telephone exchange at Aitape.

New Ireland

The Governor of New Ireland, Ian Ling Stuckey has become so frustrated with the reports that he is (or is not) receiving from his provincial education department staff that he is personally visiting high schools in the province to make his own decisions. He will be holding consultations with high school authorities about their budget requirements for 2004.

Medical Symposium

After a successful Medical Symposium in Mount Hagen the University of PNG has announced that the next symposium will be held at the University next year.

Institute of Medical Research

The Institute of Medical Research and the University of PNG are considering collaborating to help with resources to ensure that the best young scientists in PNG have the best possible facilities available to them. It is rumoured that the two organisations are finalising an agreement.

Education Sites

Airport Review

A cost saving review currently underway by the PNG Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) may see the closure of several control towers around the country. The function of these towers would be taken over by the tower at Jackson's airport. It would be expected that some of the staff currently in the provinces under review would be redeployed to Port Moresby. The Chief Executive of CAA has said that any review would not compromise the safety of aeroplanes and the travelling public.

The fire services currently run by CAA may also be offloaded to private enterprises as CAA has been struggling for many years with inadequate funding from the government.

Limited Preferential Voting

Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) will be used in the Abau, Central Province, by-election. This will be the first time that LPV has been sed in PNG replacing the first past the post system that was used previously to elect leaders. Depending on the condition of the road Abau could be as long a seven hours away from Port Moresby. LPV is seen as a better and fairer way of selecting officials to represent the people. It was originally thought that the Chimbu Provincial by-election and the elections in Tewai-Siassi, Morobe Province would be the first to use the LPV system of voting but a court of disputed returns decision to uphold the Abau by-election made Abau the first.

Siassi Dancers at the 2003 Goroka Show

Bank South Pacific

The Bank South Pacific has announced that the existing CEO and managing Director, Noel Smith, will retire in December after 12 years as head of the nationally owned bank. Garth McIlwain, the current executive director, will assume the chief executive roll.


The new constitution for Bougainvilleans should be ready very soon. The people of Bougainville will then know the implications of the second draft of the new constitution for their autonomous government.

National Anthem

Arise all you sons

Oh arise all you sons of this land
Let us sing of our joy to be free
Praising God and rejoicing to be
Papua New Guinea
Shout our names from the mountains to the seas
Papua New Guinea
Let us raise our voices and proclaim
Papua New Guinea

Give thanks to the good Lord above
For His kindness, his mercy and love
For this land of our fathers is free
Papua New Guinea
Shout again for the whole world to hear
Papua New Guinea
We're independent and free
Papua New Guinea

National Flag

Who designed the flag of Papua New Guinea?

Susan Karike (Now Mrs Huhume) then a seventeen-year-old attending Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School on Yule Island designed the National Flag in 1972. The flag was officially raised at Independence Hill on the 16th of September 1975.


Taiwanese rice experts have said, once again, that PNG could slash its K400 million dependency on imported rice by growing its own. The Taiwanese Agricultural Technical Mission has identified provinces, which are capable of sustaining the growing of rice on a scale big enough to supply the local market. Some of the provinces are Morobe and East Sepik provinces. The ROC Taiwanese mission aims to have PNG producing about 10,000 tonnes of rice each year by 2007.

Independence Celebrations

The celebrations for Independence Day this year are going to be simple with little more than the raising and lowering of the flag as the major celebration. The Hiri Moale Festival normally held in conjunction with the Independence Day celebrations has been cancelled due to lack of funding. The money was used to meet payment son the road reconstruction work currently being done in Port Moresby. It is not known how provincial towns will be celebrating the day apart from Goroka in the Eastern Highlands who are holding a cultural show.

East New Britain

A notorious criminal has been shot dead by East New Britain police. The deceased was known as the "king" of rascals in the province. The deceased died in a shoot out with police near Togoro village.

Ela-Murray Show

The Ela-Murray International School staged its biggest ever cultural show to mark the 28th anniversary of PNG Independence from Australia. The show highlighted dancers from Motu Koitabu villages in the Central Province. The show was held on the 13th of September and coincided with the craft market run by the school.

Ramu Sugar

Ramu sugar is on track to be able to announce a K14 million profit for the full year. The first half of the year is on track according to the budget set for the year. They are in fact expecting a nine percent increase in the budgeted figures. The company has been able to increase overseas sales of sugar to the pacific islands region.

Madang Radios

Radios used by remote health centres and government outstations in Madang Province have been stolen along with the solar cells and batteries. Similar radios are also being stolen in other provinces. More than 200 radios are installed in Madang Province in areas where there is usually no easy road and telephone access to the provincial capital.

PNG Apples

Seen at the Goroka Show -- branches of PNG grown apples and seedlings ready to plant. The farmer says the apples are easy to grow. He did not have enough to allow visitors to sample his wares but they did look good enough to eat.

Lae Tutumang

The Lae Provincial Assembly (Tutumang) has passed a new provincial law that requires closer scrutiny of public finance / funding. Provincial politicians will now have to account for all public funds spent. The new law is called the Provincial Public Finance Scrutiny Act.

Police Suspension

Following the breakout of prisoners from the Bulolo police cells three policemen have been suspended from duty. Eight suspects recently escaped from the lockup. An investigation will be carried out to see if the police helped in the escape.

Telikom Board

Despite Telikom services around PNG being in a sorry state the Board of Telikom PNG are currently holding a meeting in Singapore. The Telikom engineers and technicians are struggling to maintain the deteriorating infrastructure with ever decreasing resources. The Telikom Board is also in trouble for holding a meeting in Wewak with a side trip, described as a "shopping spree" to the Indonesian town of Jayapura.


The Government of PNG is currently reviewing aid from various countries. The Prime Minister has been quoted as saying that PNG could do away with aid provided by Australia giving the fact that much of the aid money goes back to Australia. Many people are undecided on the matter and others are adamant that PNG could not do with the over K600 million of aid provided by Australia every year.

The National Newspaper is in trouble for mis-reporting some of the information about a recent trip by the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer. It was claimed by The National that Alexander Downer tried to gag a speech by Sir Rabbie Namaliu to the Institute of National Affairs. Mr Downer denies that he even knew that Sir Rabbie was going to make a speech until the newspaper report came out.

Morobe Show

The Morobe Show will be held in the city of Lae on the 11th and 12th of October 2003.

Enga Show

Another attempt at running the Enga Cultural Show will be held in the Wabag on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of October at the Mommers Oval. The first attempt at running the show on the 8th and go until the 10th of August 2003was cancelled due to the murder of an Engan business man Registration for the show closes on the 26th of September.

Walking for Life

Hot on the heals of the successful Corporate Walk for Life 4.85 km walk around Port Moresby Lady Carol Kidu has announced the World Walking for Life Day. The Day is scheduled for the 15th of October. The event in PNG will be staged simultaneously at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby, the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae and at the National Sports Institute in Goroka.

Milne Bay

A coconut oil mini-mill will be built in the Milne Bay Province under a joint venture between the Kokonas Indastri Koporesen and the Milne Bay Government. The mill would become a blue print for further mini-mills in other provinces. Other mills already exist in Madang and Rabaul. The new mill is able to process about 20 tonnes of raw material a day. This is a move from traditionally using coconuts to produce copra and acknowledges a world wide trend away from copra towards coconut oil.


A team of skin specialists from Interplast Australia are currently in Mount Hagen performing surgery on patients with contractures and facial deformations. The operations are being offered free of charge and the team has also come with their own resources and facilities. The visit by the team has been sponsored by the Westpac Bank in Australia.

Police Force

The Internal Security Minister of Parliament will introduce a bill to alter the constitution to allow serving members of the PNG police force to serve overseas. This is to allow the Royal PNG Constabulary to be able to assist the Australian lead ground force currently serving as a peace keeping force in the Solomon Islands.

No Confidence Vote

A motion is being prepared to counter the motion to allow the government of the day to govern for 36 months without the threat of a no confidence motion. The government of the day is currently given an 18 month period before a vote of no confidence can be initiate3d against it. Up to 40 Members of Parliament are attempting to stop the Constitutional Amendment titled Motions of No Confidence.

Slush Fund

The electoral support grant commonly referred to as the MP's slush fund is back. Members of Parliament recently ordered treasurer Bart Philemon to pay around K160 million in previously abolished "slush funds". Parliamentarians managed to pass a motion ordering the cabinet to reverse its decision to block the grants in 2000. On average each of the 109 politicians representing the people were entitled to K1 million each under the old scheme.

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Updated 16 May 2004

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