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

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"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
draiva driver
buskanaka savage
inglis British
kepten captain
kuk cook
kuskus clerk
lapun old person
liklik dokta medical assistant
mangi boy / youth
meri woman
manmeri everybody
pikinini child
pren friend
rabisman no-hoper
sista nurse / nun
skulboi schoolboy
tisa teacher



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.


New Guinea Traders

New Guinea Traders have a website located at -- http://www.newguineatraders.com -- the company is a limited liability corporation importing green arabica coffee beans. Originally established by Aarlie and Larry Hull for the purpose of helping indigenous Papua New Guineans realise a greater return on their labours and a more equitable profit from the magnificent natural resources of their country.

Morobe Province

The recent Morobe Show has come and gone but the show society has a website located at -- http://www.morobeshow.org.pg -- which is worth looking at.

For all your cable TV needs in the Morobe Province visit the Tolec Electronics website at -- http://www.tolec.com.pg

Insect Farming and Trading Agency web site is located at -- http://www.ifta.com.pg -- The Insect Farming and Trading Agency (IFTA) has been in operation in Papua New Guinea since 1978, when the innovative PNG Wildlife Department began fauna ranching initiatives to help villagers.

Mount Hagen Links


Haus Poroman -- http://www.hausporoman.com.pg



News Items

Total HIV/AIDS cases

It has been reported that the number of PNG people living with HIV/AIDS reached a total of 7,036 in March this year. The rate of infection has been put at 100 a month. Most new infections have been predominantly in the 15-35 year old age bracket. HIV is now being reported from every province in the country even some cases from the most remote places.

Sex Education

A study carried out by Geraldine Maibani and Tony Lupiwa of the PNG Institute of Medical Research in the Eastern Highlands recommends that there is a need to promote responsible and safe sexual behaviour and to conduct formal sex education in the province at school level. The study carried out earlier this year shows that children as young as 10 are actively participating in sex. The age group studied, from 10 to 24, make up 31.5 percent of the PNG population.

Police Expenses

It has been revealed that the politically motivated sacking of the various police commissioners over recent times may have cost PNG at least K9 million. Damages alone awarded as a result of the unlawful discharge or termination stand in excess off K2.7 million. Here is a summary of what has happened to the top job in the police force.

1995 - Robert Nenta appointed in 1995 served only 14 months and was then awarded damages totalling K390,000.
1997 - Peter Aigilo was awarded K700,000 after being changed by the Morauta government.
1998 - John Wakon is owed in excess of K1 million for being terminated with three years left on his contract.
2001 - John Kupo is owed damages of K650,000 after serving for only seven months. He is currently claiming K6 million in damages.

Keith Buxton

I have just received a late notification that Keith Buxton passed away on the 28th of September after losing his battle with cancer. Keith spent many years in PNG and has documented some of those years in his book called The Golden Years. -- http://www.keithbuxton.com

PNG Corruption

In a survey of 133 countries around the world Papua New Guinea has been ranked at 118. This means that PNG has done very little to try and stem corruption. It is rated in the same category as Libya, Ivory Coast and Kyrgyzstan. Bangladesh was considered the worst at the bottom of the list.

Garaina Tea

Garaina Tea has had problem for almost a year in trying to get its world famous tea to market. The road between the plantation and Wau is only half done and the company cannot earn valuable export currency for its tea. The company has called on the government to complete the road.

New Ireland Gold

Rumours of a massive find of gold hidden during the second world war has seen a contingent of Defence Force troops being sent over to New Ireland to investigate. It is believed that some of the gold sunk when a passing US aircraft hit a Japanese submarine. the rest was hidden away in the mountains.

A group of New Ireland landowners has taken the matter to the National Court, wanting to be recognised in any deals the State makes upon discovery of what is believed to be an estimated $US1.6 billion (K5.5 billion) worth of gold bullion stashed away in an undisclosed location. National Court Judge, Justice Hinchliffe, has directed Attorney-General Francis Damem and the State to liaise with the traditional landowners in their discovery, extraction and the disposal of any gold bullion within the area.

Civil Aviation Appointment

The rumour about ex-Air Niugini Managing Director being hired as the Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been confirmed in the local press. It has been rumoured around town that Craftworks owned by the new chief executive has had to be put on hold for the time being while he concentrates on running CAA.


Telikom PNG has recently introduced a product called TELIKAD. It is a prepaid phone service that allows callers to use any telephone other than a mobile phone to make calls without the owner of the phone being charged for the call. It is fast becoming a favourite with the general public as they no longer have to use a public telephone for making calls.

Morobe Show

The Morobe Show held in Lae recently was a success. It appeared to be very organised and the show committee deserves to be congratulated for a job well done. The Saturday evening fireworks were spectacular and kept the audience entertained for over half an hour. The show was officially opened by the Agriculture and Livestock Minister who made an impressive entrance to the show mounted on a horse. The 43rd show was a success with the crowd falling just short of the 100,000 people that attended in 2000. -- http://www.morobeshow.org.pg --

Habitat for Humanity

In the past I may have recommended that people visit the Habitat for Humanity establishment in Lae located inside the grounds of the University of Technology. I recently visited and although it was good I was disappointed because two of the major exhibits were not available. Both the butterfly and the orchid exhibition were closed leaving tourists to wander around the rest of the habitat. Having lived in PNG for a long time the only reason I went was to see the orchids and the butterflies so I was disappointed. The only redeeming feature, for me, was the extensive and varied collection of the bird of paradises. -- http://www.habitat.org.pg

Auditor General

The Auditor General, Mark Wani, has been suspended from office following the presentation of over 30 counts of alleged misconduct chargers before a leadership tribunal recently. The case against the Auditor General will be heard in early November meanwhile he is suspended on full pay with full entitlements.

Martial Arts

More than 50 fighters will contest the sixth National Kyukushin Karate Championships to be held in Port Moresby. Five different martial arts codes will be participating this year. They are the Kyukushin Karate, Stone's Taekwondo, Tong Kune Do, PNG Hapkido and Nandex Kickboxing. Due to financial constraints international fighters could not make it to the championships, unlike previous years.

Correctional Institutions

It has been revealed that that most firearms issued to warders were lost, stolen, misplaced and simply unaccounted for in some instances. Due to this the government has imposed a ban on the issue of firearms to warders. It has been claimed that in a number of cases correctional services officers have collaborated with criminals to draw weapons and ammunitions from armouries for criminal purposes.

Internal Revenue Commission

The Internal Revenue Commission has reportedly lost K2 million in transit to the Bank of Papua New Guinea on the 15th of September, 2003. The robbers have not been able to cash K1.8 million of the stolen money that was in cheques due to timely action by officers from the commission and the central bank. Police are investigating the theft and say it could possibly be an inside job in collaboration with known outsiders.

Rice Development Levy

The Department of Agriculture and Livestock has put a proposal to the National Executive Council to consider imposing a 15 percent development levy on the importation of rice into the country. This, it is said, would encourage more Papua New Guinean rice farmers to grow rice locally. The money collected would be used to support smallholder rice production around the country. The managing director of Trukai Industries has said the imposition of the development levy on rice imports would be unrealistic as it would mean the price of rice would increase and the increase would be transferred onto the consumers. -- http://www.agriculture.org.pg

Palm Oil Levy

An export levy of 8 percent on palm oil exports is expected to earn the government over K30 million a year. This is amongst a range of export and import taxes proposed by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) to become effective in 2004. The levy is expected to meet stiff opposition from the industry. DAL has also proposed an export levy of 8 percent on tea exports and development levies were being considered for red meat at 2 percent as well as the 15 percent levy on rice imports mentioned above.

PNG Information Technology

Currently PNG is rated one of the lowest among other Pacific Island nations in telecommunication that comprises of the fixed line segment, mobile and Internet segment and television segment and the lowest fixed-line density. PNG has 700 payphones, by far the lowest per capita phone coverage of all Pacific nations. PNG also ranks with the lowest in internet penetration, less than one per cent of the population, while its internet access costs are among the most expensive in the Pacific Island Nations States.

PNG also ranks among the lowest of television receivers in the PINS with a TV penetration accounting for only eight per cent of the population.

Pyramid Fast Money Scheme

It has been reported that the U-Vistract fast money scheme (scam) owes K48m, inclusive of interest, to creditors in Madang U-Vistract agent and manageress of the Investors Association in Madang Susie Hapoto told creditors that Madang investors held between K20 to K25 million in the principal sum and should expect a good payout amounting to some K48 million inclusive of interest

Illegal Mining

The Porgera Gold Mine, in the Enga province, is concerned about illegal mining activities at the mine site and general lawlessness in the province. The Porgera Joint Venture's Community Relations Coordinator, Ken Vincin, told a law and order summit in Wabag recently these problems could force the company to consider its future in the province. He said the level of illegal mining by thugs at open pits was simply unacceptable, saying the number of people outnumbered police at the mine. He also said that unexpected roadblocks along the Highlands Highway and the Wabag - Porgera Road were affecting the operation of the company and costing them thousands of Kina in lost goods.

Marijuana Haul

Police Officers from Doa in Central Province have confiscated 27 bags of marijuana weighing up to 55kg, was packed in 10kg rice bags. Fourteen suspects have been arrested, including three females and 11 males from Goilala in the Central Province.

Siamese Twins

Siamese twins have been born in Mount Hagen to parents from the Southern Highlands. The twin girls are currently doing well. It has been five years since the last delivery of Siamese twins in Mount Hagen. Australian doctors have offered to help Mount Hagen General Hospital separate the Siamese twins, joined at the abdomen. The offer came from the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, the same hospital that in 1996 separated the Buka twins Eustochia and Eustina Bosin

Air Niugini

The PNG National Pilots Association president has warned the travelling public to be aware that there may be disruptions to scheduled Air Niugini flights in the coming weeks due to an unresolved industrial matter between Air Niugini and the pilots. According to the association this is despite numerous requests by the association to resolve the matter. The action has come at a time when the travelling public will be most affected and the airline appeared to be returning to profitability after many of the senior staff accepted a 10 percent wage cut. It is believed that the national pilots did not accept the pay cut.

Kikori Peace Ceremony

A traditional exchange of items was carried out at Kikori recently by the Minister for Justice and Kikori MP, Mr Mark Maipakai and his supporters and former MP and Gulf Governor, Mr Riddler Kimave and his supporters. The exchange was witnessed by police, public servants, NGO officers, teachers and church leaders. Both leaders resolved to make peace following election-related troubles and lawlessness by their supporters in the Kikori District when Mr Kimave lost the Open Seat to Mr Maipakai in the 2002 general elections. Mr Maipakai and Mr Kimave conducted a spear-breaking ceremony in front of about 1,500 people and formally declared peace and restoration of order in the district.


Champion PNG swimmer, Ryan Pini is now rated fourth in the world for the 100 metre backstroke short course events conducted in 25 metre swimming pools. His time of 52.93 seconds is only a couple of seconds behind the fastest in the world (Australian Matt Welsh - 50.96). The rankings are from the FINA website. -- http://www.fina.org/wrankscm_mBK100.html

Greek Envoy

The Greek Envoy, Fostios-Jean Xydas, has called on the Governor General, Sir Silas Atopare at Government House in Port Moresby to present his credentials. Diplomatic ties, between PNG and Greece, were established 26 years ago at non-ambassadorial level.

Civil Aviation

A senior staff member of the Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry has been charged by police for allegedly misusing more than K700,000 of funds allocated to the former Member for the Jimi Open electorate. The Jimi electorate is one of the most remote areas of the Western Highlands province.

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