P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jan 2004

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
kek cake
ken can
kes / sutkes / bokis case / suitcase
kerosen kerosine
kepten captain
ketel kettle
kiap government officer /
patrol officer
kiau bulb / light globe
kiau egg
kik kick
kilim injure
kilim i dai pinis kill



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.


Wartime Links

Dog Platoon at Driniumor River, Aitape -- http://www.kilroywashere.org/003-Pages/BillGarbo/BillGarbo.html
Bougainville - The Forgotten War in the South Pacific -- http://www.gn.apc.org/inquirer/boug.html
http://www.onthenet.com.au/~vetnet/wewak.htm -- Wewak and surrounding area during World War II

http://www.onthenet.com.au/~vetnet/newguine.htm -- Information about Salamaua, Wau, Battle of the Bismarck Sea, 3rd Division, Nassau Bay, Salamaua Falls, Huon Peninsula Campaign, Lae, Finschhafen, Sattelberg, Shaggy Ridge, Saidor, and Madang during World War II

http://www.onthenet.com.au/~vetnet/papua.htm -- The Coral Sea, Kokoda Trail, Japanese land in Papua, Imita Ridge, Gona, Buna, and Sanananda during World War II

The story of the PNG Coastwatchers is one of extreme bravery and sacrifice. This is one man's story about the events that contributed so much to the ultimate Allied success in the Pacific campaign. -- http://www.janeresture.com/png_coastwatchers/index.htm

Wrecks and Reefs

"Wrecks and Reefs around Port Moresby" is a book that documents the history of early shipwrecks and World War II wrecks that lie in the waters around the capital of Papua New Guinea. This book is primarily intended to be a guide for scuba divers and it includes tales of cannibals, retribution for a ruthless Japanese submarine that took the lives of innocent citizens and the mystery of a lost airliner that disappeared along with thirteen unfortunate souls.

The books includes information on the history of diving in the Port Moresby area from the days of the early hard-helmet pearl divers to the modern self contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba). For overseas scuba diving visitors there is a chapter on accommodation available in the area. The website for the book is located at -- http://www.datec.net.pg/~mecba.

For World War II wrecks around the Kiriwina part of the Trobriand Islands - Latitude 8° 40' 0S Longitude 150° 55' 0E please visit -- http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/png_kiriwina.html

Nelson Lee Links

Nelson Lee and Associates -- http://www.nla.com.pg -- I am afraid that many of the links on this web site do not go anywhere. Here are some that I have been able to piece together.

PNG Diving Sites

The following is sample of some of the web sites dealing with diving in PNG. It is not a complete list and if you would like your organisation mentioned in this newsletter please let me know.

PNG Religious Sites

Misc Sites


News Items

Police Report 2003

Police have released a report stating that there were 1682 robberies in the National Capital in 2003 but since many people no longer bother to report robberies these figures are probably meaningless. Some people only bother reporting crime if they no that a report is a requirement to claim insurance.

New Year

The New Year for Moresby residents was wet and wetter. Moresby received 53.6 mm of rain on New Year's Day. The wet usually is expected to go from November to May but has been much shorter in recent times. Despite the wet weather the fireworks the Lamana Motel were a success. Hundreds of onlookers and patrons braved the brave weather to watch the half-hour fireworks display.

Jail Break Outs

The National Capital leads in the number of prison escapees in PNG. More than 100 escapees are still enjoying freedom nationwide. Bomana Jail had the most escapees still at large with 47 followed by Buimo Jail with 24 still outstanding.

PNG World War II Timeline




Red Cross Madang

Red Cross PNG has been banned from providing humanitarian help to squatter settlers evicted in the recent eviction exercise. It has been alleged that police are prevention the Red Cross from helping the displaced settlers. The Red Cross is empowered under the Geneva Conventions and by its own act to prevent and or alleviate pain and suffering among the vulnerable without taking sides or without influence from any person or group. Neither the police nor the government authorities have given a reason for the denial to the Red Cross.

Food Aid

Two tonnes of rice has been provided to drought affected Kiriwina on the Trobriand Islands in Milne Bay Province. The cruise ship Melanesian Discover delivered the rice. Seven tonnes of rice has also been distributed to the Milne Bay Provincial Disaster Committee to distribute to other affected areas such as Woodlark, Calvados Chain and Mainland Rabaraba areas. The Disaster Committee will also be giving the people food crops to plant after the drought breaks so that the people in the areas can grow their own food.

Chimbu Liquor Ban

After seven years the liquor ban in Chimbu Province has been lifted. Liquor bans in Enga, Southern and Western Highlands are still in force. The only location in these provinces where liquor can be sold legally is at lodges, resorts and hotels.


Two 14-year old Scouts attending Igam Primary School in Lae are attending the 20th Australian Scout Jamboree in Adelaide South Australia from the 5th to the 15th of January. More than 16,000 scouts from around the world are expected to attend the jamboree.


Two officials from PNG Swimming have been selected to officiate at the Oceania championships in Suva, Fiji. They are Allan Mulas and Sue Babao. PNG is also expected to send swimmers to the event.

New Year Honours

The following people have been awarded honours in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

* Knight Bachelor *

* CMG *

* CBE *

* OBE *

The following people were made Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

* MBE *

The following people were made Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

* ISO *

The following person was made a Companion of the Imperial Service Order (ISO)

* BEM *

The following people were awarded the British Empire Medal, Civil Division (BEM)

Andersons - Konedeobu

A robbery attempt by four heavily armed young men at the Andersons store in Konedobu saw the robbers escape with only a camera and a wallet thanks to well trained guards who took control of the situation. The guards sounded alarms and police were quickly on the scene but the robbers had escaped in a getaway dinghy parked close by.


The United Nations Observer Mission has been extended for another six months on Bougainville. The decision to extend is contained in a statement posted in the UN Security Council's official web site.

Buka Power

Businesses on the island of Buka have been told to expect more power problems due to the fact that there is no money to pay for fuel to generate electricity. Recently the town has had to suffer a communications blackout because there was no electricity to charge the telecommunication batteries.

Bougainville Copper

The Bougainville Copper Project -- http://www.riverbendnelligen.com/bougainville1.html by Peter Goerman. -- A plea from the webmaster of this particular website -- "please send us your photographs and your comments for publication on this website. Share your memories of Bougainville with the rest of us".

The following pages by Peter Goerman should also be of interest --

PNG Provincial Games

The Kerema team that took part in the PNG Provincial Games have finally returned home after being stranded in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, with no money for return airfares for over a month. About 30 sportsmen were stuck when poor organisation by officials left the team without money for even food. Many members of the team fell ill with typhoid and malaria. The organisation was so bad that most of the team arrived in Goroka when the games were already into the final session.

Southern Highlands

A police mobile squad will be based in the Southern Highlands on a permanent basis to help deter crime in the province. Law and order has gotten out of hand in the province and it is hoped the mobile squad will help to stop tribal fights and criminal activity.

Stranded Teachers

Many teachers are getting ready to return to their schools and prepare for the 2004 school year. Some teachers still have not received their travel entitlements and have not even gone on leave yet. Many provinces will find that the school year is disrupted while the travel dispute drags on well into the school year. Claims of non-teachers receiving travel entitlements and other dubious use of the limited travel funds have already been mentioned in the various forms of the media around PNG. I think it will be a long time before the mess is sorted out but hopefully it will be before the holidays at the end of this year!

Shell Depot

Disgruntled landowners who have not received land rental payments for many years closed the Shell depot at Badihagwa just at the edge of Port Moresby over Christmas. It would appear that the lease expired on the land in 1984 and for various reasons nothing has been done about the problem until the landowners took action. Shell is blaming the Lands Department for the problem and has paid the department money recently. The money has not yet been passed on to the landowners. It would appear that a court order against the lands department backs up the claim by Shell. The lands department counters by saying that records show that Shell has only ever paid and amount of 62 Pounds to the landowners in 1959.

Home Brew

The police have arrested a man and his family for home brewing alcohol in Hanuabada. Police confiscated a bucket of fermented yeast, three distillation barrels and bottles of the finished product from the family kitchen. Police hope that roadblocks around town will prevent already distilled alcohol from moving out of Moresby to outlying villages.

A 11-year-old boy along with eight others has been arrested in Tubuseria village for consuming home brewed alcohol. Many young people can buy a 500 ml bottle of home brew for less than a bottle of beer with less alcohol content.

Illegal Fishing Licences

The Acting Fisheries Minister has been removed from the fisheries portfolio for ignoring standard procedures. It is believed that the Acting Minister, Peter O'Neill, approved 17 fishing licences to Asian companies without consulting with relevant authorities such as the Internal Revenue Commission, Investment Promotion Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry all within three days. The licences have been revoked because the Fisheries Minister does not have the power to issue licences.

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Updated 16 Jan 2004

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