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.
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.
- The Junction Night Club -- http://www.nla.com.pg/thirtythree
- Rotary Against Malaria in PNG -- http://www.ram.com.pg
- Vanimo Forest Products -- http://www.vanimoforestproducts.com.pg
- Datanets Limited -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
- Leasemaster Limted -- http://www.leasemaster.com.pg
- Kina Securities -- http://www.kina.com.pg
- Port Moresby Water Ski Club -- http://www.nla.com.pg/pomwsc/home.htm
- Proscan PNG -- http://www.proscan.com.pg
- Raun Raun Port Moresby Holiday and Travel Show -- http://www.nla.com.pg/raunraun/
- PNG Divers Association -- http://www.pngda.com.pg
- Conxions Business Solutions -- http://www.conxions.com.pg
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.
- Dive Discovery -- http://www.divediscovery.com//png
- Mike Ball Dive Expeditions - Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef, diving... -- http://www.mikeball.com/
- Diving Liveaboards and Diving Resort Packages in Papua New Guinea ... -- http://www.divingtravel.com/png.htm
- Scuba diving Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. Liveaboard dive charters, PNG. -- http://www.png-diveboat.com
- Diversion Dive Travel -- http://www.diversionoz.com/en/png.htm
- Peter Hughes Diving, Star Dancer -- http://www.peterhughes.com/phstar/starmain.htm
- Merchant Vessel FeBrina -- http://ww.febrina.com
PNG Religious Sites
- Anglican Church of PNG (Diocese of Port Moresby) -- http://portmoresby.anglican.org
- Bible Society Work in PNG -- http://www.biblesociety.org/bs-pap.htm
- Catholic Church of PNG and Solomon Islands -- http://www.catholicpng.org.pg
- Christian Brethren Churches of PNG. -- http://www.dg.com.pg/~cbcpng
- Church of God in PNG -- http://www.zip.com.au/~openshaw/begin02.html
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG -- http://www.lutheranworld.org/Directory/ASI/EvangelicalLutheranChurchofPapuaNewGuinea.EN.html
- Hetune - Community of the Visitation, Popondota -- http://orders.anglican.org/arcyb/cvl.html
- MAF Service in PNG -- http://www.maf.org.au/png/pnginfo.php
- Melanesia Field is part of Nazarene World Missions. It is part of the Asia-Pacific Region and has its headquarters in Kudjip, PNG -- http://www.melanesianaz.org
- Nazarene Hospital at Kudjip in the Highlands of PNG is a mission hospital operated by the Church of the Nazarene, serving the people of PNG since 1967 -- http://www.kudjipnazarenehospital.org
- New Tribes Mission Aviation in PNG -- http://www.ntmpng.org/ntma.htm
- PNG Christian Links -- http://www.geocities.com/jbnirenga/christ-a.html
- PNG Church Partnership -- http://hometown.aol.co.uk/pngcpluxton/PNGChurchPartnership.htm
- Pioneer Bible Translators: PNG. -- http://www.pioneerbible.org.pg
- Religious Television Association of PNG -- http://www.rtapng.com.pg
- Society of St Francis -- http://orders.anglican.org/arcyb/ssf-pac.html
- The meaning of the Vow of Poverty in the third world -- http://orders.anglican.org/arcyb/2000-RichardCarter.html
- The United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG. -- http://www.upcpng.org
- Port Moresby Rotary -- http://www.pomrotary.org.pg
- PNG Department of Health -- http://www.health.gov.pg
- Rotary adopt a village -- http://www.ram.com.pg/adopt.htm
- Satellite Image of PNG -- http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/Australia/satellite_image.html
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.
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
- January 23, 1942, Japanese capture Rabaul and Kavieng in the Bismarck Archipelago, invade Bougainville in the Solomons.
- May 8, 1942 Allies win Battle of the Coral Sea.
- July 21, 1942 Japanese landing near Gona, New Guinea, starts Papua Campaign.
- January 22, 1943 Campaign for Papua, New Guinea, ends.
- March 2-4 1943 The Allies defeat the Japanese in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.
- September 4-16 1943. Southwest Pacific forces recapture Lae-Salamaua, New Guinea.
- October 2, 1943 Australians seize Finschaffen, New Guinea.
- November 1, 1943 South Pacific forces invade Bougainville.
- December 26, 1943 Southwest Pacific troops invade New Britain at Cape Gloucester.
- February 20, 1944 Reduction of Rabaul completed with Japanese abandonment of it as an airbase.
- February 29, 1944 Southwest Pacific forces begin invasion of Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago.
- April 22, 1944 Southwest Pacific forces land at Aitape and Hollandia, New Guinea.
- May 27, 1944 Southwest Pacific force lands on Biak Island, New Guinea.
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.
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 *
- Mr ToVadek -- Knight Bachelor (Kt.) for services to the community.
* CMG *
- Maurice Sheehan -- The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG) for services to law and order.
* CBE *
- Education Minister Michael Laimo -- Commander of the Civil Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to politics.
- Mel Togolo -- Commander of the Civil Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Commerce and Industry.
* OBE *
The following people were made Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- Rose Winne Bais for services to women and community development
- Chief Inspector, Brian Kwane Boze for services to the Police Force and the community
- Seki Ua Karinggal for services to Parliament
- Kevin Edward Murphy for services to sport development
- Bishop Nou Oru for services to the church and the community
* MBE *
The following people were made Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- Max Benjamin for services to the agriculture and the tourism industry
- Otto Robson Ganaii for public service
- Koke Itua for services to the local government and the community
- Yaungtine Koromba for service to the local government and the community
- Br Gaeme Leach for services to the community
- Dia Martin for service to the government, church and the community
- Betty Esmie Morea for services to the Girl Guide Association of Papua New Guinea
- Ganiga Rea for services to the church and the community
* ISO *
The following person was made a Companion of the Imperial Service Order (ISO)
- Margaret Kila for services to the Ombudsman Commission.
The following people were awarded the British Empire Medal, Civil Division (BEM)
* BEM *
- Henry Ameua for services to agriculture
- Mea Amini for services to the church and the community
- Benjamin Yikoson Metio for services to the Parliament
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- Post Courier Newspaper -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg
- The National Online Newspaper-- http://www.thenational.com.pg
- TreeHouse Productions -- http://www.treehouse.com.pg/treehouse__productions.htm
- PNG FM 100 -- http://www.tiare.net.pg/fm100/
- PNG Tok Pisin Network-- http://www.tokpisin.net
- Chin H Meen (Music) -- http://www.chmsupersound.com
- EM TV (Television) -- http://www.emtv.com.pg
- Hitron (Cable TV) -- http://www.hitron.com.pg
- Pacific View Multimedia http://www.pvm.com.pg
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