P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 16 Mar 2004

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin
kanaka indigenous person
kanda cane
kandel candle
kandere uncle / maternal
kantri country (nation)
kanu canoe
kap cup
kap bilong ti tea-cup
kapa sheet metal
kapa bilong pinga fingernail
kapet cupboard
kapiak breadfruit
kopi coffee
ti tea



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 29 - 29.5 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.


Papua New Guinea Church Partnership

Please visit the Papua New Guinea Church Partnership web site at -- http://hometown.aol.co.uk/pngcpluxton/PNGChurchPartnership.htm

Anglican Health Services in PNG web site -- http://www.ahs-png.org/indexie.html -- The mission of the Anglican Church Health Service is to improve the physical, psychological, social and spiritual health and wellbeing of everyone in the communities we serve, irrespective of religious denomination; clan; status; age; gender; or ability to pay, and thus reduce the distress and suffering associated with the current high levels of morbidity and mortality.

While you are looking at Anglican websites please take a look at the Port Moresby Diocese website. -- http://portmoresby.anglican.org


Kimininga Lodge

Away from the busy centre of Mount Hagen, Kimininga lodge is conveniently located in a tranquil and peaceful setting, with magnificent mountain views. Only minutes from town, and eight kilometres from the airport. -- http://www.wampnga.com.pg/kimininga



Professional Scanning Services within PNG are offered by ProScan Ltd -- http://www.proscan.com.pg


Milne Bay

The Milne Bay Tourism website can be found at -- http://www.milnebaytourism.gov.pg -- Discover in Milne Bay the charm and beauty of a peace loving people blessed in abundance with natural environment of pristine waters and varied landforms, unique flora and fauna, vibrant cultures and living traditions.


Napatana Lodge - Alotau

Napatana Lodge is the first eco-tourism lodge in Alotau. It is a traditionally built pole house that has been made from tropical timbers. The lodge reflects Milne Bay architecture, demonstrating traditional building skills by local craftsman -- http://www.napatanalodge.com


Masurina Lodge - Alotau

Masurina Lodge is the oldest hotel in Alotau. For many years it was the only hotel. The website to visit for Masurina Lodge is --http://www.masurina.com -- and not -- http://www.masurina.com.pg -- The .com.pg site is a mess when viewed with my version of Internet Explorer (v6) and virtually unreadable unless I reduced the size of the viewing window. The straight .com site is much better and is now the official site. The site is linked to the Marlin 1 dive boat charters website located at -- http://www.marlin1charters.com.au/ -- The Marlin 1 site claims that you can see the best of coastal PNG from the Safety and Comfort of a well equipped and surveyed live-a-board charter boat.


PNG Weather

Here are a few sites that will give you an idea of what the weather is like in PNG.

Port Moresby -- http://my.iwon.com/weather/obs.jsp?id=PPXX0004
Kerema -- http://my.iwon.com/weather/obs.jsp?id=PPXX0001
Kikori -- http://my.iwon.com/weather/obs.jsp?id=PPXX0002
Morobe -- http://my.iwon.com/weather/obs.jsp?id=PPXX0003
Samari -- http://my.iwon.com/weather/obs.jsp?id=PPXX0005


Nationwide Catering

Nationwide Catering (NCS) has a web site located at -- http://www.ncs.com.pg -- NCS is the Southwest Pacific Region's premier provider of a comprehensive range of accommodation management, industrial cleaning, janitorial, catering, laundry and general hospitality services.




News Items



AESOP (Australian Expert Service Overseas Program) volunteers are professional Australians who donate their time and skills towards making meaningful contributions towards the development of PNG. This is done through training and technical assistance under the AESOP professional group. AESOP was founded in 1981 and is based in Canberra Australia.

Dandruff Cure

It has been claimed that a PNG lotion cures dandruff. It is also claimed that there may be many other cures in the rapidly depleting forests of PNG. A local researcher from the Kerowagi District of the Simbu province produced the dandruff lotion from mixing local herbs, fruits and glucose extracted from bushes in his area. The product was pre-tested on 50 people suffering from dandruff and within 36 hours the people who tested the product said that the fungal growth in their heads was killed by the lotion.


For the latest news about PNG visit the Post Courier web site at -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg -- or the National Newspaper web site at -- http://www.thenational.com.pg -- both offer up-to-date news about PNG.

NCD Water

An expert in water quality control has declared the quality of the water in the National Capital District (NCD) healthy. The water in the NCD meets the standards drinking water guidelines set by the World Health Organisation and is monitored every day to ensure that it continues to meet those guidelines.

PNG Soccer

Soccer in PNG is expected to move ahead in leaps and bounds thanks to an ambitious new plan beginning this year. The plan, estimated to cost K500,000 over three years, hopes to improve young players through a more structured approach. The plan is known as the National Football Development Model. FIFA have recently funded the construction of a national soccer academy just outside Lae in Morobe province. A significant role of the development model is to help identify young talented players and help nurture them.

Education Time Bomb

PNG has an alarming number of students dropping out of the formal education sector each year, Education statistics indicate that this may be as many as 20,000 students every year. This results in a large number of young people who are virtually unemployable due to a lack of adequate education.

Electoral Commissioner

The Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, has announced the appointment of Andrew Trawen as the Electoral Commissioner. The appointment will be for six years. Mr Trawen has been acting as the Electoral Commissioner since September 2002. Prior to that he was the Deputy Commissioner from 1991 - 2002.

PNG Languages

If you are interested in the languages of PNG then it is worthwhile paying a visit to -- http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=Papua%2BNew%2BGuinea

Languages of PNG

PNG has three National or official languages. They are Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin and English.

The number of languages listed for Papua New Guinea is 832. Of those, 823 are living languages and nine are considered to be extinct.

For information on the languages a visit to -- http://www.sultry.arts.usyd.edu.au/ling/research/papuan2.html -- will start you off in the right direction. Another interesting article is located at -- http://www.krysstal.com/langfams.html.-- It deals with language families and mentions the Rotokas language.

Rotokas is spoken in Papua New Guinea on the Island of Bougainville by approximately 4,300 people and it has the fewest sounds of any language, 11 (compared to the 44 or so of standard English). These 11 are made up of five vowels and six consonants: A, E, I, O, U, B, G, K, P, R, T. - can you imagine that - a language with only 11 sounds. Six of those are used in the name of the language.

It has been reported that PNG has one language for every 900 square kilometres of the country or roughly one language for every 350 square miles for those readers who are not familiar with the metric system.

Motor Vehicle Registration

After many years of persevering with a separate Registration and compulsory third party insurance stickers for motor vehicles the Motor Vehicles Insurance Limited have combined the two into an all in one combined sticker. The previous registrations stickers were a transfer decal type and took a little bit of effort to stick successfully to the windscreen of the vehicle. The new design is a simple peel off the backing label and affix to the windscreen type.

Cargo Cults

The definition of Cargo Cult can be found at -- http://www.bartleby.com/65/ca/cargocul.html -- and also at -- http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?eu=20632&tocid=0

More can be found about cargo cults at
-- http://www.anthropologising.ca/writing/carcult.htm
-- http://www.apologeticsindex.org/c79.html
-- http://www.coolth.com/cargo.htm
-- A slide show can be found at -- http://anth.ucalgary.ca/DHatt/Anth473/Cargo.htm


Remote Obura in the Eastern Highlands province is now linked by road to the outside world. An official celebration marked the occasion recently. Up until now the people of Obura have had to walk for a day until they arrive at Aiyura and then catch a PMV (Public Motor Vehicle) to Kainantu or possibly Goroka. Over 2000 people attended the ceremony. The Evangelical Brotherhood Church has made its home at Obura station and has provided health and educational services to the people in the absence of government services..

Coming Events

Depending on when you get to read this newsletter the 4th Annual Forest Investment Seminar may have already been held on the 17th of March at the Crowne Plaza in Port Moresby.

Don't forget to look out for the 29th National Fishing competition coming in April.

Another event coming in May is the annual coffee festival. The fourth festival will be staged in Goroka, the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province on the 14th and 15th of May, 2004. The festival, officially titled the PNG Coffee Festival and Trade Fair, is the most unique social and economic development event in the Highlands region and provides a direct link between the expatriate and local business communities.

The National Grassroots Convention will be held in Kokopo East New Britain Province from the 12th to the 16th of July. It is expected that the opening of a grass roots bank will be announced at the convention. East New Britain Governor, Leo Dion, has promised K200,000 toward the opening of the bank.

PNG Jails

Here is a list of jails operating in PNG. From time to time some of these will be shut down for health reasons and then reopened after renovations.

Tourism Expo

The tourism expo called "Lukim PNG Nau" held last weekend at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby was a success. The main objective of the expo was to bring together all tour operators so they could present the unique and diverse tourism products that PNG has to offer. With the decline in the value of the local currency (Kina) many people are looking at seeing PNG before travelling overseas. Many overseas visitors already know how wonderful PNG can be as a tourist attraction but people in PNG do not know about this and instead many travel overseas often getting little value for their money. It is hoped that the expo will become a truly one stop shop for residents of PNG to be able to see what PNG has to offer.

Malaria FAQ's

If you think you have malaria then my suggestion is rather than rely on the information here see a doctor or a nurse as soon as possible so that a trained professional can offer the correct treatment after conducting relevant tests to find out what is really wrong..

QQQ What is the most common disease in PNG?
AAA Malaria is the most common disease and the second leading cause of death in PNG hospitals. Pneumonia is the most common cause of death.

QQQ What are the various types of malaria found in PNG?
AAA There are four types of malaria found in the world that can affect humans but only three types are found in PNG

falciparum malaria
vivax malaria

and (thanks to John Mackerell)
the third species of malaria found in PNG is called malariae malaria (P. malariae) - basically like vivax but without vivax's persistent liver stage.

QQQ Of the types of malaria found in PNG which one is the most dangerous?
AAA falciparum malaria is the most serious. If not treated falciparum malaria may result in shock, kidney and liver failure, coma and death. Death is often due to clogging of the small blood vessels in vital organs by the malaria-infected blood cells.

QQQ What is the less life-threatening malaria found in PNG?
AAA vivax malaria is generally not life threatening, but deaths may occur in young children, very old people and in people already weakened by another disease.

QQQ Where is malaria found in PNG?
AAA Malaria is generally found at altitudes lower than 1,600 metres. The temperature above this altitude restricts mosquito and parasite growth. As a result of increased travel, malaria does occur in some of the highlands valleys.

QQQ How is malaria spread?
AAA Malaria is spread by the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. These mosquitos almost exclusively bite at dusk and during the night. Daytime mosquitoes are usually not carriers of malaria.

QQQ What are the drugs used to treat malaria?
AAA The drugs used are dangerous and should only be taken under medical supervision. Chloroquine, Fansidar, artesunate / artemether and primaquine. No drug or combination of drugs is completely effective in all people. See next item on the correct use of artemether or artesunate

How can I protect myself against malaria?
AAA Prevention of being bitten by an infected mosquito is important but nor perfect. Added protection from malaria is possible by taking anti-malarial drugs. Taking drugs before becoming sick, to prevent disease from developing is called prophylaxis. A prophylactic drug is supposed to prevent or suppress the disease even if bitten by an infected mosquito.

For other FAQ's about PNG please pay a visit to http://www.michie.net/png_faqs -- if you know an answer to a FAQ or find and answer that is wrong then please send email to have it added or corrected.

Malaria Treatment

Steve Bjorge has advised the following on the use of artemether or artesunate for the treatment of malaria, it is important that people understand that artemether or artesunate used alone may not cure the malaria infection. The NDOH recommended treatment is artemether or artesunate (they are closely related compounds) taken daily for 7 days IN COMBINATION with a single dose of Fansidar (for an adult, 3 tablets). The artesunate/artemether drugs are very effective in knocking down the parasite biomass in the blood and thus reducing the fever, but they still can fail to knock out every last parasite. Studies have shown up to a 50% recrudescence rate after 5 days of artesunate/artemether, and a 5% recrudescence rate after 7 days of artesunate/artemether (i.e. less than 100%).

Note: According to -- http://www.dictionary.com/ -- re·cru·desce means "to break out anew or come into renewed activity, as after a period of quiescence" and recrudescence means "a return of something after a period of abatement" "a recrudescence of malaria"

Communication Companies

More PNG FAQ's

What is the land area of the provinces in PNG?

More PNG Frequently Asked Question can be found at -- http://www.michie.net/png_faqs

Taklam Guest House

For anyone visiting East New Britain and recommend staying at Taklam Guesthouse. They have recently added seven executive beach bungalows in the heart of Kokopo town. Sliding doors open directly onto a verandah, which face the sea and a scenic view of the volcanoes at Rabaul. -- http://www.taklam.com.pg

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