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

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
ananas / painap pineapple
kiau bulb / light globe
kiau egg
kindam crayfish
kindam bilong solwara or liklik kindam prawn
sis cheese
sops chops
sos sauce
sosis sausage
soua sour
switmuli orange
abus game / meat
bata butter
melen melon
tinmit tinned meat
tinpis tinned fish



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 29.5 - 30 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.


World War photos of New Guinea can be found at -- http://www.aboutww2.com/WWII-photo-list.html

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

EBC Church

The Evangelical Brotherhood Church (EBC Church) in PNG has a website at -- http://www.ebc.org.pg. The Church recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Swiss Mission in PNG and details can be found at -- http://crmf.com/content/34.html -- (missionary newsletter). Thanks to Ingmar Knie, who used to work at CRMF in Goroka, for these links.

Religious Web Sites

Bible Society Work in Papua New Guinea -- http://www.biblesociety.org/bs-pap.htm
Christian Brethren Churches of Papua New Guinea. -- http://www.dg.com.pg/~cbcpng/
Evangelical Brotherhood Church -- http://www.ebc.org.pg
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea -- 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 Papua New Guinea -- http://www.maf.org.au/png/pnginfo.php
New Tribes Mission Aviation in Papua New Guinea -- http://www.ntmpng.org/ntma.htm
Papua New Guinea Church Partnership -- http://hometown.aol.co.uk/pngcpluxton/PNGChurchPartnership.htm
Pioneer Bible Translators: Papua New Guinea. -- http://www.pioneerbible.org.pg/
Religious Television Association of Papua New Guinea -- http://www.rtapng.com.pg/
Society of St Francis -- http://orders.anglican.org/arcyb/ssf-pac.html
The Diocese of Port Moresby Anglican Domain -- http://www.portmoresby.anglican.org/
The United Pentecostal Assemblies of Papua New Guinea -- http://www.upcpng.org

Education Web Sites

http://www.ibs.com.pg -- International Business Institute
http://www.iea.ac.pg -- International Education Agency
http://www.iti.com.pg -- PNG International Training Institute
http://www.pngmc.ac.pg -- PNG Maritime College
http://www.pta.com.pg -- Pacific Training Academy
http://www.unitech.ac.pg -- PNG University of Technology (Lae)
http://www.uog.ac.pg -- University of Goroka
http://www.upng.ac.pg -- University of PNG
http://www.workersmutual.com.pg -- Computer Training

Tree House Village

The Tree House Village has a web site located at -- http://www.treehouse.com.pg -- For those who want a truly tropical style accommodation package then I suggest the exotic Tree House Village. The village is about 15 minute along the scenic Buluminski Highway from Kavieng in the New Ireland province. If anyone wants further details then please write to

Tree House Village,
PO Box 351,
Kavieng, PNG.
Phone +675 984 2666 / facsimile +675 984 2693
or email -- albeck @ global.net.pg

PNG Travel Advisory from Australia


This advice has been reviewed and reissued. New information on Safety and Security has been added. The overall level of the advice has increased.

Australians in Papua New Guinea are advised to exercise a high degree of caution and monitor developments that might affect their safety.

Australian travellers should be aware of the increased threat of terrorism globally and should read this travel advice in conjunction with the 'General Advice to Australian Travellers' available at: -- http://www.dfat.gov.au/zw.cgi/view/Advice/General


News Items

Blind Robbery

The criminals in Goroka have stooped to an all time low. They have now robbed a blind man outside a church of all his possessions. The man, a blind student at Goroka Grammar School, said a gang of five thugs attacked him and a friend on Wednesday. A full bottle of beer was smashed across his friends face requiring 11 stiches at the hospital.

Mrs Honor Egger

Gerhard Nau has submitted the following information -- I don't know if you are interested to know for your next publication that Mrs Honor Egger of former H.E.A.T Aviation in Lae has passed away in Cairns on June the 2nd at the age of 56. Honor, "Captain Nipples" was actively flying in PNG for about thirty years. Vale Honor.

Magila Gorilla Club

For residents of Port Moresby and for those who visit - the "Magila Gorilla Club" has now opened at the Magila Motel, Magila Road, Six Mile (opp. IBS), featuring bar, restaurant and disco. Free membership is available until the end of the year.

Stamp / Coin Collector

Here is an email message from a reader in India who writes -- can any reader send coins and used stamps of Papua New Guinea to me via post. I will pay for the postage and for the coins. If possible mail back to me and I will send you my postal address. thank you -- vistar1112@rediffmail.com

Counterfeit Notes

A general warning has gone out to advise people that there could be a batch of counterfeit K20 notes circulating around the country. The notes look noticeably different in colour and so far have only had one serial number on them. SCP 781687. Another method of detecting the fakes are by looking at the position of the serial number - unlike genuine notes the serial numbers on the fake are hard against the edge of the note. The paper used for the notes can also be torn easily.

Malaria Vaccine

A vaccine to combat malaria is still a long way off. A global effort is being made to develop a vaccine against malaria in the next 10 to 15 years. Malaria is the number one killer disease of children in PNG ahead of pneumonia.

Nadzab Gift Shop

A women's club from Gabsonkeg village just behind the airport have set up a gift shop at Nadzab airport. The gift shop, called Adzab, sells traditional arts and crafts, PNG and Morobe designed and printed T-shirts and much more.

Anglimp South Wahgi

Jamie Maxtone-Graham has won the seat of Anglimp South Wahgi as an independent candidate. The government and the opposition to join their ranks are now wooing him. Mr. Maxtone-Graham had previously indicated that he would join the ranks of the government but was met at Jackson's Airport in Port Moresby by members of the current opposition. Mr. Maxtone Graham was previously a close runner-up for the Moresby seat held by Bill Skate in the 2002 elections. Mr. Skate and Mr. Maxtone Graham have buried the hatchet over that incident.

Sir John Guise Stadium

Another reader writes -- I am not sure if this is the right place...it's more like a complaint than news but hey...

I have noticed during my morning and afternoon jogging sessions that some local residents are coming in and out of the bottom floor rooms allocated to the Sir John Guise stadium grand stand. Has this place become a motel of some sort and if so, is this the plan that the government has on making money? (Or are they paying at all?) In relation, the general cleanliness of the stadium has depreciated, especially the main oval in front of the grand stand. Recently the grass was cut but only the oval. What about the stands on the other 3 sides? Will this be left until the whole place is ruined? Not mentioning about rubbish and buai paintings...


Birthday Honours

Two people have been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Michael Curtain of Curtain Brothers and heart specialist Professor Isi Kevau have been made knights of the British Empire. Sir Michael was made a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and Professor Sir Isi has become a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to medical science and health care. They were amongst 45 people listed in the recent Birthday Honours.

Grenade Explosion

A grenade that he was showing to a fellow chef has killed a chef in Port Moresby. The chef had the grenade tucked into his waistband and when he took it out to show his mate he accidentally pulled the pin. His mate was thrown many metres and is suffering from shrapnel wounds. No one knows where the grenade came from. Police have warned anyone in possession of any ammunition or grenades to hand it in.

Governor General Elect

It has been reported that the Governor General elect, Sir Paulias Matane, is unhappy with an advertisement purportedly taken our by several former Engan provincial government members. The advert alleged that a business, Inter Pacific Finance, became insolvent because companies owned and co-owned by Sir Paulias failed to replay loans borrowed by the companies. One of the people who purportedly signed the advertisement has denied all knowledge of the advertisement.

Wantok Newspaper

The longest surviving and oldest print medium in Papua New Guinea - "Wantok Niuspepa" opened its new office premises on the eighth of June, 2004. The Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, gave a keynote speech and a blessing was received from the Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Port Moresby, Cherubim Dambui.

Bougainvillean Education

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has trained 30 volunteers to start educating over 3000 children in the Bougainville "no go zone". UNICEF has funded the training under its child protection program.

ATM Robbery

It has been reported but not confirmed that robbers made off with K100,000 from an ATM lobby in Lae on the weekend. The well-planned robbery saw the thieves gain access to two ATM machines at the Bank South Pacific Lae Main Market Branch on Sunday morning. It is believed that a security guard called bank staff saying that the ATM was not working correctly and when the staff member came to investigate the heavily armed thieves made the staff member open the machines. The thieves and it is believed one of the the security guards fled in a public motor vehicle later found abandoned in Lae at Voco Point.

High Court Judges

2 new judges and 3 acting judges have been appointed to the benches of the National and Supreme Court. The two new judges are - David Cannings and Greg Lay. Greg was managing a private practice and David worked for the Ombudsman's Commission.


Smoking has been identified as a major health problem for PNG costing the government a great deal of money. A doctor has said that it is difficult to dictate to people about the dangers of smoking because PNG is a democratic country and people have the right to smoke if they wanted to.

No Guns

In a typical knee jerk reaction to the present law and order situation the Police Minister has said that he would ban the use of firearms in the country. I am sure the criminals will magically take heed of this!

Gun Statistics

Mel Donald, from the Shooting Association of PNG, has come with the following statistics on the number of legal guns in PNG. She says that there is only 20328 licenced firearms in PNG and off these 85% licenced for subsistence hunting use. Only 12% are registered for self-protection or security. This leaves 2% for club use and 1% for veterinary, scientific or destruction of livestock. She goes on to add that the majority of guns used by criminals are not registered.

38 Clinics

An agreement has been signed for AusAid to fund the construction of 38 clinics in 14 provinces at a cost of K26 million. The primary aim of the clinics will be to improve the treatment of sexually transmitted infections. This is part of the broader strategy to tackle HIV/AIDS.

FAQ's - Minerals

What minerals / metals are found / mined in PNG?
Some of the minerals / metals found in PNG are

Minerals - Metals
Nicolite - Nickel
Linnaerite - Cobalt
Pyrolusite - Manganese
Argentite - Silver
Molybdenite - Molybdenum
Gibbsite - Aluminium
Silver - Silver
Gold - Gold
Chalcopyrite - Copper

Smaller Families

The opposition leader, Peter O'Neill, has said that if they get into government one of the priorities will be to convince people reduce the size of families. This will be achieved by a range of family planing initiatives with the consent of the churches and non-government organisations. He has said that his government would begin by adopting the successful Indonesian "Two children are enough" campaign. The population of PNG is currently increasing rapidly and wages are rapidly declining.

Showdown at the Crowne

Stanley Nandex is challenging the Current World Kickboxing Champion, Chris Johnson from New Zealand for the World Super Middleweight (WKBF) championship over 12 two-minute rounds. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Port Moresby on the 25th of June, 2004.

Enga Show

The 2004 Enga Cultural Show is set to get underway from the 13th to the 15th of August at the Mommers Oval in Wabag town. The Enga Provincial Government has injected K200,000 towards the running of the show. Typical events will be cultural singsing groups, ritual performance, arts and Crafts demonstrations and Enga Made Product Displays. Visitors are asked to make contact with the chairman of the show for further information on +675 547 1272 - attention Akik Tumu or Margaret Potane.

Aussie Rules

As part of an ongoing program to help develop Aussie Rules in the country the PNG under 14 team will be taking part in the AFL-Queensland Country Championships. The under 16 team recently returned from a very successful tour of Northern Queensland where they took part in the Queensland Country Cup.

Cycle Ride

A lady, Sian Loftus, is cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (from one end of Britain to the other) to raise money for two PNG Schools. The schools are De La Salle at Bomana just outside Port Moresby and a school at Karawari. To read more about the event please visit the web site located at -- http://uk.geocities.com/sian.loftus@btinternet.com/ --. Sian's Father was killed in the 1972 crash of a Caribou aircraft. She is looking for sponsorship for her ride.

In 1972 19 Schoolboy army cadets from De La School High School and one from Popondetta in the PNG capital of Port Moresby were killed when the RAAF Caribou plane there were flying in crashed in the mountains between Lae and Port Moresby. 4 Australian Defence Force personnel were also killed, among them my father. Four boys, all from De la Salle, survived.

See an article in the PNG Post Courier -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20020906/weekend03.htm -- for information about the crash.

New Plane

Regional Aviation has added an Embraer 120 turboprop Brasilia 30 seater aircraft to its fleet of aircraft. The company has recently signed a four-year contract with Tabubil and Ok Tedi Mining limited and hopes to get other contracts shortly.


People who invested in the U-Vistract pyramid scheme a few years ago are reportedly reopening their accounts with the major banks in anticipation of a payout from U-Vistract. As with all pyramid schemes that only ones who make money out of the scheme are the organisers and a lucky few who manage to get in at the bottom of the pyramid.

Stolen Fines

A policeman in Milne Bay has been found guilty of stealing bail fees from prisoners and fined K400 in the Alotau District Court. He was found guilty of four counts of stealing K50 from prisoners and fined K400 to the court and repay the K50 stolen from each prisoner. The court also recommended that he be dismissed from the police force.

Yonki Fish Farm

People at Yonki, PNG's largest reservoir that generates hydroelectric power, have ventured into fish farming. Yonki currently produces about 500 Kg of fish every month. The people expect to be able to produce up to a tonne of fish and 12,000 fingerlings monthly using cage technology. The Governor of the Eastern Highlands recently launched the fish-farming project with officials from the National Fisheries Authority, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, Department of Agriculture and Livestock and senior public servants present..

Trout Farming

Betty Higgins has said that she will reopen her trout farm in Simbu Province despite the fact that nearby villagers entered the farm and stole about 60 fish from her. The trout farm is at the foot of PNG's highest mountain, Mount Wilhelm.

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