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

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
long along
long at
long because of
long tall
long than
long to
long bek backwards
long halivim instead of
long hap? there
long namel long? through
long olgeta ples everywhere
long sampela hap somewhere
long / longpela long
long? for
longlong / het i pas stupid
longlong; waia i lus crazy



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 29.75 - 30.25 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.


PNG Recipe Links

Recipes from Papua New Guinea... Learn to make dishes from Papua New Guinea featuring coconut, fruit, vegetables, and fish. The first group of recipes can be located at
-- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/recipe1.html
-- http://www.anahitagallery.com/ahrecipe04.html
-- http://www.pngbuai.com/600technology/cookery/
-- http://www.whats4eats.com/4rec_papua.html

More PNG recipes can be found at -- http://www.elca.org/dgm/country_packet/png/recipe.html

If you are after rice recipes then goto the PNG's Favourite Rice Recipes web site at -- http://www.trukai.com.pg/recipes/

The following link is not really about PNG recipes but since mangoes are at the top of the list as being one of the all time favourite foods I thought I should include this link as well -- http://www.man-goes.com/MangoeRecipies.html

PNG Coffee

What better way of finishing off after those great recipes but to have a cup of freshly brewed PNG grown coffee. Kongo Coffee from Goroka advertises premium quality, freshly roasted coffee. For enquires you can contact them at Kundiawa on +675 735 8304 Fax 735 1130 and at Goroka on 732 3069 Fax 732 3068 or email them on -- kongo@global.net.pg

Design Scope

Designscope Architects Services -- http://www.designscope.com.pg

P.O. Box 953 Lae, Morobe Province, PNG - Telephone: +675 472 1618 or Facsimile: +675 472 2472

Water Ski Club

The Port Moresby Water Ski Club has a website located at -- http://www.nla.com.pg

Huli People

If you want to find out about the Huli people then please visit this web site -- http://www.accsoft.com.au/~drgcjlom/huli/htms/huli1.htm -- The Huli people live in the central mountains of Papua New Guinea, at a latitude of six degrees below the equator and at a mean altitude of about 1500 meters above sea level. They number over 65,000 (Kloss and McConnel 1981), grouped in clans (hamigini) and subclans (hamigini emene) throughout the area they now claim as their own.


News Items

Kikori - Gulf Province

Tuberculosis is one of the top reasons for admission to hospital and death in Kikori, Gulf province. There are over 200 registered cases in Kikori.

Water Problems

Settlers living at the Oro settlement outside the city of Port Moresby have been living without a water supply for two years. Children are tramping over 2 kilometres to get water from a broken water pipe. And you thought you had it bad!


The University of PNG Vice-Chancellor has said that there will be no increases in university tuition fees this coming year. There will be an increase in the residential costs for students equivalent to about two "six packs" of beer something the vice chancellor thinks that most university students should be able to afford as it equates to about 85 toea per week per student. The increases are to cover the cost of food increases due to inflation.

Koki Primary School

Thanks to Rotary clubs in Australian the Koki Primary School in Port Moresby has received a collection of videotapes and a video player. The titles include classics titles such as Treasure Island. Lady Carol Kidu received the gifts on behalf of the school.

Australian Federal Police

A team from the Australian Federal Police has arrived in PNG to firm up on the K2 billion enhanced cooperation program that will see the deployment of police from around Australia in PNG. Police from Victoria, a state of Australia, are concerned that they will be getting paid less than police deployed from other Australian states simply because their pay scale is lower. They claim that all the police at the same level should get paid the same for a fair days work regardless of what state they come from.


Tomadu Nawa a Scout pioneer, PNG Bible Society manager and World War II hero from Salamaua, Morobe Province died at the end of July. Mr Nawa, 78, was PNG Scout Commissioner from 1962 to 1975. In 1975 he joined the Bible Society as the Lae depot manager for 17 years before retiring.


It has been revealed that many doctors are being threatened to record a different cause of death rather than recoding it as HIV/AIDS. Many relatives are fearful that any insurance payment will be placed in jeopardy if the real reason is recorded. This possibly has lead to the figures for the number of people dying from AIDS to be incorrect. It has also been reported that many HIV/AIDS patients seek treatment under false names and addresses making it difficult for the Health Department to follow up on patient care.


According to a clinical toxicologist and herpetologist from the James Cook University in Australia the Mekeo area of Central Province has one of the highest incidences of snakebite and mortality due to snakebites in the world. For the period from January 1997 through to December 2001 there was an average of 561.9 cases for every 100,000 people per year. There are only a few places in the world where snakebite cases are higher than this. In some areas the rate was up to six times higher than this average. The detailed results of the study will be available later this year in a scientific publication.

100 Metre Sprint

19-year-old Mae Koime from Gulf Province has bettered her time in pre-Olympic competition in Hungary. She managed to post a time of 12.12 seconds her best time ever for the 100 metre sprint. The time is also a PNG national record. She also managed to get under 25 seconds in the 200 metre event her second time this year.

Tribal War

19 people have lost their lives in a tribal war going on in Tambul District of the Western Highlands. The provincial police commander has called on the leaders of the warring clans to meet and make peace for the sake of the their clansmen. The fight is between the Rendi Nema and the Kipala Warepa tribes who live in hamlets at the edge of Mount Giluwe. The toll of 19 could be higher because it is believed that not all deaths have been reported to government officials. The tribesmen are now using guns instead of traditional bows and arrows so the tactics of engagement have changed. No longer is it several men using bows, arrows and spears confronting other warriors it is now groups carrying out ambushes on others using firearms.

Diesel Increase

There has been another increase in the price of diesel. This latest increase has seen the price reach K2 per litre. It is expected that with the rising world prices of crude oil that the cost of all fuel will increase soon. A final draft of a review on petroleum prices carried out by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) is due in September.

PNG Defence Force

The PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) plans to register all its assets. The PNGDF will receive help from the Australian Government via the PNG Australia Defence Cooperative program. It has been claimed that having an accurate idea of the assets of the defence will help it to rebuild and recapitalise the PNGDF. There has not been an asset register for the PNGDF since independence in 1975.

PNGDF Recruitment

The PNG Defence Force is recruiting student cadets from grade 12 graduates. They have already gone through the process in the Southern Region and selected 56 candidates. They are currently in East New Britain selecting candidates from the New Guinea Islands Region. The candidates will be put through a selection process testing medical fitness, psychology and English language. Successful students will attend an intensive 18-month training course at the Defence Academy at Igam Barracks in Lae.

Angau Hospital

Angau Hospital located in Lae, Morobe Province is almost out of oxygen with only enough on hand for a week's supply. If a supply is not found then the hospital will have to scale down operations. Presently only the ICU and operating theatre have access to oxygen. The hospital has blamed the National Health Department for failing to release funds in a timely fashion to BOC gases.

Accidental Shooting

A young man is in Angau hospital after being shot accidentally by a warder who was chasing an escapee from Lae courthouse. The man is in a critical condition with a bullet lodged in the lower part of is head. Police recaptured the escapee later.

Kavieng Fishery

The Kavieng Fishery project including fishery and office, funded by the Asian Development Bank has been finished for over four months and still is not being used. The complex could represents a major income generating activity for the people of New Ireland if managed correctly.

Justin Kili

Justin Kili affectionately known as "JK" has moved to become the general manager of the Word Publishing Company. JK has spent what seems to be a lifetime in radio starting as a trainee broadcaster in Bougainville in 1972. All his time has spent in broadcasting with the National Broadcasting Corporation, Kalang FM, FM 100 and Yumi FM.

PNG Police

The Police Commissioner, Sam Inguba, has said on talkback radio that the PNG Police Force is toothless. It is undermanned, lacks resources, and does not meet United Nations standards for policing a nation. Mr Inguba stresses that this could be the cause of the crime upsurge and the increase in tribal warfare i remote villages. Under United Nations Standards there should be one policeman for every 350 people. The PNG population is in excess of 5.2 million and the police force has only 4,800 members. This is approx one policeman to every 1080 people.

Operation Open Heart

Doctors and nurses, part of the Open Heart Operation, have successfully operated on many patients.. In previous years it has been normal for seventy five percent of the people operated on to be children with heart defects and this year it would appear that the ratio will remain the same. A total of 52 people were operated on. The volunteer doctors and nurses were so keen to help people in need that they even said they would work on the morning of their departure back to Australia.

The Port Moresby General Hospital Operation Open Heart program received many donations from public companies such as the TST group of companies. Without this support the program would not be able to be run each year.

Rotary Help

A young eleven-year-old girl from Isurava village along the Kokoda Trail has been operated on to fix a hole in the heart in Sydney Australia thanks to Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC). The girl, Cathy Nitura, was operated on by a grandson of a World War II veteran who fought along the Kokoda Trail. ROMAC met all the costs of the life-saving operation and both Cathy and her father were looked after by Rotary club members in Australia.

Governor General

The Governor General, Sir Paulias Matane, is worshipping at various denominations each Sunday.

So far he has worshipped with United Church congregations at Sioni Kami Memorial Church, Tubusereia United Church and the George Brown Memorial United Church at Gerehu. He has also attended services at St. John's Anglican Cathedral Church on the hill in Port Moresby, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church English Congregation at Koki as well as with the Roman Catholics at St. Mary's Cathedral in Port Moresby.


The PNG Frequently Asked Question database needs your help. Do you have a question that someone else may be asking that you know the answer to? If you do then drop a line to this newsletter with the question and answer. If you haven't had a look at the PNG FAQ's then do so by visiting -- http://michie.net/png_faqs. -- Here is a sample of some of the questions that are already answered in the database.

When was Sir Kingsford Dibela elected to be the third Governor General of PNG?

On Wednesday the 1st of December 1982. He was elected through an exhaustive secret ballot winning the job in a final showdown with former lands minister Thomas Kavali by a vote of 59 to 37. He officially succeeded Sir Tore Lokoloko on the 1st of March 1983

Bambu Primary School

The headmaster of Bambu Primary School in Madang province has been jailed for misappropriating K2,000 belonging to the school. The father of four has been a headmaster for 18 years.

Gaming Board

The government has blocked the hole that allowed politicians to dip into the trust funds maintained by the gaming board. The money is now deposited directly into consolidated revenue to help prop up the PNG budget. The gaming board funds have been abused in the past leading to the dismissal and jailing of some high profile people.

Kaugere Primary School

Lady Carol Kidu has presented Kaugere Primary School in Port Moresby with 20 new desks. The school also received 500 Telikads from the sales and marketing manager of GNP. Telikom PNG has a prepaid system that can be used from any telephone in the country. It is called Telikad. -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20030804/business01.htm -- http://www.pngbd.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-7674 -- and of course -- http://pnggossip.com/news/g031016.html

Junior Squash

The Port Moresby Squash Club will be holding an open day for new juniors on Saturday 21 August at 1 pm at the Port Moresby Squash Club. The Club would like to encourage any juniors from the age of 8 up to 17 (boys and girls) to come along and try out the game of squash. It doesn't matter if they have never hit a ball before.

Telikom Sale

The 51 percent sale of Telikom to an overseas company is still making headlines. Many people are claiming that the credentials of the company need to be investigated thoroughly. The chairman of the Telikom board, who is fiercely nationalistic, had to back track after ordering an independent valuation of Telikom bypassing the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) and making a request direct to the Prime Minister. There have been claims and counter claims over the deal. Even Rod Mitchell from the National Superannuation Fund has had his comments aired in letters to the editor. He urges caution in any sale of Telikom.

Wamp Nga

The Highlands based Wamp Nga Holdings Limited has a new General Manager. The new man, Michael Makap, is the first national to hold the position. Mr Makap has been with the company for 14 years. Along with the announcement of the new General Manager the company announced a dividend of K200,000 for shareholders.

Moresby Elections

David Unagi is the tenth person to nominate for the vacant Moresby North-East seat. The candidates so far are - David Unagi, Casper Wollom, Philip Taku, Mathias Karani, Jimmy Misina Varika, Norman Fernandes, Norman Takis, Julius Kera, Jacob Ivaroa and Mek Onguglo. Nominations have now closed.

Others to nominate after Mr Unagi are - Wari Vele, John Kaupa, Luke Paka, Roy Amburi, Kakare Lare, Nelson Tali, Michael Badui, Robert Egareka, John Kelowa, Dino Sine, Nathan Mapiso and Thomas Wemin making a total of 22 people who have nominated for the Moresby North-East seat.

InterOil Refinery

The InterOil Refinery has produced and sold its first shipment of diesel fuel. The tanker "Essberger" took on the first delivery of Port Moresby Diesel for delivery across the Port Moresby Harbour to fill tanks on the shore at Kanudi. It may have been a short voyage but it was one of great significance for PNG. Petrol will be produced in a few weeks.

The refinery has a capacity of 32,500 barrel of crude a day when it is fully commissioned.

Divine Word University

A librarian from the Divine Word Library has urged primary and community schools to set up and maintain libraries on behalf of their students. Many schools do not have proper libraries to house their library books. Some schools have had libraries but due to luck of funding allowed them to become run down.

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