P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 26 Aug 2004

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
laisens / pemit licence
lait light / bright (colour)
laita light (gas)
laita lighter (flint)
laka? isn't it?
laki lucky (card game) lam = lamp
lam bensin pressure lamp
lang fly (insect)
lap laugh
laplap cloth / loincloth
laplap bilong alta altar cloth
hap laplap bilong wasim plet dish cloth



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.


Bill Purcell's Website

Bill, a pilot with many years of experience in PNG, has sections of his web site dealing with Tok Pisin and PNG Aviation in General with special areas on Missionary Aviation Fellowship, PNG Airstrips, Humour and even some airline related humour. This site located at -- http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/billsview/ -- has more than mentioned above so my tip is to visit and take a good look around.

His section on PNG airstrips carries the following disclaimer. PNG Airstrip Data is published only as a guide to pilots in matters helpful to operations, such as GPS settings, wind characteristics, and surface conditions. The PNG AIP-AGA is the legal document governing aviation operations.

Neo Melanesian Links

A bibliography of Melanesian Pidgin English dictionaries, phrase books and study guides -- http://members.tripod.com/~THSlone/MPEB.html

Tok Pisin / Pidgin / English Online Dictionary -- http://www.calibercreations.com/pisin/

Pidgin, Motu, English Dictionary -- http://www.pngbd.com/dictionary.php

Tok Pisin verb conjugation online -- http://www.verbix.com/languages/xml_Tok_Pisin.html

Pidgin/English Dictionary -- http://www.june29.com/HLP/lang/pidgin.html

Tok Pisin by Jeff Siegel of the University of New England, Armidale, NSW in Australia -- http://www.une.edu.au/langnet/tokpisin.htm

Grammatical categories and their realisations in Tok Pisin of Papua New Guinea -- http://www.linguist.de/TokPisin/index.htm

Tok Pisin Manual on Web Publishing -- http://www.pngbuai.com/000general/publishers/papuanewguinea/web-tok-pisin/tok-pisin-eva1.htm

TOK PISIN: a language of Papua New Guinea -- http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=PDG

Radio Australia Tok Pisin service -- http://www.abc.net.au/ra/tokpisin/

International Training Institute

The PNG International Training Institute has a web site located at -- http://www.iti.ac.pg -- I found this web site difficult because I do not run my Internet browser as a full screen. This web site does not really allow you to resize your screen without losing information.

ITI provide local courses in Business and Computing at Certificate and Diploma level. They also provide international courses for such organisations such as University of Southern Queensland and British Computer Society.

Education Web Sites

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

Real Estate Agents Association

The PNG Real Estate Agents Association, a non-profit making organisation operation under the laws of Papua New Guinea has a site located at -- http://www.reaa.org.pg/news.htm

Real Estate Agents

Arthur Strachan (Lae) -- http://www.arthurstrachan.com.pg
Century 21 -- http://www.century21.com.pg/ -- and -- http://www.siule.com.pg/
Kohoy Real Estate -- http://kohoyrealestates.tripod.com/
L.J Hooker -- http://www.ljhooker.com
Ray White Real Estate -- monian@online.net.pg
Strickland RE -- http://www.sre.com.pg/
The Professionals -- http://www.theprofessionals.com.pg

Superannuation Funds

The Association of Superannuation Funds PNG (ASFPNG) has a website located at -- http://www.asfpng.org.pg -- ASFPNG is an industry body established in 2002 by interested industry participants with the common goal to protect superannuants retirement savings within a regulated environment whilst fostering a competitive industry.



News Items

Peter O'Connor

Peter O'Connor, a regular reader of and sometime contributor to this newsletter collapsed and died on the 19th of August. All that knew Peter will miss him greatly. He was like a brother, father and close friend to many Moresby residents including his staff at ConXions and associated companies. Tentative funeral arrangements have been made for Monday the 30th of August at St. Johns Anglican Cathedral Church in downtown Port Moresby. A Church where he was a well respected parish councillor.

Medical Symposium

The 2004 Medical Symposium is set to be held in September. A record number of 66 papers on various health care developments will be presented at the symposium. Medical practitioners and experts will present the papers from various disciplines of medicine. The organisers have said that they expect to raise K250,000 towards the event. They have received K190,000 from fundraising activities and expect to raise about 60,000 from participants at the symposium. AusAID has donated K11,900 towards the printing of the PNG medical Journal in PNG after 49 years of having it printed overseas.

New Highlands Highway

A proposed new route for the Highlands Highway that will see the road going through the Ungai range from Goroka to Chimbu has received K300,00 in funding. The new route will bypass the Daulo Pass just outside Goroka that has been prone to natural disasters especially during the wet season. The Eastern highlands provincial government, Ungai Bena MP Benny Allan and Chuave MP David Anggo have each donated K100,000 towards the construction. It is anticipated that the K300,000 will attract K300,000 in counterpart funding.

Enhanced Co-operation Program

Police Commissioner Sam Inguba has assured PNG that he will have total charge of all police personnel under the Enhanced Co-operation Package. The Package will eventually see the deployment of more than 400 police from Australia within the country. The first group are anticipated to arrive at the end of the month or early next month. Some of this group will be deployed in Bougainville and the rest will take up positions in Port Moresby. The aim of the package is to strengthen the capacity of the Royal PNG Constabulary in terms of logistics, equipment and training.

AIDS Alert

The PNG Maritime Workers Industrial Union is worried that after six waterside workers have already died from AIDS this year that more will succumb to the disease before the end of the year. Waterside workers have been urged to do whatever they could to address the problem.


A young girl who has the qualifications as a Mate Class 3 and also has the honour of being the first woman to qualify as an Officer of the Watch cannot find a job in PNG because she has claimed that the ships do not have facilities to accommodate a female crewmember. She has also said that she cannot get a job that recognises her qualifications on international ships because PNG is not a member of the International Transport Federation. Two shipping companies, Consort Shipping and CCS Anville, have now offered to secure a job for her after verifying her qualifications.

Governor General - Citizenship

The Governor General of PNG has been officially recognised as a citizen of PNG. The event coincided with the launching of the childbirth program at the Wardstrip Community School in Port Moresby. The Governor General, Sir Paulias Matane, said he was unable to register at birth because he was born in the jungle and the service was unavailable at the time of his birth. Nearly one in every four people in Port Moresby has taken up the offer to register their birth. He said that the nationality of someone could only be proven by a birth certificate something that many people did not have including him until recently.

Quarantine Alerts

Several Quarantine alerts have been issued recently. Quarantine officers have been put on alert to watch out for signs of a pig disease that has killed thousands of pigs in Indonesia. The disease could wreak havoc on the pig industry in {Ng and Australia. The World Health Organisation has warned PNG to look out for bird influenza after an avian virus was discovered in Malaysia. The disease was thought to be under control but has resurfaced. Malaysian authorities have implemented measures in response to the outbreak.

Moresby Settlements

Wari Vele, a candidate in the forthcoming Moresby North East elections has said that people living in the settlements are being treated as second-class citizens. Mr. Vele said that the settlers are lacking basic services such as water, power, sanitation, roads and streetlights. He also said that the majority of the workers for Port Moresby live in the settlements yet the taxes they pay are not funnelled back into the settlements where they live.

Highlands Fuel

The supply of fuel, into the highlands along the Highlands Highway, past Goroka is still a major problem. The major fuel suppliers refuse to ship fuel any further then Goroka due to the law and order problem and the condition of the Highway. Aircraft operators are suffering because they now have to carry more fuel into the high altitude towns and as a consequence carry less passengers and cargo. This means that their ability to make money out of some of the highlands sectors has decreased below acceptable margins especially with the increase in fuel prices due to the increased price of a barrel of raw oil. Road transport companies are also suffering.

PNG Steel

A PNG firm has been selected to supply steel to a development in Brisbane, Australia. The contract to supply steel is seen as a milestone for a PNG company. The contract, not very big in monetary terms, will hopefully lead to bigger contracts in the future for NGI Steel based in Lae, Morobe province.

Coming Events

Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

PNG wartime carriers and labourers may receive a medal to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the war in the Pacific. The issue of a civilian service medal is not a matter of compensation but rather a recognition of the service they provided to the Australian Diggers during the Second World War. The Australian New Guinea administration unit employed approximately 52,000 PNG civilians during the war against Japan. Over 5000 PNG nationals served with the Australian Army during the war.

Hiri Festival

Twenty contestants have started preparations for the Hiri Hanenamo part of the Hiri Moale Festival to be held in Port Moresby in September. The twenty contestants are from Central Province and the National Capital District. The festival will be held over the Independence weekend from the 16th to the 19th of September at the Sir Hubert Murray stadium and Ela Beach. The festival, this year, has attracted attention from other countries including Fiji, South Korea and Australia. Dancers from Fiji will perform y=traditional dances and put on display their arts and craft.

Computer Takeover

It has been rumoured that Daltron, whose owner left the country about four months ago for Brisbane, Australia, is in the process of being sold to competitor Datec. This would give Datec a virtual monopoly in the information technology industry. It is feared that if the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) approve such a move then many jobs will be lost due to the amalgamation. Dated was a failed bidder for Telikom PNG so probably has plenty of money to spend.

Olympic Stamps

Post PNG has immortalised swimmer Ryan Pini and weight lifter Dika Toua by including them on two stamps Olympic stamps. Both Ryan and Dika qualified on merit for the Olympics. Ryan appears on a 70 toea stamp and Dika is on a K2.65 stamp. Other stamps in the series depict an Olympic pin from the Athens 1896 Olympics and the last stamp depicts an ancient Greek art featuring the Olympic torch.

Olympic Update

Both Ryan Pini and Dika Toua have finished their competition in Athens. Both athletes did very well in their respective sports.
Ryan managed to come 18th in the 100-metre butterfly event and Dika is now considered number one in her class in the Commonwealth. Dika finished a credible 7th in the World in her event - the 53 Kilogram division of weightlifting.

PNG's female 100-metre sprint specialist, Mae Koime, set a new PNG 100 metre record in her event. She had hoped to break the 12 second barrier but still finished agonisingly close at 12 seconds flat a 0.12 second improvement on her previous PNG record.

Mowen Boino, PNG's Olympic 400 metre hurdler has set a new PNG record of 50.97 seconds whilst competing in the Olympic games. He bettered his previous Olympic best set at the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. This has meant that PNG's four athletes have all broken national records making them the most successful team to compete at the Olympics.

East Sepik Immunisation

Thanks to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than 120,000 children in the East Sepik province will be immunised over the next three months. It is expected that over two million children will be fully immunised by the end of the year in the whole of PNG under the WHO supplementary immunisation activity implementation program. A mass measles immunisation program is currently at 50 percent but the aim is to cover over 95 percent of the children in PNG. The program has been implemented in Manus, New Ireland, East New Britain and Morobe provinces.

RH Supermarket

Security guards hired to secure the premises robbed the RH supermarket in Port Moresby. It has been alleged that five guards from a local security company broke into the supermarket between 2am and 4am recently and stole electrical goods and a substantial amount of money before carrying it away to their houses using the security company vehicle. Four of the five have been arrested and the fifth is still in hiding.

PNG Aviation

A plane operated by Airlink recently burst a tyre while about to take off from Goroka airport but managed to stop safely 200 metres from the end of the runway blocking it for several hours delaying other flights. It would appear the two pilots on board did a textbook emergency stop. Unfortunately this emergency stop basically grinds the remaining tyres and rims to pieces but what is the price of some rubber and metal compared to the passengers on board?

On a slightly different note it has been rumoured that only Air Niugini and Airlink have Air Craft Operators certificates to operate in PNG. The other airlines only have concessions from Civil Aviation to fly within the country. Air Niugini, based on previous experience and expertise, is attempting to get a concession to land at airports with faulty (inoperative) visual approach guidance systems. Air Niugini has advised that it can demonstrate a consistent, satisfactory level of safety during such outages.

Fare Increases

Once again it would appear that an increase on the existing fuel surcharge is bound to happen in the very near future for people flying Air Niugini. Other airlines around the world and in the region have already increased the amount each passenger has to pay for the ever-increasing cost of a barrel of oil. Air Niugini management have said that they prepared their annual budget using a figure of USD23 per barrel. The actual price of oil is now over double this budgeted figure.

More Jail Escapes

31 prisoners recently escaped from the Lakiemata Jail in West New Britain. Attempts by the media to find out further information was thwarted because no one was willing to comment on the escape. This included the police and the Correctional Services.

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Created 26 Aug 2004
Updated 2 May 2005

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