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

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
glas glass (substance)
glas bilong kapten binoculars
glas bilong lukluk mirror
glas glass (container)
glasim take temperature
haus piksa cinema / theatre
haus sik hospital
haus tambaran art gallery / spirit house
haus win garden house / summer house
haus building / house / hut
han arm / hand
han bilong pisin wing
han bilong siot sleeve
pas stuck
pas / leta letter



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 - 30.5 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.



Warning: PNG websites seem to come and go. The fact of life is that it costs money to host a website and there is not much return on the outlay to most businesses in PNG. If you do click on a link and use the services or even have some comments to make then please contact the people at the relevant website and let them know so they at least know that someone has gained some value from their efforts. If you are so inclined then mention that you heard about them from this website. -- The PNG Gossip Newsletter.


For the serious adventure traveller -- http://www.geographia.com/papua%2Dnewguinea
West New Britain Tourism Promotion Web Site -- http://www.tourismwestnewbritain.org.pg
Jane's Oceania Home Page Newsletter -- http://www.janeresture.com/png_home/index.htm
Papua New Guinea Institute of Accountants -- http://www.pngia.org.pg
Rotary Club of Boroko and Papua New Guinea -- http://www.rotary.org.pg
Friends of the Disabled Association -- http://www.foda.org.pg
The Lonely Planet Guide to PNG is located at -- http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/australasia/papua_new_guinea/

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.

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

Education Sites

http://www.pngmc.ac.pg -- PNG Maritime College
http://www.dg.com.pg/Che/index.htm -- Commission for Further / Higher Eduction
http://www.ibs.com.pg -- International Business Institute
http://www.iea.ac.pg -- International Education Agency
http://www.pngimr.org.pg -- PNG Institute of Medical Research
http://www.unitech.ac.pg -- PNG University of Technology
http://www.uog.ac.pg -- University of Goroka
http://www.upng.ac.pg -- University of PNG
http://www.workersmutual.com.pg -- Computer Training

1001 PNG Nights

One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights. These stories originally appeared in Wantok, the Pidgin English (Tok Pisin) newspaper of PNG over many editions. Thomas Slone has translated and cross-referenced these into two volumes. Information about how to buy a copy and a few sample copies can be found at -- http://members.tripod.com/~THSlone/1001PNGnights.html -- Another sample authorised by Thomas can be found at -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/1001.html

PNG Institute of Directors

The PNG Institute of Directors has revamped its website with the help of an AESOP Volunteer, Peter Griffin. It is an excellent introduction to PNG company law and related governance issues it can be found at -- http://www.pngid.org.pg

Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce website can be found at -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg

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.

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


News Items


It's that time of year again - from the PNG Gossip Newsletter to all readers across the globe - have a very Merry Christmas / Xmas / Hanukkah or just have an end of year rest. Also have a Happy start to the NEW YEAR

The newsletter will be back in 2005.

2005 Public Holidays

The following public holidays have been announced for 2005.
New Year's Day -- Saturday 1 January
Good Friday -- 25 March
Easter Saturday -- 26 March
Easter Monday -- 28 March
Remembrance Day -- Monday 25th April
Queens Birthday -- Monday 13 June
Independence Day -- Friday 16 September
Christmas Day -- Sunday 25 December<br>
Boxing Day -- Monday 26 December<br>
Special Holiday -- Tuesday 27 December</p>


In a first for the Pacific region, Fiji's only commercial television operator has confirmed it's the new owner of PNG's sole television station, EMTV. The board of Fiji Television Limited has announced the acquisition of 100 per cent of Media Niugini Limited, at a price of 2.1 million Australian dollars. Media Niugini had operated EMTV for over 17 years, under the ownership of Australian-based public company Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, controlled by the Packer family. It's the first time a Pacific television operator has invested so heavily in another broadcaster. But the move is unlikely to usher in a new era of Pan-Pacific broadcasting.

EMTV has an estimated audience of 2.5 million people, and a share of around 38 per cent of PNG's advertising market

PMV Fares

The Minister for transport and Civil Aviation has said that the price increase from 50 toea to 80 toea for a ride on Public Motor Vehicles (PMV's) in Port Moresby is too steep. He has also said that the increase in fares along the Highlands Highway is excessive and that he wants to meet with the Transport Board to discuss the issue. It is understood that the Lae Transport Board is also considering increasing fares due to the increases in the cost of new vehicles, spare parts and fuel.

Engan Budget

The government of Enga Province has passed a K55 million budget. Approximately K43 million will come from National Government grants and the province will raise the rest. Education and infrastructure developments are again the focus of the budget.


The Henganofi district of the Eastern Highlands Province has been hit by frosts that have devastated food gardens. The frost has affected high altitude areas and has caused substantial damages crops grown by the subsistence farmers in the area.

Airport Sick Bay

Andrew Ogil, the director of Civil Aviation has admitted to leasing out one of the two sick bays at Jackson's airport to one of the third level airlines. This leaves only one sick bay at the domestic terminal to cater for passengers requiring medical attention. The International terminal is a reasonable walk for an able bodied person but would be a considerable distance for an ill passenger especially in the hot humid conditions experienced during the day in Port Moresby. Mr Ogil has said that the lease was only a temporary one until arch 2005. He also said that the medical facilities are still in the room and the third level airline understands that they must vacate the room for medical cases.

Rural Development Bank

A 14-month recovery plan has been put in place to help the Rural Development Bank move back to profitability. It has been revealed that as from the end of May this year the bank has been insolvent. The government will provide emergency funding in 2005 subject to key milestones being achieved by the bank board and management.

Cocoa Industry

The PNG cocoa industry is under threat from a cocoa pod borer that is already causing concerns in the Indonesian province of Papua. PNG shares a common land border with Papua. The pest has already caused problems in the Philippines where the industry has virtually collapsed and also in Malaysia and Indonesia. Annual production in Malaysia was 260,000 tonnes before the borer problem and now production has dropped to 32,000 tonnes. There are no known pesticides to control the borer that is smaller than a mosquito and difficult to detect until it is too late.

ENB Budget

The East New Britain Provincial Government has handed down almost K70 million for their 2005 budget. The budget allocation of K69,539,500 is about 14 percent less than the 2004 budget estimates. Of the budget figure almost K53 million will come from the National Government with the rest being raised within the province. Education and Infrastructure both received about 32 percent of the budget.

Porgera Hospital

The Porgera Joint Venture has donated a new ambulance valued at K100,000 to the Porgera Hospital. The ambulance will be sued to transport patients around as well as travel to Mount Hagen to pick up medical supplies.

FM Radio

FM radio station, FM 100, has installed new transmitters in Mount Hagen that will enable the radio signal to be heard in parts of Chimbu, Southern Highlands and Enga provinces.

Bomana Prison

A contract has been signed recently for work to be carried out to prevent the Bomana River from encroaching on the north west side of the Bomana Correctional Institution. A total of K1.9 million has been set aside for the work. Work should commence very soon possibly before the end of the year.

PNG Honours

The new PNG Honours System - "Order of Logohu" will run side by side with the present British Imperial honours system. The Logohu honours will allow more people to be recognised as there is a quota system in operation for the British honours system.

The Order of Logohu is modelled on the British Imperial system. "Logohu" is a Motuan word for the national symbol of PNG - the Bird of Paradise.

National Housing

The National Housing Authority will soon build two apartment buildings valued at K1 million each in the national Capital District. One building will be built in Gordons and the other at Gerehu. Construction of the 6 x 3 bedroom units will start early next year.

PNG Credit Rating

Standard and Poors have upgraded its rating on PNG from stable to positive. The country's long term local currency rating has been affirmed at B-plus and the foreign currency long term rating has been confirmed to be B. The ratings have been constrained by the economic vulnerabilities inherent in a small undeveloped, commodity based and low income economy.

Defence Force

The Defence Air Transport Squadron is looking for new training grounds for its men. The Squadron is looking at going outside for training and also doing cross-country training so that the men would become multi-skilled. The pilot ceiling for the squadron is 30 but currently the force only has 9 pilots. Out of 50 cadets currently training at Igam barracks in Lae six will be selected to undergo pilot cadet training.

Bougainville Budget

The Bougainvillean 2005 Budget is an attempt by the Government of John Momis to reallocate spending to high priority areas such as health, education, district development, feeder roads, capacity building and the strengthening of institutions. Over 90 percent of the people in the province currently live in rural areas and the current Bougainville government appears to be committed to improving services to these people.

Angau Hospital

Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae, Morobe Province now has a new children's ward. The building cost about K150,000 to set up and relied on many donations and free labour. The foundation of the ward was established with free labour from Rotarians in Brisbane, Australia.

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