P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 16 Feb 2005 2005

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
haus building / house / hut
haus bilong king palace
haus lotu temple / church
haus pamuk brothel
haus pater monastery
haus piksa cinema / theatre
haus sik hospital
haus win garden house / summer house
hausboi / hausmeri servant
haus bilong wasim klos laundry
haus kuk / hauskuk / kisen kitchen
haus marasin pharmacy
haus pekpek man toilet (men)
haus pekpek meri toilet (women)
hausboi / hausmeri servant

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 30 - 31 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

Interested in having your own Web Site? Worried about the cost? It may be cheaper than you think. Take a look at pricing at the PNG Web Hosting site. Sites with 2500MB of data, 40 GB Transfer per month and 24/7 ticket/phone support for US$5.00 per month. -- Domains US$9.00 per year.


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.



Missionary Aviation Web Site

Here is a message from MAF -- Thanks for the link to the MAF Australia/PNG website in a recent PNG Gossip newsletter.

I thought I'd let you know, for your future reference, that we have just put in a new website with a new look and are in the process of updating our content. So for now, you may want to just link to the top-level of our site @ http://www.maf.org.au.

The direct link to the new PNG info page is: http://www.maf.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Itemid=125 (we haven't got search-engine friendly URLs working yet!)

However, the old link that you published still works for now.

Anyway, hope this helps. Keep up the great work with the newsletter.


Glenn Rice,
MAF Australia.

Nancy Sullivan Tours

Nancy Sullivan Tours is located at -- http://www.nancysullivan.org -- The following paragraph is reproduced from the web site --

It's easy to skim the surface of PNG. It's so colourful, so varied. However, skimming the surface can be like watching a foreign film with no subtitles. It's a long way from anywhere to come and get only half the story, only that which is visible, which remains as exotic up close as it did in the travel brochure. I like my tours to infuse impressions with meaning. To fill a brief experience with the history, the anthropology, the gossip and feel of a place.

Tok Pisin Links

Here are a few links to sites dealing with Tok Pisin - one of the three official languages of PNG.
The other official languages are English and Motu.

The University of New England (Australia) -- http://www.une.edu.au/langnet/tokpisin.htm

Wiki Books links -- http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Tok_Pisin

Robert Eklund's Tok Pisin Page -- http://www.ida.liu.se/~g-robek/PNG-TokPisin.htm

Tok Pisin - English Dictionary -- http://www.calibercreations.com/pisin/searchall.asp

The Google Directory of Tok Pisin Sites -- http://directory.google.com/Top/Science/Social_Sciences/Linguistics/Languages/Natural/Pidgins_and_Creoles/English_Based/Tok_Pisin/

Languages of New Guinea - Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin -- http://www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/resources/lang-no/lang_no.php?c=4

Bill Purcell's Web Site pages about Tok Pisin -- http://www.billpurc.com/billsview/tokpisin.htm

Robert Eklund's Pages

Robert Eklund's pages about PNG can be found at -- http://www.ida.liu.se/~g-robek/PNG-Top.htm -- also take a look at his link about Tok Pisin -- http://www.ida.liu.se/~g-robek/PNG-TokPisin.htm

Do you have a web site or link to a PNG related area on the WWW? If so do you want it mentioned here? Then send an email to -- pngnewsqueue @ pnggossip.com


News Items

Petrochemical Plant

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company and Itochu Corporation have selected Port Moresby to build a US$500 million petrochemical plant. The two companies had earlier assessed two sites in the Gulf Province and an area alongside the Napa Napa oil refinery as prospective sit4es. Oil Search have indicated that they would be able to supply 86 petajoules of gas a year over a 20-year period.

The government has been able obtain finance with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation for its 22.5 percent stake in the PNG-Queensland gas pipeline. The Japanese bank will provide a concessional loan of up to about K1.5 billion.

Cricketing Champions

A young team of PNG youngsters defeated Vanuatu to be crowned champions of the inaugural International Cricket Council East Asia-Pacific Under-15 cricket 8s in Melbourne, Australia recently. PNG won six matches out of seven including the decider. Vanuatu was the only country to beat PNG in a preliminary match but PNG turned the tables when it mattered to continue the PNG dominance in the region at the Under-15, Under-19 and senior levels.

Hutjena - Buka

The Hutjena Secondary School in chaos after the theft of computers and other equipment. The theft followed a successful meeting between the Bougainville administration, the education division and members of a local village group to allow classes to begin this week. The school had not reopened for the 2005 year because members of the "home guard" from Hangan village took over the premises three weeks ago and refused entry to students unless the Government paid them for their part in returning peace to the island during the Bougainville crisis.


It has been revealed that about 56 percent of the people of PNG are illiterate. At this time of year many parents have children who have headed off to remote boarding schools and they do not have the ability to send letters to these sons or daughters and they certainly do not have the ability to read any received letters.

Abau - Central Province

Of all the 89 districts within PNG Abau is seen as a model for the rest of the districts to follow. This is because the development plan for the district was widely consulted and the plan had taken heed of the National Government's priority aligning itself with the Medium Term Development Strategy. The plan sets out clearly the priorities of Abau District, the Central Province and that of the National Government of where we the district is headed in the next five years

A treasury office has been opened in the Rigo district at Kwikila. This will allow villagers to cash government cheques. At the moment villagers have to travel to Port Moresby for even the moist basic of services.

Coming / Current Events

The Education board is meeting in Madang from the 14th to the 18th of February. The board meets four times annually; usually the first conference is in a provincial centre while the other three are held in Port Moresby.

The National Council of Women's convention will be held in March. The national convention is the highest authority in the National Council.


The United Nation Children Fund's East Asia and Pacific regional director, Anupama Rao Singh, is visiting PNG. The regional director will be visiting the Chimbu and the Eastern Highlands provinces where UNICEF programs are currently being carried out.

Correctional Service

The Correctional Service is facing a severe shortage of manpower because there has not been any recruitment for the past ten years. Most of the serving officers within the service were old and reaching retirement age. In some areas there are as little as 3 people to guard 300 prisoners. There are now over 100 detainees at large in the country and this is a major threat to the community that will not go away until the correctional services can build up staff numbers again.

More Escapes

33 remanded prisoners have escaped from Baisu jail in the Western Highlands. One of the fleeing prisoners was shot dead and four others were seriously wounded as correctional officers attempted to recapture the escapees. One of the escapees pretended to be shot and later escaped from hospital although other reports indicate that two of the escapees at eh hospital simply walked out because there were no guards around. The 33 prisoners attacked a lone guard as most of the correctional services officers were attending the opening of the legal year in Mt. Hagen. 32 prisoners have also escaped from the Buiyebei prison in the neighbouring Southern Highlands.

Manan Island Resettlement

The resettlement of Manam Islanders continues to be a problem due to contentious land issues. Recently the Lands Minister, Dr Puka Temu, accompanied by his departmental head and lands officers met with villagers who have traditional claims to the three plantations that were purchased for resettlement of the Manam people. the meeting was held to discuss the immediate needs of the Manam people and ultimately a solution to the land issues taking into consideration the traditional landowners bid to acquire title to the plantations purchased by the state in 1995.

Illegal Fishing

Milne Bay has claimed that the province has captured 20 fishing vessels catching fish illegally in Milne bay Waters. The 20 fishing boats vessels measuring from 26 to 28 metre have been sailed to Alotau, the provincial capital, This follows a report that they were fishing within the 12-mile territorial and archipelagic waters at Panasia Island, 80km south-west of Bwagoia, the main town of Misima. A total of 14 policemen and government officials were involved in the exercise that began with a surveillance sweep and the eventual arrest of the vessels. Indications from the National Fisheries Authority say that the boats could be from a recently licensed trial PNG/Chinese trawling venture.


Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) is hoping that the Port Moresby community will once again come to help the country's largest hospital, survive through this year. The Government has only budgeted K16 million this year for the hospital but management claims that the hospital needs a minimum of K30 million to fully run the hospital. Twelve million kina has already been committed to staff salaries, leaving a mere K4 million for operational costs at the hospital. It has been reported that the hospital owes K4 million for services rendered over the years for electricity, water and telephone.

Australian Police

Another Australian Assisting Police (AAP) officer is being investigated for allegedly using offensive language towards PNG police. The AAP officer, part of the Enhanced Co-operation Program was attached as a trainer at the Bomana Training College where the PNG police have been receiving training as part of the Australia and PNG agreement. A PNG police officer has claimed that the AAP officer was training some PNG police on the use of force and during the training sessions would use offensive language such as "cannibals" and other words that have upset the PNG officers. Police have confirmed the incident and an investigation currently underway.

Former Attorney General

The former Attorney General - Francis Damen has been arrested and charged over the assault of a member of the Public Service Ministry. Another former Attorney General is being investigated for his involvement in a pornographic movie.

Another Budget Approved

The Treasurer, Bart Philemon, has approved the East Sepik provincial budget. The budget targets infrastructure development.

Port Moresby Sewerage

The government of Japan has agreed to provide about K300 million in a concessional loan to help fund the upgrade of the Port Moresby sewerage system. The upgrade will see the old system built about 30 years ago replaced by a more modern and environmentally system. The loan repayment period will be over a period of 40 years.

Police Hold-up

A policeman in Lae has lost his gun when criminals held him up recently. The senior officer was robbed of his .38 police issued pistol with six rounds of ammunition when four men armed with home made guns held him at Lae's Voco point at midday. The criminals also took his bag, police uniform, car tools and civilian trousers before escaping on foot.

PNG Currency

The Westpac Bank has said that the kina held steady against almost all currencies last week except for the Australian dollar that had been boosted by increased interest rate hike expectations.

National Capital Province

The opposition leader has revealed plans to introduce laws to make Sir William Skate the governor of National Capital District, and to severely restrict gambling and alcohol trading in the country. The plans would bring the National Capital District into line with the country's 19 provincial governments. Sir Peter Barter has said that the idea is flawed due to the nature of the National Capital District. It is unique in PNG and is not really suited to the laws proposed by the opposition leader.

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

PNG Bowls Association

Sir Brian Bell, a prominent businessman in PNG, has come to the aid of the PNG Bowls Association by donating a brand new lawn mower to keep the greens in tiptop condition. Sir Brian, through his company Brian Bell Stores, is also supporting the Takuru Fours, a national event held every year on the PNG Bowls Association calendar.

Outrigger Canoe

Cairns based sisters Mary Holland and Iva Wright will lead the PNG outrigger canoe team in the forthcoming Mini South Pacific Games in Palau later on this year. Two visiting coaches from Australia have selected a team of nine women and six men. Fiona Speedy has been picked as the team manageress.

Tsunami Scare

After a 6.0 earthquake hit the New Guinea Islands region of the country villagers in low lying areas around Port Moresby were scared into thinking that a tsunami was on the way after a lower than low tide caused much of the usually covered ocean bed to be exposed. Thousands of villagers and settlers vacated their homes from 2 - 3 am onwards recently and headed for higher ground around the capital. Several hundred ended up as far away from Moresby as the Sogeri plateau. A rumour spread by a local preacher added fuel to the concerns of the villagers by predicating that a tsunami was about to happen. Computed tidal predictions indicated that an extra low tide of 0.03 metre at 2.55am was to be followed by a high tide of 2.89 metre at 9.42am. This prediction made by the Australia's National Tidal Centre Bureau of Meteorology was based on historical and scientific data several months ago.

Port Moresby police have described the rumours of a tsunami as a hoax perpetrated by people with criminal intent. National Capital District / Central police commander Tony Wagambie said that he believed there were unscrupulous people who were waiting to raid empty homes left behind by people fleeing as a result of the tsunami hoax.

Coffee Industry Corporation

The government, powerless to do anything about the running of the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC), has said that it will cancel the licence of the CIC to trade and regulate the industry if the CIC doesn't shape up. The Government has no power to sack and appoint CIC directors and chief executive officers but it can withdraw the CIC licence to operate if the government felt the interest of the country's two million coffee growers was at stake.

PNG / Aussie Unions

Public Employees Association president Michael Malabag has said that union members from the private and public sectors in Australian and PNG have agreed to work together in resolving issues. Eleven union officials from the Australia including Australian Labour Party officials arrived in Port Moresby on Monday.

Nursing Review

The PNG and Australian nurses' unions will meet next month to review the 2000 awards for nurses in PNG. The Australians will be helping the PNG officials in areas of policy and assisting in other areas that concern the local nurses.



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Some of the ways of saying "that's all" are courtesy of Liz and her friends at the University of Technology in Lae. http://www.unitech.ac.pg

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Updated 26 Feb 2005

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