PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Apr 2005

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin
arse gras bunch of tanket leaves stuck into a belt to cover a man's backside (Highlands)
arse tanket bunch of tanket leaves stuck into a belt to cover a man's backside
asples bilong gavman seat of government
asples bilong mi my home town
bagi red shell necklace used for trade in the kula ring islands
banis bilong susu brassiere / bra
bilas jewellery
hat cap
hat hat
hat ain helmet
klos clothes
klos meri dress (woman)
siot shirt
trausis trousers
T-siot T-shirt
tupela su both shoes
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For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look -- -- 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. --

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.






Wikipedia is a free web based encyclopaedia and the information it has on PNG can be located at the following web address --

Wikipedia are now trying to start a Wikipedia in Tok Pisin. It can be found at --

A page about Air Niugini can also be found at -- -- This page has some information that is not accurate but it is a start at documenting some of the history of the airline..

PNG Aviation

Air Niugini, National Airline of PNG --
Airlines of PNG --
Airlink --
Bill Purcell's Site --
MAF Australia (PNG Info) -- -- and follow the links. Or try this one --
Michie.NET PNG Aircraft Register --
Online Airline schedule --
PNG Balus Project --
TNT Air Cargo --

Miscellaneous Sites

PNG New Tribes Mission --

TE(PNG) Ltd is a company offering a diversified product ranges for the wholesale and retail markets in PNG --

PNG Rugby League --

United States Embassy - Port Moresby --

PNG Incentive Fund --

PNG Advisory Support Facility --


The Web Site for the PNG Institute of Directors gives an excellent introduction to PNG company law and related governance issues it can be found at --

PNG Institute of Accountants --

Rotary Club of Boroko and PNG --

Friends of the Disabled Association --

Living and Working in PNG

Here is a good and up-to-date article about living and working in PNG --

Aussie High Comm

The Australian High Commission has travel warnings for Australians visiting PNG. The full text can be found at

PNG Automotive Web Sites

Boroko Motors --
Ela Motors --
Hertz Hire Cars --


News Items


PNG Petroleum

The Fiji Foreign Affairs and External Trade minister has said that Fiji wants to import Petroleum products produced by the Napanapa Oil Refinery in Port Moresby. Fiji, like other South Pacific counties, is importing fuel from Singapore.

Air Niugini

Like other airlines worldwide Air Niugini has announced increases in the cost of travelling due to the increase in fuel prices. According to the Chief Executive the company has attempted to absorb as much of the increase as possible. The increase will be implemented alongside the present fuel surcharges and it is expected that more will be coming as the price of fuel is expected to increase again and again this year.

The domestic fuel surcharge will now cost K30 per sector and the International surcharge will be US$46.20 per sector.

Australian Assisting Police

It appears that crime in the Gordon area of Port Moresby is increasing. Some people are saying that this is because the Australian Assisting Police are located there and they are too soft on criminals in the area and they have made it easier for the crims to operate without being harassed by the PNG police. Records show that armed robbery, car theft, and assault cases have increased with murder and rape cases decreasing.

The National Capital District / Central Police Assistant Commissioner has denied that crime rates have in creased since the deployment of the Australian police. The Assistant Commissioner has said that there has been an increase in the reporting rate for crime. He said that people are now confident that if they report a crime something will happen whereas in the past people simply did not report crime and if a crime was reported often it was not recorded correctly if at all.

The Assistant Commissioner has since been held up, assaulted and robbed of his vehicle and other items by armed criminals in the area.

Diplomatic Row

The uproar over the recent security search of Sir Michael Somare in Brisbane has seen the PNG government place some of the Enhanced Cooperation Program on hold. It has also been mentioned that the deployment of troops waiting to come up to PNG will now not happen.

The outspoken Governor of Morobe province has called on the government to cut all ties with Australia. He has also demanded that the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby be shut down and all staff sent back to Australia as well as closing down thew PNG High Commission in Canberra and the Consulate office in Brisbane.

Sir Michael rather than have the hassles and possible embarrassment of transiting in Australia has hired a private jet to go overseas on his most recent trip. Never mind that the estimated cost of this little trip is over a quarter of a million Kina.

The company at the centre of the uproar has apologised if it has offended, embarrassed, or humiliated anyone but they do not apologise for the absolute application of the security policies that are in place.


The National Superannuation Fund has announced a three-month pre-tax profit of almost K60 million up to the end of March this year. Much of the increase has been attributed to the shares held by the fund in the Bank of South Pacific.

Pig Bashing

The following has been submitted from a long-time contributor. He also sent it off to the Post Courier. It is about a picture that appeared on the front page of The National newspaper.

The Editor,
Do any of the other readers of our two national newspapers feel the same revulsion and disgust seeing the front-page photo and story of a cabinet minister bashing a pig to death? In line with other cruelty meted out daily, this must diminish all respect held for this particular minister who has long been regarded as one of our best. Bashing animals to death when there are humane and painless ways of disposing of their lives remains another great difference between some PNG traditions and other cultures.

Perhaps it just fits in with the other papers insidious wish to drive a stake between PNG and other nations with whom the majority of people in this country wish to maintain dialogue.

Minister, I hope you sleep well at night after being used so cruelly.

The RSPCA is for all animals,


Sports Award

Sir John Dawanicura has been awarded the Olympic Order for his contribution to the Olympic movement and sport in general. Sir John is the PNG Sports Federation General Secretary. The president of the International Olympic committee presented the award during the annual general assembly of the Oceania National Olympic Committee in Brisbane recently.

Tertiary Institutions

The University of Technology Vice-Chancellor has said that tertiary institutions in PNG are living from day to day on life support systems with funding deficiencies and the stress created by public expectation. He said that he feared the neglect of the higher education sector is tantamount to neglecting brain development in a growing human being.

Martin Luther Seminary

The Martin Luther Seminary in Lae has successfully held its 33rd graduation ceremony. Plans are underway to upgrade the status of the Martin Luther Seminary to the level of a university next year. The Governor of Morobe Province would like to see a formal university course on the Tok Pisin language once the Seminary is upgraded.

University of PNG

The University of PNG has held its 50th annual graduation. The graduation saw the largest graduation of students. 130 students received a degree in the Bachelor of Clinical Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing programme. The University also saw the first graduates in its Bachelor of Business and Management Studies programme. The ceremony was split into two sessions with the morning session being used to graduate students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Natural and Physical Sciences. The afternoon session saw students graduating from the Schools of Business Administration and the Medicine and Health Sciences.

UniTech Graduation

Along with the Martin Luther Seminary the University of Technology (UniTech) in Lae has held yet another successful graduation ceremony. This was the 37th graduation of students from the University of Technology. A total of 662 graduands received masters, post graduate diplomas, degrees and certificates.

Coming Events

The University of Goroka is holding its 8th Annual Graduation Ceremony on the 13th of May. The previous ceremony was put on hold due to the uncertainty about the quality of fuel provided to airlines in the country.

PNG Coffee Festival for 2005 is set for 5th, 6th and 7th of May at the Raun Raun Theatre in Goroka. There will be more than 30 traditional singsing groups as well as educational exhibits on coffee; agriculture; fisheries; livestock; business development; tourism and culture; banking and finance; vocational education; radio communications and technology to rural areas; horticulture and cut flowers; arts and crafts; pottery making; woodworking; alluvial gold mining; farming equipment and demonstrations and many more.

The SP Brewery Port Moresby Open Squash Championship is being held from the 29th of April to the 1st of May 2005.

East New Britain Warwagira and Mask Festival. The Warwagira will be held on the 6th to the 12th of July followed by the Mask Festival on the 13th to the 16th of July. Both events will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Jet Fuel

Shell PNG and InterOil are finalising the terms for performing tests on the jet fuel suspected of being contaminated. The suspect fuel caused Air Niugini to ground most of its fleet last month causing a major inconvenience to passenger and freight forwarders.

Madang Power

The Madang National Court has told the Madang branch of PNG Power that the continuous blackouts are not acceptable to the court. Justice Mark Sevua warned that the National Court has very wide reaching powers and that under the Constitution it has the power to punish people or agencies that fail to provide vital services to the Court. The continuos cutting of the power to the courthouse has meant that the court cannot maintain records of proceedings etc.

Mt Hagen Court

It has been reported that magistrates in Mt Hagen are not able to attend to court cases because they have housing problems. The three Mt Hagen magistrates have to live with relatives outside the city and find it difficult to get to and from work. A house that was at one stage intended for the use of magistrates has been sold to a new owner by the National Housing Corporation (NHC) with no consultation with the magistrates who say their associates have occupied the house for the last 20 years. The NHC has said the sale was an error on the part of the NHC.

WR Carpenters

The WR Carpenter (PNG) group has enjoyed a K20 million pre-tax profit for 2004. The group's after-tax profit rose 17 percent to about K16 million.

Kiunga Court

Thieves that broke into the Kiunga District Court recently are now behind bars waiting their court cases. Police caught the three suspects but none of the stolen items were recovered. It has been reported that the thieves stole a large sum of cash and cheques, two cartons of marijuana and two factory made pistols and one homemade gun.

Health Expo

The 10th National Health Expo was held recently in Port Moresby. The Expo is a joint effort of the National Department of Health and The National Newspaper. As usual the Expo was a great success attended by what seemed to be the whole of Port Moresby.

Poker Machines

An increase in the minimum bet on poker machines from K20 to K50 has meant that many poker machine sites are almost deserted during the day and even the night. Some gaming site operators have said that they may have to close down soon if the trend continues.

Drunken Cop Charged

A senior policeman faces charges of assault and drunk and disorderly behaviour as well as resisting arrest after a drunken incident at a pokies parlour in Boroko, Port Moresby. Police allege the incident occurred recently when the defendant, an inspector, was found to be behaving in a disorderly manner at the parlour.

Madang Resort Upgrade

The Madang Resort Hotel, part of the Melanesian Tourist Services (MTS) Ltd - is undergoing a major K12 million expansion. To be known as the Kalibobo Resort, work has already begun on an adjoining up-market development to the current seafront resort. It will include 100 new deluxe and executive rooms and a new waterfront facing the vast blue waters of the Bismarck Sea.

Bank of New South Wales

The first branch of the Bank of New South Wales was opened in Port Moresby on the 10th of May 1910. It was the first official bank in the country. The bank has since changed its name to the Westpac Bank but that will not stop the over 400 employees celebrating 95 years in the country.


Datec -- -- and -- -- has recorded profit gains in PNG and other Pacific countries but made losses in Australia and Fiji. The company had an overall reported revenue of about K132.3 million in the year 2004 marginally up from 2003 and still managed an overall loss of K2.6 million. The losses have been attributed to increased competition in Fiji and Australia. A recent attempt to buy out a major competitor in PNG was defeated by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) due to the virtual monopoly that would result in PNG

Are PNG Men Violent?

According to a 2000 report prepared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) PNG men are the second most violent group of men in the world. The WHO report says that over half the female population (56,1 percent) have been physically assaulted. That does not include sexual abuse or rape. It has been suggested that the figure could be higher because many women are too scared to report violence against them. PNG was only second to Uganda in terms of violence against women.

2005 Medical Symposium

The PNG Institute of Medical Research has started fund raising for the 2005 Medical Symposium to be held in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province during October. The Eastern Highlands Governor has kick started the fund raising by donating K25,000. Other Members of Parliament from the area have also promised to help with the funding of the symposium.

Carbine Club

The Carbine Club of PNG held a successful fundraising lunch for PNG Rugby League raising heaps of money auctioning off Rugby League memorabilia on Friday the 15th of April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Carbine Club was established in 1961 in Melbourne and the PNG Club started up in 1990. There are about 13 Carbine Clubs around the world.


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