PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 May 2005

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bihain / bihain long after / afterwards
bihain long behind
bihain long? since (time)
bihain tru? last
bihainim / bekim imitate
bihainim copy / follow
bihaintaim or taim i lus? late (behind time)
bipo before / former / formerly
bipo long taim before (time)
bipo tru long ago
bipotaim early (before time)
dispela taim? then (at that time)
hap pas seven half past seven
hap san i kamap / or es east
longpela taim? long (time)
sampela taim seldom / sometimes
sekon second (time)
taim time
taim bilong malolo / wiken free time
taim bilong ren rainy season
taim bilong ren wet season
taim bilong san hot season (summer)
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Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.




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+ Hertz Hire Cars --
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Live Aboard Boat

Here is contribution from another reader -- Could you please include the following web site in your newsletter.

PNG Live aboard Dive and Research Charter vessel M.V. Barbarian II --

Rodney Pearce, Niugini Diving

Travel Information Update

The following email notification has been received from The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update (4th Apr 2005 11:26:41 AEST) :

Papua New Guinea --

Miscellaneous Sites

The PNG Association --

Papua New Guinea Virtual Library --

Papua New Guinea info on PNG research level books, articles on PNG --

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority --

More links to information about Papua New Guinea --

Papua New Guinea Web Ring Homepage --

Papua New Guinea Business Directory and Tourism Information --

Diversion Dive Travel --

The National Disaster Centre can be found at --

Superannuation Funds

The Association of Superannuation Funds PNG (ASFPNG) has a website located at -- -- 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.

Internet Service Providers

Daltron --
Data Nets --
Datec --
Global Technologies --

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


More PNG recipes can be found at --

If you are after rice recipes then go to the PNG's Favourite Rice Recipes web site at --

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 --

News Items

William McGill

John McGill has written to find out if anyone knows anything about his Uncle Bill (William McGill) who spent twenty years in PNG between 1950 and Independence in 1975. John thinks he worked for the Australian Commonwealth Department of Works? William lived at Lake Kutubu and Erave where he built himself a house at both locations. He was later domiciled in Mt Hagen with his Chinese wife Dorris. John has pieced together much of the life story for William but has a large hole for the time he was in PNG. Can anyone help John find out about his uncle?

PNG Tourism Office

Another reader has requested more information regarding the location of the new PNG Tourism Office in Australia.

"I read in this week's PNG newsletter that the PNG government is planning on opening a tourism office in Australia. Do you have any more details on this? Such as where it is going to be, when it is going to be opened and any contact details. I would appreciate any details you could give me. Many thanks.

Can any one point us in the correct direction?

Madang Tuna Cannery

Here is an article submitted by a reader.

Catalyst - a PNG journal - has just published a summary of an independent survey reporting on the social impacts of a major cannery in Madang. Its findings are alarming, raising significant questions about the hygiene, safety and conditions of the workers; the actual benefits (if any) for the landowners; and the environmental costs. Eyewitness reports of a sex trade operating between workmen and local women, and of ammonia gas being poured straight into the harbour, were recorded. Other articles include: an analysis of gender in Enga today, through its proverbs; an introduction to witchcraft and sorcery in Morobe; a brief history of West Papua's struggle for independence. Copies available from the Melanesian Institute, Goroka: -- email: -- or phone +675 732 1777 (8 kina plus postage).

Miss PNG Red Cross

The Miss PNG Red Cross Charity Quest was launched recently on Lihir Island in New Ireland Province. The event was planned to coincide with the World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day. This year the quest is hoping to raise at least K200,000. Last year the quest raised K52,000 and 70 percent of that was used for various Red Cross programmes and the remaining 30 percent was used on helping to meet the costs of administrating the Red Cross in PNG.

Enhanced Cooperation Programme

An unidentified Port Moresby businessman has estimated that the PNG economy will stand to lose about K1.5 million a month with the withdrawal of Australian personnel who were deployed under the Australian Enhanced Cooperation Programme. Over 150 personnel have returned to Australia amongst tears from well wishes at Jackson's Airport. A special plane was chartered due to the large numbers involved. The K1.5 million estimate is based on the value of rent, food, other day-to-day expenses and various operational costs including simple things like petrol for the vast fleet of vehicles now locked away - off the road. The job security of another 40 or so people working as special advisers in Government agencies is also in question.

Internet Bandwidth

The rumour about an increase in Internet Bandwidth into and out of PNG appears to be getting closer. It is possible that the bandwidth will go from a miserable bottlenecked 8Mbit to double that capacity. Lets hope this happens so that surfing the web can become a pleasurable experience for people within the country. Many companies have considered hosting their web sites overseas because of the inadequate bandwidth while others have already gone.

Coconuts and Tearooms

This must be the edition for contributions by readers. Here is another. -- Many Thanks for advertising my book in your PNG gossips but I now have only about three copies left and some new found relations are after these. (I'm one of those, very interested in family history.)

I am able to get a few more printed but as the demand has fallen right away I don't need to "at this point in time".
What a great time I had hearing from so many people at the time of the book's release (1993)

I am busy writing up my subsequent visit to Rabaul in 1981 but goodness knows when that will be finished. It's a "don't hold your breath" situation and it'll just be a supplement, a story of four very eventful weeks revisiting my birthplace.

The lady in the "Coconuts and Tearooms" story (my Mother) has just turned 100 years old (2nd February) and is as fit and well as a lady of that age can be. The best thing is that she has retained her memory and the family can talk to her on all subjects. She still remembers New Guinea of the 30s and back to her youth in England. She was such a great help with the compilation of "C & T".

I am always pleased to find the "Gossip" amongst our e-mails and thank you from this reader for all the work you must put into it.

International Hotel

One of the larger hotels in town with an international name seems to be striving hard to drive guests away. One guest had his bag stolen while it was locked away in the room behind a magnetic locking system. Reporting the matter to the staff at the front desk did little more than allow the guest to admire the PNG artefacts on display behind the front desk. Another guest reported that they had to battle bed bugs and cigarette burns in the quilt on the main bed in the room. This is the same hotel that embarrassed a guest by removing the items in the minibar while they were in the room on another recent trip. By the sound of it, and in hindsight, they only removed the minibar to stop the drinks being stolen by unwanted visitors or is that by hotel staff?


The PNG Micro Finance Bank has opened at Koki and it has already signed over 9000 customers in the four months it has been opened. The bank can now boast deposits of over K600,000 with loans of K250,000. The aim of the bank is to help improve the living conditions of people by providing them with the means to improve their own lives. For many years the major banks have been turning away or actively discouraging small depositors from banking with them and the Micro Finance Bank has been able to help these people.

Operation Open Heart

The annual operation open heart program has been launched by the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, in Port Moresby at function mainly attended by business houses and possible sponsors. The program has saved over 360 lives since it started 13 years ago and has been used as a teaching program for PNG surgeons.

Bougainville Polls

Elections in Bougainville have commenced. Some of the polling will be straightforward and only take two days but in other areas it is expected that the poling will take three to five days. Polling in some parts of Bougainville will not begin until the end of the month. It is hoped that as many people as possible will have been able to vote due to the use of the old rolls and the freshly updated rolls. Polling is also being conducted in other provinces of PNG to allow as many Bougainvilleans as possible to vote. Many Bougainvilleans fled their province during the push for Independence / Autonomy.

People Road Power

The people of the South Wahgi in the Western Highlands Province are building a 12 kilometre road using local labour. People from the area usually walk to Gumine in the Chimbu Province to catch a Public Motor Vehicle back to Mount Hagen the provincial capital of the Western Highlands. The road will follow the waling track and will cut out hours of walking.

Arafura Games

Weightlifter, Dika Toua won the first Gold Medal for PNG at the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia. Toua is ranked number one in the 53 kg class in the Commonwealth. PNG shooters have done well. In the 25 metre rapid fire event PNG managed to win Gold, Silver and Bronze. The PNG women's hockey team was defeated 10 - 0 when they played the Australian Country team.

Drug Shortage

The management of the Port Moresby General Hospital have denied that they have a shortage of drugs. This is because they say an emergency supply of drugs has been flown in to help bridge the gap until the drugs ordered by the Health Department for the whole country turn up sometime next month.

It has been reported that a patient in the Buka Hospital has died due to a shortage of drugs. The hospital like other hospitals around PNG is short of critical drugs. The situation is so bad that local pharmacies have also run out as patients resort to paying full commercial prices for necessary drugs. Hospitals that have supplies of drugs are sending what they can to other hospitals hoping to meet the shortfall.

White Ant Infested Parliament

It has been reported that Parliament House is infested with termites or white ants that are eating their way through the building. It has been claimed that a professional inspection carried out four years ago revealed the problem but no action to remedy the problem has been taken to date. Usually, with termites, if you see them then the infestation is well advanced. The report stated that up to 75 percent of parliament has been affected by the insects. The building was treated for termites when it was built but no more has been down since the building was built.

Back Issues

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Fly The Flag

Another request from a reader -- PNG Gossip Newsletter of 6th May 2005 carried this article "Fly the Flag"; a plea by Sir Peter Barter for PNGean's to "Fly the Flag' so as to garner up 'pride and patriotism' on the occasion of the 30th I-Day celebrations as a birth of our country.
I am a true and through blue PNGean (living and working abroad), and would cherish the moment hereon to fly my country's flag! Any chance of you (PNGGossip) putting me in contact with the National Events Council, so that I can get ONE ONLY beautiful flag of my county and let it proudly flutter higher and higher in a foreign land (Switzerland)? I am willing to bear costs of transportation and handling - from Port Moresby to Geneva, Switzerland.
Thanks for your assistance.
At Wama
Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: (41 22) 917 0509

Hiri Moale Festival

The Hiri Moale Festival will coincide with the 30th Anniversary Independence Celebrations this year. The Festival is not only about the traditional trade routes but it also expounds on the roots and indigenous identity of the Motuan people. The major sponsors of the event are the South Pacific Brewery and the British American Tobacco Company. Sir Peter Barter, the Inter-Government Relations Minister, is the patron of the 2006 festival.

Coming Events

Golf - The 36 hole 17th West New Britain Open will be held on the 18th and 19th of June at the Mosa Golf Course.

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.

Squash - The K50,000 Steel Industries PNG Squash International has been set to be held between the 16th and 21st of August in Port Moresby. The event is part of the official Men's World Tour and is being run under the supervision of the Professional Squash Association - the world governing body for Men's Squash. The main event will be held at the Holiday Inn Sports Plus Club at Waigani.

PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September 2005.
Hiri Moale Festival -- the week leading up to Independence Day
Goroka Show -- Independence Weekend

The Milne Bay Canoe festival is to be held near the end of October.

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