PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 June 2005

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Tok Pisin English
hamamas happy
hamamas tru enjoy
hamas quantity
hamas how much / many
hambak annoy
hambakim tease
hambakman nuisance
hambakman / sikibaga annoying / cheeky person
i na slip awake
isi easy
isi isi carefully
klia clear / empty
kopi coffee
kopra copra
lipti tea leaves
soklet chocolate
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Warning: PNG web sites seem to come and go. The fact of life is that it costs money to host a web site 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 web site and let them know so they at least know that someone has gained some value from their efforts. If you are so inclined them mention that you heard about them from this web site. -- The PNG Gossip Newsletter.

PNG Languages

If you are interested in PNG languages then you may have some fun finding them at the Language Museum web site. For example the Wedau language of Milne Bay Province is documented at --

Melanesian Institute

The Melanesian Institute is an ecumenical institute that researches, teaches and publishes on all aspects of Melanesian culture. A web site can be found at --

Lands Dept Site

The Department of Lands and Physical Planning have launched a new website that can be found at -- -- Lands Department management hope that the site will enhance the department's efforts to inform investors, government institutions and the general public of the roles, responsibilities, procedures, processes and the overall working of the department.

PNG Religious Sites

Anglican Church of PNG (Diocese of Port Moresby) --

Bible Society Work in PNG --

Catholic Church of PNG and Solomon Islands --

Christian Brethren Churches of PNG. --

Church of God in PNG --

Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG --

Hetune - Community of the Visitation, Popondota --

MAF Service in PNG --

Melanesia Field is part of Nazarene World Missions. It is part of the Asia-Pacific Region and has its headquarters in Kudjip, PNG --

Melanesian Institute --

Nazarene Hospital at Kudjip in the Highlands of PNG is a mission hospital operated by the Church of the Nazarene, serving the people of PNG since 1967 --

New Tribes Mission Aviation in PNG --

Pioneer Bible Translators: PNG. --

PNG Christian Links --

PNG Church Partnership --

Religious Television Association of PNG --

Society of St Francis --

United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG. --

Vow of Poverty in the third world --

Miscellaneous Web Sites

PNG Incentive Fund --

PNG Advisory Support Facility --

UNDP Papua New Guinea --

For those interested in the stamps and postal history of PNG please visit --

Government communications website -- -- advertised as the end to the information drought by the government.

Papua New Guinea Institute of Accountants --

Port Moresby Rotary --

PNG Department of Health --

Rotary adopt a village --

Morobe (Lae) Links

Morobe Tourism Bureau --

Lae Chamber of Commerce --

Lae International Hotel --

Melanesian Hotel --

Melanesian Arts Centre --

Morobe Show --

Rain Forest Habitat --

Village Development Trust --

Shipping Links -- Austral Asia Line Project Asia Service. -- New Guinea Pacific Line -- Steamships Shipping Agencies

News Items

PNG Travel Show

A local travel show titled "Lukim PNG Nau" aimed at enticing residents of PNG to become tourists of their own country has been successfully held at the Hideaway Hotel in Port Moresby. Many local operators, ranging from the top of the line hotels to the smallest tour operators, were seen displaying their products.

PNG Lawyers

Acting Solicitor-General Francis Kuvi has revealed that between April 1992 and January 31, 2000, the PNG Government has had to pay out about K600 million in judgment debts. He went on to say that in 2001 the state paid in excess of K50 million to meet judgment debts. He said that many of these cases could have been easily defended by the state saving millions of kina, but the Solicitor-General's Office lacked manpower to defend cases so the cases were being lost through default judgments. The Solicitor-General's office only has 14 lawyers to deal with more than 10,000 cases against the state. As a result of the great volume of work and too few lawyers many cases are not prepared properly and are lost.

Failed Hold-up

Criminals who held up a vehicle travelling from the highlands to Lae got more than what they expected when the vehicle contained a truckload of professional police shooters heading to Lae for a tournament. It has been reported that the criminal opened fire on the vehicle and fire returned by the police killed three of the criminals. The criminals obviously did not recognise the police vehicle due to heavy fog at the time. Isn't it amazing how well the police were able to shoot in the hazy conditions?

Lost Marijuana

A reserve policeman is in trouble for failing to produce 17 Kilograms of marijuana confiscated from criminals. The court has had to drop the charge against the defendant because there was no evidence produced. The case is even stranger because originally a total of 50 Kilogram was confiscated and this has since been reduced to 17 Kilogram. Policemen have been quoted as saying "this is getting suspicious". Perhaps that could be the understatement of the year!

Police Crime

National Court judge, Justice Panuel Mogish, has said that crimes committed by police are on the rise. He said it was becoming a bad habit where police committed crimes under the guise of lawful duties. Justice Mogish recently sentenced a policeman to do time in jail after he was found guilty of corruptly obtaining two horse race machines and then passing them on to another party.

Airways Hotel

The land of the unexpected struck drinkers at the Balus Bar of the Airways Hotel on Friday when they were plunged into the dark for what seemed like hours but in reality was only 20 to 30 minutes. No explanation was given by the Airways Management as to what had happened. Patrons were glad that most of them had just refilled their glasses and mobile phones were swung into action as emergency torches.

Workers Mutual Insurance

It has been reported in the press that the Workers Mutual Insurance (PNG) Ltd is grossly insolvent. This means that contributors to the fund may face loss of their funds estimated to be worth millions of Kina. The Bank of PNG recently stepped in and appointed a statutory manger to investigate the financial status of the company. The statutory manager, Simon Fraser of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, has said that any liquidator that was appointed would have to investigate "numerous questionable payments". He said his investigation had been hampered by incorrect and false information, lack of records and proper financial records. It has also been delayed by violence and intimidation brought against the previous statutory manager and staff of WMI. Mr. Fraser replaced the original statutory manager David Kelso.

Misima Mine

Mining Minister has said that the closure of the Misima mine should been seen as a new chapter in the mining industry in Papua New Guinea. After 27 years of operation in the country the Misima Mine has become the first mine to be shut down in the country. People on Misima Island are now feeling the effects of the closure.

Air Niugini Profit

Air Niugini has posted an after tax profit of K31.1 million for the year 2004. This is the second year the company has been able to post a profit after many years of belt tightening and improved productivity. Air Niugini made a before tax profit of K60.9 million from a gross revenue of K428.5 million kina last year. It has also been reported that the airline carried almost three-quarters of a million passengers in 2004 (740,550) Domestic passenger figures rose to 538,000 (7.3% increase) while international passenger figures climbed to 202,273 (8.7% increase). Air Niugini had established more representative offices in Europe with new offices in Rome (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden) and Moscow (Russia). These add to the established offices in London (Great Britain) and Frankfurt (Germany).

The Chairman of Air Niugini, Mr. Joe Tauvasa, reported that the company at end of 2004 had no net bank or financial institution debt on its balance sheet and as of May 2005, it has positive cash balances K11.5 million, and is on track to achieve its profit target for 2005 despite rising oil prices. The chairman noted that the surge in world oil prices has impacted on the airline's cost of operations, with the airline spending K76 million in aviation fuel alone in 2004, with surcharge in ticket prices, while the airline absorbed K4 million on the fuel price increase.

With little publicity Air Niugini has taken delivery of yet another Dash 8 aircraft. The fourth Dash 8 arrived a over a week ago.

Army Uniforms

It is hoped that the Defence Force will have its new Kumul pattern uniforms in time for the 30th Independence celebrations. It was reported sometime ago that the Indonesians had given new sets of uniforms to the force but it appears that these have not been delivered to barracks outside of Port Moresby yet. At this rate they will have in time for the 31st anniversary. Maybe some country or company can come to the aid of the Defence Force and fly the uniforms to the barracks outside the National Capital. Doesn't it make you feel secure knowing that the force can rapidly deploy uniforms to employees?

Aussie Police

The police Minister, Bire Kimisopa, wants to see Australian police officers return to PNG to help restore law and order in the country. Australian police were recently withdrawn from PNG after a court challenge last month. Mr. Kimisopa has said that the Government is working hard to get the Australians to return.

Police Recruitment

Police in the Southern Highlands have been given the go ahead to employ an extra 100 personnel. Fifty will be recruited this year and another 50 will be recruited next year. The cost of recruiting and training the first 50 has been estimated to cost the Royal PNG Constabulary a little more than half a million Kina.

Police Collections

It would appear that Christmas must be coming early for the PNG Constabulary. Several reports have been made of police collection "donations" at road checkpoints around the city. Not only are local people being victimised for a donation but I have received reports that overseas visitors have been targeted as well. Has any overseas visitor got a story to tell? If you have been pulled over and asked to "donate" please write to the newsletter and let me know.

Censorship Office

The Minister for Community Development, Dame Carol Kidu, has said that the PNG Censorship office is under resourced and restricted to looking at books and movies and classifying them but it is now time to beef-up the capacity of the office due to an increase in internet pornography and night clubs in the adult entertainment type area.

Chiller Row

A dispute has erupted between Air Niugini and a local company trying to fly fish overseas. Apparently Air Niugini has been given sole rights to manage a chiller facility at Jackson's airport and according to reports is entitled to charge full commercial rates for the use of the facility. Almost two tonnes of tuna belonging to local company, MAPS Tuna, had to be delayed in Lae because the shipping agent claimed that Air Niugini would not allow them to use the facility in Moresby. Air Niugini has counter claimed that the freight company was slow in responding to a set contract sent to them for the use of the chiller. It seems that this has been the week for trying to tear down Air Niugini because another article has appeared saying that Air Niugini has too many expatriate staff and that they get paid too much. The claim was made that Air Niugini employs many expatriates in positions that can be done by local staff. The Airlines has only just returned to profitability after many years and it must now be the time to start bashing a successful company.

Cargo X-ray Machine

To meet international obligations Air Niugini has installed and X-ray machine to scan cargo leaving Jackson's Airport. This covers International and Domestic Cargo. The machine will also be used to scan incoming cargo from domestic airports. Air Niugini's Manager of Aviation Security, John Salter, has said the machine will be used to scan cargo for guns, ammunition, explosives or any dangerous goods that would comprise the safety of an aircraft. The X-ray machine cost the airline K300,000 to purchase and install. The machine can also differentiate between metals and vegetables and will hopefully help to reduce the amount of marijuana shipped into Port Moresby mainly from the Highlands region of PNG.

Indonesian Fishing Boats

Three Indonesian fishing boats have been detained for fishing illegally in PNG waters. They were caught in the rich resource area of Dog Leg in Western province and escorted to Port Moresby recently. The boats were found to have been fishing for shark fin and other general fish.

Coming Events

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.

New Ireland Malagan Show, Kavieng -- 15th to 17th July 2005

Mount Hagen Show, Western Highlands Province -- around the 20th of August 2005.

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 -- 15th to 18th of September 2005.

Goroka Show -- Independence Weekend (17th - 19th)

Tufi Cultural Show -- 17th - 19th September

Morobe Show, Lae -- 15th and 16th of October 2005

The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be held 4th - 6th of November.

2006 - April 8th to the 16th -- National Game Fishing Titles

Neil Hendry

It is with great sadness that I must inform readers that Neil Hendry passed away on Friday (24th June) after losing his battle with cancer. Neil was a long-time resident of Port Moresby and has served as an organist with the Anglican Church in Port Moresby for many years. He also worked at the Government printers and most recently he worked with Greg Lay at Young, White and Williams before Greg was made a judge of the Supreme Court of PNG. The Anglican Bishop of Port Moresby, Bishop Peter Fox, has said that a special memorable church service will be held for Neil sometime in July.

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