PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 August 2005

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
dispela this / these
i predictive marker
smol small
haus house
tumas too much
lektrik electric
stov stove
mumu cooking pit / ground oven
rais rice
resa razor
pipia / rabis rubbish / scraps
plaua flour / flower
dispela haus i smol tumas
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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 then mention that you heard about them from this web site. -- The PNG Gossip Newsletter.

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Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at -- -- and -- -- The PNG Business and Tourism Directory located at -- -- 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 -- -- 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.




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.

Mention of a website or service does not necessarily mean that this newsletter endorses the website or service


Rosetta Project

The Rosetta database contains information about languages spoken in PNG --

PNG Stamps

An interesting web page dealing with the overprinting of PNG stamps. -- -- and the reason why it was done at great haste by commercial printers within the country.

Aust Govt Travel Warning

The following has been extracted from the Australian Government Smart Traveller website and although targeted at Australians is relevant for all visitors to the country -- Australians in PNG are advised to exercise a high degree of caution. Crime rates are high, particularly in the capital Port Moresby. Crime is opportunistic and can occur anywhere and at anytime. The full article can be found at --

Education Related Links

Ela Murray International School --
Institute of Banking and Business Management --
Institute of Business Studies --
International Business Institute --
International Education Agency --
Korobosea and Boroko East School --
Pacific Training Academy --
PNG Basic Education Development Program (BEDP) --
PNG Curriculum Reform Implementation Project --
PNG International Training Institute --
PNG Maritime College --
PNG University of Technology (Lae) --
POM Institute of Matriculation Studies --
Tabubil International Education Agency School --
The International School of Lae --
University of Goroka, Eastern Highlands --
University of PNG --
Divine Word University --

Living and Working in PNG

Here is an excellent article about living and working in PNG -- -- Please take the time to have a look at the information.

Wamira Village Info

A photograph of Wamira village [group of children palm frond weaving] taking in 1921 by Frank Hurley --

Here is another picture this time a spearman of Wamira once again taken in 1921 --

Walk to Wamira Village --

Dive Boat Web Sites -- MV Tiata -- MV Chertan -- MV FeBrina -- MV Paradise Sport -- MV Golden Dawn -- MV Star Dancer

Misc Sites

Moore Printing have recently added a new A2 size printing press to their stable --

The PNG Institute of Valuers and Land Administrators --

The PNG chapter of Transparency International --

Kenmore group of companies --

ConXions -- (also Ericsons PNG)


PNG Pacific Mobile Communications --

PNG Telecommunications Authority --

PNG Telikom --

RAD-TEL Communications Sales and Services --


Matryx --

Life Insurance Corporation (PNG) Limited --

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.

PNG Squash International

The Number One seed Azlan Iskandar of Malaysia triumphed over second seed Cameron Pilley of Australia in the final of the 2005 Steel Industries PNG Squash International in a hard fought five game encounter that was almost a repeat of the 2004 final.

For full results and stories about the PNG Squash International go to the following web site

The Drum

The famous Post Courier Column "The Drum" has been in the electronic age for sometime now. For all of those people who are familiar with The Drum you can now email titbits of gossip to -- -- or you can still send a facsimile message to +675 320-1781. For those not familiar with The Drum then I suggest taking a look at the Post Courier website located at -- -- and follow your nose to "The Drum".

News Items

Gabagaba - Kwikila

The section of the Magi Highway between Gabagaba and Kwikila both in Central Province is being upgraded and sealed. So far workmen have been able to seal about 6 and half kilometres of the road. The Magi highway connects the South East coastal section of Central Province to Port Moresby. Many people commute daily to Port Moresby for work and selling items at the city markets.

Compensation 1

Contrary to popular belief not all highlanders want compensation. Recently a tribe in the Western Highlands Province rejected a compensation offer for a tribesman hacked to death by a rival clansman rather they have requested that the person suspected of murdering the deceased be handed over to the police. They have said that this will help maintain law and order in the region.

Compensation 2

A judge has warned that the application of customary compensation should not be used to allow a guilty person to escape judicial punishment. According to Justice Panuel Mogish the use of customary compensation to allow a person to escape punishment is tantamount to attempting to pervert the course of justice. (A crime under section 136 of the Criminal Code Act). The judge also said that paying compensation does not automatically guarantee the accused the right to a non-custodial sentence.

Workers Mutual

The Bank of PNG expects to appoint a liquidator to take over the affairs of the Workers Mutual Insurance (PNG) Limited very soon. The Bank is waiting on a court decision before proceeding. It is claimed that initial investigations revealed that the company is grossly insolvent because of a systematic misappropriation over several years. It is also claimed that a former senior manager of the company has sent money overseas to a private company.

DNA Tracking

Professor John Reeder in charge of the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) based in the Eastern Highlands, has said that DNA finger printing is being used to help track one of PNG's major killers -- the HIV Virus. Preliminary findings of the nation-wide mapping of the HIV virus spearheaded by the IMR show that where the use of condoms has been resisted, either for religious, cultural or some other reason, there is an increase in the rate of infections. Professor Reeder said more of the findings of actually tracing and tracking the HIV virus based on its DNA may be revealed at the PNG Medical Symposium to be held in Goroka in early September.


A politician is trying to have the law that dismisses office holders if they are found guilty of misconduct in office changed so that it excludes politicians. The Lagaip-Porgera MP has proposed amendments to Section 27 of the organic law on Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership. The amendment would require the vote of a two-third majority of MP's on the floor of Parliament to become law. Other constitutional office holders would still be sacked if found guilty of misconduct in office. Alarm bells should be ringing but this has been given very little attention.

2007 Elections

It looks like that Sir Michael Somare may be on the way to achieving something that has not happened before and that is running for a full term as an elected Prime Minister. Previous Prime Ministers including Sir Michael have had to contend with votes of no confidence motions on the floor of Parliament that have sometimes been successful in ousting the prime office holder. Work is underway by the Electoral Commission to stage the 2007 Elections. They are looking at the 2002 elections to see what problems were encountered and how they can be solved. The elections will be the first full election that uses a limited preferential voting system rather than the "first past the post" system used in previous elections. The limited preferential voting system, only introduced since the 2003 elections, has only been used in by-elections to date in PNG.

Eastern Highlands

It has been reported that a child possibly as young as 12 has been seen armed and fighting in a tribal fight between the Fomu and Aifos tribes in the Kainantu region of the Eastern Highlands province. According to an American Missionary in the area the young boy has been seen with an American-made pistol in his possession. The missionary said that there were about 700 high-powered weapons being used in the tribal fight.

Languages of PNG

PNG has three national or official languages -- they are Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin and English. Overall in the whole of PNG the number of languages listed equals 832. Of those, 823 are living languages and nine are considered to have become extinct in the last fifty years as some groups are absorbed into others and more influence is exerted by tok pisin speakers to make it a truly national language for the country.

Bill Gates

What has the main shareholder of the Microsoft giant got to do with PNG? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the largest scientific grant in the history of PNG to the Goroka based Institute of Medical Research. The Gates Foundation has committed $US2.58 million to enable the Institute to asses the potential of a new malaria treatment for the children of PNG. The new treatment includes the ongoing distribution of insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets and the intermittent treatment of children with common anti-malarial drugs even if no symptoms are showing. Although the distribution of nets is already happening in PNG the use of common anti-malarial drugs has not been tried in PNG although it is proving to be effective in Africa.

Operation Open Heart

Volunteer Doctors and Nurses from Australia have been farewelled at a function held at the Grand Palace Restaurant Port Moresby in their honour. Since the inception of Operation Open Heart over 400 PNG people have benefited from the volunteer program. The program this year involved 60 doctors and support staff, 44 of who came from Australia donating their labour free of charge.

Tari Online

The people of Tari in the Southern Highlands can now use their Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale (EFTPOS) cards in Tari rather than having to travel to Mt Hagen and back. The Bank South Pacific has installed EFDTPOS machines at a service station operated by a local businessman.

Melanesian Spearhead Group

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) meeting in Goroka has come to an end. The MSG is keen on establishing a regional security force. They also agreed on a regional air services agreement and a revised trade agreement. The MSG covered a wide range of issues ranging from political to security, trade and economic matters as well as social concerns.


A beautification program has been introduced in Alotau to ready the town for the 30th anniversary of Independence. Prizes are being donated by Conservation International to help encourage residences and businesses to tidy up the town. Winners of the various categories for best residential, school and business will win prizes such as gardening equipment, a live pig and educational materials.

Girls Friendly Society

What is the Girls Friendly Society? GFS or the Girls Friendly Society is a large worldwide organisation within the Anglican church which works mainly with young women, teaching them life skills, empowering them for leadership roles both within the church and community and encouraging them in their faith in Christ.

Previous Miss Red Cross Winners

The following people have won the title of "Miss PNG"

    • 1974 Miss Eva Arni was the first holder of the title "Miss PNG" - Eva went on to win the Miss Asia Title.
    • 1975 Miss Eau Suve. Eau went on to win the "Best Traditional Dress" award at the Miss Asia Quest.
    • 1976 Miss Sayah Karukaru
    • 1978 Miss Angeline Tukana
    • 1979 Miss Milly Misbut
    • 1980 Miss Mispah Alwyn
    • 1981 Miss Jennifer Abaijah
    • 1982 Miss Moi Eli
    • 1983 Miss Shannel Bray
    • 1984 Miss Patricia Mirisa
    • 1985 Miss Carmel Vagi - Miss Communications
    • 1986 Miss Anna Wild
    • 1987 Miss Harriet Warren
    • 1988 Miss Erue Taunao
    • 1989 Miss Joycelyn Leahy
    • 1991 Miss Marcia Muir
    • 1992 Miss Jennifer Lemeki
    • 1993 Miss Sharon Onsa
    • 1994 Miss Tania Doyle
    • 1995 Miss Imanakone Sioa
    • 1996 Miss Rita Stegman
    • 1997 Miss Lisa Linibi
    • 1998 Miss Helai Oala
    • 1999 Miss Roberta Ali
    • 2000 Miss Ephreddie Jubilee
    • 2001 Miss Olivia Wilson
    • 2002 Miss Yaku Ninich
    • 2003 Miss Cynthia Asi - Central (Miss MRDC)
    • 2004 Miss Ashwin Samson - Miss Warehouse
    • 2005 Miss ?????

Coming Events

Medical Symposium -- 5th to 9th of Spetember

PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September 2005.

Hiri Moale Festival -- 15th to 18th of September 2005.

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

Tufi Cultural Show -- 17th - 19th September

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

The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival will be held between the 4th and 6th of November this year.

Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March 2006.

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

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In Tok Pisin - em tasol

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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. --

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Created 26 Aug 2005
Updated 26 Aug 2005

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