PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26th October 2005

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
antap high / summit / up
baksait back (rear)
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
baksait / bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
insait inside
insait long in / inside of
kambek / kam bek come back
long bek backwards
not north
sait / hapsait side
saut south
wes west
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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.




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

ICCC Web Site

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has officially launched their new web site. The website will hopefully help the ICCC carryout a greater awareness of consumer rights and business responsibilities under the provisions of the ICCC Act and other relevant legislation. The website can be found at -- -- Consumers will now be able to lodge complaints online.

Real Estate Agents

Arthur Strachan (Lae) --
Century 21 -- -- and --
Kohoy Real Estate --
L.J Hooker --
Ray White Real Estate --
Strickland RE --
The Professionals --

Real Estate Agents Association

The PNG Real Estate Agents Association, a non-profit making organisation operation under the laws of Papua New Guinea has a site located at --

PNG / Australia Sites

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Society has a web site located at --
and the Australia Papua New Guinea Business council has a web site located at --

Other Links

Bishop Brothers Engineering has a web site at --
Curtain Brothers a major civil construction company has a web site at --
A single page for Lohberger Engineering can be found at --
The Markham Group of Companies have a web site located at --

Education Web Sites

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 --

News Items

Aviat Club - Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2005 will be held at the Aviat Club in Port Moresby on the 30th of October from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.


Police have warned that they will fine first time graffiti offenders K50 and order them to clean up their mess. Failure to pay the fine and clean up the mess will result in a six-month jail term for the offenders.

Vanimo Fishery Project

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the multi million Kina Sandaun Province fishery project It was originally targeted for Kavieng and / or Lae but due to problems with landowners releasing land it was moved to Sandaun Province. Vanimo, the capital of Sandaun, is in an ideal location for the project but it is lacking much-needed infrastructure and utilities such as water, sanitarian and an adequate power supply. It is hoped that all these can be improved upon now that a company is prepared to start a major development in the province.

Night Club Laws

It has been reported that there is no specific law that regulates the activities Nightclub "entertainment" in PNG. A team made up of officers from the National Aids Council, National Capital District Commission, National Gaming Board, National Research Institute, State Solicitors office, and the Department of Community Development are currently conducting a survey into the nightclub industry in PNG. The team will submit the survey and its report to Parliament so that Parliament can decide if a law would need to be enacted to regulate activities at the various clubs.

Daltron Raid

Six staff of Pangtel, the PNG Radiocommunication and Telecommunication Technical Authority backed by an elite squad of ten policemen recently raided computer company and Internet Service Provider - Daltron and seized a satellite dish and related equipment. The raid was part of a plan to prevent companies from jumping the gun on pending approvals of applications by 48 companies to install their own data transmission networks.

Bougainville Copper

Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) has been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay K7.9 million into a court trust account that will be invested in an interest bearing account by the court. BCL was further ordered to pay to the Chief Collector of Taxes the costs of the court proceedings incurred by the Chief Collector of Taxes and the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC). The IRC and the Chief Collector of Taxes claim the BCL owe K27 million in taxes arising from dividends received on investments in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Police ECP II

The proposed reincarnation of the police component of the Enhanced Cooperation Program will see approximately 40 Australian Assisting Police attached to various administrative areas within the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. The Australians will be placed in management areas within the force under the charge of the relevant PNG provincial police commander. The deal will cost Australia about K90 million. There will be no foot patrols being conducted by the Australian police.

Public Accounts Committee

It is believed that the Public Accounts Committee has issued another set of directives to the Air Niugini management for additional information to assist them in their investigations into the airline. One of concern to the Committee is the dual salary for expatriate and local pilots

Copra Problems

Copra growers are upset that money collected from them in the past year has gone towards "research levies". The Growers Association, East New Britain branch, says the money has not been remitted to the intended target, the Coconut and Cocoa Institute. Instead, the money, almost K3 million, has gone directly to the Kokonas Industri Koporesen (KIK). According to the KIK Act of 2002 the money should go direct to Coconut and Cocoa Institute and not KIK.

Baby Bottles

Another warning has gone out to shops and street sellers stating that it is illegal to sell baby bottles, baby cups and dummies. The Health Secretary, Nicholas Mann, has said that many babies who are fed using bottles and cups are prone to getting diarrhoea. The Baby Food Supply Act introduced in 1977 and with amendments in 1984 states that these items must only be sold under the orders of a doctors' prescription. When the act was first introduced there was a dramatic decrease in the number of babies with diarrhoea and malnutrition. Many shops around the country are still selling theses items along with antibiotics without a prescription.

Road To Recovery

The PNG PM, Sir Michael Somare has said at the Australian National Press Club in Canberra that PNG is on the road to recovery after going through five years of a plummeting economy and a general decline in the delivery of services.

Credit Unions

A recent audit of the many Savings and Loans Societies in PNG has revealed that little has changed over the years. These organisations, usually set up to help the "little people", are still being relieved of funds by the people put in place to run them. For example more than K150,000 belonging to rural farmers and villagers at the East New Britain Savings and Loans Society has gone missing. The Chairman has said that it was not a case of stealing but more a case of transferring money from one ledger to another. The Post Courier has reported that it has been reliably informed that the society was buying and selling copra in an effort to recoup the lost money.

Pacific Islands Summit

The summit meeting for the Pacific Islands Forum leaders has begun in Port Moresby. Dignitaries such as John Howard, PM of Australia and Helen Clark PM of New Zealand are in Port Moresby for the summit although they have flown to Madang today for a retreat and are back in Port Moresby tomorrow to wrap up the summit on Friday.


Bougainville has it and now at the special Governors' Conference in Mt Hagen the governors have agreed to allow and support autonomous governments in regions and provinces prepared to take up the challenge. Many of the governors are concerned that although they raise huge amounts of money it is all siphoned off to the National Government with very little being given back to the province that raised it in the first place.

NCDC Break-In

Police have arrested and charged a man with the recent break and enter at the National Capital District Commission offices in Port Moresby. Police have also rounded up four other men in relation to the break-in that saw electrical equipment and computers stolen. Police have also been able to recover a motor vehicle that was stolen at City Hall on the same morning as the break-in.

UK Working Holidays

Young PNG citizens who are planning to visit the United Kingdom and stay for more than 12 months can now seek employment for up to two years. The announcement was made by the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, before the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) summit. This has rekindled hopes that Australia may agree to a similar arrangement. The New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, has shown a willingness to discuss the seasonal labour issue for PNG and other island nations. She also admitted that she was concerned that many may stay on as illegal immigrants.

Police Accident

A police vehicle has been damaged in an accident at Teramanda, Enga Province. It has been reported that a senior officer was involved in the accident that saw a ten-seater police vehicle filled with more than ten civilians allegedly on a drinking spree run off the road at 2am in the morning.

Walk for Life

The PriceWaterhouseCoopers Corporate Challenge was held on the 23rd of October 2005. The challenge helped raise money for the Sir Buri Kudu Heart Foundation. The course started at the Ela Beach School and travelled along Ela Beach until climbing up and over Lawes road passing Sir Hubert Murray Stadium eventually coming back into town past Steamships and St Mary's Catholic Church before returning to the school and the finish line.

Lae Pollution

It has been claimed that pollution in Lae is worse than ever by the former environment minister and Huon Gulf MP Sasa Zibe. He claimed that many industries in Lae were dumping their industrial waste into the rivers and marine systems. He said that in many cases the relevant authorities did not have the capacity to monitor and enforce environmental legislation. He also said that many multi-national and foreign companies did not really care about the environment and the people.

English Super League

The English Super League champions Bradford Bulls are set to take on two PNG players. Stanley Gene and Marcus Bai have both been signed for next year. Gene has been signed for two years and Bai for one year. Both PNG players are familiar with the Super League in fact Marcus Bai's most recent effort was in the team that lost to the Bradford Bulls in the recent Super League grand final.

PNG Adventures

From time to time the Kokoda Trail pops up in one-way or another. It seems to be the one thing along with the Highland Shows, Madang and Rabaul that are mentioned frequently by tourists wishing to come to PNG. The trail or track is well known for its part in the fight between the Allies and the Japanese in the Second World War but nowadays it has become "the" walk to do in PNG. There are plenty of other walks that are possibly better but perhaps the Kokoda walk is the benchmark for physical endurance. Many operators offer the Kokoda Trail complete with carriers to help with the necessary food and camping equipment. Here are some of the operators starting with my favourite, -- -- run by Gail Thomas at PNG Business and Tourism Directory -- -- of course it is up to the reader to make their own choice when choosing any tour company.


Not sure what to expect and want to sample a bit of The Trail? I know that Nikki and Pam at PNG Trekking and Adventures offer a short weekend familiarisation of a tiny segment of the trail to people. This will let you or maybe your body know what to expect without having the pain of trying to complete a full walk across the trail. Not sure if the others offer this or not but I recommend that you ask.

All of the above operators, although specialising in the Kokoda Trail, offer other tours around the country so it is recommended to look at the relevant websites and ask questions.

I mentioned above the Highland Shows, Madang and Rabaul as places that are mentioned by tourists but there is also a walk up Mt Wilhelm, at just a little over 4500 metres it is higher than Mt Kosciusko the highest mountain in Australia. Of course places like the fjords of Tufi, the Black Cat Trail, the walk from Alotau to Dogura -- -- all spring to mind.

Illegal Guns

The son of a prominent couple has been caught with a stolen police weapon (a police-issue AR-15 assault rifle). The couple and the son have all been charged with illegal possession. It has been reported that the gun in question was stolen from a policeman who was disarmed in a gang attack at the Waigani shopping centre recently and ended up with the son.

Coming Events

Rotary Melbourne Cup Day Fund Raising Luncheon -- 1st November 2005

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

Miss PNG Crowning night -- the 3rd of December at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Port Moresby. For more information about the 2005 Miss PNG Red Cross Society Charity Quest or your intention to support the Quest please call the Quest Coordinator Ms. Aiva Tamate at the PNG Red Cross on telephone 325 7016 or 325 8577 or fax 325 9714.

Air Niugini Ball - 1st December 2005 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Port Moresby.

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games -- March 2006.

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

PNG 31st Independence Anniversary - 16 September 2006

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