PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 May 2006

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bagarap break down / worn out
bagarapim spoil
dua i go ausait exit (n)
dua door
fiksim / piksim fix
haus marasin pharmacy
haus marit married quarters
haus moni bank (n)
kuk cook
moa nogut worse
mobeta better
resis competition / race (contest)
rongim wrong / offend
rum room / apartment
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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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Misc Links

Department of Treasury and Finance --

Bank of Papua New Guinea --

Internal Revenue Commission --

Government of PNG online (other agencies) --


Avis PNG --

Boroko Motors --

Ela Motors --

Freeway Motors --

Hertz PNG --

Thrifty Hire Cars --

M. I. Rent A Car --

Port Moresby Rotary --

PNG Department of Health --

Rotary adopt a village --

Satellite Image of PNG --

Vabukori Village

The people from Vabukori Village in Port Moresby are putting together a rather nice website located at -- -- How many other villages around PNG have their own web site? Please let the newsletter know if you have a link to a village or any other PNG relevant link.

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 --


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

Wikipedia is 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.

Mount Hagen Links

Haus Poroman --

Jane's PNG

Jane's Papua New Guinea web site -- A pictorial insight with comments on Papua New Guinea traditional culture, art and history. Contains a series of excellent photographs and can be located at --

Tourism Links

NEW SITE --- -- the Australian version of the PNG Tourism web site looks a bit strange when I looked at it using Netscape 7.2 so I fired up Internet Explorer and it looked just as bad. Have I navigated to the wrong page or is it just a poorly designed site with images, search boxes and headings overlapping text? Take a look for yourself.

Another site -- -- renders a bit better but has many broken links. Both sites are worth looking at if you are interested in PNG.

Don't forget to look at the main PNG tourism web site located at -- -- and

Morobe Tourism Bureau --

Milne Bay Tourism Bureau --

Madang Visitors and Cultural Bureau --

East New Britain Tourism Bureau --

West New Britain Tourism Bureau --

PNG Tourism Directory Site --

PNG Diving Sites

The following is sample of some of the web sites dealing with diving in PNG. It is not a complete list and if you would like your organisation mentioned in this newsletter please let me know.

Dive Discovery --

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions - Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef, diving... --

Diving Liveaboards and Diving Resort Packages in Papua New Guinea ... --

Scuba diving Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. Liveaboard dive charters, PNG. --

Diversion Dive Travel --

Peter Hughes Diving, Star Dancer --

MV FeBrina --

PNG Medical Symposium

PNG Medical Symposium web site --

News Items

Teacher's Union

Some but not all members of the Teacher's Union have resumed work after the signing of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the PNG Teachers Association (PNGTA) and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC).

Newspaper to Wood

A youth group from Port Moresby is converting newspapers into firewood after being shown the technology by New Zealand Company. The papers are torn into strips, soaked in water, squeezed dry in a paper brick firewood machine and placed in the sun for two to three days to dry. The youth group is selling the "logs" at 30 toea a piece.


Cataracts are common in PNG however, there are no ophthalmologists to identify and repair them. Cataracts are one of the main causes of blindness for many people in PNG. A cataract is a condition of the eye where the lens becomes cloudy and may cause blindness.

National Capital Elections

Twenty-three candidates including two women, Janet Sape (People's Action Party) and People's Progress Party's Philemona Kassman from Kairuku have nominated to contest the vacant National Capital District seat left vacant by the death of Bill Skate.

The people who nominated are -

  1. Kaupa,
  2. John Onale,
  3. William Skate Jnr,
  4. Loani Henao,
  5. Philemona Kassman,
  6. Robert Tia,
  7. Caspar Wollom Jr,
  8. David Ungai,
  9. John Endemongo Kua,
  10. Lawrence Titimur,
  11. Kakkaraya,
  12. Newman Maeokali,
  13. Raymong Agonia,
  14. Joel Eremongo,
  15. Sam Tasion,
  16. John Eggins,
  17. Philip Taku,
  18. Solepe Tunofi,
  19. Janet Sape,
  20. Vele,
  21. Stanley Nandex,
  22. Varika and
  23. Powes Parkop.

One candidate who was not on the common roll - Caspar Wollom Jr - was given special clearance despite the close of common roll updates because he was a candidate. This seems a bit unfair because a person who is not on the common roll is not eligible to vote.


The PNG Tourism and Promotion Authority -- -- has estimated that tourists bring in over K200 million each year.

The PNG Tourism and Promotion Authority has warned that it will not allow tourists to visit parts of the country if attacks on tourists continue. At the moment foreign governments are stating that PNG is a bad place to visit when in fact it is only isolated incidents that are causing major concerns.

Swamp Ghost

The removal of the Swamp Ghost, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, from Oro Province has caused more than a few ripples at various organisations around the country. It has been reported that the Swamp Ghost was purchased for US$100,000 from the National Museum and Art Gallery. Government authorities are now questioning why such a valuable asset was allowed to be sold for such a low price. The Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) claim that they have not received any advice from the shippers to say the asset is being exported from the country and the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have said to do all possible to block the shipment until an investigation can be carried out. The National Museum and Art Gallery has also been directed to put together a submission for Culture and Tourism Minister David Basua to take to cabinet regarding the World War bomber.

The Swamp Ghost was returning from an air raid mission to East New Britain when it crash-landed at Agaiembo Lake in 1942.


The Prime Minister has slammed the Central Agencies Co-ordination Committee (CACC) accusing it of giving "ill-advice" resulting in the Government having to pay out millions of kina illegally. -- -- and --

ACP-EU Budget

The budget for the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) meeting has already been overspent by K600,000 and the event has not even started although some of the international guests have already arrived. Over 600 delegates, including ministers, officials from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union (EU) and a large international media contingent are expected to attend the event being held from the 28th of May to the 2nd of June 2006 at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

Melbourne Vanilla Theft

A con-man based in Melbourne has stolen over 750Kg of vanilla from Ramoi Vanilla in Wewak. The man using fake documents posing as a vanilla buyer was able to convince Ramoi Vanilla to ship six bags of vanilla to Melbourne. Despite having very good fake documents and covering his tracks the Melbourne police were able to track the whereabouts of the vanilla and charge the man with the theft.

Air Niugini

The National Airline has increased international airfares by increasing the fuel surcharge. The airline claims the increase is in response to continuing escalation of crude oil and jet fuel prices around the world. The surcharge will add around another K50+ to the cost of a ticket. The prices paid for jet fuel by Air Niugini in Port Moresby reflect both the posted price a barrel in Singapore applied under import parity pricing by the supplier, and the cost of freight to and distribution within PNG. Domestic passengers have been given a reprieve for now as the domestic fuel surcharge had been deferred until the end of next month.

Air Niugini is also advertising weekend getaways for residents of other towns who want to visit Port Moresby. The packages include two nights twin share accommodation and airfares. The costs are K635 per person from Lae, K772 from Madang and K783 from Mt Hagen.

Simbu Floods

Villagers in the Simbu province are searching for the bodies of four school children that were swept away while fishing in a river last week. --

Cyanide Poisoning

It has been alleged that some villagers in Enga Province are buying stolen cyanide and using it for evil purposes. Cyanide is known locally in the province as "no chance". One report has stated that an elderly woman said that she had intended to poison a man but she had poisoned a younger woman, her stepdaughter instead. In another incident it has been reported that a 72-year-old man told a local court in February that he had put "no chance" into the food of a man who died soon afterwards. The local court, which has no jurisdiction to impose jail terms, ordered the man's tribe to pay K20,000 and 100 pigs to the dead man's family and clan.

ADB Helps PNG fight HIV/AIDS

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help the PNG government control and stabilize the spread of HIV/AIDS infection --

One And Two Toea Coins

The Bank of PNG is heavily advertising the fact that all one and two toea coins will be withdrawn from service and cease to be legal tender from the 18th of April 2006. Many shops have already stopped accepting the coins even though they are still legal tender. The government appears helpless to help protect the rights of the shopper with shops rounding up and / or down and some shops even offering lollies as change instead of giving 1 and 2 toea coins back to the customer.

Southern Highlands Chaos

Chaos is looming in the Southern Highlands province administration as sacked administrator Brian Pebo defies cabinet's decision to remove him, and new administrator William Powi moves to freeze all accounts of the provincial government as he stamped his authority. --

Tribal Fights

Andrew Alphonse reporting in The National -- -- newspaper has said that an on-going tribal war between the Hawa and Ajako tribes near the Hawa prison pose a threat to the power pylons linking the Hides Gas Field and Porgera Gold Mine in Enga province. The fight is reported to have started in January 2005 and has so far claimed at least 13 lives with thousands of kina worth of damage to property. The two tribes directly own much of the land on which the power pylons stand and it is feared that if authorities continue to ignore the conflict, the tribes are likely to topple the pylons to attract government attention.

Coming Events

UN Concert -- The Port Moresby International School is holding its Annual United Nations Concert on the 27th of May at the school oval from 6pm to late. If you are in Port Moresby this is an annual event that should not be missed.

Squash Club -- The Port Moresby Squash Club has had to vacate its club rooms due to the place being condemned. They are holding a huge farewell cocktail party this Saturday the 27th of May to say goodbye to the old premises.

Africa, Pacific and Caribbean nations and European Union Conference -- from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June.

The Gogodala (canoe) Festival will be held on the 27th and 28th of May. 24 canoes have been launched for the festival.

Swimming -- WESTPAC Dolphin Sprints 2006 -- Starting Friday the 9th of June and concluding on Sunday morning the 11th of June at the Taurama Pool, Port Moresby.

Tufi Cultural Show -- Tufi from the 9th to the 11th of June.

Sepik Iron Man Competition. The competition is an annual triathlon event held in the East Sepik Province between the scenic Wewak Hill and along the picturesque Meni Beachfront. - 11th of June 2006.

Lukim PNG Nau Expo -- From the 16th to the 18th of June at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby.

National Tourism Conference -- 19th of June 2006

Tolai Warwagira -- from the 5th to the 11th of July.

42nd PNG Medical Symposium will be held in Madang from the 4th to the 8th of September 2006 --

PNG 31st Independence Anniversary - 16th September 2006

Kiwi Ball - The fabulous ball held by the Kiwi's will be held on the 28th October this year. The New Zealanders hope to have a five piece band to entertain the crowd.

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Created 26 May 2006
Updated 6 Jun 2006

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