PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 August 2006

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bautim turn (boat)
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Miss PNG Quest

If you are interested in the Miss PNG Red Cross quest then here are a couple of links to sites that carry information about the quest. -- -- and -- -- Also near the bottom you will find a list of all the previous Miss PNG Winners.

2 Worlds, 1 PNG

Read an interview with Gorethy Kenneth, the chief of staff (news director) at the PNG Post Courier conducted by JOHN BORDSEN, the Travel Editor of the Charlotte Observer in USA.


Other PNG Links






PNG History

If you are interested about the history of Papua New Guinea then a good place to start is the Wikipedia free encyclopaedia


as well as the other links below.



News Items

Operation Open Heart

Operation Open Heart has completed at the Port Moresby General Hospital with 64 patients being operated on. This figure surpasses the previous record of 53 operations achieved last year. The cost of the operations has been valued at approximately K5 million if the same operations were to be carried out in Australia. An operation for an individual is valued at between K60,000 to K80,000 but can increase to K100,000 if there are any complications.

Literacy Project

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has launched the "Partnerships for Civil Society Adult Education Initiatives" project in PNG, which is jointly funded by the Government of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and the ADRA office in the United Kingdom.

for more info see -- -- Additional information about ADRA can be found at --

See also Language Identity --

Free Flights

A mob of more than 50 men assumed that a plane that had brought a group of highlands politicians to Enga province would take the mob back to Moresby free of charge. The crew of the Airlines PNG plane were placed in a life-threatening situation as the men rushed into the plane to take a "free ride" to the big city. As is fairly typical for a flight arriving at Wapenamanda Airport 1,000 of people met the flight to greet their governor, who had just escaped being dismissed from office for misconduct. Riot police had to use force to remove the people from the plane. Over 40 of the mob had been arrested and will appear in the Mt Hagen District Court.

Milne Bay Library

It has been announced that the Milne Bay Governor, Tim Neville, will spend K100,000 of taxpayers' money this year to buy books for the Alotau Public Library. A small team of Friends of the Library and funds from Mr. Neville helped to renovate the Alotau library recently. He also announced that the government would spend K3.5 million to build a new public library for Alotau and the people of Milne Bay.

No Trespassing

Other countries have troubles keeping trespassers out but be warned trespass in PNG and risk being shot. The shooting of an Indonesian trespassing on PNG soil recently has caused uproar in Jakarta. Ten fishermen allegedly fishing about 12 kilometres inside PNG waters tried to escape after a joint police and Defence Force team fired a warning shot at them. When they tried to escape the team fired them upon and one fisherman lost his life and two others were wounded. The wounded men are recovering at the Vanimo Hospital after being operated on to remove pellets from their bodies.

The leader of the PNG Opposition, Mr. O'Neill and the Indonesian Government has slammed the killing. Mr. O'Neill has called on the government to conduct an investigation immediately to look into the shooting and inform the appropriate authorities as to what actually happened.



Indonesia seeks more information on shooting of fisherman --

Indonesia summons PNG diplomat over border shooting --

UPNG - Vanimo

People in Sandaun province are now able to gain a direct entry into University of PNG (UPNG) through distance education following the establishment of an open learning centre in Vanimo. The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) has set up the new centre and a memorandum of agreement has recently been signed between UPNG and Don Bosco technical secondary school.

Medical School

Divine Word University in Madang has announced that they will be conducting a medical degree from next year specifically designed to produce doctors for the rural areas of the country. The degree program for "rural doctors" will use Madang's Modilon Hospital as the training hospital. The other degree programme run by the University of PNG is based in the same vicinity as the Port Moresby General Hospital in the National Capital.

Coffee Industry Threat

The K300 million per annum coffee industry is under threat from a past called the coffee borer. The pest's scientific name is hypothenemus hampei and it has been found within 50 kilometres of the PNG border in the Indonesian province of Papua. The coffee borer is a serious pest found in Africa, South America, Central America, South East Asian countries and new Caledonia. The pest is following on the heels of potato blight and the cocoa pod borer both recent introductions to PNG with dire consequences.

see also

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hypothenemus hampei --

Ramu Project

A document paving the way for the Govt, a Chinese resource developer (Metallurgical Construction Corp - MCC) and relevant joint venture partners has been signed paving the way for the development of the Ramu nickel project in Morobe province by the end of this year. The deal grants MCC a 10-year tax holiday as incentive to kick-start the project.

Yonki Dam

Disgruntled landowners from Arona crippled the highlands and parts of Momase recently by taking over the Yonki Dam and shutting down the supply of hydro generated electricity. The landowners are claiming compensation for destruction of their traditional land and villages. The matter is the subject of an ongoing court battle between PNG Power and the landowners. Parts of the Arona valley were flooded to create the Yonki dam in the 80's.

See also --

Trukai Rice

Trukai Industries have opened a K9 million upgraded rice packing and blending mill. Over K4 million of that figure was paid to local PNG suppliers and contractors. The upgraded facility will provide capacity for other markets in the South Pacific and is equal in quality to that in Australia. It will also allow for the processing of locally grown rice if local suppliers can ramp up production to provide sufficient quantities of rice.

Why Do We Get Sick

Advert - Why Do We Get Sick? If you want to know the answer to this question then I suggest a visit to the following web site run by a man married to a PNG lady. -- -- or ask for more info by sending email to -- info[@]

Inadequate Food Supply

The Agriculture Minister, Sasa Zibe, has said that a rapidly increasing population is a threat to the country's food supply. Food production is growing at 2.1 percent per anum and the population is estimated to be growing at 3.1 percent per anum. To increase production the Minister said that poor infrastructure, law and order problems, land tenure systems, trans-boundary pests and disease, poor extension services, lack of rural credit and inadequate capacity building would all need to be overcome.

Also see --

Police Commissioner Investigated

Police Commissioner, Sam Inguba, is being investigated over allegations he blocked a police inquiry into an alleged fraud involved one point four million US dollars.


See also --

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
+ 1990 Miss Nellie Ben (Miss Ok Tedi Mine)
+ 1991 Miss Marcia Muir (Miss PNG Motors)
+ 1992 Miss Jennifer Lemeki (Miss Big Rooster)
+ 1993 Miss Sharon Onsa (Miss City Pharmacy)
+ 1994 Miss Tania Doyle
+ 1995 Miss Imanakone Sioa (Miss NCDC)
+ 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 Michelle Pala (Miss Porebada Primary School)
+ 2006 Miss PNG Red Cross 2006 Coming Soon

Coming Events

The Institute of PNG Studies Exploratory Workshop - sometime in September

Price Waterhouse Coopers Walk for Life Challenge -- 3rd September 2006

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

Hiri Hanenamo Quest and Hiri Moale Festival - 16th September 2006

Goroka Show, Eastern Highlands -- 16th and 17th of September 2006

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

Morobe Show, Lae -- November 4th and 5th

Milne Bay Kundu and Canoe Festival, Alotau -- 6th to the 12th of November 2006

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