PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 September 2006

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News Items

Kokoda Track

PNG trekking porter, Brendan Buka, 22 has completed the Kokoda Challenge in less than 18 hours. Bua took just 17 hours, 49 minutes to complete the gruelling challenge from Owers' Corner to Kokoda. Another PNG porter, Wayne Urina, manage to clock a little more than an hour more than Buka's run and Australian, Damon Goerke, 32, became the first Australian to finish the track in less than 24 hours, coming third with a time of 19 hours, 28 minutes and 48 seconds. Buka claimed K10,000 for the fastest time. Trekkers usually take seven to eight days to walk the track.

see --

Papua New Guinea's famous Kokoda Track is just half an hour's flight from the capital of Port Moresby.

The village of Kokoda is fairly small but it was here, 60 years ago during World War II, that a bunch of mainly 18 year-old Aussie soldiers stopped a Japanese invasion by digging in and fighting.

See -- -- for the rest of the story about the Kokoda Track and -- -- for part two of the story.

42nd Medical Symposium

The 42nd Medical Symposium has been opened by the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare. The symposium is being held at the Divine Word University in Madang. The theme of the symposium is "Trauma, Emergency Medicine, Occupational Health and Rehabilitation" --

At Last!

After too many years to remember the now old but never used Motor Vehicles Insurance Trust hospital located at the back of the University of PNG Medical Faculty at Taurama has finally been occupied. Fifteen National doctors have banded together to provide a better health service. They have managed to secure a Rural Development Bank loan to take over and equip the hospital. Whilst the 15 doctors hope to be able to keep fees as low as possible to enable as many PNG people to be able to use the hospital they have said that still needed to have enough money to repay the loan and bring in specialist medical equipment and drugs. The new hospital will work closely with the existing public health service.

Online Airline Tickets

Air Niugini have announced that they will be introducing online bookings very soon with payment available in most major currencies including Kina. DataNets, in conjunction, with the Westpac Bank (PNG) are placing the finishing touches on an Internet banking gateway that will allow this to happen.

Airlines of PNG already have online bookings for their international flights but do not accept payment in Kina.

Hiri Moale Festival

The Hiri Moale Festival has received a K30,000 donation from the South Pacific Brewery to assist in the running of the festival this year. The Hiri Moale Festival is held on the 16th of September to coincide with the Independence Day celebrations.


Navigational aids at Goroka airport have been vandalised again. This is not the first time that the Precision Approach Path Indicator Lights have been attacked by vandals recently. The perimeter fence of the airport is very poorly maintained and the Civil Aviation Authority plans to upgrade the fence within the next 18 months.

The road from the airport to the police station in Goroka has recently been resealed just in time for the National Executive Council meeting that is currently being held there. Very little else has been done to improve the look of the town. The Provincial Government building still can be seen to have many smashed windows with derelict vehicles parked around the back. Even the road outside the entrance to the only premier hotel in town, the Bird of Paradise hotel, resembles a badly eroded bush track.

Sepik River

The Sepik River is Papua New Guinea's equivalent to the Amazon or the Congo rivers. The mystical East Sepik Province is situated on the North Coast of PNG.

Want to read more then click on this link --

Fishermen Held

17 Indonesian fishermen have been arrested for illegally fishing in PNG waters only weeks after PNG soldiers shot dead an Indonesian man suspected of poaching. Jakarta has accused PNG of using excessive force after the PNG Defence Force soldiers patrolling a common border fired on 10 fishermen on the 8th of August 2006. A PNG fisheries officer said the 17 Indonesians detained were caught 250km inside PNG waters. The two fishermen injured in the 8th of August shooting, and the seven others who were with them, pleaded guilty to illegally entering PNG waters have been fined and returned to Indonesia.

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Leatherback Turtles

PNG, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands have agreed to protect the endangered leatherback turtle in the Pacific through joint conservation activities. Michael Avosa, WWF's Country Programme Manager in PNG has said that the three governments have showed their commitment to improving the livelihood of their people through sustainable development and conservation.

Although protected under various national laws and international treaties, population trends of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) show alarming rates of decline due to domestic and commercial exploitation of eggs, development and destruction of nesting beaches, accidental capture and drowning in fisheries using long line and purse seining methods, ocean pollution and ingestion of plastic and other garbage.


An exhibition titled "Twisting knowledge and emotions. Modern bilums of Papua New Guinea" sponsored by the Alliance française de Port Moresby opened at the University of PNG Michael Somare library recently. Modern day bilums are used to carry almost anything from store goods to babies. They are a work of art often taken many hours to produce.

see more "How to Make a Bilum" --
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PNG Chaos

Australia is gearing up for what many see as the impending collapse of Papua New Guinea, the colony it gave independence to 31 years ago and the troubled South Pacific's biggest country.

See --

Political Intimidation

The recently elected member for Chuave, Jim Nomane, was bundled off in a vehicle belonging to a major political party on his arrival into Moresby the other day. Several political parties were at the airport trying to vie for his attention. The Registrar of Political Parties, Paul Bengo, has said that this may be in breach of the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates law as the section of the law provides that where a political party, an executive, an MP or any person forces, threatens, intimidates, detains or interferes with the free movement of an MP in the performance of his duties, is guilty of an offence.

Sporting Millions

Sport in PNG has received an injection of K5 million from the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC). The MRDC has also paid a K10 million dividend to the government.

European Union

The European Union (EU) will spend K460 million to help fund natural resource programs and projects around the country between 2008 and 2013. The EU will also spend another K6 million funding forestry research within the country.

Lae Investment Boom

The State-owned Malahang Industrial Centre (MIC) at Lae, Morobe province, is seeing an increase in investments with the recent entry of several companies into the area.

The Chinese government is expected to build a large tuna processing and cooling factory over an 8,000sqm of land that had been sitting idle for many years. The Morobe provincial government-owned Morobe Fishing Corporation Ltd (Mofisco) acquired the land for K342,000 three weeks ago. Another company that has bought land at the MIC is Yuwai 29 Ltd, owned by couple Jane and Noel Edward, who also own businesses in Mt Hagen, Goroka, Madang and Lae.

They plan to have a large warehouse standing by Dec 31 and will move their office also to Malahang. The K1.2 million warehouse would be custom-built abroad and set up within 14 weeks. several other businesses have recently purchased land at the industrial site.

University of Technology

The University of Technology has held a successful cultural and technology weekend. The cultural day was followed by a strike by university staff over their salaries and conditions.

Mobile Phones

The two successful tenderers, to compete with Pacific Mobile Communications in the mobile phone arena, have been announced. A mobile phone operator from Jamaica and a joint PNG venture with an Indonesian company will now have the task of rolling out mobile telephone services to 229 towns and villages throughout the country including 120 smaller towns and villages. The tender process took from March until now to complete with 16 companies from within the company and overseas vying for the two positions.


A local firm in Lae is supplying 40 Kilogram bags of locally produced asphalt to the Lae City Urban Council. The product meets Australian standards for cold mix asphalt and will be used to repair roads around the city. The company has also won contracts with Civil Aviation and the University of Technology as well as being engaged by the National Works department for road maintenance.

Coming Events

The Institute of PNG Studies Exploratory Workshop - sometime in September

42nd PNG Medical Symposium is currently being held in Madang and will finish on 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 -- 4th and 5th of November

Ex KIAP Reunion in Victoria, Australia will be held on the 5th of November at Sandown Greyhounds Tabaret --

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


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Created 6 Sep 2006
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