PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 September 2006

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Tok Pisin English
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aisblok iceblock
aiskrim ice-cream
kol / kolpela cold
kus have a cold
taim bilong kol cold season (winter)
taim bilong ren rainy season
taim bilong san dry season / hot season (summer)
hat / hot / hotpela hot
bun nating thin
bun bone
bun i bruk fracture / broken bone
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ren rain
renbo rainbow
san sun
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Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at -- -- and -- or try the PNG Business Directory located at -- -- and the PNG Tourism Directory -- Both are excellent places to look for information about the country.
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. --


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PNG Aviation Site

If any one is interested the PNG Air site, Run by Shane Thomas, has video of early aviation in PNG available for viewing. A sample of what is available can be found below but you will need Windows Media Player installed to view the video

Around Wau --

For other video titles below please visit --

The Bill Gray Story
Around Port Moresby
Around Lae
Around Salamaua
Flight Salamaua to Port Moresby
Flight to Mt Hagen
Wewak to Bulolo vi Madang
Flight to Highlands
Working Gold
Kokoda Airstrip
Papua New Guinea Natives
Plane Loads and Short Trips
Short Flights and Cargo

If anyone has any other footage concerning Papua New Guinea Aviation, PNGAir would be more than happy to put it online for all to view and in turn preserve forever.

Please send a copy of the material that you have to
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Papua New Guinea

CIA - The World Fact book --

Wikipedia --

Lonely Planet Destination Guide --

Geographia --

Papua New Guinea Government Online --

Papua New Guinea Virtual Library --

BBC News - Country Profile: Papua New Guinea --

Jane's Papua New Guinea Home Page --

Interactive GSM Coverage Map --

CyberMasta Sites

SP Brewery --

Coral Sea Hotels --


PNG Orchids --

South Pacific Motor Sports Club --

Rocky Roe --

CyberMasta Web Design has prepared all the above sites. CyberMasta has developed many PNG related sites. It is worthwhile visiting the web site to see some of the other ones --

ICCC Web Site

The Independent Consumer & Competition Commission has a web site located at -- -- The ICCC is PNG's economic regulator and consumer watchdog.

Internet Service Providers

Daltron --

Data Nets --

Datec --

Global Technologies --

News Items

Walking Shark

A shark that walks on its fins has been found in PNG. Scientists carrying out research in the country say they have discovered dozens of new species underwater, including a shark that walks on its fins and a shrimp that looks like a praying mantis. The shark grows up to 1.2 metres (4ft) long and they are able to "walk" along the seafloor using their muscular pectoral fins.

See the UK Times Online for the rest of this article --,,3-2363546,00.html

Hiri Hanenamo Quest

Miss Alison Corrinna Exton from Hanuabada has won the 2006 Hiri Hanenamo Quest. Runner up was Robin Kila from Gaire. 2005 winner, Hitolo Mase Talai, was at the presentation ceremony to hand over her title. Alison is currently a student at the Port Moresby National High School.

For a list of some of the previous winners of the title please visit -- -- This is not a comprehensive list but I have not been able to find any other site that has a complete list or history of the contest.

Americans Honoured

Several Americans, who have had an association with PNG, have been honoured and recognised by the PNG Government during the recent Independence celebrations. Prime Minster Somare, who was in the USA for the 62nd United Nations General Assembly, was able to present some of them with their honours.

Sir Michael also paid tribute to Madang born Canadian soldier, Nicola Goddard who recently became Canada's first female soldier to die in battle since World War II after she was killed in active fighting in Afghanistan in May this year --

Airlines PNG

Airlines PNG have revised its domestic flight schedules to become effective from the first of October. The airline said the new schedule would allow better connections between the main PNG provincial airports and Port Moresby and through Port Moresby onto and from its Brisbane and Cairns international services.

Goroka Show

Overall the 50th Goroka show was a success except that it was marred by many tourists and show goers having their pockets picked. A Japanese tourist who stayed on after the show to see the sights of Goroka and the surrounding areas was stabbed and is in a critical condition in the Goroka Base Hospital. --

PNG Aust Gas Project

Oil Search Ltd managing director, Paul Botten, has said that a new shorter design was being considered for the proposed Papua New Guinea - Australia natural gas pipeline that could keep the project alive. The new pipeline plan, which trims about 400km from a previous design, has emerged after a week of discussions with several potential partners. The new route would see the PNG Australia pipeline joining up with the existing connection from Mt. Isa to Moomba. The previous plan hit a roadblock last month when Australian Gas Light Co, the project's chief architect, said it might pull out due to a lack of firm buyers for the gas amid rising construction costs.

Another International Airline

Another overseas airline (Airefata) is about to offer international flights to and from PNG. Airefata hopes to be able to offer a Jayapura to Port Moresby service. Depending on demand, Airefata is expected to use its newly acquired 145-seat DC8 jetliner to service the Port Moresby-Jayapura route taking an estimated hour and a half. This service was previously operated via Vanimo by Air Niugini but was considered unprofitable and cancelled many years ago. -- Jayapura is the provincial capital of Indonesia's Papua province.


The report about the fire onboard and later sinking of the Sealark has been published. The official investigation has revealed possible falsified crew documentation and lack of proper safety training for its crew. The investigators found that Sealark's crew documentation was "out of date or not recognised by the Flag State of Papua New Guinea". It has also uncovered potentially forged vessel certification and seafarer documents. The Sealark sank on the Saturday the 8th of April 2006 at about 10am after a fire, which started at about 1.45pm the day before in the engine room, engulfed the ship.

Gourmet Coffee

It has been announced that the PNG Coffee Growers Federation (PNGCGF) is about to enter the coffee retail market in the United States. Coffee Pacifica, who are the distributor and a marketer in US, Canada and Europe of green bean coffee grown in PNG, has decided to acquire a new coffee roasting company with 50 franchised retail outlets across the States. PNGCGF is a major shareholder of Coffee Pacifica with the chairman of the PNGCGF being the vice-chairman of Coffee Pacifica.

PNG exports approximately 2 percent of the world's annual green bean production.

PNG Gold

Investigations in Perth by Australian police have led to the questioning and arrest of three security guards in Port Moresby. Several bars of Lihir gold went missing in transit from PNG to Australia. Over eight kilograms of the stolen gold was sold in the National Capital to the Metal Refining Operation who alerted police when the same person came back to sell more gold. The Assistant Commissioner of Police (Southern Region) Tony Wagambie has said that "a lot of people are involved in this whole thing so we are not able to comment on it right now".

Prince Claus Award

Michael Mel, a lecturer in Expressive Arts at Goroka University, has won the first Prince Claus Award in PNG as part of the 2006 awards. His category was "Laureates working in the area of cultural education and debate".

The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development aims at increasing cultural awareness and promoting exchange between culture and development --

Govt Appointments

It appears that while Sir Michael Somare was out of the country the acting Prime Minister decided it was time to make some changes. The result seems to be a complete mess with one newspaper incorectly reporting that the Governor General had refused to sign the necessary appointment paperwork until the mess was sorted out.

Governor General

The Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane has celebrated his 75th birthday surrounded by his family on the 21st of September.

Unitech IT

Vice Chancellor Misty Baloiloi has said that the University of Technology, in Lae, is desperate for an upgrading of its information and communication technology infrastructure to ensure it meets the government's development efforts. At the moment, the vice chancellor said the university needed more computers for students use to improve competitiveness. He said the ratio today was one computer to seven students but for a well-equipped university and for the sake of students learning it was desirable to have a computer shared by four students.

Snooker Title

Gus Kraus recently won the 2006 PNG National Men's Snooker Titles. Kraus defeated Djorne Fong five frames to two in the best of nine in the grand final held at the Port Moresby Country Club. The event was sponsored by the Bank South Pacific.

Frequently Asked Questions

I know that seventeen year-old Susan Karike (Now Mrs Huhume) designed the PNG flag but who designed the PNG currency?

I am not sure who designed the K50 and K100 notes and the 50t coin but I do know that a boy from Milne Bay attending the Goroka Technical College was selected from several others to design the PNG bank notes and coins. Once 16 year-old William Stevens from Ladava in Milne Bay was selected he ended up in a back room of the Australian Note Issue Department of the Reserve Bank of Australia in Melbourne for two years. He actually flew back to PNG on the same plane that carried over K12 million in crisp notes and shiny coins bearing his exclusive designs.

More FAQ's can be found at --

Illegal Aliens

Three Sri Lankans have been detained after arriving at Jackson's International Airport on a plane from Singapore. The Sri Lankans are accused of having false documents were locked up at the Boroko Police cells before being deported to Singapore where they started their journey. Foreign Affairs confirmed that the three were members of the Tamil Tigers who were trying to seek asylum in Australia via PNG.

Marcus Bai

Winger Marcus Bai has signed a new one-year deal with the Bradford Bulls in the UK Super League and is set to become the oldest player in the league.

Coming Events

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 26 Sep 2006
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