PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 October 2006

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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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Due to work commitments a shortened edition this time. An overnight trip to Cairns and a week in Singapore has meant I have run out of time to produce a bigger newsletter.


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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 (try -- -- for a good and cheap deal) 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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PNG History

If you are looking for the history of PNG then a good place to start is the Wikipedia free encyclopaedia as well as the other links below.




-- (Air Niugini - not complete)

-- (Airlines of PNG - very incomplete!)

If anyone can add to the Air Niugini or the Airlines of PNG (Milne Bay Air) history please send an email to this newsletter and I will pass it on. Does anyone have a picture of the MBA Gruman Goose?

PNG Diving Sites

The following is a 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 --

Merchant Vessel FeBrina --

Taklam Guest House

Taklam Lodge and Tours, was originally located in Rabaul but was relocated to Kokopo after the twin volcanic eruptions destroyed Rabaul in 1994. They commenced operations in 1990 offering a home away from home service. A web site is located at --

Miscellaneous Links

PNG Society of Eminent Scholars and Professionals --

Expat Expert -- -- An interesting site for "expats"

Official Air Niugini -- --

Unofficial Air Niugini --

Airways Hotel --

Avis Rent a Car --

Bank South Pacific --

Budget Rent a Car --

ConXions --

Coral Sea Hotels --

Daltron Electronics --

Hastings Deering --

Kina Securities Limited --

KK Kingston --

Kokoda Trekking --

Lihir Gold Mine --

NCS --

Oil Search --

Ok Tedi Mining --

PNG Department of Mining --

PNG Institute of Banking and Business --

PNG Surfing --

PNG Trekking Adventures --

Cheap PNG Web Hosting --

Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies --


UMW Niugini --

Walindi Resort --

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Also remember to visit the Photos and Scenery section of the PNGBD web site --


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News Items

What Price a Life?

A man trying to evade a 50 toea Public Motor Vehicle bus fare in Lae has been beaten to death by bystanders at the Eriku bus stop. The relatives of the man, believed to be from Wabag, have retaliated and attacked bus operators from the Western Highlands province.

50 toea is less than 20 US cents.

Air Niugini

Air Niugini has had to contend with more than the normal flight delay problems over recent weeks. It has had a major failure of its data lines leased from Telikom causing delays to passenger check in. What makes this matter worse is that the telephone data lines are unstable so the check in staff do not know whether to start off with manual slower check in or persevere with the electronic check in only to have it fail half way through a flight. On top of that bad weather around the country and sometimes the failure of navigational aids has meant that flights have had to overfly an airstrip and when they can not find a hole in the clouds they have had to return to Moresby. Some flights have not even left Moresby due to the bad weather conditions being known in advance. In addition to that planes have gone faulty and in the interests of safety the flights have been cancelled.

I thought world knowledge was a problem only in the back blocks of PNG but checking in last night at Singapore's Changi airport I overhead the check in staff member asking a PNG passport holder whether she had a visa for Port Moresby! I know I have been away for a few days but I still think Port Moresby is a part of PNG or have I missed out on something?

PNG Rugby League

A report in the Gold Coast Bulletin by referee Bill Harrigan about the recent Rugby League grand final held in Port Moresby between the Mendi Muruks and the Goroka Lahanis can be found at --

The Mendi Muruks won the game. The Lahanis went down 22-14.

Bank Robbery

The recent robbery of the Westpac Bank in downtown Port Moresby has only reinforced how many people in PNG do not think about their lives. The robbers were leaving the bank at about 5:30pm and rather than run away from the scene the crowd swarmed around to get a good look at the action. Don't worry that there were gun shots being exchanged this only adds to the excitement and makes the crowd want to run closer to see everything. A few clever ones were seen heading the other direction and hiding behind the few remaining trees in the area.

Ice / Fish Deal

The Chinese government has approved a K10 million funding for an ice-making cold storage facility for local fishermen in Morobe province. --

Kokoda Track

Reports that a mining company wants to dig for gold close to the Kokoda Track has the Australian Government backed by the Australian Federal Opposition and the Returned Services League working together to find a way to halt the development in PNG. It is estimated that the gold reserves are worth about $1.7 billion so it may prove hard to have the PNG government ban mining in the area close to the track. At the end of the day the mining company will exert pressure on the PNG Government if it believes a mine will pay off, and there's little if anything the Australian Government can do about it.


PNG's Aids Epidemic

PNG and its population of just under six million is in the grip of an HIV/Aids epidemic.

The Health Minister Peter Barter shocked a recent meeting of world health officials by saying that infection rates had reached double digits in some remote parts of the country.

Full story can be found at --

This photo essay is by Peter Cronau, a producer on the Australian Broadcasting Commission's 4 Corners program. --

Rain Forest Timber

It has been reported by Greenpeace that Tony Blair's government has been exposed again for using wood ripped from the rainforests of PNG. Tropical hardwood sourced almost exclusively from PNG, is being used to protect the hallowed floors, stairs and walls during building work. See -- -- and --,,1883728,00.html -- for more of the story.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

Here is a poem written about the efforts of the PNG "Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels" during the Second World War by Bert Beros. The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels played a key part in the defeat of the Japanese Imperial Force especially along the Kokoda track.

Many a mother in Australia when the busy day is done
Sends a prayer to the Almighty for the keeping of her son
Asking that an angel guide him and bring him safely back
Now we see those prayers are answered on the Owen Stanley Track.
For they haven't any halos only holes slashed in their ears
And their faces worked by tattoos with scratch pins in their hair
Bringing back the badly wounded just as steady as a horse
Using leaves to keep the rain off and as gentle as a nurse
Slow and careful in the bad places on the awful mountain track
They look upon their faces would make you think Christ was black
Not a move to hurt the wounded as they treat him like a saint
It's a picture worth recording that an artist's yet to paint
Many a lad will see his mother and husbands see their wives
Just because the fuzzy wuzzy carried them to save their lives
From mortar bombs and machine gun fire or chance surprise attacks
To the safety and the care of doctors at the bottom of the track
May the mothers of Australia when they offer up a prayer
Mention those impromptu angels with their fuzzy wuzzy hair.

- Bert Beros

Miss PNG Red Cross

The tradition of 'Miss Red Cross' goes back more than 30 years. However the first time that the title of "Miss Papua New Guinea Red Cross" was used was in 1974, just prior to independence. At this time, the PNG Red Cross Society was offered the franchise for the winner of its annual Quest to represent Papua New Guinea and the Red Cross both overseas and at numerous functions at home.

Miss Charity Queen is automatically the contestant who, with her sponsor, raises the most funds for the Red Cross. The judges do not know who Miss Charity Queen will be, so it is possible for the same contestant to win both titles.

Miss PNG quest not only provides an opportunity for contestants and sponsors to help Red Cross, but also help many contestants to further their personal development and enhance their careers. This is particularly true of former Miss PNG Winners.

1974 - Miss Eva Arni became the first holder of the Miss Papua New Guinea title. She went on to win the "Miss Asia" title in 1975.

1975 - The second Miss Papua New Guinea was Miss Eau Suve and she won the "Best Traditional Dress" Award at the "Miss Asia" in 1975.

1976 - Miss Sayah Karukuru won the title. Sayah has had a busy career as a travel consultant.

1978 - Miss Angeline Tukana - a talented model.

1979 - Miss Milly Misbut was crowned Miss Papua New Guinea in 1979. She has a career in the travel industry working with Air Niugini.

1980 - Miss Papua New Guinea for the year was Mispah Alwyn . She also embarked on a career in the travel industry, and was a senior consultant with British Airways before flying away overseas to live.

1981 - Miss Jennifer Abaijah, Miss Papua New Guinea and was with Air Niugini.

1982 - Miss Moi Eli, sponsored by OK Tedi, became Miss Papua New Guinea.

1983 - Miss Shannel Bray was crowned Miss Papua New Guinea.

1984 - Miss Patricia Mirisa was crowned as the tenth Miss PNG.

1985 - Miss Carmel Vagi (sponsored by Post and Telecom and NBC) takes the crown thus becoming the eleventh Miss PNG Queen.

1986 - Miss Anna Wild from Goroka, was crowned as the twelfth Miss PNG Queen. She was the first from the Highlands region to win the title since it's inception.

1987 - Miss Harriette Warren was crowned as the 13th Miss PNG Queen. She later relinquished the title to Miss Mabel Daure who was the 1st runner-up and Miss Charity Queen.

1988 - Miss Erue Taunao was the 14th Miss PNG title holder.

1989 - Miss Joycelyn Leahy was crowned as the 15th Miss PNG. Miss Leahy is now running a successful business of her own.

1990 - Miss Nellie Ben (Miss Ok Tedi Mine)

1991 - Miss Marcia Muir sponsored by PNG Motors became the 17th Miss PNG.

1992 - Miss Jennifer Lemeki sponsored by Big Rooster was crowned Miss PNG.

1993 - Miss Sharon Onsa sponsored by City Pharmacy

1994 - Miss Tania Doyle

1995 - Imanakone Sioa, sponsored by National Capital District Commission. Miss Caroline Suckling sponsored by the Cathay Club raised a record amount of money and was crowned Miss Charity Queen 1995.

1996 - Saw a first for a Media organisation to participate in the quest by sponsoring a contestant. She was EMTV's Miss Rita Stegman, the second lady from the Highlands region to win the title.

Miss Anita Mooney from the Morobe Province was sponsored by the Cathay Club, and was crowned Miss Charity Queen. Both being the 22nd lot of girls to win their respective titles.

1997 - Miss Lisa Linibi was crowned Miss PNG She was sponsored by Coopers and Lybrand, it was the first time an accounting firm had sponsored a Quest winner. Miss Irene Jameson who was sponsored by Rabaul Travelodge won the title of Miss Charity Queen.

1998 - Miss Helai Oala was crowned as Miss PNG 1998 she was sponsored by NCDC and Cheryl Fernandez raised more than K120,000 to be crowned Miss Charity Queen 1998.

1999 - Miss Roberta Ali, an Air Niugini Flight Attendant, who was sponsored by NCDC, won both the major titles of Miss PNG and Miss Charity Queen.

2000 - Miss Ephreddie Jubilee, sponsored by Courts Superstore also won both the title of Miss PNG and Miss Charity Queen for the year.

2001 - Miss Olivia Wilson sponsored by Courts won the title of Miss PNG Red Cross 2001. Cecilia John sponsored by PNG Red Cross, Milne Bay branch won the title of Miss PNG Red Cross Charity Queen.

2002 - Miss Yaku Ninich sponsored by the Galley Restaurant in Port Moresby won the title. Katherine Tabuchi, raised more than K77,000 and became the Charity Queen.

2003 - Miss MRDC Cynthia Vaka Asi sponsored by MRDC became the Miss PNG for 2003 and also took out the Miss Charity Queen title by raising more than K158,000

2004 - Miss Warehouse - Ashwin Samson also won the Miss Charity Queen title.

2005 - Miss Porebada School -- Michelle Pala. Shirley O'Connor (Miss Boroko Motors) took out the Miss Charity Queen title.

2006 - ????? Yet to be held for 2006

Old Maps

Cols Vintage Mowers is seeking any old - original or copies of maps showing the Salamaua, Wau, Edie Ck, Bitio, Watut, Waria and/or Black Cat areas. Also he is desparately seeking a decent enlargable photo of the Edie Ck Waterfall and ridge. Can anyone please help him or give him a clue where to start?

Col F. - C/- of this newlsetter

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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-- THE END --

In Tok Pisin - em tasol

For other ways of saying the end please pay a visit to -- ../emtasol

Some of the ways of saying "that's all" are courtesy of Liz and her friends at the University of Technology in Lae. --

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