PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Jan 2007

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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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Takuu Island

Takuu Island, once known as the Mortlock Islands, is part of PNG and 200 kilometres north-east of Bougainville, the atoll is made up of 13 islets with a combined land area of less than a square kilometre - none of it now more than one metre above mean sea level. The island is under threat of being submerged not by a Tsunami but by one big wave. The big tides, which occur around twice a year, sometimes see a low tide up to two metres below normal and -- ominously -- a high tide 1.5 metres higher than normal. A film is being made about the island and there is also a blog that can be read --

Primary School Reunion

International Primary Schools Reunion -- BANZ - GOROKA - KUNDIAWA - MINJ - MT HAGEN
Date: Saturday 15th September 2007
Where: The Queensland Irish Club, Brisbane
Tickets: $50/Adult & $30/Child

Banz & Mt Hagen - Jean Martin: and Lola Collins:

Goroka - Lisa Adams:

Minj - Ilma Leahy: TBA

Kundiawa - Carla C: TBA

If you are unable to attend the reunion but would still like to catch up with old friends, email us!

Goroka Grammar School

Goroka Grammar has a web site located at -- -- visit the site to find out more about the school.

Tasman Building Company

The Tasman Building Company has a web site located at --

Way Back Machine

The way back machine shows that the first issue of the PNG Gossip Newsletter using the domain name of -- -- was in 2001. --*/ -- prior to that issues were sponsored by --

The wayback machine doesn't always get it right. The Air Niugini site, for example, doesn't render correctly. Take a look at the couple of sites I have listed below but have fun and look up your own favourite sites to see what they used to look like.

Airlines of PNG (MBA) --

DataNets --

Datec PNG --, -- the Internet archive at the New Library of Alexandria, Egypt, mirrors the Wayback Machine. Try your search there if you have trouble connecting to the Wayback servers.

Kavieng Diving

Kavieng based dive company Scuba Ventures has launched an exciting new website that showcases the very best of New Ireland Province. -- -- provides a central guide for tourists visiting Kavieng by providing accommodation details, flight routes, local guides, maps, prices and links to other useful websites. Director of Scuba Ventures Cara Kopman says its more than just scuba diving because it tries to promote Kavieng as a complete holiday destination where visitors can undertake a variety of recreational activities such as surfing, village tours, cycling, hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing and historical tours. The website was built by Jason Kovacs from Melbourne. "I lived in PNG for two years, so I knew how beautiful and vibrant the country is and we had to capture that on the website," he said. Scuba Ventures has been Kavieng's premier dedicated dive operator for over 6 years and owners Dorian and Cara who have a combined 28 years experience in diving tropical waters are fully accredited NAUI and PADI instructors.

Kokoda Track

Field Guide to the KOKODA Track --

FIA Site

PNG Forest Industries Association -- -- This site is designed and implemented by Wolfgang and is a CyberMasta Web Site --

Lands Dept Site

The Department of Lands and Physical Planning have a new website that can be found at -- -- Lands Department management hope that the site will enhance the department's efforts to inform investors, government institutions and the general public of the roles, responsibilities, procedures, processes and the overall working of the department.

Yahoo PNG Groups

If you want to find a Yahoo group that deals with Papua New Guinea then I recommend that you visit this link -- -- with any luck you will find a whole list of groups that may interest you.

The Yahoo regional directory on PNG is located at --

Miscellaneous PNG Web Sites

Official web site of the PNG National Olympic Committee --

Inside Papua New Guinea -- -- this site has links to current news and stories about Papua New Guinea usually from sources outside PNG.

PNG Forest Conservation News --

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce website can be found at --

The Web Site for the PNG Institute of Directors gives an excellent introduction to PNG company law and related governance issues it can be found at --

Papua New Guinea Institute of Accountants --

Rimbunan Hijau (PNG) Group --

UMW heavy equipment supplier --

Atlas Steel PNG --

News Items

Commodore Ilau Reinstated

Suspended PNG Defence Force commander, Commodore Peter Ilau, has been reinstated by the National Court. The presiding judge, Justice David Cannings quashed the National Executive Council's decision made on the 11th of November 2006. The court also ordered that all costs should be paid for by the State.

Mobile Telephones

Telikom PNG have reportedly blocked the allocation of two mobile telephone licences that are needed to get the two other companies up and running by the 1st of April. Caribbean company, Digicel, and Indonesian firm Dawamiba successfully tendered to enter the PNG in an international tender conducted by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission between March and September 2006. Telikom PNG has a licence that gives them exclusive control over mobile telephones within PNG until later this year.

Telikom Cable Damage

Telikom PNG is still facing vandalism of cables. Hundreds of telephone subscribers in Port Moresby have lost their telephone service due to cables being cut by vandals and thieves. Recently a 400 pair cable serving the Bomana area just outside Port Moresby was cut in three places affecting almost 100 telephone users in the area. Telikom have declared some areas of Port Moresby as "no-go" zones for Telikom technicians who no longer replace services because of repeated damage and also because of threats to its workers attempting to fix the damage. Partly as a result of many people not having access to landlines the mobile telephone system saw 600,000 successful calls being made through the system on the last Friday of 2006. It is expected that this figure will reach the one million mark sometime this year.

Top Cop

PNG residents may not have a local soap opera on television to watch every day but they have the "Top Cop" and the "Moti" saga to keep them up to date with a local dose of opera and with the elections just around the corner I am sure there will be more drama reported in the local press.

Police Headquarters had to be shut down the other day when the appointed top cop, Gari Baki, moved in to take up his position. The acting Internal Security Minister, John Hickey, issued a letter to Mr. Baki stating that he should not take up office in light of what was happening.

Three senior police officers have filed a challenge in the National Court at Waigani to challenge the National Executive Council decision made on the 11th of November 2006 to appoint Mr Baki as the Commissioner of Police. The National Court has confirmed Mr Baki's appointment to the position.

The Defence Force Moti enquiry was closed to the public and then reopened. The worrying point about this is that the enquiry was closed while the Defence Minister was sought to find out if he wanted the enquiry open or not but he could not be found. Another worrying point is a key witness could not be found yet it was reported that he was in close proximity to where the enquiry was being held. Heaven help PNG if it ever gets invaded by a foreign force - the people responsible for making decisions on the PNG side will not be able to be found and worse still the enemy will be next door without the police or defence force being able to hunt them down.

Ninth Passenger on Moti Flight

After several weeks of enquiry it has been revealed to the Defence Force Moti enquiry that a ninth passenger was aboard the aircraft that flew Julian Moti to Munda in the Solomon Islands. Two Defence Force personnel who had earlier testified that there were eight people aboard the aircraft are now claiming that there was a ninth person who was onboard. The identity of the person is not known as it was claimed he was the son of a senior government officer except that person does not have a son.

Lae Settlement Torched

The acting divisional commander for the Mamose region was attacked by armed criminals in the early hours of Saturday morning at Voco Point Beach Lae. In retaliation for the attack on Giossi Labi it has been reported that 22 houses in the nearby Keks Settlement, at the back of PNG Forest Products, were burnt to the ground. It is believed the people who attacked the policeman were from this settlement.

Cruise Ship Impact

The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) is currently undertaking a study to fully appreciate the economic impact the cruise tourism sector has on the country. The study to be completed in Dec 2007 will target tourists, cruise ship owners, tour operators and locals - carvers, painters, artefact sellers. The study will also identify issues considered impediments to the development of cruise tourism in PNG with a view to removing them. It will cover the main sea ports of Port Moresby, Rabaul, Alotau and Madang. PNG TPA is seeking the support of key stakeholders from PNG Ports Corporation, Customs and Immigration to make this study a success.

PNG Soccer

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Congress was originally set to be held in Kimbe, West New Britain province, but this has now been changed to Port Moresby. FIFA president, Sepp Blatter and his delegation, including FIFA General Secretary, Urs Linsi will also attend the OFC Congress to witness the election of the new OFC executive committee.

Gerehu Clinic

The St John Ambulance has taken over the running of the Gerehu Clinic the largest clinic in Port Moresby. The Gerehu Urban Health Centre serves a population of 46,000 people will now be known as the St John Health Centre under an agreement between the Department of Health and St John Ambulance signed last year on the 13tyh of December. St John's will soon celebrate 50 years of service to PNG.

NCDC Amendments

Amendments to the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) Act made by the National Government have been described as laughable by Ombudsman Peter Masi. Masi claims there was a major error in the new Act causing NCDC member Wari Vele to claim the position of Chairman when the section of the law was in fact, actually displacing Mr Vele out of the position. The Ombudsman Commission has warned that it will not hesitate to seek a Supreme Court interpretation of the new act if Parliament fail to adhere to the Commission's advice to remedy the defects in the law.


Are there any florists in PNG?

Not sure about PNG but there are three florists in Port Moresby however I only have e-mail addresses for two.

Linden Blossom is the longest established florist in town and is owned by a Dutch couple who have been here over 30 years. Their e-mail address is --

The other one is called "The Flower Shop" an arm of the National Capital Botanical Gardens and their address is -- -- You should address your mail to Mary Ume who is the manageress of the shop.

The third one is an arm of the PNG Gardener company however I do not have an e-mail address for them.

2007 National Elections

The elections are coming. To keep track of them then I suggest bookmarking the Electoral Commission web site and visiting occasionally --

Coming Events in PNG

National Surfing Titles in Vanimo in mid-February 2007.

32nd Gaming Fishing Association of PNG titles will be held from the 1st to the 4th April 2007

May Coffee Festival 2007 - cancelled due to 2007 National Elections.

Tufi Cultural Show, Oro Province -- 9th to the 11th June

National Mask Festival, Kokopo - East New Britain Province -- 12th to the 15th of July

International Orchid Spectacular -- 5th and 6th of August

Lukim PNG NAU Tourism Expo -- 9th to the 11th September

National Tourism Conference -- 12th September

Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby - National Capital District -- 15th to 18th of September

PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September

Morobe Show, Lae -- 4th to 5th of November

The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be in November.

Do you have an event that you want advertised? Send email to -- PNGNews[@]



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