PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Mar 2007

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bekbun backbone
bun bone
bekim tok reply
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bik big
taun town
biktaun city
bisket biscuit
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bruk broken
lo law
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Audio Postcard

There are more than 800 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, and even more traditional songs and dances. Papua New Guineans love to share them at the two-day-long "cultural shows" that are held around the country every year.

Listen to an Audio Postcard: Celebration in Papua New Guinea by Skye Rohde --

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Goroka Grammar School

The Goroka Grammar School started in January 2001 with four teachers and 60 students. It now has 18 teachers and over 200 students. It has a web site at --

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Education Web Sites

PNG Education Institute -- (new)

Ela Murray International School --

Goroka Grammar --

Institute of Banking and Business Management --

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International Business Institute --

International Education Agency --

Korobosea and Boroko East School --

Pacific Training Academy --

PNG Basic Education Development Program (BEDP) --

PNG Curriculum Reform Implementation Project --

PNG International Training Institute --

PNG Maritime College --

PNG University of Technology (Lae) --

POM Institute of Matriculation Studies --

Tabubil International Education Agency School --

The International School of Lae --

University of Goroka, Eastern Highlands --

University of PNG --

South Pacific Exports

If you need that hard to get part for your electrical / communications gear or even a special tool send email to Peter Goleby at <> - he might just be able to help you out or at least point you in the right direction. Peter claims he will attempt to get anything legal for you so long as he can add a small amount to cover his own costs.

Orion PNG Expedition

The passenger ship Orion often cruises through PNG waters. Here are a couple of reports about the cruises.

New or Updated Blogs

See previous editions for the many blogs dealing with Papua New Guinea.

PNG Photos

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News Items

Anglican Church

Revd Peter Ramsden has been appointed as the new Anglican Bishop of the Port Moresby Diocese. Originally from Cheshire and educated at Birkenhead School, the bishop elect read Geography at University College London and trained for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He married fellow geographer Sue in 1977 and served two curacies in Durham Diocese. PNG will not be new for the Bishop elect as the couple first arrived in PNG in 1983 where they spent the first three years in the Western Highland's Jimi Valley running a remote mission station at Koinambe. In 1987 they moved to Lae, PNG's second city and major port, where Fr Peter was Rector of All Souls' Church. During three years there they extended the new church building, renovated the old building as a school, and started the first ecumenical Mission to Seafarers Centre in PNG. Rather than reinvent the wheel interested readers can read about the Bishop at -- -- and --

Jackson Airport

Who are the legitimate landowners of the Jackson aerodrome at Seven Mile, Port Moresby? The Lands and Physical Planning Department and the Land Titles Commission are currently trying to determine who the real owners are. The Dubara clan of Kira Kira village and the Iarogaba clan of Korobosea village both lay claim to portions of the airport. The Lands Minister, Dr Puka Temu, has told disgruntled landowners there was currently insufficient information regarding the legitimate landowners of the Jackson aerodrome land and that more time was needed to investigate the various claims of ownership.

Telikom PNG

After only ten months as the Chief Executive Officer of Telikom PNG David Waterhouse has resigned. Peter Loko has been appointed to act in the position with support from Clark Kulianasi until a replacement can be found.

Panguna Mine

The president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government Joseph Kabui last week announced that his government will not sign nor be part of the proposed heads of agreement with Ord River Mining Company of Australia and the PNG Somare government.

Medical Advice Online

Many people coming to PNG for the first time are worried about various ailments that can affect you especially in the tropics. There's a lot of medical information online, but how much of it can you trust? Where can you go to learn more about various drugs and medical conditions? If you wake up with puffy, irritated eyes, is it just a seasonal allergy or maybe something worse? Thanks to the Internet, we have the ability to find out the answer to many medical problems before we visit the doctor's office.

Many research and informational sites are available to the public, sharing medical advice that will help you diagnose your every ailment. If you want information from real doctors, not some guy selling miracle cures, read on...


The Bank of PNG is reminding everyone that the 1 and 2 toea coins will be withdrawn from service on the 19th of April this year and will no longer be legal currency. They have also announced that the older and larger (32.72 mm) One Kina (K1) is also being withdrawn leaving the smaller (30.00 mm), metallic coin as legal tender. The bank has also advertised that old, torn, worn out notes also need to be returned to the commercial banks for change over to newer notes.

For sample of notes please visit --

News From London

Here is an old article that has not appeared here before. It has been submitted by DANIEL TORDOFF

In July 2005 a mother from PNG and her six year old girl denied accessed to the high commissioners Home in London: They were homeless for three months: she has lived in Britain for over 25 years: she lost her home when she went to PNG to care for a very ill relative: they died after six months and she came back to the UK: just to find her council home given to some one else because she had over stayed: she went to speak to the high commissioner Mrs Jean Kekedo just to put her up for a week so she could organized herself with the welfare system: Mrs Jean Kekedo told her to go back to PNG: or go away :she couldn't do that because all her children are in full time education and they need her: Was the high commissioner suppose to help this woman and her child or not? Sad story but true this could be you

God loves is better then a human love

I think this is outside the duties of a high commissioner but what do others think?


The 1st Royal Pacific Islands Regiment (1RPIR) has celebrated its 56th battalion anniversary recently at Taurama barracks. Read more about this in The National --

MP Referral

Tari MP Tom Tomiape has been referred to the Public Prosecutor by the Ombudsman Commission for allegedly depositing K250,000 of public funds into his personal account. The commission conducted an investigation and found that in 2002, Mr Tomiape received a total of K250,000 being part of the discretionary component of the District Support Grants for his electorate under the Rural Action Programme Funds, and allegedly deposited three cheques totalling that amount into his personal account. He was also referred for prosecution for failing to submit annual statements for the period July 16, 2002 to July 15, 2003.

With only a month to go before the writs for the 2007 general elections are issued, a number of high profile cases awaiting an outcome include that of suspended Petroleum Minister Sir Moi Avei, Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta and Communications and Public Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare.

Child Welfare Act

Community Development Minister, Dame Carol Kidu, has said on National Talk Back radio that the Child Welfare Act has gone through the NEC, the first legislative council and back to the department and she is expecting it to be back on her desk in the near future and then it will go back to Parliament to be tabled in Parliament in April. The review of the Child Welfare Act is to make it more appropriate and to fill gaps in the policy area.

Air Niugini

Air Niugini has announced the introduction of its service to Fiji which will commence on the 23rd of March 2007. Flights to Nadi will operate via Honiara in both directions on a twice weekly basis on Friday and Sunday from Port Moresby to Nadi and returning on Saturday and Monday. Air Niugini says the flight schedule provides great opportunities for tourism to Papua New Guinea and business and leisure travel to Fiji, as well as options for travel via Nadi to the United States, New Zealand and other Pacific Island destinations.

Escapee Arrested

A 29-year-old man, who escaped arrest after allegedly raping an expatriate woman in Vanimo five years ago has been re-arrested by Vanimo auxiliary police after a tip-off.

Sepik Iron Man

The Sepik Iron Man competition, in Wewak, East Sepik province, will be held on the 11th of June 2007. The organising committee is expecting over 100 competitors if last years event is any indication. The registration fee for this year will remain at K350 a team and the prizes would be K10,000 (first prize), K7,500 (second prize) and K5,000 (third prize).

The teams that have already indicated competing are
South Seas Tuna Company,
Tang Mow,
SBA Limited,
Porgera Joint Venture,
Ela Motors,
PNG Ports Corporation,
Eda Ranu,
International Food Corporation,
Oxfam International,
Lae Biscuit Company,
RH Trading, Theodist,
Bank South Pacific,
ANZ Bank,
PNG Tourism Promotion Authority,
Office of the Prime Minister,
Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers,
Airport Lodge,
Brandi High School,
Bits N Pieces,
Windjammer Beach Resort,
and Kapmundu Service Station.

Birth Registrations

There has been about 500,000 completed birth registrations made in the country. The response to birth registration, 110 years ago since 1986, was 3 per cent before the launch of the registration in 2003 which saw it shoot up to 15 per cent. Prior to 2003, there were about 1,000 people who registered but after that year, the number had increased and it is hoped that the figures would reach a million, about 60 per cent to 70 per cent by the end of this year.

Bio-Diesel Plant

Sir Michael Somare recently officiated at the ground breaking of the new plant at Alotau in Milne Bay. He said the plant is an example of his government's pro-active approach to attracting investors to develop industry in PNG, and their efforts to expand the palm oil industry. Crude palm oil will be processed in Alotau to provide a clean form of diesel which will be sold locally as well as exported.

WWII Crew Remains

The bones and personal effects of aircrew have been found in recent weeks during excavations of crash sites in the mountains of Morobe Province, according to Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph. --,22049,21326336-5001028,00.html

Interest Rates

The Leader of the Opposition, Peter O'Neill, has warned the Government to be careful about unplanned, unbudgeted, spending on the lead up to the elections. He says the Government is running the real risk of the Central Bank forcing up interest rates and implementing a significant tightening of lending due to the unplanned spending. Mr O'Neill said the Government was ignoring the Bank of PNG governor's clear warning about excessive spending.


Coming Events

The 23rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns from the 18th to 20th of March.

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

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

Sepik Iron Man Contest -- 11th of June 2007

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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