PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Sep 2007

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin
building / house / hut
haus bilong wasim klos
haus kuk / hauskuk / kisen
haus lotu
temple / church
haus luluai bilong longwe ples
haus mani
bank (n)
haus pamuk
haus pekpek man / meri
toilet men / women
haus piksa
cinema / theatre
haus sik
haus tambaran
art gallery / spirit house
haus win
garden house / summer house

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


English       Pidgin English  
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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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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 an excellent, reliable but 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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Religious Sites

Tok Pisin Jehovah's Witnesses Web Site --

The Catholic Church of PNG and Solomon Islands --

Religious Television Association of PNG --

Anglican Diocese of Port Moresby --

Living Water Mission, Grassroots Christian development project in PNG --

The website of the United Pentecostal Assemblies is in a transition period. It can be found at -- -- but it is little more than a single page with a link to -- -- at the moment.

PNG - Pioneer Bible Translators --

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Max & Kaure in Alotau --

Claremont Globetrotters --

Coral Princess Cruises --

Walking Under Ladders --

Maaike-World: let's mingle --

PNG Is Not For Cowards --!485C19FEE8E75867!1139.entry

Miscellaneous Links

PNG Department of Health --

Westpac bank --

Bank South Pacific --

Bank of PNG --

Blake Dawson Waldron --

Niugini Electrical --

The Markham Group of Companies --

Heli Fix Helicopters --

Heli Niugini --

Regional Aviation Group --

Keynote Music --

Designscope Architects --

PNG Transport --

PNG University of Technology Home page --

University of PNG --

PNG Missions

Here are a few of the websites run by PNG Missions overseas. If you know of any other sites please send an email to this newsletter so the list can be updated.

The Official web site of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) High Commission in Australia can be found at -- -- Embassy of Papua New Guinea to the Americas, Washington, DC

News Items

PNG News Feed

News Feed - for some of the latest headlines from around the world visit the PNG Gossip newsletter RSS News Feed located at -- -- At the moment this uses Yahoo and Google but it seems they pick up on the same news stories so there is not much difference between the two feeds and some of the links remain on the feed for days at a time.

Two Came Back

"Two Came Back" is one of Escape's better jungle adventure stories because of the distinctive dialogue and well-crafted radio play. This is a story about two army veterans and a "treacherous woman" who must trek through a jungle in New Guinea to retrieve a fortune in gold.

Mt Hagen Fire

The outbreak of fire in a Mt Hagen store led to an unparalleled outburst of unjustified violence that was only barely contained by authorities. -- -- and --

see also -- -- --

After the fire Hagen businesses are worried about the safety of heir businesses in case fire.

PX Reunion

For anyone that has worked at the National Airline of PNG then there is a reunion planned for all workers to be held on the 1st of November at the Rydges Oasis Resort situated on the Sunshine Coast of Australia at Caloundra --


A new rural web site has been launched to promote the Ambunti-Dreikikir district of the East Sepik province. It can be found at -- -- Another website dealing with the area can be found at --

PNG Trainspotters

Here is one for the trainspotters. Marengo Mining is planning, as part of its development plan for the Yandera copper-molybdenum project, to build PNG's first railway of any size. The 100km line from the Ramu Valley to the coast near Madang will cost $US224 million ($267 million), including track, bridges, locomotives and wagons.

Communication Skills Training

Advanced Communication Skills Training is scheduled for November 5 - 9 at the Divine Word University campus in Madang. Topics include: Writing effectively and powerfully; Promoting an organisation; Strategic planning; Action planning; Developing a financing strategy; Writing a funding proposal; Monitoring and evaluation; Writing a media release. Training fee is K750 and includes course materials, lunch, tea and access to computer laboratories. Limited accommodation is available on campus. For more information contact Sheryl at Diwai Pacific, or phone +675 854 1807.


Digicel continues to rapidly roll out its state-of-the-art network. It now covers provinces including Central, Morobe, Madang, Simbu, Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, East New Britain and recently New Ireland. New Irelanders will now be able to own a mobile phone and connect to the rest of Digicel PNG network.

Starting Small Library in Moresby

Here's a little write up--
This message is for anyone who has struggled to find new books while living in the Port Moresby area. A small members-only library is starting up in town, and all are invited to join. To become a member, you must donate at least 4 books to our common collection. Once you have done so, you are entitled to borrow half the number of books you have donated. So if you donated 4 books, you can borrow 2 from the collection at any one time; if you donated 11, you can borrow 5. To become a member, receive a list of the current collection; ask a question, etc - email ""

Wewak Blackout

PNG Power consumers in Wewak, East Sepik province have been suffering for weeks following the break-down of three of the five generators at the Boram power station. Substantial loses are being incurred as the blackouts are affecting government offices, individual households and business houses. A number of shops in Wewak that do not have standby generators have also expressed dissatisfaction because they have been losing customers and would continue to do so unless the problem is rectified.

UniTech Blackout

Power to the University of Technology has been cut by PNG Power due to unpaid electricity bills preventing students from having access to vital facilities for their studies. The power supplier opted to take the drastic action after the university failed to settle outstanding bills totalling K600,000 incurred this year. The university has paid K483,000 recently to PNG Power and PNG Power gave its assurance that it would reconnect the power supply as soon as possible.

National Swimming Championship

Thirty PNG records have been broken at the recent Marsh National Swimming championship held at the Ela Murray International School 25 metre pool in the National Capital District. Many of the swimmers have been inspired by the results set by Ryan Pini in international events.

Plan for Future

Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare has appealed to Papua New Guineans to reflect on the achievements over the last 32 years and plan for the next 30 years. He was speaking at the Prince Charles Oval in Wewak during a parade by members of the 2RPIR from Moem Barracks, ex-servicemen and school children.

Middle Watut

According to village court officials drug abuse is rampant in the Middle Watut area of the Bulolo district in Morobe province. They have called on police in the province to conduct awareness for the people to discourage dug abuse. The officials are also appealing to police to conduct raids in villagers to crack down on the drug ring in the community.

Illegal Drugs

Illegal medical drugs being sold on the shelves in Goroka have been confiscated by health authorities. The Goroka General Hospital pharmacy staff carried out the inspection and confiscated several bags of medical drugs worth hundreds of kina. But the team believes more drugs are hidden away. Many of the seized drugs are meant to be prescription only medicine or pharmacy only medicine which should only be dispensed in accordance with the Medicine and Cosmetic Act and Regulations, 2001.

Independence Day

People from PNG living in New Zealand have celebrated their PNG Independence day with traditional performances of traditional dances from the Siassi area of Morobe province blended with some Oro and Highlands flavour. The celebrations were hosted by the PNG High Commission in Wellington and the PNG Wellington community. PNG's Melanesian neighbours Vanuatu and Solomon Islands also performed dances and string band items for guests.

Mt Hagen Mining

The Marengo Mining Ltd has announced that the US$942 million (K2.9 billion) Yandera copper molybdenum project near Mt Hagen should begin production by the first quarter of 2011. --

Rosetta Project

The Rosetta database contains information about languages spoken in PNG -- -- A rather long URL that may need to be pieced back together if you are receiving the text only version of the newsletter. Here is a tiny url link to help --

Goroka Show

The Goroka Show is one of the biggest gatherings of diverse tribes and culture, displaying their customary dress, songs, and dances within PNG. Some photographs can be found at -- -- and --

PX's New Aircraft

This has come via a contact in the airline industry who says the plane is a Boeing B757. I assume it was in one of the PNG dailies.

Our favourite airline has entered into a pricey contract with Icelandair, we hear, to hire a new plane for 12 months. It will be used to operate the flights to Nadi, Fiji. Wonder if they'll serve pickled herrings for lunch? We are told all luggage has to go in the cargo hold and it can't take containerised freight. Only "loose kava" will be shipped back
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Personalised Stamps

The PNG Philatelic Bureau run by Post PNG is offering PNG's first personalised stamps. Personalised stamps allows the printing of a photograph, logo or message on the tab of the stamp. The tab is the same size as the existing stamps and each tab is attached to a valid stamp. The personalised stamps are being issued in denominations of 85t, K3.00, K3.35 and K5.35. They are also offering a personalised souvenir sheetlet of K1.00 (12 stamps on a sheet). For more information tel: +675 300 3745 fax: +675 323 3045 or try visiting the website at --

Coming Events

National Cultural Commission Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Port Moresby -- from the 26th to the 28th of October

Morobe Show, Lae -- 27th to 28th of October

The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be held in November from the 2nd to the 4th.

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

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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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Created 26 Sep 2007
Updated 6 Oct 2007

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