PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Oct 2007

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Miscellaneous PNG

A sample of PNG web sites -

Headhunt Revisited --

Taking IT Global --

Visit Papua New Guinea - Land of the Unexpected. All travel and tour arrangements can be performed by --

Check out the Steel Industries web site located at --

Telikom PNG --

Moore Printing --

Post PNG Travel Express --

PNG Incentive Fund --

PNG Advisory Support Facility --

UNDP Papua New Guinea --

DIVErsion Dive --

Community Development Scheme --

Melanesian Institute --

PNG Sports Sites

Official website of the PNG Olympic Committee --

PNG Rugby League --

PNG Aussie Rules --

South Pacific Motor Sports Club --

The Motor Sports Club also has sub-pages dealing with -- go karting, snooker, game fishing and speedway. Visit the -- -- web site and navigate from there.

Game Fishing --

Royal Papua Yacht Club --

PNG in the News

Goroka police have re-captured a wanted criminal who escaped from prison last month. --

An IT specialist, from Kami village, Goroka, Eastern Highlands province has been jailed for theft. He was found by the National Court in Lae to have stolen K7,000 from his employer. -- see

Hailstorm strikes Nupagimi --

Three persons heading for a swim were killed when their vehicle went off the road and overturned on the outskirts of Goroka, Eastern Highlands province. see --

Four foreigners have been arrested in the Western Highlands province. see --

Court dismisses theft claims --

Bulolo road work to roll out --

Unitech students have returned to class on the 25th of October after a three week protest over higher fees and alleged mismangement. This was reported as happening earlier -- -- but it would seem that the 25th is a more realistic report of events.

Forest Minister and Vanimo-Green MP, Belden Namah, has donated K20,000 to Northern Zone volleyball team. --

Two Chinese nationals who flew into Mt Hagen yesterday to bail out two of their compatriots have been detained for allegedly trying to bribe officials --

Mt. Hagen city manager Richard Culligan is appealing to leaders living around the city to educate the people to show some respect for the city --

PNG Blogs

Boroko East Prep R 2007 --

Karai Bilong Kumul --

Life in Vanimo --!485C19FEE8E75867!1189.entry

Papua New Guinea Travel --

Week-end in Ukarumpa at the International School --

Info Tech Training at Goroka Hospital, Eastern Highlands province --

Notes from the recent past: The day baby Nancy arrived --

Birds and bees and ceiling wax and cabbages and kings --

The First Week in PNG --

District of Melanesia News --

News Items

Defence Force Reserve

A two day seminar held in Port Moresby recently was the first step in establishing a Defence Force Reserve force. The force has been established under section 12 of the PNG Defence Force Act of the 22nd of October 2007.

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 -- ../news/pngrss.php -- 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.

Illegal Entry

Three Nigerians accused of entering PNG illegally are having their court case in Vanimo drawn out because the court can not find a suitable interpreter to help translate what the accused say. The three were charged with illegally entering PNG through the border post at Wutung village, Sandaun province earlier this year. The three men have been placed under the custody of Vanimo Catholic Diocese for the last five months while they wait for their case to be heard.

Magistrate Killed

A PNG magistrate has been stoned to death after crashing his car near Ela Beach. See -- -- and also --

Four people have been charged over the murder and police investigations are continuing to determine if any others were involved in the killing.

Coffee Cupping

The second coffee cupping competition has commenced in Goroka with 11 international coffee experts sampling coffee from around the country. The contest has been dubbed the "Pride of PNG". The competition is being held at the Dr Mark Solon Auditorium at the University of Goroka. Many coffee growers have travelled to the event from around the country. Here is a story about one of them --

Cable Vandalism

More telecommunication cables have been cut around Port Moresby causing inconvenience to many users. The damage appears to be deliberate sabotage rather than theft to sell the coper cable to scrap metal dealers.

Telikom have proposed a K10,000 reward for anyone able to inform on such vandalism. The Public Enterprises Minister is also collaborating with Telikom CEO to amend the Telecommunications act to allow for the jailing of vandals for up to 30 years. Telikom has been quoted as having spent K600,000 in the past two months to fix damaged cables.

Air Niugini

Air Niugini is advertising some good return airfares with accommodation in Fiji to promote its service to Nadi via Honiara.

All packages are per person and include the return airfares and three nights accommodation plus airport transfers -

Tanoa International at Nadi - K2342
Tokatoka Resort at Nadi - K2279
Radisson Resort at Nadi - K2857
Tambua Sands on the Coral Coast - K2506

and for those that want to go on to the capital of Suva at their own expense there is a package of K2358 at the Suva Motor Inn. The hire car, bus or plane fare from Nadi to Suva is not covered in this package.

It is hoped that Air Niugini will be able to use the recently delivered Boeing 757 for these trips rather than the smaller Fokker F100.

Airlines of PNG

Airlines of PNG are advertising special return fares from Port Moresby to Brisbane and Cairns. Brisbane return - K1198 and Cairns - K998

Grade Ten Exams

The Grade 10 national examinations are now underway around the country. About 370 Grade 10 students attending the Mt Hagen Park Secondary School have joined thousands of others around the country.

Rugby League

A feeder club to the Australian National Rugby League North Queensland Cowboys team is in the process of signing two PNG players. Michael Mark and Jessie Joe have been signed by the Northern Pride rugby league club.

Immigration Probe

The probe into Immigration, Trade and Labour nears end. The investigators are now preparing to visit a number of entry points, including Vanimo, Daru, Mt Hagen and other strategic areas like Lae. see --

Healthy Caravan

A mobile health dispensary and clinic sponsored by Boroko Rotary has arrived at Lealea village not too far outside the National Capital District of Port Moresby. The caravan is fitted with air conditioning and refrigeration, and carries a supply of medicine, test equipment and bandages. Although Lealea is linked to Moresby it and close by Papa village have been identified by Rotary as having no reliable Government health services.

Boroko Rotary president Peter Loko was also there to assist the team to fill medicine packets for the dispensary.

Miss PNG 2007

Miss Goroka 2007, Heather Launa, will contest the Miss PNG Red Cross title for 2007. Miss PNG Red Cross is currently Genevieve Roberts, employed by Goroka Grammar, who was Miss Coffee.

Previous Miss PNG title holders -

  • 1974 - Eva Ani
  • 1975 - Eau Suve
  • 1976 - Sayah Karukuru
  • 1977 - no title
  • 1978 - Angeline Tukana
  • 1979 - Milly Misbut
  • 1980 - Mispah Alwyn
  • 1981 - Jennifer Abaijah
  • 1982 - Moi Eli
  • 1983 - Shannel Bray
  • 1984 - Patricia Mirisa
  • 1985 - Carmel Vagi
  • 1986 - Anna Wild
  • 1987 - Harriette Warren
  • 1988 - Erue Taunao
  • 1989 - Joycelyn Leahy
  • 1990 - Nellie Ben
  • 1991 - Marcia Muir
  • 1992 - Jennifer Lemeki
  • 1993 - Sharon Onsa
  • 1994 - Tania Doyle
  • 1995 - Imanakone Sioa
  • 1996 - Rita Stegman
  • 1997 - Lisa Linibi
  • 1998 - Helai Oala
  • 1999 - Roberta Ali
  • 2000 - Ephreddie Jubilee
  • 2001 - Olivia Wilson
  • 2002 - Yaku Ninich
  • 2003 - Cynthia Asi
  • 2004 - Ashwin Samson
  • 2005 - Michelle Pala
  • 2006 - Genevieve Roberts

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Bus Accident

Seven people, including a woman and her two young children, have been killed when their bus crashed into a coconut tree at Dalung village near Vanimo recently. Eight others have been admitted to the Vanimo General Hospital. See --

Ela Beach Craft Market

The Ela Beach Craft Market held on the last Saturday morning of each month is a good place for residents and tourist to look for a bargain. Usually a traditional dance group will perform sometime in the morning to entertain the visitors to the market.

PNG - Indonesian MOU

A draft memorandum of understanding has been produced for the traditional fishing zone between Indonesia and PNG. The MOU has been based on the traditional fishing activities between locals and the fisheries departments of both countries. The MOU is expected to be signed by both parties during a forthcoming border liaison meeting.


The School That Fell From The Sky - is a book about how a WWII pilot came back to help the villagers that helped hide him from the Japanese Army during the war. The pilot, Fred Hargesheimer was lost and alone behind enemy lines after one of the engines on his Lockheed Lightning P-38 was shot by the enemy causing him to have to eject from his craft. The second edition of this book is available from PNG Printing in Port Moresby. I am not sure what it costs with postage to overseas but I would imagine USD10 - 15 would cover an airmailed copy to your post box.

Fiji Donation

PNG has donated K400,000 to help PNG prepare for elections. The Prime Minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, presented a cheque to the Fiji government recently at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum held in Tonga.

Mt Hagen Hospital

The Wamp Nga Group of companies in Mt Hagen has donated a cheque for an amount of K5,000 to the Mt Hagen General Hospital to purchase a heart diagnostic service machine.

The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has donated a new Toyota Landcruiser to the Mt Hagen General Hospital. see --

Harmony Gold Mining

Harmony Gold Mining (South Africa) is the fifth largest gold producer in the world, with operations and projects in South Africa, Senegal, Australia and PNG.

The Hidden Valley Project in the country comprises the Hidden Valley/Kaveroi and Hamata open pits, a 43 million tonne tailings facility and associated infrastructure, the mine will produce approximately 300,000 oz of gold and 4 million oz of silver over a 10-year life. The Golpu copper gold project in the Morobe Province, resource stands at 163 million tonnes at 1,1% Cu, 0,6 g/t Au and 132 parts per million molybdenum containing 3,9 billion pounds of copper, 2,96 million oz of gold and 47 million pounds of molybdenum.

Harmony claim to be the first mining company in the country to build a tailing storage facility to prevent mine waste from spilling into the river system. It is reported that other mining companies in PNG dispose waste directly into the river system.

Kainantu Gold Mine

Highlands Pacific have sold their interests in the troubled Eastern Highlands, Kainantu Gold Mine to Barrick Gold for more than K400 million. (USD141.5 million). The Kainantu operation has created unprecedented losses for Highlands Pacific.


An earthquake with magnitude 5.0 has occurred near Vanimo -- see -- there has also been an earthquake near Arawa in Bougainville. The deep see quake measured six on the Richter scale was also felt in parts of East New Britain and New Ireland.

Coming Events

In progress -- Oct 22nd to 31st -- Pride of PNG 2007 coffee cupping competition in Goroka.

The sixth Grade 12 Graduation ceremony will be held at the Goroka Grammar School today (26th October).

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

Morobe Show, Lae -- 27th and 28th of October.

PNG Mining Seminar -- 29th - 30th October 2007. Crowne Plaza, downtown Port Moresby.

Air Niugini reunion -- 1st November at Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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

40th anniversary of the PNG Institute of Medical Research - between the 18th and 22nd of June 2008 in Goroka

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In Tok Pisin - em tasol

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