PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Feb 2008

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Milne Bay Links

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Milne Bay Tourism Bureau --

Alotau International Hotel --

Bayviews Apartments --

Napatana Lodge --

Driftwood Resort --

Masurina Lodge --

Tawali Resort --

Dubious Mission to Tagula --

Milne Bay Estates --

Milne Bay Military Museum --

Milne Bay: Overview --

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Misc Links

Here are a couple of links from Tom Sloane.

Here's a PNG website of interest --

Also, this one (probably mainly of interest to linguists) --

Black Cat Track --

PNG By Land: Last Stop - Tufi --

Sepik River Kids --

PNG in the News

How a rainforest island was saved from destruction for palm oil -- -- and --

Capturing the island was vital, because it put US forces within striking distance of Rabaul, the major Japanese base in the area. Of the 16 million American --

Kundiawa General Hospital faces acute fuel shortage --

Over 800 displaced in Telefomin --

Central province man killed by armed gang in Lae --

Airlines of PNG Advertisement --

Landing and takeoff at Fane --

Days of Goroka's lottery numbered --

PNG wants Aust teacher to face child porn charges --

Wewak water supply in peril --

World War II Tank hunting in Kavieng -- -- 11 min 55 sec of video --

Chaos in East Sepik Province over fuel --

Kickboxing to host two major international fights --

Aussie Travel Advice

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Malaria kills approximately 1.2 million people a year -- -- The hunt for the next artemisinin.

PNG Blogs


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The following comes from Anders Sundstrom.

Subject: PNG - travel stories from Sepik River and encounter with Huli Wigman in Tari

Good morning!

In 2006 I spent one month in this fantastic country and I can highly recommend a visit. If you want to read about our adventures in Tari, Milne Bay, Mt Hagen and Sepik - please have a look at -- -- and don't hesitate to contact me if you want additional information on how it is to travel in PNG.

If you haven't been there yet - go there!!

Best regards

Anders Sundström

Kokoda Mine

The PNG foreign affairs minister, Sam Abal, says his government is close to making a decision on a mine development that may impinge on the historic Kokoda Track. The Australian government is pushing for a World Heritage listing for the 96km track, which begins outside Port Moresby. --

see also - A bond forged between Australia and its nearest neighbour, PNG, amid the carnage of war is in danger of unravelling in a bitter dispute over plans for a gold mine on the famed Kokoda Trail battlefield. --

and - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's proposed visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG) next month could be overshadowed by protesting landowners who want a copper mine near the Kokoda Track. --

Cruise Ship in Madang

Madang residents woke up to see a surprise visitor from USA on Saturday morning. A stunning 186m-long and 8-stories (decks) high tourist-boat berthed at the Madang harbour recently. It covered the entire harbour forcing other ships to wait outside until its departure. Silver Whisper, a Florida based tourist boat, sailed into the Madang lagoon with 315 American tourists and 294 crew members astonishing Madang residents.

Nadzab Airport

Night landings at Lae's Nadzab airport have been halted following damage to the runway lighting by recent storms that have rocked Lae City and the surrounding areas.

Winza Waterfall

Read about a trip to the Winza falls area with a couple of friends from Lae, Ialiabu, Wabag, Mt Hagen and Kundiawa on their school vacation --

Highway Washed Away

Heavy rainfall experienced recently in some parts of the Simbu province has washed away segments of the Okuk Highway.

A section of the road at Dugl near Mingende in the Kerowagi district, had one of its two lanes carried away by a landslide and the other lane is on the verge of eroding away if the rains persist.

At Mindima in the Kundiawa/Gembogl district, the road was carried down the mountainside by a big landslide and what was a straight road is now a curved one.

At Wara Tamba in the Chuave district, another big landslide has blocked off the traffic and needs urgent attention.

More Highway Problems

Continuous rain in the Daulo Pass area has triggered another massive landslip at Daulo Pass , cutting off the four highlands provinces and resources development projects in Enga and Southern Highlands provinces. The latest landslip is three times bigger than one a week ago which saw the flow of traffic come to a standstill for a week.

Public Motor Vehicles loaded with passengers destined for Lae and Goroka from Mt Hagen have to offload their passengers on the Chimbu side of the slip and passengers then are walking across to get on buses on the Goroka side to continue their journey.

Lost Finger

A man from the Eastern Highlands has lost his fingers in an ethnic clash in the Western Highlands Province. See --

Principal Attacked

The deputy principal of Mt Hagen Technical College has been attacked by locals who were frustrated that the college would not accept a local student for enrolment. See --

PNG Fisheries

The Post Courier reports that (PNG) fisheries potential is huge but still under-developed says a Japanese fisheries expert. --



Business Coalition Against HIV & AIDS (BAHA) begins 2008 with a campaign to promote HIV testing, known in PNG as VCT. VCT is a combination of voluntary testing and counselling about the implications of HIV infection and how to avoid transmitting the virus. See -- -- for a full listing of accredited VCT sites in PNG and for information on how you can develop a HIV workplace policy.

Rabaraba Relief

Relief items are finally on the way to the Rabaraba area of Milne Bay. The area was badly affected by Cyclone Guba that devastated nearby Oro province. The items included 20 bags of clothes weighing a total of 50kg and 26 cartons of clothes; kitchen wear and foot wear.

See also - K100,000 needed for hydro station in Rabaraba --

PNG Komodo Dragon?

The New Zealand Herald reports that a rogue Komodo Dragon has been terrorizing locals of Papua New Guinea's second largest city Lae. The dragon (or maybe two) had possibly escaped from an expatriate who was keeping it illegally at his home.

See --

and --

No sign of dragon in Lae, hoax suspected --,23599,23200331-23109,00.html

Blackboard Jungle

Just months ago, Nobbs and a couple of locals were walking down the western slope of a volcano at Rabaul when there was a 'huge explosion'. See -- -- for the full article.

Mt Hagen Troubles

PNG Police Commissioner says two mobile squads deployed to Mt Hagen this week have helped bring the city's outbreak of ethnic violence under control. See the news story from Radio New Zealand --

Hundreds homeless after PNG clash in Mt Hagen. see --

Goroka Sewerage

It has been reported that K8 million is needed to upgrade the Goroka sewerage system. The Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Puka Temu, has announced that the Government has made a commitment to fast-track the upgrade to Goroka system.

East Cape

East Cape is the eastern most tip of the main land of the island of New Guinea. It is 56 kilometres away from Alotau the capital of Milne Bay. Read about a trip to East Cape that appeared recently in The National newspaper. --

PNG Bowls

A PNG lawn bowler has been ranked ninth in the top ten world singles bowlers at the recently held World Bowls championships held in New Zealand. He became the first Pacific Islander to finish in the top 10 in the single events. The 30-year-old man from Goroka, Peter Juni, has been bowling since he was 15. New Zealand has been good for PNG bowlers. The best position by a PNG woman was when Geua Tau won gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland, NZ.

Oro Province

Radio New Zealand International reports that the state of emergency has been extended in Oro province. See --

Unpaid Election Bills

Six months after last year's general elections some individuals and groups in Goroka claim they are still owed money by government --

UPNG Student Fraud

Several University of PNG (UPNG) students have been caught altering registration fee receipts lodged at the bank. The students allegedly all deposited small amounts of money into the University's bank account and then altered the receipt given by the bank before presenting it at the University. For example a student deposited K2 and then altered it to read K2000 before handing it over to staff at UPNG. Due to the mad rush for registration the fraud was not immediately picked up by University staff.

Shoot To Kill

Police in the Eastern Highlands province have warned criminals that they will not hesitate to "shoot-to-kill" in the event of heavy encounters with criminals. Eastern Highlands provincial police commander Supt Teddy Tei issued the warning recently following a major break and enter into a Supermarket in the heart of Goroka town.

Helicopter Crash

Two pilots have been seriously injured when their helicopter, a Bell 206 belonging to Islands Nationair, crashed while trying to land at a remote mining site in the Central Province. A rescue helicopter was able to airlift the two pilots to Port Moresby for treatment. The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the cause of the crash.

Coming Events

Kokoda Reunion Dinner: Parliament House, Melbourne - Friday 28 March 2008

March -- Canadian Indian chief to visit Eastern Highlands to start cultural exchange programme.

Coffee Festival, Goroka, Eastern Highlands -- May

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

Tolai Warwagira Cultural Festival - July 9 - 15 2008 - Rabaul, East New Britain

14th National Mask Festival - July 16 - 19 2008 - Rabaul, East New Britain

Hiri Moale Festival - September

PNG Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September

Medical Symposium - September 2008

Morobe Show, Lae - October 2008

Milne Bay Canoe Festival - always held on the first weekend in November.

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