PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Dec 2009

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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bel i pas constipated
bel belly
binatang insect / virus / bacteria
bon born
bondei birthday
dei day
dua i go ausait exit
dua door
gaden garden
gutpela good
lukim yu bihain wantok see you later my friend
lukim yu bihain see you later
lukim yu see you / goodbye
pas / leta letter
skulboi schoolboy
tisa teacher

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Port Moresby International Airport Terminal


Tourist Airlines became Talair. Talair is now defunct.


The airport for Alotau, Milne Bay province is called Gurney


Recent acquisition - P2-ANW used by Air Niugini


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PNG in the News

The Vision Thing: PNG's Government Unveils the Future --

Counting in PNG's Kandep by-election further distracted by violence --

Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery - Vital Aesthetic --

The best young Aussie rules players in Lae have been tested checked and are ready to shine at the Coca Cola AFL PNG talent camp in Goroka --

Coppermoly (Kimbe) exploration to start soon --

A foreign woman in her 70s has been robbed and raped in the Madang. Police have rounded up 20 suspects who are now in custody --

Exxon Mobil Corp. will receive $3 billion in financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank for a natural gas project in PNG that would be the largest foreign investment in that nation's history. --

InterOil: PNG Well Flowed At Record Rate --

Oxfam responds to further cholera outbreak in PNG --

PNG Blogs

Trip up to Kundiawa --

TruPela: PNG Bloggers that I follow --

Becky's PNG experiences: Riley --

Malum Nalu: University of Goroka supports World AIDS Day Celebrations --

Messersmith: The Day That Kar Kar Volcano Did Not Erupt --

Karkar: more on the eruption that wasn't --

The Freys in PNG: Thanksgiving in the village --

The Freys in PNG: Lawn Mowers --

The Travel Bug TV --

Looking Through Another's Eyes: A Buzz in the Air --

Northwestrambler's Blog - Mt Wilhelm Part 1 --

Northwestrambler's Blog - Mt Wilhelm Part 2 --

PNG Money

Brief History of Currency in PNG --

Traditional Shell Money by Art Pacific --

Official Central Bank Web Site --

Brief History of the Central Bank --

Images --

Old PNG Coins --

PNG Paper Money --

Modern Money --

World Bank Notes --

Building a Mobile Money Network in PNG --

Money - Pre-Independence --

Misc PNG Links

Ex Kiap Forum --

PNG Tourism Survey results --

Lonely Planet, Hotels & Hostels, Seaview Hotel, Wewak --

Travels through the Sepik --

PNG from the Air --

News Items

Photo Award

Melbourne "The Age" photographer, Jason South has won a coveted Walkley awards - Australia's leading prize for journalism. Jason's photographs were taken around PNG. -- and --

Poverty in PNG

Catholic priest Fr Jude Ronayne-Forde says the number of vulnerable people, including widows and orphans in PNG is increasing with no sign of Government support for them. Fr Jude said 47 per cent of the school-aged children were not in school. He also questioned whether there would be enough classrooms and other facilities built for children before they arrive in large numbers early in the new year to find themselves without classrooms or desks.

Gas Deal

Sinopec, also known as China Petroleum and Chemical Corp., is China's second-biggest oil and gas company and Asia's biggest oil refiner by volume has signed a 20-year contract with Exxon Mobil Corp. to buy gas from PNG. The contract calls for Sinopec to buy some 2 million tons of gas per year, which it will import through a terminal in China's eastern port of Qingdao.

Parliamentarians Resign

Three members of parliament have resigned from the Parliamentary Bi-Partisan Committee investigating the anti-Asian riots in protest over the ousting of chairman Jamie Maxtone-Graham. The three are deputy chairman Theo Zurecnuoc (Finschhafen), Vice Minister Public Service Anthony Nene (Sohe) and Sam Basil (Bulolo).

The three committee members announced their resignation from the committee at a press conference at Parliament House where Mr Maxtone-Graham revealed that his committee was about to expose the involvement of certain politicians in questionable activities with certain people of Asian origin. Mr Maxtone-Graham warned the Government that there was a time bomb waiting to explode and the National Government needed to find solutions quickly.

Mt Hagen to Mendi

Transport and Public Service Minister Peter O'Neill has had to intervene and ask landowners to open up the Highlands Highway after being blocked for several days. The blockade of the highway started late November after it was alleged Works secretary Joel Luma wrote a letter to landowners that they would be paid by the 26th of November and after no payment was received, landowners blocked the part of the highway.

Full story --

Previous story - Highway to PNG oil project blocked by disgruntled landowners --

Telikom PNG

The new Information Communication Technology (ICT) Act 2009 has been passed by Parliament in November. The new Act means that Telikom will lose its exclusive rights as the general carrier licence-holder in PNG. This paves the way for better competition in the mobile telecommunication market.

TV's for MP's

While many in PNG can not afford to put food on the table or send their kids to school the 109 Members of Parliament have taken delivery of television sets promised to them by the Speaker Jeffery Nape earlier this year. The delivery of the TV's comes only days after the arrival of the controversial Falcon jet for Air Niugini, bought by the Government. The Member for Bulolo, Sam Basil, has described the TV purchase as a waste of public money.

In PNG the 60 inch plasma televisions have been valued at approx K20,000 each. Meanwhile the air conditioning system in the B Wing at Parliament house has not worked for over two years and overall the house continues to deteriorate with little maintenance being carried out.

Motor Vehicle Insurance Payout

The Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited will have to pay about K4.4 million to Yama Security Services (YSS) in damages for breach of contract.

full story --

Solar Power

The recently launched solar power loans project will allow the purchase of solar power kits for PNG homes through flexible, low interest loans with no bank fees from the ANZ Bank and the Nationwide Microbank. The project is an initiative of the World Bank and has been developed to improve the livelihood of citizens and increase the use of renewable energy within the country. Many people currently use kerosene for lighting, an unhealthy and expensive item, simply because they do not have access to power.

PNG Games

The games may have finished but athletes have had great difficulties in returning to their own provinces.

Father Jailed

A father of three has been jailed for eight years with hard labour for manslaughter. The man's sentence was cut by three years and five months so he will serve four years and seven months at Baisu prison camp, despite a substantial amount of K70,000 cash, 150 pigs and two cassowaries already being paid in compensation. The father killed a man using a pocket knife.

AusAID Woes

The National reports that an audit has found the aid agency, AusAID, is afflicted with problems of transparency, accountability and a lack of communication capacity. Money spent by Australia on aid to PNG is often referred to as "Boomerang Aid".

Full story --

HIV/AIDS Drug Funding Drying Up

Every week young women come to the Friends Foundation in Port Moresby to eat a free lunch and to collect milk formula for their children. They're all HIV-positive and so are their young ones.

Full story --

See - PNG's HIV pledge on shaky ground --

See also - UN-backed report urges Pacific nations to scale up response to HIV/AIDS --

Poll Counting

Voting in Goroka for the Kandep by-election continues despite problems. Former deputy prime minister, Don Polye, maintains a comfortable lead of over 2,000 votes. Election Commission employees say they will not allow the counting of ballot boxes until their outstanding allowances are paid. Writs for the Kandep seat must be returned to the Governor-General by the 11th of December.

see also - Count ballots in Enga not Goroka --

Kudjip Nazarene Hospital

The first baby has been born at the new Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in early November. The precious little girl weighed in at 3.525 kg (7lb 12oz).

See --

and -- -- Nazarene Hospital at Kudjip in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea is a mission hospital operated by the Church of the Nazarene, serving the people of PNG since 1967

PX Flights Delayed

Christmas is just around the corner and Air Niugini is already experiencing disruptions to flights. The delays have affected both domestic and international flights. Even the Boeing 767 has experienced delays. Customers can normally expect long queues at the check in counter over Christmas but usually not this early. There are not many places in PNG especially when departing from Port Moresby that a traveller can go without having to use an aircraft.

Coming Events

Christmas Day - 25 Dec 2009

New Year's Day - 1st Jan 2010

AFLPNG - PNG Scholarships / Under 18 Trials will be held in Australia. 8 x U18s are hoped to be provided with Country Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Scholarships. -- February 2010

Women in Mining and Petroleum Conference - 22nd - 24th March 2010 - to be held at Divine Word University in Madang.

25th April 2010 - World Malaria Day. Malaria affects 90 per cent of the PNG population.

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney -- -- This web site is out of date showing information abut the 2008 conference.

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games -- Kokopo, East New Britain

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015

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