PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16th Mar 2010

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Tok Pisin English
ai eye
aiglas spectacles
aipas blind
banis ribs
banis fence
banis wall
bel belly
bel i pas constipated
belhevi regret
belisi calm (person)
bratasusa brothers and sisters
bratasusa siblings
han arm / hand
han bilong pisin wing
han bilong siot sleeve
pas stuck
pas / leta letter

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PNG in the News

PNG Customs wants higher penalty legislated --

Aust to support PNG with K3m --

LNG project cleared --

Earthquake Information for PNG --

Gas project gets financiers' nod --

Trans Air (PNG) to fly to Australia --

Church youth leader jailed --

Indonesia agrees to train police --

Pacific HIV report launched --

Red carpet welcome for Indonesian President --

Ramu Nico pipeline 'risky' --

Dormitory razed at Madang Technical School --

PNG Blogs

Malum Nalu: Retired army chief warns of serious security threat --

The Freys in PNG: why NOT to bring leather to PNG --

KANGE NGA KONA: Trekking in Papua New Guinea --

Nineteen years and counting in Papua New Guinea: --

Western Highlands Province: Bounty harvest --

A Sight for Sore Eyes --

Christy's Musings: My Wit's End --

Stamps 'n Things: Papua New Guinea Frama Vending Machine Stamps --

Tawali and Alotau - By Megan Hardy and Shane Chisholm --

KANGE NGA KONA: Papua New Guinea's Provinces and People - Central --

Malum Nalu: Police pistol found on Kapris: --

PNG Links

Ularhitam - The Huon Peninsula, situated within the Morobe Province, is home to the Saruwaged Mountains. --

24 Listen - Listen to music 24 hours a day --

Tassie Tiger Hunt information flyer -- -- read about the hunt for the Tasmanian Tiger in PNG (and Tasmania).

Lessons on UN Negotiating from Papua New Guinea --

PNG Peles! It's All About Papua New Guinea - Saira Cultural Group of Wainsoduna Village, Morobe LLG, Huon District, Morobe Province with mask dance in Lae --

Working in Goroka - travelling --

Becky's PNG experiences: Ladies day at Rondon Ridge --

Smallest parrot species --

Do you think evil spirits can look like humans? --

Tolai Rock --

Maths Teacher Training --

TreeHouse Village Eco Resort --

Médecins Sans Frontières completes emergency cholera intervention --

PNG Images

Goroka - Festivity of Independence -

Mount Hagen --

The Way of Driving in PNG --

Papua New Guinea --

Red footed boobie --

Lae to Madang by PMV --

Wuvulu from the lagoon --

News Items


HeliFix PNG are waiting patiently for delivery of their two new Bell 212 helicopters. The helicopters are in the country and just waiting for clearance by Customs before being assembled, tested on the ground then test flights and finally an official launch.


Vale Bernard Narokobi

Former diplomat, politician, lawyer and author, Bernard Narokobi, has died at the age of 72 after a brief illness. Mr Narokobi, a qualified lawyer, dedicated his whole life to the development of a legal regime that incorporated Melanesian Values. Bernard Narokobi's death is a huge loss to PNG

full news item --

Note - his age is estimated to be 72.

Late Dr. Bernard Narokobi's Funeral Program --

Diabetic Centre

A Diabetic Centre has opened in Rabaul, East New Britain province. --

School Donation

Serrata, Australian company, has donated glassware, basic physics and chemistry apparatus to Edeva Primary and Mt Diamond High Schools in Central Province. The School of Science and Technology in Australia purchased the scientific equipment from funds raised by bird watchers who recently visited the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) campus.


Alotau Power

PNG Power and Alotau MP Charles Abel are working closely to get power supply connected to the villagers living along the 20km power line route from Giligili to Alotau.

PNG 7s Side Hopeful

A glimmer of hope awaits the PNG rugby sevens side in Pool C of the Adelaide leg of the International Rugby Board sevens series that kicks off soon. PNG have been drawn with crowd favourites Kenya, Wales and Wellington winners, Fiji, in probably the only "painless" looking pool of the tournament.

Full story --

Tembari Children Care

The Tembari Children Care is an active local community-based organization (CBO) based and operating in Oro Province and in the National Capital District (NCD). Based on the organization's strategic focus, it is the initiative of Tembari Children's Care to establish community learning centres (CLCs) in the rural communities and settlements to facilitate regular education and awareness programs that will foster children's growth, development and participation especially those who are HIV/AIDS-infected and affected children.


Queen Emma Hotel

The historic site of Queen Emma's residence at Ralum near Kokopo in East New Britain will soon become an impressive three-storey hotel called Gazelle International due to be opened next month. The hotel will comprise a reception, lobby shop, coffee lounge, restaurant, bar and poker machines all on the ground floor, while a total of 52 rooms make up the two upper floors.

full news item --

Cheshire Homes

Cheshire Homes in Port Moresby has received a 15 seater bus, fully air-conditioned from Moresby North-West MP and Opposition Leader Sir Mekere Morauta. The bus was funded through Sir Mekere's District Support Improvement Services Program (DSIP).

PM Stuck

The Minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, and Air Niugini customer services manager Jack Pidik, his bodyguard and another person found themselves stuck in the lift at Jackson's Airport after farewelling Indonesian president Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife.

Tuna Under Threat

The tuna industry generates $4bn a year worldwide, but as a result the tuna is under threat from overfishing. --

Ramu President Under Fire

Ramu Nico President Madam Luo, who is coming under increasing criticism for her "management" style in recent months may find it difficult to explain what is her company doing using diesel powered woks and fuel lines with no cut off valves.

Full story --

see also --

Opportunities For Women

PNG has been urged to invest in business opportunities for women. There are concerns that a boom in liquefied natural gas in the country could mean women become overwhelmed with extra family responsibilities.

full story --

Yumi Piksa

Deputy Head of AusAID in PNG, Ms Margaret Calla, has emphasised the importance of short films and the continued support given to filmmakers in PNG by AusAID at a film screening of Australian and Papua New Guinean short films as part of the recent Australia Week celebrations in Port Moresby. The PNG short films shown at the screening were those produced by the Yumi Piksa team last year at the University of Goroka.

New Kerema Bishop

Bishop Patrick Taval, M.S.C. has succeeded Bishop Paul John Marx, M.S.C. as the Bishop of Kerema, Gulf province, PNG. Bishop Taval had been serving as Coadjutor Bishop of the same diocese.

Bishop Patrick Taval --

Surfing PNG

Here is a segment of a document about surfing PNG - "Vanimo is surf that you earn. You fly from Port Moresby to Vanimo, capital of Sandaun Province; take an old taxi eight kilometres out of town". Read the full document and see the photos --


How high is Mt. Giluwe? -- The mountain is 4367m (~14330 feet) tall.


More PNG FAQ's at --

Judge Cleans Cells

A resident judge has embarrassed police by getting down on his hands and knees to clean the police cells in Wabag town (Enga province). Judge Justice Graham Ellis and court staff armed themselves with a hose, buckets and cleaning materials and donned gum boots and gloves to clean the condemned cells and unblocked toilets. Acting provincial police commander Chief Insp Martin Lakari said he was embarrassed that a very respected and honoured person in the country got down on his hands and knees to clean a condemned police cell.

Full news item --

Enga police cells are 'unliveable' --

Coming Events

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

International kickboxing tournament - Kundiawa - 26th - 28th of March. --

National Softball Championships - Kokopo, East New Britain - 2nd to 5th of April

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

8th May, PNG Reunion, Gold Coast Australia --

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

Chimbu Plant Show - 4th of June

Morobe Yam Festival - 5th of June

PNG Census - 11th to the 17th of July

National Mask Festival, Rabaul - 14th - 18th of July

Malagan Show - 14th - 27th of July

Remembrance Day - 23rd July

2010 Medical Symposium 29th of August to the 3rd of September. (Wewak)

Independence Day - 16th September

Morobe Agricultural Show - 19th - 23rd October

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney --

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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