PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26th Mar 2010

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"Pidgin English"

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wok work / job
de bilong wok workday
hatwok work hard
man bilong wok good worker
wanwok fellow worker
wok kaikai work for board and keep
wok long busy (doing something)
wok sip stevedore
wokim build (something)
wokim glas i go antap wind up a window
wokim gut repair (vb)
wokim / paitim bret knead bread
wokman worker / workman
woksop workshop
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tisa teacher

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PNG in the News

PNG governor says Australia interfering with national affairs --

Managing water to be healthy - Port Moresby --

Ramu Ni-Co mine worker killed --

Flying high in Asia-Pacific --

AIDS discrimination more prevalent in rural areas --

PNG's Bogia people deliver ultimatum for removal of volcano-displaced islanders --

K125m to boost Kokopo --

Two Chinese groups were shocked to hear that PNG's "most notorious criminal" has alleged Chinese triads are sponsoring candidates for the elections in 2012 --

PNG Blogs

Diving in Madang --

A Starfish Is Born --

Ken and Una in PNG --

Jane in PNG --

Malum Nalu: Conservative coffee farming a way to go --

PNG Images

Kauri trees in Popondetta town --

A brief snap shot of the Goroka show --

Airlines PNG's ATR 72-500 --

PNG Photos --

A glimpse of PNG. West New Britain Province --

Ansett Boeing 727-77QF VH-RMS at Port Moresby --

Flying into a Sepik River village -- -- Samaritan Aviation's first flight into a Sepik River village in their Cessna 206 amphibious airplane.

Sepik Ironman Triathlon event in Wewak, East Sepik --

Photo of Provincial government buildings in Kimbe --

More detail about Kundiawa Market --

Flight Into Yesterday - a film from the 1960's --

Misc Links

PNG Post Office --

Coffee for Communities - Latitude 6 --

PNG 2009 Human Rights Report --

Sunday Chronicle PNG Sports --

Breaking Bows and Arrows --

Traditional Sailing in Milne Bay --

Jason South's best pictures of 2009 --

News Items

Shipping Routes Expanded

Lutheran Shipping, one of the household names in the PNG shipping business, has revealed that there are plans to service all provinces in the country.

Full story --


Where is April River? Since this is the PNG FAQ's the answer is - April River is in the Hunstein Mountains, a range of mountains south of the upper part of the Sepik River in the East Sepik province.

Where is the Markham River? It originates in the Finisterre Range and flows for 180 km (110 miles) to empty into the Huon Gulf in Morobe province.

QantasLink Looks Towards POM

QantasLink Australia wants to start flying between Cairns and Port Moresby from July. QantasLink plans to have 12 weekly flights by the end of year using one of its new 74-seat Q400 aircraft. Executive manager Narendra Kumar of QantasLink said the airline's focus remained its regional operations, but it wanted to open up the PNG route to capitalise on resource development in the region, and take advantage of the Q400 and crew at its Cairns base. The airline also has a fleet of 11 Boeing 717 jets manly flown in Western Australia.

Guns for Roads

The Maramuni people living on the border of Enga and East Sepik provinces have surrendered 56 guns (12 were factory-made, which included single shot and multi shot, while 44 were home-made) to the police. The guns were then dismantled and set on fire by the police. A local politician told them that since they surrendered their guns, he would give the contract of the 70km road construction from Wabag to Maramuni to the people to construct it.

Lae Rotary

The Lae Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala dinner. The club has many achievements and numerous milestones over the last 50 years. Some of them are the "Rotary Against Malaria" project, village water projects, school desks and many other projects.

An old site about Rotary in Lae can be found at --

Rotary Against Malaria --

UOG Teaches Local Language

Students at the University of Goroka (UOG) will have the opportunity to study the Alekano language as an academic subject this year. This will be the first group of UOG students to study the Alekano language as an academic subject. UOG is the only institution in the country to teach a Papua New Guinean language at university level. Apart from Alekano the Language and Literature Department also teaches Japanese and French. --

Papua New Guinea is linguistically the most complex nation of the world with over 800 languages being spoken. --

World TB Day

PNG recently celebrated World TB day on the 24th of March.

Some of the events celebrated in PNG included
- TB Poster Competition
- Journalist TB Training
- Special TB supplements in both Post Courier and The National
- Corporate Partnerships
plus other events in the province.

For more details please visit --

National Women's Day

Women leaders and women from different walks of life have marched from Five mile to Unagi Oval in Port Moresby to show solidarity by celebrating National Women's day. The women called on the Government to recognise the day, by making a 1977 National Government decision that women be given half a day off without pay, become a reality for women employed in public and private sectors.

Kundiawa Kickboxing

The first ever Mount Wilhelm Track 1 Cup international kickboxing tournament is set to get under way at Dickson Oval in Kundiawa. The first international event is seen also as a major drive to combat the use of drugs and homebrew in the province. The main draw card is set for the 27th of March.

Ten kick boxers from Australia are taking part. Four other boxers are representing the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Rugby League

Rugby league mad Chimbu hopes to have a multipurpose playing oval of international standard by 2013.

Full story --

Air Niugini I

Air Niugini has opened a new corporate travel centre to cater for corporate clients and very important personnel (VIP) travelling in and out of PNG or domestically on Air Niugini flights. The separate ticketing office will operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week to provide better services to especially those in the State Owned Enterprises (SOE) and other corporate entities.

Air Niugini II

Problems with the supply of fuel has hindered the domestic operations of Air Niugini in recent weeks. Several aircraft have had to make unscheduled landings at ports that had fuel while travelling to and from ports without fuel. A defective anti-icing system caused the international flight PX-003 to return to Port Moresby before passengers were transferred to a Fokker for the trip to Brisbane.

Full story --

New Kokopo Market

The K12 million Kokopo market is set to be officially opened at the end of this month.

Full story --

The Chinese in PNG

Read about commerce in Kavieng when the writer arrived in 1970. It the domain of the Chinese. Old TsangTsang had died but his role as 'Number One Chinese' had been assumed by his eldest son Bruce.

Full Story --

And --

Kerema High School

Gulf Governor, Havila Kavo, has handed over a cheque for K1 million to Pantreid Pacific Ltd to build two double-storey four-room classrooms at Kerema Coronation High School. The high school is centrally located in Gulf Province. The Governor said "I want to see that students in Gulf get the best education. I know there is much work to be done but I believe that through this funding, it will only make it possible to accomplish the bigger things ahead."

Helifix Pilot Celebrates

Captain Sam Onno, who flies for Helifix, has clocked up 10,000 hours of flying time. Captain Onno is a former Defence Force and police pilot who used to fly the police chopper, the Eye in the Sky. In his 20 years of flying in PNG, Australia and the Pacific he has clocked in 10,000 flying hours without any accidents.


The National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) of PNG has expressed gratitude to the Australian Government for its continuous support in fighting the HIV/AIDS in PNG.

Full story --

AusAID Supports Schools

Over 300 primary schools nationwide will benefit from a K20 million fund under the basic education development plan (BEDP) funded by AusAID.

Full Story --

Gutnius Lutheran Church

The bishop of the Gutnius Lutheran church (GLC) in Enga province David Piso has been removed over more than 100 grounds of alleged misconduct, misappropriation, poor and bad leadership, and serious threats on the church doctrines that had contributed towards the collapse of the church structure and organisational governance.

Full story --

Hagen Water Supply

Waterboard officials in Mt Hagen moved quickly to shut the city's water supply system after they found that vehicle engine oil was spilled into one of the tanks.

Full story --

Police have detained three men suspected of pouring engine oil into Mt Hagen's water system.

Full story --

Hagen water returns --

Coming Events

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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Updated 6 Apr 2010

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