PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26th May 2010

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Neo Melanesian English
baim buy / rent
bagarap break down / worn out
bagarapim spoil
banis fence / ribs / wall
banis bilong susu brassiere / bra
banisim enclose / fence in
bilong belong
bisop bishop
birua death by violence
birua enemy / opponent
mi I
pasin birua hatred / ill-will
susu milk / breast
tanim turn / twist / revolve / stir

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG in the News

LNG threat! --

MPs vote to increase ministries to 32 --

Port Moresby -- -- and --

InterOil conducts oil spill drill at Simpson Harbour --

Australian man shot in PNG --

New four cases go in to test for cholera --

Why are men in the Papua New Guinea Highlands Shrinking? --

Two dead after ethnic clashes in PNG --

Mumu, Bamboo and Volleyball --

Warning from PNG state company about fraudsters at work in Lae --

Solomon Airlines Announces Intent to Operate PNG Route --

PNG aid frittered away on advisers --

PNG Blogs

Georgia and Dan --

Western Highlands Province: Ban alcohol in WHP --

The PNG Time Traveller's Log: Return to Lae --

MAF Flight Hagen to Goroka --

Pave Madang --

Off Exploring --

Preparing PNG for a drought --

A True, Blue, Outrageous Adventure --

Wake Up PNG --

Pair O' Grafs' Paragraphs: Cholera --

Matt in PNG - Lotu in Hagen --

Misc PNG Links

Milne Bay and surrounding Island Trip --

Kiniwai Ceremony --

Mt Wilhelm Trek --

Map of Papua New Guinea --

Location of Mines in PNG --

Talking about motion and location on Tuam and Umboi islands, Morobe province --

Goroka City Profile --

PNG Friends --

From Nissan to Kavieng PNG --

PNG Tok Pisin was born in Rabaul --

Bank Links

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Recipe Links

Recipes from PNG - Learn to make dishes from Papua New Guinea featuring coconut, fruit, vegetables, and fish. The first group of recipes last checked to be still active on the 25th of May 2010 can be located at -


If you are after rice recipes then go to the PNG's Favourite Rice Recipes web site at --

News Items

14-Mile Wildlife Sanctuary

The NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Pacific Adventist University vice-chancellor Dr Branimir Schubert have officially opened a new wildlife sanctuary at 14-Mile outside Port Moresby. The sanctuary will be open on weekends and during public holidays. Visiting children, eight years old and above, will pay a service fee of K5 while adults will pay K10. The sanctuary will be managed by PNG Gardener Justin Tkatchenko. Tkatchenko said the health and recreational park, water park and zoo were being constructed and scheduled for completion in September.

Madang Boat Mishap

A search has been conducted for 40 people unaccounted for in a boat mishap off the coast of Madang. It has been reported that the MV Nara with a capacity of 30 passengers may have had as many as 60 people on board. The assistant skipper of the vessel said knife-wielding men forced the boat to overload at the Saidor wharf before it crossed the Astrolabe Bay for Madang town.

See also - 58 accounted for in PNG boat accident --

Kokoda Trek

A group of young people, led by Hope Trek founder Nichson Piakal, have recently left from Owers Corner for a nine day walk from Kokoda to Oro Bay and Afore in Northern (Oro) province. The group will address village communities and schools along the way and make small donations of reading books to the schools.

Miss Melanesia

Miss Melanesia Australia 2010 is looking for a special woman who encompasses Melanesia in body, mind, and spirit. This special young woman will have the strength and determination to succeed and survive in this modern day and age with the grace, reverence and ability to treasure her heritage.

The event will be held in Brisbane on the 12th of June at the Sebel Citigate Presidential Ballroom.

Should you require more information, please contact --

Morobe Unrest

Over 10,000 settlers have been displaced by violent unrest in Bulolo, Morobe Province, according to information from police and local government officials in Bulolo.

full story --


Many recipes in Papua New Guinea use Aibika - here is an explanation of what Aibika is.

Aibika Hibiscus (Abelmoschus) manihot, Aibika also known as, Bele (Fiji) Pele (Polynesia) and Ailan kapis (Vanuatu)

A perennial in the tropics or an annual in cooler climates Aibika bears edible leaves on plants reaching 2 metres (6 feet) in height. Pale yellow flowers 15 centimetres (6 inches) across with dark centres make Aibika another attractive background plant. The leaves have a high level of leaf protein, iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium. They are eaten raw as salad, or mixed with other vegetable in a stew or as a cooked green vegetable. Aibika should not be cooked longer than 5 minutes and turned only once. The flavour is sweet and mucilaginous. Flower buds are consumed either raw or cooked.

Give aibika a sunny location and moist soil, and it will be happy. As summer heats up, aibika will flourish.

New Governor General

Three people have nominated for the position of Governor General of PNG. The Clerk of Parliament, Don Pandan, has advised the three nominees that they have all incorrectly filled in the nomination form. Under Section 5(3) of the Organic Law on the Nomination of the Governor General, the three nominees have five days (excluding weekends) to renominate. Voting of the Governor-General will be conducted through a secret ballot. The three nominees included current Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane and two former parliamentarians, Pato Kakarya and Roy Yaki. Pato Kakarya was unsuccessful in the 2003 / 2004 election for the Governor General position which was won eventually by Sir Paulias Matane.

Quads Born in PNG

PNG has recorded its first set of quadruplets. The four - all girls - were recently born to a 30-year-old woman at Kimbe General Hospital, West New Britain.


In Trobriand Island folklore it is said that that when a Trobriand Islander dies his or her spirit travels east to the Budibudi islands to wash before returning to make the final journey to Tuma island - the land of the dead. The Budibudi Islands are also known as the Lauchlan Islands.

1001 PNG Nights

One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights:
Folktales from Wantok Newspaper
Translated and Edited by Thomas H. Slone

One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights is a two-volume collection of folktales that were originally published in Papua New Guinea's Wantok newspaper. The folktales were in Tok Pisin, the pidgin English language of Papua New Guinea. This two-volume collection presents the complete set of 1047 folktales published between 1972 and 1997. This book represents one of the largest general collections of Papua New Guinean folktales. All of Papua New Guinea's provinces and approximately 35% of Papua New Guinea's 700 language/culture groups are represented. The first volume includes the introduction and 550 folktales; the second volume includes the remaining folktales, indices, a glossary, a set of maps and a gazetteer. The folktales have been extensively indexed by author, village, original language (or culture group), province, flora and fauna, and folklore motif.

This book is available directly from the publisher at -- -- and from -- -- and --

Further information about the book and a couple of sample stories can be found at --

A sample story from Milne Bay, reprinted with permission of the author, can also be found at --

Thomas H. Slone is a staff scientist at the University of California at Berkeley.

Volume 1: Tales from 1972-1985 ISBN 0-9714127-0-7; U.S. $39.95 paperback; 528 pages, 8.25 x 11"

Volume 2: Tales from 1986-1997, Indices, Glossary, References, and Maps ISBN 0-9714127-1-5; U.S. $44.95 paperback; 613 pages, 8.25 x 11", illustrated

Thomas has one query and that is "I have been unable to locate issue number 1138 from 1996 of Wantok. Please let me know if you can send me the ancestor story from this issue"

Sandstone Houses

The Kundiawa-Gembogl district services improvement programme (DSIP) has given K100,000 to the Dudua Masonary Construction company to teach young people how to build sandstone houses.

Israel Diplomatic Office

Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Abal, has announced a diplomatic office will be opened in Israel. Mr Abal said he had already directed the Secretary for Foreign Affairs Michael Maue to prepare the necessary documents for endorsement by the National Executive Council.

full news item --

Vision Centres

People in Lae and Mt Hagen can now receive help with eye care thanks to PNG Eye Care and the International Centre for Eye Care Education (ICEE). ICEE programs manager for Asia Pacific Tricia Keys said the facilities would also provide a long term solution to eye care service availability which is aimed at reducing avoidable blindness and vision impairment. Ms Keys said both centres were supported by the Australian Government's Avoidable Blindness Initiative through Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium.

Coming Events

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

Mt Hagen Show -- 13th - 15th of August

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

Independence Day - 16th September

Goroka Show -- 17th - 19th of 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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