PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 January 2011

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bikbus dense bush
dai pinis die
em nau! great! fantastic!; literally 'him now!'
em tasol that's all
glas bilong kapten binoculars
glas bilong lukluk mirror
glas glass (container)
glas glass (substance)
hallans / hailens highlands
haus sik hospital
hausboi / hausmeri servant
het i pen headache
hukim pis catch fish / fishing
husat who
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
kilim i dai pinis kill
kilim injure
kilman murderer
sanguma / puripuri sorcery / witchcraft

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The PNG U17 team rated 203/203 in the world has beaten the Fijian team in the Oceania Football Confederation Under-17 Championship --

Who will be the next PNG prime Minister? --

Cholera hits Port Moresby squatter settlements --

EcoEZ PNG SEASMART Operations Hamstrung by Premature Funding Loss --

Gold action in PNG --

Somare's record reign in jeopardy --

University of Goroka management reinstated --

Police blockade --

PNG to invest in fibre optic cable project --

News Items

New Governor-General

Michael Ogio, currently the minister for higher education in the Somare Cabinet, has been elected as the next Governor General of PNG. He polled 65 votes overwhelmingly defeating the opposition's candidate, Sir Pato Kakaraya, who only managed to get 23 votes for the position. Parliament was adjourned immediately after the vote until the 10th of May.

Michael Ogio, will not be sworn in until that date. The election of a new Governor General was forced upon the country after the re-election of Sir Paulias Matane was annulled by the Supreme Court in December. There will now have to be by-election for his North Bougainville open electorate seat.

PNG's first female Premier, Enni Moitz, is unhappy with the nomination process saying candidates were given 24 hours to secure 15 signatures in order to be nominated. She says by law the candidates should have been given ten days.

See also - Michael Ogio's past is questionable --

Vale William Takaku

William Takaku actor, screenwriter, theatre director, musician and environmentalist died on the 3rd of January (2011). He was one of PNG's first theatre professionals appearing in many plays. William was cast as Man Friday in the 1997 American-financed film Robinson Crusoe opposite the Irish actor Pierce Brosnan.


Bill Skate also died on the 3rd of January in 2006

Hevilift PNG

Hevilift - a subsidiary of Regional Aviation Group - intends to introduce two ATR 42-320s fixed wing aircraft to its fleet in PNG. The planes will operate to nine destinations in PNG, with sectors ranging from 30 minutes on the Mt Hagen (HGU) - Goroka (GKA) route to two hours, 15 minutes between Port Moresby (POM) and Lihir (LNV). Each aircraft will offer 25 seats - a 125 per cent increase in capacity over the currently operated the 20-seat DHC-6-300 Twin Otter.

Thirty ATR aircraft currently operate throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

University of Goroka Students

Staff and students at the University of Goroka will be asked to sign an agreement to not go on strike in 2011 to avoid a repeat of the costly boycotts of last year. Last year's two months students and later staff unrest cost the university approximately K1.7 million.


Tsunami Awareness Kit

Building Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness. Tsunami awareness materials to educate communities about their tsunami risk are now available for download on Pacific Disaster Centre's website. Learn to be prepared and to protect yourself and your community from the tsunami hazard.


Book - Kavieng Massacre

There are many books written about PNG especially during the Second World War. One such book documents the massacre at Kavieng by Japanese sailors of 23 Australian and 7 German civilian internees at Kavieng, New Ireland, in 1944. The book - The Kavieng Massacre, A War Crime Revealed by Raden Dunbar - ISBN 978 1 86351 368 is available over the Internet.

This book is for anyone who is interested in reading a factual account of how civilians were treated during the Second World War.

2011 Pacific Games

The Athletic Union has announced a training squad of 42 members for the 2011 Pacific Games to be held in Noumea, New Caledonia. The athletic competition at the Noumea Games is scheduled to start at the beginning of September.

Fuel Prices

The Independent Consumers and Competition Commission has announced changes in the price of fuel. Consumers in Port Moresby will now pay K3.53, K2.99 and K2.89 per litres for petrol, diesel and kerosene respectively. Prices will vary in other centres around the country depending on transportation costs.

PNG Helps Flood Victims

Many people are helping flood victims in Australia by donating money. A wheelbarrow push has been organised in Lae to help raise money. In Port Moresby statesman Michael Nali and L&A Construction duo Luciano Cragnolini and his wife Ni have each donated K50,000 to kick off the fundraising drive in the city. The acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has promised to send relief assistance of K10 million.

Recent flash floods in Central province have caused a major landslide along the Sogeri road. The damage has been cleared and the road is now open.

Vale Bill Harry

Cuthbert Oswald (Bill) Harry AM OBE (VX24800), who escaped from the Japanese invasion of Rabaul and became a leading figure in the Returned Services League, died in Victoria, Australia on the 4th January 2011 at the age of 94.


Will New Ireland Secede?

The Post Courier has reported that the powerful Mamais (chiefs) of New Ireland will meet this week to decide on their future association with Papua New Guinea. That meeting could spell disaster for the country if the resolution to secede from Papua New Guinean is made.

See the full article in the Post Courier --

Escapee Recaptured

An escapee on the run for four years from Giligili prison near Alotau in Milne Bay Province has been recaptured. He was charged in 2007 and sentenced to 45 years imprisonment but managed to escape after only serving a few months in prison.

Air Niugini

New cabin crew uniforms announced in September 2010 by Air Niugini have been used for the first time. The first trip for the cabin crew with new uniforms was from Port Moresby to Narita, Japan as well as on incoming flights from other international destinations.

Central Province

Police in Central province have arrested 15 men for offences committed over the Christmas New Year break. Central police commander, John Maru, said nine men were arrested for holding up a PMV (public motor vehicle). Two suspects were arrested in relation to a killing; two for being in possession of dangerous drugs; one in possession of police-issued gas grenade; and one for causing grievous bodily harm.

Rotary Donation

The Rotary Club of Madang has donated school books, classroom equipment and medical supplies to schools and health centres in the province. The equipment came to PNG with the assistance of Rotary clubs in Australia. Modilon General Hospital was the recipient of hospital equipment including sheets and mattresses.

Kudjip Hospital

The Kudjip Nazarene Hospital has closed its doors after a recent attack on a nursing sister by an intruder. Reports from the hospital, located in the Western Highlands province, say that all the in-patients have left the hospital and it will remain closed until the suspect is handed over to police.

Port Moresby Tension

Traffic travelling into downtown Port Moresby recently had to be diverted via the Poreporena Freeway due to an incident involving settlers from Goilala in Central province and Tari from Southern Highlands province residing at the Badili, Vanagi and 2-Mile Hill settlements. Six or Seven houses were also burnt down in the clash. Two people are dead as a result of the clash. Police have apprehended five suspects - two from Goilala and three from Tari.

No-confidence Motion Fails

A planned vote of no-confidence by the Opposition against Sir Michael Somare and his government has failed because the acting Speaker, Francis Marus, refused to entertain any other business except that of the election of a governor-general, Leader of government business Paul Tiensten said last night that the election of the governor-general would take precedence.

Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled.

Madang Games -- 19th to 23rd of January

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 - 22nd to 29th January

International Women's Day (IWD) - 8th March 2011 - The first IWD was run in 1911 so 2011 sees the IWD Global Centenary.

National Surfing Titles - 16th to 25th March

National Game Fishing Titles - 16th to 25th March

Arafura Games - 7th to 14th of May --

Lik Lik Diwai Tourism Festival - 20th May

Wahgi Sing Sing -- June

Warwin High School Cultural Day 13th June

Kontu/Tembn Shark Calling - New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July

Warwagira Cultural Show - Kokopo 29th June - 5th July

National Mask Festival 6th - 9th July

Malagan Show - New Ireland 22nd - 24th July

Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August

Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August

Goroka Show - 16th to 18th September

Morobe Show -- 15th & 16th October

Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau 4th to 6th November

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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