PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 March 2011

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Neo Melanesian English
tasol that's all
mi me
lusim abandon / leave lose / set free / spend
lusim dua unlock door
lusim tingting forget
husat who is that
inap enough
inap long up to / until
long along / at / because of / tall / than / to
halipim / halivim / helpim help
nating for no reason
olgeta all
olgeta completely
olgeta samting everything
olgeta taim always
ting / tingting think / thoughts
tingim wonder

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PNG in the News

Kanawi slams unwise spending of cash for sex --

Legal eagles have landed --

Somare seeks to dismiss misconduct probe --

PNG Tribunal to continue despite PM's attempts to shut it down --

Earthquake off PNG Coast --

Rudd wishes Little Kev happy 3rd birthday --

AFL begins with a bang --

Origin Energy is planning to link its mooted large hydro-electric project in PNG to Queensland --

Clinic Offers Free Service --

PNG Images

Kokopo market, East New Britain --

PNG Landing - Fane --

Ukarumpa Bird --

Port Moresby --

MAF - landing at Kafa, PNG --

Goroka Village --

Mt Hagen House --

Rabaul --

Dance group Huri Duna --

Misc PNG Links

Battle of the Milne Bay Museum --

Index Mundi is a website that is devoted to being the most up to date on world statistics, maps, and country profiles --

Teachers Savings and Loan Society --

Nasfund Contributors' Savings & Loans Society --


Post PNG --

Morning Goroka --

Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG --

Finance Corporation --

Christian Books Melanesia --

PNG Country Tours --

Diving PNG --

Kokopo Beach Bungalows -- --

PNG Blogs

Malum Nalu --

Expat Blog --

PNG DTS Outreach --

Chad Wells Family Blog --

Boat Trips in Port Moresby --

Ken and Una in PNG --

Surfing on our Doorstep --

The Giant 'Avatar' like Trees of Sohano Island --

Tembari Children Care --

My beautiful country --

Matt in PNG --

A well travelled cheque --

News Items

MAF Anniversary

Almost sixty years ago year Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) started flying in PNG. The first flight was on the 7th of May 1951 by Harry Hartwig in an Auster Autocar taking off from Madang. In 2011 MAF is serving in 35 countries worldwide and it is estimated there is an MAF plane taking off every six minutes.

2010 MAF Statistics --

Sorcery Laws

The laws regarding sorcery and sorcery related killings are to be reviewed. This is an attempt to either repeal the Sorcery Act or make alterations to the Act by Parliament to make it more enforceable, and to help the courts deal appropriately with such cases.


New Trucks Arrive

Forty trucks, worth over than K30 million, have arrived from the United States to be used to transport cargo to and from the liquefied natural gas project in the Hela region to Lae. The trucks were manufactured by Western Star Trucks USA and purchased through Western Star Trucks Pacific - a trucking company owned by the Wamp Nga Group of Companies based in Mount Hagen.


Air Niugini Fares

Air Niugini has recently increased airfares citing the increase in the cost of crude oil and jet fuel as the reason. Chief Executive Officer Wasantha Kumarasiri said most international sectors had increased from US$170 to US$190. Mr Kumarasiri said the current domestic fuel rate of K125 per passenger would remain except for Rabaul/Lihir and Port Moresby - Buka which had both increased to K135 per passenger.

Cannabis Cabbages

Police at the Western Highlands airport at Kagamuga have found cannabis hidden inside two cabbages bundled up with other vegetables ready for shipping via Airlines of PNG to Kiunga. Airport police will now check all shipments of vegetables Mt Hagen to other centres before they were loaded on to the aircraft.

School Computers

With the support of AusAID five schools in the Eastern Highlands have equally shared 100 new computers from the Eastern Highlands government. Kabiyufa and Henganofi secondary schools; Kamaliki and Basenenka Vocational Schools and Kami Primary School all received computers. The presentation, of the computers, was witnessed by senior public servants, staff of the education division and head teachers of the schools with students in Goroka.

Minor Flooding in PNG

Flooding has been reported in Manus and Wewak after high seas hit the north coast of PNG. The tsunami warning from the recent earthquake in Japan prompted the night time evacuation of Boram hospital in Wewak.

The Oxfam organisation has provided tarpaulins, food and water for the immediate assistance of patients from the Wewak hospital. The hospital suffered serious damage when it was flooded by waves. The assistance to the Boram Hospital is seen as critical due to extensive damage to the hospital kitchen.

Of the more than 100 patients in the hospital, around 50 were evacuated to the police station compound where most were forced to stay outside. Oxfam staff in Wewak were also able to help a young mother who had given birth just before the waves struck.


Boram shut, items worth K5mil lost --

Illegal Movies Burned

Over 70,000 DVD containing illegal movies have been burnt in a successful joint operation carried out by the PNG Censorship Board, customs and police in Lae.


Highway Fare Increases

Fares to travel in a public motor vehicle along the Highlands Highway in the Western Highlands have increased due to increases in costs to PMV operators. One operator indicated that fuel had increased from K3.50 to K4 per litre and other costs such as maintenance and loan repayments had also increased.


Megan Washington

Who is Megan Washington? She is a PNG born singer-songwriter now living in Melbourne, Australia.


Road Repairs Delayed

Road repairs from Korere to Tunnel Hill Junction in Rabaul have been put on hold due to the failure by the government to make monthly payments to the company performing the work. The project was awarded to Garom Limited by the Central Supply and Tenders Board.

Hiritano Highway

Second Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Project: environmental assessment (Vol. 2 of 2): Environmental management plan for Hiritano Highway rehabilitation (Inawabui - Bereina and Malalaua - Kerema).


New Britain Palm Oil

New Britain Palm Oil is to invest in a new food ingredients processing facility at its UK palm oil refinery. The PNG-based palm oil producer said the new facility will offer a complete range of high quality, affordable, margarines and bakery fats for use in pastries and cakes, puff and short crust pastry, as well as shortenings and bread fats, all containing sustainable palm oil and palm oil fractions from a fully traceable source.


1 RPIR Anniversary

The First Battalion Royal Pacific Island Regiment (1RPIR) has celebrated its 60th anniversary.


Central School Infrastructure

Australia will provide K9.7 million through the incentive fund to build secondary school infrastructure and construct a consolidated trade training centre for Kairuku and Goilala districts in Central province.


Ramu Mine Gag

The Ramu Nickel Mine has made an attempt to stop the publication of photos taken at its mine site.


RAMU NiCo, developers of the Ramu nickel project in Madang, have denied claims that there was "a serious chemical spill" at its Basamuk Bay processing plant


PNG Languages

Several of the 800+ languages identified in PNG have already become endangered. A couple have already been lost. Global Recordings are attempting to record some of the languages.

For example -

Neo Melanesian - a written Tok Pisin Gud Nius Stori with illustrations -- -- and a spoken sample of the Wedau Language, from Milne Bay. - Genesis 22-50 --

PNG Country Index --

Simberi Mine Closes

Allied Gold limited has had to shut down its Gold/Copper mine at Simberi in the New Ireland province 135 kilometres east of Kavieng town due to a cyanide spill from one of its deep sea tailings disposal tanks.


Somare Continues During Tribunal

Prime Minister Michael Somare will continue as the country's leader while a tribunal considers his alleged misconduct in office. The tribunal investigating misconduct allegations against Sir Michael has declined to suspend him from office. Sir Michael maintains that he had always submitted his annual returns.

PM justifies his 1994-97 returns --

Government Agencies Accountability

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has heard that only 10 out of about 1,140 government agencies have accounted for their use of public money during 2009. The 10 entities made, kept, submitted and presented accounts, financial statements and necessary fiscal records to enable audit to occur and to satisfy the auditor-general that those records were reliable and gave a true and reliable summary of the financial affairs and operations of the entity.


Madang Runway Repairs

The surface at Madang airport has had to be repaired after several cracks appeared. One crack, a metre wide and 200mm deep, was described to be "moving apart" due to the continuous seepage of water from recent rains with wheel rut imprints seen on the surface.


Multiplex Cinema

Paradise Cinema costing close to K9 million is set to open later this year in Port Moresby. The cinema, located on the third floor of the Vision City shopping mall, will show international movies using advanced digital equipment ensuring customers have the best audio and video experience.

see also --

Coming Events

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

World TB Day - 24th March --

National Surfing Titles - 16th to 25th March

National Game Fishing Titles - 16th to 25th March

National Softball Championships - Easter in Goroka

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

Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July --

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

National Mask Festival, 6th to 9th July

Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd to 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

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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