PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Sep 2011

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Neo Melanesian English
abus animal / meat / garnish / game / side-dish
aibika / haibica stringy silverbeet-like vegetable
diwai tree
gamtri eucalyptus tree / gum tree
han bilong diwai tree branch
het bilong diwai crown of tree
kago cargo
kalabus prison / imprison / lock up / shut up / away
kalabusman prisoner
kar / ka car
katim diwai i pundaun fell a tree
kumu / sayor / grins / saior vegetables
laki lucky (card game)
moran carpet snake
pik / abus pik pig
pikus tri fig tree
sapim carve

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG in the News

Planned PNG resource law change likely to need further discussion --

Piracy possible, say WNB police -- --

I wish the Aussie Rules Brownlow Medal was this good --

PNG exposed as 'dysfunctional blob' --

Aust citizen alleges PNG police raped her --

Melanesian Spearhead Group, Press Release --

PNG police chief furious over alleged assault on detainee --

PNG Teeters --

Society keeps distance over Mola's claims --

Misc Links

Travelling to PNG --

Lae Builders --

Lissenung on Facebook --

Music of PNG --

Bloody debt repaid --

Aviat, Konedobu --

Vision City, Waigani --

POM Botanical Gardens --

The other Port Moresby: a city in the sun --

Remembering Daisy --

PNG Blogs

Letter to Jais Aben Lagoon, Madang --

Marine Life PNG --

Berl Link News Blog --

Madang women pray for corrupt leaders --

Andrew's UKARUMPA --

Sam Basil visits Alotau --

Educating Wendy: Madang, Sweet Madang! --

PNG Images

Asaro mudmen to firedancers; highland mountains to the Trobriand Islands --

Wewak, East Sepik --

PNG Roadshow rolls into town --

2011 Mt. Hagen Cultural Show --

More from Mt Hagen Show --

News Items

Madang to Bogia

A traveller, just back from PNG, wants to pass on some travel info about travelling from Madang to Bogia Station.


Rainforest Inquiry

PNG has launched a Commission of Inquiry into foreign land grabs of pristine, indigenous owned primary rainforests for clear-cut logging and supposed oil palm development.


Least Liveable City

While Melbourne, Australia has managed to make it to the top of the most liveable city list Port Moresby has almost hit rock bottom coming in as the second least liveable city only being beaten by Harare.


Pacific Games in Noumea

Ryan Pini has become the first person representing PNG at the Pacific Games to win gold. Pini won gold in the 200m freestyle in 1:52.40 and the 100m butterfly in 53.93. For more results --

2011 Pacific Games Schedule --

The Fiji cricket team had to settle for silver medal as PNG beat Fiji by 83 runs.

The Closing Ceremony is to be held on the 10th of September.

New PX Schedule

Air Niugini has announced changes to its international and domestic schedules from the 7th of September. Some of the changes include five flights a day from Monday to Friday to Lae and four a day on the weekends. For more details see --

Somare Still PM

Sir Michael Somare has said from Singapore that there was no vacancy for the position of Prime Minister and he is still PM. He said he is ready, willing and able to complete his term as the only legally elected prime minister of the country.


Court Seeks Somare Files --

Last week it was rumoured Sir Michael Somare would return to attend parliament today (6th September) and he would return to Singapore after he was registered as having attended the parliamentary session.

A parliamentarian is automatically disqualified, as a parliamentary member, if they miss three sessions of parliament prompted the suggestion he will fly from his sick bed in Singapore to attend on the 6th.

Somare's bill put at K3.7m --

Big welcome for Grand Chief --

36th Independence Day

The 16th of September 1975 is the day PNG gained a peaceful independence from Australia. In the coming days all schools around the country will hold some form of celebration to honour the event. Many of the students will dress in traditional attire and if you are in the country and can get the opportunity to have a few hours off work and the school allows visitors then a trip to the local school will get you in the mood of greater things to come.

The National Capital District (Port Moresby) and Central / Gulf provinces celebrates the event with the holding of the Hiri Moale Festival and associated events. Crowds from all over the country with a handful of overseas visitors will converge on the Eastern Highlands for the Goroka Show. No matter what event you can attend you will see how PNG celebrates its birthday.

Aussie Visas

The Australian High Commission has listened to the frustration expressed by people trying to obtain a visa to travel to Australia by increasing visa lodgement hours. People will now be able to process their visas from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays and phone lines will be open to handle questions and enquiries from travellers from 8.30am to 7pm weekdays. A visa application centre will also be opened in Lae.


Overseas Surgeons Treat Patients in Hagen

An Interplast medical team comprising surgeons from Australia and New Zealand have treated a total of 30 patients in Mt Hagen. The team were overwhelmed as a total of 160 patients reported to the consultation clinic for corrective surgery with conditions including cleft lip and palate, tumours, hand injuries and deformities and debilitating burn scars.




Q - Are there any bakeries in PNG?

A - There are many places baking bread and in most villages you will find or at least smell hot bread / scones in the morning. --

Just recently the Brumby's Bakery chain opened in Port Moresby at the Vision City Mega Mall --

Donut King products in PNG --

Basic Oral Language

The Basic Oral Language Documentation (BOLD) project is recording and transcribing indigenous languages of PNG, using voice recorders. University staff and students, who speak the local languages. are helping to do the work.


Mozzies Lose Cup

The PNG Aussie Rules team were unable to defend their International Cup title being beaten by Ireland by 18 points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Ireland 8.5 (53) def Papua New Guinea 5.5 (35).

The Irish women's side claimed the inaugural women's International Cup.


DWU Cultural Show

Students at the Divine Word University in Madang have held a successful Cultural Show sponsored by PNG Ports Corporation. Students from all over PNG including the new Jiwaka and Hela provinces participated including international groups from Solomon Islands, West Papua and China in the two-day ceremony themed "Lukim PNG, Diwai Style".

Manus Islanders Disappointed

People on Manus Island say they'll be bitterly disappointed if the High Court's decision scuttles moves to reopen the island's detention centre.


See also --

Police Pay Rise

It was announced police would receive a 7.5 per cent increase in their pay packets sometime in the future. A memorandum of agreement would be signed between the Department of Personnel Management, police management and union tomorrow (7th September).

International Youth Day

Hundreds of young people have gathered in Goroka on the 13th August, 2011 to celebrate the International Youth Day. The youth, mainly from settlements around Goroka and the churches, were brought together by Mercy Works a faith-based community organisation.


Frieda River

The copper unit of Anglo-Swiss miner Xstrata PLC recently announced a 10% increase in the copper resource base of its PNG Frieda River copper-gold project and said it plans to deliver a feasibility study on the project in January.


Medical Symposium

The 47th PNG Medical Symposium, held by the PNG Medical Society, is underway in Kimbe, West New Britain province. Last year it was held in Wewak East Sepik province. The theme for this year's symposium is Epidemics, Pandemics and Disasters. As in previous years private companies, individuals and groups sponsor the event.

Miss South Pacific Pageant

The PNG Segment of the Miss South Pacific Pageant has been launched to find a cultural ambassador to represent the country in Samoa. It is a different concept to the Miss PNG Red Cross event. --

The Miss South Pacific Pageant will be held in Apia from the 4th to the 10th of December --

Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

Pacific Islands Forum, Auckland, 6-9 September 2011 --

Toowoomba PNG 36th Independence Day Celebrations --

Goroka Show, 16th - 18th September - see -- -- and --

36th Independence Day Celebrations - Celebration Lawn, Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane Saturday 17th September 2011 10:00

PNG Christian Music Festival, Port Moresby - 17th September

Morobe Show - 15th and 16th October

Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau: 4th - 6th November

Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament - 13th Nov

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

2012 Milne Bay Critter and Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead and Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 17th April 2012 to 29th April 2012
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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Updated 16 Sep 2011

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