PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Nov 2011

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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
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WWII - Inspecting and illegal still
Madang, New Guinea. 27th March 1945. RAAF service police at work in New Guinea are 75209 pilot officer (PO) j. N. Donnelly of Brisbane, QLD, and 130705 warrant officer (WO) C. A. Pearce of Sydney, NSW, who check a confiscated alcoholic still discovered in the jungle. PO Donnelly is the son of ex-inspector Donnelly of the Brisbane CIB. WO Pearce is a cousin of the famous Bobby Pearce, world champion sculler, and himself represented Australia at sculling in the Olympic Games in 1939

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Govt fails to have challenge quashed --

Devastating PNG rainforests --

Threats to the livelihoods and environment of PNG --

Exorbitant rentals affect nationals --

SP Brewery has launched responsible service communication materials to tackle underage drinking and alcohol serving --

Air Niugini sacks two --

Lae in chaos --

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News Items

Lae School and Clinic Shut Down

Haikost Primary School and the Clinic have had to shut recently due to an upsurge of crime in the 2 Mile area of Lae in Morobe province.


PNG police put down riots in Lae --

RSPCA Paws Walk

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) will be holding a walk on Sunday, 13th of November at the Sir John Guise stadium. The walk will start at 6am and end around 9:30am and everyone is invited even those without their ‘best friends’.

Paradise Cinemas

William Parkinson, the Managing Director of Communications Fiji Limited, the parent company of PNG FM Ltd, has said Paradise Cinemas at the Vision City complex in Port Moresby is in the final stages of construction and is expected to open late December or early January next year. The multiplex cinemas will have the most advanced digital equipment available in the country.


Chicken Processing

Mainland Holdings, the owners of Tablebirds, have set up an K80 million chicken processing plant in the Port Moresby suburb of Gerehu. The investment by Mainland Holdings will create over 300 jobs, create business opportunities for hundreds of small commercial chicken farmers and also has the potential to reduce the cost of chickens in the supermarket. Mainland has bene quoted as saying the company is currently air freighting chicken from Lae to Port Moresby at a cost of K3.37 per kilogram.

Dash 8's to be Modified

Following preliminary investigations all Dash 8 series 100, 200 and 300 operating in PNG are to have modifications made to the aircraft and have more frequent inspections and tests on the propeller governor and power lever systems. Airlines of PNG have c;aimed a component failure on the aircraft caused the propellers to go too fast resulting in both engines failing. PNG Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) says this is inaccurate because an investigation is not complete. CASA chief operating officer John Bromley said a preliminary report into the crash did not cite component failure.

As more information becomes available the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia and other authorities around the world might apply the same airworthiness directive to include other operators of Dash 8.

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and --

Propellers probably caused fatal crash --

Wreck Found Near Rabaul

A rusting wreck found in Simpson Harbour while searching for unexploded munitions is believed to be a wreck from World War II. The wreck appears to be a one or two man midget submarine.

Simpson Harbour serves the town of Rabaul, which was a major WWII Japanese military base on the northeast coast of PNG. Japanese midget submarines were transported by ship or larger submarines and used covertly to infiltrate enemy targets including Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Sydney Harbour.


Greenpeace Entered Illegally?

It has been claimed that the MV Esperanza, operated by Greenpeace, has entered the country illegally by sailing directly to Pomio in East New Britain rather than being cleared by Customs in Port Moresby.


Greenpeace warned to stay out of Pomio --

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Vanimo Upgrades

Upgrades to Vanimo airport and wharf are not high on the list of jobs to be carried out by the PNG Govt.


Motorcycling Enduro

So far there thirty competitiors have expressed an interest in bringing their motorcycles to PNG from from overseas to take part in the enduro to be held in and around Lae in March next year. For more info contact Peter Boyd from the Morobe Motorcycle Club (Lae) by using the general contact form located at --

PNG Gold

PNG Gold is looking at the possibilty of purchasing New Guinea Gold Corp. Both companies are focused on exploration and mining activities in PNG.


Post Courier in Trouble

A local compnay has referred the Post Courier to the Independent Media Standards Committee of the Media Council of PNG for what is claimed an inaccurate report about Greenpeace on the Pomio area of East New Briatin.


The Pomio district administrator has been quoted in The National newspaper as saying the visit by Greenpeace had failed to seek formal approval from police and the provincial government before going to the district to stage its protests. --

Trainee Pilots

The latest class of pilots from PNG studying to get their wings in Coffs Harbour are well on their way to becoming commercial airline pilots.


Consititutional Decider

The 9th of December is the date set for PNG to find out whether the government of Peter O'Neill legally took over from the Michael Somare led govt. This will hopefully conclude months of legal wrangling over the events that took place on the 2nd of August after 70 MPs decided to dump the Somare government and elect Peter O'Neill.


Smartraveller Update

The Australian Government Smartraveller advisory service web site has reviewed and reissued its advice. It contains new information in the Summary and under Civil Unrest/Political Tension (possibility of further violence in Lae). The overall level of the advice has not changed.


Mora Mora Vocational Centre

The Mora Mora Vocational Centre in Kimbe, West New Britain province has been expanded and renamed the West New Britain Technical College. The chair of the new college’s board, Williamson Hosea, says they expect up to 300 students from around the country to study at the school from next year.



Concerns have been expressed that PNG is not prepared for the elections just around the corner. The Australian government is reportedly making military preparations to evacuate its citizens if things get out of hand during the elections, which are scheduled for June 2012.


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.

Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament - 13th November --

PNG Australia Alumni Association Dinner - 26th November - Crowne Plaza, Port Moresby

World AIDS Day - 1st December

Ride the Rivers Enduro -- 24 - 25 March 2012

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

2012 Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & 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 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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