PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 May 2012

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PNG in the News

Nape faces arrest over funds misuse --

Smith honours war dead in PNG --

PNG inquiry finds MV Rabaul crew skipped safety --

More disruptions expected in PNG capital --

Rabaul Queen inquiry continues hearing evidence --

World Tuna day launch in Alotau --

Man charged with offering bribe --

Misc PNG Links

Montevideo Maru --

Window into a hero's past --

The story of the last Magpie to die at war --

Hidden financial mess --

Pacific using new media to cover disasters --

Kokoda Track - for troops the Trail was the "Track" --

Lae International Hotel --

Her wildest imagination --

Tufi Experience --

PNG Blogs

Goroka Show launching --

Alotau has new K700,000 fish market --

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News Items

Rabaul Queen

The man who led the disaster response to the sunken MV Rabaul Queen, says the country needs to provide more resources if it wants to improve how events like that are handled. The sinking of the ferry is PNG's biggest maritime disaster.


Languages of PNG

The National or official languages of PNG are Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin and English.

The number of languages listed for Papua New Guinea is listed as in excess of 800. I have seen figures claiming this to be as high as 832. Of those, 823 are living languages and 9 are considered to be extinct.

An interesting article is located at -- -- It deals with language families and mentions the Rotokas language - Rotokas is spoken in Papua New Guinea on the Island of Bougainville by approximately 4,300 people and it has the fewest sounds of any language, 11 (compared to the 44 or so of standard English). These 11 are made up of five vowels and six consonants: A, E, I, O, U, B, G, K, P, R, T. - can you imagine that - a language with only 11 sounds. Six of those are used in the name of the language.

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It has been reported that PNG has one language for every 900 square kilometres of the country or roughly one language for every 350 square miles for those readers who don't use the metric system.

NCD Ring Roads

The National Capital District Commission (NCDC) has submitted design and costing to the present government for funding or approval for the Commission to secure loans to build roads to help ease the traffic congestion around Port Moresby. Plans include roads from Gerehu to Eight Mile, Nine Mile and 14-mile exiting at Bautama for the Magi Highway; a road from Sir John Guise Drive through Erima and on to Jackson's airport via a flyover and another ring road would go from Tokarara to Badihagwa. Yet another road would go from Boroko Drive to Six-Mile and Jackson's airport. Funding required would be in excess of K900 million.

The NCD Governor wants to build a tollgate at the entrance to the National Capital District where vehicles belonging to the nearby LNG project cross from Central province. The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project is exempt from paying Goods and Services Tax (GST) and GST is one of the main revenue earners for the NCD. He also wants to amend the Motor Traffic Act so that money collected for motor vehicle licences and registration by Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited (MVIL) in Port Moresby is put towards the upkeep of the roads.

Economic Growth

A spokesman from Melbourne, Australia based company Business Advantage International says there's plenty of optimism about investing in Papua New Guinea despite recent political turmoil.


Air Niugini

The National Airline is phasing in a new Departure Control System (DCS) to be followed by a new Reservations system. Society International Telecommunications Aeronautical (SITA) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, hosts the present DCS and reservation's system. The new system will be hosted in The United Arab Emirates (Mercator in Dubai) and is used by several major airlines including Emirates.

The first location to see the new Departure Control System will be Jackson's Airport at Seven-Mile, Port Moresby followed by Lae (Nadzab) and other airports around the country.


It has been estimated that over 4000 people will contest the elections. This figure may reach 5000 for the 109 vacant seats before the final figures are known when nominations close on the 24th of May. Each candidate will have to pay a fee of K1000. On top of that each candidate will have to buy campaign materials to have a decent chance of being elected.

Over 4,000 political hopefuls line up in PNG --

Cairns Real Estate

The North Queensland Registrar of Titles in Cairns has complied a list of properties owned by PNG politicians. At least five politicians have bought K24 million worth of property in the Cairns area with the most expensive property estimated to have cost AUD3.8 million. Australian newspapers have reported that PNG residents were the largest foreign investors in the Far North of Queensland.


Kai Kai the Buai -- leads you to "kai kai the buai" - A tok pisin / English parody of Waltzing Matilda. It is an interesting site and well worth a few minutes of your time.

Electoral Commissioner OK

The Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, has been given the green light stay on and see through the general elections to the end. There was doubt raised by the O'Neill Government over whether Mr Trawen was eligible too old the post due to his age. The Electoral Commission Appointments Committee - chaired by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill - had met and resolved to allow Trawen to continue in office.


Chaotic Roundabouts

The following is from the Post Courier's "The Drum" column. --

The traffic situation at the Erima Roundabout near our international airport is absolutely chaotic. At night it can take drivers an hour to negotiate this area. Wonder how many people have missed their flights because of this . We all know NCD have plans to build a flyover over the area onto Kookaburra Street linking to Waigani at the Sir John Guise Drive and that is commendable . But it is a long way away. Meanwhile the deplorable state of the road surface on the roundabout is the real cause of congestion here and can be fixed in the interim. And please NCD Roads, don't do the job during the day. Pick a time during the night or on a Sunday so you don't make the problem worse.

Egg Standard

The Papua New Guinea Poultry Industry Association (PIA) has adopted a resolution stating that PNG eggs being sold in the market should have a "Best Before Date" or what is called the "Used By Date". The association agreed to adopt a 35-day "Best Before" date for PNG eggs. This is consistent with the Australian and New Zealand standards.


City Pharmacy Profits

The City Pharmacy group of companies has recorded an audited profit before tax of almost K22 million for the 2011 financial year. This is a massive increase of over 60 percent on the corresponding 2010 figures.

Namah to Challenge Roll

Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah plans to challenge in court the validity of the electoral roll. Namah and his lawyer Greg Shepard told a media conference that the Electoral Commission was using the 2007 common roll - with one or two names added to inflate the roll for 2012.


Mosquito Habits

Just like you and I mosquitoes feed when hungry. Malaria carrying mosquitoes have had to adapt to the introduction of insecticide treated bed nets biting earlier in the evening in an attempt to have a feast of human blood. Research by the PNG Institute of Medical Research indicates that nearly 50 percent of the population sleep safely under a treated bed net.

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Land Transport "Fines"

Land Transport Division traffic enforcement manager Herman Wakia has said drivers and passengers should not pay cash to its traffic enforcement officers. All offenders must ask for a traffic infringement notice when they are booked and pay at the various cash offices around the country within seven days. Wakia said under the Motor Transport Act, police traffic officers and transport inspectors were the only authorised people who could issue infringement notices.


K50 Note

The Bank of Papua New Guinea has announced the release of a reprint of the K50 polymer banknote. The note will be the same as the existing one except for the signature of the new Governor of the Bank - Mr. Loi M. Bakani replacing the previous Governor.

Cocoa Hybrid

The Cocoa Coconut Institute, through the agriculture innovation grant scheme, has funded a project in Manus to help cocoa growers. There is now an opportunity for cocoa growers in Manus to test cocoa hybrid and improve production after the Cocoa Pod Borer pest was detected there in early 2010.


SHP Hydro

An up to 120 Megawatt hydroelectric plant is to be set up along the Tagari River at the Hewaii Falls in the Southern Highlands province at a capital cost of US$263 million. The actual Megawatt capacity of the plant will be determined after a feasibility study has been made. The system is set to be bigger than the system at Yonki. The design will include a 15 metre high weir, a 2.7km tunnel and three or four turbines.

Stranded Filipino Workers

A total of 55 stranded overseas Filipino workers have returned to Manila from Papua New Guinea. The workers were hired as land and sea-based crew members of a fishing company in Manus. However, the company was unable to start its fishing operations due to documentation problems, leaving the crew members stranded and unpaid.


Press Freedom

Peter O'Neill has promised to maintain freedom of the press if re-elected. O'Neill said he will be cautious about implementing new media laws, and will push only those that bolster press freedom. But the PM says a changing media landscape, with the growth of internet, mobile access and social media, will see future governments passing laws to "expand and expound" on media freedoms.


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.

Oil Search AGM - 8th May at the Crowne Plaza

2012 Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012

South Pacific Export PNG Golf Open - May 2012?

Walk Against Corruption -- 27th May 2012

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012 - when will they be held?

Solomon Islands welcomes you to the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts -- -- from 1st to 14th July 2012

Mt Hagen Show - 11th and 12th of August 2012

Samarai and Milne Bay Reunion - Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra, Australia between the 7th and 9th of September 2012 -- --

Fifth PNG Games, Kokopo, East New Britain - 17th to 30th November 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18 July 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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