PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Jun 2013

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banis ribs / fence / wall
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bel i pas constipated
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belhevi regret
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Airline Competition

The Flysolomons Sports & Rec Club are travelling to PNG to compete against Air Niugini teams. Fly Solomons will defend their title against Air Niugini. They are sending netball, touch rugby, darts and soccer teams.


Barge Overturned

All eleven crew members of the Mundi Navigator barge have been rescued by tug boat Go Rigel 80 nautical miles northwest of PNG's capital, Port Moresby. One person is reported to have sustained a non-life threatening injury.


New Airline Agreements

Solomon Islands and Fiji stand to benefit from a new Air Services agreement signed by Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The agreement will allow the utilisation of the Boeing 737 aircraft and travel from Nadi through Honiara, Moresby and then on to Bali.


Indonesia has signed an agreement on air transportation with Papua New Guinea. Through the agreement, Indonesia will open a direct flight route from Jakarta to Port Moresby. The Jakarta-Port Moresby route will be available twice a week.


New Air Niugini schedule effective 22nd June to 26th October 2013. Check uploaded schedules on --

National airline restricts flights to two centres --

Melanesian Spearhead Group

Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare has praised the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) as a "vibrant and successful" organisation when he appeared as a guest at a recent summit of the MSG. In his speech, Somare acknowledged "there is strong and growing support among the MSG peoples for West Papua's membership to MSG and West Papua's aspirations to self-determination."


UniTech Report

A government report into recent unrest at the University of Technology in Lae will not be made public. The acting minister of higher education, Don Polye, says the inquiry's report is not a public document and will not be made public.



A specialist with the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Suman Majumdar has been reported as saying "one of the things that fuel TB everywhere is a weakened health system, poverty, vulnerable people and I think that is the driving factor".


New Chief Ombudsman

PNG has a new Chief Ombudsman. Former Public Service Commission chairman Rigo Lua, from Kapari village in Abau District, Central province, has taken over from Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari who has being acting in the position for more than 12 months after the then Chief Ombudsman Chronox Manek died in 2011, after a long illness.


BSP Kerema

After more than four years banking services in Kerema, Gulf province, are to be restored. BSP closed its doors in 2008 after its branch in Kerema was subjected to a robbery where a substantial amount was stolen. Work on the new Rural Branch will commence later this month and expected to be completed before the end of 2013.


House Prices

The treasury department is considering a recommendation to regulate house prices in the country. Treasurer Don Polye says he has asked his department to examine a recommendation by PNG's Independent Consumer and Competition Commission to regulate the nation's housing market.


New Britain Palm Oil

Kulim in Malaysia is set to take over the remaining shares in New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL). The company already owns 50% of NBPOL. NBPOL is currently listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Port Moresby Stock Exchange.


Bougainville Foreign Investment

PNG's autonomous region of Bougainville will introduce new laws governing foreign investment, aimed at preventing newly arrived foreigners from dominating small business.


Anglican Primate

Anglican Board of Mission reports that Bishop Clyde Igara from Dogura diocese was elected June 14 as the new archbishop of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.


Route to Jackson's Airport

An upgraded alternative route has been proposed to and from Jacksons International Airport. Morea Tobo Road between Six-Mile and the Airport will be upgraded to four lanes and other associated feeder roads will also be upgraded to allow for the free flow of traffic.


Parkop: K3mil to repair damaged road --


South East Asian Airlines could be another airline to fly to PNG. If successful in its bid the airline said 720 seats would be used for the Clark to Port Moresby route and another 720 seats would be for Manila to Port Moresby. It plans to use Airbus A319 and A320 planes.



HeviLift, 50% owned by landowners in PNG, has successfully broken into the Indonesian and Asian market. The company's fleet includes fixed and rotary wing aircraft.


PNG Ports Stevedores Mess

PNG Ports has opened a new stevedore's mess. The initiative is part of PNGPCL's modernisation program to provide a safe and healthy environment for maritime workers especially stevedores to be served decent meals. Meals can also be purchased by other port users or PNGPCL staff at reasonable prices.


Prostitutes Not Protected

The founder of WeCare working with vulnerable young women and children in Port Moresby says growing numbers of young sex workers are not using protection.


Biometric Identification

The Nasfund Contributors Savings and Loan Society (NCSL) has gone into a new age of savings in PNG by introducing biometric identification services for its members. The NCSL is a subsidiary of Nasfund and has more than 65,000 active members. NCSL in its drive for better service delivery to its members has introduced a self-service touch-screen system at its Boroko branch in Port Moresby.


ADB Chief Visits PNG

The Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao will arrive in PNG on the 24th of June to visit project sites and discuss its assistance programme with government officials.


Komo Airfield

Komo airfield, part of the PNG liquefied natural gas project, has seen the first landing of an Antonov AH-124-100 aircraft. The airfield will provide a gateway for large equipment to be transported to the Hides gas conditioning plant that will treat the natural gas and condensate. The Antonov-124 cargo aircraft that made the airfield's maiden flight will now be used to deliver the large equipment required for the operation of the plant. About 70 trips in total will be required to transport the equipment.


The runway is 3.2 km long x 45 m wide.

AFLPNG QLD Championships

AFLPNG's under 14 Coca-Cola Binatangs have departed for the Gold Coast in Queensland to participate in the 2013 Queensland State Championships. The squad of 27 Young boys has been drawn from the Highlands (Goroka and Mt. Hagen), Islands (Kimbe/Hoskins and Kavieng), Northern (Lae and Kainantu) and Port Moresby. Selection was via the Coca-Cola National Championships held in November last year at Lae's Igam Barracks.


Malaysian Envoy Bids Farewell

The Malaysian High Commissioner to PNG, Datin Seri Blanche Olbery, has paid a farewell visit to Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio before leaving the country on the 29th of June.


Border Economic Zones

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says that land issues along the PNG-Indonesian International Border will be seriously looked into and solved by the Border Economic Zones. Mr O'Neill made this undertaking after his return from a two-day State Visit to Indonesia with some of his Government Ministers, top bureaucrats, businessmen and women including members from Papua New guinea Chamber of Commerce and landowner companies involved in resource industries.


AIDS Fights Back

The provincial health authority and the Western Highlands Provincial AIDS Council have expressed concern at the HIV/AIDS virus showing resistance in first line patients who are on antiretroviral (ART) drugs.


Australian Military in Wewak

Australian military doctors are finding it a little confronting working at the general hospital in Wewak, Papua New Guinea, as part of a joint US-Australian military aid mission


Lawyer Jailed for Contempt

A lawyer has been jailed for nine months for contempt of court in what might be the first case of its kind as attempts are made to clean up the legal system. Justice Derek Hartshorn who presided over the matter said: "A term of imprisonment will serve as a warning to others, especially lawyers, that court orders must be obeyed and that there are consequences for non-compliance."


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.

2013 Oceania Cup - 6th July 2013

National Mask Festival 17th - 21st July 2013, Kokopo, East New Britain

PNG800 Bike & Hike - 2nd July - 19 July 2013 --

PNG Trade Fair in Honiara - July 2013

Hiri Moale Festival - July 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

East Sepik Crocodile Festival -- 6th - 7th August 2013

Mt. Hagen Cultural Show -- 17th - 18th August 2013

Goroka Show 14th - 15th August 2013 --

Maprik district cultural and agricultural show - September 2013

National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- November 2013

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014

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

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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