PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 May 2014

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Treating survivors of family and sexual violence in PNG --

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Prison Breakouts: Remandees Blamed --

Judge refuses to disqualify himself --

Australia and PNG governments don't fulfil human rights duties: Amnesty --

Iranian man challenges legality of detention on Manus Island --

Canadian company to mine gold and copper ore off PNG coast -- -- Video --

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Misc. Links

Tawali Leisure and Dive Resort Milne Bay --

Plumes and Pearlshells exhibition --

Border reopens --

The legacy of Capt. Nichola Goddard --

Light up PNG --

Private suppliers to power up towns --

Exploring Papua New Guinea's Uncharted Paradise --

The Chinese in colonial Rabaul: an informal history --

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PNG Blogs

Newly discovered letter reveals Francis Ona’s views on mining and democracy in PNG --

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Thank God We Have Peter O’Neill To Force Us To Create An Underground Movement Against Corruption In Papua New Guinea --

A Rainforest Eden in PNG --

News Items

Dogura Anglican Diocese

Father Tennyson Bogar, currently Vicar General and Dean of St John's Cathedral in Port Moresby Diocese, has been elected to be the next bishop of the Dogura Diocese. The consecration will be held on Sunday 29th June 2014 in the Cathedral Church of SS Peter & Paul, Dogura, Milne Bay province.


New Mobile Company

The government has awarded a third mobile phone licence worth more than US$260 million to a Dubai-based multinational firm, Awal Telecommunications Corporation Limited. Their entry into the PNG market brings to three the number of mobile phone operators in the country.



Linguistic Society Conference

The 2014 annual Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea conference will be held in Madang during Independence Day week, 17-19 September. The theme will be "Celebrating Tok Pisin & Tok Ples"

Conference fee: PNG K150 regular, PNG K50 students For more information contact:


Japan PM to Visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Papua New Guinea and New Zealand during his trip to Australia in early July. It will be the first time in 29 years that a Japanese prime minister is visiting PNG since Yasuhiro Nakasone came in 1985, and the first time in 12 years that a Japanese prime minister has visited New Zealand since Junichiro Koizumi's trip in 2002.


PNG PM to Visit Brussels in July --

Third Morobe Open

The third Morobe Golf Open has been won by Heath Reed. Jake Stirling finished in second place.


PNG Open

Kalem Richardson claimed a one-shot victory to win the PNG Golf Open at the Royal Port Moresby Golf Course.


Minimum Wage Rise

PNG employers have told the Minimum Wages Board that they support a pay increase of up to six per cent. Unions are pushing for a gradual increase in the minimum wage of two Kina or 76 cents Australian an hour over the next three years.


Gender-based Violence

The Government says it is taking the lead to eliminate what it calls gender-based violence. Government agencies including the Department for Community Development and Religion are working together to develop a new national strategy to tackle violence.


Witchcraft in PNG

When Mary, aged 45, got sick, residents in her remote highland village did not take her to the doctor, but to a traditional healer believed to have magical powers.



Murder and Revenge in PNG

The June issue of Outside Magazine carries an article written by Karl Hoffman about the recent attack (last September) of 19 local porters and overseas trekkers along along the Black Cat Track in Morobe province.


The Black Cat Track is an arduous, precipitous, and overgrown 42-mile trail first opened by Aussie gold miners in the 1920s and later the site of one of Australia's most harrowing battles in World War II.


UniTech Graduation

Over 950 students will graduate from the University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae today (16th May). Minister for Justice and Attorney-General Kerengua Gua will be the guest speaker.


Coffee Industry

The PNG Coffee Corporation says a co-ordinated approach is needed to improve marketing the industry in Europe. Colin Smith from the European specialist coffee association has told stakeholders in Goroka that PNG needs to have a stronger presence at trade fairs and exhibitions in Europe to be competitive and create demand.


PNG Will Decide Not Aussies

Foreign Affairs an Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato says he will choose which refugees resettle in the country, according to an Australian media report. Pato's statement contradicted Australia's assertion that all genuine refugees detained on Manus Island would be resettled within PNG.


Travel Air Suspended

Budget airline, Travel Air or maybe better known as Mangi Lo Peles, has been suspended indefinitely by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for not observing a notice banning flights into Buka on Bougainville during a landowners' dispute.



PNGSDP Asset Sale Probe

The government is to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the sale of PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited's assets. The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is reported as saying the company's board has no authority to sell off assets, describing the planned move not only illegal but criminal in nature.


Crocodile Kills Boy

A four-metre saltwater crocodile has grabbed a boy while he was fishing with his parents at Siloura River in Gulf province.


A total of 75 crocodile attacks, of which 65 were fatal, have been recorded in PNG by the CrocBITE database since 1958. --

Aussie Budget

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE has looked at what impact the recently released Aussie Budget may have on PNG.


Maritime Safety Laws

The disaster response unit in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB) wants the Small Craft Act enforced to protect the lives of sea travellers.


Priest and Lay Worker Killed

A Catholic priest and a lay minister have been killed in PNG. Father. Gerry Maria Inau and Benedict, a lay extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, were working in the remote regions of Bereina diocese, when they were killed on the 4th of May.


Murdered priest was diligent, committed, colleague says --

LNG Shipments

Oil Search expects to start liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments to Asia shortly with the initial cargo sold on the spot market. The process to load the first LNG tanker has begun, with a decision on when the ship will leave to be made over the next few days, Managing Director Peter Botten has said from Port Moresby. The first gas is expected to go to Tokyo Electric Power Company.


Historical significance in loading of first LNG --

BPNG cautions on LNG revenue --

Rural Food Security

The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is establishing resource centres around the country as part of efforts to adopt new climate change strategies. The Research and Development Coordinator of NARI's Islands Regional Centre, Ofara Petilani, says recent natural disasters and weather events in the region underline the importance of food security for PNG's mainly rural-based population.


Sorcery-related Killing

Police on Bougainville say they are investigating the torture and killing of a man who was accused of practicing sorcery.


Bougainville Public Service

The chief Bougainvillean administrator says the launch of its own public service will greatly benefit locals.


Women's Cricket

PNG has beaten hosts Japan to win the 2014 ICC East-Asia Pacific (EAP) Women's Trophy by 11 runs in a dramatic final.



Construction has begun on the new Jiwaka provincial headquarters at Kurumul, ending public debate on where it should be located. Governor William Tongamp said landowners had given the provincial government the go-ahead to use the land at the Kurumul plantations.


Mouth Cancer Spreads

Cancer, in all forms, is rapidly spreading in the country with cancer of the mouth now the second most common cancer among Papua New Guineans. It makes up 15 percent of all cancer hospital admissions in PNG.


Pacific Games

Justin Tkatchenko, PNG's Sports Minister, has given an assurance that Pacific Games preparations in Port Moresby are on track for the games to be held next year.


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.

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, July 2014

Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014

Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014

PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka

Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, 6 September 2014 --

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

Linguistic Society Conference Divine Word Uni 17 - 19 September

PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 --

Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

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

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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