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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
dinau borrow / debt
dokta doctor
draiva driver
foto / poto / piksa photo
haus bilong wasim klos laundry
haus kuk / hauskuk / kisen kitchen
haus building / house / hut
inglis British
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
kepten captain
kuk cook
kuskus clerk
lapun old person
liklik dokta medical assistant
manki boy / youth
manmeri everybody
meri woman
nem name
pikinini child
pren friend
rabisman no-hoper
sista nurse / nun

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Opposition describes PNG Electoral Commission as a Rubber Stamp --

Huawei to start Papua New Guinea broadband grid in Q2 --

Only Parliament can change election dates: Basil --

PNG Minister & Chinese Woman exposed in illegal land grab --

Morobe Provincial Government Presents 2017 Budget --

Misc. Links

Mondono Art --

Travel Tips: The Best Destinations You Can Visit This 2017 --

Two Amazing Places to Visit in PNG --

Selling tobacco from Wewak --

Milne Bay Accommodation --

Tok Piksa - Episode 1, 2017 --

Wafi-Golpu exploration project --

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Western Pacific Uni --

News Items

Foreign Affairs Money Woes

The number of officers serving at Papua New Guinea's foreign missions may be reduced as the Department of Foreign Affairs embarks on a cost-cutting measure, to ease financial constraints it is currently experiencing.

PNG Facts --

Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors

The High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Ms Winnie Kiap, is the new Chair of the Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors. Having been elected unanimously by her fellow Board members, she took up her responsibilities recently.

All 53 Commonwealth member states are represented on the Board of Governors, which meets annually to consider Commonwealth Secretariat work plans and budgets.

The Commonwealth --

Flying Ambulance

There are only two runways in the vast Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea, and the Samaritan Aviation planes don't need either of them.

The two Cessna 206 float planes can land on the many waterways of the Sepik floodplain, allowing Samaritan Aviation to provide a free air ambulance service for the people living along PNG's longest river and its many tributaries.

ABC Australia --

Madang Soccer Centre of Excellence

Little known Madang Soccer Centre of Excellence (MSCoE) congratulates 10 of its players for making the Papua New Guinea Under-17 squad. The centre is open to all clubs and interested individuals (boys and girls between 10 and 16 years) are encouraged to enrolled.

The National --

Highlands Highway

Businesses along sections of the Okuk Highway (Highlands Highway) have been impacted by landslips. All business that rely on freight from the coast are feeling the pinch. Residents of Mt. Hagen have had to contend with a severe fuel shortages caused by the landslips in Simbu and the Eastern Highlands. The price of petrol has risen.


Severe fuel shortage hits Hagen -- -- and --

New road designs needed in PNG to prevent future landslips --

International Cricket

The International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia-Pacific (EAP) men's team finished with three (3) wins from ten (10) matches at the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Champions which concluded on Wednesday 11th January in Wollongong, Australia.

The EAP Men's Team, captained by Vanuatu's National Captain, Andrew Mansale which included eight (8) members of the HEBOU PNG Barramundis and PNG "A" Team, finished the 50 Over Competition in sixth (6th) place with no wins from five (5) matches, while they finished a very respectable second (2nd) place in the T20 Competition with three (3) wins from five (5) matches.

Cricket PNG --

Sports Minister Warned

PNG Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, has received a stern warning from World Rugby to refrain from interfering with matters regarding the sport in the country.

Inside the Games --

Human Rights

Human Rights Watch says Papua New Guinea has failed to protect women and children. Papua New Guineans took to the streets to protest against government corruption and were met by gunfire, Human Rights Watch has said in a scathing assessment of Australia's nearest neighbour.

The Guardian --

PNG blasted for police brutality --

Asia Broadcast Satellite

The National Information and Communications Technology Authority has presented three licences to the Asia Broadcast Satellite company, to incorporate its company, ABS Global Satellite Limited so that it can operate in the country. ABS Global Satellite is now licensed to provide data and internet services over facilities and infrastructure for its PNG customers.

PNG Facts --

National Broadband Transmission Network

Huawei will help Papua New Guinea to build its national broadband transmission network with centres in Vanimo, Wewak, Madang, Lae, Popondetta, Alotau, Kerema, Daru, Kimbe, Kavieng, Kokopo, Lorengau, Arawa and Port Moresby.

Telecom Paper --

3D Project for Searcher

Searcher Seismic has started a 3D reprocessing project, offshore Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The project comprises reprocessing existing open-file 3D datasets with a modern broadband de-ghosting and pre-stack depth migration sequence.

Offshore Engineer Digital Edition --

Langila Resort

Developers of the Langila Resort, at the Reiven Plantation in the Kokopo region of East New Britain, are pleased to announce the selection of von Hagge, Smelek and Baril as the lead golf course architectural firm for the resort's PGA US and PGA Australia rated golf course.

Digital Journal --

Seabed Mining

Canadian mining company, Nautilus Minerals, has been developing a plan to extract high-grade deposits of copper, gold, zinc and silver on the seabed near the mineral-rich underwater Hydrothermal Vent Systems. In past statements, Nautilus Minerals has expressed confidence that cutting edge technology will allow the company to mine the seabed in an environmentally responsible way. But Professor Steiner, who conducted his own independent study into the proposed mine, says the project warrants extreme caution.



The National Weather Service Forecasting and Warning Centre in the country has called for more weather stations to ensure accurate weather forecasting.

Pasifik --

Crocodile Captured In Lae

A young fresh water crocodile has been captured in a drain outside a company premises in Lae. The crocodile was caught by an employee of Jim Tapako Investment at Kamkumung, who trapped it using chicken meat.


Eagle 407HP Trials

The first Eagle Copters 407HP in the region, VH-EPU, has been operating in the hot and high environment of Papua New Guinea with outstanding results. At high altitude testing above 10,000 feet, the aircraft is lifting more than a standard Bell 212 and close to double the standard Bell 407 helicopter.

Vertical Mag --

APEC Transportation

The focus for the coming 10th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting in Port Moresby will be transport issues. Transport Minister, Malakai Tabar, said "A better transport system helps any country to move forward and develop".


Australian / PNG Border

Australia's top border official has debunked the myth that Far North Queensland's land border is a soft target for transnational drug running and people smuggling.

Cairns Post --

Illegal Firearms

Police in the country are preparing a major crack down on illegal firearms in the Eastern Highlands, Morobe and Madang.

Radio NZ --

University of Goroka

The University of Goroka is focused to start the 2017 academic year, Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb says.

The National --

University of Goroka Announces Major Policy Shift on Fees --


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PNG Public Transport

UN Women partners in the transport sector are undertaking innovative strategies to improve safety, mobility and accessibility of public transport for Papua New Guineans, including for women and girls. This follows the first-ever Gender and Transport Seminar facilitated by UN Women, where participants from donor and civil society organisations, academics and government authorities, identified specific service gaps in the current public transport system.

PNG Today --

Hijacking Dismissed

What appeared to be a hijacking attempt aboard an Air Niugini plane to Singapore has been categorically dismissed by the airline. The airline says there was a minor incident where one of the passengers had inflated a life jacket causing a commotion among other passengers.

PNG Facts --

Air Niugini clarifies POM 'emergency landing' incident --

Townsville Flights

National airline Air Niugini is set to commence bi-weekly flights to Townsville in the Australian state of Queensland from March 2017. The move strengthens Port Moresby's Jacksons International Airport status as a regional aviation hub.


Popondetta Crash

Relatives of 13 people killed in a truck accident in Papua New Guinea's Oro province have brought the town of Popondetta to a standstill. Police said a truck belonging to the Malaysian palm oil company Sime Darby hit a smaller truck carrying 29 passengers as it was travelling into town. Sixteen passengers survived the crash.

ABC Australia --

Compo demands after fatal PNG bus crash --

Life at Farm 15

Residents of 15-Mile outside of Port Moresby, locally known as Farm 15, consider the area as a home away from home.


Electoral Reforms

The Oro Governor, Gary Juffa, has labelled the 12th hour electoral reforms as the Governments effort to manipulate the 2017 elections. He said it was totally absurd to be suddenly making amendments and reforms now when the Government had 5 year to do so with adequate consultation with all stakeholders.

PNG Facts --

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.

Men's and Women's Longboard World Championship Tour Tupira Surf Resort, Madang province - 18th - 25th March 2017

Petroleum and Energy Summit - 2017

Good Friday - 14 Apr 2017
Easter Sunday - 16 Apr 2017
Easter Monday - 17 Apr 2017

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

Milne Bay Canoe & Kundu Festival -- 4th - 5th of November, 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

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