PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Mar 2017

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woksop workshop
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Misc. Links

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National Parliament of Papua New Guinea, 2012-2017 --

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Why hosting APEC will transform PNG --

News Items

Wantok Health Foundation

Completing a Master's degree at James Cook University has given PNG dentist Hilda Audubo a new passion to tackle some of her country's health issues. Together with a friend, Dr Audubo has founded a non-government organisation, the Wantok Health Foundation.

Townsville Bulletin --

Economic Mismanagement

Opposition leader, Don Polye, says the country's tight fiscal situation has been worsened because its revenues are tied up with repaying cumbersome debt. He said the government was irresponsible in taking out a US$1 billion loan with Swiss bank UBS in 2014 which Mr Polye claimed breached the official debt ceiling.

Radio New Zealand --

Fun Run Auctions

The auction of Fun Run T-Shirts has raised over K500,000. At the Lae Yacht Club, 24 local organisations participated, buying a total of 21,405 Fun Run t-shirts for 80 schools in Morobe, breaking last year's mark of 17,000 t-shirts sold. Business houses in the nation's capital raised K312,000 from the sale of 31,200 t-shirts.

The National --

2017 Elections

PNGDF Commander, Gilbert Toropo said "The Papua New Guinea Defence Force is ready for the 2017 National Elections and the 2018 APEC Meet." during the 66th Battalion Anniversary Parade at Taurama Barracks.

Loop PNG --

Election Preparation Update in Morobe --

IRC Lae Office

The Internal Revenue Commission office in Lae has been named the Lae Taxpayer Service Centre. The Lae office will offer services to Madang, Wewak and Goroka as well as Lae.

The National --

Health in PNG

Read about a pregnant mum's long trek for malaria shots. Suffering badly from malaria and heavily pregnant, Daphne Norbert travelled alone for a full day to get from her village to the Bogia Medical Centre on PNG's northern coast for treatment.

New Zealand Herald --

Also watch the video about TB in PNG from the New Zealand Herald --

Manasupe Zurenuoc Served PNG

The son of Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc says his father was completely dedicated to his job and the betterment of the country, at times putting these ahead of his family.

The National --

Longboard Tour

The inaugural Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships, set to open up the multi-event World Longboard Tour (WLT), will be hosted in Tupira, PNG. Tupira, nestled in Ulingan Bay, is a perfect canvas for nose-riding and rail-surfing. It's also a north swell magnet offering silky waves on a daily basis during the October to April swell season.

World Surf League --

Pacific Aria Visits Madang

P & O cruise ship Pacific Aria has paid a visit to Madang. The ship spent a day in Madang before it headed off to its next port of call in Wewak, East Sepik province.

PNG Today --

French cruise ship visits Sepik River in PNG --

Mining Ombudsman 'Last Hope'

A human rights group in Papua New Guinea says it would be a great relief if Canada agrees to appoint an ombudsman to monitor PNG's mining sector. The Akali Tange Association has written to Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as part of a wider global campaign calling for the appointment.

Radio New Zealand --

Divine Word Uni

The Department of Foreign Affairs has been working in partnership with Divine Word University (DWU) in building capacity for the Papua New Guinea Foreign Service.

PNG Today --

Wisil Breaks Personal Record

Toea Wisil has broken her own 200m national record for the second time this season in a high quality race recently held in Canberra, Australia. Wisil came agonisingly close to the World Championship Qualifying time of 23.10 as she led the field for 150m before being overhauled by Australia's Rio Olympic semi-finalist, Ella Nelson, who won the race in 23.00.

One PNG --

Lack of Anti Venom

A week-long training program on snake bites in Port Moresby has revealed that PNG currently has only 250 to 300 vials of anti-venom to treat all snakebite cases country-wide. This means for the country's entire population of over 8 million people, there is only 20 per cent of the entire anti-venom needed to treat snakebite victims.

PNG Today --

Gas Project

The PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is the largest resource extraction project in the Asia-Pacific region. Constructed at a stated cost of US$19 billion, it's operated by ExxonMobil in joint venture with Oil Search and four other partners. The project extracts natural gas from the highlands where it is processed before being sent via some 700km of pipeline to a plant near the nation's capital, Port Moresby. The gas is then liquefied and transferred into ships for sale overseas.

The Wire --

Lae Rice Milling

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has launched a project to pilot new solar powered rice milling technology in Lae, Morobe province. The project builds on the long running partnership between NARI, Papua New Guinea's hub for agricultural research since its inception in 1996, and the Australian Government.

PNG Loop --

Lae Softball Titles

Manalos softball club has retained top spot in both the male and female competitions in Lae. The club scored victories in the recent men's and women's finals.

The National --

Mt Hagen Police

Three Police stations in Mt Hagen have been given a facelift after years of deterioration. The three police stations are Kimininga Mobile Police Barracks, Airport Police Station and Market Police station which houses the Community Policing and Internal Investigation Units.


PNG Public Admin Graduation

The Australian High Commission has congratulated the 321 Papua New Guinea institute of Public Administration (PNGIPA) students who graduated recently. Forty-two of the graduates are public servants who have been awarded Australian-accredited diplomas, supported through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.

PNG Today --

Whistle-blower Traumatised

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) agent is claiming AUD $10.3 million in damages from the organisation for allegedly seeking reprisal against him after he became a whistle-blower about wrongdoing while he was deployed with the AFP in Lae, PNG in 2013-14.

Adelaide Advertiser --

Women MPs Needed

Participants in PNG's Practice Parliament for Women say having more female MPs would reduce government corruption. There are only three women in current PNG Parliament out of 111 MPs

Radio New Zealand --

Kerema Coronation School

The Kerema Coronation Secondary School has hosted a corporate dinner in Port Moresby to raise funds for a new science laboratory. The dinner aimed to raise K800,000. The school has a total of 663 students and the school wants to ensure that those taking Chemistry, Physics and Biology subjects have access to the practical aspects of their education.


Mt Hagen Revenge

Seven men have been shot, three of them dead, while four are fighting for their lives from gunshot wounds in a recent incident in Mt Hagen. Police reported that the killing was a revenge attack by maternal uncles of a young man from the Dani tribe who was killed by Mannga tribesmen in February.

PNG Today --

Detention Centre Closed

Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, has found the Manus Island detention centre has been closed, despite the fact that roughly 860 men remain in it. The 860 men inside the centre have not actually moved from their existing compounds, but have been told they are now living on the naval base. "The Government of Papua New Guinea complied with the court order and closed the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (MIRPC)," he said.

ABC Australia --

Kimbe Judiciary

Judicial Services in Kimbe has celebrated triple events with the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia. Events celebrated included:

  • Opening of the extended court house chamber to accommodate a second resident judge,
  • The elevation of Kimbe to sub regional national court location; and, welcome and
  • Dedication of second, recently appointed, resident judge, acting Justice Nicholas Miviri.

The National --

Kimbe police restrict arrests due to aging facilities --

Car / Bike and Truck App

PacificAdsGroup, operating classifieds websites in the Pacific area, just released the first mobile app in PNG for local buyers and sellers to easily trade together, after launching the same service online called

The newly released mobile app called "PNGAUTOS - Buy&Sell Cars PNG" is now available for free on the Google Play Store for all Android devices

PR Wire --

Air Niugini

The Supreme Court has adjourned an attempt by a group of former Air Niugini pilots to review a previous court decision concerning their sacking. The pilots were terminated last year after taking part in a political protest against the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill. The pilots have gone to court to challenge a previous court decision to refuse a review of the legality of their dismissal.


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 Mar 2017

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

Australia PNG Business Forum & Trade Expo 14 - 16th May in Port Moresby --

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup from the 24th of September to the 1st of October, 2017.

PNG Games have been postponed to 18 Nov 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 Dec 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 Dec 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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