PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 May 2017

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back (rear)
baksait bilong lek
calf of leg
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in / inside of
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come back
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Morobe police boss thanks people for peaceful nomination period --

A mother at 11 then back to primary school --

Tribal chief assures people of the safety of their movement in Kimbe --

Oro people left waiting for opening of Operating Theatre --

Radio Wewak off air --

Sport: Samoa and PNG cricketers heading for showdown --

PNG Golf Open tees off --

Misc. Links

Where does PNG fit in on this world map? --

Ela Beach Trees --

Ministry focuses to help fund church buildings --

PNG Golf Open --

Land struggle story swung on phone call and a reversal --

Balgowlah plumber treks Kokoda Trail in memory of his grandfather --

News Items

Tiensten Sentenced

MP, Paul Tiensten, has been sentenced to 9 years in prison with hard labour - one year less than the maximum sentence. The Pomio MP has also been ordered to repay a sum of 3-point-8 million US dollars that he was found guilty of misappropriating. The former MP celebrated Easter behind the prison walls.

Facebook Post --

Bougainville Exports

Autonomous Region of Bougainville cocoa farmers have received a long-term boost from a jointly managed PNG, Bougainville, Australia and New Zealand partnership to help grow the Bougainville economy. Sixteen community groups representing over 800 cocoa farmers received grants totaling K6 million recently to help them increase the production and quality of cocoa, and connect with export markets.

Post Courier --

Over 3000 Nominate

A total of 3332 candidates have filed their nominations to contest the 111 seats in Parliament this year - a slight decrease from the 2012 total of 3447. It includes 165 women representing 5 per cent of the total number of candidates, according to Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato.

The National --

Six candidates with breaches allowed to run in elections --

Police to arrest fellow officers caught in campaigns --

Don Bosco Tech

Students from Don Bosco Technical School in Port Moresby have recently volunteered and cleaned up Ela Beach. DBTS Deputy Principal for Student Affairs George Isoaimo said the initiative is part of a Servant Leadership Training program the school has been running for the last 25 years purposely to affect the conscience of the students to take initiative in organising programs that will positively affect the lives of people in their own communities.

Post Courier --

Manus Access Denied

Australian Greens senator, Nick McKim, has been denied access to refugee detention centre on Manus Island. PNG's acting chief migration officer, Solomon Kantha, said the request had been denied because of "the sensitivity of ongoing investigations" into the Good Friday rampage by drunken soldiers at the centre. "The reason given by the PNG immigration department seems very thin and it wouldn't surprise me if Peter Dutton has got his fingerprints on this one," Senator McKim claimed.

Sydney Morning Herald --

Nun Assists Detainees

A Catholic nun has helped over 130 detained Vietnamese fishermen in a number of prisons in PNG to return home. Sister Ma Theresa Trinh Vu Phuong looked after the needs of those Vietnamese detainees and served as their interpreter and mediator in court, said the secretary for communications and youth at Don Bosco Technical School at Gabutu, in Port Moresby, Fr Ambrose Pereira.

The National --

Important Numbers

In an emergency call triple-zero - 000

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25)

PNG readers seeking help and counselling for family and sexual violence should phone the 1-TOK KAUNSELIN HELPIM LAIN national hotline (715-08000)

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Kava Destroyed

The PNG National Agriculture and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) has destroyed 11 boxes of Kava Powder. The 11 boxes of powder, from Fiji, was confiscated at the Jackson International Airport almost 2 weeks ago were destroyed at Kilakila Station last week. According to Mrs Marilyn Apa, NAQIA's Regional Plant Protection Officer Southern Region, the consignment was addressed to Jacks Retail PNG.

PNG Today --

Fokker 70 Named Kokoda

A fifth Fokker 70 added to the Air Niugini aircraft fleet was unveiled by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill recently and named Kokoda.

The National --

Sea Bed Mining

A campaigner against deep sea mining says locals have threatened to take up arms if a seabed mining project in PNG goes ahead. Canadian company Nautilus Minerals was given an Environmental Permit by the PNG government in 2009, to develop the Solwara 1 Project, but work is still yet to begin.

Radio New Zealand --

Madang Gun Smuggling

The Madang Provincial Police Commander is appealing to the residents of Madang to be vigilant of suspicious persons in their communities, and to inform police quickly. Superintendent, Jacob Singura, says Madang is the entry point of unlicensed firearms smuggled in from the border.


Goroka Graduation

Over 800 young men and women have graduated from the University of Goroka, as the University announced plans for expansion. The University says it is working to meet the growing demand for teachers.


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Political Parties Annual Returns

Only nine political parties out of the 33 from 2016 have submitted their returns, and out of those, three have been knocked back.

Post Courier --

Catholic Bishop Conference

The Catholic Bishop Conference (CBC) of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands will build a new head office in Port Moresby at the existing location in Godwit Street. The new headquarters will house CBC departments in the coordination, planning and implementation of the evangelical and social outreach programs of the Catholic Church in the region.


Cancer Hospitals

The current government has announced it will build two cancer hospitals one in Port Moresby and another in Lae in 2018 when they are re-elected. The government will also build TB centres in Western Province and Gulf to fully contain the disease and help the people.

Post Courier --

Lasiliba Primary School

Lasiliba Primary School children in Kavieng, New Ireland Province have witnessed the opening of their new school library, school hall and two houses for teachers. The work was made possible by a donation of K100,000 by Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, during his visit to New Ireland in 2013.

Loop PNG --

YumiFM Music Awards

The 13th YumiFM Music Awards night has been held at the Lamana Gold Club in Port Moresby. Live performances on the night came from Sharzy, Tarvin Toune, Saii Kay, Jaro Local, Dumen X-TRAS, Mal Meninga Kuri and Bata Rods. Click on the link below to read about the winners.

Post Courier --

Morobe Traffic Registry

The Morobe Traffic Registry usually has one camera to use in the processing of license photos but that solitary camera has stopped working due to a technical fault. One motorist says he has waited for a month for his licence to be processed. Motorists have called on higher authorities and Morobe Traffic Registry, to help fix the problem.


Expat Stabbed in Lae

An expatriate has been stabbed in Lae, Morobe province after putting up resistance against robbers. Three suspects have been apprehended at the scene, one was shot and taken to Angau Hospital emergency to receive treatment.

Loop PNG --

Lae Agricultural Show

The annual Agricultural Innovations Show hosted by the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is aimed at highlighting the various areas in agricultural research and development that the institute is involved in. The show was held in Lae on the 4th of May.

Post Courier --

Port Moresby Netball

Port Moresby Netball Association Season has opened with 14 teams in Round 1. Read more by clicking on the link below.


Mining Ban Lifted

The mineral-rich Autonomous Region Bougainville has lifted a 40-year-old ban on new mining and exploration, opening the way for iron ore and copper operations. The moratorium on exploration and mining had been in place since 1971 - with the exception of Panguna - due to local concerns over revenue-sharing and the impact on the environment.

Fortune International --

Mighty Tuna

According to PNG National Fisheries Authority managing director, John Kasu, PNG is a small country but mighty in the Tuna world. PNG recognises the fisheries sector as an important asset that can grow the economy and tuna being the most important of all fisheries resources.

PNG Today --

O'Neill Confident

Outgoing prime minister, Peter O'Neill, has said he is confident his party would form the new government. Mr O'Neill said his party looked forward to a successful election and to continuing the work it has been doing over the past five years.

Radio New Zealand --

Victims Demand Votes

PNG officials say aggrieved relatives of three locals killed in election-related ethnic violence on an eastern island have made the unusual demand of cash and 3,000 votes to the candidates of their choice as compensation. According to police, the clash took place in Kimbe, the capital of West New Britain, between the supporters of two political opponents from rival ethnic groups.

The Australian --

Rugby League World Cup

The Paul Barriére Trophy, the prestigious Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) trophy has paid a very short historical visit to PNG - courtesy of Oil Search Limited's PNG trophy tour.

PNG Today --

Kunu Village Rainwater

Life just got a little easier for the women of Kunu village in the Southern Highlands Province. Collecting water, traditionally the task of women in this part of the world, used to be hard and dangerous work in Kunu, a small settlement of 700 people. It meant a three-hour walk each way, leaving the safety of the village, and risking falling victim to sexual violence. No longer. The International Committee of the Red Cross recently installed a rainwater harvesting system in Kunu and the village now has all the water it needs.

Red Cross --

Monitor Lizard 'Re-Discovered'

Scientists have recently found and re-described a monitor lizard species from the island of New Ireland in northern Papua New Guinea. It is the only large-growing animal endemic to the island that has survived until modern times.

Read more at: Web Site --

Reservists to be Excluded

Port Moresby metropolitan commander Chief Superintendent Ben Turi has assured intending candidates that police reservists will be excluded from National Election duties in the nation's capital.

Post Courier --

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.

Sheppard will appear live at the Cosmopolitan club in Port Moresby -- -- Today 6 May.

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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