P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 28 Mar 2001

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PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay

Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 28 Mar 2001. A very special welcome is extended to any new readers. If you have comments or suggestions to make then please e-mail them to giaman@png-gossip.com

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Remember that this mailing list is mainly meant for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time, is currently worth somewhere around 28 - 29 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter for most world currencies can be located at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look http://maps.expedia.com and then click on the find a map option. Go to this link for a quick start to a link to a map of Port Moresby. http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.

Financial Sites

DG Computers

High Tech have taken over the management and operation of DG Computers Internet Service Provider. Website - HT PNG (formerly High Tech Industries) -- http://www.hightech.com.pg/.

Internet Service Providers

Computer Companies in PNG

Stationery Suppliers

(who might have computer bits and pieces)
Theodist -- http://www.theodist.com.pg

Passport Scam

The passport scam, first reported by the Post Courier in June last year, is being given the attention it deserves by the acting Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Department. The Secretary is determined to ensure that the police are not prevented from carrying out their investigations into the scam.


The disgruntled soldiers who broke into the armoury and stole many high powered weapons recently have been granted an amnesty by the Prime Minister. The National Executive Council has also ratified the decision. The amnesty will only cover this one incident and came after a handover of weapons.


Another use has been found for a by-product of copra making process. The by-product can be used to feed livestock. It is preferable if the copra meal can be mixed with other products, as the copra meal is basically a supplementary diet for livestock.

East New Britain

The ENB Provincial Executive has approved the establishment of a new board for the disabled.

Tsunami Victims

Rotary International has spent almost K400,000 to rebuild infrastructure for the Aitape tsunami victims. The money was spent on building staff houses, a disabled workshop,. Aid posts, classrooms and other related costs.

Air Niugini

What could be called a monumental stuff up saw the Chairman of the Air Niugini board takeover the role of a baggage handler when the changeover to a new schedule saw some of the planes flying the old schedule whilst the ground staff in some provinces operated on the new schedule. It would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall in the office of the Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer when the new baggage handler came to town.

Air Fares

Leisure Holidays and Travel have advertised the following airfares from Port Moresby. Note - The return airfares exclude VAT, departure and arrival taxes.

Port Moresby Airport

The back up power at Port Moresby Jackson's airport was turned off the other day after the central power generation equipment was flooded and the diesel fuel was contaminated with water. The airport was thrown into confusion as the various backup batteries in power supplies drained down and telephone systems, check in equipment etc simply stopped working. It is believed that Qantas had to manually push one of the air bridges away from their plane so that it could depart for Brisbane.

Port Moresby Power

The town of Port Moresby is still experiencing electrical power load shedding on a regular basis. Some rumours have it that the new power station is off the air due to non payment of bills by the electricity company as well as problems with the older hydro electricity generators.

Correctional Institution Services

The CIS has recently thwarted the attempted deposit of several cheques drawn on the services bank account. Two people have been detained for attempting to cash the cheques.

Bill Skate

The Opposition Leader was evacuated on a flight to Cairns for emergency medical treatment but the crew doing the evacuation had to return him to Port Moresby to stabilise his condition after his conditioned worsened mid flight. He is believed to be recovering in Port Moresby General Hospital. Rumours that he had died sent shock waves through the community.

National Game Fishing Titles

It is anticipated that the National Titles for the year 2001 will be fully subscribed from within PNG. Over 200 PNG resident competitors are expected to be taking part. The National Titles are expected to attract over 500 people to Madang over the 10 days of fishing and festivities.

The event will also attract significant overseas interest with 50 places being reserved for international competitors.

The event will last ten days. Each team of 2 to 4 anglers will compete for two nominated days. The first weekend and week will normally be the time local teams will compete. Visitors will compete over the Easter long weekend. In addition, days will be set aside for specific competitions and a 'Bill Fish Shoot-out' is scheduled for Thursday 10th April 2001. Vist http://www.gfapng-titles.global.net.pg/intro.html for more information.


An aqua biologist has suggested that a species of fish native to Brazil should be introduced to PNG. The fish, called Pacus, is more suitable than carp or macau as it has more meat and fewer bones. The Pacus should not be a threat to PNG waters as it will not feed on little fish so it will not be a threat to the food chain.

Lae Port

A fire fuelled by exploding gas cylinders near the main Lae wharf has seen the head office of Consort Express Lines shipping burnt to the ground. Many farmers from the highlands lost garden produce which they had freighted to Lae for shipping to Port Moresby.

PMV Fares

Drivers of Public Motor Vehicles (PMV's) are still not completing their designated route. Rather they are stopping and turning around. This is a bid to make more money. At the moment the PMV fare from one point to another is 50 toea no matter how far that may be. Many people are being forced to catch two or possibly three PMV's to get to work making what should be a 50 toea trip become a K1.50 trip.


It is hoped that the export of locally produced vegetables can make some inroads into the Australian market. A plan is being developed for a push to market taro, bananas, yams and tapioca into Australia especially the closer Queensland market. An obvious user of such products apart from south Pacific Islanders would be some of the estimated 20,000 PNG people living in Queensland.

MV Sankamap

After more than a year the boat owned by the Bougainville Provincial Government is still stuck in Cairns waiting for payment of K370,000 for repair work. The National Government has already paid about K2 million towards the repairs although this figure is under dispute. It is also said that with K2 million that Bougainville could have brought three smaller boats to do shipping runs within the province.

National Museum and Art Gallery

The French government has given financial assistance of more than K300,000 towards the National Museum and Art Gallery as well as two remote community schools in Enga and West Sepik provinces. The museum will receive K170,000 of the money.

Sites worth visiting

If a longer URL in this newsletter appears to be broken across a line of text then please manually cut, rejoin and then paste the link into your browser.

MS Simulator

Here is a website which amongst other MircoSoft Flight Simulator files are the necessary files for the Air Niugini Fokker F28 4000 and Air Niugini A310 300 series jets. http://www.map.net.nz/AFS2K/Jets/Jets.htm

http://www.mvgoldendawn.com/ Diving PNG on the elegant liveaboard MV Golden Dawn offers the finest dive sites and diving in Papua New Guinea. PNG dive itineraries include the Eastern fields in the Coral Sea, Milne Bay and Northern PNG, Wewak. Wreck diving and technical diving opportunities abound with nitrox and rebreathers aboard.

This site -- http://enterprise.powerup.com.au/~billpurc/index.htm -- is owned by Bill Purcell a pilot who has flown many, many hours in Papua New Guinea. For all of you who have lived in PNG and dealt with Pidgin he has a short article on that very subject at http://enterprise.powerup.com.au/~billpurc/tokpisin.htm

http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/WM/Kai.html leads you to the Kai kai the buai - A pidgin English parody of Waltzing Matilda. It is an interesting site and well worth a few minutes of your time.

If anyone is considering a bushwalking / hiking trip to PNG then I suggest you take a read of the following site "A Papua New Guinea Story" by Ehud Reiter located at http://www.travel-library.com/pacific/papua_new_guinea/trip.reiter.html
The story consists of three parts

For some nice pictures of PNG pay a visit to United Pentecostal Assemblies web pages at http://www.upcpng.org/index.htm and click on the slide show option.

Honorary PNG Consul in Hawaii -- http://www.diamondhead.net/png.htm

http://www.nationwidepngpages.com/ is the site of a business directory for Papua New Guinea. This site has an overview of PNG as well as a classified business listing.

PNG Forums and Discussion websites

  • PNG Directory Forum -- www.pngwebdirectory.com/forum
  • Free Speech Forum -- http://www.voy.com/5575
  • Wantok's Forum -- http://www.niugini.com/wwwboard Another area with a lively discussion about PNG is the Professional Pilots Rumour Network located at http://www.pprune.org I belive that you can read but not participate unless you are a member.

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