P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 23 Jan 2002

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Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 23 Jan 2002. 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 25 - 26 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.

Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
kar - car
truk - truck
motobaik - motor bike
balus - aeroplane
wiliwil - bicycle
sip - ship
bot - boat


The Papua New Guinean chapter of Transparency International -- http://www.transparencypng.org.pg Ples Bilong PNG On The World Wide Web -- http://www.tokpisin.net

Hotel Links

The following link should take you to the Coral Sea Hotel website which covers these hotels around PNG but I have had trouble verifying the link today.

http://www.coralseahotels.com.pg - They also look after Budget rent a car.

Haus Poroman in Mt Hagen has a website at http://www.hausporoman.com.pg

East New Britain

The province of East New Britain is stepping up its push to promote tourism in order to attract visitors from outside PNG. The tourist operators have geared themselves up to strive for new and innovative on ways to venture into the many untouched areas of East New Britain. In Kokopo there is now at least 10 different guesthouses and resorts to cater for tourists. Kokopo is the commercial and administrative capital of East New Britain.

Adventure minded tourists are able to take a walk to the top of Mount Tavurvur and Vulcan volcanoes so long as the dust and smoke belching from the various vents is not too severe.

The definitive and official online travel and trade guide for Rabaul and the East New Britain Province is located at -- http://www.eastnewbritain.com

Learn all about the Tolai Duk Duk. Here is the opening few words from http://alexm.here.ru/mirrors/www.enteract.com/jwalz/Eliade/143.html There is a most curious and interesting institution, by which the old men of the tribe band themselves together, and, by working on the superstitions of the rest, secure for themselves a comfortable old age and unbounded influence. . . . The Dukduk.


If you are interested in diving in PNG then any of the following websites may be of interest to you -
  • http://www.underwaterphotos.com/tiata2.htm
  • http://www.cathychurch.com/png.html
  • http://www.diversionOZ.com/epngdive.htm
  • http://www.worlddive.com/phgal/png/pngpix.htm
  • http://www.blueseacharters.com

  • Port Moresby City Mission

    The City Mission has opened its new K600,000 premises at Koki to help school dropouts and criminals find meaningful work within the community.

    Road conditions

    The condition of the roads in and around Port Moresby has deteriorated to stage where even a few of the smaller four-wheel drive vehicles would have trouble negotiating some of the roads in the National Capital. Not only are the older roads breaking up but the new road are fast becoming little more than goat tracks.

    Game Fishing

    The Port Moresby Game Fishing Club is once again holding a yellow fin tuna competition. The 2002 Yellow Fin Tuna Tournmament is set to be held on the 23rd and 24th of February.


    The amount of crime reported for 2001 is down 12 percent from the previous three years. Cynics would say that this is because people have given up reported minor offences simply because of the perception that the [police are undermanned and under funded and don't have the ability to respond.

    Maritime College

    The PNG Maritime College based in Madang has successfully applied for a K5.9 million grant from the PNG Incentive Fund. The College will now be able to further enhance its status as a quality institution. The funding will allow major upgrades to the marine simulator, the library and teaching laboratories as well as double the size of accommodation for students.

    Maritime News

    A local ship has been contracted to provide services between Brisbane and New Caledonia. The sea going landing craft will be manned completely by a PNG crew who have all been trained at the PNG Maritime College.

    Marine Conservation

    Please also have a look at http://www.egroups.com/list/marinenetpng

    National Provident Fund

    The NPF recorded a K17 million profit for last year. Members should be able to expect a return of 7 percent on their investment with the fund. The fund is now considered debt free.

    Madang Governor

    Raikos MP Stahl Musa has been elected as Governor of Madang to replace dismissed Jim Kas. The acting governor, Pengau Nengo, used his casting vote to elect Mr Musa to office.


    Orogen Minerals has merged with Oil Search forming Oil Search Limited. The deal has been reported to cost K2.7 billion.


    PNG Power, the company set to take over from Elcom (Electricity Commission), will have a retail monopoly until the year 2014. The company will be expected to provide significantly improved services to customers over the next 10 years.

    Unpaid Bills

    It is believed that government departments and statutory bodies owe the Electricity Commission as much as K28 million. Several offenders have had the electricity cut off such as the Rabaul Volcanic Observatory a site deemed critical for the early warning of volcanic activity in East New Britain.


    It is expected that more schools will be able top open on the Bougainville mainland this year due to peace initiatives.


    A major earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit the Aitape District recently.

    School Subsidies

    The government has said that schools are not to charge parents any extra fees, as the government's free education policy will cover all fees.

    The Governor of Enga, Peter Ipatas, has rejected the free eduaction policy calling it an "election cheat"

    2002 School Fees

    The fees for national schools have been set as follows --

    Some of the fees for International Schools are :-

    Port Moresby International School I belive that these have just gone up by K1000 this week (23 Jan 2002)

    Korobosea International School

    Boroko East International School

    Murray and Ela Beach International Schools
    Fees for Murray and Ela Beach are tipped to be K17000 per student.


    Warring tribesmen have said that they want to negotiate peace and restore services to Mendi the capital of the Southern Highlands. It is estimated that 6000 people took part in the tribal war with as many as 50 people losing their lives.

    City Hall

    The power struggle for control of City Hall drags on. Chief Justice, Sir Arnold Amet, has deferred a ruling over who is the real controller of City Hall until the 13th of February.


    Ben Micah, the Chairman of the Privatisation Committee has been terminated effective from the 28th of February. Mr Micah had previously said he would resign when the courts declared him insolvent last month. It is not clear whether the government will pay out his contract, which has over two years remaining.

    More Links

    Logging or conservation on Woodlark (Muyuw) island http://www.ulb.ac.be/soco/apft/GENERAL/PUBLICAT/RAPPORTS/YOUNG.HTM

    The National Museum of Papua New Guinea http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/png_museum.html

    IATA Codes for PNG Airstrips http://www.logistikinfo.de/Logistikforum/Flughafencodes/codes/papua_new _guinea.htm

    OkTedi Mine Operations -- http://www.oktedi.com/operations/operations.htm

    C47 - Flying Dutchman -- http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/png_obree.html

    This site, By Edwin O. Booth, is dedicated as a resource to the Veterans of WW II and their families and friends...and to the native Citizens of Bougainville who assisted the Americans in WW II. Special attention is given to personnel of the Americal and the 37th Infantry Divisions. It offers a generous selection of publications related to the Islands as they were in the old days, as well as updates on current information and facilities. http://www.geocities.com/edbooth_1

    Kiunga is a small river port sited on the upper reaches of the Fly River in the remote Western Province of Papua New Guinea. It is a great lowland birding spot in Papua New Guinea -- http://www.surfbirds.com/mb/Trip Reports/kiunga.html

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