P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 13 July 2002

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Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 13 July 2002

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Tok Pisin Links
Religious Websites Internet Service Providers
Computer Companies in PNG Stationery Suppliers
Scanning Companies Australian Consular Advice
Sogeri School Reunion Sogeri Donations
Alotau Leatherback Turtles
Manan Island Kokoda Trail
Political Party Standings Distant Education
US Embassy Mount Hagen
Cancer Unit Sir Pita Lus
Bomana War Cemetery Exploding Lamps
Nursing Nursing School
Bank South Pacific Baruni Primary School
Petrol Rise Copyright Laws
Transport Costs Court Martial
St Fidelis - Madang Policeman Slain
Highlands Highway Simon Pinampio
African Caribbean Pacific Summit Milne Bay Governor
Air Niugini Miss Air Niugini
Kela Smith PNG Aust Association
Disaster Training Robert Suckling
FAQ's Pitohuis
Toys for PNG Village Kids PNG Remembrance Day
PNG Media Related Sites The End / Em Tasol
Decor Gifts  


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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 in this newsletter, is currently worth around 24 - 25 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



Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
wan one
tu two
tri three
foa four
five five
sikis six
seven seven
et eight
nain nine
ten ten
wanpela ten wan eleven
wanpela ten tu twelve
wanpela ten tri thirteen
tupela ten twenty
tupela ten wan twenty one
tripela ten thirty one
wan handet 100

Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo -- and -- http://www.michie.net/png_faqs. -- The PNG Business Directory at -- http://www.pngbd.com -- is also an excellent place to look for PNG information.

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look -- http://maps.google.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.


The PNG media is full of news items about the PNG elections. Even CNN has items on the seventh election since PNG's independence -- For a start visit http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/auspac/07/11/png.violence.polls/index.html and follow any associated links. Thanks to Sharon in USA for that link. To see the results of the elections almost live visit http://www.pngec.gov.pg

Religious Websites

Pioneer Bible Translators -- http://www.pioneerbible.org.pg
Port Moresby Diocese of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea -- http://www.portmoresby.anglican.org
United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG -- http://www.upcpng.org
Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands -- http://www.catholicpng.org.pg
Religious Television Association -- http://www.rtapng.com.pg

Internet Service Providers

Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.online.net.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.com.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
HiTech -- http://www.dg.com.pg

Computer Companies in PNG

Able Computing -- http://www.able.com.pg
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.net.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
HT PNG (formerly High Tech Industries) -- http://www.hightech.com.pg/

Remington Technologies - http://www.remington.com.pg

Stationery Suppliers

Theodist -- http://www.theodist.com.pg - Theodist also sell Magellan GPS Systems.


Professional Scanning Services - ProScan Ltd http://www.proscan.com.pg



News Items

Australian Consular Advice

The Aussie High Comm in PNG has updated their consular travel advice to include the following on election-related violence.

Extra care and vigilance is recommended during the election period particularly in the Highlands Provinces. Australians should defer all holiday and non-essential business travel to both the Southern Highlands Province and Enga Province. Australians travelling to other parts of the Highlands within this period are strongly advised to contact the Australian High Commission Port Moresby before doing so.
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Thanks to the Consul of the Australian High Commission, Wayne Gallagher, for this update.


There will be an Art and Craft Exhibition held in Alotau over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of July. The Cameron Secondary School is also holding its cultural show on the same weekend. The Cameron show has been held every year since 1995. The Hagita High School will be hosting its annual cultural show on the 27th of July with 10 Milne Bay Island groups taking part in the show. One of the traditions of the show is the King and Queen competition.

Sogeri Donations

The Prime Minister has donated K10,000 to the Sogeri National High School. The PM promised the money at the opening last year of the school library. The PM has been the only politician who has come to the aid of the school after seven dormitories were lost to fire last year. The new building is being built in steel rather than wood to ensure a long life. The school still needs more money to complete the re-building.

Sogeri School Reunion

Ex-Students and Teachers from Sogeri are advised that there will be a reunion held in Australia's Capital territory, Canberra, in September this year. Part of the function will be held in the grounds of the PNG High Commission in the Haus Tambaran thanks to the PNG High Commissioner.

Leatherback Turtles, Kamiali

Two leatherback turtles out of ten tagged by the Kamiali Wildlife Conservation site, on the south coast of Morobe province, have been tracked by satellite between PNG and New Caledonia. The fate of the other eight are unknown and scientists are hoping that the tracking devices have fallen off rather then the turtles being killed.

Manam Island

Villagers on Manam Island are suffering food shortages after floods caused by recent heavy rain washed their food gardens away. It is estimated that the more than 700 villagers will need food supplies for five months whilst they replant their food gardens. It was only a few weeks ago that the volcano on Manam Island erupted damaging the food gardens and the water supply.

Kokoda Trail Monument

A monument to the Kokoda Trail complete with plaques honouring war heroes is to be created on the Gold Coast of Australia. The monument will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Kokoda Trail conflict.

Political Party Standings

National Alliance - 8
Independents - 7
People's Democratic Movement - 7
People's Progress Party - 6
People's Action Party - 3
Melanesian Alliance - 3
Pan Melanesian Congress - 2
Advance PNG Party - 1
People's National Congress - 1
United Resources Party - 1
United Party - 1
Christian Democratic Party - 1
One People's Party - 1
National Vision for Humanity Party - 1
Nation Transformation Party - 1
People's Labour Party - 1
Pipol First Party - 1

The above results will be altering over the weekend and next week so to see the results of the elections almost live visit http://www.pngec.gov.pg

Distant Education

A workshop on Distance Education has been told that the effectiveness of the program is dependent on the program being available to everyone who wants the training. It is the only hope for students who for one reason or another can not continue in the normal education field. At the moment a lack of funding is hindering the deployment of Distance Education.

US Embassy

The US Embassy in Port Moresby is bolstering its defences. More substantial barriers are replacing flowerpots, which it is hoped will help to strengthen security for people in and outside the building.

Mount Hagen

Authorities had to close Kagamuga airport the other day due to election related strife. It is believed that property belonging to the Civil Aviation Authority, Hevi Lift and Air Niugini have been damaged by supporters of losing candidates running for the elections in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands province.

Cancer Unit

The Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae has challenged provincial governments and the various administrations around the country to help fund the only cancer unit in PNG.

Sir Pita Lus

Sir Pita, the longest serving politician in PNG, has lost his parliamentary seat. Sir Pita served for almost four decades.

Bomana War Cemetery

The war cemetery at Bomana, just outside Port Moresby, is to get a facelift. Plants are to be planted at the front of the headstones to help stop the headstones being splashed by water and mud during the rainy season. Unfortunately it has been more tourists than residents of PNG visit the war graves. The cemetery has about 3,820 soldiers from Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, and PNG. Many graves are not identified.

Exploding Lamps

A final settlement has been negotiated for the victims of the kerosene lamp explosions in Madang almost a year and a half ago. The company that supplied the kerosene hopes that the settlement has been prompt and fair and expresses deep regret over the incident.

PNG Nursing

The PNG Nurses Association is holding the fifth annual symposium from the 29th of July to the 2nd of August 2002 in Lae, Morobe Province. The theme for the symposium is Evidence Based Practice. The last symposium was held in Alotau, Milne bay Province.

Nursing School

The University of Technology and the Lae School of Nursing are having talks about merging the Nursing School into the University. It is expected that with the merger the standards will be revised and raised to university level for the nursing courses.

Bank South Pacific

The Bank South Pacific is allegedly asking new customers to provide a passport or a car licence with a photo and be personally known to the bank manager or assistant manager. Sir Rabbie Namaliu has slammed the bank as being discriminatory to the majority of the PNG rural population. The BSP has recently taken over the PNG Banking Corporation that was seen as the bank for the people.

BSP have announced the closure of the PNGBC branch at Boroko. All customers are now to use the Boroko BSP Branch building.

Baruni Primary School

The Baruni Primary School has opened six new classrooms (in one building) that cost K530,000 to build. The school has had to close recently due to break-ins and vandalism.

Petrol Rise

The cost of fuel (petrol, diesel and kerosene) has risen again.

Copyright Laws

The Governor-General has approved the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act along with the Patents and Industrial Designs Act, which will enable inventors of chemical or mechanical designs to register the inventions. Both laws became effective on the 1st of July 2002.

The Investment Promotion Authority, through the Intellectual Property Office of PNG (IPOPNG), will implement the new laws.

Transport Costs

The costs for transporting goods to the market have risen around the country due to the rise in fuel costs whether it be for road or sea transport. The number of Public Motor Vehicles in Port Moresby has also decreased due to the rising costs, deteriorating roads and no increase in fares paid by their passengers. Many drivers will only complete half of their route before turning around to pick up another busload of passengers.

Court Martial

PNG's first Court Martial will hear mutiny charges against soldiers at the centre of the Moem Barracks uprising earlier this year. Up to 38 soldiers will appear before Judge Gibbs Salika for indictment. During the siege at Moem Barracks, which lasted several weeks, buildings were burnt down and the armoury was broken into.

St Fidelis, Madang

Father Christian Fey, the first rector of the St Fidelis Seminary near Madang, has died at the age of 83 in USA.

Policeman Slain

A policeman on his way home from work has been slain in the Port Moresby suburb of Sabama. Police have closed off the Sabama market and have said that they will not reopen the market until people come forward with information about who was responsible for the killing. Police are hopeful that residents of Sabama will be able to help them with their enquiries.

Highlands Highway

Many thousands of users of the Highlands Highway will be glad to know that the highway is to undergo major repairs and maintenance work at a cost of K55.6 million. The total length of the highway to be repaired is estimated to be 205 Kilometres.

Simon Pinampio

Simon has set a new time of one hour and 18 minutes for a half marathon run in Queensland, Australia. This time has smashed the previous record for the half marathon held by David Tomlamwavalu set in 1999.

African Caribbean Pacific Summit

A losing candidate, John Kaputin, has been appointed as the PNG envoy to the African Caribbean Pacific Summit in Fiji later this year.

Milne Bay Governor

The governor elected of Milne Bay, Tim Neville, has promised the people of Kiriwina that he would ensure their road and their airstrip were sealed. Mr. Neville pledge support after making a special trip to Kiriwina to thank the paramount chief, Daniel Pulayasi, for giving him his support during the campaign.

Many Milne bay voters had criticised Mr. Neville when has was previously governor but they came to realise that he did provide development for the province something which was lacking from the most recent occupants of the position due to in-fighting.

Air Niugini

The National Executive Council has approved a government guarantee for Air Niugini to proceed with a code share agreement with Qantas (Australia). Air Niugini will need to borrow K42 million to replace the existing Airbus A310 with a Boeing 767 and provide training of staff on the new equipment. The government will restructure the Air Niugini Board and senior management in an attempt to improve the airline's core business.

The delivery of the Boeing 767 will now be delayed by a week.

Miss Air Niugini 2002

Miss Air Niugini

Rita Aisi has entered the Miss PNG Red Cross quest as Miss Air Niugini. Rita, the fifth contestant to register for the quest, is the secretary to the catering manager at Air Niugini. Fund raising is well underway and all residents of Port Moresby are welcome to attend Air Niugini House at seven-mile on a Thursday for a delightful hot dog and drink. All money raised will go towards the Red Cross.

"Kela" Smith

The owner of Pacific Helicopters in Goroka, Malcolm Smith has taken a commanding lead in the count for the Eastern Highlands Regional seat. Mr. Smith or Kela, as the locals affectionately call him, has been polling an average of 70 per cent of the respective counts in all the eight districts of the electorate.

PNG Aust Association

Don't forget the Papua New Guinea Australia Association of Victoria which holds regular functions such as barbeques, casserole nights and sports days.

Any readers living in Melbourne, Australia or close to Melbourne can contact Jack Devlan for further information on -Phone 9763 3730. - Mob. 0403 468 915. - E-mail jackd[at]bigpond.net.au

Jack produces a regular newsletter. Their latest function, the Island Night, is usually the biggest function of the year and it is on tonight 13th July 2002. For further info on the association ring the above phone number.

Disaster Training

Due to an increase in natural and man made hazards in PNG fire chief, Isaac Silas, has called for better training for people involved in urban search and rescue operation.

Geographically PNG is situated in the Pacific ring of fire and is vulnerable to external influences such as landslides, floods, earthquakes, tsunami and volcanoes.

Robert Suckling

Former politician and member for Moresby North West, Robert Suckling, has passed away aged 58. He was the manager of the old Papua Hotel (Pap) for Sir Hugo Berghuser and the Gerehu Tavern

Frequently Asked Questions

Where were the Top Bar and the Bottom Bar?
The Top Bar was the Papua Hotel (Pap) and the bottom bar was the Hotel Moresby both in downtown Port Moresby. They both opened around 1910 but are since gone from the skyline of Port Moresby. The Pacific Place skyscraper is now on the site of the Bottom Bar and the Pap site is still vacant after being burnt down in the 1980's.

What is a Pitohuis?
PNG is home to the only known poisonous bird - the Pitohuis. The toxin found in this bird is identical to the poison found in the poison dart frogs of South America.

Toys for PNG Village Kids

Donna Harvey-Hall has submitted the following article.
I read your article about all the toys that were donated to the patients in Port Moresby Hospital from the people in Salt Lake City and I thought about how lucky the kids in Moresby always are as they get donations from everywhere.

In our area the poor little girls have a real problem. In the past, the "things" they always used as dolls were the glass shaped Coke bottles which they wrap up into a piece of laplap and call it a "baby". These days, glass Coke bottles are a thing of the past and the plastic ones are just not the same.

I was recently out in the Garaina and Waria areas and I saw little girls carrying little bilums with dirt filled plastic Coke bottles as their babies. My heart went out to them. Being a little Mother is an instinctive thing and I wonder if one of your readers is a Coca-Cola employee and if they possibly have a company-produced magazine, which maybe could have worldwide, or even Australia-wide appeal for "Dolls for the Little Mothers in PNG". I would be happy to distribute these in our area. Any readers have a suggestion? Donna Harvey-Hall
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PNG Remembrance Day

The 23rd of July is the day that PNG remembers the fallen soldiers. Many battles were waged on PNG soil. 50 PNG soldiers will be walking the Kokoda Trail in remembrance of the the 23rd and they have been in training for the event. Most of the soldiers, who will be dressed in full military gear, are young and it will be their first experience of the trail.


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