P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 16 Mar 2003

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Links Milne Bay
PNGBD Golden Years
Coffee Festival Tiki Turtle
Diving Vabukori Village
PNG Media Council Naturalised Citizens
PNG Collapse Terrorism
Health Retrenchment Exercise PNGDF
PNGDF Barracks Lae Housing
Lae Tech College Problem Based Learning
Social Alcohol Model Bomana Jail
Port Moresby Hospital Mobile Medical Clinic
High Airfares Leadership Tribunal
Election Petition Potatoes
Lae Nadzab / Lae
Madang Evictions PNGBC Sale
Tourists Tourism
Tourism Minister Bougainville Constitution
Coca Cola Oil Refinery
Where is PNG? Western Province
Civil Aviation Civil Aviation CEO
Kavieng Harbour Waigani Land Lease
Buka Island Angau Hospital
Illegal Workers PNG Media


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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin
hia here
hiden heathen
holim hold
holim i stap contain
holim long tingting / no lusim tingting remember
holim pas keep / detain
hon horn
hop hope
hos horse
hostes hostess
hotel hotel
hotim heat
huk hook
hukim pis catch fish



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 26 - 27 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

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 and Tourism Directory located 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.


Milne Bay

The Milne Bay Tourism website can be found at -- http://www.milnebaytourism.gov.pg
Discover in Milne Bay the charm and beauty of a peace loving people blessed in abundance with natural environment of pristine waters and varied landforms, unique flora and fauna, vibrant cultures and living traditions.


While you are looking at Tourism websites do not forget the Papua New Guinea Tourism and Business Directory located at http://www.pngbd.com.

Golden Years

For everyone who has spent some time in PNG and knows the PNG culture I fully recommend the book called "Golden Years" by Keith Buxton. To find out more about the book please visit Keith's website at http://www.keithbuxton.com or write to PO Box 3102 Pallas Street Post Office, Maryborough Queensland 4650, Australia. The book costs AUD$26.00 per copy and postage within Australia is calculated as being AUD$7.00. Postage to PNG, Oceania, Asia and New Zealand is AUD$11.50. Postage to other parts of the world is AUD$15.00 per copy. Don't forget to let Keith know that you read about it in the PNG Gossip Newsletter.

Coffee Festival

The 3rd Papua New Guinea Coffee Festival & Trade Fair has been set for May 2 and 3 in scenic and idyllic Goroka, capital of the Eastern Highlands of PNG -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/special/coffee%20festival.htm -- png.gold@global.net.pg


Tiki Turtle

Tiki Turtle Eco Adventure is a unique experience on the live aboard "Tiki Turtle, a 38', 6 berth catamaran operating out of Kavieng, New Ireland Province -- http://www.tikiturtle.com -- tikiturtle@global.net.pg


Diving Papua New Guinea on the elegant live aboard MV Golden Dawn offers some of 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. -- http://www.mvgoldendawn.com.

Other websites that may interest divers are

Vabukori Village

The people from Vabukori Village in Port Moresby are putting together a rather nice website located at http://www.vabukori.com.



News Items

PNG Media Council

The PNG Media Council has reaffirmed its fight against corruption at a recent general meeting of the organisation. Representatives from The National, EMTV, Post-Courier, Word Publishing, Kalang Advertising (FM100), National Broadcasting Corporation and PNGFM have agreed to combine their efforts and continue to fight corruption.

Naturalised Citizens

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Rabbie Namaliu, told Parliament that if all the current applications for citizenship were granted then PNG would have a total of 1246 naturalised citizen.

PNG Collapse

A report prepared for CIS (The Centre for Independent Studies) -- http://www.cis.org.au -- has said that PNG is on the brink of collapse like its neighbour the Solomon Islands. The report made it in to many papers overseas in Australia and it has upset the PNG politicians. The report has adopted the view of collapse because: -

+ The PNG economy has stagnated and the outlook for growth is bleak;

+ PNG's social indicators are too low and disproportionate to its natural resources

+ Population growth is far outstripping growth of the economy

+ PNG has structural imbalances that have not been corrected since Independence

+ Declining living standards accompanied by severe and prolonged degradation of public institutions; and

+ Systemic and systematic corruption and nepotism coupled with inability to prosecute those responsible.

The full report can be found at http://www.cis.org.au/IssueAnalysis/ia30/ia30.htm and is based on a CIS roundtable discussion, 'Australia and Papua New Guinea: Where to Now?' held on the 4th of December 2002.


The PNG Parliament has ratified nine International Conventions and Protocols on terrorism. The conventions focus on two main areas; the suppression of the financing of terrorism and denying terrorists a safe haven from which to operate.

Health Retrenchment Exercise

The current health retrenchment exercise in the Menyamya District is seen as being counterproductive because it has created a lack of staff in the eight aid posts in the area. Most of the employees retrenched were young and still productive.


In a bid to improve the image and profile of PNG internationally the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) has been thinking of engaging troops in the peacekeeping efforts of the United Nations. This would also assist the National Government to fulfil its international obligations as stated in Section 202 of the National Constitution.

PNGDF Barracks

The bill to upgrade and carry out maintenance work at the various PNG Defence Force barracks around the country has been estimated to be about K50 million.

Lae Housing

The governor of Morobe Province has petitioned the National Housing Commission in Lae to give away low-cost houses to the current legal tenants. Most of the low-cost houses throughout the province and indeed through out the country have not been maintained for more than 10 years.

Lae Technical College

JICA - Japanese International Co-operation Agency - has donated four surveying machines valued at K47,916 to the Lae Technical College's Building and Civil Engineering department. The equipment is vital for student training to prepare them for the changing demands in surveying.

Problem Based Learning

It has been stated that the method used to train PNG doctors is not something new thing. This method of teaching has been going on since 1972 in other parts of the world. The methods have been under attack by what seems to people reluctant to change from what was the more traditional methods used in PNG previously. Problem Based Learning is used in countries such as Canada, Netherlands and the Newcastle University in Australia. It involves students becoming involved in the teaching rather than just listening to a lecturer.

Social Alcohol Model

The Police force has incorporated an education program on drinking alcohol responsibly into its community policing programs. The social alcohol model concept better known as "sam" is to be part of its community-policing program.

Bomana Jail

The Laloki River is threatening to erode away the walls of the jail. The jail is already under the threat of being closed due to the unhygienic conditions of the jail and the escape of 25 prisoners recently.

Port Moresby Hospital

The Port Moresby General Hospital has closed many of its outpatient clinics and will only attend to in-patients. If an in-patient can be treated at home with medicine etc then they will be sent home as the hospital does not have enough funds.

Mobile Medical Clinic

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has spent about K20,000 to put a mobile medical clinic on the road in the Central Province of PNG. The clinic is a caravan towed by a four-wheel drive vehicle and doctors and nurses from private clinics in Port Moresby are manning the clinic on a voluntary basis.

High Airfares

Members of Parliament have been challenged to improve the economy so that air travellers can ultimately afford the rising costs of airfares. The airfares are unlikely to come down unless the value of the Kina appreciates against the main currency that is used to purchase and maintain aeroplanes.

Leadership Tribunal

Justice Hinchliffe will inquire into misconduct allegations against two Members of Parliament. they are Mendi MP Michael Nali and Tewae-Siassi MP Mao Zeming.

Election Petition

The election petition by Father Robert Lak against Western Highlands Governor Paias Wingti will proceed to trial after a ruling by Presiding judge and Deputy Chief Justice Sir Mari Kapi.

The National Court has thrown out an election petition brought against Pomio MP Paul Tiensten by former MP Francis Koimanrea in Kokopo.


Potatoes grown in the highland have been identified as suffering from the "blight fungal disease". The disease is common in Asia and has recently been discovered at Sirunki in Enga Province. The disease has since spread to other parts of Enga such as Laiagam, Kandep and Wapenamanda.


Four armed robberies and a spate of other incidents have the residents of Lae worried. Lae Metropolitan Police Commander, Simon Kauba, has said that armed robberies were not on the increase. He said the robberies were the work of opportunists and not professionally planned robberies.

Nadzab / Lae

Nadzab is currently the airport used as the provincial airport for the people of Morobe. Years ago it was the small airstrip in Lae town itself. The PNGDF even had its airwing located at Lae. After the closure of the airport in Lae, Air Niugini continued to use the airport for its sales office despite it being some walking distance from town. Some people considered the runway too short for F28 aircraft without major extensions. The Civil Aviation Minister is probing into whether a move back to Lae from Nadzab would be feasibly due to the major law and order problem along the highway to Nadzab after he received an enquiry from the Morobe Governor.

Madang Evictions

The on again off again evictions of people from squatter settlements in Madang may go ahead on the 17th of March if the Madang administration's application to set aside the 7th of March restraining orders is successful. Over 1400 settlers have been identified as being legitimate workers in Madang and land has been set aside to relocate these people.


It has been revealed that the suspended managing director of the PNG Mineral Resources Development Corporation (MRDC) had held serious discussions with ANZ Bank in Melbourne Australia as a potential partner in a possible PNG Banking Corporation take-over.


Provincial authorities have been urged to plan well ahead to take full advantage of overseas tourists attending cultural shows. In the past many shows have been cancelled at the last minute inconveniencing tourists who have travelled many thousands of kilometres to attend the event.


The PNG Tourism and Promotion Authority has estimated that tourists bring in over K200 million each year.

The PNG Tourism and Promotion Authority has warned that it will not allow tourists to visit parts of the country if attacks on tourists continue. At the moment foreign governments are stating that PNG is a bad place to visit when it fact it is only isolated incidents that are causing major concerns.

Tourism Minister

The Culture and Tourism Minister, Alois Kingsley, has formally stepped aside to face criminal charges laid against him in relation to an incident at the Port Moresby Rugby League club last year (2002). He has been charged with being in possession of a firearm under the influence of liquor and threatening to shoot another person. Police have also charged him with assault and causing wilful damage to property.

Bougainville Constitution

The Government has appointed a nine-member bipartisan parliamentary committee to deal with the draft constitution and other matters raised by the Bougainville Constitutional Commission.

Coca Cola

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) PNG have purchased the brand names Golden Crush" cordial, "Orchy" fruit drink and "Natures Own" distilled water and related beverage manufacturing and merchandising equipment from Laga Industries. The CCA PNG general manager said that the Laga deal was part of a long-term strategy of CCA PNG to expand the business in PNG and provide world class PNG made beverage products to consumers.

Oil Refinery

The Oil Refinery at Napa Napa has announced that it is set to start operations at the end of this year when it refines its first crude oil at the new plant site. The project has been valued at $US204-million.

Where is PNG?

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look at this link for a quick start to a link to a map of Port Moresby. http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html. The map is from http://maps.expedia.com.

Western Province

Western Province shares two international borders - with Indonesia to the west and Australia to the south - and has the largest land area (99,300sq km) compared to other PNG provinces. Its population of 152,067 is distributed into two people per square kilometre

Civil Aviation

Is it true the Civil Aviation Authority is thought to have every make of generating set ever made at Jackson's airport? None of them are compatible with each other in fact the two main generating sets at the airport are soon to be changed because the third generating set, which was supposed to be fitted at the same time as the other ones, is not compatible. Can you imagine the amount of money that must be tied up in spares for all the different types of equipment?

Civil Aviation CEO

Just as Civil Aviation in PNG appeared to be stabilising the new chief executive officer has had to go on three weeks leave due to a death in his family. The acting CEO has been appointed from the Civil Aviation Board rather than from the Civil Aviation structure to ensure some of the bad practices evident before the new CEO took over do not resurface in his absence.

Kavieng Harbour

A Harbours Management Advisory Committee has been set up to ensure Kavieng Harbour is kept free of pollution. This was announced at the official opening of the new Kavieng long-line wharf recently.

Waigani Land Lease

The land leased to giant logging company Rimbunan Hijau at Waigani is currently undergoing infrastructure development before the land lease expires in September. The lease of the land was granted under much controversy four and half years ago.

Buka Island

The people of Buka will have the ring road around the island sealed in 2004 with some maintenance being done this year to the existing road.

Angau Hospital

Angau Memorial Hospital has received K200,000 worth of medical equipment from an individual -Audrey Gough of the United Kingdom with the help of her local Rotary Club in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Mrs Gough was a tourist visiting PNG in 2000, and called into the Angau Memorial Hospital on a stopover in Lae. After what she saw, she went home to UK and set up a fund she called the Angau Hospital Fund.

Illegal Workers

Immigration officers are cracking down on foreigners working in the country without the correct paper work. Three Chinese nationals have been questioned about their work in a tuck shop at the airport. The Labour and Industrial Relations Minister has ordered the eviction of foreign workers who do not hold valid work permits.

Mobile Phones

The lastest date for the introduction of digital (GSM) telephones into PNG is the 2nd of May. Will this be the final date or will it be another couple of years?


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