P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jun 2003

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Tok Pisin Links
Bougainville PNG Satellite Image
Marine Net Yahoo Groups
Goroka Festival Expatriates
Jica Projects Melanesian Arts Centre
Summer Institute of Linguistics Kayak Voyage
Independent Newspaper Southern Highlands
Lae Railway Central Province Show
Kwikila Rice Kavieng
Social Welfare Dept Tewae-Siassi
Finland Jackson's Airport
Inflation Boomerang Aid
Air Niugini Lae Police
Minj Social Welfare
Carteret Islands Stetin Bay Lumber
Madang Rural Health Western Province
Tourism Lae Transport
Markham Valley High Central Province School
Tolai Warwagira & 9th Mask Festival Judicial Conference
PNG Weather PNG Boxing
Holy Name School Red Cross
PNG Media That's All


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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin
kantri country
provins province
siti or bigtaun city
taun town
ples village
waswas wash or bathe
klin clean
doti dirty
sop soap
swim swim
susu breast
mama mother
susu mama breast feeding mother



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 - 26.5 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.



The Bougainville Copper Project -- http://www.riverbendnelligen.com/bougainville1.html by Peter Goerman. -- A plea from the webmaster -- Please send us your photographs and your comments for publication on this website. Share your memories of Bougainville with the rest of us.

The following pages by Peter Goerman are also of interest --


A history of Bougainville's struggle for freedom, from the world history archives -- http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/24/index-w.html

Bougainville - The Forgotten War in the South Pacific -- http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/24/index-w.html

PNG Satellite Image

Satellite Image -- http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/Australia/satellite_image.html

Marine Net

Helen Perks has been given the task of reviving the MarineNet PNG news group on Yahoo. People can join the group by going to the newsgroup website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/marinenetpng/ and hitting the button or by sending a blank email to marinenetpng-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. If you have any questions about the list, how to use it, about the web site or anything at all, please don't hesitate to contact Helen Perks directly (by phone +675 321 2877 or e-mail (at marinenetpng-owner@yahoogroups.com) or dropping by the UNDP Office in Port Moresby.

Yahoo Groups

The United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PNGnews/

Of course you could also visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PNG_News/ but what would be the point of visiting yet another copy of this newsletter??

Rather than list every Yahoo Group dealing with PNG - please visit this list and scroll through the pages -- http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=Papua%20New%20Guinea%20&ss=1

Goroka Festival

Two minutes and 27 seconds of archival footage of the Goroka Festival in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea filmed by the Australian ABC TV News, 20/05/1970. -- http://www.abc.net.au/arts/artok/performance/s195189.htm


A web site for expats around the world can be found at -- http://www.qozi.com/expatriates/

Jica Projects

Summary of Japanese Projects in PNG can be located at -- http://www.jica.go.jp/png/whatsnew.html

Melanesian Arts Centre

Melanesian Arts Centre -- http://www.melanesianarts.f2s.com

Summer Institute of Linguistics

The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) -- http://www.sil.org.pg -- has recently celebrated 47 years of operation in PNG at Ukarumpa in the Eastern Highlands. -- http://www.ukarumpa.com

Kayak Voyage to PNG

Don't forget to follow the sea kayak voyage of the "Paluma" from Townsville in Northern Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby (PNG) starting on the 10th of August, 2003 by first vistinig the official website at --




News Items

Independent Newspaper

The Independent Newspaper is going to close after 23 years of providing a weekly news service to the people of PNG. The last edition rolled of the presses yesterday (5th July 2003). The Independent newspaper has been operating under its current name since May 27, 1995, after changing from its founding name of The Times of PNG.


Southern Highlands

The newly elected parliamentary members for the Southern Highlands Province have been sworn in at a Parliament State Function recently. All members except for the disputed Imbonggu Open seat.

Lae Railway

According to the Minister for Works a proposed railway from Jayapura in Indonesian to Lae is not a high priority at the moment as the priority was to fix the many deteriorating roads around the country. The railway was proposed at a resolution of the Mamose regional governors conference in 2001.

Central Province Show

Central Province will once again hold their agricultural show at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June. This was the long weekend that the Port Moresby Show was held until vandalism at the Moitaka Showgrounds proved too expensive for the show committee to rectify every year.

Kwikila Rice

The Secondary School at Kwikila in the Central Province is one of the oldest schools in the country. The school is embarking on an agri-business scheme to grow rice with assistance from the experts at the Pacific Adventist University. The school is also attempting to move into the computer age. It has asked the Governor of Central for help to acquire computers for the school library so that students can access the Internet and have email.


Four people sheltering under a tree near the Malangan Beach Resort were struck by lightning killing one and hospitalising the others. The lightning struck the tree and travelled through the tree to the people and ground.

Social Welfare Dept

The Policy and Technical Division of the Department of Social Welfare and Development lost over K100,000 in computer and other office gear in a recent break and enter in the early hours of the morning. See also Social Welfare below


The MP for Tewae-Siassi, Mao Zemming, has been declared to be unworthy to continue to hold public office by a tribunal comprising of judge Timothy Hinchliffe, senior magistrates Francis Manue and Patrick Monouluk. The tribunal said Mr. Zemming had misused millions of Kina and therefore musty not be allowed to continue to hold public office.


The country of Finland has raised the status of its representative in PNG by appointing an ambassador instead of having a consulate office represent its interest here. The government of Finland has funded several projects such as the Kitwe disaster relief group, Tent City Primary School and the Bougainville provincial council of women already in PNG.

Jackson's Airport

The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry president has said that Jackson's International Airport is a disgrace and gives new visitors to PNG a bad impression from the outset. The recent increase in visas has not been advised to passengers in advance. The security outside the terminal is very lax and there is a shortage of staff at the migration counters. Even the airport welcome sign is missing letters.


Inflation in PNG has been measured to be 20 percent in the last 12 months according to the National Statistics Office. It rose by almost 7 percent for the first three months of this year.

Boomerang Aid

Senior PNG government ministers and department officers have raised concerns that almost all of the aid that is given by Australia to PNG results in a market for more goods from Australia. A huge imbalance of trade favouring Australia shows a massive 66 percent imbalance. Internal Revenue Commission figures show that PNG exports goods to the value of K769 million to Australia and imports over K2.2 billion of goods from Australia. No figures were produced for the trade imbalance to and from other countries that are heavily industrialised as opposed to the type of economy PNG has.

Air Niugini

Air Niugini has announced that the new CEO of the Airline will be Rod Nelson from Australia. This has brought out a condemnation from the chairman of the Tourism Promotion Authority who says it is a slap in the face for qualified PNG people who appear to have been overlooked for the job. The Trade Unions have also come out against the appointment. Air Niugini advertised the position from within the country and overseas and it is hoped that they chose the most suitable person to try and turn the airline around.

Lae Police Reservist

A reservist policeman in Lae has been jailed for being in possession of Marijuana. The reserve policeman allegedly attempted to ship a large box of marijuana to Kimbe. He has been sentenced to two-years jail.


Workers at the Minj District Office were recently locked out of their work place after the gates were locked for outstanding debts.

Social Welfare

The Social Welfare and Development Department has a new secretary. Joseph Klapat has replaced Joseph Sukwianomb as the Secretary. See also Social Welfare Department above.

Carteret Islands

Local villagers from Bougainville have donated food to the people of the Carteret Islands. The low lying islands are battling the problems associated with the rising sea and higher than normal tides that have washed away food gardens. It appears that the National Disaster Office has no funds to help the islanders. The islanders have been surviving for the last five months on the fish that they have been able to catch.

Stetin Bay Lumber

It would seem that the Stetin Bay Lumber Company, in West New Britain province, is now the first logging company to be able to harvest and export from reforested plantations that were started over 25 years ago.

Madang Rural Health

The chief executive of Madang's Modilon General Hospital has said that K10,000 of a K39,000 grant by the Provincial Government for rural health has gone missing. It is not known where the K10,000 was used and it has been suggested that the Madang Provincial Government misappropriated it.

Western Province

Under the Yumi bridge program western province will get four bridges.


A reader has the following comments about trying to get information about PNG.

I have been trying to get images/photos for my website to promote travel to PNG because tourist dollars make a big impact on any county but it took 6 months for someone at PNG Tourism to respond to my request only to say that the person who could help me is on vacation!!!!!!! I expect that I might hear back again around Christmas.

I had to tell someone - it makes me so frustrated. But then I lived in PNG so I know whereof I speak.
end quote

Yes, sometimes the worst enemy of PNG tourism can be the very people who are trying to promote it. Even when they have a cost-free opportunity they let the opportunity go begging. These are the same people who say they have no money to promote PNG but as the reader said she has lived in PNG and knows the problems - what about someone who wasn't as patient? I am sure Fiji would gladly and readily offer material.

PNG Tourism website can be found at -- http:/www. pngtourism.org.pg

Lae Transport

Lae City and Morobe province in general is cracking down on the issuing of PMV licences. A new Morobe Transport Board has decided to be stricter when issuing PMV licences. It also hopes to be able to collect a toll from buses travelling into the highlands and also to Madang. The board are also looking at registering sea craft that ferry passengers along the coast.

Markham Valley High

Five students from Markham Valley High School have been arrested and charged with allegedly burning down the administration block on Tuesday morning (3 June 2003). They are being held in the Lae Rural Police Unit lockup. The school board had an emergency meeting and has decided to suspend classes indefinitely.

Central Province School

An isolated school in Central Province has lost a double classroom building that housed an elementary prep class and a Grade3 1 and Grade 4 class to a deliberately lit fire. The chairman of the school allegedly burned the classroom and equipment because he was upset with people who used his petrol without permission. The classroom was funded and built by the villagers without any assistance from outside the immediate area.

Tolai Warwagira & 9th Mask Festival

Don't forget that the Tolai Warwagira and 9th Mask Festival will be held in the beautiful volcano town of Rabaul from the 9th to the 19th of July. The Warwagira is being held from the 9th to the 15th of July, followed by the Mask Festival from 16th to the 19th of July.

Judicial Conference

The 15th Annual South Pacific Judicial Conference will be held in Madang from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th of June 2003.

http://www.spjc.org -- 15th Annual South Pacific Judicial Conference website.

The Papua New Guinea National Judicial System web site can be located at -- http://www.pngjudiciary.gov.pg

Port Moresby Weather

The weather in Port Moresby has been wetter than normal for this time of year. Along with the wet weather the potholes are increasing in depth as well.

For those interested -- PNG weather details can be obtained from http://www.wunderground.com/global/NG.html - This site gives a summary of the weather at such places in PNG as..

Agaun -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92068.html
Aiyura -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92016.html
Ambunti -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92017.html

Bipi -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92040.html
Bulolo -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92023.html

Dami -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92075.html
Daru -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92003.html

Erave -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92051.html

Feni -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92084.html

Goroka -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92010.html
Green River -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92045.html
Gurney -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92077.html
Hoskins -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92072.html

Jinjo -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92090.html

Kavieng -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92076.html
Kerema -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92012.html
Kiunga -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92001.html
Koinambe -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92006.html
Kundiawa -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92011.html
Kurada -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92069.html

Lake Kutubu -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92031.html
Lombrum -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92036.html

Madang -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92014.html
Mendi -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92021.html
Misima -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92087.html
Momote -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92044.html
Mount Hagen -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92005.html

Nadzab -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92047.html
Namatani -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92083.html
Nimowa -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92092.html

Port Moresby -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/94035.html

Safia -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92057.html
Salamo -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92080.html
Saramandi -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92026.html
Sideia -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92070.html

Tokua -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92100.html
Tufi -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92058.html

Uvol -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92071.html

Vanimo -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92022.html

Wewak -- http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/92004.html

The site also gives a summary of sunrise / sunset, moonrise / moonset etc for each location.

PNG Boxing

If a boxer, competing in the South Pacific Games in Fiji, wins a gold medal he is guaranteed to receive K1000. This may not seem like much money but most of the PNG boxers are unemployed and receive no income. Eight boxers are competing for PNG in Fiji.

Holy Name School

Holy Name High School on the North Coast of Milne Bay (at Dogura) is having its cultural show from the 4th to the 8th of August. Further information can be obtained from the Milne Bay Tourism Bureau -
P.O. Box 337,
Alotau, Milne Bay Province, PNG.
Telephone: (+675) 641 1503.
Facsimile: (+675) 641 0132.
Email: info@milnebaytourism.gov.pg.
Website: http://www.milnebaytourism.gov.pg

Red Cross

PNG Red Cross is appealing to business houses for sponsorship of at least five young women who are eager to take part in the annual Miss PNG Quest. Five girls are ready to start fund raising activities but need the help of the business houses to get and keep the ball rolling.


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Updated 16 Jun 2003

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