P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 26 Aug 2003

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
dinau borrow
dinau debt
dis dish
dis bilong waswas washbasin
disaipel disciple
dispela / ya this
dispela taim then (at that time)
distrik district
diwai pole
diwai tree / wood (timber)
diwaikros cross
dok dog
dokta medical assistant / doctor
doti dirty



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 28 - 28.5 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.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.


Tok Pisin Links

A bibliography of Melanesian Pidgin English dictionaries, phrase books and study guides -- http://members.tripod.com/~THSlone/MPEB.html

Tok Pisin / Pidgin / English Online Dictionary -- http://www.calibercreations.com/pisin/

Pidgin, Motu, English Dictionary -- http://www.pngbd.com/dictionary.php

Tok Pisin verb conjugation online -- http://www.verbix.com/languages/xml_Tok_Pisin.html

Pidgin/English Dictionary -- http://www.june29.com/HLP/lang/pidgin.html

Tok Pisin by Jeff Siegel of the University of New England, Armidale, NSW in Australia -- http://www.une.edu.au/langnet/tokpisin.htm

Grammatical categories and their realisations in Tok Pisin of Papua New Guinea -- http://www.linguist.de/TokPisin/index.htm

Tok Pisin Manual on Web Publishing -- http://www.pngbuai.com/000general/publishers/papuanewguinea/web-tok-pisin/tok-pisin-eva1.htm

TOK PISIN: a language of Papua New Guinea -- http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=PDG

Radio Australia Tok Pisin service -- http://www.abc.net.au/ra/tokpisin/

Bill Purcell's Web Site

Bill, a pilot with many years of experience in PNG, has sections of his web site dealing with Tok Pisin and PNG Aviation in General with special areas on Missionary Aviation Fellowship, PNG Airstrips, Humour and even some airline related humour. This site located at -- http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/billsview/ -- has more than mentioned above so my tip is to visit and take a good look around.

His section on PNG airstrips carries the following disclaimer. PNG Airstrip Data is published only as a guide to pilots in matters helpful to operations, such as GPS settings, wind characteristics, and surface conditions. The PNG AIP-AGA is the legal document governing aviation operations.

Other Links

The Effects of Economic Growth on Gender Roles in Papua New Guinea and the Tolai People --http://www.calibercreations.com/pisin/PNGstudy.htm

Telikom PNG

Telikom PNG, the monopoly provider of voice telecommunications in PNG, has a web site at http://www.telikompng.com.pg


Link Request

Does any one have any links they want mentioned? The only rule is that links must be related to Papua New Guinea.



News Items

Milne Bay Hospital

The Alotau General Hospital has purchased six houses. One of the houses will be used to house the Chief Executive Officer.


A trade show will be held on Bougainville next month hosted by BOC Gas PNG and CIG Australia in partnership with the Arawa Research Training Centre (ARTC). It is hoped that ARTC will be able to become a technical institution affiliated with the PNG Apprenticeship Board in the future. ARTC has been running since opening in 1996.

Bougainville Govt

The Bougainville Government has made a decision to move the provincial headquarters back to Arawa from Buka. Arawa is extremely run down and many things would need to be done before the civil service could be moved back there. The process would not be able to happen overnight and it is thought that it would have to be carried out in phases if it was to succeed. Businesses are unsure whether to move as they say their safety could not be guaranteed at the former provincial centre.

Mt Hagen Show

Over 600 visitors from overseas made it to the 42nd Mt Hagen Cultural Show. The show was pronounced as being one of the most diverse spectacular cultural displays in the world. Sixty cultural groups took part in the show held recently.

Goroka Show

The Goroka Show is set for the weekend just before Independence Day. It will be held from the 12th to the 14th of September. Independence Day is the 16th of September. PNG gained independence from Australia on the 16th of September 1975.

Anglicare StopAIDS

The Anglicare StopAIDS group has had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building to be located on the corner of Waigani Drive and Koura Way (turn off to Tokarara). The new building, scheduled to be completed before the end of the year, will cost about K1.5 million.

Increased Taxes

It looks as if the wage earners of PNG are gong to be hit with more increases in the many various taxes already imposed in the country. It has been tipped that the sales and services tax (VAT) will be increased from the current 10 percent to 15 percent. Due to the failing economy the government has borrowed K300 million domestically to prop up the shortfall caused by the fact that money from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank have not been released.

Aid Criticism

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere has said that Sir Michael Somare's criticism on Australian aid as childish. Sir Mekere said that "The Prime Minister and his government appear very distraught and are acting like children throwing tantrums. They are letting their personal feelings overcome their responsibilities as leaders". Sir Mekere warned that PNG would not survive without Australian aid, which accounts for 25 percent of the revenue and grants in the national budget and also represents 66 per cent of its development budget. Many people inside Australia say that the aid would be better used in Australia.

Siam Weed

"Chromolaena" or Siam weed (Chromolaena odorata) is considered to be one of the world's worst weeds and it has been in parts of PNG since the early 1970's possibly earlier. Some other common names of the weed are -- Christmas bush, trifid weed, paraffin weed. bitter bush and Jack in the bush. To date, the Chromolaena is found in 11 provinces, mostly in the coastal lowland areas. It is now present in West Sepik, Madang, Morobe, East and West New Britain, Milne Bay and Manus provinces. And in areas where there is no control, the weed is becoming an invasive pest. -- http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Asteraceae/Eupatorium_odoratum.html

Horse Racing Machines

The horse racing gaming machines, seen in many take away food outlets and even homes, have now been banned from PNG. The machines have been blamed for many school students not attending classes. The move has been called for by parents, eminent citizens and senior members of the community at large. The only type of gaming machines allowed in PNG now are poker machines.

Drug Smuggling

The smuggling of marijuana along the Highlands Highway has increased with police reporting a higher frequency of detection at roadblocks along the highway.

Diving Death

A 75-year-old woman has failed to return to a dive boat in Milne Bay. The lady, from Canada, was an experienced diver with over 3000 certified dives to her credit. This was her fifth diving trip to PNG and she had dived in Milne Bay previously.

Engineers' Certificates

A scam has been detected where officers of the Department of Transport's Maritime Division were selling ship engineers' certificates to unqualified people. The Transport and Civil Aviation minister has said that anyone implicated in the scam will be sacked as it is a very serious matter endangering all travelling by sea.

Vessel Ban

It has been said that PNG vessels may be banned from international ports following on from the report of some ship engineers receiving certificates even though they are not qualified for the job. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has called on its PNG equivalent to act fast on the matter to avoid a ban. The parliamentary minister responsible has threatened anyone found guilty of immediate dismissal from office.

Miss PNG Quest

Nine contestants have nominated for the annual Miss PNG Quest.

Australian AID

Australia will soon send a foreign aid "flying squad" into financially troubled PNG and other countries receiving aid to ensure its annual aid program is not being abused by corrupt government officials. This bold approach, which has been signed off by Australian federal cabinet recently, is bound to strain the relationship Australia has with PNG. Australia give PNG about $AUD 330 million every year.

The move is to ensure that foreign aid from Australia is not used to prop up corrupt governments and poor management in many of the region's smaller island nations. This will test PNG's willingness to embrace new "quality control" measures implemented by Australia. In the past five years, Australia has given PNG more than $AUD 1.6 billion in aid. Up until now Australian has adopted a "hands off" approach to aid.

The first step will be a visit by the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister next month.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Appeal for funds is on track. The organization has raised K17,000 so far towards its daily operations around the country. Donations have been received from such major companies as Exxon Mobil, British American Tobacco and the SP Brewery.

Ethnic Violence

The people of the Port Moresby Nine-Mile settlement have been told by police to hand over the seven suspects involved in the recent ethnic related murders. A similar warning has been sent to the parents and relatives of nine Goilalas suspected of killing a Porebada mother recently. No suspects have been arrested yet but the National Capital District Central Commander, Geoffery Vaki, has said the whole area all the way to Brown River will be declared a fighting zone.

Jax Photo Appeal

Scott Braiding, a former resident of Port Moresby has been approached by a friend for pictures of Port Moresby Airport. If anyone can supply pictures of the new Jackson's airport particularly airside snaps then please contact this publication or simple email to photos[@]pnggossip.com and I will make sure that they get to Scott for distribution to the right person.

Kerowagi Power

Over 8000 people in the rural areas of Kerowagi, Chimbu Province, will now have access to electricity due to the rural electrification program. The governor of Chimbu has handed over a cheque to PNG Power for K200,000.

Pornographic Case

A female police officer has been found guilty of producing pornographic photographs in the 1980's before she became a police officer. The case has been adjourned until the 19th of August when the court will hear submissions from the accused's lawyer and prosecutors before deciding on a penalty.

Cancer Society

Chevron Texaco has donated K115,000 to the Cancer Relief Society. The donation was in conjunction with the world wide Daffodil Day.

East New Britain

A senior civil servant in East New Britain has been caught receiving a package containing three kilograms of marijuana at the Rabaul Post Office in Kokopo. Post officials became suspicious when the parcel smelt funny and alerted police. It is estimated that the three-kilogram parcel would be worth more than K200,000.

6th Nurses Symposium

The 6th Nurses Symposium was recently held in Goroka where over 200 people, mostly nurses, participated. Gerard Saleu from the PNG Institute of Medical Research said that nurses in PNG have developed an excellent relationship as leaders in primary health care. These efforts by the nurses have paid off with a drop in the infant mortality rate at the national level from 134 per 1,000 deaths in 1960 to 77 per 1,000 in 2000. The child mortality rate has fallen from 79 per 1,000 in 1960 to 24 per 1,000 in 2000; the under five years mortality has fallen from 213 per 1,000 in 1960 to 97 per 1,000 in 2000. The life expectancy has improved from 40.6 years to 56.8 years in the same period, an increase of 16.2 years.

Mount Hagen Billboards

Several huge billboards dedicated to beating corruption have been unveiled in Mt Hagen. This is the start of a major awareness and education campaign aimed at changing mindsets and attitudes in the province. The boards, standing some five meters off the ground, all carry a single message in the form of a question: "What is the role of a member of Parliament and councillors?" And the answer: "To provide roads and bridges. To provide quality education. To provide better health services. To make laws and maintain law and order." This campaign will target the mismanagement of public funds.

Telikom - West New Britain

Telikom in West New Britain have had ,ore than K20,000 worth of telephone repeater equipment stolen from a Telikom repeater site on Mt Dufaure in West New Britain. Some of the items stolen were a portable generator, solar panels, battery chargers, batteries and other associated equipment.

Goroka Hospital

The Goroka Base Hospital, in the Eastern Highlands province, will have to scale down its operations following the breakdown of its steriliser recently. There are no spare parts available to have the steriliser, made in 1971, repaired. The hospital will be forced to cater for emergency cases only. The management of Kundiawa Hospital, a two-hour drive away, has allowed Goroka the use of its steriliser.

East New Britain Evictions

The much talked about eviction exercise in to begin East New Britain was set to begin on the 25th of August. More than 200 eviction notices were to be issued to the first lot of illegal settlers in the four districts of the province. The illegal settlers will be given one month to pack and leave before police and government officials start sweeping through the settlements on the 25th of September.

Kododa Trail Fee

The Kododa Track Authority will, from the 1st of September, collect fees from people walking the trail to help control the smuggling of drug, arms and the illegal removal of war debris along the track in both the Central and Oro provinces. The fees are K100 for international trekkers, national trekkers, K50, overseas students, K50 and national students, K25.

University of PNG

After three years of using the trimester curriculum the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) is set to revert to its old two-semester system next year. The change will allow students more time to do academic based research enabling them to gain necessary labour market skills . The students will still have to score 96 credit points required to graduate with a degree after four years of study. As a result of the change students could expect higher workloads with more personal research as there will be no mid semester break.

Lae Roads

The Lae City Council has no funds to maintain the deteriorating roads in the town. The roads have worsened due to the prolonged wet weather in the town over recent months. The existing potholes in the city have developed into huge craters making it difficult for motorists to navigate the road. Criminals have taken advantage of this and early morning and late afternoon travellers to the airport, at Nadzab, are being held up as they slow down for the holes.

Class Action

A class action case against Rio Tinto in the USA is expected to be reopened in September by a Californian court. The case was filed against Rio Tinto by 20 Bougainvilleans in 2001 for claimed damages of billions of dollars environmental damages by the Bougainville Copper Mine.

Port Moresby Ambulance

The St Johns Ambulance in Port Moresby has been forced off the road yet again due to lack of funds. The sole ambulance service in Moresby has an uphill battle receiving funds on time from the Department of Health under an agreement signed in the early 1980's.

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

Computer Companies in PNG

Able Computing -- http://www.able.com.pg
Comserv Computer Centre -- http://www.comserv.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
Remington Technologies - http://www.remington.com.pg

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Created 26 Aug 2003
Updated 16 May 2004

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