P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 16 Apr 2004

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin English
apinum afternoon / early evening
aua hour
belo kaikai noon
bihain last
bihain later on
de day
kaikai long belo dinner
kaikai long monin breakfast
liklik kai or belo lunch
longpela taim long time
minit minute
monintam morning
nait late evening
nait night
sampela taim seldom
secon second
switpela kaikai dessert
taim long san daytime
taim time



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 29.5 - 30 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.


Air Niugini

How does Air Niugini rate? -- http://www.airlinequality.com/Airlines/PX.htm
Air Niugini web site -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg/main.htm

International Training Institute

The PNG International Training Institute has a web site located at -- http://www.iti.ac.pg -- I found this web site difficult because I do not run my Internet browser as a full screen. This web site does not really allow you to resize your screen without losing information.

ITI provide local courses in Business and Computing at Certificate and Diploma level. They also provide international courses for such organisations such as University of Southern Queensland and British Computer Society.

Education Web Sites

Computer Training -- http://www.workersmutual.com.pg
International Business Institute -- http://www.ibs.com.pg
International Education Agency -- http://www.iea.ac.pg
Pacific Training Academy -- http://www.pta.com.pg
PNG International Training Institute -- http://www.iti.com.pg
PNG Maritime College -- http://www.pngmc.ac.pg
PNG University of Technology -- http://www.unitech.ac.pg
University of Goroka -- http://www.uog.ac.pg
University of PNG -- http://www.upng.ac.pg

Real Estate Agents

Arthur Strachan (Lae) -- http://www.arthurstrachan.com.pg
Ashton Brunswick -- mailto:ashtonsbruns@daltron.com.pg
Century 21 -- http://www.century21.com.pg and http://www.siule.com.pg
City Homes Real Estate -- http://www.cityhomes.com.pg
Kohoy Real Estate -- http://kohoyrealestates.tripod.com
L.J Hooker -- http://www.ljhooker.com
Parklane Real Estate -- http://www.parklane.com.pg
Raine and Horne -- ? Does anyone know an address for Raine and Horne?
Ray White Real Estate -- mailto:monian@online.net.pg
Strickland RE -- http://www.sre.com.pg
The Professionals -- http://www.theprofessionals.com.pg

Real Estate Agents Association

The PNG Real Estate Agents Association, a non-profit making organisation operation under the laws of Papua New Guinea has a site located at -- http://www.reaa.org.pg/news.htm

National Agricultural Research Institute

National Agricultural Research Institute is a publicly-funded statutory research organization, established by the National Agricultural Research Institute Act 1996 of the Independent State of PNG, for conducting applied and development-oriented research on food crops, alternative food and cash crops, livestock and resource management issues.

The major targets are the smallholder, semi-commercial and semi-subsistence farmers in the rural areas of the country. It has a web site located at -- http://www.nari.org.pg

PNG Institute of Medical Research

The PNG Institute of Medical Research (PNG IMR) was established in 1968 as a Statutory Body of the Government of PNG, responsible to the Minister for Health. The activities of the Institute have been directed towards the primary goal of conducting research into the health problems of the people of Papua New Guinea. The IMR web site can be found at -- http://www.pngimr.org.pg

Moresby Arts Theatre

Agamemnon opens at the Moresby Arts Centre on the 21st of April, 2004 -- A legend emerged from the fall of the fabled city of TROY. This movie and play tell of what then happened to the great King who lead the Greek armies to that doomed city, and how he - in turn - was doomed. Doomed by the gods and by his own words and deeds. -- http://www.agamemnon.com.pg


News Items

PNG Bonds

The decision to look for money overseas to fund the government has now turned around and the government is looking locally for money. The government had planned to sell bonds internationally to raise the money but it is believed that this is one of the attempts to keep the coalition together. The local measures could include selling inscribed stock.

Marriage Knock Back

Several weeks ago the local newspapers reported that a young woman was beheaded in the Southern Highlands. The reason behind this was that she refused an offer of marriage made by her deceased sister's husband. Her sister had died a year ago. It would appear that some areas of PNG have a long way to go before they can fully join modern society with a different set of values placed on human life.

Declining Values

The Chief Justice, Sir Mari Kapi, has said that there has been a decline ion moral values in PNG since the country gained independence from Australia in 19975. He said this to Christian Students at the graduation of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship in Port Moresby recently.

Eastern Highlands Province

A fight over a coffee mill on Good Friday has led to the death of seven people in the Eastern Highlands. One of the dead was a two-year old boy. Two clans clashed over the ownership of the coffee mill. Police are having difficulties identifying the people responsible as it appears that the whole of the two clans were involved.


The University of PNG (UPNG) intends to have all its academic programs reviewed externally as part of its quality assurance program aimed at achieving quality graduate output. A two-man team has recently completed a review of the Problem Based Learning curriculum being taught at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences since 2000. The curriculum has received a great deal of flack mainly from, it would seem, people unable to accept change from the previous course.

University of Goroka

Goroka Business College and Highlands Regional College of Nursing are set to become affiliates of the University of Goroka (UOG). A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed that paves the way to strengthen and enhance the existing programs in the institutions to work in partnership with the University.

Forestry Hold Up

Forestry workers in Wau / Bulolo area of Morobe Province were recently held up at gunpoint and had their vehicle stolen. Police have recovered the vehicle but have been unable to apprehend the criminals responsible.

Teak Exports

The National Forest Service has been accused of allowing the clear felling of teak from plantations it controls and also to have approved the export of the unprocessed logs. There has been a ban for over 13 year on the exporting of teak from PNG. It is believed that the illegal teak exports worth millions of Kina have been exported from Rabaul, East New Britain and Port Moresby.


If things go to plan PNG could be manufacturing jeepneys suitable for PNG conditions in three years time. It is anticipate that a trial of jeepneys, imported from overseas, will start in May this year. A company will be selling jeepneys in PNG until manufacturing can start in the country. Any Jeepneys imported into the company will be based on the bodies of vehicles already on sale in the country so parts availability should not be a problem. Ha! even normal car users have problems getting parts for their cars.

National Fisheries Authority

It has been reported that the Asian Development Bank has alleged that the issuing of fisheries licences outside the proper procedures has led to investors putting projects on hold. The ADB is concerned that if this is allowed to continue PNG risked losing thousands of jobs associated with future proposed investment.

Illegal Entry

Police who recently raided a brothel in Port Moresby may have entered the premises without a search warrant in breach of section 44 and 49 of the PNG Constitution and also section 6 of the Search Act. The arrested "prostitutes" were made to walk to the Boroko police station chewing and blowing on condoms found in their possession during the raid.

Police have withdrawn the case against the alleged prostitutes to allow further investigations to take place.


Soldiers at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby have recently had to go hunting for water. Water at the barracks has been shut off because the Defence Force owes K500,000 to the water company (Eda Ranu). The Finance Department is responsible for the payment of the bill and the Defence Force is trying to speed up the payment process. Water has now been restored to the barracks.

Bogia - Madang Province

Policemen in Bogia, Madang Province are under investigation for destroying food gardens and cash crops owned by a Madang village that they raided recently. Police are carrying out an internal investigation into the matter.

Nadzab Airport

Vendors at Nadzab airport just out of Lae, Morobe Province have alleged that police were involved in the theft of K400 from them. The vendors, held up at gunpoint, recognised a senior policeman sitting inside the vehicle used to carry the robbers.

Horse Meat

The newly elected president of the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals in PNG has claimed that a police probe into the illegal slaughter of over 50 horses was too brief. It has been alleged that the horses, valued at more than K1 million, were slaughtered by criminals and sold to fast food outlets and restaurants in the National Capital District.

New Ireland Justice

A thief in New Ireland Province has learnt the hard way that justice is not always dispensed through the courts. Angry bystanders recently chased and chopped off the leg of a criminal suspected of being part of a gang involved in the robbery and fatal shooting of a shop manager in the province.

1361 Weapons

The United Nations Observer Mission on Bougainville has reported that a total of 1352 weapons have been destroyed so far in the Weapons Disposal Program. A further 19 weapons have been destroyed in the Selu-Suir area of North Bougainville bringing the total to 1361.

Road Safety

On World Health Day it was revealed that PNG is one of the top three countries in the developing world with the highest rate of road accidents each year. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) appears to be ineffective (just like every other govt - semi-govt organisation with not enough funding) in attempting to reduce the number of accidents and roads are still being built with major safety defects. Road accidents are costing the country anywhere between K150 million (1997) when the NRSC was established to almost K200 million in 1999 and 2002. The NRSC director said that road accidents had been reduced by 25 percent in 2002 but did not place a monetary figure on 2002 figures.

Angau Hospital

The sterilising unit at Angau Memorial Hospital in Morobe Province is out of operation and the hospital is having to get items for emergencies sterilised in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province and air freighted down to Lae.

Papindo Trading in Lae has donated K40,000 worth of medical supplies to the hospital as an Easter gift. The budget for the hospital has been drastically cut.

Chromolaena Weed

PNG may have the key to controlling Chromolaena weed in Australia. Australian entomologists are looking towards a fly from PNG called Cecidochares connexa that has already made inroads into controlling the weed commonly called Siam weed in PNG. -- http://www.nari.org.pg/research/wlmp/weeds.htm -- It is also known as trifid weed and paraffin weed. Chromolaena is listed in the top 10 of the world's most destructive weeds. It forms dense thickets that affect the growth of native and agricultural plants. -- http://www.cabi-bioscience.ch/wwwgisp/gtc4cs5.htm -- and -- http://www.cpitt.uq.edu.au/chromolaena/what.html

Coffee Season

It is anticipated that the upcoming coffee season will see a higher value for the Kina against other currencies. The season is expected to commence later this month. The official rate of the Kina against the US Dollar has remained fairly stable in recent months although due to external market pressure the Kina has fluctuated against the Aussie dollar.

PNG Swimming

Ryan Pini, swimming for PNG, has won silver at the recent Telstra Australian Swimming Championships. Ryan came second in the 50-metre backstroke event coming second to Matt Welsh. Non-Australian swimmers were only allowed to compete in finals of non-Olympic events. The 50-metre backstroke is a World Championship event but is not contested at the Olympics.

National ID Card

Government authorities have shunned a National Identity Card System. The system has been the brainchild of Quest Investigation International Limited. The ID system would record the name, personal identification number, address, date of birth, blood group, left thumb print, signature and a colour photograph of the person identified. Only PNG people over the age of eighteen would be required to submit data. It is hoped that a system such as this would eliminate double voting and other fraud at national elections in the future.

South Pacific Exports

Don't forget if you need that hard to get part for your electrical / communications gear or even a special tool send email to Peter Goleby at South Pacific Exports on -- sp.exports@bigpond.com -- he might just be able to help you out or at least point you in the right direction. Peter claims he will attempt to get anything legal for you so long as he can add a small amount to cover his own costs.

Mt Hagen

The councillors in Mt Hagen Central have guaranteed the safety of a doctor who recently fled Mount Hagen due to threats for his safety. Mount Hagen has been the centre of horrific crime recently with the death of an Australian pilot in the city and a woman from the North Solomon's at Kagamuga airport. The doctor was the third doctor to leave Mt Hagen Hospital after receiving threats to his life.

Kagamuga Airport

Kagamuga Airport at Mount Hagen has run out of aviation fuel and airline operators have been advised to get their fuel from Port Moresby, Lae or Madang. According to Shell PNG, the only supplier of aviation fuel in Mt Hagen, the company was unable to get supplies to Mt Hagen due to the poor condition of the Highlands Highway.

Human Rights

Carol Kidu has said that there is an urgent need for PNG to establish a Human Rights body in the country. She said the body should look at equal opportunities regardless of gender. She said this in response to the way 76 sex-workers were treated in a recent raid on a brothel in Port Moresby. She said that prostitution will not go away because of the increased poverty in the country. It has been reported in the local press that the women were treated differently to the men and many of the male clients were allowed to go home.

No Confidence Vote

With the recall of parliament on the 27th of April to decide who will become Governor General the race for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, appears to be hotting up. At the moment the numbers could go either way especially since eight seats are vacant for one reason or another. Only time will tell whether Sir Michael survives the vote although the key coalition partners in the government have pledged their support for Sir Michael.

Madang Power

Power to Madang town should be restored after two weeks without electricity. PNG Power said the problem was caused by heavy flooding in the Ramu valley causing two power pylons on the Yonki Dam to Madang power transmission line to collapse. Earlier attempts to restore power failed due to other equipment problems. Most stores in Madang have run out of candles and kerosene.


Three rifles have been stolen from the NAQIA (National Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Authority office in Lae. Gunmen overpowered the security guards before stealing a 308 Winchester rifle, a .22 Winchester long rifle and a 30-30 Winchester. It is believed that certain parts f the rifles had been removed and stored at a different location for safety reasons. Without the replacement of these parts the rifles would not be able to be used.

Explosive Find

A man has been detained in Manus for possessing explosive. It is alleged that was carrying 200 "plain" explosives in a briefcase when he arrived by plane from Kavieng. he has been charged under the Civil Aviation Act with carrying live ammunition on an aircraft.

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Updated 26 Apr 2004

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