PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jan 2006

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Internet Service Providers

Daltron --

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Global Technologies --

PNG Recipes

Learn to make dishes from Papua New Guinea featuring coconut, fruit, vegetables, and fish.

Miscellaneous Sites

PNG info on PNG research level books, articles on PNG --

PNG Tourism Promotion Authority --

More links to information about PNG --

PNG Business Directory --

PNG Tourism Directory --

PNG Information --

Port Moresby Rotary --

PNG Department of Health --

PNG Institute of Medical Research --

PNG Orchids --

Milne Bay

Maps of Milne Bay -- -- this is for drilling down to places such as Wedau.

The Tawali Resort is located on a volcanic bluff overlooking the clear protected waters of Milne Bay and accessible only by boat. The Tawali Resort web site can be located at --

Considering walking along the mainland coast of Milne Bay then here is an article that may interest you -- -- It covers a walk from East Cape to Wamira Village just near Dogura Anglican Cathedral.

Taklam Guest House

The Guest House, actually it is now called Taklam Lodge and Tours, was originally located in Rabaul but was relocated to Kokopo after the twin volcanic eruptions destroyed Rabaul in 1994. They commenced operations in 1990 offering a home away from home service. A web site is located at --

New Guinea Traders

New Guinea Traders have a website located at -- -- the company is a limited liability corporation importing green arabica coffee beans. Originally established by Aarlie and Larry Hull for the purpose of helping indigenous Papua New Guineans realise a greater return on their labours and a more equitable profit from the magnificent natural resources of their country.

Morobe (Lae) Links

Morobe Tourism Bureau --

Lae Chamber of Commerce --

Lae International Hotel --

Melanesian Hotel --

Melanesian Arts Centre --

Morobe Show --

Rain Forest Habitat --

Village Development Trust --

News Items

Bill Skate

Former Prime Minster Sir William (Bill) Skate has died in a Brisbane Hospital. Sir William was medi-vac'd from the Port Moresby General Hospital on a midnight mercy dash to Brisbane. On arrival his condition deteriorated and finally his family made a decision to turn off the life support equipment. He was pronounced dead soon after at 8:55am on the 3rd of January at the Wesley Hospital. A state funeral is being arranged. His body will be flown to PNG from Brisbane on a government chartered aircraft tomorrow (Sat 7th Jan 2006)

Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

Here is a poem written about the efforts of the PNG "Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels" during the Second World War by Bert Beros. The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels played a key part in the defeat of the Japanese Imperial Force especially along the Kokoda track.

Many a mother in Australia when the busy day is done
Sends a prayer to the Almighty for the keeping of her son
Asking that an angel guide him and bring him safely back
Now we see those prayers are answered on the Owen Stanley Track.
For they haven't any halos only holes slashed in their ears
And their faces worked by tattoos with scratch pins in their hair
Bringing back the badly wounded just as steady as a horse
Using leaves to keep the rain off and as gentle as a nurse
Slow and careful in the bad places on the awful mountain track
They look upon their faces would make you think Christ was black
Not a move to hurt the wounded as they treat him like a saint
It's a picture worth recording that an artist's yet to paint
Many a lad will see his mother and husbands see their wives
Just because the fuzzy wuzzy carried them to save their lives
From mortar bombs and machine gun fire or chance surprise attacks
To the safety and the care of doctors at the bottom of the track
May the mothers of Australia when they offer up a prayer
Mention those impromptu angels with their fuzzy wuzzy hair.

- Bert Beros

Work Wanted

Colin from Scotland is after work in PNG. Here is a copy of the email he sent to the PNG Gossip Newsletter -


From early 2000 to late 2001 I was working as a plantation manager in the highlands, I enjoyed living and working there and was bitterly disappointed to be retrenched due to the decline in coffee prices. I am happily married to a Madang Meri and we both have a strong desire to return to PNG, I am aged 41 currently living in Scotland, I have experience and a degree in agriculture, I also have experience of construction and transport industry. I was held up twice and threatened many times but got along well with many people both local and expatriate.

I am willing to contribute to our flights and relocation expenses and also willing to have a go at anything, including long term prospects.

I hope that someone out there is looking for someone like me.

End Quote

Please write to this newsletter if you any news for Colin.

Port Moresby Hospital

Nurses have returned to work at the Port Moresby General Hospital in compliance with a court order obtained by the government last week. The nurses have returned but only on the condition that a review is made of their work conditions.

Air Niugini Boeing

The Boeing B767 operated by Air Niugini has suffered from a nasty wind-shear incident on final approach into Sydney airport recently. The aircraft was not able to land in Sydney and had to return to Brisbane. The aircraft has been out of action for almost a week as a full engineering review is being made of the aircraft. With the B767 out of action the already hectic Christmas - New Year schedule has been completely turned upside down. The company has been trying to source another aircraft overseas with little luck.

At the moment Air Niugini is using all aircraft possible to ferry passengers to either Cairns or Brisbane losing great sums of money in the process. The Fokker F100 has been making several trips to Brisbane as well as the regular scheduled flights to Cairns. Bombardier Dash 8 DCH8 aircraft have also been heading for Cairns with passengers. To make matters worse the Fokker F100 I went down to Cairns on Wednesday morning suffered an Auxiliary Power Unit failure on arrival in Cairns meaning that power was not available for the air-conditioning and to start the engines for the return trip. Fortunately there are several methods for jump-starting the aircraft so it was not stranded in Cairns. The one that brought me back yesterday (Thursday) appeared to be functioning okay.

Wind Shear or microburst is described as a drastic change in wind speed or direction over a short distance - usually at a low altitude. (landing or take off)

PNG Lotto

The operators of Go Lotto have decided to stop telecasting the live draw on television. Lotto players will now have to check the newspapers the following day for results. Players are also invited to attend the draw in Port Moresby.

Computer Power

The Kanudi based company that supplies some of the electricity that PNG power distributes to consumers in Port Moresby has had a computer failure. Nothing serious except that the computer is needed to automatically switch the power into the PNG Power grid. Until an expert is flown over from Korea the company will not be able to supply power to Port Moresby so PNG Power has had to start rationing power to residents of the town. PNG Power currently can only supply 57 Megawatt (MW) of power for the city - 39 MW from the Hydro scheme and 18MW from the Moitaka thermal power plant. Normally the city consumes around 78MW during weekdays (8am to 4pm)

HF Internet Radio

Datanets -- -- has for many years been able to supply access to the Internet over High Frequency radio. Many missionaries living and working in remote areas of the country have access to the Internet using this method and it is expected that more will missionaries will join up to use the service. The service is not only for missionaries as it has been reported previously that a grade six student living outside Goroka and away from the usual telephone lines has also been able to use the service to seek donor assistance for his village people.

Telikom PNG

A full-page advert was taken out in the local papers complete with Telikom logos announcing plans for the future. A day or so later another advert was taken out saying that the first advert was not authorised by the Board of Telikom. The few remaining consumers that had any faith left in Telikom are now wondering if Telikom has any idea of what is going on in the real world of communications in PNG. The announcements of increased Internet bandwidth and upgraded mobile phone communications now appear to be little more than just a figment of the imagination of some Telikom executives.

NCDC Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree set-up at the Four-Mile roundabout by the National Capital District Commission was hit by lightning on New Years day and put out of action. Up until that happened many people had been stopping in the intersection to take pictures of the tree. The Christmas star maintained by the PNG Defence Force managed to survive the severe electrical storm and continues to shine across the town from Signal Hill within Murray Barracks. Hitron, the provider of overseas Television broadcasts to many Port Moresby residents lost half of its channels for the night until reset the next day. --

Remand Alarm

The Governor of Madang, James Yali, is currently being held at the Beon Jail in Madang under remand waiting sentencing after being convicted of rape. He shocked everyone by gaining release from jail to attend to a provincial government meeting to pass the K52million Madang Budget. He attended the meeting and was then escorted back to jail. According to many people this has made a complete mockery of the justice system in PNG. Mr Yali has been convicted of raping his 17-year old sister-in-law in a court of law.


Over 80 percent of the population of PNG is unemployed. The education system has been blamed for this large number many of them school dropouts. Even university degree holders are reported as roaming the streets looking for a job. Of course many people are also gainfully employed doing subsistence farming at a village level.

TB Treatment

Currently patients in the country who are suffering from tuberculosis (TB) have to take 14 tablets a day for three months to combat the disease. This often discourages the patient from completing the treatment. TB Specialist, Dr Camillus Bana-Koiri, has said that the 14 tablets could be combined into two tablets. The combined dose tablets are not available in PNG because the Health Department has not imported them.

Village Courts

K8.7 million has been allocated in the 2006 budget to pay outstanding allowances for village court officials throughout the country. The money will be channelled through the Department of Justice and transferred to the individual provinces. The allowances for 12,205 village court officials and land mediators have been outstanding since 1997. The total outstanding amounts to about K30 million but the remaining balance would be paid progressively as funds become available.

Sir Pita's Lawsuit

The courts have dismissed Sir Pita Lus's lawsuit against the lawyers that represented him in his petition over his lost seat in Parliament. Sir Pita was seeking in excess of K1 million from the law firm citing professional negligence against the firm. Sir Pita was also ordered to pay costs for the defendant.

Dame Carol Kidu

Dame Carol has been awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Queensland in recognition of her contribution to social development and women's rights in the country.

PNG Tourism Directory

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Coming Events

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games -- March 2006.

8th of April to the 16th of April 2006-- National Game Fishing Titles

PNG 31st Independence Anniversary - 16th September 2006

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