PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 July 2006

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PNG Languages

PNG has three national or official languages -- they are Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin and English. It has been reported that PNG has one language for every 900 square kilometres of the country or roughly one language for every 350 square miles for those readers who don't use the metric system.

The Summer Institute of Linguistics has a web site about PNG languages at --

Papua New Guinea is linguistically the most complex nation of the world. Over 800 languages are spoken in this Pacific country. This site aims to show some of this linguistic diversity by making available the research results carried out by members of SIL.
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The Rosetta database contains information about languages spoken in PNG -- -- A rather long URL that may need to be pieced back together if you are receiving the text only version of the newsletter.

For more information on PNG languages a visit to -- -- will start you off in the right direction. Another interesting article is located at -- -- It deals with language families and mentions the Rotokas language - Rotokas is spoken in PNG on the Island of Bougainville by approximately 4,300 people and it has the fewest sounds of any language, 11 (compared to the 44 or so of standard English). These 11 are made up of five vowels and six consonants: A, E, I, O, U, B, G, K, P, R, T. Six of those are used in the name of the language.

PNG History

If you are looking for the history of PNG then a good place to start is the Wikipedia free encyclopaedia as well as the other links below.




News Items

Remandee Escape

Seventeen remandees managed to escape from the Boroko police cells recently. One escapee surrendered to community leaders at Hohola. The National Capital District acting Metropolitans Supt John Anawe has ordered an investigation to ascertain how the steel door of main cellblock was forced open by remandees using metal rods. It is reported that the remandees contributed money and told the lone policeman guarding the cellblocks to buy them certain items at the nearby shop before making a break for freedom. This is the second break out reported from the country's premier police station in less than a week. Another group of detainees made their getaway recently after a policeman went to sleep, allowing the prisoner to snatch the cell keys.

Trukai Fun Run

The recently held Trukai Fun Run raised K360,000 for the PNG Sports Federation. This is up on the K314,000 raised last year. Twelve centres around the country participated in the fun run. They were Alotau, Goroka, Kavieng, Kimbe, Kokopo, Lae, Lihir, Madang, Mt Hagen, Porgera, Port Moresby and Rabaul. Rotary Clubs raised a further K37,000 around the country. The money will be used to go towards the 2007 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.

Goroka Roads

The Eastern Highlands provincial is about to inject K500,000 to rehabilitate the roads in Goroka Town over the next three months. After the roads in Goroka town have been fixed the road repairs teams will head towards Kainantu to fix the roads there.

Airlines of PNG

Airlines of PNG are still waiting on government approval to commence Business Class only flights between Brisbane and Port Moresby. The airline has leased an aircraft previously operated by Oz Jet to operate the service. On another note last weeks press release about smoke in the cabin for an Air Niugini aircraft was quickly removed from the official Air Niugini web site. For those that missed it here is a link to the article on The National web site. -- July 2006??? --- Air Niugini anticipates the withdrawal from service of the Fokker F100 damaged by a mercury spill earlier in the year, when a passenger illegally carried mercury on board, when a fourth Fokker arrives and is put into service very soon.

An Air Niugini F100 has made its first commercial flight to Buka Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville .

Government Jet

A report supposedly from the government to purchase a Fokker jet to replace the Kumul has been met with opposition by sane minded individuals and businesses. Businesses claim that such a jet would only be able to serve a few airstrips around the country and the money used to purchase the plane would be better used on health, education and other services sadly lacking around the country. One report stated that it would be "simply beyond belief". It has been suggested that rather than invest in a plane that a grant of K10 million to Angau Hospital would see the reintroduction of the cancer unit and all the ancillary staff and supplies need to sustain the unit.

Angau Hospital Appeal

As the election year rapidly looms the Angau Hospital Appeal continues to receive donations. This time K30,000.00 has been donated by Wari Vele a candidate for the Moresby elections towards the Angau Hospital Appeal.

Fake Money

All people dealing with PNG currency have been warned that from time to time unscrupulous people attempt to distribute fake (counterfeit) money throughout PNG and across the border in Indonesia. Bank South Pacific managing director Garth McIllwain said fake banknotes were generally passed onto "unsuspecting" people and often rarely come into the banking system. Genuine PNG notes have several security features and the general public have been warned to be careful when accepting notes. All paper based notes have a silver security thread embedded in the paper as well as watermarks.

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Annette Sete reporting in the Post Courier has said that tourists from overseas boats visiting East New Britain have taken advantage of the locals by passing fake US$50.00 notes. The notes were used to purchase souvenirs and artefacts from locals. The Post Courier was not able to see any of the notes but genuine notes have the words "In God We Trust" on them but it is believed that the fakes notes have the words "in women we trust" on them.

Money Show

The 2006 Money Show is all set to go. It will be held at the Port Moresby Holiday Inn on the 4th and 5th of August. The key speaker will be Sir Rabbie Namaliu. Two free and open Special Investment Education Workshops will also be held over the two day event.

Vanimo - Indonesia Link

Indonesia is preparing for the anticipated opening of the PNG and Indonesia border highway. The highway links Vanimo in Saundaun province and the Indonesian city of Jayapura in Papua province. The Sandaun governor, Carlos Yuni, has deferred the opening indefinitely but it is unsure whether Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is aware of this decision. The Indonesian embassy in Port Moresby, is awaiting confirmation that Sir Michael will attend the opening of the $US6 million project. Mr. Somare's Indonesian counterpart president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is due to travel to Papua province for the ceremony.

Fertiliser Plant

An Indian group of investors is keen to build the world's largest ammonia and urea fertiliser plant in Port Moresby. The proposed plant will use 50 petajoules of natural gas to produce 2,600 tonnes a day of ammonia and 4,500 tonnes a day of urea. It is estimated that the plant will cost around K2.3 billion to build. The company has recently completed and opened a plant in Western Australia close to the Australian North West Shelf Gas Project.

Corned Beef Saga

The corned beef saga continues. Earlier Fiji refused to accept imports of corned beef packaged in PNG because Fiji claimed that the product did not meet Fijian import requirements. Fiji has changed the Fijian Animal Importation Regulations to allow the importation of cooked beef sealed hermetically in cans from PNG provided the beef used is from carcasses imported from either New Zealand or Australia and appropriate paperwork is provided to certify that fact.

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission has approved a 2 percent increase in the price of popular Ox and Palm brand Corned Beef in PNG. The increase is due to increases in the cost of fuel and electricity used to manufacture the goods.

Parliamentary Speaker

A diplomatic fellow at the Lowry Institute of International Policy has written in his latest book that the current Speaker of the PNG Parliament has written himself into the history books for issuing "highly questionable rulings".

2007 Elections

It looks like that Sir Michael Somare is well on the way to achieving something that has never happened before in PNG and that is running for a full term as an elected Prime Minister. Previous Prime Ministers including Sir Michael have had to contend with votes of no confidence motions on the floor of Parliament that have sometimes been successful in ousting the prime office holder. Work is well underway by the Electoral Commission to stage the 2007 Elections with recent by-elections in the Southern Highlands and the National Capital District worrying voters about the ability of the country to run any election other than a chook raffle. The Commission are looking at the 2002 elections and all the by-elections since then to see what problems were encountered and how they can be solved. The elections will be the first full election that uses a limited preferential voting system rather than the "first past the post" system used in previous elections. The limited preferential voting system, introduced since the 2002 elections, has only been used in by-elections to date in PNG.

Pterosaurs Again

The reports will not go away. Intermittent expeditions on Umboi Island, PNG, from 1994 through 2004, have resulted in the compilation of eyewitness testimonies that substantiated a hypothesis that pterosaurs may not be extinct.

Long Beach, Calif. (PRWEB) July 20, 2006 -- The conflict between evolution and creation took a new form with an investigation of reports of a pterosaur-like creature in PNG. According to standard models of science, all pterosaurs became extinct by about 65-million years ago, but traditional interpretations of the Bible suggest that they lived in human times. According to Jonathan Whitcomb, a forensic videographer who interviewed native islanders in 2004, the "ropen" of Umboi Island is at least similar to a long-tailed pterosaur. The full report can be found at --

Operation Open Heart

As mentioned in previous editions Operation Open Heart (OOH) 2006 is seeking help with funds for the annual event. Since 1993 OOH has operated on 406 heart patients, 306 of these have been on children. The success rate has been very good with only nine of the 406 patients dying. About K200,000 is needed for OOH and a total of K81,000 has been raised so far for the event this year. The actual OOH is from the 4th to the 11th of August 2006 but money donated after this date will go towards the 2007 OOH.

Forged Certificates

School authorities have said to check school certificates closely to ensure that they are not forged documents. They also said that a photocopy of a certificate should never be accepted as genuine. Details of Grade 10 and 12 results should always be crosschecked with the Measurement Services Unit (MSU) database. Certain features are incorporated into recent certificates. Since 1995, all genuine certificates have had a raised embossed Department of Education seal on the bottom right hand corner while in 2002 the seal also had the year on it. Further the genuine certificates have the word "Original" in faint large letters printed on the back.

Coming Events

2006 Money Show -- 4th and 5th of August at the Port Moresby Holiday Inn.

Operation Open Heart -- Port Moresby General Hospital -- first week of August (4th - 11th of August)

International Orchid Spectacular - Parliament House, Port Moresby 5th and 6th of August 2006

Enga 2006 Cultural Show will be held at the Mommers Oval in Wabag town on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August.

Air Niugini - Port Moresby / Manila / Hong Kong and return -- 8th August 2006

The Institute of PNG Studies Exploratory Workshop - September.

42nd PNG Medical Symposium will be held in Madang from the 4th to the 8th of September 2006 --

PNG 31st Independence Anniversary - 16th September 2006

Annual Hiri Hanenamo Quest and Hiri Moale Festival - 16th September 2006

Goroka Show -- 16th and 17th of September 2007

Kiwi Ball - The fabulous ball held by the Kiwi's will be held on the 28th October this year. This year the New Zealanders hope to have a five-piece band to entertain the crowd

Morobe Show -- November 4th and 5th 2006

Milne Bay Kundu and Canoe Festival -- from the 6th to the 12th of November 2006

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In Tok Pisin - em tasol

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Created 26 Jul 2006
Updated 6 Aug 2006

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