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PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 September 2006

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Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo -- and -- http://www.michie.net/png_faqs or try the PNG Business Directory located at -- http://www.pngbd.com -- and the PNG Tourism Directory -- http://www.pngtd.com. Both are excellent places to look for information about the country.
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


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Lutheran Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG -- http://tinyurl.com/km4z7 -- The first German Missionary arrived on the shores of Simbang in Finschaffen, Morobe Province, on the 12th of July 1886. See also -- http://www.wfn.org/2006/09/msg00127.html

Rotary PNG Web Site

Rotary Clubs of Papua New Guinea - District 9600 -- http://www.rotary.org.pg

Rotary has branches in Boroko, Bulolo-Wau, Mount Hagen, Goroka, Huon Gulf, Madang, Kavieng, Kokopo, Kimbe, Lae, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Wewak and the Interact Club of Port Moresby International School.


For those interested in the stamps and postal history of PNG please visit the following sites -

Post PNG -- http://www.postpng.com.pg

Papuan Philatelic Society -- http://www.communigate.co.uk/york/pps/index.phtml

British New Guinea and Papua -- http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/bng.stamps

A complete list of Papua New Guinea issues from 1952 to 2003 can be found at -- http://www.stanleylisica.com/plist_hr/papu.htm

Who has appeared on PNG stamps? -- http://tinyurl.com/ec8y4

World War II

In the early hours of September 7, 1943, an American B-24 Liberator bomber, loaded with 2800 litres of fuel and three 500lb bombs, crashed on take-off from Port Moresby in New Guinea.

Visit -- http://tinyurl.com/rbyqq -- for the rest of the story.

Masalai i Tokaut

The entire archives of the Masalai i Tokaut newsletter can be found at -- http://www.masalai-i-tokaut.com

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

Ray White Real Estate -- mailto:monian@online.net.pg

Strickland RE -- http://www.sre.com.pg

The Professionals -- http://www.theprofessionals.com.pg


Just a few of the many tour operators located in PNG -

Pacific International Travel (PNG) Ltd -- http://www.pacificinternationaltravel.com.pg/

Sepik Adventure Tour -- http://www.ambuntilodge-sepiktour.com.pg/

Tours in PNG -- http://www.toursinpng.com/

New Guinea Expeditions -- http://www.newguineaexpeditions.com/

Betel Nut Links

For information about betel nut / buai pay a visit to

--- http://www.nisbett.com/herbs/a/areca056.html --
-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betel_nut

News Items

Traditional Currency

The daily currency in use in PNG is named after two types of traditional currency used within the country - The Kina and the toea. There are other currencies that were used and some of the common ones are the Milne Bay Bagi and the Tolai Tabu. Other currencies existed, for example the Motuans went on long sailing voyages and returned with goods. It is this time of year when the great Hiri trade is remembered with the Hiri Festival and the Miss Hanenamo Quest. Both events are usually held on a yearly basis over the Independence weekend in Port Moresby.

The annual Hiri Moale festival celebrates one of the epic trading voyages between Central Province villagers and the people in the Gulf of Papua. It is a three-day festival of traditional dance, singsing, and drama. During the festivities, Port Moresby's Ela Beach is lined with stilt houses, canoes and swaying dancers decorated with leis of frangipani and hibiscus. Hanenamo is a Motuan word meaning coming together and celebrating.

Some of the other currencies are the doba, banana leaf money from the Trobriand islands and the Mwali also from Milne Bay.

Visit -- http://michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html -- and from there you will find some information about Bagi, Mwali, Tabu and Doba.

Do any readers know of any other traditional currencies? - Click here to reply

British Pollie Apologises

British Politician, Mr Johnson, has been forced to apologise to PNG after he linked it to "cannibalism and chief-killing" -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5327984.stm

Is PNG a Time Bomb?

It has been reported that HIV-AIDS in PNG is a time bomb waiting to explode similar to the bubonic plague that rewrote the history of medieval Europe, HIV -- http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=4865

Smuggled Drugs

Medical drugs have been smuggled into Buka and other parts of the Bougainville autonomous region to be sold in trade stores and on the streets. It has been discovered that around K25,000 worth of medical drugs have disappeared from the New Guinea Islands area medical store in Kokopo and turned up in Buka. People who have no knowledge or training on how to dispense the various drugs were selling the drugs, such as anti-malarial and antibiotic drugs, over the counter at trade stores and other shops.

Mobile Telephones

One of the new entrants into the supply of mobile telephone services to PNG, Digicel PNG, has promised to deliver a world class mobile network that will transform the market with accessible and high quality services when it launches in early 2007. The company has also been awarded a GSM license from the Government of Samoa. Founded in 2000, Digicel is reported to be one of the fastest-growing telecommunication operators in the world to date.

Swamp Ghost

The Swamp Ghost is proving to be one Ghost that is not going away in a hurry!

The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has told the National Museum and Art Gallery management that it had "no power" to sell the World War II aircraft - the B-17E Flying Fortress dubbed the Swamp Ghost, or any other war surplus materials to overseas buyers. The PAC has ordered the immediate seizure of the Swamp Ghost by the State until a decision can be made as to its future.

Police Chief

The National Executive Council has dumped Police Commissioner Sam Inguba after his contract expired on Monday. He has been replaced on an acting basis by Deputy Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga as the chief until a permanent appointment can be made.

PNG Loggers

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald PNG Loggers are a law unto themselves.

The report begins

No Government in PNG or the Solomon Islands has yet managed to tame the Malaysian-Chinese logging interests accused by environmentalists, lending agencies and aid donors of ripping out native forests at an unsustainable rate.

see -- http://tinyurl.com/f28lp -- for the rest of the story.

Public Holiday

The last minute announcement by the Government to say that Monday was a public holiday to celebrate Independence Day has upset many businesses around the country. To add to the confusion the government has not cancelled the holiday set down for today (Sat 16th) to celebrate Independence Day so businesses will now have to make double payments to workers for the double public holiday. See also -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/091406/nation4.htm

PNG / Auckland Celebrations

As part of the New Zealand celebrations for PNG Independence Day the PNG flag will fly from the Auckland Harbour Bridge in recognition of the PNG's special day. The flag will be flown from 6:30am until 6:30pm. To see a picture of the Papua New Guinea flag please go to -- http://flagspot.net/flags/pg.html

Port Moresby Taxi's

Due to the rough roads around Moresby I have had to take a taxi or two recently. I thought this was a good chance to see what the newcomers to the Moresby scene were like. My first trip was with Scarlet. The taxi turned up 10 minutes late but both the taxi and the driver were neat and tidy and understood English. The next trip was to try out the Red Dot taxi company but after waiting over half an hour for a booked taxi I had to give up and use the non-metered taxi service. So much for Red Dot. Have any other readers used his service and what do they think? By the way the non-metered service although in a dirtier vehicle still got me from point A to point B in the same time and for the same cost although this had to be negotiated.

Another Taxi Driver Killed

Another taxi driver has been killed in Port Moresby. The driver was apparently stabbed after a confrontation with three men he had picked up outside the Boroko police station -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/091406/nation6.htm

Tennis Titles

More than forty tennis players will compete for Port Moresby and PNG tennis titles to be held this weekend. The top women's seeds for the events are Vere Tere Apisah and Dulcie Kaiulo and top seeds for the men's title are Chris Can and Michael Foo.

Swimming Championships

The 2006 swimming nationals are slated to take place at the Sir Donald Cleland Pool in Port Moresby from the 22nd to the 24th of September. Swimmers from around the country are in the final stages of preparation for the event.

Endangered Insects & Plants

The Sangamanga Culture and Environment Protection (SCEP) is a non-profit organization in Simbu province (SCEP) that has been preserves endangered insects and plants for the last 15 years. SCEP has successfully established a museum in Kundiawa, Simbu province, to store its collections of insects and plant. SCEP is assisted by the Madang based Niugini Binatang Research, Research and Conservation Foundation in Goroka, Lae's Forest Research Institute and a few other organizations to help identify the species collected by putting scientific name tags to them.

Cricketing Milestone

The PNG Women's Cricket Team has reached a cricketing milestone by moving on to the next round of the women's regional World Cup cricketing championship by defeating Japan in Port Moresby. Eight countries will contest the qualifiers with the top two booking spots in the 2009 World Cup in Australia. The International Cricket Council is yet to set a date for the next round of the regional qualifying heats.

National Elections

PANGU Party is already preparing for the 2007 general elections. Party leader and Treasury Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu, has launched the Party's draft policy guidelines at the National Research Institute (NRI) the next step is the Pangu Pati national convention to be held in Lae later this month.

Order of Logohu

Two more people have been made Grand Chief's of the PNG Order of Logohu. They are

Sir Arnold Amet, GCK, CBE, OStJ


The Honourable Andrew Peacock, GCL, AC

Moresby Day Tours

If you are ever visiting Port Moresby and need to fill in some time then here are some tours that can be arranged. They have come from Gwen Ogil -- gwen@tropictours.com.pg

Morning City Tours

Code: TT001 Time: 09.00 - 12.00 daily
Cost: K80.00 per person for min of 2 pax

Visit local market, Paga hill lookout, CBD, National Museum, Botanical Gardens, National Parliament and PNG Arts.

City Tours

Code: TT003 Time: 09.00 - 15.00 daily
Cost : K110 per person for min of 2 pax

Visit local market, Paga hill lookout, CBD, Hanuabada village, National Museum, National Parliament, Botanical gardens and PNG arts.

Loloata Island Resort

Code: TT006 Time: 08.00 - 16.00 daily
Cost: K160 per person for min of 2 pax

Travel along Magi Highway to Tahira for ferry ride to Loloata Island. Spend the day snorkelling, diving, bush walking or just relaxing. Lunch at the resort.

Sogeri and Variarata National Park Tour

Code: TT005 Time: 09.00 - 16.00 daily
Cost : K170 per person for min of 4 pax

Drive along Sogeri road via Rouna Hydro Scheme, Bomana War Cemetery, Variarata National Park bush walk and PNG Arts.

They also offer airport to hotel and return transfers and 24 hours baggage handling services.


Gwen Ogil

As always "look around" as there are other tour operators also willing to show you around Port Moresby and the country. For example take a look at -- http://www.pacificinternationaltravel.com.pg/index_files/pom.htm -- or even hunt around the PNGBD website for more info -- http://www.pngbd.com

Coming Events

PNG 31st Independence Anniversary -- 16th September 2006 (Public Holiday 18th of September)

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

Goroka Show, Eastern Highlands -- 16th and 17th of September 2006

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, Lae -- 4th and 5th of November

Ex KIAP Reunion in Victoria, Australia will be held on the 5th of November at Sandown Greyhounds Tabaret -- http://www.exkiap.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=18&sid=08742471a618eb419d5af702a6bf87bb

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

Independence Photos

Packing the Shelves



Enjoying the day



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-- THE END --

In Tok Pisin - em tasol

For other ways of saying the end please pay a visit to -- ../emtasol

Some of the ways of saying "that's all" are courtesy of Liz and her friends at the University of Technology in Lae. -- http://www.unitech.ac.pg

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Updated 26 Sep 2006

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