PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Mar 2007

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Australian PNG Business Council

The Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council is an independent association of businesses based in Australia which either invests in or trade with PNG --

Also the Business Council of PNG has a web site located at --

New Ireland Tourism

New Ireland Tourism have launched their new web site --

PNG Connect

Another web site by CyberMasta can be found at -- -- CyberMasta has some more web sites in the pipeline almost ready to release. Watch this newsletter to find out when the sites come online.

If you are interested in PNG Orchids then I suggest visiting -- -- this is another web site with layout and design by CyberMasta.

ICCC Web Site

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission has a web site located at -- -- The ICCC is PNG's economic regulator and consumer watchdog.

South Pacific Exports

If you need that hard to get part for your electrical / communications gear or even a special tool send email to Peter Goleby at < > - 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.

National Disaster Centre

Do not forget to visit the web site for the National Disaster Centre. It can be found at -- -- The site is worth taking a look. This website serves as an information base for all matters regarding disaster management and other essential

The site contains information about disasters in PNG and around the globe. It is the aim of the National Disaster Centre to provide useful information related to natural and human-caused disasters

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 --

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News Items

State of Emergency

The Southern Highlands State of Emergency has been declared null and void by the Supreme Court at Waigani. Southern Highlands Governor Hami Yawari successfully obtained a restraining order against the NEC decision which saw Justice Timothy Hinchliffe granting the restraining order preventing the Governor-General from signing the instruments and restraining the Government Printing Office from publishing the Gazettal Notice.

Education Gift

Sir Michael Somare has promised that the government will hand over K100 million during the election year to pay school fees. This will go towards paying 80 percent of the fees normally paid by the parents. Many sceptics are likening it to a bribe for votes. The money will come from funds initially set aside for the failed PNG Gas project. Under the proposed scheme parents will have to pay the full fees again next year. One politician has said the money would be better spent repaying some of the debt that the country owes.


Telikom are trying to sweeten angry customers who have had no telephone service for at least 3 months by handing out free mobile telephones complete with call credits. Telikom PNG refuse to attend faults in some areas of Port Moresby due to continuos problems in the area.

Air Niugini

In a bid to stamp out the misuse of tickets by other than the person buying them has introduced a photo ID card. The card will cost customers K5.00 and will be valid for three years. The ID card system will gradually replace the password system being used to identify passengers travelling on an electronic ticket and will be introduced in Port Moresby and gradually phased in to the all other destinations. Air Niugini has been concerned that the present system is open to abuse leading to various legal issues especially in an emergency situation.

Rigo Death

A man, believed to be in his 50s, from Ginigolo village in Rigo district was hacked to death last week. Police are still trying to identify the suspect or suspects involved in the brutal murder. Central provincial police commander Chief Insp Peter Taiang has appealed to the villagers who may have information concerning the identities of the suspects to come forward to the police.

State Lease

The 99 year lease on customary land in Port Moresby has expired. The Government has made a submission that landowners in the nation's capital be given some seed capital of K4 million to K5 million to help them develop their idle customary land. However, the landowners of Koitabu are demanding their leased customary land be given back to them which they alleged the Government had stolen from them at the time of the British colonial administration. They said that the K4 million to K5 million package for economic land development "is peanuts".

In a separate issue the traditional Koitabu landowners of the land that the Jackson's International and Domestic airport occupies have threatened to close the airport. The landowners have demanded over a K1 million in compensation for the use of the land.

RAMU Nickel

with the help of their MP Peter Yama, RAMU nickel mine landowners are taking legal action against the National Government and the developer of the mine, MCC, for allegedly failing to honour commitments in a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed in 2000. The MoA provides for the Government and the developer to make available to the landowners certain benefits, including spin off businesses and seed funding for them to engage in business. The landowners claim at least two articles in the MoA have been breached, and they have instructed their lawyers to go to court to halt work at the mine while the MoA is being reviewed.

Prisoner Rehabilitation

Fifteen inmates from the jail in Kavieng are on a week-long fishing trip with Correction Services officers in the waters off New Ireland as part of their rehabilitation program. Twenty-one others are currently employed by several companies in the province. Kavieng jail is one of the few in the province that has put emphasis on prisoners' rehabilitation.

Eastern Highlands AIDS

It has estimated that there are between 10,000 and 20,000 people with the HIV virus in the Eastern Highlands province. The status report prepared by the Eastern Highlands provincial AIDS council (EHPAC) was presented to Health Minister Sir Peter Barter during a recent visit to Goroka by EHPAC member Ken Wai. The estimate was based on the ratio of an infected person with the potential to infect another 10 people during "unprotected sexual activities".

PMV Accident

A Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) overturned two times at a roadblock set up by criminals along the Hiritano Highway. A child died and several other passengers required admission to the Port Moresby General Hospital... The three-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The incident happened several kilometres from the Laloki Psychiatric Centre, just outside the National Capital District.

MRO Robbery

Four people have appeared before the Waigani Committal Court in relation to the theft of K1 million and 15 gold bars at the Metals Refining Operations office, last month. The four men were charged and made their mention appearances at the court early this week. Police are still investigating the theft as there believe there are more people to be questioned.

Queen Elizabeth II

One of the largest ships in the world, the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2), recently berthed at Rabaul's Simpson Harbour for a day after meeting sister ship the Queen Mary in Sydney. The QE2, which is 293.5m (963 feet) in length with a breadth of 32m (105 feet), is owned by one of the passenger shipping company, Cunard. The ship could not dock at the Rabaul wharf as it was too big. It anchored out at the harbour. It is believed that all of the 950 tourists on board the ship came ashore and were met by traditional singsing groups and people selling artefacts and souvenirs.

Unitech Conned

The University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae may have been conned by a Minnesota registered company run by an African pastor. Unitech made a payment of K135,838.43 in a cheque (No. 89731) to the company on the 29th of March, 2005, for two tractors with slashers and a four-tonne truck. The Minnesota based company claims to be setting up an office in Lae and hopes to be able to deliver the tractors shortly.

23rd Australia PNG Business Forum

The 23rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns from the 18th to the 20th of March 2007. The Forum theme is: "Australia and Papua New Guinea: Business As Usual".

The annual Forum is a major annual bilateral business meeting between Papua New Guinea and Australia where businesses will have an unparalleled chance to learn about business opportunities in Papua New Guinea, and to network with senior policy makers and senior business people.

The Forum will also feature a Trade Expo for Papua New Guinea and Australian companies wishing to use the opportunity to market their goods and services.

Corrupt Police

John Hevie, the head of the Ombudsman Commission team, has branded the Royal Papua New Guinea Police Constabulary as "the most corrupt government agency in the country". Mr Hevie made the declaration during a daylong anti-corruption workshop at Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby.

Common Roll

Forms for the recording of voters in many areas of the country have run out and photocopies are being used. This has sounded alarm bells in Morobe Province where concern has been expressed that photocopied forms will not be acceptable to register voters.

Watut Landowners

Landowners from Watut area of Morobe province are gearing up to go into partnership with the developer of the Watut-Ongga Waffa forest resource in the province. The Watut people have already appointed an interim board for a landowner company they were forming to go into partnership with the developer of the timber resource.

Moti Enquiry

Using Parliamentary privilege, Sir Michael Somare, has accused members of the PNG Defence Force Board of Inquiry of illegally conducting the probe beyond the 4th of Feb and convicting him using a trial in the newspapers. It has been reported that the board of inquiry had sought an extension of time to the 23rd of March. The Prime Minster has also had his legal staff file an application to void the entire proceedings of the inquiry and to prevent its final report from being published. Many observers comment that this sort of action is not the response of an innocent person with nothing to hide.

Infrastructure Funds

It has been reported that PNG has K1.1 billion for infrastructure development but does not have the ability to do the work. It is claimed that PNG not have the capacity to spend this money to build roads and bridges because there were not enough big construction companies to undertake such major projects. Currently all existing major contractors in the country are reportedly occupied with projects such as building roads, bridges, wharves, airports and airstrips with no capacity for expansion.

Coming Events

The 23rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns from the 18th to 20th of March.

32nd Gaming Fishing Association of PNG titles will be held from the 1st to the 4th April

May Coffee Festival 2007 - cancelled due to 2007 National Elections.

Tufi Cultural Show, Oro Province -- 9th to the 11th June

National Mask Festival, Kokopo - East New Britain Province -- 12th to the 15th of July

International Orchid Spectacular -- 5th and 6th of August

Lukim PNG NAU Tourism Expo -- 9th to the 11th September

National Tourism Conference -- 12th September

Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby - National Capital District -- 15th to 18th of September

PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September

Morobe Show, Lae -- 4th to 5th of November

The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be in November.

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