PNG Gossip Newsletter - 22 Aug 2007

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Goroka, some of the highlights --

Lost and found --

Grave robbers wreak havoc in Lae cemeteries --

Four held for alleged rape --

Chief makes history again --

Boating on the Sepik --

PNG forces clash with villagers --

Woman nabbed in drug bust in Western Province --

PNG police gain control of Highlands Highway after gun battle --

PNG law and justice success stories --

Lutheran Church marks 121 years in PNG --

Rainforest Biodiversity Shows Differing Patterns --

Blue Kumuls lead women in soccer comp --

Jack-knifed Tanker --

Blind man on the Sepik river --

Killer Whale in the jungle --

News Items

Hospital Donations

Hospital equipment from Timaru Hospital, New Zealand, that was destined for the scrap yard is getting a new lease of life in the Bulolo hospital, Morobe Province. A container filled with old medical supplies, including 14 beds, old wheelchairs and crutches has been received at the hospital after arriving from New Zealand. Rotary groups in PNG and the Timaru Rotary Club help to organise a shipping container to transport the items to PNG and Timaru Rotary helped to collect all the items and pack them. The hospital was not able to send all the old equipment as some of it was considered to be too advanced to use as there was no local expertise to operate it.

Hospital Computer Network

A computer network is being set up at Goroka Hospital by Karl Goetz. ItShare, who Ken works for, have developed the project, donated the hardware and sent a container load of computers and tech gear as well as heaps of stuff for the hospital too.


There are people in Australia dying of influenza and it is no different in PNG except medical care can be a lot further away in PNG. Six people are reported to have died from an influenza outbreak in PNG's Morobe province. Read the full story at the Radio New Zealand website --

Additional Stories

The following are stories that I have seen at The National newspaper web site and you may find them interesting reading.

Five letters of total confusion --
It happens at Brian Bell's Family Store at Boroko when dad parks the car to buy some smokes. John senses a sudden urgency in the movement in front of him as... read on --

Police memo ends up in 'wrong hands' --
The accused, who is in his 50s and has been residing in PNG, then delivered the order to the Boroko police, who were told not to investigate a report lodged ... read on --

Leslie James Jackson

Here is a message that has come in from Les's daughter


Hi There
Just thought I would touch base and let you know that Leslie James Jackson, born Lae PNG on the 11 July 1949 died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a long fight with illness on the 8 August 2007. Les was the dearly husband of Norma. Loving father of Nicole, Cameron and Brennan. Father-in-law of Brad and Kellie. Proud and devoted Poppie of Amy, Jackson and Mia. Loving son of Doris and Walter (dec). Les & Norma left PNG, when their large farming and transport operation, better known as Rumion Farm, in the Markham Valley was sold in 1979. Les believed that he had the best childhood growing up in PNG and referred to the country fondly as 'paradise'. Amongst many of Les's accolades, he was a life member of the Lae Turf Club.

Hoping that you could post this information out to your members?

Kind regards,

Nicole Ralph (nee Jackson)

end quote

New Guinea Gold

New Guinea Gold, the developer of the Wild Dog Mine in East New Britain, has discovered copper in its gold fields in Sinivit. The company said it found copper deposits in four drilled holes which also contained 0.6% grams per tonne to 13gpt of gold though higher gold grades generally contained only low level of copper deposits.

Hides Hotel Cairns

If you are travelling from PNG to Cairns and want to say in the heart of the city centre and be able to walk to the Casino, Reef Terminal and The Esplanade then Hides Hotel meets all of those requirements plus it offers cheap, reasonable accommodation starting at starts from $39 per person twin share

Phone +61 7 4051 1266, email: and fax +61 7 4031 2276

Heavy Rain in Morobe

Since last month heavy rain has been wreaking havoc in Morobe province. According to reports four bridges have been washed away and power has been cut to many parts of Lae the provincial capital. Many creeks have overflown and flooded the surrounding areas causing havoc on the flooded roads. Landslides in Pindiu have left villagers traumatised. Staff from the local health centre watched on as the mud dumped one of the staff houses just metres from their own houses. The health centre serving over 21,000 people from Hube was completely cut off from Pindiu with its water supply system being washed away.

According to measurements taken by the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), the average rainfall last July alone was 339.4mm, beating the average rainfall recorded for the 12 months of 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 in Lae. This is one of the worst wet seasons ever experienced in Morobe province.

Operation Open Heart

Operation Open Heart (OOH) continues to operate in Moresby. The open heart team is composed of volunteer Australian cardiac experts who arrived in Port Moresby on the 8th of August. OOH has been conducted in the country since 1995 by Sydney Adventist Hospital and is composed of 40 surgeons, anaesthesiologists, physiotherapists and coronary care nurses. Just one operation of this type of surgery usually cost between K70,000 and K80,000 in Australia.

Mobile Phone Rivalry

The fight between mobile telephone companies is increasing. Both companies have offered slashes in what is offered for both top-up call credits and SIM cards. The new entrant Digicel scored big in Goroka by selling all its popular branded handsets and SIM cards within the first two hours after it was launched in the town. Consumers clogged the stores until Digicel had to call it quits when all of its stock was sold out. In Madang consumers were able to pick and choose from the supplier with the best deal. Digicel (PNG) head of marketing Peter Watinga described the sell-out between 8am and 10am as "all-time" record since their launch last month.

Firearms Destroyed

More than 300 assorted firearms confiscated in the Southern Highlands province during the State of Emergency last year as well as during other Special Police Operations have been destroyed before a crowd of more than 500 people in front of the Mendi police station recently. The guns ranged from MAG 58 sub machine guns to SLR, M16, Bushmaster, .22 telescopic assault rifles and pistols including ammunition.

Mt Hagen Show

The Mount Hagen show was not very impressive according to this article. Because of election troubles all but one Hagen tribe stayed away. Not many groups from other provinces took part either. -- -- see also --

Enga Cultural Show

The Enga cultural show was held last weekend. The South Pacific (SP) Brewery committed K10,000 to wards the running of the event. SP has supported the Enga show over the last three years

Coming Events

XIII South Pacific Games -- August 2007. To be held in Samoa

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

National Tourism Conference -- 12th of September

Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby - National Capital District -- 13th to 17th of September

The Tourism Promotion Authority has the following to say about the popular annual Hiri Moale Festival.

It will be held at Ela Beach in Port Moresby and organisers say the event, which depicts the historical significance of the Hiri trade between the Motuan people and their Gulf neighbours to the west, will be bigger and better this year. As in the past, the symbol of the Hiri Moale Festivals today remains the giant double-hull Lakatois (canoes) which plied these waters risking many lives over many months to trade clay pots for sago from the west. Today, the Lakatois (sometimes spelt lagatois) are sailed into Ela Beach by certain chosen villages accompanied by singing and dancing. A highlight of the Hiri Moale Festival is the Hiri Hanenamo or Hiri Queen quest. (Thanks to Kevin Lock from Fremantle in Australia for correcting the mistake in this item - In recent issues it was stated that the Hiri Trade was to trade fish for food from the west this was not correct. As i understand it and I agree with Kevin the Hiri Trade was the trade of clay pots for sago from the Gulf area of PNG) - That will teach me for quoting directly from the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority. I appreciate all the help I can get in correcting mistakes, etc in the newsletter.

PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September

Goroka Show -- 16th to the 18th of September

National Cultural Commission Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Port Moresby -- from the 26th to the 28th of October

Morobe Show, Lae -- 27th to 28th of October

The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be held in November from the 2nd to the 4th.

Do you have an event that you want advertised? Send email to -- PNGNews[@]

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