PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Jun 2008

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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bikbus dense bush
daka pepper used with betel nut
de bilong wok workday
dia expensive
didiman agricultural officer
dinau borrow
gel / meri girl
hausboi / hausmeri servant
i no gat man o meri free (vacant)
kilim i dai pinis kill
kilim injure
meri female / wife / woman
pamuk meri harlot
planti man na meri crowd

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PNG Blogs

Friday 13 Sky Watch --

A wasted morning! --

Why PNG is developing backwards --

I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll --

Misc Links

SIL - Summer Institute of Linguistics - PNG Language Resources --

Languages of Papua New Guinea --

PNG Business Coalition Against HIV and AIDS --

Does anyone remember this building? -- -- It disappeared years ago but this photo may bring back memories.

When Men Become Crocodiles: Extreme Tribal Scars --

The Real History of the Mesem Translation - a fascinating story starts at --

PNG in the News Links

Sir Michael said he "erroneously signed" documents stopping the inquiry "during his haste to go to Wewak," his home town in Sepik Province --

Canadian company says its exploration will bring many benefits to PNG. The company says it has extracted a marketable, high-grade copper from PNG's sea bed. --

Public servants blamed by PNG PM for missing Finance Dept funds --

Ceremony to remember pilots - Seven New Zealand fighter pilots who died trying to save a fellow airman in World War 2 were remembered in a ceremony off the coast of PNG. --

String bands with Bob Brozman - Songs of The Volcano --

Alexishafen was the original deepwater harbour for the north coast of PNG (now it's Madang), and became one of the major mission stations in the region. --

News Items


PNG's largest computer networking and data communications company, DataNets, has entered into a partnership with two of the world's largest IT companies to provide business houses with better communication infrastructures. The two IT firms are CISCO Systems and NEC to enable Data Nets to use their products to meet business houses and industry partners' communication technology demands in PNG.

World War II Mystery

A handkerchief thrown overboard from the Montevideo Maru before it was sunk near Luzon in the Philippines may confirm that Australian prisoners were on board. Pressure has been placed on the Australian Federal Government to launch a search for the Montevideo Maru, similar to the hunt for the recently discovered HMAS Sydney.

See -- -- for full story

Ramu Agri Industries

WR Carpenter (PNG) Limited confirmed today that it is making a counter offer for the shares in PNG's Ramu Agri Industries Limited following the publication of stock exchange notifications by Ramu recently. Chief Financial Officer, Tamzin Wardley, confirmed that Carpenter intended to make a bid and requested shareholders to wait for their formal bid before making any decisions regarding selling out to New Britain Palm Oil Limited.

Shock Death

Radio Australia has reported the shock death of Joseph Kabui, President of PNG's autonomous region of Bougainville at about 4:10am on the 7th of June 2008. Radio Australia's PNG correspondent Steve Marshall reported Joseph Kabui was elected President of Bougainville by an overwhelming majority in 2005, but his popularity had waned because of his decisions about foreign investment on the island.

see tribute from former Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon --

see also --

see - Hundreds greet body of Bougainville president -- -- and up to a thousand gather for Bougainville President's funeral --

Help Required

Daniel Dadamu is searching for a friend of his by the name of Tom Pringel. Can anyone help? email to the newsletter, thanks.

PNG Education

Islands Business has reported that 95 percent of children of school age in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga reach grade 5 after entering school; the corresponding figures for PNG is 58 percent and for Nauru a meagre 25 percent.

see --

New Ireland Autonomy

The island province of New Ireland in PNG's north has set up a committee in the capital Kavieng to discuss the idea of autonomy. Former prime minister Sir Julius Chan is pushing for resource-rich New Ireland province to become PNG's second autonomous region. Another mineral-rich province, Bougainville, became PNG's only autonomous region after a bloody secessionist war during the 1990s.

World War II MIA

It has been reported that Pentagon researchers are looking for the remains of more than 2,000 American pilots and crewmembers lost over PNG during World War II. The Boston Globe has reported Recovery teams - made up of some 30 active-duty US soldiers, forensic anthropologists, bomb experts and PNG labourers - are scouring the rugged PNG terrain considered to be among the most difficult in the world to search.

see -- -- for photos and story.

also --

Gas Pipeline Test

Energy Solutions International have successfully tested a pipeline leak detection system for Oil Search Limited - PNG's largest oil and gas producer. In two tests, Oil Search received a leak warning within seconds of the pipeline valve being opened; a full alert was received within minutes. A precise location was determined within 10 minutes, to within 0.44 km for the slightly larger leak test and 0.67 km for the smaller leak test. -- and --

Olympic Sponsorship

The PNG Olympic team has scored two major sponsors for its Beijing Olympics campaign. A major soft drink company and international mining firm have signed to support the squad for the Games.

Those that have qualified -
Swimming - Ryan Pini (100m butterfly and 100m freestyle),
Athletics - Mae Koime, (100m sprint),
Boxing - Jack Willie (48kg division),
Taekwondo - Theresa Tona (49kg division),
Weight Lifting - Dika Toua (53kg division).

Still to qualify -
Swimming - Judith Meauri and Anna-Liza Mopio Jane
Athletics - Mowen Boino.

Olympian - Koime

Sprinter Mae Koime has returned to competition in Brisbane after preparations for the Beijing Games stopped, when the PNG national athletics union asked that the International Olympic Committee remove her scholarship. The Athletics Union president said Koime had stress fractures.

Queen's Birthday Honours


Koitaga Mano, MBE. For services to Western Highlands, particularly the Mount Giluwe community.



Chief Sir Mari Kapi, GCL, CBE. For services to the law and the judiciary as a Judge of the National Court and chief Justice.


Pastor Thomas Davai. For services to the community and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Andrew Sean Trawen, MBE. For services to the Electoral Commission and the implementation of the Limited Preferential Voting System.



Jerry Kasip Nalau. For services to public administration politics and the community.


Peter Robert Botten. For services to commerce and the mining and petroleum industry.

Simon Mow Kueng Foo, MBE. For services to tourism, hospitality and the community.

Michael Nali. For services to politics and the Southern Highlands Province.


Robert Bates. For services to the community aviation and the tourism industry.

Gavin Ernest Crosbie. For services to business and the community.

Aua Roy Evara. For services to education and politics.

Sister Marietta Garnier. For services to the Catholic Church and education.

Loani Ravu Henao. For services to law the United Church and the Bible Society.

John Ma'o Kali. For public service.

Kila Ara Karo, MBE. For diplomatic service and public administration.

Sister Maria Koae. For services to education and religious formation.

The Reverend Charles Nombo Lapa, MBE. For services to the community and the Christian Life Centre.

Kenneth George Lifu. For services to public administration and commerce.

Michael Malabag. For services to the Electoral Commission and the Public Employees Association.

Dr Bernard Stephen Minol. For services to education and the University of Papua New Guinea.

Manasupe Zure Zurenuoc. For public service in the Morobe Province.


Peter John Aitsi. For services to broadcasting and the Media Council.

Alois Yolape Alapala. For services to the community.

Jim Andrews. For services to the Royal PNG Constabulary .

Marus Bai. For services to sport and Rugby League.

Samson Waka Chicki. For public service.

The Reverend Boyd Daryl. For services to the community and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Neil Barton Feakes. For services to business and the community.

Colin Lindsay Gould. For services to the community and the Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifle Association.

Kenneth Harvey. For services to commerce and sport.

Rodney Hoffmann. For services to banking and rural development.

Richard G. Knight. For services to tourism and the diving industry.

Victor Agilo Kunini. For services to education and the Hela community.

Sivore Lakou. For services to the community and the United Church.

Dr Misimoa Lam. For services to medicine and healthcare.

Bernard Limoto. For services to education.

Brother Bede MacKrell. For services to education.

Robert Mellor. For services to public administration and the Papua New Guinea Law Society.

Mrs Mary Mennis. For services to the Bel community of Madang through the recording of their traditional history.

Nanai Momo. For public service.

Dr Adolf Saweri. For services to health and medical education.

Derek Edward Smith. For services to architecture and the building industry.

Hakiso So-Omba. For services to forestry.

Mrs Anna Bernadette Solomon. For services to the print media industry.

Luke Vava. For services to the Magisterial Service.

John Oldham Waingut. For services to the community and to the National Broadcasting Corporation.

Jim Wan. For services to the Royal PNG Constabulary.

Daniel Wanma. For services to aviation and to Air Niugini.



Karl Mondo. For public service.

Gerald Keimbu Poivi. For public service.



Mrs Rose Bia. For services to the community.

Martin Brash. For services to project management.

Jack Bungtabu. For services to the Royal PNG Constabulary.

Darius Gilime. For services to radio broadcasting and the United Church.

Alexius Kavea Iva. For public service.

Benjamin Jaing. For services to the community and the Lutheran Church.

Vincent Kaiggu. For services to the community.

John W. Kalaut. For services to law and the community.

Jeffrey Kera. For services to the Royal PNG Constabulary.

Mrs Josephine Kiak. For services to education.

Roroi Levao. For services to the community.

Teine Stanley Malai. For services to agricultural extension.

Benjamin Mangobe. For services to the community.

Mrs Elizabeth Mission. For services to education.

Thomas Kulie Mond. For services to education and religion.

Mrs Agnes Mondia. For services to the community and to sport.

John Levo Morola. For services to education and to the community.

Theodore Muriki. For services to the community.

Konduna Nare. For services to the community.

Naiyo Niniko. For services to the Lutheran Church.

Ms Elsie Paisawa. For services to Air Niugini.

Yalura Pakopi. For services to the community.

Michael Singol. For services to the community.

Mrs Miliana Sitapak. For services to healthcare.

Nigel Sonadi. For services to the community and to the Anglican Church.

Miss Cecilia Teliwa. For services to the Church and to youth work.

Pouro Keto Tepuri. For services to the Lutheran Church.

Philip Tere. For services to education.

John Karisora Thomas. For services to the community.

Mrs Christina Tokmun. For services to the community.

Ua Vagi. For services to the community.

Clement K. Wariame. For services to the community.

Pulupe Wauwe. For services to rural agriculture.

Marcus Yacob. For services to healthcare and to the Goroka General Hospital.

Alpias Yanikawo. For services to the community.

Mrs Amy Yowano. For advancement of women in agriculture.



Allan Kundi. For services to the Royal PNG Constabulary

Gorobun Mondiai. For services to the Royal PNG Constabulary.

Ephraim Tomonmon. For services to the Royal PNG Constabulary.



Capt Max Aleale. PNG Defence Force.


Cdr Tau Charlie Ila. PNG Defence Force.

Lt Col Dominic Bulungol. PNG Defence Force.

Lt Col Mark Goina. PNG Defence Force.



PO Lawrence Pano. PNG Defence Force.

Sgt David Barnabas. PNG Defence Force.

Sgt Siaoa Harold. PNG Defence Force.

Sgt Keana Keana. PNG Defence Force.

Sgt Gimona Kuriki. PNG Defence Force.

Lae Port Project

Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Lawrence Greenwood Jr is in PNG. During his first trip to the country he will visit Lae for the loan signing of the Lae Port Project approved by the ADB Board late last year. ADB is extending a $100 million loan for the Lae Port Development Project, which involves the construction of port facilities, including a tidal basin, a multipurpose berth and terminal works which, in turn, include buildings, storage areas, roads, drainage, water, electricity and sewerage services.

He will also launch a nationwide social marketing campaign to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and encourage the use of condoms. They have a web site located at --

Sir Michael Somare and ADB Vice President meet in Port Moresby --

PNG Fishing

Fishermen from Milne Bay province are taking advantage of 38 recently renovated lighthouses to increase their catches. It is easier to catch fish at night and with the lighthouses to guide the fishermen they can catch and return safely to the village. Travellers are also making use of the lighthouses. Many journeys around the province take longer than available daylight.

Countrywide an Asian Development Bank (ADB), loan of US$20.6 million has helped to renovate 167 lighthouses that had fallen into disuse through vandalism, theft, and neglect during the decades following PNG's independence in September 1975.

Another ADB-supported programme, the Community Water Transport Project, backed by a US$12.85 million Special Drawing Rights soft loan, is seeking to help island communities by installing jetties to encourage workboat operators to open up routes that link these isolated villages to the provincial capitals. Without a wharf many communities are currently being bypassed by the bigger boats.

Freeze Dried Coffee

Internatural Foods is selling instant organic freeze-dried coffee. The Mount Hagen coffee made from 100% Arabica beans was the first certified organic instant coffee in the world.

see --

see also -- -- a Cybermasta web site for more PNG coffee.

Seasonal Work

PNG says it should be considered first for any pilot seasonal labour scheme for Pacific Islander workers to come to Australia. See --

PNG Aquaculture

The PNG Sustainable Development Programme (PNGSDP) Company Board has committed K20 million (US$7.33 million) to develop PNG's Western Province Sustainable Aquaculture program. The program is expected to deliver social, subsistence and export earnings and associated business opportunities in excess of K10 million (US$3.66 million) per year within the next decade.

Coming Events

Coming Soon -- -- Goroka General Hospital web site.

21st of June 2008 - PNG Reunion - see --

40th anniversary of the PNG Institute of Medical Research - between the 18th and 22nd of June 2008 in Goroka

Tolai Warwagira Cultural Festival - July 9 - 15 2008 - Rabaul, East New Britain

14th National Mask Festival - July 16 - 19 2008 - Rabaul, East New Britain

PNG Tourism Expo -- September

Hiri Moale Festival -- September

PNG Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September

16th September - NBC to launch its National TV Station.

Medical Symposium -- September 2008 --

Morobe Show -- 18th and 19th of October -- the Show is held on the weekend closest to the full moon in the month of October each year in Lae, Morobe Province. --

Milne Bay Canoe Festival -- always held during the first weekend in November

Anti Corruption Day - 9th December

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

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