PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Sep 2008

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
nem name
baksait back (rear)
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
baksait / bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
insait inside
insait long in / inside of
kambek / kam bek come back
long bek backwards
not north
sait / hapsait side
saut south
wes west

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


English       Pidgin English  
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PNG in the News

PNG leaders commit to national growth --

Carteret islanders will be relocated to Tinputz on mainland Bougainville, 10 families at a time --

See also -- -- and --

Police shoot dead three robbers --

Volcanic ash blankets PNG's Rabaul --

Bogia and the North Road --

Education Web Sites

PNG Education Institute --

Ela Murray International School --

Goroka Grammar --

Institute of Business Studies --

Institute of Banking and Business Management --

International Education Agency --

Korobosea and Boroko East School --

Pacific Training Academy --

PNG Basic Education Development Program (BEDP) --

PNG Curriculum Reform Implementation Project --

PNG International Training Institute --

PNG Maritime College --

PNG University of Technology (Lae) --

Tabubil International Education Agency School --

The International School of Lae --

University of Goroka, Eastern Highlands --

University of PNG --


Goroka Show --

Goroka Show --

Goroka Show --

Popondetta --

Madang --

Rabaul --

I dream of untouched paradise and pristine waters --

Close Up - Mt Hagen man --

Wonenara --


Smyths in PNG's Web log --

Jeff left yesterday to climb Mt. Wilhelm, the highest peak in PNG --

It has been quite a process trying to find a second hand car in Mt Hagen --

Backyard vegetable gardening in Port Moresby --

Looks like coconut, smells like coconut must be ...fuel? --

Conserve or Preserve - The Green Dragon --

Wantok Links

Sydney Wantoks --

Painim Wantok --

Wantok Musik Foundation --

Wantok Photography --

Wantok Radio Light --

Liverpool Wantok --

Misc Links

More on Papuan languages --

Ministry of Inter Government Relations --

Discover one of the last untouched wildernesses in the Pacific --

Guided adventures in PNG --

Kimbe Bay Hotel --

Walindi Plantation Resort --

Mahonia Na Dari --

Scuba Divers Adventure --

Rabaul Hotel --

Security Plus --

Books About PNG

Hans's Posterous --

One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights -- -- also see --

Always Hungry, Never Greedy: Food and the Expression of Gender in a Melanesian Society --

Malinowski's Kiriwina: Fieldwork Photography 1915-1918 (Hardcover) --

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Travel Guide --

Lonely Planet is selling PDF copies of individual chapters of travel guides. A PNG sample about History, Culture and Diving can be found here for as little as US$2.00 --

Ross Eastgate has written to say that if anyone wants a copy of the Monckton book (or any other book on PNG and the Pacific) Bill McGrath's Pacific Book House on the Gold Coast can oblige. Bill is a former Kiap from the Southern Highlands.
Website -- -- and e-mail -- mcgrath @ -- Telephone -- +61 7 5539 0446 or Facsimile -- +61 7 5538 4114

News Items

K100m "lost"

Records keeping track of K100 million in public funds for the National Forest Authority (NFA) have gone missing according to the Auditor General's office. No records have been kept for the period 1999 - 2005. The Department of Finance has been blasted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for not providing help to the NFA.

It seems that the National Housing Commission is not much better --

Transparency International

PNG has come in at the top of the Corruption Perceptions Index for the Pacific. It is perceived as being the most corrupt country in the region. The index further indicated that internationally, PNG is ranked among the 30 most corrupt countries in the world with no real indications of improvement in governance.

see --

see also --

Tokyo Flights

Air Niugini has suspended its flights to Narita, Japan. Chief Executive, Wasantha Kumarasiri, said with the continuous increase in jet fuel price and its impact on all airlines in the world, Air Niugini cannot continue to provide services to and from commercially unviable routes. Air Niugini has been making significant losses on the Japan route since the resumption in 1997.

Paralympic Games

Francis Kompoan, from East New Britain, has become the first paralympian from the Pacific to win a medal at the Paralympic Games. Francis, 22, finished second behind Australian Heath Francis in the final of the T46 100 metres at the Bird's Nest Stadium. He was PNG's flag bearer at the Games' opening ceremony.

see also --

Maternal Deaths

More than half a million women lose their lives annually as a result of complications from pregnancy or childbirth of which 99% of the deaths happen in developing countries.

see --

Hiri-Moale Festival

An initial payment of K11,500 has been made to build lagatois in preparation for the coming Hiri-Moale Festival. Builders from Manumanu have received K4500 for a three-hulled lagatoi and Porebada was allocated K7000 to build a four-hulled canoe. The money was paid by the National Capital District Commission. The Hiri-Moale Festival will be held on the 25th of November this year.

Bandwidth Upgrade

Pipe Networks has cleared one of the last major hurdles in its plan to build an optic fibre network between Sydney, Guam and Papua New Guinea with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granting it landing rights in Guam. The link would provide 10Gbps on the PNG-Guam route and 10Gbps on the PNG-Australia route. The link will terminate in Madang and Telikom PNG Limited will own the cable station in Madang.

see -- -- and also --

see also - Telikom to link PNG --

Louisiades Rally 2008

The inaugural Louisiades Rally 2008 from Australia to Misima Milne Bay province, has got underway with 26 luxury yachts setting sail from Cairns on Saturday. The Louisiades Rally is a tourism initiative aimed at promoting sustainable tourism in the remote islands off PNG by getting tourists on private yachts to visit the pristine outlying islands of the Louisiade archipelago and spend time with the local communities.

see --

Lutheran Lights

The Lutheran Church of PNG is undertaking a major rural electrification program that will cover the country. According to the church, the project will not only light up rural communities in PNG but also promote awareness on climate change. The rural electrification project would begin in the Kol area in the Western Highlands Province.

see the Post Courier report --

Lock-up Escape

Five people arrested in Enga province recently have dug a hole in the concrete floor of the Wabag police cell and escaped by crawling out of it during the early hours of the morning. It is believed the escapees used an iron rod or a knife to dig the hole over a three day period.


The government-funded National Television Service (NTS) has been launched as an independence gift to the people of PNG. Large screens were set up in Goroka, Mt Hagen, Rabaul and Port Moresby for people to watch the new service of mostly pre-recorded programs. The first program to be screened was Yumi Yet - a documentary about Independence Day celebrations in 1975.

see --

UN program

PNG has been named by the United Nations as one of five focus countries to take part in the testing of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development programs.

see --

Trails, Tracks and WWII

Black Track Trail --

Kokoda Trail --

The Kokoda Track Foundation has been established in recognition of the assistance given to the Australian Diggers during the Pacific War from 1942 - 1945 by the people of PNG including the 'Fuzzy-Wuzzy Angels' and the Koiari and Orokaivean people living along the Kokoda Track. The Foundation has a web site located at --

see also -- -- and --

The Kokoda Track - Do's and Don'ts --

Shaggy Ridge --

The Buna, Gona and Sanananda Campaigns --

Bougainville --

Smaller Provinces

With over 800+ languages it seems that PNG is heading to that number of provinces. The National Government has allocated K2.5 million in this year's supplementary budget to undergo preparations to establish a Hela Province, separate from the Southern Highlands. As it is some provinces have less than the population of Port Moresby if you are to believe the census figures from the year 2000.

HIV Warning

Australian health authorities warn of PNG HIV cluster --

Papua New Guinea's national carrier causes concerns --

Looting Culture

It has become part of the culture of people living along the Highlands Highway to loot any trucks or vehicles that gets into difficulties along the road. Recently a truck destined for the highlands overturned near the Wara Simbu bridge below the town of Kundiawa and although police attempted to guard the truck so the contents of frozen goods could be transferred to other trucks, the cargo of lamb, chicken, fish, shrimp and squid was stolen by people along the highway.

Chimbu provincial police commander Supt Joseph Tondop has been quoted as saying "every time there is a breakdown, people like to loot. Why do they want to rob and gain from somebody else's misfortune?"

Coming Events

International Orchid Show -- 4th and 5th of October

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. -- -- and --

Sprint Triathlon -- 1st of November at Ela Beach, Port Moresby

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

International Conference on Deep-Sea Mine Tailings Placement (DSTP): Madang Resort between the 4th and 7th of November, 2008

The Greatest Adventure Challenge - Coast to coast challenge. Bike ride, walk, bike ride. Buna to Port Moresby via the Kokoda Track from the 6th to the 14th of November 2008.

2008 Kokoda Reunion Dinner - Friday, 7 November 2008 - Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Hiri Moale Festival -- Chairman of the Motu Koitabu Assembly Miria Ikupu said the festival which is the premier cultural event of the city and coincides with the country's Independence celebration in mid September was deferred to between the 7th and 9th of November, to allow proper planning and preparation due to the recent Motu Koitabu elections.

Anti Corruption Day - 9th December 2008

Inaugural Madang Golf Classic February 2009 sponsored by Airlines of PNG

34th Games Fishing Association PNG National Game Fishing Titles - Madang - from the 3rd of April to 13th of April 2009.
see --

Arafura Games - 9 to 17th of May 2009 --

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