PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Jun 2009

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doti dirty
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het i pen headache
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ia ear
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klin clean
lapun old
maus mouse
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Woodlark Island Family at Guasopa in 1943
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Woodlark Islanders ready to fish (1943)
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Women from Woodlark Island 1943
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PNG in the News

Challenge of saving the 'Kokoda Track' -- -- and --

Violence surrounding a PNG mine raises questions about the company's responsibility --

Transported by the storytellers --

Irregular carbon credits cause upheaval in the government of PNG --

Carbon conmen selling the sky --

International Air Transport Association sets 2020 carbon target --

Wamum prospect Morobe Province --

Queen's birthday honours list --

PNG Blogs

PNG carbon racket dupes landowners --

How to get to PNG --

Australian Associated Press PNG Blog --

Time is an interesting concept in PNG - nothing is ever exact or planned in PNG --

News from Milne Bay --

PNG's fourth tuna cannery going up in Lae --

Kokopo House blends luxury with sustainability --

The Baldwin Boomerang PNG Photo Journey - Kerema Market --

Chris and Yvonne in Port Moresby --

First week in Port Moresby --

Lainim long Hailans: Cultural note --

Random PNG Links

Lissenung Island Resort --

The Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA) --

Civil Aviation Safety Regulator --

Department of Treasury --

Department of Works --

Independent Consumer & Competition Commission --

National Maritime Safety Authority --

National Road Safety Council --

PNG Ports Corporation Ltd --

PNG Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) --

AusAID Programs in PNG --

Bruce Copeland's aids-holistic web site --

Hotel Trip Adviser
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- Lamana Hotel --
- Crowne Plaza --

Images of PNG

WWII Video -- -- and a shorter version without narration can be found here --

North coast woman at the Goroka Show in 1994 --

Images from Woodlark Island during the Second World War --

16 pages of Papua New Guinea images with map, travel guide and useful links --

TrekEarth Photo Gallery --

PNG thumbnails --

PNG Orchid images --

The Tenkile Conservation Alliance (TCA) --

News Items

Tok Pisin ATM's

BSP (Bank South Pacific) has invested over K20 million in electronic service delivery to avoid long queues at its branches. Customers will now be able to interrogate their accounts and receive mini statements of their last 10 transactions in English or Tok Pisin (Pidgin) from an ATM. Many people do not have a good command of English and it is hoped Tok Pisin capable ATM's will draw customers away from inside the branches to outside.

Cops Kidnapped

Three on duty policemen were recently held captive by an armed gang in Mendi, Southern Highlands province, after a failed attempt to rob the bank and post office in the town. The police and security guard from the Mendi Post Office had their hands and feet bound with rope and barbed wire before being dumped along a rural road outside Mendi town.

read full story located at --

Jail Calls

It has been reported that a major crime was orchestrated from behind the bars at Bomana Jail just outside Port Moresby.

see -- -- and --

see also - Gadget to bar all calls in jails -- -- and --

OOH Donations

Here is a press release that I have received via Gerry Peacock. It highlights that BSP (Bank South Pacific) is the major sponsor of the recent Operation Open Heart.

"BSP, the largest Bank in PNG, is supporting the excellent work of the team of 48 Doctors and other Medical Professionals visiting Port Moresby from Australia, to carry out a large number of Open Heart Operations at the Port Moresby General Hospital. A cheque for K100,000 was presented by BSP's General Manager Paramount Banking, Mr. Aho Baliki, in support of this worthwhile project. Mr. Baliki said the money will be used to purchase much needed equipment such as valves and pacemakers essential to the success of such intensive heart operations and is the first of a three year commitment by the bank to the programme which will now be known as BSP Operation Open Heart.

Thanks Gerry, your help is very much appreciated as is any contribution.

Airlines PNG

Airlines PNG has upgraded its booking system so that customers can book seats over the Internet. This has been possible for APNG's Port Moresby to Brisbane and Cairns services but will now be available for other flights domestically. Airlines PNG fares and services can now be accessed and sold throughout the world.

PX Increases Wages

Air Niugini has approved a 2 per cent salary increase for its staff.

Angugunak Flights

Missionary airline, MAF, in conjunction with the Sandaun provincial government has commenced a charter service to the remote Angugunak station. The new air charter is in line with the National Government's development focus on service delivery at the district and local level government level.

Bulolo Flights

Airlines PNG has commenced regular flights to Bulolo in Morobe province. The service evolved from 3 charter flights a week a year ago.

see --

Vale David Hay

Ross Eastgate has forwarded a link to an obituary for David Osborne Hay. David was a fourth generation Australian born in 1916. In 1967 he was the penultimate Administrator of Papua and New Guinea. Read the full obituary at --

Vesamu Switches On

People living in Vesamu village in the Mumeng local level government area of Bulolo district, Morobe Province now have electricity courtesy of their Member of Parliament Sam Basil. MP Basil told the people that the electrification program was an expensive project and urged his people to be responsible and look after it.

Paperless Divine Word

Divine Word University (DWU) is set to go paperless next year. To ensure the success of the "paperless policy", the university is planning to issue students with laptops. The policy is aimed at reducing the use of paper and also to encourage the use of computers for academic and administrative purposes. The DWU main campus is one of the few places in the country that has wireless hotspots allowing students with laptops to do their work away from the computer labs.

Black Cat Trail

Thanks to an enthusiastic group of young men and women from Trekforce in the United Kingdom, people living along the Black Cat Trail between Salamaua and Wau in Morobe province can now offer better toilet and shower facilities to trekkers of the track. A team of 11 young men and women have been setting up facilities for trekkers, as well as teaching at Salamaua High School and Komiatum Primary School for the last 4 months.

Trekforce is a volunteer organisation working worldwide by sending groups of 10-15 people, aged 18-25, to areas like Borneo, PNG, Fiji and Belize in Central America.

see -- -- and --

PNG Orchids

The former Director of the Port Moresby Botanical Gardens, Wolfgang Bandisch, is convinced PNG could break into the lucrative world orchid market. Unfortunately one impediment is current PNG Government policy. Another is that the export of original native species is also banned under the international convention on the trade in endangered species, CITES.

See --

Visit the official website of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. --

PNG Orchid News --

Aid Dependency

PNG continues to rely on aid from other countries for its ongoing survival. Foreign Minister Sam Abal has said recently that PNG is keen to eventually live free of foreign aid from Australia and other nations while speaking after the Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum 2009 in Brisbane. Mr Abal said this did not indicate that PNG was ungrateful, or that foreign aid would suddenly end. "It's just that as a nation, we have to take control of our destiny," he said. "We need to find our way in the world."

Illegal Logging

After months of detailed negotiations Australia and PNG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to tackle illegal logging. The two countries will now work more closely together on sustainable forest management and the certification of forests.

Daio Health Centre

The Daio health centre in rural Milne Bay has received a new ambulance from Culture and Tourism Minister and Alotau Open MP Charles Abel. The Daio health centre is located 150km from Alotau. This is the fourth ambulance that Mr Abel has been able to provide. Other ambulances have gone to Garuahi, Nube and Gurney health centres. Before the presentation of the ambulance patients from the health centre were transported Alotau hospital by private vehicles, PMVs and dinghies.

Church Opens New Hospital

The Christian Brethren church (CBC) has opened a new hospital building, which will be used for outpatients, specialists consultation and treatment rooms, an operation theatre and an administration office at remote Angugunak in Sandaun province. The new building replaces an older one built in the early sixties by CBC.

Walk Against Corruption

The Walk Against Corruption has been held in Port Moresby and Kokopo. The walk in the East New Britain province was dedicated to the late Mike Manning who, as chairman of Transparency International, excelled as a champion of the fight against graft and corruption without fear or favour. A total of 12 schools and 45 corporate bodies took part in the walk in Kokopo. The Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane led the walk in Port Moresby

see --

Coming Events

2009 Pride of PNG Awards - celebrating the power of women -- nominations closed on the 12th of June. This is sponsored by City Pharmacy but their website is out of date --

Walk against corruption - Port Moresby and Kokopo - 14th of June. The Governor General, Sir Paulias, a grand champion in the fight against corruption will lead the Walk Against Corruption in Kokopo, East New Britain province.

5th National Tourism Conference - June (date to be confirmed) - to be held at Madang Resort Hotel.

Tolai Warwagira from 8th to 14th July and Mask Festival from 15th to 18th July at Kokopo East New Britain.

Trukai Olympic Fun Run - 12th of July.

PNG Remembrance Day - 23rd of July.

45th Medical Symposium - Port Moresby - sponsored by the Pacific International Hospital from the 30th of Aug to the 4th of September.

31st October and the 1st of November - Morobe Show - see -- -- and --

6th to 8th of November - National Canoe and Kundu Festival, Milne Bay --

25th April 2010 - World Malaria Day. Malaria affects 90 per cent of the PNG population.

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012.

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