PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16th Apr 2010

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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

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with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG in the News

Wingham nurse volunteering in PNG --

East New Britain Fishermen get Aggregator --

Bucks man salvages the Swamp Ghost --

Papua New Guinea - 2010 Country Progress Report --

PNG Blogs

PNG Andrew --

Malum Nalu: Pictures of the Rabaul volcanoes --

Western Highlands Province: PNG needs honest leaders --

Warakamb; PNG: PNG DF is ideal for nation building --

Malum Nalu: Pictures of Prime Minister arriving at Tokua Airport --

Beauty and the Beast --

Nineteen years and counting in PNG --

Freezes in PNG --

YouTube Links

International Fire Relief Mission --

Kawelka Tribe of Highland PNG --

Huli Wigmen --

Tribal Fighting --

Revival of a Tribal Delight --

Killing the witches --

PNG Highlands Rugby (Goroka Lahanis) --

Airlines PNG TV Advert --

Landing at Fane Airstrip (don't forget to dodge the house) --

Local elections, traditional dancing - Alotau --

Misc Links

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller advisory service for PNG -- -- This advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information under Safety and Security: Local Travel (Bougainville elections). The overall level of the advice has not changed.

About the Kokoda Track: 1942 and Today -- -- The Battle of Kokoda was a four-month struggle which began with the Japanese landing in Papua in July 1942.

The East New Britain Province has a new provincial tourism website located at --

Tide Calendar --

PNG Guide --

Transparency International PNG --

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority --

Mount Hagen Show --

Gabi Village near Hanuabada (Not Koki!) --

PNG photos --

Warbirds Online - Destination Rabaul --

News Items


Helifix has been given a green light from the Civil Aviation Authority for its two new helicopters - P2-HFW and P2-HFV. So if you have to move 15 passengers or under and about 3 ton, give them a buzz.

Phone: (675) 323 3968
Fax: (675) 323 3978

PO Box 93
Port Moresby 121
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea

photos of new craft --

Police Barracks Condemned

The Bumbu police barracks in Lae has been condemned by health authorities and this could lead to a stand down of police in the city. More than 100 families have been left homeless.

Full story --

Prisoners Escape

Twenty-one prisoners have broken out of the cells at the Top-Town police station in Lae between 3am and 5am. Local reports say they escaped through a hole in a brick wall near a toilet block and then jumped over a barbed wire fence.

Full story --

PM to Visit New Zealand

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare is scheduled to visit New Zealand between the 19th and 23rd of April. He will meet with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. As well as meeting with Mr Key, Sir Michael will see the Governor-General, business leaders, academics and members of the PNG community in New Zealand.

Sir Michael will also visit Rotorua on the 21st and 22nd of as part of the five day official visit.

PNG is regarded as one of the most diverse countries in the world with more than 850 indigenous languages and as many traditional societies amongst its population of around seven million. The capital and seat of government is Port Moresby.

Aussies Use DNA Tests

Australian immigration has used DNA tests in Port Moresby on PNG nationals who do not have sufficient documentation to process their Australian immigration visa applications.

Full news report --

Central Aviation

Central Aviation plans to begin charters on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Kokoda, Menari and Efogi. This comes as a boost to the communities and public travelling along the Kokoda Track as flights servicing these areas by Airlines PNG were suspended in February. The airline will use a PAC 750 XL-STOL powered by the reliable PT6 engine for the service. The company is looking at getting Twin Otters and moving into the helicopter market as well in the future.

PNG Reunion

Don't forget the PNG Reunion to be held on the 8th of May at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, Gold Coast (that is in Australia!). -- -- AU$90 per person (inc. $5 booking fee) includes Dinner and Dancing with Cash Bar (and SP beer available!) Fantastic Raffle Prizes are Unforgettable Holiday Experiences in Tufi, Hamilton Island or Rabaul. (Raffle --

Risking Death to Give Birth

A woman in PNG is 242 times more likely to die during pregnancy than a woman in Australia and a newborn baby in PNG is 10 times more likely to die during the first 28 days of its life than a baby in Australia. In PNG only 53 per cent of women deliver their babies under supervision. Due to the lack of skilled medial staff and the long distance women have to travel to access health facilities, the other half of women are forced to give birth at home with no supervision, equipment or capacity to access health services if anything goes wrong.

Full Story --

Kila Primary School

Kila Kila Primary School in the National Capital has a new double storey classroom that houses four classrooms. The double-storey classroom cost more than K650,000 and a similar building is expected to be completed before the end of this year. The school has been neglected for many years.

PNG Loses Rice Contract

Solomon Islands rice supplier, SolRice, will now import rice from Vietnam using new bags. In the past SolRice imports its rice from United States and then had it bagged in Lae (PNG) before being shipped in to Honiara which is more expensive than the new method.

Gembogl Cut Off

The Kundiawa-Gembogl road, serving around 75,000 people from the Mitnande and Nilkande Local Level Governments, has been cut at Goglme. The people from the surrounding areas are mainly farmers who grow vegetables for markets in Kundiawa, Lae, Madang and Port Moresby. Mt Wilhelm, PNG's highest mountain and a major tourist attraction is located in Gembogl and the cut in the road has virtually killed the tourism industry as well as the movement of people in Chimbu province.

Oil Search to Abandon Wasuma

Oil Search Ltd (OSL) is planning to abandon its Wasuma-1 ST2 well in Iagifu, Kutubu, Southern Highlands province, due to the poor quality of hydrocarbons.

Full Story --

Air Niugini

Air Niugini has recently provided five return airline tickets for four disabled athletes and an official to participate at a two-day Australian selection trial held at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. Air Niugini deputy general manager (Marketing) Dominic Kaumu when presenting the tickets said Air Niugini, as the national airline and part of its community service obligation, was pleased to support the disabled athletes.

An Australian radio station is running an Air Niugini competition. Read the terms and conditions to see if you are eligible to enter --

National Mask Festival

The annual National Mask Festival showcases PNG's mask culture, attracting displays and performers from around the country, providing opportunities to see both common and rare masks. The three major genres of mask displayed are the ancestor, spirit, and tumbuan masks.

Ancestor masks represent humans, often with holes in the eyes. Small masks can be worn on the head during dances or ceremonies while others are mounted in homes to represent ancestors. Spirit masks represent non-human beings and are often designed to be mounted on walls to protect the house's occupants.

Tumbuans are also a type of spirit mask but are larger, worn over the head and shoulders, or whole body, during mime and dance performances illustrating goings-on in the spirit world. There's also food and crafts to enjoy at the festival.

Earth Day Art Contest

In celebration of Earth Day, the National Capital District Commission and the U.S. Embassy held an "Earth Day 2010 Art Contest." closing today (16th April)

The prizes for this year's winners included Domestic return tickets from Air Niugini, Mobile Phones from Bmobile, an MP3 Player from Daltron and City Pharmacy gift certificates from CPL.

more information --

Arrests Expected

The police expect to soon be able to make arrests over the attempted murder of Chief Ombudsman Chronex Manek. Police said the weapon used had been recovered and confirmed through ballistic testing but when they apprehended the suspects, they did not establish who was carrying the gun. There have been no arrests to date.

Provincial Police Commander Replaced

Jimmy Onopia, the Southern Highlands provincial police commander has been replaced by Teddy Tei.

full story --

Bishops to Retire

The Catholic bishop of the Kerema diocese in the Gulf Province and bishop Henk Kronenberg the Bishop of Bougainville have both reached retirement age. They will both officially retire at the annual general meeting of the Catholic Bishops from PNG and the Solomon Islands.

Bishop John Paul Marx (Kerema) will be replaced by Bishop Patrick Taval. Bishop Henk Kronenberg the Bishop of Bougainville has been replaced by Bishop Bernard Unabali who is a Bougainvillean.

Coming Events

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

8th May, PNG Reunion, Gold Coast Australia --

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

Chimbu Plant Show - 4th of June

Morobe Yam Festival - 5th of June

PNG Census - 11th to the 17th of July

National Mask Festival, Rabaul - 14th - 18th of July

Malagan Show - 14th - 27th of July

Remembrance Day - 23rd July

Mt Hagen Show -- 13th - 15th of August

2010 Medical Symposium 29th of August to the 3rd of September. (Wewak)

Independence Day - 16th September

Goroka Show -- 17th - 19th of September

Morobe Agricultural Show - 19th - 23rd October

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney --

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games -- Kokopo, East New Britain

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015

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