PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 March 2011

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PNG in the News

TPA and govt blamed for not 'selling PNG' --

Clinton says China seeks to outflank Exxon in PNG --

PNG police defend themselves over shooting of woman at Baruni --

Trans Niugini Airways Ltd ordered to pay K811,000 --

Dry spell kills five in New Ireland --

Sir Julius says Somare not above law --

Drilling results at Wafi-Golpu show highest mineralisation yet --

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Goroka Show --

Days of adventure with Denis Buchanan --

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Madang Cultural Day --

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9th South Pacific Games --

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Matt in PNG --

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News Items

Vale Bob Browne

The man behind the Grassroots cartoon has died at the Port Moresby General Hospital. Pastor Bob Browne had been fighting cancer in the neck and throat since 2006. He was hospitalised four times, the latest in January this year before his passing on the 2nd of March. He provided a generation of Papua New Guineans with a deeply insightful and often hilarious commentary on life in the region - especially its political processes - seen through the eyes the Papua New Guinean Everyman, Grass Roots.

Browne came to PNG from England when he was 24.


International Women's Day

The first International Women's Day (IWD) was held in 1911. The 8th March 2011 celebrates the IWD Global Centenary.


Bougainville Aid

Bougainville president John Momis is asking Australia for more aid if a referendum on independence from PNG as early as 2015 is to be genuine.


Caution Bay

Caution Bay near Port Moresby will soon house an export facility as part of the liquefied natural gas project (LNG). The Australian Navy's ship HMAS Leeuwin has been mapping the sea floor in the area. Colonel Mark Shephard, head of Australian Defence Staff in PNG, said that large LNG ships / tankers will navigate through Caution Bay in order to dock at the LNG plant.


The first shipment of gas out of Caution Bay is expected in 2014.

Kivori Village - Climate Change

Kivori Village is located around 130 kilometres west of Port Moresby. It is a six hour drive from the capital on a dry day, but much longer when it is wet day and the road becomes muddy. The Kivori community is a pilot site for the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project, nationally implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock of PNG, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its implementing agency in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


B-Mobile Fined

PNG phone company, B-Mobile, has been received a 1 million US dollar penalty by the Solomon Islands Telecommunications Commission for failing to meet its licence requirements. The phone company was supposed to have provided mobile phone services to 75 per cent of the Solomon Islands population by the 1st of February. B-Mobile was given until the 14th of Feb to fix the situation.


New Britain Palm Oil

Profits in New Britain Palm Oil are up 54 per cent. Higher palm oil volumes following the acquisition of three more plantations in PNG in April, coupled with higher world prices, drove underlying profits up.


Deep Sea Mining Denounced

Advocacy groups in the Pacific have denounced the approval by the PNG Govt to allow the world's first deep sea mine, Solwara One gold and copper project, in the area. Critics say Nautilus and other companies are making the Pacific a testing ground for untried technology with unknown environmental consequences.


PNG Tourism

According to the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA), an estimated K1.4 billion was injected into the economy of PNG by the tourism industry in 2010. A total of 146,350 tourists visited the country last year an increase of 18 per cent over the figures for 2009. Figures show the provinces visited the most were the National Capital District, Morobe, Madang, East New Britain, New Ireland, Milne Bay, Southern Highlands, Eastern Highlands, West New Britain and Enga Province.


Doing Business in PNG

The following link provides a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse - including obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections and obtaining utility connections.


PNG Forest Fate

PNG sustains some of the world's most biologically and culturally rich forests and has been over exploited by loggers. Most of the timber is exported as raw logs, mainly to China, providing only limited income and employment for local communities.


Earhart's Wreck

From time to time in this newsletter there have been reports of where Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's wreck could be located. A long outstanding mystery was the disappearance of Earhart and her navigator in 1937 after departing from Lae, Morobe province. No conclusive evidence has ever been put forward to confirm or deny any of the theories.

The most recent report on the disappearance has been on the front page of the Post Courier stating that the Lockheed Model 10 Electra may have been found off the coast of Bougainville. There have also been rumours that the plane is full of gold.



New Ireland Autonomy

Sir Julius Chan has said the people of New Ireland should own all the resources on their land. Sir Julius said empowering landowners through the ownership of their resources would increase wealth and reduce poverty and overcome other social ills. He said at present, landowners received 2 per cent or nothing from their resources, often creating anger and frustration. "The people should be given the capacity to develop and that is what the New Ireland provincial government is doing by seeking autonomy."

Cane Toads With Wings

A bee said to have been introduced into Australia via a ship from PNG in 2007 is threatening Australia's honey industry and agricultural sector. The Asian honey bee is the 21st century's version of the cane toad with wings.

The Aussie honey industry is worth between $50 million and $80 million a year, and the agricultural crops worth an estimated $4 billion pollinated by honey bees. The exotic bees also attack birds, sparking concerns for local fauna.


Sport Fishing PNG

Sport Fishing PNG has launched a web site -- -- The web site was set up by Jason Yip and Kori Chan, both PNG locals, who operate fishing tours for black bass, barra, and blue water species around the country from their base in the nation's capital, Port Moresby.

Kerema Development Plan

A five year development plan for Kerema district of Gulf province has been launched at the Malalaua High School.


YWAM Medical Ship

After a successful maiden voyage last year the Youth With A Mission Medical Ship will once again travel to PNG to help with dentistry services, ophthalmology, primary health care and optometry problems. YWAM have committed to a 5 year strategic plan for YWAM Medical Ships to provide health care services in PNG and to provide opportunities for young Australians to serve others.

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POM General Hospital

The contractor responsible for renovating the maternity ward at the Port Moresby General Hospital is refusing to start work until it has received payment for previous work.


Aussie Salaries

The Australian Government has announced another review into overseas advisers, following revelations hundreds of Australian bureaucrats have avoided pay cuts which hit Australian aid consultants working overseas.


Governor General

Michael Ogio has been sworn in as the ninth Governor General of the country. He will travel to Buckingham Palace this week to present his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II as her representative in PNG.

14 Mile Orchid Gardens

A National Orchid garden, designed by the president of the PNG Orchid Society, Justin Tkatchenko, has been opened at 14-Mile outside Port Moresby. The orchid garden consisted of 50,000 varieties of orchids, together with a wildlife sanctuary and a breeding centre for the Bird of Paradise for conservation purposes.

Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled.

International Women's Day (IWD) - 8th March 2011. The first IWD was run in 1911 so 2011 sees the IWD Global Centenary.

World TB Day - 24th March --

National Surfing Titles - 16th to 25th March

National Game Fishing Titles - 16th to 25th March

National Softball Championships - Easter in Goroka

Arafura Games - 7th to 14th of May --

Lik Lik Diwai Tourism Festival - 20th May

Wahgi Sing Sing - June

Warwin High School Cultural Day - 13th June

Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June to 2nd July

Birding in Paradise, 12th to 22nd July --

Warwagira Cultural Show, Kokopo - 29th June to 5th July

National Mask Festival, 6th to 9th July

Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd to 24th July

Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August

Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August

Goroka Show - 16th to 18th September

Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October

Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau - 4th to 6th November

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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