PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Apr 2012

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ansa result / answer
ansarim to answer
antap high / summit / up
apinun afternoon / evening (early)
apinun good afternoon
doti dirty
graun earth / ground / world
kantri country
klin clean
mama mother
ples village
provins province
raun round
siti or bigtaun city
sop soap
susu mama breast feeding mother
susu breast
swim swim
taun town
waswas wash / bathe
wokim / paitim bret knead bread
wokim glas i go antap wind up a window
wokim gut repair

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PNG in the News

Madang sees 217 new HIV cases --

Australia concerned at PNG election delay --

Sexual violence forcing girls out of school --

PNA refutes 'alerts to consumers' regarding its tuna --

Thousands have recently gathered in Port Moresby to vent their anger at the government's plan to delay national elections during a rally in Port Moresby. --

PNG ferry inquiry hears ship's manifest "hopelessly deficient" -- -- and --

Security warning for PNG poll --

Wenge takes a swipe at Nape --

Misc PNG Links

Milne Bay - Australian Army --

Goroka Show --

Ugliness of war brought home --

The Most Beautiful Town in PNG --

Genesis of the Genia greatness --

Kayaking around "Octopus" in Madang --

Roads to growth --

Madang Province from a outrigger canoe --

PNG Images

Alotau --

Rage in Port Moresby --

Bird Of Paradise, Ulumani Treetops Lodge, Milne Bay --

Hooked on paradise --

Flight Into Yesterday - a film from the 1960's --

1986 Goroka Sing-Sing --

News Items

Dame Carol Accused

PNG's opposition leader has been accused of parliamentary contempt.  The Speaker of Parliament says Dame Carol Kidu gave drafts of the controversial Judicial Conduct law to journalists.  Dame Carol says her stance against the law will not be swayed.



When will the elections be held?  The government recently voted to defer the 2012 national elections by six months.  In doing so it has back flipped on pledges to proceed with the five-yearly poll.  The Electoral Commissioner announced the elections would go ahead with the Issue of Writs now scheduled for the 18th of May, a delay of only three weeks, so the election date could be anytime.  The Electoral Commissioner maintains polling will still commence on the 23rd of June.

PM backtracks on call to delay June elections --
Australia concerned at PNG election delay --

Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare has called the deferral of the general election by parliament a crime against the people of Papua New Guinea" --

The deferral of the 2012 Elections for another six months may have serious repercussions against the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. --


Swimming Clinic

A Swimming Officials clinic is to be held in Port Moresby from 18th to the 22nd of April in conjunction with the Theodist National Championships.  The course is funded under the FINA Sports Development program and BSP sponsorship - Education program. The clinic provides a chance for all schools in NCDC to send a representative to learn about the fundamentals of conducting a swimming competition in a professional manner under FINA rules.


Bees Reform Gangsters

In the Kamanabe area of the rural Eastern Highlands in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a village gang has relinquished crime and is striving to contribute to the sustainable future of the local community with a honeybee income generating initiative.



Julian Moti Case

State authorities will conduct investigations into the findings of the board of inquiry report on Julian Moti, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said.  He recently tabled in parliament the Defence Force board of inquiry report on the Moti scandal and he accused Sir Michael Somare of breaching the Constitution when he gave directions for Moti to be evacuated from PNG to Solomon Islands in a Defence Force aircraft.


Kalinoe denies Moti claim --


The PNG FAQ's are located at -- MICHIE.NET -- and endeavour to help students looking for information about Papua New Guinea.  A typical question answered in the FAQ's is "what is the life expectancy in the Eastern Highlands?"  See -- -- for answer.

The information may be out of date or inaccurate so if you see a mistake please let MICHIE.NET know.


PX Missing Engines

Air Niugini has dismissed newspaper claims that plane engines and parts have gone missing.  Chief executive officer Wasantha Kumarasiri said the allegations were self-serving. "They were aimed at insulting my management team".  Kumarasiri said Air Niugini had evidence to prove that all the allegations were false.




The documentary Splinters tells the story of a high-stakes surfing competition in the village, with the two competing clubs locked in struggle.  More than a story of a sporting competition, this is the story of the star competitors.  Angelus, the son of the first native surfer in Vanimo, is the current "King" of Papua New Guinea surfing. Ezeakel is his protégé and - according to Angelus - will be the next king of PNG surfing.  They are members of the Sunset Surf Club, a club that splintered off of the original Vanimo Surf Club.


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Rabaul Queen Enquiry

The enquiry into the sinking of the Rabaul Queen has been told by the owner of the ship that his ships are safe but his ships have neither safety management systems (SMS) or emergency plans in place  because all his vessels weighed less than 500 gross tonnes.  Sharp told the hearing he was satisfied that passenger safety was not compromised when the vessel sailed between the 31st of Jan 31 and the 2nd of Feb.

The ferry sank in heavy weather on the 2nd of Feb 2012 claiming the lives of over 200 passengers. Only 237 were rescued.


Grieving dad threatens legal action against vessel owner --

National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) general manager Chris Rupen has appeared briefly before the Commission of Inquiry to give evidence relating to the sinking of the MV Rabaul Queen.


Journey of Three Sisters

Three sisters, now all in their 60s, will head to Rabaul, East New Britain so they can drive to within a few hundred yards of what is believed to be the crash site of their uncle Moszek "Mike" Zanger's fighter plane.  They'll also visit the former airfield where he was imprisoned and killed by his Japanese captors just weeks before the war ended.

Also making the trip is Henry Sakaida, a writer of World War II books from Temple City, California, and Justin Taylan, who’ll serve as guide. Taylan is the founder of, a 17-year-old online database of wartime aircraft crash sites, missing servicemen and air battle details from the Pacific Theatre.

It will be the 60-year-old Sakaida’s first trip to the region he has written about in nine books on Japan’s air forces in World War II. This will be Taylan’s 12th journey to New Britain since 2000 to document the island’s hundreds of known aircraft wreck sites from the war.



Computers for Arawa

Arawa secondary, one of the oldest schools in the central Bougainville will be the proud recipient of five brand new computers from Telikom PNG.



Ramu Nickel Mine

The Minister for the Environment, Thompson Harokaqueh, has issued MCC with a stop work notice at its Ramu nickel mine over  concerns about the construction of its 135km slurry pipeline.


Term Holidays

Secretary for Education Dr Musawe Sinebare has reminded provincial and national education institutions that term one has ended. Dr Sinebare said all schools, vocational centres, colleges and primary teachers’ colleges will have a one-week term break.  He said term one break will start today (16th of April) and end on the 20th of April.


Eda Supa

Eda Supa is a retirement savings vehicle for employees who are not active members of NASFUND --


Judicial Conduct Act

Peter O'Neil has said the Judicial Conduct Act will be repealed if the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia and Justice Nicholas Kirriwom steps aside.  Members of the public, students, trade unions and NGO's have protested against the passing of the Act.


Imwauna Gold Project

PNG Gold Corp. saw its shares rise 17.95 percent, after the company announced the results from its 2011 exploration program at the Imwauna gold project.  The project is located on Normanby Island, Milne Bay province, eastern Papua New Guinea.  The company said that geological mapping of the Imwauna vein system has extended the system over two kilometres along strike and remains open.



Hagen a Dump

Mount Hagen has been called a beautiful place but despite concerted efforts by the city authority it is nowhere near to living up to that name.  Like many towns in PNG violence is growing and rubbish piles within the town and crater-like potholes brings the town down. 



Beautiful Madang? No More!

What has happened to Madang?  Robberies seem to be up. The once beautiful town is overgrown and residents are frightened to walk the streets even during the day in fear of being assaulted, thrown to the ground and their bags stolen.  Is the Governor spending too much time away from the province and therefore not aware of what has happened?



Digicel continues to develop its digital network around the country.  Portable equipment, described as "cells on Wheels" has been installed at Nine Mile outside Lae in Morobe province to boost coverage in the area.  The equipment can be moved around to suit customer demand and is not limited to being fixed in one location.  The company has also extended its 3G coverage in Western Province by upgrading sites at Tabubil Market and Whites House in the Star Mountains Rural Local Level Government area of the North Fly District.

Other areas expected to be upgraded in the future are Madang, Morobe, Popondetta, East Sepik, Milne Bay, NCD and West New Britain.


Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled.  Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

2012 Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012

South Pacific Export PNG Golf Open - May 2012?

Walk Against Corruption -- 27th May 2012

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012 - when will they be held?

Solomon Islands welcomes you to the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts -- -- from 1st to 14th July 2012

Mt Hagen Show - 11th and 12th of August 2012

Samarai and Milne Bay Reunion - Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra, Australia between the 7th and 9th of September 2012 -- --

Fifth PNG Games, Kokopo, East New Britain - 17th to 30th November 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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