PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 May 2012

Search Newsletters (only)
Most Recent Newsletter
Newsletter Index
Previous Newsletter
Next Newsletter
PNG RSS News Feed

Welcome to the



Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bikbus dense bush
em nau! great! fantastic!; literally 'him now!'
em tasol that's all
hallans / hailens highlands
haus sik hospital
hausboi / hausmeri servant
het i pen headache
hukim pis catch fish / fishing
husat who
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
kilim injure
kilim i dai pinis kill
kilman murderer
dai pinis die
sanguma / puripuri sorcery / witchcraft

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


English       Pidgin English  
Interested in having your own Web Site? Worried about the cost? It may be cheaper than you think. Take a look at pricing at the PNG Web Hosting site. Sites with space for 15,000 MB of data, 300 GB transfer per month and 24 hour a day / 7 day a week ticket / phone support for less than US$5.00 per month. -- DOT COM Domains from US$9.00 per year.

Remember that this mailing list is meant (mainly) for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time in this newsletter, is currently worth around

Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by

but varies on a daily basis.

If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter for most world currencies can be located at -- -- The PNG Business Directory also has daily rates based from a PNG perspective

Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at -- -- and -- or try the PNG Business Directory located at -- -- and the PNG Tourism Directory -- Both are excellent places to look for information about the country.
For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look at -- -- and then clicking on the "+" to zoom in to the area of interest. Go to the following link for a quick start to a map of Port Moresby. --

External links - while PNG Gossip Newsletter will not sell your email address to others many links on this web site lead to other sites that may not have the same policy regarding your valuable email address. Be careful when handing over your email address to others.


A very special welcome welkam, ita hedavari is extended to any new readers. If you have comments or suggestions to make then please click here

Articles for this newsletter

To send a message for submission to the PNG Gossip Newsletter -- please click here and use the submission form.

Warning: PNG web sites seem to come and go. The fact of life is that it costs money to host a web site and there is not much return on the outlay to most businesses in PNG.

If you do click on a link and use the services or even have some comments to make then please contact the people at the relevant web site and let them know so they at least know that someone has gained some value from their efforts. If you are so inclined then please mention that you heard about them from this web site. -- The PNG Gossip Newsletter.

Alotau, Milne Bay province


Bush Roads
Bush Roads


Down Town
Down Town Port Moresby

PNG Web Hosting
cheap, reliable web hosting
from US$4.99 per month

Papua New Guinea Gossip Blog

Also please remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.


If links in the newsletter do not work properly, copy and paste the URL into your browser and press Enter. Be sure to copy the entire link, as it may wrap to the next line. If this still does not work please send an email to the newsletter advising of the broken link.

Do you have a web site or link to a PNG related area on the WWW? If so do you want it mentioned here? Then use the submission form by clicking here

External links - while PNG Gossip Newsletter will not sell your email address to others many links on this web site lead to other sites that may may not have the same policy regarding your valuable email address. Be careful when handing over your email address.

PNG in the News

O'Neill to visit Maprik --

Yama: People must elect PM --

Inquiry into PNG ferry sinking hears from survivors in Kimbe --

PNG farewells a great dame --

Oil Search gets strong bids for PNG stakes --

Lawyer Henao calls for judges to resign --

Sir Michael Somare nominates for East Sepik regional seat --

Misc PNG Links

Hyundai Forklifts PNG --

PNG Sustainable Development Program --

IT Job Training Centre --

Deputy PM Belden Namah could be Gold Coast Titans white knight --

Mt Hagen Trekking Tours --

Rare orchid from Papua New Guinea has flowers that open around 10 pm and close early the next morning --

Australia you are not a good friend --

PNG Images

Sunset over Wewak --

Port Moresby --

News Items

Chief Justice Arrested

In an attempt to arrest the nation's top judge, Sir Salamo Injia on sedition charges, police recently stormed the Supreme Court in Port Moresby, in response to the courts ruling that Prime Minister O'Neill held power illegally and should step down. Deputy Prime Minister, Belden Namah, led the police. The nation's Deputy Police Commissioner Tom Eluh said Chief Justice Sir Salamo would be arrested after a tense standoff with police and the army. Mr Eluh said Sir Salamo would be "formally charged with sedition".



Around 4,000 hopefuls are out campaigning for the vote of the people in their electorates. Overall, out of the 7 million people in the country, there are 4.6 million people eligible to vote. The streets of major towns are clogged with PMV's carrying supporters and the ear drums of many are already aching from what seems to be the ever constant hopeful trying to gain the all important vote an all this without megaphones. Election fever has hit the nation full force and it is difficult to find anything in the daily newspapers apart from election related articles.

Church Health Services

Church Health Services (CHS) caters for up to 50 percent of health services an over 80 percent of rural health services in PNG. CHS provides much needed health services to the rural majority in the country especially where the government does not venture.

Girl Guide Donation

KK Kingston has assisted the Girl Guides of Port Moresby with the donation of 10 patrol boxes. The boxes will be distributed to the 10 Girl Guide branches around the country and will be used by the girls to store their sewing, cooking and fist aid kits.


Rising Sea Levels

Sea level rise near PNG is estimated at seven millimetres per year, double the global annual average of 2.8-3.6 mm. In a bottom-up approach to fighting climate change, the indigenous use of mangroves is now leading local and national plans to stem the destruction of land and communities by coastal flooding and erosion.

Mangroves Lead Battle Against Rising Seas --

Modilon Hospital

A new pay system has been implemented at the Modilon General Hospital in Madang in an attempt to speed up the processing of pay variations and overtime claims. Previously claims were processed in Port Moresby causing lengthy delays to overtime payments. The new system has already been rolled out at three other hospitals in the country.

Bougainville HIV Testing

A mass HIV Testing Rollout Program has been launched in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The program is currently covering four districts of Buka Island. In 2011 4,826 tests were carried out and 588 of those were reactive to the tests with 94 cases being confirmed as positive HIV cases.

HIV Programs Manager, Dr Nick Dala, has described mass testing as totally against the HIV Prevention and Management Act that protects confidentiality.

Probe Missing Scientists

Another call has been made to investigate the disappearance of the five missing scientists from the Goroka based PNG Institute of Medical Research (IMR). The sister of one of the missing said the Internal Security Minister, John Boito, had promised funds for a renewed police investigation but so far nothing has happened.

BSP Profit

Nationally owned PNG bank, Bank of South Pacific, has recorded an after tax profit of K356 million. This is a 26 percent increase over the profit reported in 2010. The bank has total assets valued at K11.7 billion. Net growth has seen customer deposits increase from K2,261 million to K9,446 million.

Eco-damage From Nickel Mine

The controversial Ramu nickel mine near Madang has come under fire for new claims of environmental damage. The mine has been the subject of a long-running battle with locals over plans to pump 100 million tonnes of waste into Basamuk Bay over 20 years. The dumping threatens the pristine ecosystem of the area as well as the livelihoods of local people.


Antiretroviral Drugs

PNG has run out of two of the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used to treat people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. PNG's Health Department program manager, Dr Nick Dala says new ARV drugs have already been procured and they should arrive from Denmark in about a month's time.


Reading Program

The World Bank has provided funding of $US19.2 million to fund an education reading project in the country. The main aim of the project is to improve the reading skills of elementary and primary school children. The money is being spent over a three-year period and will be completed in 2013. The money will be use to improve classroom libraries and provide other educational materials as well as helping fund related training for teachers.

LNG Pipeline

50 percent of the welding required for the 292 Kilometre onshore LNG pipeline has been completed. The welding of the pipeline commenced in April 2011 and will transport gas from Hides Gas Conditioning Plant to Omati where it will be connected to the offshore pipeline.

Limbless Swim

A twenty-kilometre swim by limbless Frenchman, Philippe Croizon, has seen him leave PNG and arrive in Indonesia on the first stretch of a swim that will take him between five continents.


Aussie Rules

Nine players from PNG have been named in the South Pacific team that will play in the 2012 NAB AFL under-16 championship to be held in Australia beginning on the 7th of July. Other members of the team will come from Vanuatu, Nauru, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. The team will arrive in Australia on the 4th of July.

Poll Helicopters

Three new helicopters for the PNG Defence Force will be the centre of the Combined Joint Task Force. The rotary wing aircraft have been leased by the Commonwealth of Australia and funded under the PNG-Australia Defence Cooperation Program. The helicopters will be leased for a period of two years.

Liquor Bans

Provinces around the country are considering bans on the sale of liquor during the election period. Madang has already imposed a ban to begin on the 4th of June and will stop in July after the declaration of the seven seats in the province.

Jiwaka Flag Hoisted

The Western Highlands provincial flag was lowered for the last time on the 17th of May and the new Jiwaka flag raised in its declaring Jiwaka a new province. Two young girls dressed in Jiwaka attire lowered the flag and Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, then handed the old Western Highlands flag to women leader Paula Mek.


Sewerage Project

A US$100 million sewerage project in the National Capital will be funded by Japan. The multi-million kina project will transform the sewerage system in Port Moresby over the next few years. The Japanese government has recently completed 15 high-tech bridges in Bougainville valued at US$90 million.

Who is PM?

The PNG Supreme Court has determined that the Prime Minister should be Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. With elections just around the corner it will be interesting to see how the voting public sees this decision. Sir Michael already had a 3-2 decision Supreme Court ruling in his favour on the 12th of December.

Police prevent Somare from entering Government House --

PNG's O'Neill says Supreme Court ruling illegal --


The NEC (National Executive Council) has given approval for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the power equipment at Yonki. The project will be carried out in three stages. Stage 1 - refurbishment of Ramu 1 Power Station. Stage 2 - Completion and commissioning of the Toe of Dam generation system. Stage 3 - construction of the new Ramu 2 powerhouse.

Also a new market, worth K500,000, has been opened recently a kilometre away from the existing Yonki Dam. The Akamore Market boasts 3 sheds, a water supply, floodlights and a security fence.

Basil Confident

National Planning Minister and Bulolo MP Sam Basil is confident of retaining his seat and will work to complete all local level government capacity building impact projects initiated within the first term in office.


Angau Crumbling

The Angau Hospital in Lae, Morobe province, has been attacked by termites and needs to be rebuilt. The new buildings will be constructed from steel and concrete. Money has been allocated and a contract is waiting on final approval and the announcement of a successful bidder by the Central Supplies and Tenders Board.

Walk Against Corruption

The Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption is on again. Date: Sunday 27th May at the Jack Pidik Park 5 Mile. 5:30am arrival for a 6:30am start. The route will be from Jack Pidik Park - Boroko Drive - Kaubebe St - Bisini Parade - Lahara Avenue - Hubert Murray Highway - turn at 2 Mile Roundabout - Hubert Murray Highway and back to Jack Pidik Park. The Walk will also be held in Kokopo, Kimbe, Madang, Alotau and also on Lihir Island. --

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.

Walk Against Corruption -- 27th May 2012

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

Queen's Birthday - 11th June

11th Festival of Pacific Arts -- -- from 1st to 14th July 2012

Remembrance Day - 23rd July 2012

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

48th PNG Medical Symposium - 2nd to the 7th of September. Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby

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

Imotiva Kokoda 2012, Walk for a Cause - 9th October 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 4th July to 18 July 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

Do you have an event that you want advertised? - Use the submission form located at --

PNG Media

If a friend has given or sent you a copy of this newsletter and you would like to keep receiving free copies then please visit -- -- for instructions on how to join the list.

Articles for this Newsletter

If you think you have a PNG page worth mentioning then please click here and use the submission form

To send a message for submission to the PNG Gossip Newsletter queue please click here and use the submission form.

If you want to subscribe please fill out the application on the following page.

If you want to unsubscribe then select the unsubscribe option on the next page.

ArchivesView PNG Gossip Newsletter Archive


Search Newsletters
Newsletter Home
Newsletter Index
Previous Newsletter
Next Newsletter
Most Recent Newsletter

-- THE END --

In Tok Pisin - em tasol

For other ways of saying "the end" please pay a visit to --

Some of the ways of saying "that's all" are courtesy of Liz and her friends at the University of Technology in Lae. --

If you can add to this list then please click here and use the submission form.

Information contained in this newsletter may be correct only at the time of publication and may be subject to change at any time without notice.

Created 26 May 2012
Updated 6 Jun 2012

Sponsored by

©2012 -- Gia Mann