PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Oct 2012

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PNG in the News

PNG election winner too young to hold office --

PNG wants changes in Nautilus deal --

Madang air crash victims remembered --

Robbery Increase in Alotau --

Call to expand PNG capital infrastructure --

Kerema Clinic Closed --

Drug Concerns in Lae --

Judge orders NBC to appoint board --

PNG police up patrols at Port Moresby Gordon market --

PNG Government commits to big expansion in resourcing of police --

Major PNG industrial project on hold --

Misc PNG Links

ITI - Kimbe Campus --

Three new Aid Posts for rural Madang --

Effect of Tourism on Madang Province --

Service to mark 70 years since the Kokoda and Milne Bay campaigns --

PNG opposition leader apologises --

Australia boost rural health care in Madang --

AFL Port Moresby BSP premiership decided for 2012 --

PNG Images

Barike band of Rabaul - "Medley" 1981 --

Poppy at a Kokoda memorial --

Travel Bug hit Rabaul Market --

Raskols: Stephen Dupont's Portraits of Papua New Guinea Gangsters --

News Items


Fake Land Titles

Officers from the Morobe Provincial Lands Program have said they have come across two to three different title holders of land leases in Lae and on all occasions one or two of the titles have been proven to be fake. These titles have been issued by corrupt officials trying to make quick money. From now on titles will be cross check with the Titles Office in Port Moresby.


Archbishop's Visit

The visit by Archbishop Dr Rowan Williams saw him pay a visit to Dogura in Milne Bay province. The focus of his visit apart from the magnificent Dogura Cathedral was a visit to Kaieta where a monument has been erected to commemorate the arrival of the first Anglican missionaries Albert McLaren and Copland King on the 10th of August 1891.

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Need to fix PNG health system --

Prince Charles's Visit

It has been reported that repairs to Port Moresby's roads have cost the country K9 million and the overall visit by Prince Charles will cost around K29 million. The National Capital District has spent over K243 million over the last four years on upgrading, sealing and rehabilitating the roads around the city.


Deputy Secretary Arrested

The Deputy Secretary for the Department of Community Development, Ms Anna Solomon has been charged with spreading false rumours against Secretary, Mr Joseph Klapat. A group of policemen from Hohola police station, armed with high-powered guns, forcefully entered a private residence at Korobosea without a search warrant or warrant of arrest and detained Mrs Solomon compelling her to go to Boroko police station.


Butibam Village Facelift

1.5km of drainage work and upgrading of roads in the Butibam-Hengali village, an initiative undertaken by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, is progressing well. Mr O'Neill has committed K1.9 million for the Butibam Storm Water drainage work and upgrading of roads in Butibam and Hengali villages.


New MAF Plane

Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF), based in Mt Hagen, has added another plane to its fleet. The plane, a Cessna Caravan was recently delivered to PNG on a solo flight from Mirmba in Queensland to Mt Hagen's Kagamuga airport by Captain Philip Sutter.

MAF is a not-for-profit team of aviation professionals providing air transport in places of deepest human need - remote places where flying is not a luxury, but a lifeline. For over 60 years, MAF has flown over jungles, mountains, swamps and deserts to bring thousands of men, women and children medical care, emergency relief, long-term development and Christian hope.



Yandera Copper Molybdenum Gold Project

Marengo Mining (ASX: MGO) continues to receive high grade assays from drilling at its Yandera Copper Molybdenum Gold Project in Madang province.


HIV War Not Over

The National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) has reported that PNG's national HIV prevalence peaked in mid-2000s (at 1.62% prevalence in 2006) but has since declined to 0.82%, based on the 2010 surveillance data. Wep Kanawi, who until recently spearheaded PNG's response to the epidemic, said the 'war' is not over yet for PNG but the signs now look more positive than before.


Inflation Drop

It has been reported the PNG inflation rate has dropped but prices in the stores do not reflect this. The Treasury Minister, Don Polye, said the Minister for Commerce and Industry is looking at possible reforms, including a review of taxation, to address the high costs of doing business in PNG. Mr Polye said the 2013 budget will help to cushion any fall-out from world economic uncertainties.

Manus Security

It has been reported that security company, G4S, has been offered the job of providing security on Manus Island for the asylum seekers.


Manusians promised role in asylum centre --

Exporting Australia's Asylum Policies --

Solomon's Doctor Shortage

There is a shortage of Doctors in the Solomon Islands due to opportunities in PNG. The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health is looking at ways to lure locals, who complete their medical studies in Papua New Guinea, back to the country to address a shortage of doctors there.


Solomon Island's Music

Many Solomon Island's musicians continue to dominate PNG airwaves and have done so for many years. Floyd Manata, a Solomon Islander based in PNG, said recent tours made by Solomon Island's artists boosted the popularity of Solomon Island's music in PNG. Mr Manata said Solomon Islands bands and artists have a lot of fans in PNG.


Melanesian Trustee Services

The three people accused of conspiracy to defraud and misappropriation of K5 million in the Melanesian Trustee Services Ltd case have been acquitted by the National Court in Waigani three and a half years after they were arrested and charged for allegedly misappropriating K5 million the property of the Pacific Balanced Fund (PBF) and conspiring with others to defraud the fund of K5 million.. Janet Sios, Vai Reva and John Naurawere were acquitted due to lack of evidence supporting the elements of charges made against them.


What Tribe Are You

The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority has come up with a creative way for travellers to win a trip to PNG and dive deep into the rich culture. To participate, just check out the new What Tribe Are You?


K94 Million Owed

State land rents amounting to more than K94 million are owed to the Department of Lands and Physical Planning. The Lands and Physical Planning Minister, Benny Allan, has issued instructions for the immediate collection of outstanding state land rents and if they continue to fail to settle their rentals, steps will be taken to revoke the titles.


Lands minister directs officers to produce list of defaulters --

Highlands Highway

The Highlands Highway the life blood of the Highlands has been allocated K70 million by the government for immediate and short-term maintenance. Last month, the Australian government, through its PNG-Australia Transport sector support programme, agreed to give K95 million for the maintenance of the highway.


Tariff Reduction

PNG has dropped tariffs against two out of three items imported from Fiji. The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill made the announcement to his Fijian counterpart Commodore Frank Bainimarama on his first trip as prime minister to PNG at the weekend.



G4S Security has been given a project estimated to worth K2.8 million to help eradicate crime in the city by the National Capital District's Safe City Initiative. The project has recently been launched by NCD governor, Powes Parkop, and the security company. The project will see G4S setting up a closed circuit TV security system. The 100 or so cameras will be wireless and any incidents will be responded to by G4S. Twenty cameras will be installed within the next few months and the contract will go for a period of three years.

NBC Fraud

Claims have been made by the Public Employees Association (PEA) that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is plagued by corruption. Eleven senior employees were recently terminated for divulging information and discrediting the NBC. The PEA has taken up the case on behalf of the very senior officers who claimed there was official corruption, financial irregularities, mismanagement and intimidation of employees within the organisation.

Goroka Show

The National Agricultural Research Institute exhibition and participation in the 2012 Goroka Show was the best in the public sector category, according to the Highlands Farmers and Settlers Association (HFSA) and Eastern Highlands Agriculture Society (EHAS), the two local associations which organise this world known annual event.


TB Donation

Australia has committed A$11 million to improve health infrastructure, treatment and public awareness of TB in Western province. Community outreach and advocacy activities continue in the province with 21 community health workers and 35 volunteers taking part. Steps by AusAID have already seen a reduction in the mortality of patients suffering from TB reduced from 25% to just below 5%.

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.

Milne Bay Music Festival -- 28th October 2012

IOTA tour -- 19th October to the 4th November 2012 -- --

Prince Charles Visit -- first week of November

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

PNG Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA) Annual Dinner -- 23rd November 2012 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm

12th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference, Sydney Hilton Hotel - 3rd to 5th December 2012

Rabbitohs to play PNG Kumuls -- 9th of Feb 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Goroka Show 2013 --

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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