PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Mar 2013

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ansarim to answer
antap high / summit / up
apinun afternoon / evening (early)
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Thai PM visits PNG --

Violence against PNG women 'ignored' but hope isn't lost, says media advocate --

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News Items

Oceania Football

New Zealand has hammered PNG 5-0 to get their Oceania Football Confederation Under-20 campaign off to a flying start in Lautoka.


Manam Resettlement

Displaced Manam Islanders in Madang province of Papua New Guinea say they are concerned about losing their culture and tradition, but have welcomed the government's renewed move to fast-track their permanent resettlement into the province's inland region.


Air Niugini Expansion Plans

Air Niugini plans to expand its fleet of 25 aircraft, including a mixed jet fleet of Boeing 737s, Boeing 767-300ERs and Fokker F-28s, as well as various Bombardier Dash-8 models. The carrier said in Nov-2012 that another six aircraft would be added in 2013 with the addition of two 737s, three Q400s and a Q300, taking the fleet to 31. These are presumably to be sourced from leasing companies or other airlines, as the carrier has no scheduled deliveries. Air Niugini also has a Boeing 787 on order for delivery in 2017.


Air Niugini Cebu Flights

From the 1st of April Air Niugini will be operating its B737 800 series aircraft on the Port Moresby - Cebu route. The schedule is

PX016 POM1500 - 1750CEB 738 1
PX017 CEB2210 - 0500+1POM 738 2

In addition, the 737-800 has entered service on following routes:
Port Moresby - Brisbane
Port Moresby - Sydney

On Port Moresby - Honiara - Nadi service, service operates with either 737-700 or -800.

Air Niugini has applied to the Philippines government to renew its permit to operate in the Philippines for another five years, according to a notice from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).


PNG Education Minister

Treasurer Don Polye, the leader of THE Party, has stepped in and taken over the education portfolio while one of his party members concentrates on fighting criminal and graft charges brought against him by police. Ijivitari MP David Arore and Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has been charged with criminal and graft charges brought against him Popondetta by police.


Rugby League World Cup

Rugby league legend Mal Meninga is joining Papua New Guinea's coaching staff in a major boost to their preparations for this year's World Cup.


More Prisoners Escape

A manhunt is under way after 49 prisoners escaped from Beon jail in Madang. Convicted rapist and cult leader Stephen Tari, also known as Black Jesus, is among the escapees.


Hard-out for the Hungry

Kiwi kids are set to 'go hard-out for the hungry' in Papua New Guinea this year as part of World Vision's 40 Hour Famine. PNG has been chosen as the campaign's beneficiary because it has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.



Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced that Ok Tedi's lease would not be renewed upon its expiry next year and that the PNG government would own and operate the mine. It has also been reportedly announced the government would take control of the Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP) set up by BHP in 2002.


Locals welcome decision on Ok Tedi --

First Female Judge

"PNG's first female judge Justice visits South Australia --"

A loyal reader comments that the article should have read "the first Papua New Guinea-born justice of the National and Supreme Courts" as there was a female judge predecessor from Northern Ireland: indeed, on the bench in 1994.

Thanks Mac for the information, your help is appreciated.

Port Moresby Guide

Read Info Globe Traveller's guide about Port Moresby --

Jiwaka Coffee

The newly created Jiwaka province has the potential to produce more than 20% of Papua New Guinean coffee and generate over PGK36 mln ($1=PGK2.00) per year with its ideal climatic conditions and fertile soil structure suitable for coffee production, said the CEO of Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd., Navi Anis.

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Wholesale Telecom Service Declaration

Jimmy Miringtoro, minister for communications and information technology, has acted on the recommendation put forward by the National information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) earlier this month, which called for the declaration of certain wholesale services relating to access to submarine cable landing station facilities and transmission capacity on international submarine cables.


UniTech Boycott Ended

Students at the University of Technology n Lae, Morobe province have returned to classes after a recent boycott over the sacking of the Vice Chancellor.


Sevua assures Unitech --

Bougainville Food Appeal

Over 5,000 people in the Rorovana Village of Central Bougainville are in dire need of food supplies.


Corporate Challenge

PwC Foundation will be hosting its major community charity event, the PwC Corporate Challenge, on Sunday the 19th of May 2013, in both Port Moresby and Lae. The corporate challenge involves a 5 kilometre fun walk or run. Monies raised this year will be donated to The Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society, The Voice and other charities within the community.

Walk Against Corruption

Update on Participating Teams

Corporate Teams
1. Air Energy Pacifica
2. Bank South Pacific (BSP)
3. CPL Group
4. Curtain Brothers (PNG)
5. Hastings Deering
6. International Education Agency
7. Investment Promotion Authority
8. JDA Wokman
9. MRL Capital
10. Nambawan Super
11. NASFUND Contributors Savings & Loans
12. National Fisheries Authority
13. PNG Air Services
14. PND Dockyard
15. PNG Energy Developments
16. PNG Motors (hosting a float)
17. Western Power

School Teams
1. Korobosea International School
2. De La Salle Secondary School
3. Gordons Secondary School
4. Marianville Secondary School
5. PNG Paradise High School
6. Hohola Youth Development Centre
7. Port Moresby International
8. St Joseph's International Catholic College

Civil Society & Family Teams
1. Institute of National Affairs

PNG Sky Rail

The Governor of the National Capital District, Hon. Powes Parkop, proposes to build a skyrail for the city residents and tourists.


PNG Cricket

SACA cricket boss Jamie Cox says a fact-finding mission to Papua New Guinea has him convinced the PNG national team will shock South Australian cricket next summer. And he has boldly predicted members of the Hebou Barramundis, who will play in Adelaide's new six-team Premier League from September, will make state and Big Bash League teams within three years.


Panguna Mine

Arawa-based self-styled Me'ekamui general Chris Uma has bluntly told the Post Courier newspaper that Panguna Mine is non-negotiable till after referendum and Independence.


Dairy Study

Papua New Guinea Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru has announced that the National Government, through the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry (DTCI) will fund a comprehensive study into the viability of establishing a Dairy Industry in the Mul-Baiyer Electorate of Western Highlands Province and re-open the once world famous Hagen Zoo.


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.

Skerah Extreme Kokoda Trek - 6th to 13th of April, 2013

PwC Corporate Challenge - Sunday 19th of May 2013, in both Port Moresby and Lae

Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption - 26th May 2013, Jack Pidik Park, 5 Mile

2013 Oceania Cup - June 2013

Hiri Moale Festival - July 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Goroka Show 2013 --

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014

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

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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Updated 6 Apr 2013

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