PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Apr 2013

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Neo Melanesian English
daun low
daunpasin humility
de bilong wok workday
husat who
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
pik pig
pikinini bilong sipsip lamb
pikinini baby
piksa film / picture
planti man na meri crowd
ples balus / epot airport
singsing festival / sing / concert
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sloim ka slow down
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Soccer: Ba kick-starts in Champions League --

Port Moresby NZHC Staff Participates in Powhiri --

Indonesia Confiscates Pig-Nosed Turtles, Hunts for Smugglers --

Prohibited, unsafe items confiscated --

Newcrest takes lead to combat TB on Lihir --

Three die in police gunfire --

Vanimo to tackle drug and alcohol abuse --

PNG political veteran, Luther Wenge, loses petition --

Misc PNG Links

Port Moresby Business College --

PNG Business Advantage --

Milne Bay Tank --

PNG Flower moni pawa --

PNG fisheries authority considers restricting sea cucumber trade --

Papua New Guinea: Where the Locusts Are --

BSP contributes 10K to PNG trade mission --

Advocate criticises PNG media over domestic violence deaths --


PNG Images

Pictures of Madang Country Women's Association Guesthouse --

Porebada Gospel Singers --

Highlands Road Images --

Kundiawa --

Anglican Images --

Moqai-Tadigu --

101 New Species of Beetles --

Blogs about PNG

Development Policy Blog --

News Items

PNG Economy

The PNG Economy is looking rosy according to Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani despite projections for growth to slow down from 9.2% to 4% this year.


Coast Watchers Farewelled

Matt Foley, one of the last World War II coast watchers recently passed away in the Gold Coast hospital in Australia. Sgt Mathew Bernard Foley of the 2nd/22nd Battalion was a coast watcher signaller in a small party positioned in the Baining Mountains overlooking the Japanese base at Rabaul.


Public Service Shake Up

Public Servants in Kokopo District of East New Britain Province have been urged to improve their performance.


Phone Book Names

Scientists struggling to name new constellation of beetle species finally have a Eureka moment in the PNG phone book.


Port Moresby Port

As the government has made a decision to redevelop the existing Port Moresby waterfront into a commercial recreation area, to be completed before 2018 the existing port will need to be relocated. Public Enterprise Minister Ben Micah has confirmed the proposed move. The port facility will be moved to the other side of the harbour but the precise location and costs are not yet known.

Army Pilot Buried

The remains of an Army pilot from Mount Prospect who died in a crash in PNG during World War II have been positively identified and was buried with full military honours in Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday the third of April.


Ok Tedi Funds

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill has vowed to end what he termed "secret arrangements" between the mine's former owner, BHP Billiton, and the PNG Sustainable Development Project.


New Ambulance Service

A Samoan family has introduced a new private ambulance service in Papua New Guinea to provide para-medicare to residents in the capital Port Moresby.


Family Protection Bill

The nation's National Executive Council - PNG's cabinet-like body - has endorsed the Family Protection Bill 2013, which will make domestic violence a criminal offence and strengthen protection orders.


Troops Withdrawn

The last batch of troops from PNG that were in the Solomon Islands as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), an international security program, has left the country.

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Phone Charging by the Sun

The World Bank Group is working with mobile phone company, Digicel, to enable solar powered mobile phone charging and street lighting to 500 villages in Papua New Guinea. Digicel says it is happy to help provide solar charging stations that will be life changing for remote communities, businesses and farmers.


Illegal Ammunition

An Australian expatriate has pleaded guilty to trying to illegally export components used in the manufacture of ammunition into PNG.



A restructure of State holdings will see Petromin dismantled. The CEO of Petromin has resigned of his own accord and staff of Petromin will be deployed to new entities. Petromin's mining and mineral exploration assets would go to a new State-owned entity, Kumul Minerals, while its petroleum assets would go to a separate but similarly named Kumul Petroleum.


PNG Rugby League

Australian rugby league legend Mal Meninga has begun training PNG's national rugby league team. Meninga signed on last month to become the Kumuls' high performance director for the next five years


UPNG MBA Alumni Launch

Date: Friday 26th April 2013

Time: 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Venue: Grand Palace Restaurant

Donation per table: K3,000
RSVP:, phone: 324 1844 or 72095001 / 72348512

Angau Hospital

Laga Industries - manufacturers of ice cream and beverage products - has donated gift bags of Laga products to the nurses and doctors on duty at the children's outpatient department. Laga Marketing Manager Ben Frame and his wife also donated baby clothes and a baby cot which they donated to the Children's Nursery.


Rabaul Queen

The police in Papua New Guinea say investigations into the Rabaul Queen disaster should wrap up in about two weeks.


Haines Hunter

Ela Motors has launched Haines Hunter boats into its line of products. Haines Hunter are manufacturers of quality boats for sports fishing or recreational boating.


Rotarians Rebuild Sariri

Residents of Sariri in PNG and members from Rotary clubs Warrnambool Daybreak, Geelong and Geelong East in Australia have built wooden houses and will build a school in May when Warrnambool Daybreak members visit the region.


More Sorcery Violence

The National -- -- reports that six women and a man accused of sorcery were tortured and burnt as Easter sacrifices to eradicate the practice in Merep village in Nipa district, Southern Highlands. The claims could not be corroborated with Mendi police.


Anti Venom Trials

Upcoming clinical trials for anti-venom for the deadly Papuan Taipan. In some parts of PNG, the deadly Papuan Taipan has a mortality rate several times higher than malaria, tuberculosis and pneumonia.


PMV Accident

An accident along the Highlands Highway at Murip village in the Baiyer district of Western Highlands over Easter has seen the death of 25 people (seventeen men, seven women and a five year-old girl) after a 25-seater PMV coaster bus ran off the road and rolled down a steep cliff and crashed into rocks at the foot of the cliff..


Death toll rises in PNG bus crash --

The National newspaper has reported the Western Highlands Provincial Police Commander, Martin Lakari as describing the deaths as "PNG's worst road accident involving a public motor vehicle".

MP: Accident a great disaster --

Survivor recalls accident --

Corporate Charter Terminal

Air Niugini now has a Corporate Charter terminal at Jackson's airport in Port Moresby. The building was officially opened by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill yesterday evening. This terminal will specifically serve the airline's corporate charter clients. The new terminal is spacious and convenient. It provides all basic terminal functions and facilities with direct access to the airside for boarding. Clients can sit back and relax in the comfort of the spacious lounge whilst waiting for their flights. There are four check-in counters and two boarding counters. ANG is in the process of installing Self Service Check-in kiosks where passengers have the option of checking in themselves for flights with their luggage online and be able to obtain a boarding pass.

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

UPNG MBA Alumni Launch - 26th 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

2018 APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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

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