PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jun 2014

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Water for Kobuan

Kobuan is a coastal settlement in central Bougainville. Around 100 people from 16 households live there, earning money from the crops they grow and animals they rear. Oxfam water experts have been working with local community leaders and the villagers themselves to install a gravity-fed water system that allows water from a natural spring to flow directly to the heart of the village, all year round.


PX Honiara

Air Niugini's sales office in Honiara, Solomon Islands, will be re-opened on Monday to look after the interest of customers in the region, chief executive Simon Foo said. The new office will be located on the second floor of the Anthony Saru building opposite the PNG High Commission Office in Honiara.


Tree Kangaroos

Australian zookeepers Jean and Jim Thomas have spent the past decade working with the people of PNG to preserve the Tenkile, an endangered tree kangaroo that was on the verge of extinction when they started.

The Tenkile - also known as the Scott's tree kangaroo - is one of 17 species of tree kangaroo found in Papua New Guinea. It lives in a 125 hectare region in the Torricelli Mountain Range in PNG's north-east.


National Soccer League

Hekari United have won their ninth National Soccer League title after defeating Lae FC 3-0 in a final that was abandoned mid-way into the second half due to poor crowd behaviour and field invasion by Lae supporters.


Graffiti Clean Up

An Australian-based artist has been in Port Moresby teaching kids how to use stencils and spray cans to express themselves. And their work is providing a colourful platform to fight graffiti. The new stencil art is part of the Australia Week cultural program in Port Moresby, put on by the Australian High Commission.



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Kerema has already had an opportunity to have a taste of the Aussie Rules Niukick program for school-aged children. With the Australian government's K20, 0000 grant AFL PNG can now expand its Niukick program and reach out to communities and schools outside the Kerema area. Like other provinces where junior footy is being played, there is a growing interest from school-aged children to participate in AFLPNG's junior development program.


Telikom Acquire Datec

Telikom PNG Limited has announced, subject to regulatory approvals, its acquisition of one of PNG's leading internet service providers, Datec PNG Limited.


Grand Pacific Hotel

The collaboration between Fiji and PNG to restore the Grand Pacific Hotel to its grandeur signifies the Melanesian spirit to expand economic growth and development.


Paga Hill Resettlement

Police say they are very happy with the successful resettlement of 300 residents of the National Housing operation from Paga Hill in Port Moresby. The Paga Hill Development Company Limited has provided transport and removal services, as well as providing alternate land at six mile.


Coffee Berry Borer Pest

The coffee berry borer pest is reportedly just 20 kilometres from PNG's border with Indonesia and has the potential to destroy the majority of coffee crops.

Coffee provides cash for up to 40 per cent of PNG residents.



A United Nations' agency has labelled PNG's growing HIV and AIDS public health emergency a pandemic. The Executive Director of UNAIDS, and UN Assistant Secretary General Jan Beagle, and the agency's regional director Steve Kraus, have been to PNG to see the scale of the problem for themselves.


Me'ekamui Opposes Mining

Philip Miriori, who is styled as the president of the Me'ekamui Government of Unity on Bougainville, says he is against a resumption of mining on the Island before a vote on independence is undertaken.


Bougainville must keep forging unity --

Pacific Games

The Organising Committee for next year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby are confident there will be no further budget blowouts. PNG were awarded the hosting rights in 2009 but delays early in the process saw construction and planning fall close to two years behind schedule.


Pacific Games organisers focused on doing basics well --

Micro Bank

The Bank of PNG, Nationwide Micro Bank and K1 Association have signed partnership agreements confirming a commitment to deliver financial education training to a further 61,000 people in PNG. As part of the agreement, one of the leading microfinance service providers Nationwide Micro Bank will deliver financial education training to 11,000 of its existing and prospective clients through its branch network located in Buka, Kimbe, Lihir, Bulau, Wau, Lae, Madang, Wewak, Goroka, Kundiawa, Mt Hagen and Boroko.


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Health Aid Lost

An Australian doctor who has been working in PNG says it is going to be impossible for the country to meet any of their Millennium Development Goals by 2015.



The recent Australian federal budget called for the private sector to become more involved in foreign aid. Liam Cochrane, in PNG, has found one company that's successfully helping combat malaria. The medicine storekeeper project covers about 20,000 people surrounding the oil wells and pipelines of Oil Search's Moro camps.

The company provides the training and medicines and then pays the women 50 cents for each good quality blood sample they send in, providing income, data, and treatment. Over the years, malaria cases have dropped off and the women increasingly use their newfound small business skills to sell household goods.


PNG records over 800,000 malaria cases in 2012 --

PNG Moves to Ban Polygamy

Under the Civil Registration Act polygamous marriages are banned. Bigamy is already illegal in PNG, but the law will now extend to reject customary polygamous marriages, particularly between people in different provinces.


PNG Hunters

The PNG Hunters have settled into their new home at Kokopo, East New Britain province. The team was previously based in Port Moresby and playing home games at Kokopo and away games in Australia.


First LNG Berthing

Smit Lamnalco has performed the first berthing at the ExxonMobil Limited-operated PNG LNG Project Marine Terminal near Port Moresby. In June 2012 Smit Lamnalco was awarded the 10-year terminal services contract with additional extension options. Following an extensive period of preparation and planning, Smit Lamnalco was fully geared up to berth the first LNG carrier, the Spirit of Hela, when it arrived.


PNG Farm-In Agreement

Esrey Energy has announced that its subsidiaries, Telemu No. 18, LNG Energy (PNG) Limited and LNG Energy No. 2 Limited, have entered into an amendment to their farm-in agreement with wholly owned subsidiaries of Heritage Oil in PNG.


Baby Born On-board

Passengers on Air Niugini's Port Moresby to Manila flight recently received a surprise when an extra passenger joined the flight, as a woman of Filipino origin quietly delivered a baby on board the flight.


Solar Power

The World Bank, through its commercial arm the International Finance Corporation or IFC, has unveiled plans to get solar generated electricity services delivered to about half a million people in remote parts of PNG.


Claims Against Govt.

Deputy Solicitor General Tauvasa Tanuvasa has revealed claims against the State from successful lawsuits now stand at a record K6.3 billion (US$2.2 billion). There are also 5166 inactive claims, bringing the total number of claims to 16,044. The average cost of each claim against the State is K393, 000 (US$138,531), he said.



Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) are nothing but a "scam" used by logging companies and will be outlawed immediately.


Police Deny Shooting

PNG police have suggested Australia is carrying out "a major cover-up" over the Manus Island riots and have denied any of their officers were involved in the violence.


Melanesian Festival of Arts

The 5th Melanesian festival of arts and culture will be held next month. Port Moresby will stage the major event near the National Museum and Art Gallery, while Kokopo, Alotau, Wewak and Mt. Hagen will show performances as part of the festival. The event will be held over two-week from 28th June - 11th July.


Coming Events

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5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, 28 June - 11 July 2014

Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014

Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014

PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka

Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, 6 September 2014 --

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

Linguistic Society Conference Divine Word Uni 17 - 19 September

PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 --

Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

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

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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