PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Sep 2014

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Ross Kemp Almost Killed by Guerrillas --

AFL Papua New Guinea --

Missing scientists update --

Australian Federal Police Overseas Service Medal --

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Jimmy Nelson's best photograph: the Huli wigmen --

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News Items

International Terrorism

Prime Minister O'Neill has ordered an investigation into allegations that businesses operating in PNG have links to international terrorism. O'Neill said the allegations were of a financial nature and did not pose any threat to the people of PNG.


Family From MIDDLE-EAST Who Are Blacklisted Terror Suspects Invest Millions In PNG --

Foreign Water

Prime Minister O'Neill was taken to task to explain why Papua New Guinea's flag carrier Air Niugini was still serving Fijian made water and Australian made biscuits in all its international flights.


Vale Justice Mark Sevua

Manus has lost one of its most senior and respected sons. Justice Mark Sevua clocked 34 years of legal and judicial services as a lawyer and a Judge. He worked for 16 years in government and private legal services and 18 years as a Senior Supreme Court Judge.


Mount Tavurvur

Mt Tavurvur in East New Britain has remained quiet since spectacularly erupting last Friday (29 Aug), affecting many families in Rabaul district and parts of Gazelle, the volcano stopped rumbling the next day.


Many photos of the eruption were on facebook soon after sunrise on the 29th.

If you can't find any on Facebook then some photos can be viewed at -- -- and --

Move over Iceland: Tavurvur --

Volcano Gives Airlines Headache

The eruption of Mount Tavurvur has possibly created dangerous conditions for airlines. This event could affect millions of air travellers as flights may be re-routed or cancelled if the eruption becomes more severe.


Air Niugini flights to Rabaul --

Vale Ian Rhodes

Ian Rhodes, a retired employee of Air Niugini, has passed away peacefully at his home in Brisbane, Australia on the 24th of August. He is survived by his wife Hinano and 6 children Angela, Michelle, Ian, Shane, Dylan and Aston. Ian spent time at Air New Zealand and helped to co-found Air Rarotonga as well as working at Air Niugini and Airlines of PNG.

  • Thanks to Bruce Currie and Lindsay Boyd for providing the above information.

Water Pipe Project

Eda Ranu has started work on a 12-kilometre pipe from Waigani to supply water to villages in Central and the Liquefied Natural Gas facilities.


Police Stand Trail

Six police officers will stand trial over slashing the Achilles tendons of 74 men in an attack in Port Moresby last year.


DXpedition September

There will be a Radio IOTA DXpedition to PNG this month. The call signs will be P29NI and P29VCX. They should be on air sometime after the 10th of September. The team will consist of Team: Derek G3KHZ, Hans SM6CVX, Eddy K5WQG and Stig Nyman.

11/14 September from New Britain, OC-008, as P29VCX

15/20 September from Kranket, OC-258, as P29NI

21/25 September from Kiriwina, OC-115, as P29VCX

25/30 September from Loloata, OC-240, as P29NI

Modes: SSB, CW and RTTY

This will most likely be the last trip for the group to PNG and they are offering the associated radio equipment, including tables and chairs that they store in PNG for sale.


Besta Cup

The 2014 Besta Momase FA Cup soccer challenge has kicked off in Madang. The tournament, which included most male teams and a few female teams from the Momase region, brightened up Madang's premier soccer venue, Laiwaden Oval, with their colourful team colours.


Opposition 'Decimation'

Kerenga Kua, a member of the PNG parliament (MP for Sinesine-Yongomul) has called for an inter-departmental committee to investigate the decimation of the parliamentary opposition.


Anthropologist Returns

An American anthropologist who worked in one of the remotest areas in the country returned in July to rediscover the world she and her husband had experienced 50 years ago.


Growth Must Be Managed

Speaking at the United Nations Small Islands Developing States Conference in Samoa, Prime Minister O'Neill says Pacific values should be more prominent in moulding the development agendas of Pacific nations.


Miss PNG South Pacific

PNG Air Service Limited has declared a formal agreement to sponsor the sixth entrant for Miss PNG South Pacific pageant, Grace Nugi. The competition will start on October where the winner for the contest will obtain the position of Miss PNG Red Cross.


ICC Trophy

PNG was hit by ICC Cricket World Cup fever this week when the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy made a historic visit to the Pacific nation.


Sustainable Development Program

PNG's prime minister has been accused of 'grossly misrepresenting' a court decision over disputed funds from the Ok Tedi mine.

The PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNG SDP) and the PNG government are involved in a bitter tussle for control of the $1.4 billion trust, which uses money from the Ok Tedi mine to fund development projects.


The PNG SDP was set up in 2002 as part of BHP's exit from the Ok Tedi mine, which caused extensive environmental damage to the Western Province.

Frieda River Project

PanAust and Highlands Pacific's Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guinea is expected to cost around $1.7bn, according to the latest feasibility report by PanAust. The company claims that the project is one of the largest known undeveloped copper deposits in the world.


The Frieda River project comprises four copper-gold deposits located on the border of the Sandaun and East Sepik provinces in PNG.

Tura Fare

The National Airline, Air Niugini, has officially launched the 'Tura fare', allowing 50,000 seats available on a 50 percent discount till September 2015.


Drug-resistant TB

The discovery of an almost incurable strain of tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea's capital has renewed concerns about the potential for the disease to spread to Australia.


PNG Independence Anniversary

Just as the next edition comes out Papua New Guinea will be celebrating 39 years of Independence. PNG gained peaceful independence from Australia on the 16th of September 1975. If you are in the country then there is bound to be a big celebration no matter where you are. If you are in the National Capital then the Hiri Moale Festival should also be worth a visit.

Port Moresby Orphans

A Catholic priest whose NGO provides help for orphans as well as women and children at risk in Port Moresby says it is not often openly admitted that poverty is widespread in PNG.


AFL International Cup

As mentioned in the last edition of the PNG Gossip Newsletter - the PNG MVIL Mosquitoes won the 2014 AFL International Cup held in various locations around Victoria in Australia. The final game was played on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) against the Ireland Warriors. The game was exciting with the Mosquitoes defeating the Warriors 6.9.45 to 6.6.42 (by three points).

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See a new item - Winning a flag in Melbourne --

Maritime Sensor System

PNG Village reports the National Maritime Safety Authority has set up sensors, which use radio-aided detection and automatic weather monitors. They are based at Alotau in Milne Bay, Tuam in Morobe province and St George in New Ireland Province.


MV Ammari

Next year the MV Ammari will pay a visit to PNG. The former Fantasea Cruises vessel will deliver life-saving medical, training and building services to isolated seas and rivers in the country.

The ship is run by Youth With a Mission (Y-WAM) whose motto is Overcome the Impossible. --


Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes be cancelled. Of course, I may also put down a wrong date.

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Hiri Moale Festival, 15 - 16 September

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

Linguistic Society Conference Divine Word University, 17 - 19 September

PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 --

Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

Sixth 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

MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 --

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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