PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Feb 2017

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Petition over PNG lease system woes --

Gerehu Secondary School Teachers Fight for Housing --

PNG Customary landowner: SABL exploits human rights --

Students open accounts with NCSL at Vanimo --

Mawans Question Madang Open MP on Infrastructural Developments --

The secret to fixing PNG's coffee industry --

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News Items

New Political Parties

The National newspaper has reported the new parties are the Paradise Kingdom Party, the PNG First Party, the Model Nation Party, the Trust PNG Party, the PNG Youths Party, the Nations Interest Party, the PNG Socialist Party, the Wantoks in Godly Services Party and the Papua New Guinea Human Rights Party.

Radio NZ --

Wewak Market

PNG Fisheries Industry Association president Sylvester Pokajam is concerned about the condition of Wewak town's market. He said the construction of the facility came about because of fishing deals between Japan and PNG through the National Fisheries Authority when he was the managing director in 2006.

The National --

Polye Warns Political Rivals

Opposition Leader Don Polye has warned his political opponents to stop using 'me as a political commodity for your personal gain.' Polye issued the warning at a ceremony where supporters of his rival candidates at Upper Marient in Kandep surrendered and vowed to support him in this year's election.

PNG News --

Oil Search

Bloomberg are reporting that 62-year-old geologist Peter Botten is seeking to engineer a US$5 billion deal that would confirm the emerging status of Papua New Guinea as one of the world's most lucrative gas exporters.

LNG Industry News --

Oil Search Ltd. said it plans to focus on investments and boost spending this year, to expand its footprint as well as oil-and-gas reserves in PNG after cutting back in recent years and missing out on an acquisition. --

Melanesian Basketball Cup

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup will see the best teams from the region battle it out for their chance at glory by claiming the coveted Melanesian Cup and earning their spot in the Pacific Games Basketball Tournament.

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup is one of the three new Oceania sub-zone competitions comprising of the Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian regions. Papua New Guinea will play host to Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu from the 24th of September to the 1st of October, 2017.

FIBA Website --

Hungry Prisoners

More than 170 inmates in a PNG jail have been without food for several days after the company contracted to supply them with food cancelled its services. The Post Courier Newspaper reported concerned guards at the Baisu jail in Mt Hagen had used their own money to buy food for inmates from the local market.

Radio New Zealand --

Food supplier resumes deliveries to PNG jail --

Malaysian Super League

The first PNG footballer to sign a professional contract since the 1990's has made an impressive beginning, scoring twice in his first two starting appearances for Penang in the Malaysian Super League.

ABC Australia --

Telikom - Bmobile Vodafone and PNG DataCo

Telikom, bmobile Vodafone and PNG DataCo are to be merged under Telikom, according to the acting Minister for Public Investment and State Enterprises, Charles Abel. The new entity will operate under a single board which will be headed by Telikom's current chairman, Mahesh Patel, with representation from the previous boards of bmobile and DataCo.

Business Advantage PNG --

Telikom workers in PNG present grievances --

Foreign Exchange Shortages

The difficulty in getting foreign exchange is making goods made in Papua New Guinea more attractive, local manufacturers tell 'Business Advantage Boardroom', which aired last night on national broadcaster, EMTV. But a lack of protection against cheap overseas competition remains a problem.


Whistle Blower Law

Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ambeng Kandakasi, has stressed the need for Parliament to enact whistle blower legislation to help rid society of corruption.

Radio New Zealand --

Wisil Outruns Aussie

Toea Wisil has beaten the current Australian 100 metre champion and national record holder Melissa Breen on her home ground in Canberra at the recently held ACT Championships.

The National --

Kaputin shines at Texas meet, sets PNG records --

PNG in Arrears

PNG is in arrears in the payment of their financial contributions under the terms of Article 19 of United Nation Charter.

United Nations --

A Member of the United Nations which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organization shall have no vote in the General Assembly if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years. The General Assembly may, nevertheless, permit such a Member to vote if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the Member.


Air Niugini

Strong demand for seats on the soon-to-be launched direct service between Townsville and Port Moresby comes as no surprise to Air Niugini. Network planner for Air Niugini David Glover said the airline wanted to take advantage of Townsville's wide catchment area.

Townsville Bulletin --

University of Goroka

The University of Goroka (UOG) is looking at modernising the institution by expanding the facilities, recruiting senior lectures and introducing new departments to capture the high number of students. UOG Chancellor, Joseph Sukwainomb, revealed the University's intention during the opening of the 2017 orientation week whilst celebrating the institution's 20th anniversary.


Jackson's Upgrade

The National Airport Corporation is embarking on major improvements at the Port Moresby International Airport. Acting managing director Richard Yopo announced that paid parking at the Airport car parks will be introduced in the second quarter of 2017 and an Airport Bus operation is planned to commence at the same time.

One PNG --

SP Sports Awards

The SP Sports Awards will be marking 25 years of recognising sporting excellence in PNG this year. Nominations are now open and close on the 3rd of April.

The National --

USAID Medical Care

The US Government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is raising the capacity to provide medical care in PNG. USAID through its Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) partnered with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Inc to expand the staff housing at the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Jiwaka.

PNG Today --

Angau Cancer Specialist

Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko says there is no accuse for the ANGAU Cancer Facility to not have an oncologist. It comes after a mother of eight from his electorate, Winnie Solien passed away after going to Lae for cancer treatment at ANGAU.


Two oncologists to be recruited for Lae Cancer Unit --


Australia's P&O cruise ship Pacific Aria carrying almost 2000 passengers has visited the coastal town of Wewak on the northern tip of PNG. Over 640 tourists booked land tours dubbed the "Wewak Highlights" with local operator Sepik Adventure Tours. Others took private tours of this scenic coastal township.

The National --

Kimbe Police Cells

West New Britain Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Superintendent Jim Namora, says the provincial health inspectors had given the police a 28-day ultimatum to refurbish the lockup facilities or face legal actions. Due to this West New Britain Police will no longer be arresting suspects and detaining them at the Police cell. PPC Namora says for now, he has ordered his men to refrain from arresting lawbreakers until the problem is fixed.


Somare's Farewell Begins

The East Sepik council of chiefs has performed a traditional ceremony marking the start of the preparation for Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare's exit from politics. The council of chiefs was formed to make preparations to farewell the founding prime minister in traditional rituals and ceremonies.

The National --

Vale Sir Michael Ogio

The ninth PNG Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio passed away on Saturday 18th of Feb at the age of 75. The island nations vice-regal had been dealing with illness for some time, and had just returned to the island after receiving medical treatment in Australia, with the official cause of death listed as liver, kidney and cardiopulmonary failure.

Global Times --

New ANZ Board Chairman

Lady Winifred Kamit has been appointed chairman of the ANZ (PNG) Ltd board. She replaces Vishnu Mohan, whose term ended last year.

The National --

Unpaid LNG Royalty Protest

Villagers are blockading the country's biggest resources project because the government has not paid them long overdue royalties. Hundreds of people who live near the PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant outside Port Moresby have gathered around the main gate in an attempt to block access.

ABC Australia --

POM Soccer

The second week of the new look Port Moresby Soccer Association pre-season and plans are afoot for a more inclusive program, with youth development also a key aspect of change.


Enemies on the pitch, brothers off it --

Asia Pacific Telecommunity Meeting

Papua New Guinea was one 15 countries that attended the second Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) preparatory meeting which was held in Port Moresby recently. The conference was hosted by the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) to discuss issues of interest in the region, as it prepares for the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17).

PNG Today --

PNG Foreign Company Debt

The New Zealand Foreign Minister has gone into bat for New Zealand companies contracting to the Papua New Guinea Government but who are not being paid. At least one New Zealand company, Evaluation Consult, has an unpaid debt dating back to 2014.

The debt has since been verified by the PNG courts and while the company has been given a cheque this cannot be cleared for lack of government funds.

Radio NZ --

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.

Petroleum and Energy Summit - The Stanley Hotel, Port Moresby -- - 28th February - 2nd Mar 2017

Men's and Women's Longboard World Championship Tour Tupira Surf Resort, Madang province - 18th - 25th Mar 2017

Good Friday - 14 Apr 2017
Easter Sunday - 16 Apr 2017
Easter Monday - 17 Apr 2017

Australia PNG Business Forum & Trade Expo 14 - 16th May in Port Moresby --

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup from the 24th of September to the 1st of October, 2017.

PNG Games have been postponed to 18 Nov 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 Dec 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 Dec 2017

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

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