PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Aug 2017

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Tok Pisin English
ai eye
aiglas spectacles
aipas blind
banis fence / ribs / wall
bel belly
belhevi regret
belisi calm (person)
bikbus dense bush
dai pinis die
em nau! great! fantastic!; literally 'him now!'
em tasol that's all
han bilong pisin wing
han arm / hand
haus sik hospital
hausboi / hausmeri servant
het i pen headache
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kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
sanguma / puripuri sorcery / witchcraft

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Is there a special law for O'Neill & his police commissioner? --

PMV owners urged to complete routes, stop overcharging --

Report highlights ways to grow employment across country --

Locals showcase talent --

Call to set up heart institute --

APEC locations to showcase PNG's diversity --

New TB clinic being set up at Port Moresby General Hospital --

Scuba diving in PNG --

Misc Links

Flowers of Papua New Guinea --

PNG Gardener --

Emblem of Papua New Guinea --

The 10 Best Papua New Guinea Sights & Landmarks --

Book - Survivor: Alive in Mum's Loving Arms --

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PNG Attitude --

News Items

PNG Cricket

Check out the highlights from a recent match between the Hebou PNG U19 Garamuts and Fiji.


PNG Garramuts seal their spot at the 2018 Under 19 Cricket World Cup finals --

PNG Aussie Rules

After losing their first AFL International Cup match to Ireland the PNG Mosquitoes in their second match managed to suck the blood out of Nauru in the first two quarters of a recent match. The Mozzies defeated Nauru 84 points to 29


PNG's AFL title defence on tenterhooks --

Baki Should Resign

The PNG Opposition has called on Police Commissioner Gari Baki to resign from his position over his handling of the recent elections.


Doctorless Hospital

According to Nursing Services director Thomas Tepend says the Kiunga district hospital in Western province has been without a doctor for more than 20 years. "I have been working with the hospital for more than 14 years now. The last government doctor left us in 1997," he said. Tepend said they usually get more than 100 patients a day.

The National --

Settlers to Work With Parkop

Settlers in the Wild life settlement in Port Moresby North-East have congratulated National Capital District re-elect Governor Powes Parkop for his landslide victory and urge him to fulfil his promises.

Post Courier --

Snakebite Fee Withdrawn

A plan by the Port Moresby General Hospital to charge K15,000 for snakebite treatment has been cancelled. Hospital chief executive Dr Umesh Gupta had earlier issued a circular informing clinical coordinators, finance managers and revenue clerks to charge K15,000 for snakebite anti-venom cases.

The National --

St John to focus on snake bite cases --

Daka Skyrockets

Small vendors in Port Moresby selling the much loved fruit of life, the betel, in the city are complaining that prices of mustard or daka are sky rocketing. Buai markets around 6 mile, Hanuabada, Manu Auto Port and Gordons are selling mustard at around 3 or 4 for K5.

Post Courier --

Edie Creek Mine

Niuminco Group Limited is now the 100% owner of the historic Edie Creek gold mine in PNG after completing an agreement to purchase the final 17% interest it did not hold.

One PNG --

National Trade Policy

The Papua New Guinea National Trade Policy (NTP) has been launched. The NTP was endorsed by the National Executive council in April 2017 before the recently completed National Election. The new NTP will now be the missing link to plan and align PNG to ensure it is competitive, strategic, innovative and sustainable in striking trade deals with the world.

Post Courier --

Bangladeshi Burned to Death

Hundreds of people stood helpless as a Bangladeshi businessman died in a fire recently in the Enga Province capital of Wabag, a town already besieged by election violence. Wabag has no fire service and the man died in an upstairs apartment already engulfed in flames. Four other Bangladeshi men escaped the inferno.


Deadly guerrilla warfare maintains grip on PNG's Enga --

Female Political Participation

The Registry of Political Parties and Australian National University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a commitment to work together to improve women's leadership and political participation in PNG.

Loop PNG --

Teachers' Pay Increase

The PNG Teachers Association is calling on the Government to pay the agreed 3 per cent pay rise to the 60,000 teachers employed by the Teaching Service Commission as soon possible. A memorandum of agreement was signed last December between the PNGTA, TSC and the Department of Personnel for a pay rise to become effective from January this year to 2019.

The National --

Calls For PM to Step Down

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Police Commissioner Gari Baki have refused to step down amid mounting pressure in light of the Paul Paraka Lawyers saga. Mr O'Neill and Mr Baki issued single-sentence statements saying they would not step aside or step down.

Post Courier --

Crocodile Prize

In the past there have been many PNG authors such as Vincent Eri, Russell Soaba, Sir Paulias Matane and Rashmii Amoa Bell. The Crocodile Prize competition was created for the purpose of relighting the literary fire in PNG. The competition is an avenue where Papua New Guinean writers can express their artistry and literary talents. Getting published in the print and electronic media would be great for them. It is currently the only national literary competition in PNG with the vision of an effective writing and reading culture that nurtures the country's colourful history, rich culture and strong aspirations.

The competition is open to all and is free. Papua New Guineans are encouraged to take part. The competition will close on 30 September and winners will be announced in November. For more information send an email to


Morobe Owes Providers

The Morobe government is "in the red" because it owes service providers K44 million, says Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil. Basil said the new government under Pangu Pati candidate Ginson Saonu will have a difficult time trying to settle the debt left by the previous government.

The National --


PNG Air has commenced services to Cairns from the 14th of August 2017 as part of an air services charter for Newcrest Mining. "The airline will be flying 3 days each week between Cairns and Lihir Island using our new ATR 72-600 aircraft," said Muralee Siva Chief Executive PNG Air.

Post Courier --

PNG Air now flying to Wapenamanda --

PNG Sand to Australia

In a variation of the coals-to-Newcastle theme, Mayur Resources, an eclectic multi-commodity resources house plans to ship a million tonnes of sand from PNG to Sydney. It's cheaper to ship the stuff from PNG, where the sand will be an otherwise waste product from Mayur's proposed Orokolo Bay mineral and industrial sands project on the southern coast.

Ramu Mine --

Project Runway

Wantok Clothing has won the Traditionally Inspired Dress category on Project Runway for the third consecutive year. Project Runway was sponsored by Pacific Balanced Fund and hosted by the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Papua New Guinea (MPIP PNG) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

"Be bold and be brave," were the words of encouragement echoed to the guests and participants during the Pacific Balance Fund-sponsored Project Runway --

In memory of Ruby Anne --

Problematic Land Leases

An advocacy group in PNG says the new government needs to finally address problematic land leases. A 2013 Commission of Inquiry found that Special Agricultural Business Leases [SABLs], under which about 12 percent of the country's land was leased out, amounted to a land grab.

Radio New Zealand --

Land and Housing Issues

Both Port Moresby for Housing Minister and Moresby Northeast MP John Kaupa and Lands and Physical Planning Minister and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko have vowed to use their new ministerial positions to address housing and land issues in the city. Mr Kaupa said he would give ownership of National Housing Corporation houses back to the tenants in Moresby South electorate who have occupied and developed these properties at their own cost for decades. In return he wanted Mr Tkatchenko to address land issues particularly the conversion of settlements to suburbs in Moresby Northeast electorate, a request Mr Tkatchenko said he was willing to address.

Post Courier --

New Deputy PM

The biggest winner in the new cabinet of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is the great-grandson of a pioneering English missionary of the same name, Charles Abel, who steps up to become Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister. Mr Abel, 47, of Milne Bay, has a degree in economics from Queensland University and, like Mr O'Neill, is an accountant.

Mr Abel said the government had to "get back to some of the basics, like ensuring there's medicines in our hospitals, and that whilst we provide access to education, it is quality education".

The Australian --

Operation Open Heart

The experience gained from external cardiac visits highlights the challenges which when addressed will help ensure the new local cardiac service becomes a robust and vibrant program. This was shared by the PNG medical team during a first of its kind Operation Open Heart mini-symposium held recently in Port Moresby.

Post Courier -

Sir Andrew Trawen

The St Joseph Catholic Church in Port Moresby was packed to capacity yesterday as Government Ministers, members, family, friends and stakeholders gathered to farewell Sir Andrew Trawen at his funeral.

Post Courier --

Gulf to Southern Highlands

The road connecting Gulf to Southern Highlands and Hela will be ready for use next year, according to Works and Implementation Minister Michael Nali. In addition, he said the development of a new port at Kikori in Gulf should ease the burden on the Highlands Highway and Lae Port.

The National --

MAF Flight Training

With a 'One Training Centre - Two Campuses' approach, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) will again offer flight training for Papua New Guineans in PNG. The two training campuses are Mount Hagen, WHP and Mareeba, Queensland, Australia. MAF is planning two intakes each year, with the opportunity for up to four PNG students to begin training at each intake.

Post Courier --

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.

PNG International Business Summit - 22 and 23 August - will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia

National Darts Championships Alotau from 8 September through to 18 September 2017.

Independence Day - 16 September 2017

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup from 24 September to 1 October, 2017.

Rugby League World Cup 2017 - Wales vs PNG in Port Moresby - 28 October 2017 --

PNG Games have been postponed to 18 November 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 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)

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

PNG Media Related Sites

The following sources are used to help find items for this newsletter -

Post Courier Newspaper --

The National Online Newspaper --

PNG Business Directory --

PNG Tok Pisin --

EM TV (Television) --

And of course articles can come from contributions from readers and other websites such as-

National Broadcasting Corporation --

Wantok Radio --

Tree House Productions --

Chin H Meen --

Hitron (Cable TV) --

PNG Media

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