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Old footy boots sought from Cairns athletes to give PNG village a shot at rugby title --

Award winning film maker tells of her childhood during the Bougainville Crisis --

Pioneer nun returns home after 46 years --

Australia Would Rather Invest in Papua New Guinea than in China --

Teacher charged with rape of girl, 6 --

Sios keen to discover new talent --

No overseas trips for PNG minister, officers --

K100,000 set aside to aid relocation of settlers in Lae --

Lae Students Mark Child Protection Day --

PNG region records 5.4 magnitude quake --

Misc Links

Out of date website about PNG Governor General --

How Cathay Pacific captain spun memories of defying death as a New Guinea bush pilot into an award-winning book --

The Architect of Kokoda --

Modern Port Moresby --


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PNG Artist's Art piece of US Marine's Devine Experience --

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News Items

Independence Day

PNG Celebrates Independence Day on the 16th of September. PNG gained independence from Australia in 1975.

To get you in the mood here are a few links --

Eric Surface PNG Independence Day Videos Part 1 --
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Eric has a few other videos about PNG so don't forget to click on the links offered by YouTube about Eric's stay in PNG.

EMTV Independence Special: PNG 1975 - 2015 --

Independence is celebrated not only in PNG but overseas as well. Here is a clip from Brisbane, Australia -- -- and a clip from Shenyang, China --

Sydney PNG Wantoks --

History of Papua New Guinea --

Highlands Fuel

Service stations in Kundiawa, Chimbu Province, have run dry following the continued road block by aggrieved relatives of the policeman killed in Wabag, Enga Province. The public have raised concerns that if the road block continues at Chuave, the Highlands provinces will not only face a fuel shortage, but will also have to pay increased costs for other goods and services

Post Courier --

Highway blocked --

Police chief wants roadblocks lifted --

Medical Symposium

The Medical Society of Papua New Guinea is currently hosting the 53rd Medical Symposium in Port Moresby at the Stanley Hotel from Sunday 3rd - 8th of September 2017. The Symposium is being co-hosted by the 2017 Medical Symposium Committee led by the Chairman Dr Osborne Liko, and the Deputy Chairman Dr Duncan Dobunaba.

Medical Society PNG --

Symposium to formulate national surgical and anaesthetic policy --

A request has been made to make the Symposium an annual event --

K50 mil for medicine --

Love Leads to Looting

A store has been looted and the store owner badly injured after his love affair with his girlfriend went wrong. Recently, at Mambo Settlement in Goroka, a group of Kafe clansmen from Henganofi district in Eastern Highlands attacked the store owner from Unggai-Bena district whom they accused of taking a primary school girl from their clan and hiding her for three days.

PNG Today --

Caribou Crash Remembered

A small but significant celebration was held recently at De La Salle Secondary School, Bomana, to remember the RAAF Caribou transport aircraft crash of 1972 in which 20 students from De La Salle and one from Popondetta High School lost their lives after a school cadet program. The RAAF's worst peacetime air crash on August 28, 1972, claimed the lives of 25 of the 29 on board.

Post Courier --

Kokopo to Kavieng

A video of a flight on Air Niugini's P2-ANC from Kokopo to Kavieng on the 17th of June 2008 in memory of First Officer Tim Houji.

YouTube --

Bush pilot from Kokopo to Hoskins via Palmalmal --

Hanuabada Donations

PNG Ports Corporation Limited has donated K20,000 and goods to the Hanuabada fire-affected families. PNGCPL board chairman Nathaniel Poiya, chief executive officer Stanley Alphonse, and the management, board and staff recently made the the donation at the PNGCPL office.

Post Courier --

One of Papua New Guinea's oldest businesses, KK Kingston, a leader in the manufacture of plastic products, industrial chemicals, paper products, cooking oil and household consumer goods, has donated to the Hanuabada fire appeal. The office donated a 9000 litre Tuffa tank with truckload of plastic products, industrial chemicals, paper products, cooking oil and household consumer goods, part of their proud products.

Post Courier --

Lae-based company Panamex, which is also a major sponsor of the Lae City Dwellers soccer team, donated some of their products to affected families at Hanuabada.

Post Courier --

Pini Wins Gold

The Papua New Guinea Masters Swim team made history when they competed for the first time at the 17th FINA World Masters Swimming Championships held in Budapest, Hungary recently. PNG's swimmer Ryan Pini demonstrated what a true champion he is by winning Gold in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke, Silver in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle and 5th place in the 100m Butterfly.

Loop PNG --

Anglican's Ordain New Archbishop

The Anglican Church in PNG has a new archbishop to represent the church. Archbishop Allan Rirme Migi, 58, from Gasmata in West New Britain, was ordained as head of the church in Lae. Migi was enthroned as the seventh archbishop of the Anglican Church of PNG. He is the 11th bishop of New Guinea since the church was set up in the country.

The National --

Clean Up Buai

NCD Governor Powes Parkop has given betelnut vendors and chewers in the city a chance to show responsibility of cleaning up betelnut waste and spittle before a ban comes back into effect in February next year. Mr Parkop said that the ban has been lifted and people given six months grace period to change from their bad attitude

Post Courier --

Customs Service

Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel says the PNG Customs Service is an important part of government's revenue framework and is doing its best to meet the targets in the budget.

The National --

Agarobe Calls for Unity

Central Province Governor Robert Agarobe has called on all public servants in the province to work with him to move forward to bring the country to the next level. Mr Agarobe was speaking to the Provincial Management Team (PMT), which includes the five district chief executive officers (CEOs) at the provincial headquarters in Konedobu, Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

Dam Protest Sorted

Water and electricity supplies to Port Moresby are back to normal after PNG Power officials took back the keys to the Sirinumu Dam from the protesting Koiari landowners. Meanwhile, Oa said the water level at the dam was about 59 per cent of the full capacity of 340.3 million cubic metres. It has been falling because of the recent dry weather. Moresby Residents have been advised to save water.

The National --

Landowners shut down Sirinumu dam --

FIFA Senior Vice President

Papua New Guinea Football Association (PNGFA) president David Chung is carrying the national flag with distinction. Chung who is also the Oceania Football Confederation president and automatically a vice-president to FIFA, as one of the six Confederations, has now moved up a notch in the FIFA hierarchy. Whilst there was no announcement by FIFA, the FIFA Council hierarchy as shown on their website has FIFA president Gianni Infantino (Italy) at the top and Chung (Papua New Guinea) next as the senior vice-president.

Post Courier --

Monument for Governor Generals'

A historical monument has been built for Papua New Guinea's first Governor General, the late Sir John Guise. The monument, at Dogura, Milne Bay province, will house two great leaders of Wedau village, Sir John Guise and the late Kinsford Dibela. Kingsford Dibela was also a former Governor General. Sir Kingsford Dibela, GCMG was the third Governor-General of Papua New Guinea in 1983 to 1989.



The Papua New Guinea Mosquitoes is a national sporting team and should be given fair recognition by the National Government and the private sector. AFL PNG deputy chairman Loi Bakani made this statement during the Mosquitoes International Cup 2017 Cup presentation ceremony held recently at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

Remembering Battle in the Bay

Schools, the police, the Defence Force navy, ex-servicemen, scouts and girl guides participated in a parade in Alotau, Milne Bay, last Friday to commemorate the Battle of Milne Bay. The Battle of Milne Bay was fought from August 25 to Sept 7, 1942, during World War II.

The National --

500th Lutheran Anniversary

Over 1.2 million members of the Lutheran church in the country will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the church's reformation. The reformation started when monk Martin Luther broke away from the Roman Catholic Church to establish the Lutheran Church.

The National --

Declare Guns Before Flying

Firearm holders have been warned to declare any ammunition they are carrying before boarding a flight in and out of Port Moresby. Twelve incidents have been reported to the Jackson airport police since last month of travellers not declaring ammunition before getting on board their flights.

Post Courier --

Students Victims of Violence

Two grade nine students at different high schools in the Highlands have become victims of violence allegedly by members of the disciplined forces.

Post Courier --

Illegal Logging Leases

The government has promised to finally shut down illegal logging leases that have enriched foreign companies and dispossessed traditional landowners. The country's new Lands Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, has formed a committee to review 175 controversial Special Agricultural Business Lease (SABL).

NZ City --

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.

World First Aid Day -- 9th September 2017

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 --

Oceania Men's and Women's Continental Hockey Qualification in Port Moresby in May 2018

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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