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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
baksait back (rear)
baksait; bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
insait long in / inside of
insait inside
kambek / kam bek come back
long bek backwards
nem name
not north
sait / hapsait side
saut south
wes west
nem bilong mi my name is
mi no save I do not understand

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with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG lacks planning for mass evacuation, disaster official says --

Kangaroo care eyed to help cut child deaths --

Australian Jillaroos too good for plucky Papua New Guinea Orchids --

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Newcrest high in PNG's foreign earnings list --

Insurer backs globe-athon --

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Growing rice to cut down on imports --

Clean-up to improve hygiene in Hanuabada --

PNG, Australian Prime Ministers' Departments Sign Assistance MOU --

Pacific Islands Pageant --

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Misc Links

Bank of PNG --

Milne Bay - Sustaining their retirement pay --

A United States soldier, who vanished in 1944 over PNG, is finally heading home for burial --

Meninga commends PNG PM's XIII team --

O'Neill addresses United Nations General Debate, 72nd Session --

David Inau, the army pilot inspired by Wewak's Flying Bishop, Leo Arkfeld --

Blockchain in PNG, Myth or Messiah --

Crooked ex-travel agent Vanessa Barrett has sentence conditions loosened to allow travel to PNG --

News Items

Cairns Community Assists PNG

The PNG community based in the Australian city of Cairns, in Far North Queensland, has formed an organisation 'The Heartbeat' to support PNG with better health care equipment and education materials.

Post Courier --

Death Penalty

The Government is expected to make a decision soon on the death penalty while 12 people on death row continue to wait. Justice Minister and Attorney-General Davis Steven said a decision would be made soon on the matter.

PNG Daily News --

100 Day Govt Plan

An International Monetary Fund team visiting PNG says the Government's 100-Day Economic Stimulus Plan will help cut the 2017 fiscal deficit significantly.

Loop PNG --

PNG faces economic challenges: IMF official --

Public Servant Recruitment

Amid reports of a gross shortage of manpower in a number of government departments, Personnel Management Secretary, John Kali, has explained the freeze on all public service recruitment.

Post Courier --

Leaders Linked to Criminals

National Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Benjamin Turi has told The National newspaper some politicians and bureaucrats are being protected by or associate themselves with criminals.

The National --

Journey Around the Island

Thor Jensen from Denmark and his crew of two brothers, Sanakoli and Justin John, of Bedauna village on Basilaki Island in Milne Bay could not make it into the World's Guinness Book of Records for circumnavigating an island, but they have set a world record for sailing in a traditional sailing canoe around the main island shared between PNG and Indonesia in one year and one month. Their estimate of eight months turned into one year.

Post Courier --

Greasy Pole Death

A young man has fallen to his death while competing for a prize by climbing a greasy pole at the Goroka Show. The man, with three others, was climbing to the top of the 12 metre pole when he fell. The pole was decorated with cash prizes and items like pots, shoes, caps and bags.

Radio New Zealand --

Solomons PM

PNG Born, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has indicated he would like to seek PNG citizenship after he retires from politics. Mr Sogavare is the youngest of five sons of a pioneer missionary, Loko Sogavare, from Choiseul, Solomon Islands, who worked as a Seventh-Day Adventist Church missionary in remote Northern province in the 1950s.

Post Courier --

City Mission Donation

The Holiday Inn in Port Moresby has donated K10,000 to City Mission to support its charity work. City Mission's representative Dorothy Koch thanked the hotel for the initiative to support the work of charity in the community and the country.

The National --

Young Historians Visit Aust

Two young historians from the National Museum and Art Gallery will be travelling to Australia to collect resources that will be used for a new exhibition at the Old House of Assembly in Port Moresby.

Loop PNG --

Manus Protest

The PNG immigration authority says 31 detainees from the Manus Island detention centre are being employed in PNG. PNG has recognised about 600 men detained on Manus as refugees the majority of whom do not want to be settled there. Detainees tried to send that message to governments in Canberra and Port Moresby today during a peaceful protest in the detention centre, the 50th such protest in as many days.

Radio New Zealand --

Catholic Break-In

The Catholic Archdiocese of Port Moresby is urging the public to be vigilant at all times after they recently fell victim to two separate break-ins.

Loop PNG --

Melanesia Basketball Cup

As part of the 42nd Independence anniversary celebrations, members of the Pepsi PNG Men's and Women's National Basketball Teams took the streets of Port Moresby to showcase the two FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cups.

PNG News --

Hunters Win Grand Final

The PNG Hunters have won the Grand Final of the Queensland Rugby League Competition in Brisbane. The Hunters kept supporters in suspense as they trailed for most of the game until the dying minutes. The PNG Hunters won 12-10 against the Sunshine Coast Falcons at Suncorp Stadium in their first Grand Final appearance, but it took exactly 78 minutes to secure victory. Celebrations started immediately and are set to continue for ages to come.

Post Courier --

The SP PNG Hunters debut in the Intrust Super Cup grand final created a wave of excitement amongst Port Moresby-based fans. To help fans the National Capital District Commission helped subsidise airfares to Brisbane in Australia so lucky residents could catch the showdown live.

Loop PNG --

Heroes Welcome for Hunters --

Party time in Port Moresby as PNG Hunters claim Queensland Cup title --

1975 Reflection

Johnny Banzak reflects on Independence and the lead up to it. "There was a lot of resistance to Independence. A lot of people didn't like it. I went with two colonial Australian officers. There was also a lot of anger". Banzak's job was to soften his people.


Hela to Southern Highlands Road

A 36 kilometre road linking Hela and Southern Highlands has now been opened to the public. Simon Pipi, from Tupip village on the border of Southern Highlands and Hela, said the road had given hope to people like him living in the border areas.

The National --

Commercial Advocacy

Seventy-three lawyers at the PNG Legal Training Institute (LTI) now have the skills to pursue careers in commercial practice after undergoing a week's training in Commercial Advocacy. The course is designed to strengthen legal and advocacy skills including applying to the court for injunctions, drafting letters of advice and pleadings, responding to discovery applications and preparing for trials.

Post Courier --


An International Finance Corporation led survey, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority, has revealed that tourists spent $105 million (about K334 million) in PNG in the first half of this year. Each visitor, on average, spent $2558 (about K8133) per trip. Results show the importance of Australian and Asian visitors to PNG's tourism sector. Visitors from these countries constitute 75 per cent of the total tourist arrivals.

The National --

Five Toea

The five toea coin is still legal tender in PNG. Despite this many shops are giving lollies as change rather than handing over a 5 toea coin. Business houses should refrain from the practice of giving out lollies or other items in place of 5 toea. Customers should also insist on getting 5 toea change from shops, and not to accept lollies or other items as change.

Bank of Papua New Guinea --

Manus Fire

Six women and four men died in a fire at a supermarket in Manus. Provincial police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu said the fire began at about 3am inside the Splendid Star Ltd supermarket. It quickly engulfed the building, trapping the 10 people, believed to be from China, inside.

The National --

Police want proper fire service in Manus --

Coral Sea Classic

The revived Coral Sea Rally is set to re-invigorate the spirit of the Coral Sea Classic Race, according to Royal Papua Yacht Club general manager Aaron Batts. Batts said two PNG yachts would be among seven to sail from Cairns to Port Moresby which include three from Australia, one from Sweden and one from Germany.

The National --

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.

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup from 27 September to 1 October, 2017 --

War Canoe Festival - 27th and 28th of October, Alotau, Milne Bay Province

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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