PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Dec 2017

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
nem name
baksait back (rear)
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
baksait / bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
insait inside
insait long in / inside of
kambek / kam bek come back
long bek backwards
not north
sait / hapsait side
saut south
wes west

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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Sport: PNG out to defend Mini Games title --

Guns and phones deal 'maximum' carnage to warring tribes --

PNG prepared for Gold Coast 2018 Queens Baton arrival --

Fresh talent make Hunters Train On Squad --

East Sepik Governor calls for reasonable Telikom rates --

Kato Ottio signs for Widnes joins subject to visa approval --

Crimes against children should shock PNG --

Financial literacy giving women opportunities --

Moresby Power expected to be less disruptive --

Abducted toddler found after one year --

PNG landowners block access to gas wells over royalty disputes --

Vanimo MP says PNG govt asleep on border protection --

Misc Links

Motukea Gas Limited --

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited --

Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in PNG --

Fremont Nazarene Church Asks for Support for Mission Trip to PNG --

Missionary family, who left for PNG in 2001, returns to share their story --

Photo of HMAS Armidale, in Port Moresby harbour in September 1942 --

HiTRON MMDS TV and Stereo Radio Channels - Choose from 117 TV and 15 Stereo Radio Channels --

Science shows redheads have genetic superpowers - They aren't all white. There are native redheads born in places like PNG and Morocco who have darker skin --

Out of our depth: deep sea mining (1) --

News Items

Sea Rescue

An order by a Chinese diplomat and a company executive to rescue victims of a boat mishap in Madang recently has changed the local's perspectives about the Ramu Nico mining company, according to two landowner spokesmen.

The National --

Tenkile Conservation Film

You might find it hard to believe, but some kangaroos live in trees! Tree kangaroos are one of the world's best kept wildlife secrets. But in PNG, they are struggling for survival: they are being hunted to extinction. A few years ago, the entire world population of the Tenkile, one of the rarest species, was down to just one hundred individuals.

"Into the Jungle" is an inspiring film about conservation and the protection of this rare and unique species of tree kangaroo and its impact on a rural community in West Sepik province.

Into the Jungle - Film --

Tenkile Conservation Alliance -

Madang's Agriculture Sector

Madang Governor Peter Yama says his province is one that rides on the back of agriculture and will continue to do so. Yama commended the Government for its strong emphasis on agriculture.

The National --

Gulf Province

The Kerema District Court in Gulf Province has been without a magistrate for a month and remandees are waiting for justice to be served. Acting Provincial police commander Inspector Michael Pakyei said since the appointment of the only senior magistrate of Kerema Sinclair Gora to Acting Judge last month there was no magistrate for Kerema.

Post Courier --

Indonesia Trains PNG Police

The Indonesian National Police has provided training to 60 members of the Special Service Division (SSD) of the PNG Police, in preparation for security operations of the 2018 APEC. The training for the SSD lasted for three weeks from the 13th of November through to the 2nd of December 2017, at the Specialist Training Centre, at the MacGregor Police Barracks near 9 Mile just outside Port Moresby.

Antara --

Morobe Deputy Governor

It would appear that Morobe has two Deputy Governors, one duly recognised by a decision of the Lae National court and another appointed by the incumbent Provincial Executive Council. Former Morobe governor Luther Wenge is questioning the legality of having two deputy governors and an illegitimate administrator without financial and administrative mandate to run the affairs of the province.

Post Courier --

Large-scale Fraud

The PNG Supreme Court has issued a stunning indictment of large-scale resource extraction projects in PNG, labelling them as 'large scale frauds committed against the true and correct landowners'.

PNG Mine Watch --

Defence Commander's Walk

The final commander walk for Port Moresby based PNG's Defence Force personnel for the year 2017 has ended in Port Moresby. Starting at 6 am at Murray Barracks, PNG commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo and a host of about a hundred military personal walked toward Five Mile, onward to the Australian High Commission, up to City Hall and around to Hohola before ended the walk back at Murray Barracks.

Post Courier --

Morobe M6 Quake

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck beneath Morobe Province on the PNG mainland, northern coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 52 kilometres, roughly 59 km north-northwest of Finschhafen. The quake struck within three kilometres of the shoreline, with the potential for damage up to 45 kilometres away, Geoscience Australia said.

Money Control --

Children's Christmas Feast

The Children's Christmas Feeding Committee will be staging the annual feeding program for underprivileged children on the 9th of December. The committee is anticipating to feed more than 3000 children this year. In 2014, about 900 children were fed, in 2015 they fed about 1200 children and last year 2016 about 2700 children were fed.

Post Courier --

Medicine Quality Control

A New Medicine Quality Control Laboratory facility has recently been commissioned by Health and HIV & Aids Minister, Dr. Puka Temu. The facility is the first in PNG and in the Pacific where all medicine coming into the country will be tested, before being distributed throughout PNG.


Waterproof Emergency Radio

All banana boats are currently built in PNG. As far as the writer (Ernie Lohberger) knows it is many years since any have been imported. All boats currently built in the country, by a number of different companies, offer full flotation by law. This means the boat will not sink if flooded. It can be used as float by passengers. However, if no-one knows you are floating in the water, you are still in trouble. Flotation may not apply to earlier older boats, some of which have no or limited flotation built in. It is recommended to purchase for less than K1000 a waterproof EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). A device that will help rescuers locate you in an emergency.

Ernest Lohberger in The National --

Security Standoff in Hagen

PNG police were called in recently to resolve a standoff between security contractors who had blockaded a Mt Hagen hotel. The security company, G4S, had lost the contract to provide security for the Highlander Hotel, and dozens of staff who had lost their jobs had set up a roadblock early in the morning.

Radio New Zealand --

Kina Haus

Port Moresby's tallest building at Douglas and Musgrave Streets will be called Kina Haus. Kina Haus has been owned by Nasfund since it was built in 1998. Nasfund CEO Ian Tarutia said: "It's really a way for us to make this flagship building a statement of the global-quality facilities we can offer tenants right here in Port Moresby".

PNG Industry News --

Enga Now Peaceful

The acting police commander in Enga province says the area is now peaceful, after extensive post-election violence. The violence across the Highlands claimed more than 40 lives, most of those in Enga. Commander Epenis Nili said police, working with the provincial government, have visited the troubled areas and received commitments from tribal groups to end the fighting.

Radio New Zealand --

Conservation Land

The PNG government has declared its biggest conversation area ever, in the Managalas Plateau. The Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change John Pundari and Northern Governor Gary Juffa made the announcement at Itokama village, in Northern Province. There are 360,000 hectares of protected land in the conserved area

Radio New Zealand --


Abigail Tere-Apisah beat the second seed Jing-Jing LU of China 6-1, 6-1, to move to the final of the Asia Pacific Wildcard Play Off! Tere-Apisah is now one match away to become the first player from Papua New Guinea to compete at a Grand Slam.

Tennis .COM.AU --

Gas to Power Port Moresby

Power into the city of Port Moresby will be less disruptive once the new 57.78 Mega Watt Gas Fired Power Project is completed. Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investment William Duma said that the power service expected by the people of Port Moresby should be less disruptive

Post Courier --

Languages of PNG

The languages of PNG number over 850. These languages are spoken by the inhabited tribal groups of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. In 2006, then Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare stated that "Papua New Guinea has 832 living languages (languages, not dialects)" making it the most linguistically diverse place on earth. Its official languages are Tok Pisin, English, Hiri Motu and PNG Sign Language. Tok Pisin, an English-based creole, is the most widely spoken, serving as the country's lingua franca. PNG Sign Language became the fourth official language in May 2015, and is used by the deaf population throughout the country.

Wikipedia --

PNGDF Brass Band

The PNG Defence Force once again looks to be training its own brass band. The band consists of 33 males and 8 females who have been training at the Goldie Barracks, outside Port Moresby. The band members kick-started the first phase of their training early this year in January through to March. They carried on to complete the second phase in September and just recently started the third and final phase of band training, which will end in March 2018.

Loop PNG --

PNG Population

The current population of Papua New Guinea is 8,321,450 as of Sunday, December 3, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

The PNG population is equivalent to 0.11% of the total world population.

PNG ranks number 101 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density is 18 per Km2 (47 people per mi2).

The total land area is 452,860 Km2 (174,850 sq. miles).

12.6 % of the population is urban (1,039,693 people in 2017).

The median age is 21.8 years.

WorldOMeters --

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.

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

New Year, 1 January 2018

Good Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018

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

Queen's Birthday, 11 June 2018

July 2018 - 6th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture - Solomon Islands

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco - 20 - 22 July 2018

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, 27 September

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 --

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