PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Mar 2018

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banis ribs / fence / wall
bikpela man adult
bikpela big
haus win garden house / summer house
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
kaikai food
kantri country
laik like
lukaut look out
memba member
nambis seaside / beach / coast
namel middle
pinis finish
ragbi rugby
redi ready
rong wrong
sapos suppose
sapotim support
sindaun sit down
taim time
wok work

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Car 52 in the Pro-Masters Series in Australia (PNG flag on the back door)


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P2-003 at the Amaroo Tavern in Moree, New South Wales, Australia

The Aircraft was lifted into place at the Amaroo Tavern by three cranes on Tuesday the 23rd November 1993.

The plane gave approximately 5000 hours of service to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force until she was pensioned off on the 11th February 1992, when the port engine developed a massive oil leak and had to be shut down in flight by the pilot, Flight Lieutenant Tim Shaw R.A.A.F., who landed safely at Jacksons Airport (Seven-Mile) in Port Moresby.

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IEPNG President: Road costs are grossly inflated, skilled road builders are not being trained anymore --

Bishop opens symbolic buildings --

Cardinal Ribat raises concerns with rising seas, deep-sea mining --

Kerema make presence felt at 9s --

Namah denies evading PNG court over contempt case --

Police graduate in jet ski training --

Misc Links

Taylormade Digital Images --

Nearly 1,000 photographs depicting life in Papua New Guinea are available for viewing on the UC San Diego Library's Digital Collections website --

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Mysterious Denisovans interbred with modern humans more than once --

News Items

Vale Chris Owen

Chris Owen, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom and longtime resident of PNG has died. He devoted a huge portion of his life to filming Papua New Guinea’s tremendous cultural diversity, assisting others also involved in such activities and teaching others to do likewise. In 1976 he joined the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies (IPNGS) as the resident filmmaker. In 2000 he transferred to Goroka to eventually become the Director of the National Film Institute (NFI). Medical problems forced him to retire in July 2010.

Highlands Earthquake Report

According to initial estimates, over 544,000 people are affected across the five most affected provinces. Over 270,000 people require immediate humanitarian assistance. An estimated 143,127 people have been rendered food insecure due to landslides destroying food gardens.

544,368 affected people

270,442 people in need of assistance

18,200 displaced in 26 informal care centres

32% health facilities closed

68% open health facilities damaged

Relief Web --

The Morobe provincial government has donated K200,000 to the people of Southern Highlands and Hela provinces --

Ring of Fire

Sitting at the collision point of several tectonic plates, PNG is ranked the 10th most disaster-prone country in the world and is regularly rattled by earthquakes. But as the developing nation undergoes a rapid period of urbanisation, there are fears buildings are not being constructed to a standard that can survive strong earthquakes — potentially leading to large numbers of casualties.

ABC Australia --

Quake-Hit Tari

Violence and lawlessness are surging again in the capital of Hela province, Tari. Hela communities have been reeling from last month's 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the province. Several days ago a local ward councillor was shot dead in plain daylight in front of a large crowd in the town.

Radio New Zealand --


PNG NG Air has reported a significantly improved performance in 2017 with overall revenue growing by 28 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. While revenue grew, the airline recorded an operating loss before abnormal items and tax of K4.00 million in 2017, which is a significant improvement compared to the K34.84 million operating loss in 2016

Post Courier --

Moresby Arts Theatre

The Moresby Arts Theatre recently performed two special showings of Shakespeare's famous tragedy King Lear to raise funds for the earthquake appeal.

PNG Industry News --

TB Treatment Closer

Three years ago, tuberculosis (TB) became the joint lead as the world’s deadliest infectious disease - neck and neck with HIV/AIDS.

In Papua New Guinea (PNG), the epidemic is such that the government has declared a state of emergency in several provinces. With an estimated 30,000 new cases in 2016, expanding and improving TB care in PNG is an uphill battle.

Patients travel for hours or even days to reach clinics, using a combination of dinghies, cars and walking.

Medicine Without Borders --

Bail Refused

A man serving a prison term has been denied bail on medical grounds. Previously it seemed medical grounds were an open door to being bailed.

Loop PNG --

Transparency International

In spite of having natural wealth, the local communities in PNG often live in poverty and are victims of corruption. Transparency International PNG works to help empower local communities to demand accountability and ensure transparency from their government.

Transparency International --


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has held its annual general meeting on the 19th of March at the Port Moresby Grammar School Hall.

Post Courier --

Muthuvel Challenges Petition

Two motions challenging the competency of the election petition filed against Sasindran Muthuvel’s re-election as West New Britain Regional MP have been heard by the National Court.

Loop PNG --

Girua Airport

Hundreds in Popondetta, Oro Province have braved the scorching heat, turning up in numbers from far and near to witness the historical opening of the Girua Airport. The work was carried out with funding from the Asian Development Bank, PNG Govt and the Oro provincial govt.

Loop PNG --

Unicef Supplies Reach POM

UNICEF has this week delivered 23 metric tons of relief supplies to Papua New Guinea, including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, blankets and learning kits as part of ongoing efforts to help children and families who were hardest hit by recent earthquakes.

Unicef Press Release --

Commercial Farming

Over 2000 kilometres from home, a group of PNG students are learning how to pull farmers out of poverty at the University of New England in Australia. In PNG, most farmers are small land owners and will share space with their neighbours. Rarely do they use their land to farm products commercially.

Armidale Express --

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 Petroleum & Energy Summit - 19th to 21st March 2018 in Port Moresby --

43rd National Game Fishing titles from 23rd March to 1st April 2018 in Lae, Morobe province.

Stage ready for game fishing titles --

Good Friday, 30th March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018

Commonwealth Games - 4th April 2018 - 15th April 2018

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

Battle of the Coral Sea, 4th to the 8th of May 1942

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

Queen's Birthday, Monday 11th June 2018

Trukai Fun Run - 24th June 2018

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

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

Remembrance Day, Monday 23rd July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, Sunday 16th September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, Thursday 27th September

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26th December

New Year, Tuesday 1st January 2019

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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