P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 11 Oct 1999

PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay
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Remember that this mailing list is mainly meant for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time, is currently worth about 31 - 33 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look -- http://maps.expedia.com/ -- and then click on the find a map option. Go to this link for a quick start to a link to a map of Port Moresby. -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.

If a longer URL in this newsletter appears to be broken, please manually cut and then paste the link into your browser.

If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter, for most world currencies, can be located at -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html. -- The daily rate for Kina from several banks in PNG can be found on the PNG Business Directory -- http://www.pngbd.com


The Vice Chancellor has told striking students to get back to school or they'll go home for the year. There will be no guarantee that returning students will be automatically re-enrolled. If students do go home then there will be no graduation next year.

Air Traffic Control

Agreements have been signed with other overseas air space controllers to take over the control of PNG air space if something does happen during the change to the Year 2000 This is just another degree of caution and safety.


David Westley who played for Canberra Raiders this year is returning to PNG to be married in the very near future. The wedding is rumoured to be this coming weekend in one of the Anglican churches around the National Capital District. -- http://portmoresby.anglican.org

Aust PM Howard

A recent trip to PNG by Australian John Howard has ended in embarrassment to the PNG government. Ex PM, Bill Skate refused to meet Mr. Howard at the Islander forcing Mr. Howard to visit him at parliament house. The official host to Mr. Howard's farewell failed to turn up on time luckily the Communications Minister was able to stand in for the official host - the PNG Defence Force Commanding Officer.

Sogeri high School

After 55 years Sogeri High School has staged a "Beauty Contest" titled Miss Sogeri Cultured Girl contest to help raise funds for school projects and fund the school magazine.

Little Miss Pacific Quest

The quest has raised K190,000 which will go towards the Bougainville Children's Fund.


Moresby South MP, Carol Kidu, has called on PNG to protect its culture where the elderly enjoy a position of respect in the community.

Madang Water

Hopefully Madang's water problems will come to an end soon when the new water supply tank at Panim is completed in December. The new plant should ensure an adequate supply of water for customers in Madang town.

PNG Gas Project

Aust PM, John Howard, has pledged support for the proposed billion Kina gas project. He said, however, that any final decision would be based purely on a commercial level.

Interest Rates

The Bank of South Pacific are offering the following interest rates:

Up to K100,000 term deposits

FinCorp is offering 14.65% for a one-month term deposit.


The Deputy Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for Home Affairs, Youth and Women, John Pundari, hopes to introduce a bill in parliament to outlaw polygamy in the country. He hopes to be able to pass the bill to ban any future marriages. In traditional Melanesian society polygamy was accepted for many reasons. Mr. Pundari explained that today's practices had nothing to do with the more traditional reasons. He added that polygamy today was being practiced more "out of sinful lust and desire of the flesh".

Tourist Promotion Authority.

The TPA has reinstated Kevin Byrne as the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Byrne's reinstatement follows changes to ministerial portfolios which has seen Andrew Baing succeed Heroa Agiwa as the minister responsible for Culture and Tourism.

PNG newspaper sites

Post Courier


The Independent (now closed down)


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