P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 20 Nov 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

If a longer URL below appears broken, please manually cut and paste the link into your browser. If you are interested in Neo Melanesian Pidgin then take a visit to -- http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/W M/Kai.html. -- Finally I have come up with a good piece of gossip for a "Gossip Newsletter". It is rumoured that a new mobile telephone system is about to replace the old analogue system used in PNG. The trouble with most rumours is that nobody is prepared to even deny the allegation made in a letter to the editor of one of the daily newspapers. The new system, rumoured to be the TDMA system, is not compatible with the existing system that will render all existing mobile phones useless. Of course this will not affect the government because they will simply go out and buy new ones after dumping their old ones in the bin. I believe the dealers are up in arms not wanting to be caught with the old stock. I also believe that TDMA is hardly a world standard making it a bit of a white elephant even before it is implemented.


Sir David Attenborough has been back in the country spending nearly a week at the Tari Gap for a special look at the country's bowerbirds.

Haus Poroman

The web site for Haus Poroman, P O Box 1182, Mt Hagen, PNG has changed to -- http://www.hausproman.com.pg -- Haus Poroman translates to "House of Friends" and is the only place to stay if you are visiting Mt Hagen and wish to experience the atmosphere that is Papua New Guinea.

Interest Rates

The Bank of South Pacific has advertised the following rates for term deposits up to K100,000.


The rumours are again flying that the 2000 budget will raise extra revenue by yet again taxing the workers and companies. Privatisation is also expected to be a crucial feature of the budget because the proceeds are expected to help lessen the public debt incurred by every successive government.

Slush Fund

The government has proposed to cut back on the controversial "Slush Fund" or Rural Development Fund as it is correctly titled. The politicians currently receive K1.5 million but under the new proposal this will be reduced to K1 million instead. It has also been reported that the slush funds will not be disbursed to members of Parliament next year until proper guidelines are in place for accountability and transparency, according to an agreement reached between the Government and the World Bank.

Wet Season

Has the wet season arrived in Port Moresby? Things are looking good and Elcom have stated that the Sirinumu dam currently is at approx. 70% capacity and with the wet season just starting all should be well for having an almost full dam by the end of the wet season.


If you want to visit a controversial site take a trip to -- http://www.divineword.net/ -- which is copyright 1999 by William White who has a bit to say about the Society for the Divine Word or the SVD especially in Papua New Guinea. Of course views expressed in any site mentioned in the PNG Gossip newsletter are not necessarily the views of the PNG Gossip Newsletter. They are mentioned so that people can make an informed opinion for themselves.

Another site worth paying a visit to has been put together by Don Fielder at -- http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/2 847/index.html.-- If you want to read about the world's biggest butterfly take a trip to -- http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/2847/png.html -- where you'll learn not just about the Queen Alexandrae Butterfly but also about Birds of Paradise and a food dish called Mera Kao Kao.

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Post Courier

The National


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