P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jul 2003

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"
Tok Pisin
anien onion
biket biscuit
bret bread
kakao cocoa
kakaruk chicken
kapti teacup
karet carrot
kasava or tapiok cassava
kek cake
kokonas coconut
kopi coffee
painap pineapple
popo pawpaw / papaya
pukpuk crocodile
soklet chocolate
sops chops
switbiskit cookie
switmuli orange
ti tea
tipot teapot



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 in this newsletter, is currently worth around 27 - 27.5 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

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

Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo and http://www.michie.net/png_faqs. The PNG Business and Tourism Directory located at http://www.pngbd.com is also an excellent place to look for PNG information.

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.


Kayak Voyage to PNG

Don't forget to follow the sea kayak voyage of the "Paluma" from Townsville in Northern Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby (PNG) starting on the 10th of August, 2003 by first vistinig the official website at --


South Pacific Motor Sports Club

Wolfgang Bandisch has designed a web site for the South Pacific Motor Sports Club. It is located at -- http://www.spmsc.org.pg -- For information about the car club, located along Waigani Drive in Port Moresby; this is the site to visit.

South Pacific Exports

If you need that hard to get part for your electrical / communications gear or even a special tool send email to Peter Goleby at South Pacific Exports on -- sp.exports@bigpond.com -- he might just be able to help you out or at least point you in the right direction. Peter claims he will attempt to get anything legal for you so long as he can add a small amount to cover his own costs.

Misc Links

Embassy of PNG -- http://www.pngembassy.org/default.htm

PNG Virtual Library -- http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/PNG/

CIA - The World Factbook 2002 PNG -- http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/pp.html

Gateway to the Government of the Independent State of PNG -- http://www.pngonline.gov.pg/

Lonely Planet World Guide to PNG -- http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ destinations/ australasia/ papua_new_guinea/

University of PNG -- http://www.upng.ac.pg/

One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights -- http://members.tripod.com/~THSlone/1001PNGnights.html

Jane's Papua New Guinea Home Page -- http://www.janeresture.com/png_home/

Another site Designed by Wolfgang H. Bandisch -- Orchids PNG -- http://www.orchidspng.com

PNG Business Directory and Tourism Information -- http://www.pngbd.com

Investment Promotion Authority of PNG -- http://www.ipa.gov.pg

These are just a handful of sites dealing with Papua New Guinea. One of my favorites, not mentioned above, is Bill Purcell's site. It is located at -- http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~billpurc/

Tourism Sites


Air Niugini -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg
DIVErsion Dive -- http://www.diversionOZ.com/epngdive.htm
Lonely Planet Website -- http://www.lonelyplanet.com.au/dest/aust/png.htm
Madang Diving -- http://www.madangdiving.org.pg
Melanesian Tourist Services - http://www.meltours.com
MV Golden Dawn -- http://www.mvgoldendawn.com
New Ireland Tourism -- http://www.discovernewireland.com.pg
Niugini Art -- http://www.global.net.pg/niugini-art
The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority -- http://www. pngtourism.org.pg
Trans Niugini Tours -- http://www.pngtours.com


Wrecks and Reefs

http://www.datec.net.pg/~mecba/ -- Wrecks and Reefs around Port Moresby ... Wrecks and Reefs documents for the first time, the history of early shipwrecks and World War II wrecks that lie in the waters around Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. This book, primarily a guide for scuba divers, includes intriguing tales of bloodthirsty cannibals, retribution for a ruthless Japanese submarine that took the lives of innocent citizens and the mystery of a lost airliner that disappeared along with thirteen unfortunate souls.




News Items

Cell Phones

A contributor has said the following about the PNG GSM cell phone network -- A lot of people are wondering when the "new" GSM cellular system is going to work correctly, no Voice mail, no SMS and busy tone when the unit called is off or out of range.

Crab Race

The Wewak Rotary Club ran its annual crab race recently and raised a total of K22,000 from sponsors and punters. Some of the money raised was paid out to successful crab owners and K12,700 was leftover. This will be paid by the club to help refurbish the nurses quarters at the Wewak General Hospital.

Western Highlands

Major work valued at over K20 million has kicked off at Kagamuga airport. The airport serves Mount Hagen and the Western Highlands. Many people from Enga and Chimbu provinces also travel to Kagamuga to use the airport. Some of the money will be used to fence the airport and another portion will be used to seal the ring road around the airport and extend the runway. The runway needs to be extended so that the full capacity of the aircraft can be used. At the moment due to the altitude some airlines have to either restrict cargo or the number of passengers that can fill a plane. A plane leaving with empty seats doesn't always mean that those seats were available to passengers.


Thanks to Mark Wilson I can say that the following quote can be attributed to Douglas Casey (1992) -- "Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries".

Peace Monitoring Group

The unarmed peacekeeping effort on Bougainville has come to an end as the Australian-led force of 5000 wrapped up a successful bid to bring peace to Bougainville Island.
The troops from Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Fiji recently lowered their flags in a ceremony marking the end of the five-year mission on Bougainville, where a nine-year secessionist war left thousands dead.

A fragile ceasefire was negotiated in late 1997 and the Peace Monitoring Group was deployed a year later to oversee a phased disarmament program and other peace steps.

Defence Force

The Defence Force airwing owes K7 million for services rendered to them. Most of this money is for the maintenance on the aircraft and helicopters. Like all aviation companies in PNG the airwing has found that aircraft and helicopter parts are very expensive because they were purchased overseas. The airwing currently only has one helicopter, one Casa and one Arava aircraft operational.

Defence Force - Navy

It has been reported that most of the Defence Force vessels are in working condition. Only the Buna is on the slipway. The Tarangau has recently returned from a major service in Australia. The next ship to go in for service would be Dreger.

Australian Consular Services

Australian Consular Services will be available in Alotau from Tuesday the 8th of July departing 1625 hours on Wednesday the 9th of July. The Consul will be staying at the Alotau International Hotel. You can contact him at the hotel on telephone number +675 641 0300


Some information on the cassowary that is now considered endangered. Cassowaries, smaller than the ostrich and emu, can grow to be up to 2 metres (6 feet) high and weigh as much as 60 kg (130 pounds). There has been a report from here (PNG) of one weighing 86 Kilograms. They defend themselves by kicking with dagger like claws on its toes. A kick from a cassowary can rip open a human's stomach. They are a flightless, swift-running, pugnacious forest bird. Their plumage is dark and glossy and the head and neck unfeathered. The head bears a horny crest. They are fast runners, attaining speeds up to 50 kilometres (30 miles) per hour. The female Cassowary lays a clutch of four to ten eggs . The male Cassowary incubates the eggs

Cassowaries feed on fallen fruit, but will eat almost anything, including birds, dead rats, reptiles, and even fungi that they might find on the ground. Unlike most seed eating birds that swallow grit to help in grinding up the food in the stomach, the cassowary's stomach appears to massage the flesh off the seed. Many of these seeds excreted are still viable and in fact may benefit from the scarifying effect of the bird's stomach. Cassowaries are important disperser's of seed of the larger fruited forest trees that may be deposited many kilometres from where they were picked up. The survival of these plants is apparently intricately bound with the survival of the cassowary.

It is believed that Europeans sighted the first cassowary when one was taken back to Amsterdam, Holland, where it arrived in 1597 and was presented to the Holy Emperor Rudolf II as a gift and was put on public display for some years. One bird at Healesville Sanctuary in Australia has been recorded as living to 61+ years.

Southern Highlands

Two policemen are in police custody in the Southern Highlands Province after they allegedly shot dead a security guard at Moro oil field last week. The acting Southern Highlands provincial police commander said the two policemen had wanted to enter the Iagifu oil and gas area but were not allowed in by security staff because they were with unauthorised passengers in the vehicle. The frustrated policemen then allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire with police-issued guns. The firing of the guns resulted in one bystander being shot dead whilst another received pellets in his body.

Drug Laws

The existing drug laws and fines, in PNG, have not kept pace with inflation. The present laws are not tough enough to deter even minor drug offenders. Many offenders are arrested and put in prison for a few months and then they are back out again selling drugs and making huge profit. This is making a mockery of the present system.

Pre Paid Web Access

For visitors coming to PNG and wishing to have an Internet Connection Daltron have pre-paid web access available starting from K66 for 10 hours up to K154 for 40 hours. The customer is not charged a connection fee or any other monthly fees. Users are, however, charged a fee by the telephone company for access as well. For more information please contact sales@daltron.com.pg or visit their website at http://www.daltron.com.pg - it is advisable to shop around in case a better deal is available from one of the other Internet Service Providers.

Internet Service Providers

Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.online.net.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.net.pg
DG Computers -- http://www.dg.com.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg

2003 Public Holidays

The remaining Public Holidays for PNG are shown below.

  • 23rd July, Wednesday - Remembrance Day
  • 16th September, Tuesday - Independence Day
  • 25th December, Thursday - Christmas Day
  • 26th December, Friday - Boxing Day

  • 2004 Public Holidays

    NEXT year's public holidays have been gazetted. Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare yesterday announced the National Executive Council's approval of the public holidays.

    Monday, December 27 has been declared a public holiday in respect of the Boxing Day public holiday which falls on a Sunday.

    2004 Observance Days

    Observance Days are days that are be observed but are not taken as public holidays are:

    Vagrancy Laws

    Police Commissioner Sam Inguba said there was an urgent need for law enforcement agencies and governing bodies like the National Capital District Commission to co-operate and revamp submissions to Parliament to have the Vagrancy Act enacted.

    South Pacific Games

    Ryan Pini opened PNG's gold-medal campaign when he won his favourite swimming event - the 50-metre backstroke. In the process he set a new South Pacific Games record of 26.49 seconds as this was an inaugural event at the SP Games.

    Goldie Barracks

    The PNG Defence Barracks at Goldie River will receive a major refurbishment thanks to the Australian Defence Force. Over 70 engineers from the Aussie army will join 45 PNG Army engineers to undertake the major work codenamed "Exercise Pukpuk".

    Moresby Payback

    80 Relatives and friends of a man from Tari have avenged his brutal death by killing seven people from the area where they suspect the killer came from. Two others are fighting for their lives in Port Moresby General Hospital after the clash. The incident happened after a Tari man was held up and killed on his way to Gerehu Market to sell cigarettes. The people involved have been arrested.



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