PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 February 2011

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PNG in the News

Chinese interest in Bougainville Panguna Mine --

Probe security breaches in PM's office --

RSL memorial planned for Lloyd Lester, assumed dead after a PNG chopper crash --

In-depth with the Chairman of Bougainville Copper --

PNG Road Accident Trigger Bloody Vengeance --

Anglican Bishop joins clergy on the catwalk --

High-profile PNG prosecutor demoted --

Oil Search ready to expand gas portfolio --

Doco Helps HIV Cultural Awareness --

PNG investment mission gets underway --

Misc PNG Links

The Devil's Milk: A social history of rubber --

Mt Hagen Handicraft Group --

PNG Government, Allow Dual Citizenship now! --

Vanimo Trip --

Diving Tufi Fiords --

Bougainville Tourism --

Bougainville Island --

Bougainville Culture --

PNG Power --

Digicel PNG --

Telikom PNG --

Tiki Tu --

Into the wild --

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Manus --

Huli Wigman --

Village Demolished, Landowners Evicted --

Rabaul Town re-Mix --

Kavieng Beach Bungalows --

Ukarumpa Calla Lily --

B757 Air Niugini --

P2-PXV --

PNG Blogs

Chad Wells Family Blog --

No Thunder, No Rain --

Crime and Corruption in PNG --

Living Water Mission --

Another day in paradise --

New Dawn on Bougainville --

PNG Tourism News --

Finding Joy in PNG --

Wake Up PNG --

Pair O' Grafs' Paragraphs --

PNG Time Traveller's Log --

News Items

Piva District Ambulance

The people of Piva on Bougainville have a brand new ambulance purchased by the local member of parliament. Sounds good? In reality the ambulance has sat at the Ela Motors dealership on Buka Island for a year. The cost of transporting the ambulance to Torokina on a barge is very expensive. Why a barge? There are no road links to Torokina from the main highway on Bougainville. Any remaining roads within the Torokina area were built during the Second World War.

The only remaining transport in the Torokina area is a tractor.


Pacific Adventist University

The Pacific Adventist University (PAU) is struggling to find rooms for students. All rooms on campus, including the cafeteria, have been swung into action as lecture rooms.


Kudjip Reopens

Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Western Highlands has reopened its doors to patients from other parts of the province.


Governor General Case

A challenge against the appointment of Michael Ogio as the next Governor General was heard by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court. The challenge was brought by Ronald Rimbao one of the four eligible candidates for the position. Mr Rimbao claimed the Clerk of Parliament did not endorse his submission for the position.

The Supreme Court dismissed the application by Ronald Rimbao on the 24th of Feb and Parliament was to meet on the 25th.


Most Liveable City

The most liveable city in the Global Liveability Survey list is Canada's Vancouver. According to the survey the worst cities in the world to live were Port Moresby in PNG, at number 138; Dhaka in Bangladesh at number 139 and Harare in Zimbabwe at number 140.


Rural Health Facilities

A report from the National Research Institute (NRI) has said that most rural health facilities in the country are rundown and need urgent attention.



AFLPNG Asia/Pacific manager Andrew Cadzow has arrived in Port Moresby to oversee upcoming PNG coaching updates and school programs as part of the development of the game and to discuss with his large on ground staff the future of the sport for 2011 and beyond.


Gordon Market Re-opens

The Gordon Market in Port Moresby has reopened but the National Capital District Commission has warned that it will close the market if any more fights occur. The market was closed recently following ethnic violence between people from Tari and Enga over the theft of a mobile phone.

Bid for Dual Citizenship

Folks/Wantoks, we've just been given an extension to our online petition. If you are a PNG citizen, non-citizen, friend of PNG, and former citizen either living abroad, in-country or on-the-fence, you need to sign the Dual Citizenship petition here:


Bougainville Peace Process

The president of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, John Momis, says implementation of the Bougainville peace process has been slow, but improving. Mr Momis told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program the people of Bougainville have become frustrated by the PNG Government's slow release of funding.


Morobe to Sue Waigani

The Post Courier reports - the Morobe Provincial Government is speaking to its lawyers to take the National Government to court for not paying what is due to the province.



Scientists have been using a satellite to follow the journeys of tagged dugongs. They have tracked three female and three male dugongs for the first time swimming across the shark-infested stretch of ocean between Torres Strait and PNG. The Torres Strait supports the largest population of dugongs in the world, however, little is known about the mammals in the region.


Electoral Roll Flawed

The PNG electoral roll, according to Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen, is inconsistent and contains flaws. PNG goes to the polls next year, and the major task ahead for the country's Electoral Commission is to get the electoral roll up to date.

Engine Failure Likely

An investigator says it appears engine failure caused a helicopter crash that is presumed to have killed, Lloyd Lester, an Australian pilot in PNG.


Mine Waste Disposal

The World Bank has stepped in to support the disposal of waste from the Ramu nickel mine into the sea after the European Union decided to pull its funding. This funding from the World Bank, comes despite the fact indigenous landowners are challenging the Ramu nickel mine's waste dumping plans, which they say will cause inevitable harm to their seas, coral reefs and subsistence lifestyles.


Sydney's Big Kitchen

Sydney's Our Big Kitchen is a community kitchen designed to help those in need. A garden has been developed on the premises and is now producing food for the Kitchen - and the Kitchen's waste was being recycled to fertilise it.

Countries represented at Our Big Kitchen were Bangladesh, China, German, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Morocco, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Sri Lanka the United Kingdom and the USA.


More Jail Escapes

Six people have broken out of a rural lockup in Eastern Highlands province by using a hacksaw. Five of the escapees were arrested for murdering a man while one was awaiting trial for allegedly killing his wife. It is alleged that one of the escapees went on to murder another man while escaping.

Kokoda Scholarships

Six young Papua New Guineans are the first winners of The Kokoda Track Foundation's (KTF) Archer Leadership Scholarships, with each to receive about AU$20,000 in support for their tertiary studies, as well as other opportunities. The scholarship is open to students from all parts of PNG.

Foreign Judges Appointed

PNG's chief justice, Sir Salamo Injia, has appointed a leadership tribunal of foreign judges to hear allegations of official misconduct against Sir Michael Somare. Former Australian Federal Court Judge Roger Gyles will chair the tribunal. He will be joined by Sir Bruce Robertson from New Zealand and Sir Robin Auld from the United Kingdom.

First PNG PM to face tribunal --

It is estimated the leadership tribunal will cost more than K1 million.

Somare Should Step Down

Doctor John Nonggorr, a prominent constitutional lawyer, says Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare should automatically step down or be suspended after a tribunal has been set up to hear the charges of misconduct in office.

see also --

and - PM unlikely to step down --

Another Somare Faces Court

The State Enterprise Minister Arthur Somare, referred to the Public Prosecutor over allegations of misconduct in office charges by the Ombudsman Commission, will face a pre-trail conference next week.


PNG - Weak Country

The United States has categorised PNG as a "weak country" incapable of effectively preventing crime and human trafficking activities along its international borders.


Weapons smuggling a concern --

New Guinea Energy

New Guinea Energy holds six licences (PPL 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 277) onshore Papua New Guinea covering a total of 52,000 square kilometres. This represents the largest licence footprint of any company in the country, and could be a boon in itself with land now at a premium.

Highlands Highway

The president of the PNG Road Transport Association (PNGRTA) says the travelling public and trucking companies are suffering due to the deteriorating condition of the Kisenepoi to Wara Angula section of the Highlands Highway in the Southern Highlands province.


Also - The PNG Road Transport Association (PNGRTA) has declared the final leg of the Kassam Pass section of the Highlands Highway near Yonki in Eastern Highlands Province as a 'no go zone' for highway trucks --

Call to improve highway --

Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled.

Interplast - 21st of February to 4th of March --

International Women's Day (IWD) - 8th March 2011. The first IWD was run in 1911 so 2011 sees the IWD Global Centenary.

World TB Day - 24th March --

National Surfing Titles - 16th to 25th March

National Game Fishing Titles - 16th to 25th March

National Softball Championships - Easter in Goroka

Arafura Games - 7th to 14th of May --

Lik Lik Diwai Tourism Festival - 20th May

Wahgi Sing Sing - June

Warwin High School Cultural Day - 13th June

Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July

Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July --

Warwagira Cultural Show, Kokopo - 29th June - 5th July

National Mask Festival, 6th - 9th July

Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd - 24th July

Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August

Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August

Goroka Show - 16th to 18th September

Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October

Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau - 4th to 6th November

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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