PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Sep 2013

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bikpela big
haus win garden house / summer house
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
kisim win / wiken / malolo to have a rest
pulim win breathe
sotwin out of breath
tokwin rumour
win masin air conditioner
win air
win breath
win wind
windo window
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winim kot acquitted
winim be better than
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Australian TV claims baseless --

Nautilus says it has no plans to relocate people in PNG --

Manus Island landowners block access to detention centre --

Public forum to air views on PNG Ramu mine marine tailings system --

Wife beating rife in PNGDF --

Independence 'an option' --

Manus Islanders protest over PNG deal --

UN to the rescue --

PNG Mining Minister denies that mine waste is affecting bay --

PNG arrest suspect for killing former Minister --

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PNG Air Services --

Win for 'Pasin West --

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Save WWII Nadzab --

Top PNG officials under Somare Govt land top diplomatic posts --

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TAA Pilots in PNG 1960's - 1974 --

PNG Blogs

Stunned New Irelanders 'do not own resources under Solwara 1 --

PNG solution illegal, court will hear --

PNG solution deepens Australian neo-colonialism --

Manam Volcano Sends Ash 15000 Feet into air --

PNG part of Qld? Nearly happened; would've been ugly --

Vice Mining Minister Arressted --

News Items

Write for Peace

Keith Jackson's PNG Attitude has put up K500 towards 'write for peace'. The Essay and Poetry Contest is for those people who are both writers and thinkers. The K500 is for the best piece of writing designed to promote a peaceful and harmonious Papua New Guinea.

The winner of the K500 prize will be announced on Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day) at 11 am: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marking the end of World War I in 1918 and commemorated since in Commonwealth countries.



Nasfund has added 32,524 new contributors to its superannuation fund despite a slight decline this year. The country's largest super fund now has 173,387 active members, according to its mid-year report.

The number of members by region are:
Highlands -12,028;
Mamose - 49,611;
Islands -18,576;
National Capital District - 80,219; and
Southern 12,953.

Money Laundering

Huge amounts of Australian taxpayers' money, supposedly supplying aid to our third-world neighbour, is being lost to corruption.


Interactive Radio

Interactive radio programmes are helping tribes to save the rainforest and support agriculture in PNG.


Ela Beach Trees

The Post Courier "The Drum" has mentioned the iconic trees along Ela Beach. --

Iconic Trees
Great to see City Hall pushing for preservation orders on the historic Yar trees along Ela Beach. And it should be interesting when City Hall gives the approval for the road around Paga Hill - as it will mean four lanes of traffic screaming along the city's only beach reserve. We hear they have already given the road reserve away to a current hotel and a proposed new development so what chance a few trees? We are not that optimistic these natural icons will survive.

Save Them
But all is not lost in the bid to ensure our national capital keeps its historical roots while continuing to look green and beautiful. We hear the movement to save these iconic trees has started so to save the famous trees along the Ela Beach road and Sir John Guise Drive send a letter or email to -- -- and copy --

Goroka Development

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has unveiled plans to expand Goroka into a major Highlands service oriented city and it has won overwhelming backing from local tribal and community leaders.


Saudi Company Wins Contract

Red Sea Housing Services, a Saudi Arabian company that builds modular units typically used as worker camps, has landed a contract to build controversial new camps being used by Australia's government to house refugees on Manus Island. The camp has become a key issue in Australia's current election campaign following a decision announced by the government last month to move people arriving in the country by boat to a refugee processing centre in PNG.


New TV Station

Click Pacific Ltd has recently been granted pay and free-to-air television licences by PNG's licensing body, the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA). The television station "Click Pacific" has also been awarded rights to broadcast several FIFA world soccer body events including the soccer World Cup in Brazil next year.


Dentists in PNG

Out of a population of seven million people, there are only 30 registered dentists in PNG. A dentist from Australia has just left PNG after an 18 day trip helping provide dental care in Western Province.


Buai Ban

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop wants to ban Betel Nut in the city by the first of October. Betel nut - or Buai - is consumed throughout PNG. Locals chew it with lime and a mustard stick, which produces a blood red liquid that is then spat out - pretty much everywhere.


LNG Update

The $US19 billion (K44.77 billion) PNG LNG Project is 90 per cent complete and is on target to deliver its first LNG cargo in the second half of next year.


Rabaul Queen Book

PNG's worst maritime disaster which claimed the lives of more than160 people last year has been documented in a new book titled "Rabaul Queen Disaster". The book is dedicated to all the families and friends of those who died when the inter-island ferry, Rabaul Queen sank in rough seas near Lae in February 2012.


More arrested for ship mishap --

Apology Demanded

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has called on the Seven Network in Australia to apologise and a journalist to be fired after it aired a story linking Australian aid money to corruption in the Pacific Island nation.


HSBC Closes PNG Accounts

International banking giant HSBC has asked more than 40 diplomatic missions in London to close their banks accounts, including accounts in Papua New Guinea. Commentators are suggesting it may be an attempt by the banking giant to recoup its reputation after one of the world's biggest money-laundering scandals saw HSBC in the United States fined $US2 billion.


Wantok Support

Wantok Support is a non-profit making charity governed by a Board of Trustees. They believe that every person deserves to be supported such that their needs are catered for so that they reach their full potential.


World's Five Worst Cities

Port Moresby has once again been ranked among the world's five worst cities to live in by The Economist business magazine.

Despite being ranked as one of the worst places to live, Port Moresby has its charms. "It brings together people from across a country of 6m and 820 different languages," writes an Economist correspondent in Papua New Guinea.


New PNG Power CEO

John Tangit, a mechanical engineer by profession, has been confirmed as the new Chief Executive Officer of PNG Power Limited. He has been acting in that position for the last four months. The new CEO said he was humbled by the calling and he would do his utmost best to lead the company.


Soldiers Graduate

PNG Defence Force soldiers have successfully passed out from the Goldie River Training Depot. The graduation ceremony ended with a total 116 male soldiers who marched out from the parade ground. The day was witnessed by NCD Governor Powes Parkop, PNGDF Commander Brigadier General Francis Agwi, other guest and hundreds of recruits families and Goldie community.


Drunken soldiers on rampage in Port Moresby --

Air Services Birthday

PNG Air Services Ltd has recently celebrated its fifth anniversary in Port Moresby.


Steven Tari Murdered

Escaped prisoner and cult leader, Steven Tari, better known as Black Jesus, has been murdered in a remote Madang province village. Tari was one of 49 prisoners who escaped from the Beon jail during a mass break-out earlier this year.



22 Dash for Freedom

Five prison escapees from Madang were among the 22 men who broke out of the Wewak police cell at the East Sepik provincial police headquarters last week. Wewak police station commander Chief Insp Sakawar Kasieng said the men escaped after pushing aside two police prosecutors and a guard who were putting them in their cells around noon recently.


Telikom Cables Damaged

some businesses in downtown Port Moresby suffered a disruption to their telecommunication service after Telikom fibre optic cables were burnt. The burnt cables provide communication services to businesses inside the MMI building and the Fire Service Office.


Pacific Mini Games

The Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna is the ninth edition of the Games. The games are held between the 2nd of September 2013 nd the 12th of September 2013

The PNG team will return on the 13th of September.


1981 - Ist mini-Games - Solomon Islands

1985 - IInd mini-Games - Cook Islands

1989 - IIIrd mini-Games - Tonga

1993 - IVth mini-Games - Vanuatu

1997 - Vth mini-Games - American Samoa

2001 - VIth mini-Games - Norfolk

2005 - VIIth mini-Games - Palau

2009 - VIIIth mini-Games - Cook Islands

2013 - IXth mini-Games - Wallis and Futuna

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.

3rd annual Bilum Festival, Goroka -- 11th and 12th of September

PNG Team returns from Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna - 13th September

Goroka Show September 2013 --

National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- Nov 2013

ICC tournament, Dubai -- Nov 2013

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 --

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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