PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Aug 2014

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Boost for Hiri Moale Festival --

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News Items

Fiscal Fragility

Despite having one of the fastest growing economies in the world and a booming resource sector, PNG is facing its own 'resource curse'. Six months into 2014, the government appears to have fallen short in sticking to its budget plans.


New InterOil Chairman

InterOil Corporation has appointed former BG Group Chief Executive Officer and Shell executive Chris Finlayson as Chairman-designate. Mr Finlayson, 58, joins the board immediately, and will replace Dr Gaylen Byker, after an appropriate handover.


Cairns Coffee Strife

Three jars of cookies and a coffee machine have landed a Cairns based PNG entrepreneur in serious hot water for operating a business in a residential zone in the far north Queensland town.


Asylum Seekers

The governor of Manus Island says the province will not allow any refugees to settle there. A small number of asylum seekers have had their refugee claims recognised at Australia's detention camp on Manus Island.


Locals gain from PNG asylum seeker camp --

Speculation PNG asylum-seeker centre to be closed --

Sexting Ban

A prominent constitutional lawyer in PNG says a move to ban so-called 'sexting' is an outrageous breach of human rights. As part of a review of the Censorship Act, PNG's Censorship Board is considering banning sexting, the act of sending of sexually explicit messages or material by mobile phones.


Social Media Exposing Politicians

Thanks to the Internet and the explosion of social media a politician can no longer hide.



Move over, Mike Tyson. The tribes of Papua New Guinea's Tufi region do not mess around when it comes to body ink. But here in Tufi, it's a rite reserved solely for women.


Tribe has young men cut scaly scars for initiation --

Pipeline Calibration

Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, has completed calibration services for Oil Search Limited on its PNG export pipeline in a contract worth £600,000 (2.8 million PGK/US$1 million).


PM Referred

Reports say Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has been referred to the public prosecutor for alleged misconduct over his government's purchase of shares in an oil and gas company. The Post Courier has reported Mr O'Neill as criticising the Ombudsman Commission's move as disappointing, adding that he had not been given adequate time to respond to the complaint,


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Clerk of Parliament suspended --

Radio Australia

The last of the live 2-hour Tok Pisin program on Radio Australia has gone to air.

New Zealander Shot

A female volunteer ambulance officer from New Zealand has suffered a gunshot wound to her right leg above her kneecap while sleeping. The injury occurred after a gun battle erupted outside where she was staying in Port Moresby. She had been working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in PNG. The Christian group said it was "very sad" to confirm one of its volunteers had been injured.


Lae City Commission

Lae MP Loujaya Kouza has been appointed as the interim chairperson of the proposed Lae City Commission. PM O'Neill said Kouza "is a courageous leader and I am certain that that strong determination will be reinforced in the management of Lae city."


Lae MP Kouza under fire from local PNG leaders --

Ramu Mine Attack

Five men have been arrested in connection with the raid and destruction of property at the Ramu Nickel's Kurumbukari mine site in Madang. The damage to property was estimated at nearly 7 million US dollars.


Chinese workers hurt --

Duma Back In

The Mt Hagen MP William Duma has been appointed back into the National Executive Council amid a cabinet reshuffle. Mr Duma, who was sacked earlier this year from the influential Petroleum and Energy portfolio, has been made the new Minister for Transport. He replaces Malakai Tabar


PNG Mosquitoes

Motor Vehicles Insurance Limited has been announced as the PNG Mosquitoes major sponsor to the 2014 AFL International Cup.


Betelnut Joke

A Port Moresby broadcast journalist has been arrested and charged with "broadcasting misleading information". He reportedly made a joke on air "about how motorists can bribe police with betelnut and coke".


Gold Medal Winners

Social media has reported hundreds of people were at Port Moresby's Jacksons Airport to welcome home Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winners Dika Toua and Steven Kari.

Steven Kari won gold in the 93Kg men's event and Dika Toua won gold in the 53Kg women's event.

Golden Mum praises Wisil --

Aussie Rules Football

Australian Rules football has gone global with the 2014 International AFL Cup now taking place in Melbourne, Australia. The two-week event features 25 teams from around the world, involving more than 900 players from countries including Canada, China and Papua New Guinea.



The competition from some of the countries is at a vastly different level to the highly skilled PNG players. For example in PNG's second game, played against India in Melbourne, the PNG Mosquitoes stung the Indian Tigers 33 goals 18 behinds to the Indians nil score.

Scientist Awarded Global Award

A PNG scientist has become the first Pacific scientist to be awarded a prestigious global science award. Moses Laman of PNG's Institute of Medical Research has received the award from The Third World Academy of Science.


Archbishop of Canterbury

As part of a 10-day visit to Anglican provinces in the Philippines and Oceania the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and his wife Caroline, have visited Port Moresby. The trip forms part of the Archbishop's plan to visit all his fellow primates around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office.


Rising Sea Levels

The Carteret Atoll is becoming increasingly uninhabitable due to the shoreline being eroded by unusually high tides, which used to come every five or 10 years, and now are appearing every year. On top of that, the low tides are retreating further, leading to bleaching of the coral. The islanders need to be resettled but resettling some 2,000 people - the total population is around 2,700 but the elderly do not want to move to the mainland - requires more than just dumping them in a strange place.


Kainantu Bridge Collapses

After over 50 years of heavy use and very little maintenance, an old Bailey bridge in Kainantu has finally given collapsed. Apart from a rough dirt road that uses another partially falling down bridge, only open to motorcycles and smaller 4x4 trucks, the collapsed bridge is the only road link between the Aiyura Valley and the rest of the world.


Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes be cancelled. Of course, I may also put down a wrong date.

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014

PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka

Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, 6 September 2014 --

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Hiri Moale Festival, 15 - 16 September

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

Linguistic Society Conference Divine Word Uni 17 - 19 September

PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 --

Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

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

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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