PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Apr 2015

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Fly PNG Flag on Vessels

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) has tasked all foreign owned vessels to carry PNG flags in order to fish the country's waters for tuna. NFA deputy managing director Ludwig Kumoru said the reasons involved are that Papua New Guinea can have some control over its fisheries industry.


NFA: We're losing billions --

Police Donation (RPNGC)

The Australian Government has given eight vehicles to police. President of the Australian Senate, Senator Stephen Parry, said the vehicles would be used exclusively by police officers attached to the Family and Sexual Violence Unit in eight PNG provinces. The eight provinces are Manus, Madang, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Morobe, Hela, Southern Highlands, Gulf and National Capital District.


Air Niugini

A young, Papua New Guinean female pilot has made history by becoming a first woman to have achieved her command on Dash 8 aircraft under Air Niugini's pilot cadet program. 29 year old Captain Beverly Pakii's achievement is the first for the airline since Air Niugini's pilot cadet program started in the 1970s. Captain Pakii started with Air Niugini as a cadet in 2004. She completed her training at PPT Flying School at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia where Air Niugini sends its cadets every year.

-- PX Press Release

Indonesians Arrest PNG Drug Smugglers

Seventeen Papua New Guinean's are likely to face death penalty in Indonesia. They were charged and locked behind bars after being caught smuggling marijuana into the Indonesian province of Jayapura.


Woman Archaeologist Graduates

Recently a young woman, Teppy Beni, made history at the University of Papua New Guinea after its 50 years of existence where it produced its first female student to graduate with honours in archaeology.


Consulate in Cairns

The PNG Government has officially opened a Consulate in Cairns at the Conservatory. 12 - 14 Lake Street. PO Box 4886, Cairns Qld 4870. email:

The Post Courier "The Drum" reports the Consul is only opens from 9.00 am to 12 noon.


Port Moresby General Hospital

Top Chinese doctors who are serving at Port Moresby General Hospital under a health bilateral arrangement are alarmed at the lack of specialist doctors at the hospital. One of the specialists said it was disheartening to learn that after 40 years of Independence PNG had only trained "two and half neurosurgeons and one died and only one and half are working, the fulltime neurosurgeon just graduated and is working in Madang."


Indonesian Troop Incursion

The Commander of the PNG Defence Force, Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo is looking into a recent unauthorised excursion of Indonesian soldiers into PNG.


North Wahgi Electrification

A major rural electrification project has been launched in the North Wahgi District of Jiwaka province. Two feasibility studies have already been concluded at Nondugul and Banz.


Kavieng Prison

The Kavieng prison is overcrowded with inmates mostly serving time for minor offences. The prison built to hold 208 prisoners was spilling over attempting to house over 400. Prison commander Philip Gabutold has said that he has been able to reduce this to 367 thanks to the efforts of stakeholders in the law and justice sector.


Jackson's Duty Free

Thanks to a partnership between CPL and Fiji's Motibhai Group of Companies, which has been running duty free shops in Fiji for more than 40 years, Port Moresby International Airport will receive a much needed facelift with new duty free stores located within the departure and arrival areas of the Jacksons International Airport under the trading name of Prouds. It is expected the shops will be completed in time for the 2015 Pacific Games in July.


Disaster Relief

West New Britain province, which was badly affected by recent heavy rains, is yet to receive its share of over 300,000 US dollars the government has promised for disaster relief.


Pacific Games Village

Pacific Games Gold sponsor, Brian Bell Home Centres, has begun installing over 4000 bed frames into the accommodation blocks at the Pacific Games Village. Pacific Foam Industry has over one thousand mattresses ready to go for the project. A shipment of over sixteen thousand fitted sheets and bed sheets are expected to arrive on the 18th of May.

The Pacific Games Village will be handed over to the University of Papua New Guinea as student accommodation when the Games finish.


Pacific Games Relay visits Goroka --

10 Centres for Live Games Sites --

Holiday Inn Express

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has welcomed Holiday Inn Express Port Moresby to its portfolio, located in the heart of the government district in the Papua New Guinean capital.


Yamamoto Site

The site where a Mitsubishi G4M 'Betty' crashed near Kokopo village in the Makis Constituency of the Buin District on the Island of Bougainville will be opened to interested tourists. International tourists will be charged K150 to visit the historic site.

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was aboard the plane when it crashed. He was one of the masterminds behind the Pearl Harbor attack.


Pomio Air Services

Plans are in place to engage a third level airline to provide services to Pomio district in East New Britain, Governor Ereman ToBaining Jr says.


Oil and Gas Fundraising

Papua New Guinea's National Petroleum Company (NPCP) said it is looking to raise billions of dollars to help fund new oil and gas projects, as the South Pacific country battles a sharp slump in forecast revenue from a plunge in prices for the commodities. NPCP holds a 16.6-percent stake in the PNG LNG project, which operator ExxonMobil Corp wants to expand, and has rights to take up to a 20-percent stake in the Elk-Antelope fields, the country's largest undeveloped gas resource.


PMV Licences

Public Motor Vehicle operators say long delays in the licence renewal process by the Land Transport Division have resulted in the increase of illegal operators in the city.


Namah Accused of Misconduct

Former opposition leader, Belden Namah, has been referred to the public prosecutor over allegations of misconduct. Mr Namah confirmed he had received notification of the ombudsman's investigation and told local media his lawyers were working on the issue. His case is the latest in a string of high profile referrals, including PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and four serving government ministers.



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Unauthorised Games Merchandise

Port Moresby 2015 has again warned unauthorised goods manufacturers, distributors and retailers to not produce, buy or sell items carrying the Pacific Games' official logos, following the raid of a warehouse in Papua New Guinea's capital from where branded toilet paper was being distributed.


Visa on Arrival

Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato has assured Madang Visitors and Cultural Bureau chairman Sir Peter Barter that the National Government's visa-on-arrival restrictions for Australian visitors may be lifted by the end of the year.


ICT Infrastructure

Deputy secretary (policy) for the Department of Communication and Information Koreken Levi has said the country was way back in terms of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure compared with the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

He said PNG was hosting the 2018 APEC Summit and innovative ways were needed by stakeholders to make digital economy a reality in the country.


FIFA U-20 Women's Championships

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill has announced funding of 10 million Kina to support the hosting of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2016, and a further 2 million Kina to train the national team in the lead-up to the event.


New Ireland Eels

Many years ago ex Air Niugini flight attendant, Cathi Hiob, saw a market to show eels to tourists cycling along the Boluminski Highway at Laraibina village in New Ireland province. Laisi Hiob said "They come here to see the eels. This is a registered tourist attraction. The story of these eels has gone all over the world. Every day we have visitors."


Bougainville Schools May Close

Five Bougainville boarding schools are on the verge of closing if funds owed to them under the National Government's Free Education Policy are not released soon.


PM O'Neill Directs Outstanding School Fee Subsidies to be Released --

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.

MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 --

Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 --

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2015

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2015

PNG Medical Symposium, usually held in September

Pacific Islands Forum meeting will be held in Papua New Guinea in September

Goroka Show, September 2015

PNG Independence Day, 16 September 2015

Morobe Show, October 2015

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, November 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015

Christmas Day - 25 December 2015

Boxing Day - 26 December 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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