P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter 24 Dec 1998

PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay
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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, is currently worth about 45 to 47 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look http://maps.google.com

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.

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Recommended Site

Visit the Paradise Live site at http://www.dg.com.pg/paradiselive/index.htm (This is the site of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority) Be warned though that a large number of the telephone numbers used on the site are no longer valid due to tele number changes in PNG and Australia over the last two years.

Sean Dorney

After many years in the country, Sean Dorney is leaving for Brisbane with his wife, Pauline, to take up the position of South Pacific correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Sean said the following "One of the really encouraging things - and I have said this quite a number of times before - is that the media in Papua New Guinea today is stronger, and more dynamic and broader than it was in 1975 - just before independence."

"In 1975, when I was here, you basically had the Post-Courier and the National Broadcasting Commission (or what had been the ABC) and that was it."

"Now you've got EMTV, Nau FM, two competing daily newspapers (Post-Courier and The National) and you have a weekly English language newspaper (The Independent)"

Mr Dorney noted that there had been a real growth and strengthening of the media in PNG.

He said: "A lot of people talk about all the negatives about PNG, but I think one of the things Papua New Guinea can teach the rest of the world is how a media in a developing country can develop."

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

It's official the CPI rate has been calculated at something around 6.5per cent for the September quarter. However experts are predicting that inflation would surpass the budgeted figure of 11.5 per cent despite the low official figure. What's that about lies and statistics?!

Melanesian Tours

The Managing Director, Peter Barter, has donated 40 classroom desks to two schools in the East Sepik Province on behalf of Melanesian Tours. Visit them at http://www.meltours.com/

NCD Library

The National Library has received 100 books from the Philippines Ambassador to PNG. The books about the Philippines cover topics such as politics, economics and history.


The Bougainville Reconciliation Government (BRG) should be formed today. (23 Dec 1998) if all goes well. That was the word from Arawa as the Bougainville Transitional Govt and the Bougainville Interim Govt met to polish up the constitution of the BRG.

Angau Hospital

The hospital has received early Christmas presents in the form of donations of food from Rotary Club of Huon Gulf, Trukai Rice, Lae Biscuits and Lae Ladies Club. The combined effort was coordinated by Rotary.

Another Recommended Site...

Royal Papua Yacht Club located at http://www.rpyc.com.pg is a site well worth visiting if you are interested in yachting.

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PNG Newspaper Sites

Post Courier


The National


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