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For the first time since its inception in 2006, yesterday's PNG Attitude recorded more than 1,500 page views. In those far off days when this website was in nappies, we used to think 50 was huge. Yesterday’s 1,560 was our fourth 1,000 plus day in a row – and follows last week’s four consecutive days of 1,000 plus.

I want to thank all of you – the readers of and contributors to PNG Attitude – for your commitment to our efforts to cast light on – and to strengthen – the PNG-Australia relationship. By the way, I've just done a quick & dirty count of who's contributing to Attitude.  There are 20 regular contributors, whose words you read and enjoy many times a week - 10 from PNG, 10 from Australia.  Like it!

- Keith Jackson



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Reginald Renagi

Phil - You've got me stumped there so I'll do my best. There is no real word (in the literal sense anyway) for 'politician' in Motu.

But four short words come to mind that can be substituted to form an expression of a kind for leaders in government and of people.

One can also add other variations on a theme but here goes: 'Gavamani edia Lida badadia'. It means senior government leaders and could refer to politicians, bureaucrats, etc.

Bernard Yegiora

Peter - That is true. Wakai we!

Francis Hualupmomi

Well done.

Peter Kranz

Keith - A good sign of PNG Attitude's popularity is that articles from here are being quoted and referenced at other sites, and even sections of articles have been ripped off and re-used (e.g. Letters to the Editor at the Post-Courier).

Wailo pangrawa!

Phil Fitzpatrick

Hey Reg - How would you say 'politician' in Motu? Has a new word evolved?

Politicia'mani? As in 'Lau ura lasi politicia'mani'.

Are there any other 'new' words like that in Motu?

Reginald Renagi

Well done, KJ - lau ura, mi laikim!

Nichson Piakal

Good going there. I can only imagine the feeling as I just celebrated my first 100 :)

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