Port Moresby blackout (PNG Loop)
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - For three consecutive weeks, electricity in Papua New Guinea’s capital has blacked out in the evenings.
But this is not unusual for Port Moresby, a city dubbed ‘one of the least livable cities in the world’ by The Economist intelligence unit’s Global Liveability Index in the same week.
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Isaac from Kongara-Kerei; Patrick my island clansman; and Bariona from Darutue who prepared a dozen old fern tree posts (kusinai) with his volleyball team boys
SIMON PENTANU MP
KIETA - After spending most of Sunday at sea, the drive to South Nasioi on Monday was a welcome change, travelling past Marai as far as Darutue on the road to Kongara in the foothills of Mt Takuang, the second highest mountain on Bougainville.
The dirt road was rough, in parts atrociously so but still trafficable. Never mind, however, the scenery at slow pace more than made up for the bumpy ride.
Continue reading "A very pleasant Monday’s drive indeed" »
NOOSA - Papua New Guineans are not alone. More than half of Australians think corruption is commonplace amongst their politicians.
This has been revealed in an Australia Talks national survey commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in which 60,000 Australians were asked about their lives and what keeps them up at night.
Continue reading "Our politicians are corrupt, say Australians" »
NOOSA - The Australian government has been in real disarray recently as it struggles with the case of asylum seekers Priya and Nades Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, whose plight again became a matter of great public concern.
The latest drama involving this family occurred when four-year old Tharnicaa became seriously ill and, accompanied by her mother, was flown to Perth after pneumonia turned into sepsis and there were fears she might otherwise die.
Continue reading "Biloela 4: immorality, cruelty, racism, scams" »
Annie at Vision City - “Archie was only 12 and still needed me, but he gave me the courage to escape from my abusive husband”
PORT MORESBY – Archie Iso Kundal loves his mother very much but, as a small child, was frequently distressed to see his abusive father, Ismael, habitually beat her.
The two small boys would often see their mother lock herself in a room and cry while nursing her wounds.
So one day Archie told his mother to escape, return to her people at Kerema and not come back to Wabag until he and his brother Victor were old enough to defend her.
Continue reading "Annie’s story: Escape from abuse" »
John Kuri (Kamnguru Nem) and daughters. A novel that takes the reader into the complex world of Melanesians before the arrival of Western influence
Porugl: Son of the Underworld by Kamnguru Nem, Independently published, 183 pages. ISBN: 9798520442332. Available from Amazon Australia, ebook $25.94, paperback $42.83
TUMBY BAY - A gigl ambu is a female spirit who lives in the underworld and travels at night into the outerworld, where humans live, to secretly forage for food.
The underworld is ruled by an ancient serpent, Kerwanba. Among her subjects are spirits, dwarfs and the mysterious smoking makan nem who act as landlords.
Continue reading "A most readable novel connects two worlds" »
Mutiny on the 37th - an illustration from 'Cannibals, Conflict and First Contact' by Rob Barclay
BLACKBURN, VIC - Cannibals, Conflict and First Contact is my illustrated adventure memoir of a New Guinea patrol officer spanning 21 years from 1958 to 1979.
From the early 1900s to Independence in 1975, New Guinea was Australia’s only colonial experience.
Australia was determined to ‘do it right’, evolving initiatives that were widely copied by other colonial powers as a textbook study of how to bring primitive peoples into the modern world with a minimum of trauma.
Continue reading "A beautiful book, long in the making" »
ADELAIDE - Religion, by its very nature, requires that the faithful accept supernatural explanations for events in the material world in which we all live.
Consequently, religion frequently is irrational, anti-intellectual and anti-scientific.
In its more extreme forms it offers sociological and political ideas - like those of the Pentecostal movement - that are disguised as religious insights, hence the notion that becoming wealthy is a sign of God's favour.
Continue reading "We need rationality in our leaders" »
Pastor Alfred Kranz (1900-93) was a respected church leader who in World War II persuaded the Australian government to recognise the legitimacy of his students
MORRISET - It is true, as Phil Fitzpatrick has written, that that Seventh Day Adventists are socially and politically conservative.
It should be recognised, though, that much moderation of their worldview has taken place since the 1970s, when several theological disputes rocked the church.
They generally do not get involved in politics believing in the separation of church and state.
Continue reading "State, church & the Adventists" »
Prime minister Scott Morrison's Pentecostalism worries many Australians because of its extreme theology
TUMBY BAY - Both the Australian and Papua New Guinean constitutions contain sections related to the separation of the state and religion.
Section 116 of the Australian constitution is very explicit. It says:
“The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.”
Continue reading "The religious nutters who govern us" »
Chandran Nair - "Instead of being captive to an idealised vision of the West, the rest of the world is waking up to Western narratives, fallacies and weaknesses"
| South China Morning Post
HONG KONG - The West’s disingenuous position on Israel and its coordinated attacks on China have blown the cover of the liberal narratives it uses to hide a postcolonial, imperialist agenda.
Its hypocrisy has been further exposed by its hoarding of coronavirus vaccines and the systemic racism that prompted the Black Lives Matter protests and fuelled attacks on people of Asian descent.
Continue reading "Western posturing & global white privilege" »
TUMBY BAY - I was lucky in high school because I had a succession of very good English teachers.
Their presence made the experience bearable as I grappled with all the other banal subjects on offer.
I can’t remember the name of my first year English teacher. He was a younger man and I later ran into him outside Steamies in Port Moresby.
Continue reading "The meaning of life" »
Dr Michael Dom - "I like to meet poems one by one. Carefully. Because each one is extracted from someone else's meaning. And everyone has a shadow of madness seeping through them"
LAE - It's considered axiomatic that ‘words have meaning’, by that I think it is meant that words are used to express real emotion, and not just that words have definitions.
Words here also infer partial and whole sentences, phrases and dialogue.
But I don't think that's the case at all.
Continue reading "‘What words dear God / Dear God, what words’" »
| Lowy Interpreter
WAIGANI - Papua New Guinea will conduct its tenth national election in 2022. A by-election last week for the Port Moresby North West electorate provides a preview of what to expect next year.
In PNG, a by-election is required when a vacancy occurs more than a year before the issue of writs for the next election.
Continue reading "What you can expect in the 2022 elections" »
FICTION - Ambassador Akali Wakane – The Old Man – had long been a respected figure in Papua New Guinea but now he had become an instant hero, a household name in every settlement in Port Moresby and throughout the country.
Talk of his Supreme Court victory in the Old Dairy Farm land appeal had travelled fast, and around the streets and villages he had become known as ‘Rabinhat’- the man who took from the rich man and gave to the poor man.
Continue reading "The times they are a’changin'" »
The late Sir Buri Kidu, with his wife Dame Carol Kidu, is considered to have exemplified the Melanesian gentleman - ""Quiet, but confident with his profession / An honest expression and eyes that don’t lie"
LAE – It is my observation that true Papua New Guinean gentlemen respond with quiet confidence, not in brash retaliation.
In 2016, writing to encourage creative and intellectual contributions to the theme of 'The Perfect PNG Gentleman', I wrote:
The article was inspired by the prose poem 'Perfect Gentleman' by Dolorose Atai Wo'otong, which is good to reflect upon in the current situation relating to the University of Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "Regarding the perfect Melanesian gentleman" »
| First published in PNG Attitude, March 2011
PORT MORESBY - Apart from the ‘f’ word, what is the most common explicit used by Papua New Guineans? It is the Pidgin ‘k’ word that refers to the vagina.
Heterosexual intercourse is described in Pidgin as kilim pik [kill a pig] or pasim sua [dress a wound].
It is an everyday experience to hear these descriptive terms on the streets of this nation.
Continue reading "Violence: Driven by men with fragile egos" »
Gregory James Sheppard - charged in relation to K52 million of missing funds of K268 million
| PNG Bulletin Online | Edited
PORT MORESBY - Members of the Special Police Forensic Criminal Investigation Team arrested prominent lawyer Gregory James Sheppard of Young & Williams Lawyers in Port Moresby last week.
Sheppard was taken to Boroko Police Station, interviewed and charged with two counts of misappropriation and another two counts of money laundering in relation to his alleged direct involvement in the transfer of funds amounting to K52 million.
Continue reading "K268 heist: lawyer Greg Sheppard charged" »
Australian prime minister John Gorton Gorton decided to proceed to self-government in PNG despite the economic implications for Australia"
Documents on Australian Foreign Policy: Australia and Papua New Guinea: The Transition to Self-Government 1970-1972, Bruce Hunt and Stephen Henningham (eds.), Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UNSW Press, 2020, 932 pp, eBook (ISBN: 9781742249681), AU$55.51, hardback (ISBN: 9781742237176) AU$89.99, available from New South Books
TUMBY BAY - This impressive volume is the second in a series of three. The first volume published in 2006 covered the period 1966-1969*. The third volume, covering the period 1973-1975, is scheduled for publication in 2022.
The three volumes will no doubt become an important primary source for historians and other professionals but should also be of interest to the readers of PNG Attitude who wish to understand what happened in those formative years.
Continue reading "Epic years in march to nationhood unveiled" »
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - Drunkard students sexually assaulted a female student at the University of Papua New Guinea and on Monday 7 June the female students protested against sexual harassment, which is an ongoing issue.
They hosted a forum at the UPNG Forum Square to address the issue. The media present to cover the story were attacked and chased by the male students who didn’t want them to cover the meeting, ironically stating that it would portray a bad image of the institution.
Continue reading "Do good men still live at UPNG?" »
The popular Rev Victor Haste
MELBOURNE – The Reverend Victor Haste who sadly passed away this week aged 85 after a short illness, spent the early part of his ministry in Papua New Guinea.
Victor trained for the Anglican priesthood in England and came to PNG as a young man with his wife Barbara, a nurse.
Continue reading "Death of ex-Boroko priest, Victor Haste" »
Ishmael Toroama - “Corruption or perceptions of corruption continue to be a major stumbling block to the government"
NOOSA – Bougainville president Ishmael Toroama this week briefed the autonomous province’s House of Representatives on the “important work of independence readiness” on which his administration has embarked.
He said the program is based on the 97.7% referendum vote for Bougainville independence and comprises three key strategies.
Continue reading "Toroama on strategy, independence & challenge" »
CARDIFF, UK – I would suggest that the disgraceful eviction of 2,000 people from the ATS settlement is merely the symptom of a Papua New Guinea 'disease'.
Namely, that over the last 100 years, hundreds of businesses have fastened onto the money-making teat that a capital city, in this case Port Moresby, always engenders.
Continue reading "The PNG disease: Capitalism doesn’t care" »
| The Conversation
MELBOURNE - Poetry has made something of a comeback in popular culture, thanks to America’s Amanda Gorman, who read her performance poems at a presidential inauguration and this year’s Super Bowl. Gorman has been described as bringing poetry to the masses.
However, when it comes to the mainstream, poetry has long been hiding in plain sight. Gorman’s spoken-word performances, which have been compared to hip hop, drew attention to poetry in music lyrics. But poetry is also visible in movies and on TV.
Continue reading "How poetry helps us express feelings" »
UPNG female students protest against sexual harassment on campus (Charlie Dumavi - PNG Bulletin)
PORT MORESBY – A mob of angry male students has disrupted a protest and threatened women objecting to sexual harassment at the University of Papua New Guinea.
The male mob also physically harassed and abused media workers covering the event.
For many years, female students have experienced persistent sexual harassment on UPNG’s Waigani campus.
Continue reading "Male students turn nasty at UPNG protest" »
| Auna Melo Blog
WEWAK - Many people living along the Sepik River have raised concerns about the serious destruction of the river.
The river and the people who rely on it are affected by the movement of tug boats and pontoons along the river but their calls are falling on deaf ears.
Continue reading "Destruction on the Sepik River" »
Landscape around Mt Hagen (Gudmundur Fridriksson)
MOUNT HAGEN - I am pleased to report that we are about to complete the first phase of research on the history of the Western Highlands (including Enga and Jiwaka provinces).
The first phase involves library research, much of which is coming from the archives of the Archdiocese of Mount Hagen.
Continue reading "A history of the Western Highlands" »
FICTION – As the crowd dispersed, The Old Man met with Fredric Farapo and his people in the middle of Independence Drive and Simon Kerowa drove the Governor Bird back to his accommodation at the Ela Beach Hotel.
The Old Man, Kerowa, Farapo and some compatriots who had planned the peaceful outcome would join him for dinner that evening.
Continue reading "After the rebellion, sweet peace - & Uluru" »
The hills of Port Moresby - waiting to be fought over
PORT MORESBY – Two thousand people from Portion 695 of the ATS settlement are seeing their homes and gardens destroyed even as lawyers seek to determine whether further legal action may be possible.
It is not clear if the Papua New Guinea courts will allow an inquiry into how the ATS settlement titles were obtained in the first place.
Continue reading "ATS & the complexity of land titles" »
Students from the Buk Bilong Pikinini School worried that their home has been removed by the developer.
| Ples Singsing | Edited
I interviewed some of the students who went to Buk Bilong Pikinini School on the ATS hillside. This is one of their stories. The girl’s name has been changed - BW
PORT MORESBY - It was a bright sunny day and Mekeme was reading a book at the Buk Bilong Pikinini School on the hillside of the ATS settlement.
As she sat on the school veranda, she saw a big yellow excavator come slowly down the hill towards her house.
Continue reading "The big yellow excavator" »
Don Polye - about to spill the beans on the K4.2 billion UBS loan
NOOSA - Former finance minister Don Polye has provided a stunning statement of evidence to the UBS Commission of Inquiry, now in its third year.
Led by former chief justice Sir Salamo Injia, the inquiry is investigating whether there was any corruption or impropriety in the PNG government obtaining a $1.2 billion (K4.2 billion) loan from the Union Bank of Switzerland in 2014.
Continue reading "Polye's dramatic evidence to UBS inquiry" »
The destruction of ATS Portion 695 (@nayahamui)
NOOSA – A stark report has revealed a humanitarian crisis developing at the ATS settlement in Port Moresby as long-standing residents are evicted.
A Twitter string from from Nayahamui Supowes (@nayahamui) estimates that 2,000 people have been displaced from Portion 695 of the settlement.
Continue reading "The disgrace of the ATS settler eviction" »
Artist's impression of the site of the upgrade works at Lombrum naval base - more boomerang aid
NOOSA - The Australian government says that Australia and Papua New Guinea’s security partnership has reached an important milestone with a contract for the redevelopment of Lombrum Naval Base awarded to Clough Australia.
According to Australia’s defence department, the contract will strengthen the PNG Defence Force capability to “protect PNG’s borders and maritime resources”.
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BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report
MADANG - While campaigning for his candidate during the Moresby North-West by-election, opposition leader Belden Namah announced he would ensure the Scientist from Madang [aka Bryan Kramer] would not be returned in the 2022 general election.
Continue reading "The Scientist v Namah in war of words" »
FICTION – The three-vehicle convoy slowly wended its way through the crush of angry demonstrators, their bodies painted in black charcoal and burnt car tyres mixed with oil.
Some beat the sides of the cars, but the white flags did their job of displaying peaceful intent.
Continue reading "The Old Man averts a bloodbath" »
Captain Len Happ (right) with a fellow aviator and local villager alongside his fighter plane, Little Joe, at Gusap
| Chicago Daily Herald
CHICAGO - In the early phases of the Pacific War, Captain and operations officer Len Happ was based at Gusap Air Base, just south of Lae.
From the war zone in 1943, Happ sent a rare native tribal bow set with several arrows to his home in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Continue reading "Captain Happ & his New Guinea memento" »
James Marape centre stage at the Transparency International integrity summit
| My Land, My Country
LAE - The head of the Papua New Guinea’s National Fraud and Anti-Corruption (NFAC) Directorate, Mathew Damaru, didn’t mince words.
Last week he told a Transparency International summit that his directorate had been starved of funding.
Continue reading "Why our national integrity is suffering" »
FICTION – It had been a hectic early morning but now Delisa was safely seated in an Air Niugini Boeing 737 cruising over the Bismarck Sea towards Brisbane.
Delisa could not enjoy the flight. Nor could she take the refreshments served by the cabin crew. She did not feel like food while there was trouble at home.
Continue reading "Confrontation at Ground Zero" »
WARWICK - The expansion of China’s influence into the Solomons, Vanuatu, Samoa and Kiribati is of increasing concern to us in Australia.
But it is as nothing compared to the mischief to happen if the Chinese move into Daru.
This is because Daru - together with its mud and mangrove neighbour, Bristow - is the only island in the Torres Strait which is part of Papua New Guinea.
Every other island is Australian territory.
Continue reading "China. First Daru. Then Queensland?" »
The breathtaking landscape of PNG. In a nation where land is embedded in the soul, Norm Oliver spent his working life managing the volatile balance between its spiritual and economic values
MELBOURNE – It is with enormous sadness that I heard the news of the passing of Norm Oliver – former Land Titles Commissioner in Papua New Guinea, basketball stalwart and a friend to so many people throughout the country.
A native of Tempe in Sydney, Norm was a draughtsman at the Sydney Water Board before joining the PNG Land Titles Commission in the early 1960s.
Continue reading "Norm Oliver dies at 87: A great friend of PNG" »
Antony Blinken - “Economic coercion across the region is on the rise”
| The Guardian | Edited extracts
Link here to the full article
SYDNEY - The US secretary of state Antony Blinken has warned leaders of Pacific countries about “threats to the rules-based international order” and “economic coercion”, in what appears to be a veiled swipe at China’s growing influence in the region.
Blinken was addressing leaders and their delegates from 11 Pacific countries and territories including Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Palau and Marshall Islands as part of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, which is held in Hawaii.
Continue reading "US warns Pacific about Chinese ‘coercion’" »
Foreign ministers Soroi Eoe (PNG) and Wang Yi (China) meet in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province (Xinhua/Yang Wenbin)
GUIYANG – China’s State councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi has held talks with Soroi Eoe, Papua New Guinea’s minister of foreign affairs and international trade.
The meeting, held in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, marked the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Continue reading "‘We’ll learn from you,’ PNG tells China" »
Radio Rabaul's Nellie Exon, the first Tolai woman broadcaster
NOOSA - The first government broadcasting station in Papua New Guinea, Radio Rabaul, was opened in a hurry in October 1961.
There were no adequate production, transmission and office facilities – a demonstration that there had been little planning behind the bold decision of the colonial Administration to enter the broadcasting field.
Continue reading "How colonial radio came to PNG" »
| An Illumination in English and Tok Pisin
You stand at the door
Belonging to God and pray
What for don’t you knock
Perhaps it is that
He’s too great a being
For you to rap on his door
Continue reading "Standing Stupidly" »
Tree fern savanna in the Cromwell Mountains
ALFRED KIK et al
| US National Academy of Sciences
Edited extracts from ‘Language and ethnobiological skills decline precipitously in Papua New Guinea, the world’s most linguistically diverse nation’. Link here to the complete research article
WASHINGTON DC - When evaluated against a common set of extinction-risk criteria, the world’s 7,000 or so extant languages are even more threatened than its biological diversity.
Orally transmitted cultural knowledge may be threatened by similar forces. The majority of languages have relatively few speakers and nearly half of the world’s languages are considered endangered.
Continue reading "The threat to language & biological knowledge in PNG" »
| Online Opinion
BRISBANE - I am increasingly of the view that the plans by a Chinese state owned fishing company to build a port and ‘fisheries factory’ on Daru is part of a strategic plan by China to expand its Pacific presence, and influence.
Of course it is designed to irritate Australia, and undermine our influence in Papua New Guinea something China has most certainly given more focus as our relations with the Peoples Republic of China has deteriorated.
Continue reading "China in the Pacific: We must do better" »
Daniel Kumbon and grandson Clinton. Kundiawa, 2021
FICTION - For millennia, land has been the lifeblood and spiritual amalgam of the Melanesian people.
Land. Much more than a possession to be traded. An ancestral bequest to the people, uniting the past with the future.
Brutal tribal wars were fought over the ownership of land. Countless numbers of people – both warriors and the innocent – lost their lives over land.
Continue reading "The Old Man comes to the rescue" »
Your items of bilas
Is not missed
Until it's not there
At the pool showers
Na your bilas
Emi silip long floa
And gets trod on
By other swimmers
Disregarded, made to look
Olsem pipia. Ragged.
Have your swim
When you're done
Bai yu painim
Long karamapim ass
Bilong yu na sem
In what language
Will you excuse yourself
And the sem pipia
Taim kastam emi lus
| Kalang FM
PORT MORESBY - Church members of the Body of Christ have joined the Catholic and other churches in expressing great concern about the government’s intention to build a casino in Papua New Guinea.
An agreement was signed last Friday by the National Gaming Control Board and Paga Hill Development for the construction of a casino at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.
Continue reading "More churches come out against casino" »
| My Land, My Country
LAE - Opening a large casino in Port Moresby is a dangerous and destructive move. The harm it will cause will be greater on our country will be more than the good it will supposedly bring.
We don’t need that kind of development. There is a time for it, but now is not that time.
Continue reading "PNG just can't handle high-end gambling" »