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Monday, 25 September

00:23

An ode to the PNG Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

This is a small piece which I wrote on my phone this morning. I hope you like it:

An ode to the PNG Hunters
By MALUM NALU



They came from north of the border
To the colosseum at Suncorp
Modern-day gladiators
Hunters from Papua New Guinea

They carried the hopes and dreams of a nation
Upon their shoulders
So much gloom, doom and despair
A little ray of sunshine was needed

All was lost, it seemed
When in from the cold came Willie Minoga
Like a runaway freight train from Enga
Grounding the ball at the last minute

And for a moment in time
All of Papua New Guinea erupted
A crescendo from the islands to the mountains
As the sons and daughters of this beautiful land arose as one, singing a new song of hope

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Sunday, 24 September

22:59

RLWC2017 Congratulates PNG Hunters on Q-Cup Grand Final Win "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Press Release : Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup Chief Executive Andrew Hill congratulated the PNG Hunters for a thrilling Queensland Cup Grand Final win today that has kick-started the biggest six weeks of sporting action in the countrys history.

The Hunters, who are expected to provide the nucleus of Papua New Guineas World Cup squad, overcame an early 10-0 deficit and the loss of halfback Watson Boas to snatch a late 12-10 victory over Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The win, which was achieved in front of a record Queensland Cup Grand Final crowd of 11,260 at Suncorp Stadium today(24 September), secures the Hunters a place in the curtain-raiser at next Sundays NRL Grand Final against the NSW Cup winners.

The PNG Kumuls will then host three World Cup matches at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby against Wales on 28 October, Ireland on 5 November and USA on 12 November.

On behalf of Rugby League World Cup 2017, I would like to congratulate the PNG Hunters on winning an historic Queensland Cup Grand Final and look forward to seeing them play on Grand Final day in Sydney next weekend, Mr Hill said.

With the first womens Test match in PNG between the Orchids and Jillaroos and the Prime Ministers XIII playing in Port Moresby on Saturday it has been an incredible weekend of Rugby League for Papua New Guinea.

However, this is just the start of what will be a massive six weeks for the game in PNG, with the Kumuls to host three pool games during the World Cup, and I have no doubt fans will get behind the team during the World Cup with the pride and passion they always display.

The PNG Orchids played their first Test ahead of the womens World Cup against the Jillaroos on Saturday in a double-header with the annual fixture between the PMs XIII and the Kumuls at Oil Search National Football Stadium.

The Jillaroos defeated the Orchids 42-4 but the PNG women won many admirers with a courageous performance, while the PMs XIII beat a team of domestic players in the absence of the Hunters or any NRL stars before a crowd of 13,468 fanatical supporters.

An Oil Search sponsored RLWC2017 Trophy tour of PNG has attracted huge crowds around the country in the past two weeks and will continue until 13 October.

The success of the Hunters, who were also Queensland Cup minor premiers, will provide a significant boost to...

22:45

PM O'Neill dismisses Sir Mekere's claims "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has dismissed claims by Moresby North West Sir Mekere Morauta that the divesting of shares in Oil Search Limited had cost the Government a major loss.

ONeill, speaking from New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly, questioned the integrity of of Sir Mekere Morauta, over comments he has made in relation to the decision by Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited to divest shares in Oil Search Limited, saying it is just typical Opposition politics.

The Prime Minister dismissed the claims that are based on Sir Mekeres imaginary figures, saying instead that on balance the State had made about 100 million from the sale in Oil Search project.

The States investment in Oil Search was the right decision at the time, it helped maintain confidence in the oil and gas sector, but was undermined by unforeseen global factors and baseless political opposition, the Prime Minister said.

This has been a business decision based on anticipated return on investment, and has delivered the most prudent outcome for the State considering the consequences of the earlier energy price lows.

Terminating the collar arrangement has resulted in a recovery of the remaining prepaid interest on the loan.

The balance from this deal will likely be a K100 million gain for Papua New Guinea.

This is nothing like the shady deal by Sir Mekeres friends in the Somare Government, who lost the State hundreds of millions of Kina through the IPIC deal and subsequent losses suffered as result of currency swap on the loan from US dollar to Australian dollar.

The reality is that the Oil Search arrangement did not cost the State a toea from Treasury in repayments or interest.

Repayments were made through the collar and the sale of shares was scheduled over time to repay the loan.

The Prime Minister said in early 2014 that action had to be taken to protect the interests of the State, and investment in the largest resources company was the right move.

We were at risk of a situation where shareholding in one of the largest companies in the country would fall into the wrong hands.

We had seen similar outcomes ten years earlier when a previous Government had allowed this to happen.

The Governments intervention to buy shares in Oil Search had a positive influence in the direc...

22:00

Was it a greener field, Sam Basil, or something less pleasant? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

FRANCIS NII

Sam Basil & Peter O'Neill (ABC)
Sam Basil - still awaiting a payday after being enticed across the aisle by Peter O'Neill

KUNDIAWA - It is now two weeks since nine members of the Pangu Party, including its leader Sam Basil, and four independents left the opposition in search of greener pastures in the Peter ONeills paddock.

It was a move that shocked Papua New Guinea.

Supporters of Pangu and ordinary Papua New Guineans had held Sam Basil in high respect for his personal stand against corruption and his often repeated condemnation of the corrupt government of Peter ONeill.

They found it hard to swallow the new reality of Sam Basils u-turn and to get into bed with ONeill.

Social media commentators had a field day, calling Basil a Judas, liar, opportunist, pretender, hypocrite of the century and more.

In his self-justification through a media statement, Basil said ONeill had invited him and Pangu to join the government and he had thankfully accepted.

I want to thank the prime minister Peter ONeill for seeing value in the calibre of Pangu Party MPs and inviting us to join the PNC led Coalition government, he said.

It was clear then that it was prime minister ONeill who had lured Basil and his party to join the government. If Basil had any other reason for example, the failure to meet his desire for the leadership of the opposition he did not make it clear.

All that was stated was that Pangu was invited by ONeill to join the government.

ONeill, for his part, in welcoming Basil and other opposition MPs into the government said there were no strings attached.

I dont think its about goodies, he said.

So was Peter ONeill really telling the people of Papua New Guinea, including the people of Wau-Bulolo and Pangu Party supporters, the truth?

Was it true that he didnt throw any bait at Sam Basil and his followers? Can the people of PNG trust that ONeill was being truthful?

I did not then and I do not now believe ONeills...

21:00

A brief note on educating girls. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Girls in PNG school (ANU Crawford School)TANYA ZERIGA-ALONE | EmNauPNG Blog

PORT MORESBY - When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.

When you give opportunities to a girl to evolve to something higher than her current state, she inevitably raises everyone around her to that new standard.

Her man or any potential male out there wanting her attention has to raise their standard to meet hers.

The same for other women in her life, be it girlfriends, aunties, mothers.

And when she has her own family she raises them up to the standard she has been exposed to.

She has become a role model.

Change happens just like that one female at a time and when more women get an education, it totally lifts up our game.

If you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter champion her education and personal development.

Your investment will not be wasted.

20:00

Our first cruise to Papua New Guinea, and well be back "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

TIANA TEMPLEMAN | New Zealand Herald

P&O liner anchored in PNG
'Pacific Eden' is greeted by islanders in Milne Bay - "fierce yet friendy"

You can read the full article here

AUCKLAND - Ever run into someone you haven't seen in years and been amazed by how fabulous they look?

That is exactly how my husband and I feel when we board P&O Cruises' Pacific Eden. We have not sailed with P&O since the 1990s, when our South Pacific cruise was memorable for all the wrong reasons, and cannot believe how much the line has changed.

The hard-partying, low-budget vibe of old has been replaced by glamorous bars, upmarket specialty dining, attractive public spaces and family fun.

It had been a long time coming but we decided to give P&O Cruises another try because it was one of the few lines cruising regularly to Papua New Guinea, one of the South Pacific's most stunning emerging cruising destinations.

P&O Cruises launched its first PNG itinerary in late 2013, and the region's growing popularity has seen departures available from Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns, with itineraries of up to 14 nights.

Our route would take us to four ports in the Milne Bay Province, including the area's capital, Alotau, and three stunning and culturally rich islands.

Being first-time visitors to PNG, we decided on a modest seven-night round-trip cruise from Cairns. We agreed this would be long enough to get a feel for the destination (and the new look P&O) but not too long if we didn't like it.

The first stop on our cruise is Alotau, the capital of Milne Bay Province in south-eastern Papua New Guinea, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Milne Bay in 1942.

War history tours are popular here but other options, such as sightseeing bus trips, cooking classes and village visits, are also available. While there are no formal cruise-ship shore excursions a...

17:30

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning a deaf ear to West Papua atrocities "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/24/melanesian-leaders-condemn-un-for-turning-a-deaf-ear-to-west-papua-atrocities

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning a deaf ear to West Papua atrocities

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu leaders want investigation into alleged abuses and support for independence campaign

Ben Doherty

Saturday 23 September 2017 22.12 EDT

Melanesian leaders have accused the United Nations of having turned a deaf ear to human rights atrocities in the Indonesian province of Papua and urged the world to support the regions campaign for independence.

At the UN General Assembly in New York, the prime ministers of the Solomon Islandsand Vanuatu called on the UNs Human Rights Council to formally investigate long-standing allegations of human rights abuses in the provinces.

Vanuatus prime minister, Charlot Salwai,said the people of West Papua must be allowed the right to self-determination, to free themselves of the yoke of colonialism.

West Papua protest: Indonesian police kill one and wound others reports

For half a century now the international community has been witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence and arbitrary detention inflicted on the nationals of West Papua, perpetrated by Indonesia, but the international community has turned a deaf ear to the appeals for help. We urge the Human Rights Council to investigate these cases.

We also call on our counterparts throughout the world to support the legal right of West Papua to self-determination and to jointly with Indonesia put an end to all kinds of violence and find common ground with the nationals to facilitate putting together a process which will enable them to freely express their choice.

The Solomons leader, Manasseh Sogavare, said the UNs sustainable development goal motto of no one left behind would be synonymous to empty promises unless we in the United Nations take active steps to address the plight of the people of West Papua.

Failing this, we as a family of nations will become complicit in perpetuat...

13:21

PNG Hunters win Intrust Super Cup title "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


While Boas kicked the goal, the scores were tied up with just over a minute to go when big Willie Minoga showed true determination to touch down on a Boas grubber in goal, sending the mostly pro-PNG crowd in raptures.

It was sent to the video referee who confirmed the decision send the crowd off into cheers once again.

In the lead-up to the match-winning try; it was a game characterised by some tough defence with both teams putting their body on the line.

The goal-line starch of Hunters was also a remarkable feature of their win as the side offered the Falcons plenty of chances to stamp their authority on the game by giving up the ball with repeated errors.

The game started ominously for the PNG side with the Falcons showing their class early, posting two quick tries.

The first was set up by impressive fullback Jahrome Hughes (a late confrimed addition to the side) who in the second minute, gave the ball to Matthew Soper-Lawer who went over in their first set of six with the ball.


The Sunshine Coast were moving the ball around, really troubling the Hunters who seemed to struggle to contain especially the left edge, with former Hunter Justin Olam putting in a strong performance.


The Hunters responded with some strong defence and tried to lift their intensity across the field.

However, in trying to rush the play the normally reliable Wartovo Puara knocked on at dummy half, handing the Falcons another chance on the 40m line.

But as was the theme of the day, they were resolute in their defence and a heavy tackle from Wawa Paul forced the ball free from Jeremy Hawkins, and the Hunters had the ball back.

This pattern repeated until halftime with both teams giving up the ball via poor handling when they were given a chance to attack.

PNG kept threatening and were getting closer in attack, but the Falcons defence stood just as strong, with Hughes...

11:50

Papua New Guinea Hunters win Queensland Cup Grand Final in last minute "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



by John Coomer, theroar.com.au
September 24, 2017

The PNG Hunters have scored in the final minute to win their first Queensland Cup in a thrilling finish at Suncorp Stadium against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.



Trailing 10-6, Hunters five-eighth, captain and man-of-the-match Ase Boas put through a grubber as their last throw of the dice. Interchange forward Willie Minoga won a desperate race for the ball, grounding it just before the dead-ball line.


The Falcons then went for a short kick-off that didnt work. The hooter sounded seconds later, sparking wild celebrations among the Hunters players and many in the crowd. No doubt the entire population of PNG will be celebrating long and hard for the next few days.

Earlier, the Falcons had a dream start to the match, scoring two tries in the first seven minutes of the first half. The first came in their opening set, when they threw the ball wide to try and exploit the Hunters slide defence. It worked, with winger Matt Soper-Lawler crossing in the corner.

The Falcons scored again five minutes later when halfback Ryley Jacks put hard-running backrower Joe Stimson over.

The Hunters managed to steady their defence for the rest of the half, but couldnt hang onto the ball for long enough to mount any attacking pressure. They went into the sheds trailing 10-0.

They needed to score first in the second half to get some confidence and the Falcons did them a huge favour when they knocked on from the kick-off. In the next set, Ase Boas put in a grubber and his brother Watson Boas ended up scoring from it to get the Hunters on the scoreboard.

Both teams were willing to throw the ball around in very warm September conditions in Brisbane, but were let down by their handling throughout the game. The completion rate of the Hunters, in particular, was poor. They looked very nervous. But the defence from both sides was also very willing. You couldnt fault their commitment or desperation.

The win means the Hunters will play the winner of the New South Wales Cup in the curtain-raiser to the Melb...

07:25

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning 'a deaf ear' to West Papua atrocities | World news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning 'a deaf ear' to West Papua atrocities | World news | The Guardian: For half a century now the international community has been witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence and arbitrary detention inflicted on the nationals of West Papua, perpetrated by Indonesia, but the international community has turned a deaf ear to the appeals for help. We urge the Human Rights Council to investigate these cases.

We also call on our counterparts throughout the world to support the legal right of West Papua to self-determination and to jointly with Indonesia put an end to all kinds of violence and find common ground with the nationals to facilitate putting together a process which will enable them to freely express their choice.

The Solomons leader, Manasseh Sogavare, said the UNs sustainable development goal motto of no one left behind would be synonymous to empty promises unless we in the United Nations take active steps to address the plight of the people of West Papua.

06:26

PNG and ExxonMobil Working Together to Expand Investment and Create More Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister has expressed confidence in the ongoing strength of the commitment by ExxonMobil in Papua New Guineas economy, saying there is scope for greater investment and job creation from the company that is one of the largest foreign investors in Papua New Guinea.

PM ONeill made the comments after meeting ExxonMobil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Darren Woods, and Senior Vice President, Jack Williams, at the companys global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday.
The contribution that the PNG LNG project has made to our economy has been substantial, and this will continue to grow, ONeill said.

ExxonMobil has demonstrated their continued commitment to Papua New Guinea through the delivery and management of the PNG LNG project, together with ongoing exploration activities.
We look forward to continuing to partner with ExxonMobil to advance projects and create more jobs for Papua New Guineans.
ExxonMobil PNG Limited is the operator of the US$19 billion PNG LNG project, the largest private sector investment in PNG to date. Additionally, ExxonMobil is working with partners to expand LNG processing at the existing PNG LNG plant site near Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea is an important country in ExxonMobils global portfolio, and we are committed to making our business successful for all parties, Darren Woods said.
We are committed to working with the government to support economic growth and provide long-term, sustainable benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea through workforce, supplier and community development programs.

ExxonMobil also congratulates Papua New Guinea on hosting APEC in 2018.
We are working closely with PNGs APEC organizers to make the event a success for the country.
I look forward to returning to PNG to participate in the APEC CEO Summit.

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Saturday, 23 September

22:00

Oz players on playing league against PNG: I got hit by granite "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia v PNGJAMES BUCKLEY | Fairfax Media | Edited extract

SYDNEY - Speak to anyone that's played rugby league in Papua New Guinea, and they will all furnish you with unbelievable stories of the insatiable passion the locals possess for their national sport.

PNG is a developing and diverse country with more than 800 languages, high crime and significant unemployment, but rugby league is the constant that unites its eight million people.

But when their Australian heroes come to these shores for the annual Prime Minister's XIII fixture against Papua New Guinea, played yesterday, quite often that lust for the game bubbles over into tragedy.

Cronulla back rower Wade Graham played his first PM's XIII match in 2012 and it's an experience he'll never forget.

"The grandstand collapsed the year I was there and a few people died, it was pretty full on," Graham said.

"It's the passion they have for the league here, it's very unbelievable.

"It's one of those things you can try to explain it, but until you experience it you just don't understand it."

From the moment the Australian contingent lands in PNG until they depart a few days later, the players are treated like rock stars.

Everyone wants a piece of them, from machine-gun wielding security guards who crave nothing more than to pose for a photograph with their idols, to the locals on the street who sprint after the team bus.

But it's the children who leave the most lasting memories, both good and bad.

They know all of the players, and religiously refer to them by their surnames. At a clinic on Friday morning, screaming cries of "Dugan" preceded his swamping by a delighted mob of local schoolkids.

Tedesco, Klemmer, Maloney and co all received the same treatment.

The Australian players are strongly advised not to throw team kit outside the team bus while in transit, particularly when they're surrounded by fans on leaving the airport.

One year a prized piece of merchandise was flung out to the masses and a young boy barely six years old arrived first to haul it in.

Just seconds later an older kid, still not even a teenager, arrived on the scene, landed a few haymakers on the youngster and tried making off with the loot.

Almost instantly...

21:00

APEC forum will benefit people throughout PNG: Lepani "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Artists impression of APEC Haus
Artists impression of APEC Haus off Port Moresby's Ela Beach

STAFF REPORTER | Business Advantage PNG | Edited extracts

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea businesses should expect income streams from next month as momentum builds towards the APEC summit in November 2018, director-general of the APEC PNG coordination authority, Sir Charles Lepani, says.

He told a Business Advantage PNG investment summit in Sydney that hotels, small business suppliers and the informal sector throughout PNG will benefit from preparations for next years APEC leaders summit in Port Moresby.

Sir Charles said his authority needed to manage expectations, noting that the summit will not change PNG overnight. But he said it would establish a foundation for stronger growth, bringing in much-needed foreign exchange and raising PNGs profile.

Already, hotels have been paid for senior delegates accommodation.

We intend to go to tender or look for PNG women around the country who make bilums. Each province will make bilums, but not flags, as APEC does not use flags because they are political, Sir Charles said.

We hope to get about 15,000 bilums made by women for each delegate. Not plastic, which would be thrown away afterwards, but real bilums that they can take home with them as gifts.

Regional centres will benefit, he said, because delegates will make day trips to other parts of PNG, including Alotau and Goroka. Air Niugini will earn about K4050 million moving delegates.

The APEC Authority expects 15,000 delegates to attend the 2018 meetings with 9000 attending the summit itself.

...

20:00

Foreign exchange restrictions in PNG: costs & remedies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

US-DollarsROHAN FOX, STEPHEN HOWES, NELSON ATIP NEMA & MARCEL SCHRODER | DevPolicy Blog

CANBERRA - Three years after their introduction in mid-2014, Papua New Guineas foreign exchange restrictions continue to be in place. Unofficial ballpark estimates of excess demand range between US$300 million to 1 billion.

In a 2017 Business Advantage survey of CEOs, 60% nominated access to foreign exchange as the major obstacle more than double any other challenge.

Interviews with businesses reveal that they have to spend significantly more time on finding foreign exchange and managing the credit situation with their overseas suppliers. This increases their administrative costs, which are likely passed on to the consumers.

In addition, firms are piling up dollarised debt when there is depreciating pressure on the kina.

The excess demand for foreign currency has led to a substantial delay in the processing time of foreign exchange orders, which is now reported to be between six and 16 weeks.

The processing duration is a function of fluctuating foreign exchange availability and the priority of an order, which the Bank of PNG (BPNG) sets at its own discretion.

The general pattern is that imports of basic food (especially rice) and fuel are favoured over other consumer goods, or raw materials for construction. Dividends and repatriation are near the bottom of BPNGs priority list and the majority of such orders do not get processed at all.

To grasp the severity of the situation, and the extent of import-compression, consider the share of imports to GDP.

From 1980, the value of imports tends to hover around 50% of GDP, but over the past two years imports have collapsed to 15% of GDP, with the start of the sharp fall coinciding with the imposition of the FX-restrictions in 2014.

This decline in imports is far greater than the one experienced in 1994 when PNG underwent a currency crisis.

The argument could be made that the decrease in imports could be overstated due to the LNG project, which provided a substantial boost to GDP, with no commensurate increase in the demand for imports.

However, imports as a share of non-resource GDP (that is, GDP excluding the mining and oil/gas sectors) have also collapsed to 23%.

The foreign exchange restrictions are a strong indication that PNGs r...

12:47

Aussie PM's XIII beat PNG 48 - 8 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tom Trobjevic and James Tedesco have boosted their World Cup selection chances by scoring hat-tricks in the Australian PM's XIII's 48-8 hammering of the Papua New Guinea PM's XIII on Saturday.

It was a clinical performance by the Mal Meninga-coached side in hot and humid conditions in front of 13,468 screaming fans at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Featuring 11 players with Kangaroos experience, the Australians were made to work hard early by a PNG side missing most of their stars who were preparing to play for the PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup grand final in Brisbane on Sunday.

The visitors were behind 8-6 in the first half before running away with victory in a match that leaves Meninga with plenty of questions ahead of naming his squad for the World Cup later this year.

The hosts dominated the opening minutes until Manly fullback Trobjevic, playing in the centres, crossed for a try in his first game in the green and gold and halfback James Maloney landed the conversion.

The crowd went wild soon after when PNG centre Stanford Talita's try was converted by Jason Misian to lock the scores up.

Five-eighth Misian added a penalty goal to put his side ahead and leave the visitors stunned halfway through the first half.

St George-Illawarra back-rower Tyson Frizell soon after raced away to put the Australians back in front and from there it was one-way traffic.

Trobjevic was gifted a second try after nice lead-up work from his brother Jake, while fullback James Tedesco scored from a Corey Norman cross-field kick just before halftime.

The young Sea Eagles star completed his hat-trick early in the second half as Maloney again added the extras

Tedesco and five-eighth Norman combined again for the NSW No.1 to add his second try before he completed his own hat-trick in the dying minutes, a four-pointer that was converted by prop Andrew Fifita.

Maloney finished with a haul of 18 points after scoring late and nailing all seven of his conversions.

Reserve back Dylan Walker had to be stretchered from the field with what appeared to be a dislocated right ankle and is unlikely to play again this year. Source: NRL.COM

00:16

Tuke Optimistic About Mining Act Review "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | September 21, 2017

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke says he is optimistic about the outcome of the Mining Act review.

Mr Tuke told the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum this during his ministerial meeting yesterday.

He told the Chamber officials that despite his proposal to review the Mining Act which has created a lot of anxiety within the industry, he is optimistic of an outcome that would be accepted by affected parties.

He said as per the review of the Mining Act, his ministry and the National Government were working in line with government priorities to address it.

He said Prime Minister Peter ONeill will meet with the Secretary for Department of Mining Harry Kore for a briefing on the review of the Mining Act this week and that the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) and the Department of Mining will also conduct a power-point presentation next week for all industry stakeholders.

His meeting with the chamber was to enhance the ministrys relati...

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Friday, 22 September

23:56

PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons final showdown set "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The two Captains posing for a photo with the Cup they will fight
out during the grand final match on Sunday.
Will it be the Hunters or the Falcons to lift the Intrust Super Cup on the conclusion of the Grand Final day?

This Sunday will see the culmination of a fantastic season of Intrust Super Cup with the PNG Hunters facing off against the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the chance to hold the trophy aloft this year.

The Hunters are the minor premiers and come into this game having broken their finals hoodoo with a hard-fought win in Week 2 over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Falcons however have hit their straps at just the right time winning three finals matches in a row to feature at Suncorp Stadium.

For sure, the best team of grand final day will run home with cup.

The team lists for the   two teams are:

PNG Hunters

1. Stargroth Amean 2. Wawa Paul 3. Bland Abavu 4. Adex Wera 5. Butler Morris 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Stanton Albert 11. David Loko 12. Nixon Putt 13. Moses Meninga 14. Rahdly Brawa 15. Willie Minoga 16. Enock Maki 17. Brandy Peter 18. Esau Siune

Coach: Michael Marum

Sunshine Coast Falcons

1. Guy Hamilton 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Justin Olam 4. Christopher Lewis 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lachlan Timm 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Joe Stimson 13. Harrison Muller 14. Alex Bishop 15. Jye Ballinger 16. Jon Grieve 17. Louis Geraghty 19. Martin Cordwell 20. Liam McDonald

Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 24 3.25pm* (Live on Channel 9 / Livestream)
Referee: Jarrod Cole
Assistant Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: PNG 4, Sunshine Coast 4
Head-to-Head Finals: Sunshine Coast 1, PNG 0
Finals Experience:  First Clash
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvSCF

23:42

Billion kina down drain in illegal Oil Search share deal debacle "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mekere Morauta (2)
Sir Mekere Morauta

SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

PORT MORESBY - I was astounded to hear news of the ONeill Governments fire sale of its shares in Oil Search at a loss of more than a billion kina.

We always knew that this illegal deal between the prime minister, Oil Search and Union Bank of Switzerland was a bad deal, a bad investment and a bad use of public money, but we never knew it would be this bad.

The total cost to the people of Papua New Guinea is likely to be more than K1 billion. Prime Minister Peter ONeill must come clean on the exact costs.

He must also come clean on whether the sale was caused by his governments inability to repay the loan. For Sir Moi Avei, chairman of Kumul Petroleum, to say that the decision to sell the shares was a commercial decision taken by the board is not believable.

Selling at a loss announced by Kumul Petroleum as $US254 million - is not a sound commercial decision. The shares were legally owned by the bankers as security for the loan; they were not Kumul Petroleums to sell.

Obviously Kumul Petroleum and/or the ONeill Government could not meet the repayments, and was forced by the bankers to sell, in order to minimise their loss.

Mr ONeill must also tell the nation what the balance of the loan was left to pay.

A full, independent inquiry is needed into the deal, which was initiated personally by the prime minister and the Oil Search managing director, Peter Botten.

It was done in secret in Australia and PNG, without the proper authorisation of parliament.

It was signed, sealed and delivered by Mr ONeill as acting treasurer after the then treasurer Don Polye refused to sign because he regarded the deal as illegal and bad. Don Polye has been proven to be absolutely correct.

The prime minister was also advised by the Office of the State Solicitor that the deal was illegal. Furthermore, Mr ONeill as minister responsible for Kumul Petroleum, and sole shareholder in the company, misused his position by foisting the UBS loan onto the companys books....

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Are our consumer habits killing our own PNG businesses? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rosa Koian
Rosa Koian

ROSA KOIAN

PORT MORESBY - Two stories on Facebook got my attention first thing Monday morning, the day after the 42nd Papua New Guinea independence celebrations.

The first was about women entrepreneurs who manufacture PNG colours feeling the pinch of competition as very cheap overseas colours flood the street markets.

The second was about the infiltration of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs who are taking over small businesses reserved for Papua New Guineans.

Both stories provided an insight into our PNG ways: the way we think about business and the way we operate in the business world.

The first thing we want is cheap.

For many of us it doesnt matter how low the quality as long as the colour appeals to the eye and the price appeals to the pocket. We ask why spend K50 for one when we can get three for K45.

The thing about this consumer behaviour is that we are not thinking about the producer or the value of the colours we wear on Independence Day.

We buy on impulse because everyone is wearing red, black and yellow. The one who really benefits is the Asian trader, and probably not the Asian tailor.

When we wear our red, black and yellow colours it is not just dressing up to say I am a Papua New Guinean.

If we think we are just dressing up because everyone else is doing it then we are like the Asian trader those colours are for the market and for profit making.

When we wear red, black and yellow colours we proclaim the richness of our land and the heritage that has given us an identity.

As Christians we wear those colours to say thank you to our God for this rich and beautiful country and we say thank you that we did not have to lose blood and life to have a nation.

We have allowed profit makers to lock us into a buying mode so that, every Independence Day, Papua New Guineans rush out to buy their colours without a second thought.

The second story on Facebook was about trust and how we fail to support local initiatives.

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Monday, 05 June

01:51

Police still pursuing Sakora over Paraka link "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Damaru outside court: Police allege Sakora received K100,000 for issuing media ban

Court to review Justice Sakoras case dismissal

Source: PNG Loop

The Waigani National Court will be reviewing the decision of the Committal Court on 7 June, 2016, which dismissed the case of alleged judicial corruption against Justice Sir Bernard Sakora.

SEE ALSO: Post Courier Wrong: Sakora not acquitted

Justice Leka Nablu today granted leave to an application that was moved by Director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, Matthew Damaru, on May 18, asking the court to review that decision of Magistrate John Kaumi.

Magistrate Kaumi dismissed the case and the information that was laid against Sir Bernard.

The Committal Courts view was that it does not have jurisdiction to prosecute or commence a criminal proceeding against Sir Bernard, who occupies a judicial office because certain laws were not complied with.

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Tuesday, 09 August

13:34

PART 4: WHO IS THE MYSTERY FEMALE COMPANION IN THE SO-CALLED PETER WAIENG MURDER MYSTERY? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Earlier this year in May, in the National Court of Justice in Papua New Guinea, Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika handed down his decision in a case between The State and Janet Oba. Janet Oba as mentioned in Part 1 is Peter Waiengs sister. Around 11 years ago, in 2005 Janet Oba was a Police Prosecutor. She was an Inspector of Police when she ended up being prosecuted by the Public Prosecutor (Ms R Koralyo: Lawyer for the State) under the Criminal Code for the following alleged offences: Forgery, Uttering & Misappropriation of property involving more than 1.2 million Kina.

Janet Oba was represented as a Prisoner by Nidue & Associate Lawyers (Mr C Nidue: Lawyer for the Prisoner).

Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika, in his decision dated 2 May 2016 against the accused Janet Oba, commenced the proceedings by saying: The accused was charged with one count of forgery, one count of uttering and one count of misappropriation. The charges were brought under S462 (1), S463 (1) and (2) and S383A (1) and (2) of the Criminal Code respectively.

Janet Oba is an inspector of police and is the quarter master of NCD based at the Gordons police Barracks. She was a sole shareholder and a sole director of a company called J & J Constructions Limited and the sole signatory of that companys account held at the Bank South Pacific Ltd Account No. 1001553407.

It was alleged that J & J Constructions Ltd was awarded a contract to construct a jetty at Wutung in West Sepik Province. The contract was for K6.5 million and the State did pay the K6.5 million to the company to construct the jetty. The jetty was never constructed.

During the course of investigation it was discovered that K1, 286,000.00 remained in J & J Construction account from the K6.5 million originally awarded. The account was frozen through an action taken by the Proceeds of Crimes Unit in the Public Prosecutors Office. The accused was restrained from accessing the account of the company and from withdrawing money from that account.

On 19 July 2010, a consent order to forfeit the K1, 286,000.00 to the State was agreed to by the parties and endorsed by the court. While the funds were forfeited to the State they still remained in the J & J Construction Account No. 1001553407 for over 2 years. The State should have taken out the consent orders to that effect and served it on the bank. The State failed its part in respect of that.

The State alleged that on or about 6 August 2012 Janet Oba and a Peter Waieng (now deceased) went to the Bank South Pacific Head Office in Port Moresby and served on the bank a forged court order dated 16 March 2012 which specifically ordered Bank South Pacific to release the money forthwith to J & J Constructions account.

Sometime later the restriction on the account was l...

13:28

PART 3: WHO IS THE MYSTERY FEMALE COMPANION IN THE SO-CALLED PETER WAIENG MURDER MYSTERY? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Peter Waieng was elected to the Sixth Parliament in 1997 and took office on 16 July 1997 at the age of 31, and not 28 as also recently misreported by PNG Blogs. Radio Australia reported in an article which appears to have been originally published on the 10th of March 2001 [Updated 23 March 2012, 17:15 AEDT]:

Another member of the Papua New Guinea Parliament has been referred for possible prosecution for alleged breaches of the countrys Leadership Code.

The member for Kundiawa, Peter Waieng, is the latest to be referred to the Public Prosecutor, following an investigation by the Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission. Its alleged Mr Waieng received and used almost 100-thousand dollars of public money from the controversial National Gaming Board between 1998 and 2000. There have been persistent allegations that Gaming Board funds have been misappropriated, and several MPs have already been referred for prosecution.

Several months later, on Wednesday the 3rd of October 2001, The National newspaper reported: Waieng referred to Public Prosecutor.

Quite likely, it seemed, Peter Waieng resigned as the Kundiawa Gembolg Open Member of Parliament after the Public Prosecutor recommended to the Chief Justice that a Leadership Tribunal be convened to prosecute him under the Leadership Code. It also seemed as per the The National newspaper headline that Peter Waieng had been referred to the Public Prosecutor by the Ombudsman Commission possibly at the beginning of October 2001, after being notified by the Ombudsman Commission possibly just prior to the 10th of March 2001, and then apparently he resigned the next year from Parliament on the 10th of May 2002 (as per Speaker Hon. Theo Zurenuocs speech recorded in the Draft Hansard see Part 1).

In fact, according to information sourced from Ombudsman Commission records, following an investigation by the Ombudsman Commission acting on information initially received in January 2000, a right to be heard notice was served by the Ombudsman Commission on Peter Waieng on the 9th of March 2001. The date of request for appointment of a Leadership Tribunal was 29 January 2002. The date of appointment of the Leadership Tribunal was 19 April 2002, and the date of his referral to a Leadership Tribunal was 8 May 2002 the date when the Leadership Tribunal convened.

The date of Peter Waiengs referral to the Public Prosecutor Chronox Manek, according to a report (see page 50) by the Ombudsman Commission, was 19 April 2001. However, the same Ombudsman Commission report (see page 51) also contains a contradictory date which clashes with the date of 19 April 2001. The Ombudsman Commission report also states: On 1 October 2001 the matter was referred to the Public Prosecutor.

The dates Peter Waieng was referred can be found in publication Chapter...

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Monday, 08 August

04:40

PART 2: WHO IS THE MYSTERY FEMALE COMPANION IN THE SO-CALLED PETER WAIENG MURDER MYSTERY? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Police & CIS carrying Peter Waieng's coffin

Continued from  Part 1 ~

In an apparently wrongly dated, and badly misspelt, article titled Peter Waiengs Murder Suspect Arrested published by EMTV Online (found here: http://www.emtv.com.pg/news/2016/06/peter-waieng-s-murder-suspect-arrested/), the then NCD police Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa in a press conference possibly held on Sunday the 22nd of September 2013 reportedly announced that a 26 year old suspect from Roku village has been arrested and refused bail at the Boroko Police station in connection with the murder of late Peter Waieng outside Port Moresby.

Excerpts from EMTV: Waieng was stabbed with a knife last month (August) after an argument broke out between him and a female companion on Roku beach, just outside Port Moresby. Assistant Commissioner for Police and Commander for NCD and Central, Jim Andrews told EMTV News last month that the suspect who was with the couple, hit Waieng over the head with a stone when Waiang assaulted the female. The suspect then stabbed him in the stomach with a knife. Waieng was said to have died on the scene.

On Tuesday the 27th of Augus...

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Sunday, 07 August

12:02

PART 1: WHO IS THE MYSTERY FEMALE COMPANION IN THE SO-CALLED PETER WAIENG MURDER MYSTERY? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Peter Waieng's 2012 Election Poster

 

Peter Waieng was a Leader described in 2013 by one supporter as a handsome fitman hero- whose brutal death seemingly sent shockwaves rippling and reverberating through Simbu Province in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea leading to an outpouring of grief and anger resulting in alleged mass destruction and an alleged massive riot occurring in Kundiawa town on Friday the 23rd of August 2013. Kundiawa town was under siege this morning. Highway closed from Wandi to Mingende, a commentator on social media said.

He was shot dead in Pom last nightpeople in Kundiawa are going on a riotktaun is closedand highway is also closed between Kundiawa and Mingende, someone else alleged on social media, that Friday morning, at 9.06am.

Late Peter Waiengs Narku people mad with grief and anger over the news of their Leaders murder allegedly had gone on the rampage causing bikpela destruction and chaos in Kundiawa the capital of Chimbu (Simbu) Province.

An eyewitness in Port Moresby posted on social media almost three years ago, before 4am on Fr...

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Tuesday, 26 July

04:49

Morobe Governor Hon. Kasiga Kelly Narus Excellent, Powerful & Historic Speech Delivered to Parliament on Friday the 22nd of July 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Kelly Naru - screenshot

Pictured: The Governor of Morobe Province, Hon. Kelly Naru delivering his excellent, powerful and historic speech to Parliament and the People of Papua New Guinea on Friday the 22nd of July 2016
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA NATIONAL PARLIAMENT
MOTION FOR VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
AGAINST THE PRIME MINISTER
HON. PETER ONEILL
22ND JULY, 2016
SPEECH BY HON. KASIGA KELLY NARU, MP
GOVERNOR FOR MOROBE

I. INTRODUCTION

MR SPEAKER,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to debate this motion. Before I proceed to my speech I want to quote from the Bible a statement which I believe is very instructive to all of us in the situation now we are faced with. It is from the Book of Job. Job 36: 15 In our suffering God teaches us in our distress God opens our eyes.

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[This excellent, powerful and historic Parliamentary speech by Governor Kelly Naru has been reproduced (by being transcribed in part) after being cross-checked against the PNG Tonight video recording of the 22nd of July 2016 Pa...

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Thursday, 30 June

12:12

Oro Rice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Oro aspires to be producing the rice on your table in the next few years..many thanks to our Oro Rice GrowersTrukai Rice and Oro son and rice growing expert Humphrey Saese.

12:09

PART 5 OF 6: A SERIES OF ARTICLES CONTAINING IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ON PNGSDP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

On the 24th of October 2013 more than a month after the 122.2 million cancelled shares in Ok Tedi Mining Limited were transferred, allegedly unlawfully, on the 19th of September 2013 without the knowledge and approval of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea from Insinger Trust (Singapore) Limited to TMF Trustees Singapore Limited Papua New Guineas Prime Minister Peter ONeill wrote to PNGSDP Chairman & former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta regarding the termination of all Board Members of PNGSDP.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill formally advised Sir Mekere Morauta that on 23 of October 2013, the National Executive Council approved the removal of all the Directors of PNGSDP and has now appointed the following Transitional team:

Chief Secretary (Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc Kt OBE);
Secretary for Treasury (Dairi Vele); and
Provincial Administrator for Western Province (Dr Modowa Gumoi).

At the time, Dr Modowa Gumoi with impressive educational credentials & past advisory experience to the National Government having obtained his Doctorate from Lincoln University in New Zealand, a Diploma from Harvard University in America, a Masters Degree from the University of New England in Australia, and an Honours Degree from UPNG in PNG was already a Director (Ex-Officio) of OTML, having been appointed to the position on the 23rd of September 2013 less than a week after the Mining (Ok Tedi Tenth Supplemental Agreement) Act 2013 was passed by parliament.

Current Treasury Secretary, Dairi Vele, who graduated from Australian National University (ANU) with a degree in Economics, was appointed a Director (Ex-Officio) of OTML the following year on the 29th of October 2014.

On the 24th of October 2013, Prime Minister Peter ONeill also wrote to the Managing Director of PNGSDP, David Sode, formally advising him that in accordance with Section 6 of the Act (of the Mining (Ok Tedi Tenth Supplemental Agreement) Act 2013) the National Executive Council, on 23 October 2013, terminated his appointment as Managing Director of the PNGSDP.

Section 6. OPERATION OF PNGSDP under the MINING (OK TEDI TENTH SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT) ACT 2013 stipulates:

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Act, the State has all necessary powers to restructure PNGSDP and its operations to ensure that PNGSDP applies its funds for the exclusive benefit of the people of Western Province.

The then Chief Secretary to Government Sir Manasupe Zurenuouc wrote two letters to David Sode also dated 24th October 2013. In the first letter Sir Manasupe advised David Sode:

It has come to the knowledge of Government that PNGSDP has given notice to and is retrenching up to 54 staff. The Government is strongly of the view that this is unnecessary. PNGSDP must...

12:00

PART 4 OF 6: A SERIES OF ARTICLES CONTAINING IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ON PNGSDP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

So who are all the players or key people behind the formation and operation of PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP), and were they all made aware of what transpired in Singapore on the 19th of September 2013 when the massive share transfer of 122.2 million cancelled shares took place?? How many of them approved of the massive share transfer?

In Singapore, Stacy Choong described in PNGSDPs Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) as Advocate & Solicitor Singapore witnessed the signatures of LOO LIAN EE (Advocate & solicitor) and JOHN KARL MOLINE (Senior International Lawyer) in PNGSDPs MoA. Both Loo Lian Lee and John Karl Moline provided Singaporean addresses and signed the MoA on the 19th day of October 2001 as being desirous of being formed into a Company In pursuance of this Memorandum of Association.

In Papua New Guinea, the registration of the first PNGSDP entity PNG SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM LIMITED (3-44724) [Overseas] with the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) on the 21st of December 2001 shows nine current Directors of PNGDSP who were Directors of PNGSDP at the time the massive share transfer of 122.2 million shares took place on the 19th of September 2013.

They are listed as follows:

Six Papua New Guineans: Modowa Trevor Gumoi, Leonad Wilson Fufus Kamit, Donald Wabirao Manoa, Mekere Morauta, Rex Lam Paki & David Sode. Two Australians: Philip James Bainbridge & Patricia Joy Caswell, and one Singaporean: Lim How Teck.

Eight Former Directors of PNGSDP are listed as follows:

Two Papua New Guineans: Lawrence Acanufa & Sir Ebia Olewale. Four Australians: James Joseph Carlton, David Crichton (alternate For William Broughton Smith) Frecker, Ross Gregory Garnaut & William Broughton Smith. One American: John Karl Moline & one Israeli: Jacob Weiss.

All eight former Directors of the PNGSDP were replaced long before the massive share transfer of 122.2 million shares took place on the 19th of September 2013.

The second entity PNG SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM LIMITED (90965), which was registered with the Investment Promotion Authority in PNG as a Foreign Enterprise on the 2nd of April 2003, was allocated the first registered entities company number (3-44724) as the company name registered with IPA, and shows shareholding comprised of two Bundles. These bundles are listed as follows:

Bundle 1 Number of shares 50 Percentage 50.00 Shareholder 1 Name Donald Wabirao (for The Indep.state Of Papua New Guinea) MANOA.

Bundle 2 Number of shares 50 Percentage 50.00 Shareholder 1 Name James Joseph (for Trust For Bhp-billiton) CARLTON.

According to Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) records:

Donald Manoa (Nationality Papua New Guinea) and James Joseph C...

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Wednesday, 29 June

12:07

Awala Primary School "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

TodayI witnessed Awala Primary School Children dance with joy for their newly connected EQTV system courtesy of the Oro Provincial Government.

We merely went to see if the school had put their system in and were pleasantly surprised to see their cultural dancing and expressions of joy at their EQTV and TVWAN system that was funded by their PSIP.

Awala Primary have a sound hard working board and teachers and parents who care and provide a healthy learning environment.

I wish to mention here also the contribution of JICA who developed the EQTV System and roll out for PNG. Truly genuine partners JICA. They do their bit with very little fanfare.

Its moments like this that make the difficult times struggling to get things done for the province and people so worth it..thanks Awala Primary School.

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Sunday, 26 June

14:04

NOTICE TO ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF STUDENTS AT UOG, UNITECH AND UPNG "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

PARLIAMENT MUST BE RECALLED!

From the assessment of situations in these 3 institutions where Oro students are currently studying, a special PEC will be convened Tuesday 26th June 2015 in Popondetta to determine what necessary and urgent steps must be taken to secure the welfare and security of our children studying there and the options for their future education and employment.

Besides repatriation, the PEC will consider engagement of students when and where possible should the academic year be cancelled and whilst they await the situation to return to normalcy.

Meanwhile my office is in touch with UOG, UOT and UPNG and we are moving to secure their safety and welfare.

The Oro Administration has been instructed to fast-track all necessary processes and work double time to expedite however we still face some delays, these are caused by some public servants who simply do not care and are inept and ineffective. We are identifying them and will be dealing with these type of obstinate and inconsiderate public servants.

I ask for calm from all students and parents and for further information please email John Duhube on jjduhubeorognvrsoffice@gmail.com. Further updates will be posted in due time.

Our hopes for the future are to develop our University the UNRE into a premium university so our students can study their courses their in safety and comfort.

Meanwhile I am calling on the Government to recall parliament. They can no longer ignore what is happening. We must debate and discuss these issues of urgency that threaten our national security. This is not politics here just common sense.

Today, we are seeing the unprecedented escalation of violence, the eruption of ethnic wars and the destruction burning and looting of public property throughout the main provinces of PNG. Something is terribly wrong. What is the solution?

Parliament MUST be recalled.

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Saturday, 25 June

13:55

League Leader and Legend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

I caught up briefly with Kumul legend Arnold Krewanty, a true leader. I always enjoy discussions with Arnold and hearing about how League is progressing.

He is always well spoken, always professional and always working.

A lot of great work is being done by Kumul legends like Arnold Krewanty and many others who are promoting league and opening career doors for many of our potential league players overseas and here.

Arnolds enthusiasm, hardwork ethic and dedication is truly inspiring and reflects the true spirit of selfless dedication that is the hallmark of true leadershipyou dont need to be elected to be a leaderArnold is living proof..

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Wednesday, 22 June

15:08

Email Pmfcpng@gmail.com "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Registration forms and party constitution ready for interested Papua New Guineans.

LAND and PEOPLEour true resourcestoday, we are in grave danger of losing our landif this happens we are lost as a peopleour dreams of today will be our childrens nightmare tomorrow

Today PNG is in the grip of transnational criminals that control much of the political landscapethey have compromised our mechanisms designed to protect us and have rendered them useless to us and have converted them for their use to facilitate their plunder of our economy

Today while we struggle to save a toea and are anxious about our childrens tomorrow..they funnel their illgotten tax free proceeds of crime profit to overseas banks

These compromised Government entities no longer are capable of giving us quality servicesthey are no longer able to protect and promote our intereststhey cannot protect our jobs and business opportunities

What type of future are we leaving out children if they have no decent jobs and no opportunities?

What hope do they have of we allow that hope to be crushed by transnational criminals and their elected puppets who betray our beloved Papua New Guinea?

Yes indeed, what will be our childrens tomorrow?

Will they be in charge of their own economy and determine their own future or will they be subservient slaves struggling to generate profits for the transnational criminals that have taken over our economy with the help of those who have been elected to protect PNG but are instead selling it out?

Only you can decide that. Only you can determine their future.

Here is the opportunity to fight for our jobs..our opportunitiesour economy and our futureto fight for PNGour PNGa PNG we should leave firmly in control of the hands of our children

Join us today and help #TakeBackPNG

Brochure GJ Constitution-front

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13:54

Free Trade Agreements "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

They are called FREE TRADE AGREEMENTSbecause we give them free access to our resources and our economythis means resourcesjobsbusinesseswhat is not included in these agreements are the substantial difficulties and obstacles for reciprocationin other words..no access to their markets and their economieswell except to pick fruit..

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Monday, 20 June

15:21

Reform is Required "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The changes recommended by the Special Parliamentary Committee on Public Services Reform to the Government in order to modernize the public service machinery and make it a more accountable effective system promoting good governance and transparency stagnate and collect dust in Cabinetmeanwhile..Members have two choices..try to do things the right way and be delayed at nearly every process needing public service effort or break the law and be forced to circumvent most of the procurement laws simply to get anything done and thus be often seen running around like project managers delivering projects and diverted from their true functions as legislators.

The outdated and defunct public service system simply does not function effectively. I am sure we all agree.

Even the most capable public servants are unable to get much done. They often leave frustrated for greener pastures or are cast aside by public serpents who have found loopholes in the system that allows them to crawl in and occupy key positions and work for themselves at the expense of the people. These sinister public serpents enter through nepotism or fraud and push out genuine hardworking public servants.

The system is designed it seems to fail in delivery and promote bureaucratic red tape that sees substantial public funds misapplied, misused and diverted elsewhere. Good efforts are NOT rewarded and bad officers are NOT punished.

This situation creates a chaotic environment where very little is actually achieved by elected leaders or the administration.

It is why I proposed the reforms and had the Special Committee created and nominated Bire Kimisopa to be the Chair. I am the Deputy. I could not be the Chair because the laws on parliamentary committees do not allow for a Governor to be Chair of a Committee. Regardless, under Hon. Kimisopa, the Committee consisting of Hon. JOE LELANG, HON. GOVERNOR Sasindran Muthuvel, HON. MERA KIPEFA, HON. PHILLIP UNDIYALU has done a fabulous job and produced substantial recommendations from extensive research and review of public service machineries in Australia New Zealand Samoa and Fiji.

The reforms will improve professional commitment, ensure recruitment, promotions and appointments are transparent and based on merit. It will pay wages and benefits fitting for the position and ensure that discipline and rewards can be delivered in a timely manner, in a nutshell it will corporatize the public service.

Now the PM and most of the NEC are in agreement reforms are needed. Yet there are some Government MPs in parliament who do not want these reforms.

It seems they like the inefficiency and ineffectiveness.

One wonders why.

Sadly this lack of political will, this apathy and inconsideration is a major impediment to any tru...

14:41

Djoko Tjandra "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

To dateCriminal Fugitive Djoko Tjandras suspect citizenship remains uninvestigatedjustice in PNG is selective..there are those who have the means to deter, defer or delay its delivery.with just a little help.from their friends

Gary Juffa June 19, 2014

IS A COVER UP LOOMING?

Can the new Attorney General Ano PALA guarantee that his association with long time friend and INDONESIAN fugitive Djoko Tjandra will NOT adversely influence his tabling of the recently completed report into the matter of Djoko Tjandra completed by former AG Kerenga Kua? According to reliable sources the report recommends that TJANDRAs PNG passport be cancelled, his citizenship be revoked and he be extradited to INDONESIA.

Will this happen now under new AG ANO PALA?

We shall see

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Saturday, 18 June

23:41

We Are Sold "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

PNG plunges headfirst into a financial crisisits people face an uncertain and anxious futurecosts rise and basic services are threatened

Papua New Guineans blame one another and their Government who in turn blames international commodity price slumpsthe tension has resulted in bloody demonstrations and bitter and violent hostility amongst Papua New Guineans..

Meanwhile a cartel of transnational criminals are still bleeding the nation dry..operating virtually at whim and will

Unmolested and undetected, these sinister and clever entities have escaped the imagination of ordinary Papua New Guineans by manipulating a system ineffective in protecting the peoples monies evading taxesusing clever transfer pricing mechanisms and keeping proceeds of payments offshoreproceeds of inflated Government contracts cleverly secured through international loans, proceeds of timber and fish, proceeds of products highly inflated -two to even three times the actual true book value and some of these highly priced assets are even second hand discardsthe cartel is a well oiled giant money milking machine..

An Israeli firm, a Pakistani businessman, a Malaysian logging giant..a Chino Filipino fishing giantare some of the examplesand they all continue unfazed..while a nation reels and tottersits people dying in unrecorded numbers in rural PNG from lack of basic services

Why should they care..? Their families and that of their puppet facilitators are feeding well..their bank accounts are healthytheir options vast

Yes, these entities are still making money hand over fist unabated.

genuine companies who pay their taxes and follow the law hoping for a level playing field suffer and consider the prospect of scaling down costs..laying off staff..even selling off assets andshutting shop..

Many small PNG businesses have folded. Many homes have had to be sold by the banks..

But the transnational criminal cartel moves on relentless..their members employing a ruthless two pronged assaultmilking a developing nation of much needed limited funds via inflated contracts and simultaneously denying said nation its right to revenues via tax evasion and transfer pricing

And all these efforts are facilitated by members of a Government that does not seem to care for its peopleendorsement mechanisms to protect the interests of the people are neuteredthey now aid political leaders package and facilitate PNG to the cartel and its agents

Yet the blame is not primarily the cartels as much as it is that of those who are facilitatorsthe nations very own elected guardianshave abandoned their dutiesand the gatesare wide open.

The Government.. is no longer a Government of the people for the people...

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Friday, 03 June

05:55

PART 3 OF 6: A SERIES OF ARTICLES CONTAINING IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ON PNGSDP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

In his affidavit, dated 27th October 2013, filed in the High Court of the Republic of Singapore, the then and current Chairman of PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP), Sir Mekere Morauta, described the Plaintiff PNGSDP as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee incorporated and domiciled in Singapore, and is registered and operating in Papua New Guinea as an overseas company.

PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP), originally incorporated in Singapore on the 20th of October 2001, was initially registered in Papua New Guinea as an overseas company on the 21st of December 2001 under the Companies Act 1997 and later registered as a Foreign Enterprise in Papua New Guinea on the 2nd of April 2003.

On the 20th of November 2001, around one month after PNGSDP was incorporated in Singapore and around two months before PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP) was registered in PNG on the 21st of December 2001 an attorney called Gary T Evans signed a Share Transfer Form in the presence of D C Frecker effectively transferring 122.2 million Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) shares (which were purportedly originally bequeathed by BHP Billiton to PNGSDP) from PNGSDP to Insinger Trust (Singapore) Limited.

D C Frecker (full name: David Crichton Frecker) an Australian was appointed a Director of PNGSDP on the 7th of February 2002 and ceased being a Director of PNGSDP on the 22nd of February 2002. He was named as an alternate for another Australian, William Broughton Smith, who was appointed a Director of PNGSDP on the 21st of December 2001 but ceased being a Director of PNGSDP on the 20th of May 2002.

Basically PNGSDP was BHPs escape clause enacted when the Morauta Government passed the Ok Tedi Mine Continuation Ninth Supplemental Agreement Act 2001 (Ninth Supplemental Agreement Act) in December 2001. PNGSDP was set up specifically to enable BHP to withdraw from Ok Tedi Mining Limited (the mine) without incurring or facing any risk of liability of potentially having to pay possibly hundreds of billions in dollars in compensation to Ok Tedi landowners or to the people of pollution affected parts of Western Province in Papua New Guinea.

One estimate of the potential cost of compensation payable to Ok Tedi landowners over a 50 year period for environmental damage amounts to more than 350 Billion Dollars.

In an article published on the 9th of April 2002 by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), writer Will Marshall reported:

Facing the possibility of legal liabilities amounting to billions of dollars due to environmental damage, BHP-Billiton secured a deal from the PNG government that indemnifies the company against all future compensation claims.

The PNG parliament passed legislation last December to rubberstamp an agr...

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Sunday, 29 May

12:27

PART 2 OF 6: A SERIES OF ARTICLES CONTAINING IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ON PNGSDP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

This is seriously the greatest injustice of the 21st century, a source claimed last year when commenting on the massive share transfer of 122.2 million Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) shares which purportedly took place at 11.27am on the morning of the 19th of September 2013 in Singapore on the same date that the MINING (OK TEDI TENTH SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT) ACT 2013 was certified in Port Moresby after it was passed the previous day on the 18th of September 2013 by an absolute majority in accordance with the Papua New Guinea Constitution by the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.

The massive share transfer was effected allegedly unlawfully the day after the Independent State of Papua New Guinea had already decreed that (a) all ordinary shares held by PNGSDP in the share capital of OTML shall be cancelled and cease to exist; and (b) 122,200,000 new, fully paid ordinary shares in the share capital of OTML free of any encumbrance, charge or equitable interest shall be issued to the State.

In particular by virtue of laws contained in the Mining (Ok Tedi Tenth Supplemental Agreement) Act 2013, passed on the 18th of September 2013 by the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea in accordance with the Constitution, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea has all necessary powers to restructure PNGSDP and its operations to ensure that PNGSDP applies its funds for the exclusive benefit of the people of Western Province. BHP Billiton Ltds immunity from prosecution was also removed, and the charge (mortgage) held over the 122.2 million shares was voided.

HOWEVER, the very day after the Mining (Ok Tedi Tenth Supplemental Agreement) Act 2013 was passed and on the very day the Act was certified, an attorney by the name of Carolyn Mary Parkes at 11.27am on the morning of 19th of September 2013 purportedly effected the transfer of 122.2 million shares previously held by mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd in Ok Tedi Mining Limited by purportedly transferring 122.2 million shares from Insinger Trust (Singapore) Limited to TMF Trustees Singapore Limited in front of a witness called Lim Xue Nuo in Singapore.

[See copy of the share transfer attached]

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Wednesday, 18 May

11:05

PART 1 OF 6: A SERIES OF ARTICLES CONTAINING IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ON PNGSDP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

I write to you with malice or prejudice, the member for Sumkar Open, Ken Fairweather, said in his memo (RE: AN OPEN MEMO RE: PNGSDP) addressed to Papua New Guineas Prime Minister Peter ONeill and former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta.

Presumably the member for Sumkar Open meant without malice or prejudice.

In his memo dated 20th April 2016, published in PNGs oldest daily newspaper the Post Courier, the Sumkar Open member also said:

Gentlemen if you come together in the interest of PNG and not frozen in on [a] ego boxing match. You can help the economic [sic] and forex can be assisted by simply moving US$$1 billion (sic) to the set up for, central bank then on the (sic) lend their funds to other banks.

Surely, this is easily done by lawyers to protect all parties to protect funds, 10 minutes work. This way you will both be seen as real statesmen as you will have shown harmony in the countries time of economic need.

In response to the Sumkar Open members memo, Sir Mekere Morauta, a Director and the Chairman of PNG Sustainable Fund Limited (PNGSDP), replied through an article headlined Morauta: K2 billion PNGSDF correct published by the Post Courier on the 4th of May 2016, in which the Post Courier reported:

THE solution to the issue highlighted by Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather on the K2 billion funds parked in Singapore is straight forward, says former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta.

Sir Mekere said in a statement yesterday that what Mr Fairweather highlighted in the newspaper advertisement about the PNG Sustainable Development Funds was straightforward.

Sir Mekere said PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd is, as always, ready to resolve the issues between the company and the State.

The Post Courier quoted Sir Mekere Morauta in the article as saying:

PNGSDP did not start the fight. PNGSDP cannot on its own stop it. It will take a genuine effort on the part of the State.

Further on this issue, according to the Post Courier:

He said that the solution was straightforward:

The Prime Minister withdraws from the Singapore litigation;

The Prime Minister and BHP Billiton Ltd jointly agree to change
the definition of Mine Closure in PNGSDPs Program Rules to trigger the flow and expenditure of the Long Term Fund by PNGSDP; and

The Prime Minister ceases his attacks on and interference in PNGSDP, with the State signing a legal agreement to that effect.

Sir Mekere said that when these three steps are met, PNGSDP will be able to transfer some money to PNG and recommence its sustainable development program.

Whether or not...

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Friday, 06 November

00:17

HOOD LAGOON COMMUNITY BENEFIT FROM JETTY PROJECT THANKS TO ANO PALA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

HOOD Lagoon community in Rigo, Central Province, have welcomed the construction of a new K5 million jetty project. Work on the project began late last month. Hood Lagoon comprising of three villages of Keapara, Alukuni and Karawa were thankful of their local member and Minister for Justice and Attorney-General Ano Pala, for the initiative. They

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Monday, 02 November

00:42

JUFFA: STABILITY vs JUSTICE YOU CHOOSE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Stability vs Justice Stability is the excuse the weak will use because they fear for themselves more then they care for others enough to demand Justice. No Ghandi didnt say that nor did Martin Luther King, I did because it is relevant here and today. You may sleep well and claim that all is fine

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Thursday, 29 October

05:19

PNG WARN OF LOOMING ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL STORM Sir MEKERE MORAUTA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Media Statement by Rt Hon Sir Mekere Morauta Port Moresby 29 October 2015 Papua New Guinea needs to take urgent action to save itself from a looming economic and financial storm, former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today. Sir Mekere, an economist and former head of Treasury, the Bank of Papua New Guinea and

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Wednesday, 28 October

23:12

JUFFA: VONC IS NOT ABOUT CHANGING GOVERNMENT, ITS ABOUT SAVING OUR FUTURE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Many have succumbed their fate to a future of subservience and miserythey have accepted their future as designed by an uncaring and selfish Government hellbent on selling PNG to sinister foreign interests and their puppets.ask yourself Why has the Government failed to prepare for this El Nino a disaster that is costing lives every day?

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Thursday, 19 June

18:04

The curse of money politics in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The previous post generated a lot of comments at the original site at which it was posted. One of them touched on a key factor of politics in PNG. Money.

That response comment to Vergil Narokobis post has been re-posted verbatim below for the benefit of the non-FB readership.

 

succinctly put; although one must clearly guard against mischievous, opportunistic or politicised actions against the government of the day from within the police or any other institution, clearly the rules need to be universal, whatever ones position. So it it critical that mechanisms are not abused to circumvent due process. But this does bring one back to the question of how governments are formed in PNG and how majorities are gained and retained. Unfortunately, with little or no ideological basis for parties (as in Australia and most places) PNG has ended up with government by dint of personality, but increasingly the use of money. Would an inspiring leader like Nelson Mandela have been able to become PM in PNG if he was to remain honest and not participate in pork barrel or money politics, or would he have just been sidelined by the man with access to logging money? And lets face it this case is partly about thatthe assumption is that public funds were laundered through a law firms accounts to be able to be used by a party for gaining office for funding campaigns and winning over other parties and independentsand if that was the assumption, what were the other parties and leaders doing? similar sorts of things, using SABLs and other land allocations, logging permits, DSIP funds, RESE funds, fish or petroleum licenses, exclusive rice concessions, citizenship awards, construction or commercial contracts, trust funds etc So if this scenario has some truth, the question is, how does one halt it, and halt it across the board, so that no party or group is left with a special advantage, with exclusive access to public or other improperly-gained funds, leaving the others high and dry? how does one rid elections and post election formation of government of the current money element (from vote buy, to rigging electoral lists, to buying parties and members etc)? Many politicians would prefer that, but feel dragged into the current corrupt practices as the only way to play the gamethese are some of the challenges, and it requires active involvement by the parties themselves, think tanks etc but also the wider public to help find the solutions, as clearly the voters are widely accepting and even demanding electoral bribes (in cash or kind)

By Paul Barker


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16:53

Why the Prime Minister has to step down "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

I cannot remember the last time I was here.  It was certainly a long while back as I see the shelves here have been collecting dust.  There were a few factors that led to this rather lengthy hiatus, but lets not get into that now.

I am here simply to re-post verbatim a commentary that I came across on Facebook for the benefit of the portion of readership out there who may not subscribe to this social media.

In any case, I feel that this man has pretty much summed up and articulated what most likely must be running through peoples mind as they try to make sense of the latest developments in Papua New Guineas rather vibrant national political stage.

Its time for Papua New Guineans to call an ace an ace and a spade a spade!

The call for the resignation by the Prime Minister is a political question, not so much a legal question. The Prime Minister, like any body who goes through the criminal justice system is innocent until proven guilty. Here are some matters the Prime Minister should consider when making that decision.

Kua was Somares lawyer in the misconduct allegations against Somare. They went through the judicial process to challenge the OC. They failed. But they fronted up at the Leadership Tribunal, went through the process, found guilty by the Tribunal, paid the fine and life goes on. Skate resigned as Prime Minister paving the way for Sir Mekere to come in an atmosphere of serious allegations leveled against him. Julius Chan resigned when public opinion against him was overwhelming in the Sandline Affair. We hold public office as custodians for the people. If they are wrong in their convictions, they stand to suffer. That is the nature of our democracy. We have nothing to lose. Its their office.

There are important national matters that the Prime Minister must attend to. There are roads to be built, hospitals to maintain, doctors to be trained, borders to be protected, investors to meet and the list goes on. If one is busy fighting a criminal matter, looking over ones shoulder when the next counter move will be made, attending a Commission of Inquiry, sacking disobedient ministers and servants of the state, how can one give their 100% level best to serve the interest of the country? Ones time and attention is divided. One cannot serve two masters. To be or not to be, that is the question.

Whilst one serve office, they enjoy the confidence of the people. If that confidence is no longer apparent in ones leadership, and we are a democracy, it is an irreconcilable position to be in and one must do the honourable thing and resign...

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Tuesday, 14 January

02:59

OFFICE OF THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA 2050 HAS A BUSY START "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

SIP materials being  presented to the staff and officials of the Office of the PNG Vision 2030

PM & NEC Security official wearing a uniform with the PNG Vision 2050 logo on

SIP Training for New Guinea Islands SIP Officials in Kavieng 2013

Senior official and staff have commenced the 2014 with a series of orientation activities which included revision of the annual work plan in anticipation of the commencement of the governments second year of implementation. At the PNG Office o...

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Saturday, 07 December

00:15

K5 MILLION DIVERTED FROM PASSAM NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RESI FUNDS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"




Daniel Yekari- BOG Chairman of Passam National High School

Sir, it is over one year now since we were given the K5 million however our projections were done based on K10 allocation and we have implemented part of the project with the K5 million but are unable to continue due to shortage of funds. Hon Prime Minister, the Governing Council is determined to build a new Passam National  High School, not with cheap and fire prone materials but with steel and brick Excerpts of a letter to the PM by Governing Council Chairman of Passam National High School, Daniel Yakeri, 20th November 2013.

Passam National High School in the East Sepik Province has been the grieving party to a sage that appears to have had no end. This very important national institution has been derived of a five million kina, without consent, when a decision was made in Waigani without the knowledge of the governing council of the school to pay as compensation for land which the school occupies- an amount of five million kina. That land has been a state land; and if any payment was to be made, it was valued at K31, 000.00 according to the 2010 valuation by Lands Titles Commission.
That a decision was taken by s...

00:14

PNG RAP CULTURE HITTING THE SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"




Founder and CEO of Png Rc, Nicodemous Niindiikwanomb

Stand  Alone comedian- Laurence Tau



A little known group a few months ago has begun to hit the airwaves in the social media, thanks to Nicodemous Niindiikwanomb. ...

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Friday, 06 December

23:21

THE BEN MICHA PROJECT: OPERATION MOBILISATION FOR ARONA VALLEY AS PNGS NATIONAL CAPITAL "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"



Professor Richard Jackson did a paper on relocation of PNGs national capital to Arona Valley in the mid-seventies. His paper was based on an earlier work he did for the then Chief Minister, Sir Michael Somare prior to independence in about 1973/4 period. The University of Papua New Guinea would be more than pleased to revisit the topic and commence a national discourse on the subject matter, according to Associate Professor, Dr Norlie Miskaram of the Department of Geography, University of Papua New Guinea.  
Yonki is part of the Arona Valley Systemn
This week, the Member for Kavieng and Minister for Public Enterprises, Ben Micah raised an important point, when he impressed upon the Members of Parliament to consider relocating the nations capital to Arona Valley in Eastern Highlands Province. The topic is important for many reasons; it is about strategic positioning of PNG in the region and the world. Port Moresby is and for a long time to come a land mark of colonial relic, and outpost made a reality by those who sought to control the world and created empires.
When Professor Richard Jackson made a submission to NEC then in the Cabinet of the Chief Minister, Michael Somare in the early seventies, the Australian advisers told the NEC,...

23:13

ENGAGING PAPUA NEW GUINEA JUDICIAL WOMENS ASSOCIATION WITH THE COMMUNITIES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"



Towards the end of this weekend, two senior members and executive of the Papua New Guinea Judicial Womens association were in Goroka to meet and address community leaders and their young people at a neigbourhood in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province. Magistrates of the family court, Ms Rosie Aize Johnson, and Ms Rosemary Koimo made appearances and addressed the community on a number of pressing issues and concerns regarding family and sexual violence. They met with communities and made presentations of rugby league uniforms donated by an Australian club.

The PNG Judiciary has a new organization set up by the women Judges and Magistrates in November last year. One of their aims is to be proactive in engaging with stakeholders in the community. Ms Rosie Aize Johnson the Vice President of the PNG Judicial Womens Association and the Secretary of the PNGJWA, Ms Rosemary Koimo travelled to Goroka, courtesy of the UN Women PNG to make awareness with communities, especially with the young people about their responsibilities in promoting nonviolent society, and of special importance is about protecting women and children through sports. 
Rosie Aize Johnson (L) and Rosemary Koimo

The Association is very much in its infancy, but over the last twelve months, individual and collective efforts have been put in to build its own network both within PNG and also internationally. The PNGJWA has gone into partnership with UN Women Australia and other international organisations and of course the Law and Justice Sector programme here in PNG. The Goroka assignment is the first time the association has taken the bold step...

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Friday, 15 November

07:50

PROVINCES MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO FUND AND RUN UNIVERSITIES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


COMPELLING REASONS WHY PROVINCES MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO SET UP UNIVERSITIES

Universities are internationally responsive, collaborating institutions; they are also pillars of nation building. In our troubled world, these national icons must remain the beacon of critical judge and commentator in international, national and community affairs; whilst at the same time these seemingly independent institutions are the creators, custodians and evaluators of knowledge. University based education and knowledge created by curious minds from societys elite remain the propriety of the state and its greater national interest Exchanges with a leading Papua New Guinean academic and researcher, Alotau, 9th October 2013
Any serious central government has constitutional responsibilities to building and maintaining a nation that is stable and united; it cannot bow down to short term politically motivated pet projects like that of setting up a provincial university in whatever form or shape. This message, in its strongest form must be delivered to anyone who is contemplating any such project like building or funding a provincial university.

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07:19

ROBIN NASON "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


ROBIN NASON AND THE MASTERS SKILLS TRAINING OUTFIT IN EAST NEW BRITAIN.
T
his week the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry, Richard Maru was at it again when he opened a week long consultative workshop in Port Moresby on SME Master Plan and Policy. Small and medium size enterprises workshop is also seeking to define what encompasses SME. The exercise by an active government agency, the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry is a worthy undertaking. This columnist takes a break and venture into finding from a catalogue of Papua New Guineans who are actually engaged in the business of providing education and training, which can be conveniently classified under the SME.

One day during an official trip to Kokopo, an unplanned meeting took place outside a shopping complex between Robin Nason and this columnist in August this year. Robin was doing his usual daily runs to Kokopo, whereas the latter stopped over for purchase of some bottled water. As a matter of course a conversation developed in which some quick pleasantries turn into businesslike queries and testimonials about the operations of this fifty five year old New Irelander.

Over the years Robin has trained quite a sizeable number of Papua New Guineans about hazard in mining and in industrial complexes. Robin estimates that over the years since the establishment of his training facilities, he has trained or inducted 300 safety officers and about 3000 heavy equipment handlers and specialists. Beneficiaries of these training are both Papua New Guineans, who are the majority, but also some Australian tradesmen and women were trained in Australia.


Established in 2010, the Masters Skills Training and Professional Consultants is a training facility founded by Robin and is based in east New Britain. Robin originated from the Namatanai area  of New Ireland Province, but found it convenient to operate out of East New Britain because of business opportunities. Robin is engaged in training and skilling Papua New Guineans in safety and heavy equipment operations. And he has become a master trainer and entrepreneur in the field, as his twenty years of work, both in technical and business schools...

07:16

DAVID POTULAN FOR PRESIDENCY "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"



DAVID PUTULAN FOR RAPOTONA LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL PRESIDENCY

For selective highlights Tiikiiemb Shiiemb columnist was able to obtain a brief about a number of candidates who have nominated to run for a ward as councilor, or a president of an LLG in Manus Province. To date the names that have been obtained are David Putulan, Parai Tamei, Michael Cholai and Sam Tasion for the Rapotona Local Government Council. Elsewhere on this island province there is Dr Pongi Kichewan from Timoenai Ward who has nominated to contest the post of the President for the Pobuma LLG on the West Coast of the main island of Manus. Other than David Putulan the rest of those named above have attempted the Manus Regional for the Governors seat in the 2012 national election.

This election for the third tier system of government has created such excitement and conditions, such as the allocation of five hundred thousand kina per LLG, that have presented attraction as well as the challenges to the learned and experienced men and women to return to their roots to rural communities to lead their people.

Rapotona LLG is made up of the islands of Rambutso and its fifteen islets, the other islands are Pak, Tong and Nauna. Rambutso has four Wards, while Pak has two wards, Tong and Nauna have one ward each, bringing the total wards to eight. Manus Province has 12 Local Government Councils. Located at Panusela on the island of Rambutso is the administrative headquarters of Rapotona LLG, which is the village where the favourite and more popular candidate comes from. Panusela is where the story about one villager called David Putulan begins this week. In fact last Monday he set out to go to his island roots to seek their endorsement and campaign for the presidency of the Rombutso Local Government Council in the 2013 elections.

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07:10

PNG VISION 2050 IS A MEGA REFORM IN ITSELF "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


THE PNG VISION 2050 IS A MEGA REFORM PLATFORM-SERVICE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME IS A VEHICLE TO DELIVER THE BIG PICTURE EXPECTATIONS

Undoubtedly one of the earlier reform packages that Papua New Guinea Government adopted and has faithfully carried on with its reform plans and activities of the public sector is through training and workshops under auspices of the Service Improvement Programme. SIP is synonymous with the Public Sector Reform Management Unit, a reform arm of the Department of the Prime Minister and NEC. The Unit has been raised to the status of an Office of the PNG Vision 2050 by Prime Minister, Peter O Neill. Since the days of the then Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, the Prime Minister of the day has always taken on the responsibilities of reforms in the public sector.  From 2009 onwards reforms in PNG has reached its high, when the mega PNG vision 2050 was adopted.

Service Improvement Programme is organic, in that it address the changing events and mode of thinking, as well as packaging of how best, and why basic goods and services should be provide by the public sector bodies and not by others in a rapidly developing country like ours.

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07:07

EMPOWERING THE HAUSLAIN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

EMPOWERING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN EASTERN HIGHLANDS THROUGH JULIE SOSO HAUS MAN PLANNING AND RESOURCING MODEL

Going down the memory lane, history reveals that the establishment of the local government councils in PNG as we know it today may have its beginnings in Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province. The late Sir Barry Holloway was said to have been instrumental in instigating this grassroots, community based empowerment programme. Today that legacy is being revisited by none other than Governor Julie Soso. The Soso EH Haus Man Model in planning is a practical realization of her own thinking whilst being member of Public Sector Reform Advisory Group some years back. The background to reviving local government councils in PNG was presented to Government in 2006, when Governor was a member of the PSRAG representing women in PNG.

By end of June 2013 all agencies of government including the provincial governments are expected to complete all their plans with the budget estimates for multiyear funding and have these submitted to the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring. That was an agreement that was reached at the fourth national leadership summit held in Port Moresby on the 4th of February 2013.This is the year of implementation.

The Governor for Eastern Highlands, Julie Soso Akeke was among the prominent participants at the summit and  she undertook to have her provinces integrated development plan  completed by June and will be submitted on time as expected by the Planning and Monitorin...

06:57

ENGA PUBLIC OFFICIALS LEARN ABOUT FINANCIAL INSTRUCTIONS 2013 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


DISCOURSE ON FIXED ASSETS AT SURUNK WORKSHOP
As the evening fog was hovering over, a short drive along the Surunki sub district road rehabilitation project came onto the full view of a visiting team of Government Officials from Waigani.  The twenty or so minutes of driving has just passed the Surukni Secondary School grounds on the way to a very fertile land capable of growing a dozen varieties of food crops and vegetables. Surunki Highlands is known for cultivating high grade potatoes.

On this Sunday evening the rains have begun, with the locals whispering about their fears that the lands below, wherein lies Lake Surinki, its shores are experiencing quick rise in water levels which might burst in time; affecting communities below on the banks of the Lai River System. The rise in water level at the lake has been caused by a land slide that has blocked the stream form the natural flow into the Lai River.

This short drive for sightseeing and mere discovery of the land off the main highway from Wabag to Porgera via Laiagam was intriguing as the local MP was investing in rehabilitating old, disused roads. Some signs of use of the DSIP funds. There were off and on conversations about economic and social development potentials of this area, like most parts of Papua New Guinea that have been left to own devices for decades.
In the course of this chilling evening tour, an interesting topical issue was brought; this was about all these monies going to the Members of Parliament, to Open Members and in 2013 the Governors now have their hands too in the till of the national government. Papua a New Guineans are again treated to the regular feed of news and views about politicians doing their rounds again pertaining to ceremonial ground breaking of projects, or reopening of half-finished classrooms and health centers of yester years. These activities of pulling crowds are fine, but there are still fundamental issues of accountability of public funds being disbursed, and of course the future sustainability of these projects.

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06:53

TiikiiembShiiemb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


CHARACTER BUILDING AND SENSE OF PATRIOTISM IS VITAL IN A NATIONAL CURRICULUM
we are composed of all the teachers weve had since the day care or preschool, students spend more time at school than they do at home, every one of us here have attributes of educators in our lives, sure weve inherited genes form our parents but a lot of our characteristics and worldviews are shaped by people we interact with daily. With that being said, I believe right now , our young people really need us to be the best we can be, we need to be the disciplined and have a good work ethics  and display good leadership, we need to be the change that we want to see in our youth and the future generation of our people. Quote from Theresa Meki, Speaking at the National Education Conference, University of Goroka, July 2013.
A hugely serene scene, tone changing moment, when a young lady, a future leader of Papua New Guinea took the podium at the recently held national conference at the University of Goroka. She charged every Papua New Guinean to take heart and listen to her and millions of young people in this country. The topic of her statement was on the youths of Papua New Guinea, her experience as a peer educator in a University of Papua New Guinea run HIV/Aids Peer Education programme. According to Theresa Meki, this programme was truly remarkable and one of a life changing one too.

From a mix Gumine and Henganonfi parentage, the twenty five year old graduated with a political science degree from the University of Papua New Guinea at the end of 2010. Since her graduation, she has been employed by a project called the Pawarmeri, funded by gender division of Australian Government funded AusAid. The Pawameri is a collaborative project between the University of Goroka and Victoria University. In her portfolio Theresa underwent another life changing experience when she was one of a very few Papua New Guinean who was selected to take part in Oxfam International Youth Partnership Programme, commencing in 2010 and will end in 2013.
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06:43

UKE KOMBRA....and TVET "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

FEAST OF WORDS-UKE KOMBRA SPOKE IT ALL!
Our Government is emphasizing and actually allocating resources to
 ensuring access and quality education. Education Department cannot
 do it along in meeting demands; therefore we will have to work in
 partnership with everyone- provinces, Members of Parliament,
 community and even development partners. Minister James Marape
 is leading in making sure that there is dialogue and communication at
 all levels. Im pushing for greater recognition of TVET
Conversation with Dr. Uke Kombra, Mt. Hagen, 12th September
 2013.

A prominent scholar and senior educationalist, and he is the number one promoter, Uke Kombra was at his best, when he spoke so eloquently and truthfully about his favourite subject, the Technical and Vocational Education; often referred to as TVET. Uke is now the First Assistant Secretary, the man in charge of TVET, and he who spoke at the occasion in Mt Hagen Technical College on Wednesday during the official ceremonial opening of the three projects funded by the people and Government of Australia to the tune of ten million kina. It is the beginning of the colleges modernization programme.

Hundreds of people, including children, local leaders and even singing and dancing groups from Morobe, Tari, Enga, Asaro and senor Waigani bureaucrats and development partner representatives took part in what was described as the most colourful event. It was also the time for celebration for a state institution that has suffered for years of neglect in terms of recognition and funding. The grant money from Australia, via the Incentive Funding Scheme came to the college, thanks to the sheer hard work put in by the administration and lecturers of the Mt. Hagen Technical College. That support for MH...

06:37

Temu Pkwaveto is Bulolo Lord Mayor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

FIRST KUKUKUS AS THE LORD MAYOR OF WAU BULOLO URBAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL
An unassuming middle age man was leaning against a wooden pole of a housewin in the compounds of Pine Lodge in Bulolo. This is the venue of a three day workshop for Local Level Government Leaders which is being arranged by the Member for Bulolo and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Sam Basil.

The Member for Parliament for Bulolo has decided that he would need to run a workshop for the newly elected LLG Leaders in his district; which is meant to take them through a number of important interventions; among which involve the need for leaders to be made aware about public financial regulations, not least of course is the recently approved and distributed financial instructions and the administrative directions issued by Government following the passing of the national budget that provided direct funding to Provincial Service Improvement Programme, the District Service Improvement Programme and of course the Local Level Government Service Improvement Programme. The workshop will run for three days, beginning Monday 26thand ending Thursday 29th August 2013.Other subject matter being addressed at the workshop concerned with the roles, responsibilities and mandate of the Joint District Planning and Budgets Priority Committee.

Anyway, the forty-five old man at the corner of a table, at a location arranged for the workshop is Temu Pkwaveto; the Mayor elect of the Bulolo-Wau Urban Local Level Government.Temu is from the Okanaiwa 
village in the Menyameya Sub-District of the Wau Bulolo Electorate. Many years ago, in 1981 Temu left school at grade six and went on to secure an employment as an assistant shopkeeper in at local trade store. In 1989, he decided to go on his own, so he started his own trading business in mini supermarket at Wau that has a population of about fourt...

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Monday, 22 July

23:22

CHARLES AKUNAII, FOR LORD MAYOR OF GOROKA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


At the age of forty three year Charles Akunai has tried many things in his life and career. He has played two times big time rugby, he has been an educator and school administrator for over twenty years, he also acknowledges as having been one of a consistent political activist in Eastern Highlands. Now he wants to be real, to contest and secure the headship of Goroka Urban Local Government Council. Charles wants to become the Lord Mayor of Goroka.

A week ago Charles resigned from his comfortable position of an executive officer for the School of Science and Technology at the University of Goroka, a job he has held for five years since 2009.In his past life Charles was a pioneer high grade player for Rabaul Guria for two years running (1988-89) when he was a student at Kokopo High School. Later he switched allegiance to play for his beloved home team, the Lahanis for three years from 1990-92. Die heart Lahani supporter of all Gorokans and Eastern Highlanders should remember their favourite son; Charles who played prop forward in the years he has played for the provinces much loved national rugby games competitor team.

Charles graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1999 and went to teach in secondary and high schools in Eastern Highlands. Overall, he has accumulated a twenty five years teaching and administration of schools experience; some of the schools are located in remote parts of the province. Charles accumulated six years experience as a deputy Principal of number schools, which included Tairora High School in Obura Wanenara District, Rintebe Lutheran High School in the Unggai Bena District, and Onerunka High School in the Kainantu District. In various times in some of these schools he also served as the Principal. His last teaching post was at Goroka Secondary in 2008, before he joined the staff of the University of Goroka.

Speaking over the telephone, he gave reasons why this professional educator, cum big time rugby player decided to contest the politically glamorous seat of the Lord Mayor of Goroka. Here is the summary of the reasons that have prompted Charles to have a go at the seat of Lord Mayor. As a political activist, he has spoken out against politicians who have gotten votes from people, but have been living outside the province. These so called leaders would return to their voters after five years to beg for vote...

23:16

AUSTRALIAN ASYLUM SEEKER REROUTED TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


Prime Ministers: Peter O'Neill and Kevin Rudd
I feel insulted that my Prime Minister could easily, without ritual and pomp get on a plane, land in Australia and sign a deal that no one knew, even citizens like me woke up on a Monday morning only to read stories of what transpired between them- PNGPM Peter O' Neill and Aussie PM, Kevin Rudd. What do they think? Am I a piece of shit, that they hold me in contempt for being a citizen of an ancient sovereign nation of Papua New Guinea, not to know what the hell was going on in my front yard? I am angry. Observer at a popular night club, Port Moresby, 22 July 2013.

It is all nice and sweet talking about how important it is for Papua New Guinea to support Australia in this instant, the provision of a safe haven for those aliens seeking to enter Australia and live there as refugees. It is also amusing for those few Papua New Guineans, who feel that the country stands to benefit from the unlimited flow of cash and expertise to alleviate the majority of the poor to a level of an internationally recognized level of poverty line. Well these are all ploy and politically charged trickery. This is media hype meant for the meek and uneducated section of our national community. The truths have yet to come, if not now, certainly these will emerge in the not too distant future. Other consequences will take years...

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Wednesday, 26 June

14:05

TIM TAESA, ONE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S CHAMPIONS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"



Kombiam LLG Adviser, Tim Taesa
 
Not very many committed government officials would have clocked up

44 years of public service and Tim is not about giving up. He is about

Seventy years plus. He does not seem to be showing any signs of diminishing

as he is still kicking and doing his public service duties; serving the people of

Kombiam Local Government Council, which has 38 elected councilors and

two nominated members Statement by a colleague from Enga Provincial

Administration, Surunki, Enga Province 2nd June 203.

...

14:03

DAVID PUTULAN FOR RAPATONA LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL PRESIDENCY "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"



 
David Putulan for Rapatona LLG Presidency

For selective highlights Tiikiiemb Shiiemb columnist was able to obtain a brief about a number of candidates who have nominated to run for a ward as councilor, or a president of an LLG in Manus Province. To date the names that have been obtained are David Putulan, Parai Tamei, Michael Cholai and Sam Tasion for the Rapotona Local Government Council. Elsewhere on this island province there is Dr Pongi Kichewan from Timoenai Ward who has nominated to contest the post of the President for the Pobuma LLG on the West Coast of the main island of Manus. Other than David Putulan the rest of those named above have attempted the Manus Regional for the Governors seat in the 2012 national election.

This election for the third tier system of government has created such excitement and conditions, such as the allocation of five hundred thousand kina per LLG, that have presented attraction as well as the challenges to the learned and experienced men and women to return to their roots to rural communities to lead their people.

Rapotona LLG is made up of the islands of Rambutso and its fifteen islets, the other islands are Pak, Tong and Nauna. Rambutso has four Wards, while Pak has two wards, Tong and Nauna have one ward each, bringing the total wards to eight. Manus Province has 12 Local Government Councils. Located at Panusela on the island of Rambutso is the administrative headquarters of Rapotona LLG, which is the village where the favourite and more popular candidate comes from. Panusela is where the story about one vi...

09:26

MEKOP POYA FOR SOUTH WIRU LLG PRESIDENCY "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


 

 

In the 2013 LLG Elections, there are highly motivated, well-educated and knowledgeable professionals who are contesting the seats of the presidency and the ward councilors. As Papua New Guinea desperately needs to grow its quality, honest and transparent leaders, may be the LLGs can provide the environment and the home for identifying and growing such leadership

 

On a foggy Friday morning last week in Mt Hagen an unexpected encounter took place. Yours truly was out and about, looking for a photo scene to be placed along with a story about introducing head tax in the local government councils in Papua New Guinea for the Sunday Paper. From the blue, a presidential candidate for South Wiru Local Government Council, a 35 year old Mekop Poya from Mamuane village popped up. An impromptu conversation ensued.

 

The results of his grade six in 1978 has written him off, when he failed to raise high the level of his grades. Any hope of ever making anything in life for him and his immediate family was seriously impaired by one stroke of a pen that gave fail to his school marks. He was one of many that have passed through Tunda Primary School, somewhere in Pangia. And, there are still more passing out each year, and being graded as failures who join the army of push outs in this country....

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Friday, 14 June

11:21

GENERATING SUSTAINABLE INCOME THROUGH HEAD TAX IN LOCAL LEVEL GOVERNMENTS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


Two types of people involvement can be beneficial for a long haul in political participation and rural development. Voting by people to elect their Ward Councilors and Presidents is a significant improvement in a democratic governance. Three is also the need to involve the same people to help generate sustainable income for the LLGs through taxation of a moderate amount Conversation with a colleague in Mt Hagen, June 2013.

Mt Hagen Urban LLG has assets and revenue base to sustain itself
Not long ago, Sir Peter Barter, then Minister proposed that a system of head tax be reintroduced in the local level government councils in Papua New Guinea. When the subject matter was introduced, there was a lukewarm reaction, and not much happened since. But in recent  times so many changes have been introduced, including a government decision to allocate, for the first time five hundred thousand kina to each and every local government council in the country. It is time that this subject is brought on for serious consideration by Government for a number of significantly beneficial reasons.

There is a talk, and may be that a definite decision would be made to introduce district authorities in PNG, possibly next year through a revised law that was introduced under the same name in 2006. Speculation is that the bill to amend the 2006 District Authorities law will be done in the coming September session of Parliament. When that happens, there will be an authority in place, with revised powers, composition, duties and responsibilities of the current Joint District Planning and Budgets Priorities Committee. One notable inclusion in the new arrangements under the District Aut...

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Tuesday, 28 May

10:02

EMPOWERING LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS WITH GOV JULIE SOSO "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


EMPOWERING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN EASTERN HIGHLANDS THROUGH JULIE SOSO HAUS MAN PLANNING AND RESOURCING MODEL

Going down the memory lane, history reveals that the establishment of the local government councils in PNG as we know it today may have its beginnings in Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province. The late Sir Barry Holloway was said to have been instrumental in instigating this grassroots, community based empowerment programme. Today that legacy is being revisited by none other than Governor Julie Soso. The Soso EH Haus Man Model in planning is a practical realization of her own thinking whilst being member of Public Sector Reform Advisory Group some years back. The background to reviving local government councils in PNG was presented to Government in 2006, when Governor was a member of the PSRAG representing women in PNG.

By end of June 2013 all agencies of government including the provincial governments are expected to complete all their plans with the budget estimates for multiyear funding and have these submitted to the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring. That was an agreement that was reached at the fourth national leadership summit held in Port Moresby on the 4th of February 2013.This is the year of implementation.

The Governor for Eastern Highlands, Julie Soso Akeke was among the prominent participants at the summit and  she undertook to have her provinces integrated development plan  completed by June and will be submitted on time as expected by the Planning and Monitoring Minister. Three months of serious work, the planning team from the EHP have been at work, collecting and authenticating st...

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Tuesday, 21 May

03:55

GOVERNOR GARY JUFFA...EMERGING SPOKESMAN FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"


Governor Gary Juffa leading crucial intellectual discourses on underdevelopment at home and abroad

If we decide and opt not to stand up for what is right and just;
If we shy away from the challenges that confront us and
threaten our future and the home that we have been blessed with;
If we are to ignore the plight of our people who require our attention
and care; If we instead choose for the easy way, to allow ourselves
to be led by ego and self-interest, then we have fooled our people
and we have fooled ourselves...to act and stand up against all
that is improper and all that is evil and perverse and wrong,
to zealously shun all that seeks to destroy and to resist the lure
...

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Tuesday, 14 May

06:32

AMBASSADOR MAX RAI AND HIS SHORT WRITE UPS ON PNG LEADERSHIP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"





Ambassador Max Rai and his discourse on Papua New Guinean Leadership 
Ambassador Max Rai











For the leaders of the past who fade into our    history as memories;
          For the leaders of the future who remain our unrealized dream;
 For the leaders of the present wh...

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Sunday, 12 May

07:13

WESLEY RAMINAI & SAM VULUM CREATED NEW SPACE IN NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING IN PNG "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"






Wesley Raminai took on the biggest challenge in his life, to start up a newspaper, the Sunday Chronicle with his new found friend and great supporter (or may be co founder of the newspaper!), Sam Vulum sometimes back in 2006, may be earlier. Once they got the first newsprint rolling out, they, have stuck around, and even growing stronger each day, eachmonth and even year. I joined these two great Papua New Guineans, believing in what they have started out to do, not just for themselves, but for all of us, to have a voice and to change views presented mostly by outsiders, using their own medium. I did not join their staff, rather as an outsider support, even now.

What started off as an free lance columnist ( Tiikiiemb Shiiemb) in 2006, June to be exact, has continued the series of articles and photos up to this Sunday-12-5-2013 (in the Sunday Chronicle). Sam and Wesley did not just sat around being satisfied with their Sunday reading paper, they set out do one more publication, the Midweek Chronicle, staring on 27th December 2011.Another column was inauguration for the Midweek Chronicle, the Nation Builders, .which has been running since December 2011. The features and photos that have been published both in Tiikiiemb Shiiemb and Nation Builders  can be found in this blog.
Wesley Raminai- Owner Publisher of Sunday Chronicle and Midweek Chronicle

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Tuesday, 02 October

08:56

Day 3: Bill Ningur Upholstery Maker; and a dab of Truth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

There does not seem to be much change in the movement of the dial on the scale. It quivers undecided between 88kg and 89kg. Perhaps it does not want to disappoint me. But who am I trying to fool here? It has only been two days. I did not say I was on some miracle fad diet.

In any case, a digital scale would have given a more definitive reading. But I realized that this yearning for an absolute figure is not just some random desire that was borne the minute I stepped onto the scale. It is something inbuilt. Whether we realise it or not, it is that longing that ignites the urge for the absolute truth to give us that peace of mind. It is that age old desire to know.

The only truth right now is that THIS very moment is the truth, as you get bored silly reading this far, and are perhaps pondering upon the possibility that the person writing this may have gone slightly cuckoos after all. (Speaking of which, I still reckon Jack Nicholson in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest was absolutely brilliant).

The only absolute truth is in the time between what has been and what will be; it is this moment the NOW. Our memories have been either tarnished or glossed over by prejudice while our visions of grandeur play surrogate to the truth of tomorrow. Absolute truth resides in this moment. That is why the Psalmist said Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts (Psalms 95:7-8).

Today.

This reaffirms THE truth behind this truth. That the only ABSOLUTE TRUTH is Jesus (John 14:6).

Today.

Lets return to the matter on hand.

So before my daily weigh in, I had to pick up a half dozen apple from the nearby supermarket during my lunch break (I feel a post coming up soon on the state of affairs of the apples from Stop N Shop). On my way back I happened to be sharing the footpath with this fellow who was peddling some burgundy and red synthetic leather bags, so naturally I fell into conversation with him. It was then that I found out more about his wares that he actually sews these bags.

They looked quite a classy lot, them bags. Of course not Louis Vuitton classy, but str...

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Tuesday, 25 September

23:43

Day 2: Elijah Memedu Apprentice Electrician "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

I am into my second day and the scale reads 88kg. I dont know if that is the truth or if it is only me with a bit of wishful thinking.

No matter, after leaving office at around 1726 hours, I happened by an old friend of mine. Hes a caricature artist by the name of Charles. (I think folks over at Sunday Chronicles hire him to do cartoons and stuff). So Charles tags along with me on this one.

Not long after I meet this sharp little kid of 4 by the name of Jaybes. He and his mom Maria were on their way into (that rather detestable) Vision City. I had a quick chat with them and took their photos but, sad to say, I forgot to get them to sign my release form so I will not be putting up their faces here.

Elijah Memedu is from Goroko and Alotau

Elijah Memedu is from Goroko and Alotau

Further down the road, just before reaching Waigani* I bump into Elijah Memedu.

Well in fact Memedu was about to overtake me when I introduced myself and told him about what I was up to and if he was interested and he seemed fairly keen. By then even Charles lit up to the game and fell into beat with some support remarks on the side.

At 16 years of age, Elijah is a trainee electrician doing his apprenticeship with...

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Monday, 24 September

15:47

Day 1: Kure Yosi Social Worker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Weighing in at 89 kg, the first day of my 30 Day Challenge kicked off to a rocky start but I never expected it to be a walk in the park either. It was a walk nevertheless; and it will be so for the next 30 days.

The first person I bumped into was this office worker type in Westpac bank colours. Opening with a courteous Abinun, bro, I observed on the traffic congestion in the manner of small talk.  But I may have introduced myself too soon because I could see that he was all suss about me from the way he eyed me.

You could tell he was thinking, Who is this mausgrass psycho and what manner of scam is he peddling? He had a polite wall up, which he successfully marshalled with a brisk pace for much of the way so I let him be.

Day 1 - Kure Yosi

Day 1: Kure Yosi of Lufa in the Eastern Highlands

But then I caught up with Kure Yosi.

Kure seemed a friendly chap from the word go, all the way to the North Waigani traffic lights where we parted company.

He was walking with a very slight limp that I later found out to be a sprained ankle.

At 33 years of age he works as a Youth Officer at the National Capital District Commission. Hailing from Lufa in the Eastern Highla...

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Friday, 21 September

03:30

Painting my 30-day Challenge with Faces "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Thats it, Im done talking politics.

Well most of the time Im either quoting someone or blogging a gripe. And I hate to see myself as a person who sees the glass half empty all the time. Although the system and the gremlins that work the system are largely responsible for fueling my words.

But that is not the point of this post. Folks over at Stella Mag recently brought to my attention this super cool idea of doing something out of the ordinary for 30 consecutive days. (By the way, that is one cool magazine you should get your hands on or better yet, subscribe to).

So here I was on Independence Day, trying on for size ideas for endeavours that anyone who knows me would not normally find me doing. And no, I am not going to go to work dressed as Zorro for the next 30 days (although I know of some who would in a heartbeat if they could).

However, I was toying with the idea of bungee jumping every afternoon. Unfortunately I had to forgo that idea for the simple fact that my afternoon schedule could not fit in a trip to the white cliffs of Vararaita National Park and back; and I have not even factored in the time it would take to strap on the gear. Yeah, sound check and all.

On a similar note, I sadly had to cross off a daily round of BASE jumping and croc-wrestling as well. During this brainstorming session, my patriotic zeal got lost somewhere in the mix, and I noticed my shoe lace was undone so I reached down to tie it. It was then, as I bumped into my gut, that I knew I had to do something about my expanding midsection.

Here was something practical I could embark on without unnecessarily creating a hole in my pocket, not to mention drastically reducing my lifespan. So I have resolved to do something about my weight with the help of the trusty old bathroom scale.

My modus operandi is quite elementary really. It is good old fashioned walking coupled with a simple garden diet.  So instead of hopping on a vehicle, I plan to walk home every day after work. Plus I am going vegan for a month to boot!

Weighing the pros and cons, the only negative aspect of walking is that I might suffer a little discomfort from the sweat and the strain of my backpack. But I can stand my own sweat than to have my olfactory receptors assaulted by the collective body odour and goodness knows what else 35 people and an bus offsider who has not touched a bar of soap in more than a month can cook up in a crammed bus on an equally crammed road.

Or shall I factor in the PMV experience of having ones ears mercilessly assailed by a badly strung c...

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Tuesday, 31 July

08:14

Juffa clears the air on the Third Corner "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Gary Juffa has come out with a statement to clear the air on the supposed 3rd Camp as posted earlier.

In any case, I wouldnt mind seeing Juffa as my Papua New Guineas next Prime Minister. He has what it takes to save this country from certain doom.

On a side note, those two lead figure who orchestrated the whole political crisis not too long ago, making Papua New Guinea the laughing stock of the world by blessing us with the #WhatElseCanPngHaveTwoOf  tag, have now kissed and made up in Alotau, Milne Bay Province. But that is all old news, right?

Anyway, forget them. Heres what Mr Juffa had to say.

Hi people.

There is so much rumor and rhetoric in the media and here that I believe I would like to substantiate and spell out some facts about my part and role in what is happening in Eastern Highlands.

Firstly, I am NOT part of the Eastern Block. I am here to support my Regional Candidate Sam Sii. I am here with Governor elect for Morobe, Hon. Kelly Naru who is a friend by the way and we embrace certain values and principals much of which the members here do as well.

We are also collectively concerned about certain national issues such as the granting of citizenship to

  • Djoko Tjandra
  • and in my specific case the Naima Rice Monopoly Project
  • and the Seabed Mining Project and
  • such other issues which we here have spoken about and are concerned about.

I am NOT forming a group as an alternative government and I am not lobbying for the PMs job I am just speaking to like minded elected leaders and discussing how best to approach our common concerns and how best we can represent our people in our electorates, our province and our country.

I am NOT with John Kerenga GUL and with due respect to him and his group, have my own stance that I will take into parliament and again, I do not intend to deviate form what I believe in and have spoken against here or anywhere.Gary Juffa ~ Oro Province Governor-elect*

*source: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Sharptalk

Filed under: Papua New Guinea, POLITICS Tag...

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Monday, 30 July

03:40

Camp Juffa: The Third Corner "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

With August 1 announced as the official date of the Return of Writs by the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen (who I think should be given the sack anyway), power play heats up for government formation as we see all of them old dogs, Somare included, team up with ONeil as a formidable force and the most likely camp to be invited by the Governor General to form the next government.

On the other hand, Belden Namah, brash as ever, stands undeterred he will be the next PM. Comments on the ground and on social media as well as from the news reflect the general concession that in PNG politics, anything goes. It goes without saying that a tactician such as Namah still has a few tricks up his sleeves.

But that is not the reason for this post. Papua New Guinea has had it with the two lots of groupings or blocs as theyd rather be known; and with all the shades they come in (shady indeed!).

The gist of this post, however, is the confirmation of a rumoured third camp as mentioned in todays Post Courier (30/7/2012) on page 6. The third camp is reported to be in Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province. It is being led by two fresh faces in PNG politics. Oro Governor elect, Gary Juffa, and lawyer/philanthropist, now Morobe Regional MP Kelly Naru.

Here now is a chance for all newly elected members to put their money where their mouth is and start over on a clean slate. To stand up for better change and to lead this country forward with a fresh faced government devoid of the miasma of corruption and all the trappings of PNG politics.

In my personal opinion, it would be the sensible thing to do and the best decision for this nation, if we could have all the Independent MPs and other smaller political parties to consider siding with this camp. I chance upon this opportunity to call out to the likes of Loujaiya Toni, member elect for Lae, to consider this as well.

Without further ado, here is a statement by the newly elected Governor for Oro Province, commenting on the establishment of the third camp Camp Juffa.

Let me say that we in Goroka are discussing how best we can serve the people of PNG, to represent them and not abandon them and their dreams and hopes, to fight for them and to ask the pertinent and controversial questions that the people of PNG are anxious for answers tosuch issues that I personally am concerned about are need answers such as the granting of citizenship to a international criminal fugitive (PALA), the plans to monopolize rice commercialization for a Chinese Indonesian Company only (TEMU), to demand that actual and thorough investigations be conducted into the controversial issues that have cost the nation and indeed the people substantial amounts of money, the r...

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Thursday, 21 June

01:59

Gonols cringe-inducing policy statement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

This letter serves as a readers feedback on a full page advertorial which appeared on page 56 of The National on Monday, 18 June 2012, by Mr Lawyer David Gonol.

With all due respect to Mr Gonol, I must say that write up alone has left me questioning his viability as a potential Governor of Western Highlands Province; or as he so arrogantly puts it, the Governor in waiting.

Given his profession and the office that he is running for, I expected an article that was intellectually scrupulous as well as grammatically refined. For a policy statement if it can be titled as such at all it failed on both these fronts and instead, left me cringing right from the opening line all the way to the part where The plant and animal kingdoms [sic] of Tambul/Nebilyer, Mul/Baiyer, Dei Council and Hagen Central decided to join the party.

If Mr Gonol is reading this, then I suggest he fire his publicist for doing him the disservice of dressing him in a court jesters garb with this sad case of a media release. After that he can go ahead and fire himself for even sanctioning such a write up to see the light of day in the first place.

This has certainly raised the bar of corny drivel to the next level and has debased our collective intelligence, allowing them to further condescend to us.

Grow up already, PNG.

Monday, 21 May

10:09

Seriously EMTV: Can we get any lamer-er? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The following comment was picked up from Facebook, and sad to say but Im not surprised at all.

EMTV once again takes the honours for being a DUD for a TV station.

EMTV ELECTION FOCUS*

EMTV(John Eggins) interview of PO (Peter ONeil) last-night was a big let down. I expected tough questions from Eggins but instead got such a soft kiss-a$& interview. The background video conveniently skipped the NPF chapter of POs life, and Eggins never asked about the controversial laws made by the ONape Parliament, nor his method of gaining power.

Looks like we can expect same treatment of all other Interviews in the Election Focus series.

Sigh

Oh how I long for gutsy journalism.

by Tokaut Tokstret

 

yeah and give me QUALITY!

 

  • * EMTV ELECTION FOCUS is one of this TV stations lame concoction to cash in on the election fever.
  • Give me #QandA any day and I promise you  Ill shut up. I swear.

 


Filed under: Papua New Guinea, POLITICS Tagged: Election Focus, EMTV, John Eggins

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