Papua New Guinea

April 2015

Sponsors crucial to Games success

Peter Rees

Six years after successfully bidding to host the 2015 Pacific Games and three years after being given the green light from the Games Council, Papua New Guinea is scrambling to pay its bills in what is expected to be the most expensive Games ever. Estimates put the real cost of ...

NFP calls on Bainimarama to attend Forum Leaders Meeting

Mon 13 Apr 2015 -

The National Federation Party is calling on Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to participate in the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea.

342 candidates to contest Bougainville election

Tue 07 Apr 2015 -

BUKA, PNG ---- A total of 342 candidates are contesting in the 2015 Autonomous Bougainville General Election.

March 2015

Enough violence

Sam Vulum

PAPUA New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s recent powerful statement against atrocities in Indonesia’s restive province of West Papua was a departure from the previous stance of successive governments - that West Papua issues were a domestic matter for Indonesia. For many years PNG has been viewed as a strategic ...

Minister Kondra suspended

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Boka Kondra has been suspended by the Leadership Tribunal.

PNG Government has restricted foreign currency trading: PM O'Neill

Mon 16 Feb 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- The Papua New Guinea Government has imposed some controls on foreign currency trading resulting in limited foreign currency experienced at the moment.

Take your drugs or die: PM O'Neill

Mon 16 Feb 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has sounded a simple message to tuberculosis (TB) patients: Complete your medication or die.

Micah: O’Neill serious on Papua

Mon 16 Feb 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea Enterprises and State Investment Minister Ben Micah has rejected suggestions that the Prime Minister’s announcement of a policy shift on West Papua was a knee-jerk announcement.

Telikom PNG owns EMTV now

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 05 Feb 2015 -

Fiji’s television company Fiji TV today announced its divesting its Papua New Guinea owned television subsidiary Media Niugini Limited for Kina 27 million, or US$9.98 million.

PNG Ombudsman refers Minister Gore for alleged misconduct

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- The Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission has referred Minister for Religion Youth and Community Development, Delilah Gore to the Public Prosecutor for alleged misconduct in office.

Another 42 prisoners escaped at Madang Police cells

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

MADANG, PNG ---- Forty two detainees escaped from Yomba police station cells in Madang early this week.

O’Neill meets Abbott over asylum deal

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---Australia and Papua New Guinea Prime Ministers, Tony Abbott and Peter O’Neill met in Canberra on Monday to discuss issues of mutual interests, including the Manus asylum issue.

Most asylum seekers 'economic opportunists' says PNG Prime Minister

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- Papua New Guinea's government believes most asylum seekers being held on Manus Island are economic opportunists whose protection claims will be rejected.

Lock guns in armouries: Former PNG MP

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- All firearms must be withdrawn from police officers and locked away in the armouries to clamp down on the indiscriminate shootings by members of the police force, says a former Papua New Guinea parliamentarian.

West Papuans have suffered enough, Juffa

Mon 26 Jan 2015 -

PORT MORRESBY, PNG --- The Governor of Papua New Guinea’s Oro province, Garry Juffa has announced his stand in fight for a free West Papua.

Bougainville Electoral Commission to set up officers

Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

BUKA, PNG ---- Bougainville Electoral Commission will establish three field coordination offices in the three regions of Bougainville.

Asylum seekers may come to Bomana

Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- More than 40 asylum seekers detained in jail or in police station cells on Manus may be transferred to Bomana prison outside Port Moresby, a Papua New Guinea Government source says.

Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

Asylum seekers on Manus Island want to donate organs to Australians if they die in centre: letter

Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

LORENGAU, PNG --- Asylum seekers want to donate their organs to Australians if they are killed at the Manus Island detention centre, one detainee says, adding the move would mean at least part of them would taste freedom.

January 2015

Finance and education for future generations

Syd Yates

FOR almost 30 years, Kina has always provided convenient and affordable avenues for working class parents to assist them in providing their children a decent quality of education and a brighter future. We provide loans for school fees and education through our EsiLoan product, available to staff of pre-approved employer ...

Stable times ahead for PNG economy

Sam Vulum

PAPUA New Guinea’s fast growing economy is being supported by a stable government going into 2015. Economically, Papua New Guinea is just seeing completion of 13 years of continuous economic growth and is about to enter another. Supported by more stable and favourable policies and an upsurge in commodity prices ...

Silent genocide unfolds in Papua

Netani Rika

IN a neglected region of the Pacific, the world’s latest genocide takes place with an indigenous people being killed and replaced every day of the year. Earlier this month, five Papuans were arbitrarily shot and killed by Indonesian troops in what was – at the time of printing – the ...

Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

Peter Rees
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

High Arctic inks deal with InterOil

Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- High Arctic on Monday signed a two-year deal with InterOil for a second heli-portable drilling rig in Papua New Guinea.

Oil Search bids for Talisman assets

Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Oil Search Ltd has bid more than US$300 million (K787m) to buy Talisman Energy’s assets in Western, a move that could accelerate an expansion of the Pacific nation’s flagship gas-export facility, The Wall Street Journal reported.