Papua New Guinea

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PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- All firearms must be withdrawn from police officers and locked away in the armouries to clamp down on the indiscriminate shootings by members of the police force, says a former Papua New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

IMF cautions PNG over growth

Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- With the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and exports starting in Papua New Guinea the resource sector growth is projected to surge next year.

New Caledonia to export to PNG

Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- New Caledonia may be on the way to making its first export to Papua New Guinea.

UNHCR urges Aust to release child refugees

Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- A representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has claimed that the detention of children at the Manus Detention Centre is a breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child.

PNG and Australian Prime Ministers to meet today

Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

PORT MORESBY,PNG --- The Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea and Australia will have an opportunity to discuss bilateral issues when they meet in Canberra today.

PNG welcomes Fiji back in the PIF

Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea has welcomed Fiji’s return to the Pacific Islands Forum.

November 2014

PNG police chief rounds up rogue officers

Sam Vulum

THE protracted arrest of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill over alleged illegal approval of millions of kina payments to a law firm is on hold while O'Neill challenges its legality in court. This came amid a deepening split between police officers apparently loyal to O'Neill and the fraud ...

Crime restricts PNG’s economic growth

Rowan Callick

Crime is costing Papua New Guinea severely despite its rapid economic growth - due to reach 20 per cent next year- according to a series of new World Bank reports. The bank says that 81 per cent of businesses in PNG are restricting their investments due to crime concerns -with ...

Highway opposed : Papua Separatist leader

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----Papua separatist leader of the 1970s Dame Josephine Abaijah has called on Papuans and like-thinking Papua New Guineans to rise in unity to oppose the planned trans-island highway.

PNG govt sets up emergency Ebola plan

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG -----A comprehensive Ebola emergency response plan is being developed to prepare for any threat of the deadly disease outbreak in the country.