The Great Mask Debate – To Wear or Not To Wear?

21 December 2020 PAINTING BY LABEN SAKALE JOHN AND WORDS BY GREGORY BABLIS Masks have always been important aspects of Papua New Guinean societies even in contemporary Papua New Guinea (PNG) with their ceremonial uses in singsings (traditional dances or festivals) and the more tourist-oriented festivals today. All regions of PNG had different types ofContinue reading “The Great Mask Debate – To Wear or Not To Wear?”

Settlements are necessary appendages to urban centers in developing countries

15 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS PORT MORESBY The number of residential properties for sale in Port Moresby is growing, and fast. Not all of these structures are constructed according to laws and building standards though. Many of the houses are built on land that has not been legally acquired. Rather, quasi-legal land arrangements are executedContinue reading “Settlements are necessary appendages to urban centers in developing countries”

Interesting Books Written by Papua New Guineans You Should Read

08 NOVEMBER 2020 SKERAH We need a generation of “bookfacers” more than “facebookers”! It’s important that we create and embed in our children the importance of reading and writing.  Creating a culture isn’t an easy task but requires persistence.  And it is indeed a challenging task given the competitive nature and evolving technology we areContinue reading “Interesting Books Written by Papua New Guineans You Should Read”

Let’s Write Books! – A Letter from His Excellency

08 NOVEMBER 2020 SIR PAULIAS MATANE In 1957 I started my career as a primary school teacher at Tauran Primary School in New Britain where I was a student from 1947 to 1955. I found that we did not have many books about Papua New Guinea. The few reading books were written by expatriates. WhenContinue reading “Let’s Write Books! – A Letter from His Excellency”

Covid-19 und die ‚neue Normalität‘

07 NOVEMBER 2020 MICHAEL DOM Die globale Covid-19-Pandemie hat viele Auswirkungen auf das tägliche Leben. Die Regierung von Papua-Neuguinea (PNG) hält sich an die Empfehlungen der Weltgesundheitsorganisation und definiert die ‚neue Normalität‘ für ihre Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Doch für Tausende von peri-urbanen Armen, die in wirtschaftlich schwierigen Zeiten ums Überleben kämpfen, sind die Folgen vonContinue reading “Covid-19 und die ‚neue Normalität‘”

Covid-19 ‘noho dala matamatana’

07 NOVEMBER 2020 MICHAEL DOM Tanobada egegemada lalonai e varamu gorerena Covid-19 metauna na, ta noho laidiamu mauridia lalodiai vada ta dibadiamu, Bona World Health Organization edia taravatu eiava ede baita mauri toma daladia, e ato lasi, bena Papua New Guinea gavamani ese danu ‘noho dala matamatana’ ealasi ena taunimanima edia. To settlement ai eContinue reading “Covid-19 ‘noho dala matamatana’”

The Covid-19 ‘new normal’

07 NOVEMBER 2020 MICHAEL DOM The global pandemic of Covid-19 has had many repercussions to daily life and keeping abreast with World Health Organization recommendations, the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government has also defined the ‘new normal’ for its citizens. But to thousands of the peri-urban poor, struggling to survive during trying economic times, theContinue reading “The Covid-19 ‘new normal’”

Em normal tasol ia

07 NOVEMBER 2020 MICHAEL DOM Bikpela sik Covid-19 pandemic em inapim olgeta kantri long graun na bagarapim laip bilong ol man meri long wanwan dei, em nau World Helt Ogenisesen i givim toksave we Papua Niugini (PNG) gavman tu i laik kamapim ‘niupela nomal’ bilong ol sitisen. Tasol long ol planti thousand poor pipol istapContinue reading “Em normal tasol ia”