‘Hot-cake’ Maseratis now a bargain. Maybe

ASIA NEWS DESK| British Broadcasting Corporation LONDON – Papua New Guinea has admitted making a ‘terrible mistake’ after struggling to sell a £4.2m (K20 million) fleet of luxury cars bought to impress politicians during a meeting of regional leaders. The then-O’Neill government boasted the Maseratis would be snapped up after being used for the 2018Continue reading “‘Hot-cake’ Maseratis now a bargain. Maybe”

Founding father Sir Pita Lus dies at 86

KEITH JACKSON – posted on PNG Attitude Blog NOOSA – Sir Pita Lus, one of the fathers of Papua New Guinea independence, has died in Maprik aged 86 only a few weeks after giving his last public speech. Sir Pita was elected to seven PNG parliaments, including the first House of Assembly in 1964, hisContinue reading “Founding father Sir Pita Lus dies at 86”

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”

Reuben Taureka Highway?

08 NOVEMBER 2020 NOTICE GREGORY BABLIS A few years ago the PNG Government decided to rename the well-known Magi Highway after Sir Dr Reuben Taureka. Understandably, the people of Central had mixed reactions and some were anxious and angry about the name change. There was even an alternative suggestion to name the highway Polonsky HighwayContinue reading “Reuben Taureka Highway?”

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”

Esigu: Policeman, Leader, Governor

04 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Inspired by the leadership and politics of Sir John Guise as revealed in the recently released ‘Palace Letters’ Oh DiproseFor a businessmanYou were too verboseSpeaking out of lineWhen it was not your placeBrought back in lineBy a bigman of our times. A letter to irkSupposedly on behalf of ErrkTelling EsiguHisContinue reading “Esigu: Policeman, Leader, Governor”

Mr Marape – We’re Still Trying to Meet

CAROLINE EVARI PORT MORESBY – To try to get a high level discussion underway on Papua New Guinea literature, we’ve tried on two occasions to meet with Prime Minister James Marape. The first time was on Wednesday 22 January after we received information that Mr Marape was willing to meet Betty Wakia , Daniel KumbonContinue reading “Mr Marape – We’re Still Trying to Meet”

Review by Martyn Namorong – The Voice of Michael Dom: Political, Powerful, Connected

REVIEW BY MARTYN NAMORONG AND OTHER READERS 02 NOVEMBER 2020 O Arise!: Poems on Papua New Guinea’s Politics & Society by Michael Dom, 54 pp. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 2015. ISBN-10: 1512039381. Available in hardcopy from Amazon, $5.40 WHAT is a Papua New Guinean writer but a warrior continuing the proud traditions of their ancestors,Continue reading “Review by Martyn Namorong – The Voice of Michael Dom: Political, Powerful, Connected”

Papua New Guinean Biography

Person in Focus – Paulus Goresau Arek 01 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Over the last seven decades, Papua New Guinea has grown from a disparate collection of traditional societies administered as an Australian colonial territory, to a thriving, developing state. The story of how Papua New Guinea came to lose its colonial shackles and gainContinue reading “Papua New Guinean Biography”

Bernard Narokobi – Leader, Legislator, Literatus

28 October 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Port Moresby In 1995 when Bernard Narokobi was minister for agriculture, he, Bart Philemon and Jerry Nalau voted against Prime Minister Julius Chan’s proposed bill for an Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Governments. Given the ongoing conflict in Bougainville and violent bid for secession there, the three MinistersContinue reading “Bernard Narokobi – Leader, Legislator, Literatus”