The Life and Contribution of Sinake Giregire to PNG, circa 1937 – 4 January 2012

By   Wilson Thompson Orlegge, ML Sinake Giregire CSM, KBE, CBE, MBE (Jubilee and Independence medals) The life and contribution of the late Sir Sinake Giregire has been documented in many books, articles and newspapers. Even the National Library and National Archives of Australia have a separate file of many official documents and policies he wasContinue reading “The Life and Contribution of Sinake Giregire to PNG, circa 1937 – 4 January 2012”

PNG’s birthers: unrecognised & unresourced

DIANNE-MANDUI-MIRIO| My Land, My Country LAE – I was working at Ngasuapum village along the Lae Nadzab highway in the Huon Gulf electorate that I came across the two hardworking women. An old woman with grey hair was talking with another woman in her late fifties. Both caught my attention so, after my interviews were done,Continue reading “PNG’s birthers: unrecognised & unresourced”

Two questions long struggled with

By MICHAEL DOM – posted on PNG Attitude blog LAE – Power, power, power. Yeah, sure. In Papua New Guinea subsistence agriculture is a basic mode of living, resources are communally shared and political power is gained and maintained by the assurance of mutual benefit for all. It can be challenging to understand that theContinue reading “Two questions long struggled with”

Original local idiom – what’s not said taim yu tromoi tokpisin

A critique of the World Environment Day Poetry MICHAEL DOM “Congratulations and well done! Writing skills are sharpened by practice. Competition allows you to sharpen your work by reading other poets work as well – they may provide you [with] a new or different way of expressing your poetry”. – Ples Singsing email to entrantsContinue reading “Original local idiom – what’s not said taim yu tromoi tokpisin”

TOK-SINGSING: Sanap longlong (Standing stupidly)

MICHAEL DOM Yu sanap long dua Bilong Anutu na beten Wat po yu less long knok-knok Ating em imas Bikpela man tumas Long yu paitim dua bilong em Na lukim Hamaspela lain Ol tu i wet istap Em ia Marape gavman Na long hapsait Ol pastol bilong sios Mi ting olsem Ol i wanwok bilongContinue reading “TOK-SINGSING: Sanap longlong (Standing stupidly)”

Gagana Samoa Language Week ends on June 5

Analysis: What exactly does the Samoan Language Week theme mean? RNZ Anric Sitanilei, Social media journalist The theme for this year’s Samoan Language Week has been penned “Strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive.” But what exactly does this mean? In Gagana Samoa and in English, an exploration…. Another article today fromContinue reading “Gagana Samoa Language Week ends on June 5”

Mama Tang (Mother Tongue)

MICHAEL DOM | Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude, 03 June 2021 Mama tangThe hookLong hangamapimYour items of bilasIs not missedUntil it’s not thereAt the pool showersNa your bilasEmi silip long floa And gets trod onBy other swimmersDisregarded, made to lookOlsem pipia. Ragged.Go aheadHave your swimWhen you’re doneBai yu painim Narapela trasis Long karamapim assBilong yu na semOlsemContinue reading “Mama Tang (Mother Tongue)”


Language and ethnobiological skills decline precipitously in Papua New Guinea, the world’s most linguistically diverse nation Alfred Kik et al, 22021, PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Download the full article here Significance Around the world, more than 7,000 languages are spoken, most of them by small populations of speakers in the tropics.Continue reading “RESEARCH ARTICLE”

Cultural Globalization: The Impacts of Social Media in PNG

It is commonly known that knowledge is power. In my perception, I believe knowledge is stored information that has a prevailing impact on a person. In the modern period, societies and human culture has evolved and reshaped itself through the power of distributed information, concepts and values. This process is called ‘cultural globalization’. Britannica onlineContinue reading “Cultural Globalization: The Impacts of Social Media in PNG”