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”


Call for Entries: Youth Resilience and Climate Change Poem Competition Theme: ‘Our Action Now– Our Future, Our Resilience’ The Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP) through the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Resilience team invites young artist and poets from Pacific Island Countries and territories to submit an original Poem around the Theme ‘Our Action Now– OurContinue reading “TOKSAVE: POEM COMPETITION ENDING ON JUNE 14”

SHORT-STORY: Whistles from another world

BY MATHISAH TURI Don’t whistle at night, they say, for you never know who might respond. Especially at night when darkness rules and silence is at it’s greatest. Ten year old Irai had not learned of this superstition. But she knew of the existence of the world beyond ours, where no humans dwell. She sawContinue reading “SHORT-STORY: Whistles from another world”