Former Miss PNG

Perseverance pays off for former Miss PNG

Former Miss PNG, Niawali Twain, issued this statement after receiving her UPNG degree on Friday.

From a mixed parentage of Manus and East New Britain, the beaming Niawali Twain gracefully walked up to get her degree from the UPNG chancellor in the first session of the 64th graduation ceremony. 

The beauty queen was crowned Miss PNG in 2017, was the Queen Emma Chocolates Brand Ambassador and is the chaperone of the current Miss PNG and Miss Pacific Islands, Leoshina Kariha.

​Laufa update: Investigators to obtain search warrant

Lead investigator and Officer in Charge for Accidents, Sgt Gabriel Kake, told Loop PNG that a letter was drafted and sent to National Information and Communications Technology Authority and Digicel to obtain phone records of the main suspect.

“However, we are still waiting for an approved response from both organisations that will allow for police to look into the phone records for any relatable evidence,” he said.

More witness statements needed in Laufa case

Director for Traffic Police, Joe Joseph, says progress is yet to be made into the former Miss PNG’s investigations.

Furthermore, the main alleged suspect and key witness implicated in the death of the late Laufa is also yet to be charged.

However, the need for justice for the family is paramount.

“Police were not present during the actual happening of the incident and police are only following due process to complete the investigations as soon as possible.”

Traffic police are relying on statements given by witnesses to build a case.

Vigil to mark Laufa’s 25th birthday

Close friend Hanley Logoso told Loop PNG the event, to be held at 6.30pm at Fort Banner, UPNG, is mostly to celebrate Laufa’s birthday with friends, families or anyone her life had impacted.

“It’s basically anyone and everyone who has been a victim of violence against women or may know of someone who may have died as a result of any form of violence,” says Logoso.

“Ultimately we want to use this as a platform to send a strong message on violence against women.