Independence

Another opinion backs status quo in New Caledonia

The poll commissioned by French television found that 66 percent of eligible voters plan to vote against independence in the referendum on 4 November.

The poll, which was carried out by Harris Interactive, involved just over 1,000 phone interviews over ten days in September and has a margin of error between 1.4 to 3.1 points.

After a 20-year phase of decolonisation under the Noumea Accord, voters will be asked whether New Caledonia should assume full sovereignty, which means taking full control over defence, justice, policing, monetary policy and foreign affairs.

Polls show most in New Caledonia against independence

The surveys were carried out by the agencies Kantar TNS and I-Scope, just over six months before the territory's referendum on independence.

The first poll found that 58 percent were firmly against independence while 12 percent were for.

With 15 percent of respondents undecided and 12 percent declining to answer, the pollsters suggest between 66 and 73 percent oppose independence.

The I-Scope poll, which was commissioned by the Caledonia TV station, found 60 percent were against independence and 23 for, with the rest still undecided.

O’Neill calls for unity

He said with the current economic crisis the country is facing, the global economy is uncertain, with the risk of conflict and economic instability.

“Our country joins with our partners around the world to deal with the greatest challenges.

“Challenges like climate change are real, and has caused extreme weather in our country and around the Pacific.

“From devastating tropical storms to extreme drought, homes and communities have been damaged and lives have been lost.

“We must prepare for future disasters.”

PM O’Neill admits issues affecting country

Speaking at the Independence Hill to mark the country’s 42 year’s anniversary, O’Neill said our country is very unique as we have tens of thousands of years of history, different cultures but have united as one people.

“We need to focus on what we can do to play a part in our national development – both as individuals and in our communities.

“The opportunities before our country are great, but there is a lot of work ahead for each of us if we are to reach our true national potential.”

AROB Celebrates 42nd Independence in Style

Celebrations started on Friday in Buka Town and continued to Saturday coinciding with the East New Britain Day where hundreds of Tolais who live and work in Bougainville and also those who got married to Bougainvilleans staged various cultural activities.

At the main Hutjena Oval in Buka Town where the twins Celebrations were held, there was excitement unity and peace as the Tolais and Bougainvilleans put on their cultural shows.

Forgotten Yangoru- Saussia people have reason to celebrate

After 41 years of Papua New Guinea’s Independence this isolated villagers scattered in the vast Sepik Plains area  are seening Government services finally reaching them.

Yesterday saw the opening of Boru Health Centre and Timbunangua to Kwaliawa road linking the scattered villagers with Kubalia Station road network  linking onto the  Sepik Highway.

The Konge Ring constituency celebrated in style at Timbunakwa Village to mark the occasion by putting on drama and string band performances because now they will not sleep on the road to travel to Wewak again.

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Check out our line up for this week below.

Happy 41st Independence Anniversary PNG!

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INDEPENDECE DAY LINE UP (16th September)

12:45pmMy Father, My Country

1:45pmAngels of War

2:45pmNew Guinea Patrol

Planning underway for ENB’s Frangipani festival

Go Go Cola is proudly supporting the annual Float Parade.

“The Festival is a fantastic free community event and we are pleased to support the volunteer organising committee,” said Pacific Industries’ Greg Farrell.

"Last year’s Float Parade was a huge success and we’re looking forward to again seeing lots of colour and creativity fill the streets of Rabaul."

The world renowned Engini Baining Fire Dance is this year being sponsored by RAMS.

Gerehu school celebrates Independence day early

Wearing their red, black and gold colours of the country's flag, the students are happy to observe the day.

Principal Joe Rare said the students are having the early celebrations as their third term academic year finishes today.

He said students, teachers and parents are celebrating the occasion to impart a message to the students about the country's history.

He added that the celebration will also feature item presentations from different classes performing.

The Independence anniversary falls on September 16.