New Ireland Province

Kumul Cable Lands in New Ireland

The landing of the fiber optic services occurred on Friday 24th April in Kavieng.

The installation of the cable by PNG DataCo and partners was witnessed by New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan.

In a statement, PNG DataCo General Manager for Engineering Services, Tony Morisause, said the landing covers the entire province with distributions covering smaller islands and along the Buluminksy Highway to Namatanai.

He said PNG DataCo will work with New Ireland Provincial Government to ensure the province gets the full benefit of the infrastructure.

Boats sent back to Kokopo

The border has been closed since the state of emergency lockdown.

As of Monday, 6th April, anyone traveling through the Kokopo-Namatanai border is stopped, questioned and directed to return back to Kokopo.

On Good Friday, three boats were refused entry. They were stopped off the coast of Rasirik village, in West Coast Namatanai, by Police.

“Aninit long steit of imejensi, bai mipla ino nap long alawim yupla long kam insait long Namatani,” a police officer on a patrol boat called out through a loudhailer.

Treasurer applauds NIP on COVID-19 preparations

He said Kavieng district was on high alert now that the disease has been detected in neighbouring East New Britain Province.

“The NIPHA has done a highly commendable job in ensuring district and community level awareness and advocacy training with the limited resources available to them,” the Treasurer said.

“I thank Dr Wangnapi, Dr Taulo, Provincial Administrator Lamilla Pawut, Kavieng District Administrator David Lens and the NIP COVID-19 team for delivering training to health workers in clinical management and prevention and control of COVID-19.

New Ireland a natural disaster casualty: Governor

This includes people missing at sea, roads and bridges being washed away, landslips and food gardens destroyed.

At least three Council areas in the Namatanai district have been cut off completely, making it difficult to access services in Namatanai town.

One of the worst hit areas is the Matalai LLG in the Namatanai District, which is Governor Sir Julius Chan’s locality. He said the damages caused by mother nature are costly and will require great assistance from the Government.

New Ireland’s unique Council of Elders

The annual event, which started in 2009, is unique to New Ireland Province.

180 local men and women leaders started arriving by boat on November 6th for the three-day forum at Tatau, which was officially opened that same evening by chairman of the Council of Elders, Sir Noel Levi.

The official opening was witnessed by Governor Sir Julius Chan and his guest, Northern Province Governor Gary Juffa.

Fully outfitted truck presented to Lokono women

Former Transport Minister and current Minister for Public Service, Westley Nukundj, kept his word after making a promise to help the village two months ago during the opening of the Kaut to Lokono road, which he had the honour of launching. 

The Minister noted at the time that now that the people of Lokono had a decent road that provided access to the Boluminski Highway, and on to Kavieng.

He believed it would be of great economic benefit to the people if the women had reliable transport to get their produce to the Kavieng Market.

Grand celebration for Boluminski Highway

The event is set for February 27th and 28th of this year.

This follows the announcement by the Governor, Sir Julius Chan, tasking the Works Manager, Solomon Pela, as Chairman of the Organising Committee.

He will take the lead and assemble the biggest celebration of feasting and dancing assisted by the Deputy Chairman, Memafu Kapera, who is the CEO for Tourism.

Lihir royalty payment update

This was from 1997-September 2018, as part of its socio-economic commitment to the province and the country.

In the quarter July-September 2018, Newcrest paid K15,091,680 to the stakeholders.

NIPG received K7,545,840 (50 percent), NLLG received K4,527,504 (30 percent) and Lihir SML block owners received K3,018,336 (20 percent). These portions (percentage) have been agreed upon, through a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by the State, NIPG, NLLG and SML block owners.

Academic clarifies use of ‘maimai’ title

UPNG Political Science academic *Patrick Kaiku, who is also a New Irelander, says maimai (chief) is a specific leadership title of the people of Tikana or generally, the Kavieng area.

“There are rituals, usually connected to the Malagan ceremonies that are specific to this leadership style of the Tikana clans.

“The Namatanais have their own indigenous names for leadership titles – I believe kabasit is the title. In New Hanover we have the Passingan title, and so on and so forth.”

AC1 improvements boost Lihir production

The improvements were implemented on eight agitator assemblies in AC1 which enabled an extended operating campaign.

The agitator assemblies were removed during a major shutdown in June 2017 and replaced with a trial modified agitator blade assembly design that had been developed with the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and paint modelling.