New Ireland Province

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.

Turning point for NIP: Governor

This was the message from New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan after the July 12th Inter Government Agreement signing between the Government and New Ireland, East New Britain and Enga Province.

A determined and satisfied Governor conveyed that the signing was a historical moment, a turning point for the country and a win for his people and generations to come.

New Ireland leaders issue warning to outsiders

As a result, the New Ireland Provincial Government has kicked off a series of awareness programs on lawlessness in public areas.
The first outreach was staged on July 7th at the Kavieng town market.

Speaking at the event was the Chief executive officer for administration and Public order, Roboam Paka, and First secretary to the Governor, Robin Brown.

Officer Paka said by nature New Irelanders are very peaceful people, but people from outside have brought in with them their criminal behaviour.

New Ireland elders urged to clarify stance

During World Ocean Day last month, the Alliance of Solwara Warriors reiterated that the development of new ocean industries, such as deep seabed mining, is a shared concern and responsibility.

“It will be very interesting to see which side they support. Are they going to be concerned about our culture, customs and traditions?

“Their leadership as custodians of our natural resources is very important,” said the Alliance in a statement.  

“Can they see beyond their noses and expose their true colour of leadership or are they politically bestowed the titles of chief?

Boluminski Highway sealing underway

The K39.4 million project is being delivered through the Papua New Guinea - Australia Partnership, with the support of the New Ireland Provincial Government.

Australia is committed to supporting a prosperous Papua New Guinea. Works along the Boluminski Highway will help business and local communities access markets and services and boost the tourism industry in New Ireland Province.

Department of Works Secretary, David Wereh, is pleased to see the project progressing well.

Projects to improve women, girls’ lives

Through this objective, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) rolled out projects in 9 local level governments in Kavieng district, including coastal areas.

In most communities throughout Papua New Guinea, women and girls perform the traditional role of collecting water for drinking, cooking and cleaning; this project will provide new water wells as well as ventilated toilet systems for women and girls who walk long distances to collect water.

New pre-school for NIP

The pre-school will provide the children with a place to learn and play.

The pre-school is the result of a partnership between the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program, local NGO Recreating the Village, and the local community. Construction of the pre-school was completed in 2017 and it has been open for students from the beginning of the 2018 school year.

James Buttigieg, First Secretary from the Australian High Commission, officially opened the school on 27 February 2018.

New, high standard buildings for NIP

Governor for New Ireland, Sir Julius Chan, said the two buildings now give confidence to New Ireland to welcome any important and high profile world leaders to visit and have the quality and standard of accommodation appropriate for their status. 

This has never been possible before, says the governor, and he is satisfied that they have invested in the buildings.