Last NYE fireworks for Lamana

Famous for its fireworks display on New Year’s Eve (NYE) in Port Moresby, Lamana Hotel has announced that tonight will be its last time to host the fireworks show.

For years, the Lamana Gold Club has done the show for the thousands of people in Port Moresby that take on the streets at Hohola, Waigani, Gordons and so many other neighbourhoods to watch the spectacle.

Lamana Hotel general manager Yiannis Nicolaou said they have been doing this show for free as their contribution to the people of Moresby and Papua New Guinea.

Nicolaou said that the only place available, safe and convenient for them to do the show is the new Treasury building.

However, the management of the building has decided this will be the last time Lamana will be using their premises.

“I don’t understand the reason but they have the right to say so even though it is a government building and the show is for the people of this country.

“We have not been getting paid to do that and we don’t want money for it. All we want is a bit of space to do the show. The show is Lamana’s show and it has to stay close to us,” said Nicolaou.

Nicolaou added that despite not receiving any acknowledgement from the government for what the hotel does for city residents every NYE, all it wants is a bit of cooperation in regards to space.

The NYE show has become a tradition for everybody in Moresby just like in every other country.

Quintina Naime