2016 Papua New Guinea Independence Day celebrations

Gulf contributed a lot to PNG, says Kavo

Governor Havila Kavo, in his 41st independence anniversary messages to his people in Kerema town last Friday, said Gulf has contributed two prime ministers, two deputy prime ministers and three Governor-Generals to develop this great nation for prosperity.

Kavo said Gulf leaders were not selfish but concentrated more on national issues to develop PNG.

He said if they concentrated more on Gulf, the province would be more developed than the rest of the provinces in PNG.  

Valley sees fireworks for the first time

The fireworks, from Port Moresby, lit the valley and the Yonki Township for approximately six minutes.

This small electricity township went all out during its celebrations. It hosted a flag raising ceremony at the Independence Park followed by traditional singsing and of course, the spectacular fireworks.

The flag raising commenced at dawn by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) from the Lae-based Engineering Battalion.

The independence breakfast was cancelled due to heavy downpour but a combined joint forces parade went ahead as planned.

Gaire Village to mark Independence with gospel fiesta

The five-day celebration will commence on September 13-17 with the theme ‘United with one mind, let us restore and declare God’s sovereignty’.

The denominations involved include United Church, The Salvation Army, Seventh-Day Adventist and CRC.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 13, with a marching band with the Governor for Central Province, Kila Haoda, to officiate.

Activities to follow include an outreach program and community service where a beach clean-a-thon will take place.

Independence Day fever building up in Port Moresby

Black, red and gold merchandise can be found at every turn of the corner, coupled with the flags of the 22 provinces in various sizes.

A good number of young boys are seen walking around, some standing at traffic lights along the Waigani drive, bus stops and main market areas, giving commuters the opportunity to get a flag for K2 or K5.

Spotted along the Waigani traffic lights outside Vision City was 17-year-old Joe (just Joe) from Six-Mile.