Arawa Christmas In True Spirit

In Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the Christian Life Centre (CLC) celebrated Christmas night with lots of sweet cakes and buns, while watching with the dramatizing of the birth of Jesus Christ played by the Church youth and Sunday School. 

Bougainville chocolate festival returns to Arawa

This year’s festival, to be held in Arawa, Central Bougainville, is expected to draw thousands of people, farmers and international chocolatiers.

It will be the fourth since it began in 2016 and will be staged on Thursday and Friday, 8 and 9 August, 2019.

Festival Co-chair and Secretary for Primary Industries, Thomas Betitis, says a key aim of the festival is to connect Bougainville cocoa farmers and their world class cocoa beans to international markets and buyers.

NASFUND Buka undertakes awareness drive

The trip is part of the overall branch marketing awareness drive to ensure contributing employers are informed and updated about the features of the new system.

The new system will enable employers to load their monthly contributions, create new membership numbers for new staff and other features to save time from driving 4 hours to the NASFUND branch based in Buka town. 

Family sustain injuries following road accident

Police report that the family was traveling from Buka to Arawa in a 10 seater when their vehicle collided with another vehicle belonging to PNG Power Limited.

The family’s vehicle was badly damaged while the children and their mother have been admitted to the Arawa Hospital and are reported to be in critical but stable condition.

The father, Sams Biun, received a wound to his hand.

Biun explained that the other vehicle was at fault because it was on the same lane they were on and speeding which led to the collision.

Arawa polling delayed, voters turned away

Voters assembled at the Marimari Haus Lotu polling venue early this morning only to be turned away by the polling team.

The team of five polling officers and one police officer arrived to find out that the electoral roll is yet to be printed by the electoral office in Bougainville.

The polling team says three polling venues in Ward five, North Nasioi, are yet to receive the electoral rolls as the electoral office in Bougainville has not printed enough.

Lera presents Kobuan SDA with new truck

The truck was funded under the 2016 Provincial Services Improvement Program (PSIP) at the cost of K130, 000.

The ceremony was witness by SDA church members and also the community of Kobuan village whom for the first time have received assistance from the government.

The Kobuan SDA church took the initiative in seeking assistance to improve and strengthen their outreach programs and activities in the region.

ARoB celebrates K8.6m resealed road

This project lays the foundation for greater economic activity in the region.  

The K8.6 million project was delivered as part of Australia’s long-running partnership with the Autonomous Bougainville Government to help maintain Bougainville’s road network. It complements the recent K4.7 million project to seal a number of town roads in Arawa. 

BSP Arawa closure slows business activities

The bank was closed two weeks ago.

This has has resulted in business and local people travelling to Buka for banking.

A concerned businessman in Arawa, Lawrence Matau told Loop PNG that millions of kina worth depositing is now in their hands and they will spend money again to travel to Buka.

“According to the bank staff, communication problems was the issue that causes the closure. This is what really frustrating to us business houses in Arawa as any problems should be fixed in ample time. We don’t want to go to Buka,” Matau said.

Arawa joins in Biggest Morning Tea cancer awareness

The awareness was in support of the PNG Cancer Foundation’s Biggest Morning Tea (BMT) campaign but was rolled out as an open public awareness at Arawa on Friday, May 13.

BMT campaign is a fun and easy way for communities, business houses, friends and family to come together over a cup of tea and start the conversation about cancer.

The campaign gives the people of PNG access to education and information on cancer awareness and prevention during the month of May.

Forgotten warriors need to be rememebered

PNGDF is part and parcel  of the Bougainville peace process but their members are often forgotten when an ex combatant meeting is held on Bougainville.

A former soldier, Lance Corporal Gordon Quito Atona, who was with 1RPIR Bravo Company, shared his thoughts on the situation with Loop PNG.  Lance Corporal Atona is rare, because he comes from Panguna where it all started and coming back to fight with his brothers in the name of the PNG Government made him like the meat in a sandwich.