Our Lady of Fatima arrives in Buka

And never in the church history on Bougainville a huge crowd and traffic congestion was experienced but today only from the airport up to the Hahela church it took a full hour to reach the Kubu hilltop from the Buka airport.

The statue of our lady of Fatima arrived on an Air niugini flight to a huge crowd.

Police were engaged to provide security and control the traffic.

The statue was flown in from Port Moresby and will tour the whole of the autonomous Region of Bougainville including the very remote parishes like Nissan Island and Paruparu.

Air Niugini relocates office in Buka

The office has been relocated to China town near the intersection of Buka town from Patenhai Properties at Hago street. The new office has great facilities including a standby generator and is fully air conditioned. It is one of the few buildings in Buka, if not the first to have glass panels.

Air Niugini General Manager, Customers and Markets Dominic Kaumu when opening the new office on Monday (June 6, 2016) said customer service is very important to Air Niugini and the relocation of the office now ensures customers have easy access to Air Niugini services.

Raibro Ltd starts work on next stretch of road

The contract was officially signed by ABG Vice President Patrick Nisira and Raibro Managing Director Kieran Brown. The contract is worthK 21 million and will start from Salasa Village in the Hagogohe constituency all the way to Hagus Village in the Halia constituency.

Suspects arrested in Bougainville

The three are awaiting their court appearance while two other suspects are on the run.

Inspector for police and regional commander Spencer Aili says the incident occurred on October 15 between 1am and 3am.

He said goods worth more than K13, 000 was stolen.

The suspects used a bolt cutter to cut the lock from the iron door, then used force to open the inside.


Buka residents call for fire safety help

Public servants residing in government houses and also business houses within the vicinity of Buka town and surrounding suburbs are first on the list who want them.

A house belonging to the NBC Manager in Buka, which was recently  burnt down, this has prompted other residents to call  authorities to act.

Contractors  given new houses  to build should include fire extinguishers to be installed in all newly built houses and also  for extinguishers to be placed in the existing ones.


Buka, Kokopo to revel with NRL in the Park

Last Saturday, 20 February, Madang residents celebrated the upcoming NRL season with a successful community fun day at Laiwaden Oval, whilst Buka and Kokopo residents have their turn this Saturday, 27 February.

Hundreds of Madang residents enjoyed a special guest performance by music sensation Nathan Nakikus and participated in fun footy games, where some participants received great prizes.

Lad from Buka second winner of 100 000 kina from Digicel

Torriai who lives in Buka was given the life changing news yesterday afternoon via a phone call from Digicel's Assistant Marketing Manager, Peggy Maha.

The 25 year old was lost for words and it took a  few seconds for the news to sink in.

The win is an early birthday present for Torriai who will celebrate his birthday on February 16th.

Maha said the competition will run for two more weeks with the winners to be announced every Monday.

She said the first winners of the live draws 100 000 kina and the next 9 winners get 1000 kina each.

Top cops on Buka to plan for ‘modernisation’

The arrival of the officers flooded the small Buka Township after they were warmly received at the airport on Saturday with Bougainville bamboo bands.

Commissioner of Police Gari Baki and his two acting deputies, Raphael Huafolo (Administration) and Jim Andrews, led Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs), Provincial Police Commanders (PPCs) and metropolitan superintendents.

Australia Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Allan Scott was also part of the group for what is scheduled to be a week-long conference.

BSP completes deal for Westpac’s Solomons business

The completion of the sale was done last week after both banks obtained necessary statutory, regulatory and third party approvals from the Central Bank of Solomon Islands.

The acquisition process started early this year, and in July, BSP acquired  the Westpac operations in Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga.

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.