East New Britain Province

New sea ambulance for Pomio

Health Minister Jelta Wong officiated at the event in the presence of New Zealand High Commissioner Phillip Taula.

Taula visited East New Britain from July 23 to the 26th upon invitation by Minister for Health & HIV and Gazelle MP, Jelta Wong. The aim was for him to see some of the New Zealand funded projects in the province and identify potential opportunities for partnership.

Families homeless after widespread flooding

Newly appointed Caritas coordinator of the Archdiocese of Rabaul, Fr. Gabriel Pabet, had the chance to visit some of these families who are currently taking refuge at St. Joseph’s Malagunan Parish hall, and also visited the village to make his own assessment.

He said Malagunan No 3 village comprises of five zones, of which zones 1 and 2 consist of seven small Christian communities and are the ones heavily affected, noting that the number of families affected is due to rise as more people are entering the Parish grounds.

M6.8 quake rattles ENB

The Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory (PMGO) says the earthquake, which occurred about 40km South-West of Pomio, was a result of interaction between the South Bismarck and Solomon Plates.

“The earthquake was felt in Rabaul but no damage from this earthquake has been reported, however, communications in the Pomio area are challenging,” said the PMGO.

“Based on the available data, it is unlikely that this earthquake would have generated a tsunami. 

K20,000 backing for Frangipani festival

A cheque of K20,000 was presented to the event organiser, Susie McGrade, of the Rabaul Historical Society earlier this week.

Trukai Industries Ltd General Manager Sales and Marketing, Andrew Daubney, said Trukai continues to support such cultural events because they provide an avenue to help provide income opportunities for the local communities and at the same time, help promote and keep PNG cultures alive.

Grandfather guilty of rape

Acting Judge David Susame convicted the man in Kokopo recently after a trial.

The incident took place when the girl was 15 years old. The man was the biological brother of the girl’s grandfather and was living with the family.

The court was told at 4 in the afternoon, on 30th June 2011, the accused met the girl outside of Anderson’s Supermarket where she was waiting to catch a PMV to Gelegele.

110 games for Puara

After the 2018 Intrust Super Cup round 23, Wartovo Puara Jnr has now played a total of 110 games, and isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.

Puara Jnr has been with the SP PNG Hunters since 2014.

From Vunadidir in East New Britain Province, the 28-year-old started off with his local club, the Rabaul Agmark Gurias, in 2011.

After three years with the Gurias, he joined the SP Hunters and boasts the title of ‘the most kept player’, alongside teammate Adex Wera.

“The experience has been good for us,” Puara said.

Frustrations reach boiling point, students clash with villagers

ENB provincial police commander, Joseph Tabali, said the crux of the issue was similar to that of Gelegele; constant harassment and attack of students and staff by locals in surrounding villages.

“Those nearby villagers have been attacking students and robbing them when they catch bus from Kokopo to the campus,” PPC Tabali told Loop PNG.

He further pointed out a number of cases that had eventually led to the clash on Sunday, May 27th.

SP Export claims naming rights to Mask Festival

A contract was signed yesterday in Port Moresby between the Festival Committee and SP Brewery to formalise an undisclosed sponsorship package.

The agreement solidifies a potentially long term partnership between the committee and the Brewery.

SP Brewery Marketing Manager, Josh Wheeler, said today that cultural preservation in a constantly evolving world is critical for Papua New Guinea.

And they are proud to be supporting the Festival preserve PNG culture for future generations.

ENB Christmas operations underway

ENB Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tabali, is appealing to the people of East New Britain to make it their business to keep their celebrations indoors.

He said for residents to be mindful of the recent breakout at the Kerevat prison and that police are still on high alert in recapturing them.

“Especially for women and young girls, they should not be seen walking around alone but be accompanied by a male figure.”

He adds that due to the recent breakout of escapees, it is still quite unsafe for residents to be roaming about this festive season.

New projects for Pomio communities

The projects will be co-funded by Digicel PNG Foundation and the local member’s office and Minister for Public Service, Elias Kapavore.

Pomio is the first district in the 10th government to work in collaboration with Digicel PNG Foundation to respond to the community’s health and education needs.

Digicel PNG Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru, said the Foundation seeks opportunities to work together to leverage resources, share strengths, increase efficiency and reduce overlap to tackle PNG’s social issues.