East New Britain

Rarongo Theological College graduates inspired

The event on Sunday November 19 in East New Britain was attended by distinguished guests, proud parents and the 45 graduating students.

76-year-old Sir Moi Avei, known for this wisdom, integrity and dedication to serving the nation, captivated the audience with his powerful works. He commended the hard work and perseverance of the graduates and emphasized the significance of their chosen paths

Works planned for Tokua

This is to ensure the return of jet services by Air Niugini (ANG), as currently the defects on the runway can only allow ANG’s Q400 and Dash 8 aircraft to land.

Apart from Air Niugini, PNG Air’s biggest fleet – ATR, which is similar in size to ANG’s Q400, are using the airport.

NAC Tokua Airport operations manager, Russell Paliai, said there are three phases of work that are planned for the airport, beginning with the post emergency works on the terminal facility.

He said this is to repair damages done after the September break in by a group of armed men.

ENBPA signs deals with local firms

The programs are being rolled out under the ENB Provincial Administration’s divisions of community development and lands and physical planning.

The 14 service providers were at the Kokopo Primary School hall on Wednesday, November 15th, to sign their service level agreements (SLA) with the Acting ENB Provincial Administrator, Levi Mano.

ENB doctors threaten to withdraw services

President of National Doctors Association East New Britain branch and senior surgeon, Dr Kevin Lapu, presented a petition to the Member for Rabaul Dr. Allan Marat, Acting Provincial Administrator Levi Mano and Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Januarus Vosivai yesterday in Rabaul.

This is following the recent violence that has left three people dead, homes burnt, and the town still under threat of reprisal by conflicting parties.

Provincial authorities have been given a deadline of Monday 20 November 2023 to respond to the petition.

Kokopo mayor sent to two years imprisonment

Bonga was found guilty by the Kokopo District Court for dangerous driving causing death.

The defendant, 43 years, from Takubar village, Kokopo Vunamami Urban LLG in East New Britain Province was charged with one count of dangerous driving, causing the death of Jack Livuan, father of three on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at about 4 am along the Vunamami Bitawawar road.

K10,000 for PNG athletes

Athletics PNG is responsible for flying athletes into Port Moresby as well as payment of the levy fees of K2000 per person and the costs of their lead-up preparations.

NSI-based Adolf Kauba and Lae-based Scholastic Herman flew into Port Moresby and onto Brisbane on Monday last week along with NCD-based Eldan Toti.

The athletes are spending a little over three weeks at the Gold Coast before travelling to Honiara in time for the Athletic competition which commences on 27 November.

PM Marape opens bridges in Pomio

These two bridges were the 84-metre Toto Bridge and Unung Bridge, which is about 100 metres in length. Both bridges are located within the West Pomio LLG and are about 8 kilometres apart, with Unung furthest to the border of the two LLGs of West and Central Pomio.

The PM was accompanied by National Ministers Renbo Paita, Solan Mirisim and Joe Sungi to the district headquarters to launch the bridges and the ENB Provincial Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2023-2033.

Double celebrations in ENB

The other two LLGs are Toma in the Gazelle District and Kombiu in Rabaul District.

The programs were held in four locations to cater for the scattered communities within Sinivit LLG and the neighbouring wards in the two other LLGs.

The celebrations began on Friday, September 15 – a declared Public Holiday by the national government – and concluded today (Tuesday), to observe the 29th anniversary of the volcanic eruptions that destroyed the former provincial capital in Rabaul town in 1994.

All flights to Rabaul Suspended

This is following vandalism at Tokua airport yesterday where the terminal sustained significant damage.

PNG Air in a statement cited safety concerns as the primary reason for this indefinite suspension.

It confirmed that flights will remain suspended until PNG Air can ensure safe operations in the province.

“The decision was made in the interest of passenger safety and to address the challenging circumstances on the ground,” it stated.

Island leaders meet in Kokopo

Host province Governor, Michael Marum and provincial government officials welcomed the first group of leaders and delegates starting on Saturday evening. The rest of the meeting parties arrived Sunday morning in Kokopo.

Two meetings will take place in Kokopo: the Forum Fisheries Committee meeting to discuss the United States Treaty regarding funds distribution and the East New Britain (ENB) Initiative.