Hoskins flights resumed

Flights between January 5th and 11th are for passengers already holding tickets. There are no restrictions on passengers travelling into Hoskins during this period.

“Passengers departing Hoskins will be required to undertake a rapid COVID test at the airport prior to the flight.  This takes 20-25 minutes for the result, so passengers are requested to arrive early,” said ANG.

“From 12th January to 21st January, as per instructions from the Controller, all passenger flights are then cancelled to and from Hoskins.

Tauvoria mini-supermarket opens for business

Willie Douglas is enjoying the profits of his business, and serving his community.

Located about 60km from Kimbe town, Galilo villagers in West New Britain have experienced difficulty in accessing essential services like the bank, and shops.

Mr Douglas, a subsistence farmer, decided to bring some of these services closer to his village, by establishing his mini supermarket ‘Tauvoria Ltd’.

The facility has bank agents, Salim Moni Kwik services, a stationary supply shop, and even a printing office.

Further suspension of Hoskins flights

The airport authority, National Airports Corporation, has issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) advising the temporary closure of the Hoskins aerodrome.

The situation is being monitored on a daily basis and the resumption of flights will depend on the volcanic activity.  

Passengers who are traveling to Hoskins are reminded not to travel at this time as you may be stranded in Port Moresby. Should passengers insist to travel, all costs will be at their own expense.

Air Niugini appreciates the traveling public’s understanding on this matter.

PX suspends Hoskins flights

As a precaution, Air Niugini has suspended this afternoon’s and tomorrow morning’s flights.

In a statement, the airline said: “A risk assessment will be carried out tomorrow, Thursday morning, to determine if flights shall resume or not.

“All passengers traveling to and from Hoskins are advised to call flight information number 327 3300 after 09:00 tomorrow morning to check on the status of the Hoskins flights.

WNB Governor emphasizes importance of education

West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel uttered this remarks when officially opening a K50, 000 worth elementary classroom at Buluma in the Hoskins area today.

WNB Governor Sasindran Muthuvel in his official speech said education is the web that keeps community intact because it opens up individual mindsets and enhances each member of the community to become proactive in contributing meaningfully to its development and added that education gives hope for the future generation.

The Buluma elementary school new classroom costs about K50 000.

​Villagers start their own housing scheme

Vovosi village leaders have agreed to use their Lucas sawmill to cut and process timbers for the neighbouring villages after completing houses in their village.

Located about 5 kilometres from the nearest Hoskins station, Vovosi village is the only community in the Hoskins Local Level Government area that is yet to plant oil palm.

However, in spite of that, the villagers have come up with an initiative to make use of their timbers.

They have bought a used Lucas sawmill and decided to help build houses.

WNB graduates 833 elementary teachers

Teachers around the Kandrian, Gloucester, Mosa, Hoskins, Talasea, Cenaka, Bali/Vitu, Kaliai/Kove and East Nakanai converged at the Gavuvu SSEC church ground for the workshop. It started on July 4 and ended with a graduation ceremony on August 19.

The training was based on the Self Instruction Unit (SIU) and the Mix Mode. It focused on teachers who had been teaching without certification since 2007, said Provincial Elementary Training Coordinator for West New Britain, Mary Aumie.

Air Niugini unveils ‘ Hoskins’

The naming of the aeroplane will coincide with the PNG Games in November which West New Britain is hosting.

Air Niugini chairman Sir Frederick Reiher said the naming also shows the contributions the province has contributed to Air Niugini for its services.

The event is significant to WNB Province as the PNG Games logo was also on the aircraft promoting the Games in Kimbe as it flies around the country.

The event was witnessed by Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, Provincial Administrator Williamson Hosea and the team from HOC.

Air Niugini executives fly on PNG Air plane

Dominic Kaumu, Air Niugini general manager marketing and Marco McConnell, ground operations and aviation security, boarded the plane for the first time since they have been working with Air Niugini.

Kaumu in his page on social media outlet Facebook posted: “History in the making. In all my thirty seven years serving the national airline, I am boarding this airline for the very first time.. PX still is my no.1 airline.”