Kavieng

Dash 8 to service Kavieng

The Dash 8 operations have commenced today (Friday 1st May) and will continue for the rest of the month.

“Air Niugini will be operating five weekly services to Kavieng on Dash 8 aircraft on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, with flights via Rabaul on certain days,” stated the airline.

“Air Niugini regrets the inconvenience this may cause to the traveling public, however the situation is beyond the airline’s control.

“We expect to return to our usual Fokker jet services by the end of this month.”

Kavieng inmate diagnosed with measles

 

According to provincial disease control officer Maria Sabok, the result came from tests done at the Central Public Health laboratory in Port Moresby recently.

Sabok said health workers carried out a mass vaccination on 335 inmates including 154 officers and their families, and reported this case.

The inmate has been vaccinated.

She told TV Wan news that they have enough vaccines to continue the program.

The National Department of Health also reported measles being detected in the Gulf Province.

Kavieng upgrades physical outlook

Major road upgrading work centered on the second phase of the Kavavu Avenue and other main streets are underway.

The office of the Governor reported that priming was done to the last stretch of Kavanu Avenue and other town roads.

What was labeled as one of the worst roads starting from the Kavieng Airport and towards town, is getting positive feedback from residents and visitors alike.

Sir Julius Chan said each milestone being achieved for the province here on, is for the people.

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New Ireland activities in full swing

The race course, although short, was a real entertainer.

The racers gunned off in their traditional dugout canoes from the Malagan Beach Resort to the Kavieng Market wharf.

Japeth Demas and Duks Eremas sailed past the finish line to be crowned winners for the male and female categories respectively.

This is just the start to the 2018 New Ireland Day in Kavieng, where a full day of activities is planned.

Kavieng kick starts celebrations

The arrival of kinawais from Tanga Island and Susurunga set the tempo for the 2 day celebrations.

Up next is a kanu (canoe) race, followed by the day's proceedings.

Celebrations are underway with the theme: 'Ours Ahead – Yumi Yet Nau'.

The event expects a huge turnout as Sir Julius Chan's 50th Anniversary in PNG politics coincides with the Provincial Day.

The whole province is also on public holiday today.

A ‘colourful’ morning for Kavieng

This comes after the Islands Petroleum Kavieng branch held it’s annual charity colour run.

This is the second time for the event to be held as with other centre’s around the country.

Over 500 residents and visitors took part in this morning’s event.

Kaviengs Islands Petroleum branch Manager Sutharsan Shingarabelu confirmed that up to K22,000 was raised from the event.

Projects to improve women, girls’ lives

Through this objective, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) rolled out projects in 9 local level governments in Kavieng district, including coastal areas.

In most communities throughout Papua New Guinea, women and girls perform the traditional role of collecting water for drinking, cooking and cleaning; this project will provide new water wells as well as ventilated toilet systems for women and girls who walk long distances to collect water.

Chan welcomes Julie Bishop

The Australian minister visited the governor's residence in Kavieng town to discuss bilateral matters.

She was treated to a traditional welcome by locals and school children at the Kavieng Airport and will proceed to visit the marine hatchery and training facility at Nago Island.

The visit will enable strategies of development into improving technical and institutional capacity to support development of mariculture-based livelihood and industry in New Ireland Province.

The facility has a start duration from January 2016 to 2020 and a budget of $1,741,605.

Australian Minister arrives in Kavieng

This is the second day of a three-day official bilateral visit to PNG.

The official visit to Kavieng will include discussions on bilateral trade and investment opportunities for the province.

The Australia Minister, who arrived in Port Moresby yesterday, had a meeting with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Pato and discussed the status of the First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1), stating it was successful.

Bishop says the status of PNG hosting the APEC summit in November this year is very important for the region.

Kavieng MP protests new buildings

The Kavieng MP and Finance and Treasury Shadow Minister, Ian Ling-Stuckey, was nowhere to be seen when a delegation of Government ministers, including New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, were received with much fanfare on Friday (March 16).

When contacted, Ling-Stuckey told this newsroom that he did not accept his invitation in protest of the wrongful priorities of the governor.

“The provincial government under Chan has completely lost touch with grassroots’ needs and confused its priorities,” stated the local MP.