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.

About K6m for NIP buildings

“These two buildings took us almost 3-and-a-half years to build as we were over worried about costs and submitted cheap costs to the contractors,” Governor Sir Julius Chan told Loop PNG.

The Namatanai Government Haus is worth K2.5 million while the Government Official Residence Kavieng is about K3.5 million.

“And by any comparison, even today’s price, it is very cheap. If you do a building like that in Port Moresby, you’ll be very lucky to get any less than K12-15 million.

Prisoners clean up Kavieng town

Inmates from the Kavieng Correctional Institution are preparing the provincial capital for the opening of the Government Official Residence on Friday, March 16.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, along with a number of Government ministers, will be participating in the event.

Prior to that, Government dignitaries will be travelling to Namatanai, from East New Britain, for the official opening of the government house on Thursday, March 15.

Construction of the Namatanai Government House started in 2016.


​Kavieng polling underway

However, as experienced by other electorates in the country, some of the residents’ names were not on the common roll.

“It is still too early to tell whether most, or just some, of the residents have been excluded on the roll,” Kavieng returning officer, Yuyu Lasbut, told Loop PNG.

She says polling materials were successfully distributed during the weekend, hence the smooth start.

Voting for the province will end on July 3.

Kavieng children proud of school buildings

The properties were officially opened by the local MP, Ben Micah, in the presence of Governor Sir Julius Chan, PEC members and Chiefs last Friday.

Headmistress of Lasiliba Primary School, Remis Eron, told the delegation that the completion of the building projects were a long time coming and the people are now excited they have come to fruition.

She said the projects were possible through the donation of K100,000 by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, during his visit to the New Ireland in 2013. 

Government is bankrupt, claims Sir Julius

The definition of wealth, he says, is when people are rich, self-reliant and have improved living standards.

However, the Government keeps on borrowing money to repay loans while funding projects at the same time, claims the former prime minister.

He says we need good leaders who can lead during these difficult times and into the future.

Sir Julius made these remarks on Tuesday, during the launching of Kavieng district’s ward trucks, tractors and cooking ovens at the Kopkop showground.

Over 300 participate in Kavieng’s Biggest Morning Tea

The campaign gives people access to education and information on cancer awareness and prevention during the month of May.

PNGCF has registered 57 BMTs and Kavieng is among 37 of those that are being hosted outside of Port Moresby.

The event took place in the Ward Market in Kavieng Town including residents and business houses.

BMT is a fun and easy way for communities, business houses, friends and family to come together over a cup of tea and start the conversation about cancer.

New Ireland to participate in Kenu and Kundu festival in 2016

Minister for State Enterprises and Kavieng MP Ben Micah told the people of Milne Bay of this on Friday at the opening of the festival.

He said although it is not part of their culture, New Irelanders will be participating to maintain the standard of tourism industry in the country.

Micah said it is about  time PNG breaks through all the barriers that are “holding us back’’ and work together to boost the industry.

He was accompanied by government ministers on Air Niugini’s test flight from Brisbane to Alotau’s airport at Gurney.

Kavieng learning from netball champs

 Kavieng have sent an U21 team and a senior team to these championships.

The U21 team lost five games but managed a win over Central (2).

But coach Wendy Ugui says she is still pleased with the team’s performance, saying the players have gained a lot from the championships.

“Most of the girls have never been out of their own province. We only won  one game but am still a happy coach.

“We have quite a young team and we can take back what we have learnt and work from there to improve ourselves,” said Ugai.