Manus Province

Mayor invites political parties to visit province

This was after the People’s Progress Party (PPP) Leader Ben Micah spoke in a public awareness at the Lorengau Market last week, which was packed with both the locals as well as the asylum seekers.

Lorengau town mayor Ruth Mandrakamo said she invited other parties to visit the province, like PPP, and do awareness.

Micah, who is also the Kavieng MP, said the maritime provinces of Manus and New Ireland face similar problems, especially in service delivery.

Manus Islanders work towards addressing sea level rise

The people of Mbuke Island in Manus Province have taken the initiative to find ways to adapt to this natural impact.

Ward councilor Selarn Kaluwin said they’ve been working towards addressing the issue for years now, which is progressing well.

Kaluwin said they already have adaptation plans in place which include coastal rehabilitation programs.

“We are still facing these problems and have looked at options in trying to adapt.

“These include building a sea wall and planting mangroves, which are working really well for us.

​1010 transferees termed as ‘residents’ in Manus

This was what the lawyer representing the chief migration officer and Minister for Immigration, Laias Kandi, told the Supreme Court.

Kandi returned to court on Tuesday afternoon with a list of particulars, as requested by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia on June 22, of all transferees brought to Manus from Australia in 2013. 

They have been categorised into three main groups; those processed and identified as refugees, the asylum seekers currently still undergoing processing and those identified as non-refugees.

Hey…hey… hey … Manus has a tourism association

While those on the main land will be affected in terms of their employment at the processing center, those on the outer islands are now looking at tourism as a way forward.

A tourism seminar was held for the first time this week in Lorengau town that ended with the election of the First Manus Interim Manus Provincial Tourism Association Executives.

Tourism Development Initiatives Proposed Plans were brought up by those in attendance, amongst these was a proposal for the M’buke Islands-Ecotourism and Research & Conservation Plan.

Local scientist concern about the quality of water

The people are mostly using water holes in the bush that don't usually dry up quick.

David Putulan, a Biologists by training LOOP PNG correspondent said there is evidence of contaminants but people are still using the water, mainly for cooking.

"The bright green water surface suggests the heavy presence of cyanobacteria or algae. Eutrophication is taking place as a result of detergents leaking back into the water from women doing laundry", he said.

A legendary water hole that never dries up

Locally, it is called "OCTOPUS WATER" as legend has it that it was occupied by a giant octopus.

According to Legend, there was a warrior called Chongin who was travelling by canoe along the beach when the octopus grabbed the pole he was using to propel the canoe forward.

The giant octopus then told him to bring it to a water hole in the bush so it can live there.

Chongin brought the octopus over to this water hole and came over regularly to feed it.

The octopus instructed Chongin that it will only be fed uncooked protein.