New Ireland

MPs Urged To Upgrade Facilities

Chief Ombudsman Richard Pagen and senior staff from the Ombudsman Commission made this request following their visit to Kavieng yesterday.

They further asked the MPs to extend the lockup in Kavieng to avoid containing men, women and juveniles in the same cells.

The visit to Kavieng follows their trip to Manus on Monday.

The Member for Kavieng, on behalf of the Kavieng District Development Authority, was delighted to host the meeting held at the Nusa Island retreat.

Tikana Council Chamber Opened

New Ireland Governor, Sir Julius Chan who officiated at the event said the new chamber captures the high status of authority and governance.

The council chamber was built at a cost of K700, 000.

“You are not only ward councilors but are law makers. You have the power of making laws and oversee the proper implementation of those laws for the good of our people.

“I want the people to realize that the office of the president and ward councilor and their roles and duties are legal under the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Governments,”
said Governor Chan.

‘Shark calling’: locals claim ancient custom threatened by seabed mining

To catch a shark in the waters off Papua New Guinea, first the men sing.

They sing the names of their ancestors and their respects to the shark. They shake a coconut rattle into the sea, luring the animals from the deep, and then catch them by hand.

The custom, called “shark calling”, is practised in the villages of Messi, Kono and Kontu on the west coast of New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea, a country of about 9 million people just north of Australia.

NIP Pioneers Carbon Trading

Spearheading the project is company NIHT Topaiyo in partnership with REDD+. New Ireland through the Konoagil LLG has put PNG on the world map by becoming the 15th Country out of 4,500 projects worldwide to start paying out carbon credits.

CEO of NI Holdings Essrom Toligur gave an update of the project during the opening of the Todave Council Chamber at Silur, Konoagil LLG on August 25.

Rugby 7s Tournament Gets Support

The supported was extended to 36 rugby teams from New Ireland Province who will converge in Kavieng to participate in the Douglas Guise Rugby 7s Cup in Kavieng from the 16th to 18th of September.

Nancy Inai, Skel Rice Brand Manager said: “An emphasis is placed on encouraging healthy living and active lifestyle within the community.

She also said: “Sport contributes to the positive development of individuals and the community at large. It also keeps our youths occupied and focused, as such we are pleased to support through this donation.”

District Rollout Project

Villagers received water tanks, color bond sheets, ovens, pig fence and solar lighting units for families.

Lelet is located in the hinterlands of Sentral Niu Ailan Local Level Government where the high altitude and the cold climate contributes immensely to the production of best fruits and vegetables in the Namatanai District but has not seen service delivery in a long while.

Member for Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt assured locals that the Belhat Development Project was delivered to their doorsteps and more was expected.

New Staff House For Maiom

The New Ireland Provincial Government places education as top priority and focuses on Academic learning and infrastructure to improve the overall outlook and performance of a school.

It showed this by providing one hundred thousand kina through its infrastructure support grant to Maiom Primary School, for the housing project. The project completion faced administrative issues from its initial startup, and this caused delays in 2019. The school was still happy to see its completion this year.

New Ireland For Financial Inclusion

Bank of PNG Governor and Chairman of CEFI, Mr Loi Bakani and Governor for New Ireland Sir Julius Chan signed the MOU that will promote the integration of financial inclusion in the province’s administration planning and implementation processes.

CEFI will work closely with staff of the provincial administration to train and build their capacity and knowledge to roll out financial literacy and business development services training to the wider population, targeting women and youth.

Unverified Kavieng Airport claim: Treasurer

Ling-Stuckey said during formal meetings conducted with the Minister for Civil Aviation, Sekie Agisa, the National Airports Corporation CEO, Ephraim Wasem, and senior officers, he was advised that there was no legal basis for the compensation claim of K10 million for portion 49.

Similar sentiments were shared recently by the Secretary for Lands as well.

NIP approves betelnut markets, control measures

The PEC meeting on June 16 has restricted the chewing and spitting of buai at public places.

The approvals will regulate and guide the already existing betelnut policy under the New Ireland Betelnut Management Act 2013.

New Ireland will not ban buai as it is linked to their traditions and cultures. However, it will restrict sales at urban centres, in public transport, shopping centres and shops, hospitals and other public venues.

There will be total ban of betelnut chewing in all Government offices.