New Ireland

New Ireland schools close

New Hanover Secondary School, in Kavieng district, is one of the 11 secondary schools in the maritime province that will be closing this week.

Principal Fredrick Mahisu said they are in week 5 of term 2, and there is still no funding.

“We cannot continue to operate on credit,” he told this newsroom. 

“We have over 500 students from grades 9-12. We cannot keep them any longer in school because we have no food to feed them. And it’s especially difficult for remote island schools like us.”

Kavieng man killed by intruders

The deceased was in his yard, located at Pawa House Settlement, with a family member and an Anitua Security guard when around 10 suspects jumped over his fence between 1.20am and 2am.

Kavieng police reported that the intruders overpowered the guard and ordered him to lie face down on the ground, and shot the deceased. 

When he crumpled to the ground, the suspects abandoned their plan and fled. 

“About 4 minutes later, the Anitua backup vehicle arrived at the scene and took him to the hospital,” said Kavieng police. 

Legal awareness campaign conducted in Nalik

On Monday, April 22nd, dedicated officials from the East Coast Nalik Village Court conducted awareness in the villages of Lamalawa, Bol, Kama, Fatmilak and Kafkaf.

Friends allegedly aid in woman’s death

The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of Kavieng Police alluded to jealousy, which resulted in the death of 40-year-old Joylyne Dion. 

It was alleged that suspect Andy Noel, nicknamed ‘Master’, had a relationship with the late Joylyne.

He saw her walking home with two men when he suspected her of having an affair. 

Between 9pm and 3am, on March 1st and 2nd, Andy and four of his friends got intoxicated and went to see Joylyne at the village camp. 

There, police said a small copra knife was used to slash open her throat. 

Joint Venture Expands Seafood Export

This strategic alliance unlocks direct access to lucrative Chinese markets for New Ireland's abundant marine bounty, including crabs, prawns, and crayfish.

The Joint Venture Agreement, signed amidst the buzz of the Provincial Executive Meeting on Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 in Kavieng, signals a bold move into the fishing industry.

Driver Sought After Uiam Bridge Collapse

Works Manager Collen Dickson, during his briefing to the Provincial Implementation Committee, disclosed that the elusive driver remains at large.

In response to the incident, the Namatanai Building and Civil Ltd (NBC), a subsidiary of the Namatanai District Development Authority (DDA), has been officially notified to spearhead the construction of a replacement bridge at the site.

New Ireland opens legal year

The event, held at the Kavieng National Court House, witnessed the presence of esteemed members of the legal community, government officials, and representatives from the law and justice sector.

The proceedings commenced at 8:30 am with a dignified march along Boluminski Road, led by members of the disciplinary forces, including the Police and Correctional Service. Justice Pitpit inspected a guard of honour before proceeding to the United Church grounds for the dedication service.

High surges hit unsuspecting villages

Villagers from Laraibina, Madina and Fissoa - along the Boluminsky Highway - said the tides started surging at approximately 2:30am on January 22nd, 2024. 

Commonly known as “king tide”, these unusually high water levels are caused by the orbits and alignment of the Earth, moon and sun, and normally occur once or twice in a year. 

On mainland Kavieng, several homes, food gardens and water sources were destroyed, with debris strewn along the Boluminsky Highway; reminiscent of the 2009 devastation. 

Bad weather causes havoc in New Ireland

Critical warnings have been given to villagers to move inland and also restrict the travelling of boats to and from the islands.

New Ireland Disaster Office Manager, Terence Tasia has condemned all transportation by boat as a warning of strong winds and swelling seas has been already issued. With yesterday’s (Tuesday 23rd January) sea swelling that was recorded as the highest, paving 30 meters inland, deposited debris and destroyed houses situated near the sea.

Arrested for K20,000 fake land deal

The defendant, from Lovarang village, allegedly told a couple in October this year that he was looking for buyers to purchase a friend’s piece of land.

Police said at that time, the couple was looking for land so they withdrew K20,000 and gave it to him.

“He told them to give him and the owner of the block a week to sort out the land title but instead, he got the money and escaped to Lihir and started using the money,” said the provincial police commander, Superintendent Albert Beli.