New Ireland Governor

Governor welcomes NIP airport signing

Sir Julius noted that this project, which was signed between the National Airports Corporation and the China Railway Construction Engineering Group, was to upgrade the Kavieng Airport to an International Airport.  

“We will begin to receive direct flights from around the region and, indeed, around the world. This will open up New Ireland to a level of tourism and commercial relationships unheard of before,” he said.

Sir Julius honours late Mokis

During the commemoration, New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan paid a visit to the home and grave site of the late Stephen Poti Mokis at Luburua village, in the Kavieng district.

The late Stephen Mokis was a highly respected senior public servant and the first chairman of the Provincial Autonomy Committee, who sadly collapsed and passed away while he was giving a speech to public servants on the 23rd of August, 2012.

NIP Governor explains spending

Sir Julius Chan was responding to remarks by the Tanir LLG president, Alfred Lafen.

During the last Provincial Assembly Meeting, Sir J said: “The Member for Namatanai has made statements to the press that my Government has misused the royalties, and he has said that Namatanai has not received its share of royalties from my Government. 

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.

Sir Julius remembers late Kavieng leader

Sir Julius Chan on Friday joined with family, relatives, clansmen and villagers to pay last respects and lay to rest the body of the late Tito.

Late Tito was a leader whom Sir Julius described as a strong fighter for the rights of his people for equitable benefits for land given away by the Tigak people of Kavieng for the expansion of the Kavieng Township and the Kavieng airport.

Sir Julius responds to critics

New Ireland Governor, Sir Julius Chan, was responding to criticism in a recent newspaper ad concerning the use of royalties from the Lihir Gold Mine.

“Section 8(c) of the District Development Authority Act says the DDA shall not perform any of its functions or exercise any of its powers in a way that is inconsistent or in conflict with the policies and plans of the Provincial Government’

Sir Julius retains seat

Provincial Returning Officer, Ivan Lakatani, declared the province’s longest serving politician just before lunch time today. He has been in politics for over 50 years. 

He was declared with a total of 24,892 votes, making him the only member for the province to be re-elected this election.

Sir J polled over 1,600 votes ahead of runner up and National Alliance party candidate, Michael Singan.

The founder of the People’s Progress Party’s win now brings the party tally to three.


New Ireland is already autonomous: Chan

He said he and the Provincial Executive Council (PEC) have followed and concluded the necessary legal requirements for him to state this and urges other provinces to follow suit.

Chan said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the Government have not said anything against New Ireland’s push for autonomy and believes they support it.

“New Ireland is already autonomous. You people are taking me too lightly,” stated the Governor.

Chan sad to see MPs defect

He sad the action by both MPs were disheartening after treating them as family.

Both Milne Bay Governor Titus Philemon, and South Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu, defected to the Government ranks last week. Philemon joined the United Resources Party (URP) while Masiu joins National Alliance (NA).

Sir Julius pays tribute to late Chow

In a letter to the family of late Sir Henry, the Governor expressed his sadness at the loss of a beloved husband and father. He said: “I am saddened by his passing. I feel I have lost a childhood best mate. Indeed I know I am not alone in this - his passing is of great sorrow and sadness, a true loss for so a man.” 

The Governor said his memories of late Sir Chow are many and deep, where both grew up in Rabaul with their parents, sharing a close friendship despite the pressures of starting businesses and raising their families.