New Ireland Province

Nusalava School Launches Projects

The New Ireland Government led by Governor Sir Julius Chan, Deputy Sammy Missen, PEC members and Education CEO Apelis Benson set foot on the Island to attend the official opening of five impact projects yesterday.

The impact projects included two student dormitories allowing students from the nearby Islands to be accommodated on the school grounds, a school hall and two teachers’ houses.   

Douglas Guise 7s Hailed A Success

New Ireland Rugby Union President, Charlie Melachon thanked the participation of Port Moresby-based Brothers, Harlequins and Nova Rugby Union clubs for motivating the local talent.  

Melachon said the three clubs associated with late Douglas Guise and being the only out of province clubs participating as exhibition play-offs, they boosted an elevated platform for the rest of the tournament over the independence weekend.

He acknowledged the backing of the tournament adding that it signalled a revived hope to see greater results moving forward for New Ireland.

Namatanai lawyers conduct awareness

One of the facilitators, Vanessa Nongkas Kihanges, a consultant with Miarosa Consultants, said the aim of the event was to educate participants on their basic legal rights, the court system, court procedures and penalties under various laws, such as the Summary Offences Act and Criminal Code.

The workshops were conducted on June 27th to July 2nd at Bo Village, Namatanai Village, Punam Market and Karu Village.

K100,000 for Unitech students

Treasurer and Kavieng MP, Ian Ling-Stuckey, made this statement when presenting a subsidy of K100,000 to New Ireland students at Lae’s University of Technology.

He also briefed students on the KDDA and New Ireland Provincial Government budgets, and educated them on the Marape Government’s Public Investment Program (PIP) budget.

Plans to implement curfew in Kavieng

Communities surrounding Kavieng town had retaliated in an attempt to cleanse the town from petty criminals, following a hold up and acts of violence on an elderly from Maiom village.

In a statement Acting Provincial Administrator, Moses Taram said a letter has been sent to the National Pandemic Controller requesting for the implementation of curfew in the province.

Kumul Cable Lands in New Ireland

The landing of the fiber optic services occurred on Friday 24th April in Kavieng.

The installation of the cable by PNG DataCo and partners was witnessed by New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan.

In a statement, PNG DataCo General Manager for Engineering Services, Tony Morisause, said the landing covers the entire province with distributions covering smaller islands and along the Buluminksy Highway to Namatanai.

He said PNG DataCo will work with New Ireland Provincial Government to ensure the province gets the full benefit of the infrastructure.

Boats sent back to Kokopo

The border has been closed since the state of emergency lockdown.

As of Monday, 6th April, anyone traveling through the Kokopo-Namatanai border is stopped, questioned and directed to return back to Kokopo.

On Good Friday, three boats were refused entry. They were stopped off the coast of Rasirik village, in West Coast Namatanai, by Police.

“Aninit long steit of imejensi, bai mipla ino nap long alawim yupla long kam insait long Namatani,” a police officer on a patrol boat called out through a loudhailer.

Treasurer applauds NIP on COVID-19 preparations

He said Kavieng district was on high alert now that the disease has been detected in neighbouring East New Britain Province.

“The NIPHA has done a highly commendable job in ensuring district and community level awareness and advocacy training with the limited resources available to them,” the Treasurer said.

“I thank Dr Wangnapi, Dr Taulo, Provincial Administrator Lamilla Pawut, Kavieng District Administrator David Lens and the NIP COVID-19 team for delivering training to health workers in clinical management and prevention and control of COVID-19.

New Ireland a natural disaster casualty: Governor

This includes people missing at sea, roads and bridges being washed away, landslips and food gardens destroyed.

At least three Council areas in the Namatanai district have been cut off completely, making it difficult to access services in Namatanai town.

One of the worst hit areas is the Matalai LLG in the Namatanai District, which is Governor Sir Julius Chan’s locality. He said the damages caused by mother nature are costly and will require great assistance from the Government.

New Ireland’s unique Council of Elders

The annual event, which started in 2009, is unique to New Ireland Province.

180 local men and women leaders started arriving by boat on November 6th for the three-day forum at Tatau, which was officially opened that same evening by chairman of the Council of Elders, Sir Noel Levi.

The official opening was witnessed by Governor Sir Julius Chan and his guest, Northern Province Governor Gary Juffa.