New Ireland Province

Teach for Tomorrow trains 377 more teachers

This was made possible through the Teach for Tomorrow project, an initiative delivered by the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF), PNG Education Institute (PNGEI) and New Ireland Provincial Department of Education.

The certificate enables partially trained teachers – some 7,500 across PNG – to meet the PNG Government’s new minimum qualifications required of elementary teachers. Without the additional certification, the teachers would no longer be employable on the Government’s payroll, putting at risk the schooling of 225,000 students.

Landowners remain unimpressed with Nautilus

Coastal communities across the Bismarck Sea under the umbrella of the Alliance of Solwara Warriors claim that Nautilus and the PNG Government do not have their consent to go ahead with experimental seabed mining in the Bismarck Sea.

"Who are these leaders from New Ireland Province that Nautilus has handpicked?" said Jonathan Mesulam of the Alliance of Solwara Warriors.

“I am from the West Coast of New Ireland Province and I hear my people's concerns. Landowners on the west coast of New Ireland Province live only 25km from the Solwara 1 seabed mining site.

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Lihir people pledge to support Sir J

It was a welcome never seen before and a true expression of the appreciation and gratitude by the people of Lihir to Sir Julius Chan and Minister Byron Chan during their visit to the islands last Friday.

The people went all out in traditional sing-sing and made gift presentations to the Governor, expressing their heartfelt and sincere appreciation for the policies they have benefited from for the last nine years.

Kavieng children proud of school buildings

The properties were officially opened by the local MP, Ben Micah, in the presence of Governor Sir Julius Chan, PEC members and Chiefs last Friday.

Headmistress of Lasiliba Primary School, Remis Eron, told the delegation that the completion of the building projects were a long time coming and the people are now excited they have come to fruition.

She said the projects were possible through the donation of K100,000 by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, during his visit to the New Ireland in 2013. 

Advanced solar power systems for NIP

The deal was signed in Kavieng last Thursday.

The contract, worth nearly K25 million, was signed between CETC International Company Limited and New Ireland Development Corporation, the business arm of the New Ireland Provincial Government.

CETC International is one of the world’s largest multi-national companies involved with electronic technology products, space and aviation electronics and solar systems apart from other hi-tech systems and devices.

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.

Province set for 2017

His comments came after the province’s Government Situation Group meeting last Tuesday (Jan 3) with the Provincial Administrator and all divisional heads, including the Provincial Police Commander and New Ireland Works.

The event focused on work schedules for the province.

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Harsh penalties for drug offenders in NIP

This was Governor Sir Julius Chan’s message during Tuesday’s New Year briefing.

He said: “Full focus and attention will be devoted to areas growing marijuana and drug related behaviour, like Matalai LLG areas.

“Those caught will be charged and forcibly evicted and sent home.

“They will be further blacklisted and disqualified from all the Government Subsidy Policy benefits.