New Ireland Provincial Day

Sir Julius marks 50 years in politics

Sir Julius’ golden jubilee was well celebrated by New Irelanders and fellow governors from Central, West New Britain, Eastern Highlands and Enga provinces.

New Ireland Provincial Day is celebrated every year on July 27th, the day the province received its Provincial Assembly Charter and when the Assembly first sat back in 1977.

Today marked the province’s 41st anniversary and Sir Julius Chan’s 50th anniversary; a milestone achievement the province is proud of.

Kavieng kick starts celebrations

The arrival of kinawais from Tanga Island and Susurunga set the tempo for the 2 day celebrations.

Up next is a kanu (canoe) race, followed by the day's proceedings.

Celebrations are underway with the theme: 'Ours Ahead – Yumi Yet Nau'.

The event expects a huge turnout as Sir Julius Chan's 50th Anniversary in PNG politics coincides with the Provincial Day.

The whole province is also on public holiday today.

Residents turn up in numbers to experience New Ireland culture

City residents turned up in numbers today at the Constitutional Park in Port Moresby to experience the New Ireland culture, especially in the form of traditional dances and food.

By 12pm, more than 300 New Irelanders, along with their friends and families, passed through the Park’s gates.

A resident, who hails from Milne Bay Province, told Loop PNG: “I would definitely come back next year. It was enjoyable.”

Singsing groups director Sonia Sebulon said despite having only six groups on the day, the event was a success.