New Ireland Provincial Government

Conditional approval for NIP budget

Conditional approval covers the first trifecta of the year for the months January to April inclusive, which enables the province to keep operating, but the Treasurer has sought more compliance before full approval is given.

“There are two issues associated with the 2021 Budget which need to be satisfied before full approval is given,” he said. “These are very important issues that go to the heart of transparency and accountability of provincial operations and finances.”

These are:

NIPG budget presented

The NIPG was represented by provincial administrator Lamiller Pawut for the tabling of its K238,768,279 provincial budget.

A number of key issues were discussed, including the failure of the NIPG to resolve the funding of over K30 million from the Japanese government (JICA) for the construction of a new and modern Kavieng town market.

Sir Julius in recovery

In a statement issued by his family on the weekend, the Chan family said that Sir Julius Chan is recovering at his home in Huris village at Namatanai.

The family thanked the doctors and nurses who attended to Sir Julius Chan.

The provincial government confirmed that Sir Julius had experienced flu like symptoms early last week and was taken to the doctors for Malaria and COVID-19 testing.

His results came back negative.

He is awaiting further diagnosis. 

NIPG served petition following ethnic clash

The petition was served yesterday (Sept 5) morning after an ethnic clash between the Sepiks and Lavongais at the Kavieng Market on September 4th.

Strict regulation of betelnut supply at the Kavieng market, the implementation of Small Craft Act, the implantation of the Vagrancy Act and immediate eviction and repatriation of the Pawa-Wosera community topped the 11-point petition.

The demands were accompanied by resolutions.

NIP to enforce vagrancy act

Governor Sir Julius Chan made the comment after being briefed by the provincial police commander, Gideon Ikumu, about an ethnic clash between the Sepiks and Lavongais at the Kavieng Market on September 4th.

According to the report filed to police, the incident began when a number of Sepik women, who were after betelnut, jumped onto a moving boat coming in from Lavongai.

New Ireland leaders issue warning to outsiders

As a result, the New Ireland Provincial Government has kicked off a series of awareness programs on lawlessness in public areas.
The first outreach was staged on July 7th at the Kavieng town market.

Speaking at the event was the Chief executive officer for administration and Public order, Roboam Paka, and First secretary to the Governor, Robin Brown.

Officer Paka said by nature New Irelanders are very peaceful people, but people from outside have brought in with them their criminal behaviour.

Newcrest Lihir explains royalty breakup

Royalties were paid by Newcrest Lihir (Lihir Gold Limited) to the New Ireland Provincial Government (NIPG), the Nimamar Local Level Government (NLLG) which the Lihir group of islands come under, and traditional block owners of the Special Mining Lease (SML) area of Lihir mine. 

In a statement, Newcrest said NIPG received 50 percent of the royalties which equates to K340 million while the NLLG was paid K203 million (30 percent) and the block Owners or landholders of the SML were paid K135 million

K660m in royalties from Lihir

Of the total royalty payments made between 1997 and December 2017 (K660m);

  • New Ireland Provincial Government (+ districts) had received K330,057,253
  • Nimamar Local Level Government had received K198,034,351
  • Special Mining Lease Block Owners had received K132,022,902            

From January to December 2017, Lihir Gold Limited royalty payments to the people of New Ireland have added to a total of K75,065,077 as highlighted (in yellow) in the table below.

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