PNG 41st Independence Celebrations

New Zealand based Papua New Guineans commemorate independence

Students undertaking studies at the Victoria University of Wellington told Loop PNG that it was a moving event where everyone felt a sense of pride and unity when the national anthem was sung.

Francis Hualupmomi, a PhD student and political scientist, said about 250 people attended the event.

Those that attended were students, PNG communities and friends of PNG, who converged at the University of Auckland for a fun-filled day.

“I felt more nationalistic when the national anthem was sung,” Hualupmomi said.

City residents urged to unite with red, black and gold colours

National Capital District (NCD) Governor Powes Parkop appeals to the public to celebrate this day by carrying the PNG flag and wearing the PNG colours as a symbol of unity.

Parkop reminds everyone that September 16 is our National Day and not a provincial day.

“That’s no law against this but I appeal to everyone to be patriotic and have a sense of respect and responsibility to our country by wearing the national colours.

“There must be no provincial flag business and lets come together to celebrate 41 years together as a nation.

Do not risk spending the long weekend in the cells: Police

Assistant Police commissioner for Traffic Jerry Frank says people face the risks of spending the whole of the long weekend in  police cells if they are  arrested.

Frank warns that since it is the long weekend  and most of the cases will not be processed until well into Monday next week. He has warned people not to misbehave and get caught.

He says there have been cases where people are arrested on Friday and end up spending the weekend in the cells.

PNG community in Australia plans independence celebrations

This, according to a community leader Austin Kipan, will be the first big celebration compared to previous years.

The community in Rockhampton is not as big as other places, with just under or about 200 people, totalling all families and friends.

But this celebration is expected to attract Papua New Guineans from towns north as far as Mackay and maybe Townsville, south as Gladstone and maybe Bundaberg and west as Blackwater and Emerald.

“We are expecting more than 200,” Kipan told Loop PNG via email.

Lanes bowling offers a new way to relax at Lamana

Little known Lanes 10-Pin bowling alley is set to bring on a new and competitive edge to sports and entertainment in Papua New Guinea.

Lanes is the new venue which was trialled with a few games last Friday at the Glitzy new-look Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby.

Already there is high interest for individuals and groups queuing up for take part in this new sports or entertainment craze that is about hit Port Moresby.

Governor Parkop urges residents to ‘be patriotic’

It is a common sight in the multi-cultural city where Papua New Guineans tend to give prominence to their provincial colours and little significant to the national flag.

The country will be celebrating its 41 year anniversary on September 16.

Parkop said, 16 September is a day of unity and all Papua New Guineans must be in the national colour as one people.

He added that provincial days are celebrated in the city and now it is the national day.     

Black Brothers band to spice Pom’s Independence celebrations

The band's name will sound all too familiar to the ears of middle aged Papua New Guineans. 

The West Papua band had a following in the 70s in Papua New Guinea.

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop, in making the announcement of the band's visit, said the Black Brothers will be supported by their children, Black Sisters and CHM band.

Black Brothers made a tour to the country in the late 1970s.

The performance will be held at Sir John Guise Stadium on September 16.

Tickets will be going for K30 grandstand and K5 outer stand.