Simbu leaders urged to work together

Joe Kua in a statement said the rule of law was never followed which resulted in the looting of properties in Kundiawa town last week, including the Provincial Administration building, Kondom Agaundo building.

He was not happy with the Simbu populace for targeting the provincial administrative building, whenever there is an issue.

Kua clarified that the National Court order in November 2021 reinstated Michael Bal Temai as the Provincial Administrator for Simbu

Double classroom for Gawa Konda

Through its Education Infrastructure Development Program, Digicel Foundation built the double classroom at Gawa Konda Primary School which is located in ward 7 of Gena Waugla LLG of Kerowagi District in Simbu Province with a total of 430 students from grades one to eight. The school has been operating for five years now with little infrastructure.

School Board member and community leader, Michael Kigl thanked Digicel Foundation for the timely support of a new classroom.

Kool Leads Chimbu Regional Seat

The latest record of the top five contenders as of Wednesday 9pm, 27th July:

  1. Noah Kool  – Liberal Party – 4,145
  2. Nixon Nebare – Independent – 1, 816
  3. Max Diri – Independent – 1, 094
  4. Gerald Philip – Independent – 1,071
  5. Peter Siwi – PNGFP – 1, 006

Updates to follow. 

Chimbu Completes Polling

A total of 546 polling teams were dispatched into the six electorates since Monday.

According to Simbu Election Manager Reverand, Tom Siune Kaupa due to the rugged terrain and bad weather, extraction of polling teams dispatched to remote parts of Karamui was delayed.

These areas are only accessible by chopper and airplane.

Mr. Siune said despite the challenges, they completed polling and were ready for counting.

Counting commences today.

SJA Suspends Services In Chimbu After Attack

The incident occurred on Wednesday 4th of January in Sipagkul village in the Gumine District, while the ambulance crew was responding to an emergency.

St. John Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Matt Cannon said at this stage, they do not understand why the locals were acting hostile towards the ambulance and crew.

“The ambulance crew approached Sipagkul village where they had people throwing stones and offensive weapons.

“A rock came into contact with the ambulance smashing the window and causing damage to the side of the vehicle,” said Mr Cannon.

Adventist church donates bibles

With permission granted by the Provincial Health Authority CEO, Dr. Joseph Apa, the church erected an altar within the hospital premises so they can hold continuous prayer to bring hope to those infected by the virus.

President Pastor Joanis Fezamo who handed over the bibles on behalf of the SDA Eastern Highlands & Simbu missions, said they have been hearing about weird incidences happening within the hospital and among the COVID-19 patients. They discerned that these were not normal but were attacks from the devil.

Hundreds gather to watch game

It was the first time a son of Sinasina-Yongomugl scooped the Provan-Summons Trophy with the Melbourne Storm, and it was the first time his people gathered together to watch his historical match.

The name ‘Justin Olam’ reverberated throughout Papua New Guinea as the countdown began for the Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers clash on Sunday, the 25th of October.

Best wishes to Olam from Simbu

He will be the second Papua New Guinean to play in an NRL grand final with Melbourne Storm; following closely in the steps of his inspiration – Marcus Bai.

The 26-year-old Simbu man wears his heart on his sleeves every time he takes the field. He knows his country, and especially his family back home, closely watch his every move; celebrating and crying with him every step of the way.

Though he is in his Melbourne Storm colours, PNG’s red, black and gold always shine through.

MVF starts partnership verification for farmers in Simbu

The team was there to asses and verify farming communities for partnership in providing market accessibility to small farmers.

The Market for Village Farmers – Maket Bilong Villis Fama (MVF) is a Government of PNG project financed by IFAD, executed by National Department of Agriculture & Livestock, and implemented by Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA).

The Project Development Objective is to achieve sustainable and increased returns to village farming households from marketed oriented production.  

Simbu residents want recount venue changed

They have camped outside the Police station, preventing the Electoral Commission from moving the ballot boxes to Lae for counting.

The people of Simbu are yet to receive an official response from Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, from a petition they presented last Monday, demanding the change of recount venue from Lae to either Jiwaka, Goroka or Mount Hagen.

The National Court ordered the recount to take place outside of Kundiawa town. Disgruntled supporters presented a petition to the election manager in Kundiawa, demanding the change of venue.