Southern Highlands

O’Neill Declared

O’Neill polled 37,501 reaching the absolute majority to be declared.

When giving his victory speech, O’Neill thanked God for the win and the continuous deliberation during the elections in the province.

He also thanked the Returning Officer, Ronald Rambu and his team for a job well done in facilitating the polling and counting in the district. The sitting member also commended security personnel for their tireless effort during the elections.

His declaration was witnessed by former Ialibu Pangia MP, Roy Yaki, Philemon Embel and other leaders.

IOM Partners For Peace In Hela, SHP

Guala, Kikita and Tigibi in Hela Province, and Munihu, Pambal, Megi and Yame in Southern Highlands Province, have been involved in these peace efforts.

Through financial assistance from United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UN PBF), IOM's support to these communities includes training for gender-inclusive community facilitation teams and local authorities, technical assistance in developing and operationalising community action plans, and material assistance to execute selected community-led priority projects.

Mama Group Visits Kauwo Village

Nearly 500 women braved the rain to meet Ruth Undi, while she journeys on her evaluation trip of Mama Halpim Mama Foundation’s investment, from the K1million she invested 10 years ago. 

Women came as far as Poloko, Takuru and surrounding villagers in West Pangia.

More than 37 councilors from the Siwi Uteme, Tankiki, Ekai Makai, Rakili Rakili, tribes in the Imbonggu and Ialibu Pangia districts showed their support for the Mama Halpim Mama program.

Mendi Receives CT Scan Machine

The machine was brought from China at a cost of K6 million. It was delivered to the province today.

This is a milestone achievement for the people of Mendi District, Southern Highlands and Papua New Guinea. This CT scan machine is the fifth in the country.

Member for Mendi and DDA Chairman Michael Nali presented the CT scan machine to Dr Joseph Birisi, CEO of Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority, at Momei Oval. Hundreds converged there to witness the occasion. 

Self Made Musician On The Rise

Known by his stage name as Snyda, the Southern Highlander has made a name for himself within the PNG music industry as a promising talent with a lot to achieve with passion in music.

Snyda comes from a family of avid music listeners and his passion in music started ever since he was a kid.

Women Voices Of Change

About 60 women participants from the three LLGs of the district who attended a three-day workshop will now be the Voices of Change in their respective wards. 

Councillors and Church Pastors came together in a show of support for the women to become agents of change, first starting with their families before becoming going out into the communities they live in. 

Landowners Demand Payments

The committed was done by former Minister for Petroleum and Energy, William Duma in 2009 during the UBSA signing in Kokopo, East New Britain Province.

Oil Search and ExxonMobil have also been asked to pay outstanding rental payments for Mt Kiki Repeater station as per a September 9, 2021 agreement.

The frustrated clan members of the four Oil head base in Gobe have blocked off the in-field road leading to the Oil Heads since December 13, 2021, because the Government is yet to address their demands.

Local Assists Health Centre

Since it was established, Det Health Centre has not had an upgrade to its medical services until recently. The Health centre serves more than 20,000 people in Poroma and neighbouring villages in Nipa, Southern Highlands Province.

Poroma local, Fiebik Kilip Simon donated oxygen concentrators, beds, delivery bed, patient monitors, vital monitors, nebulizer and other vital medical equipment required for the outpatient.

COVID-19 Hits Mendi

A community leader and former senior public servant, Martin Firmin Pat has appealed to the authorities to respond immediately to contain the impact of COVID-19 on the province.

According to Mr Pat, since last month, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in SHP but there is no evidence of viable response from the local government.

Utame Elites Association for change

Basic services have been lacking in the area for the last 47 years and elites of the area are determined to change the status quo.

The Association is now processing documents to get registered with the PNG Investment Promotion Authority.

Elites of Utame who formed the association are from Utame’s 10 council wards. They are working in different parts of the country.

Recently, the Elites of Utame met in Port Moresby and had several meetings, after which they incorporated the Association.