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Bring on 2017


THE best is yet to come, so stay safe to witness these during the next two years. That is Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s New Year message as Papua New Guinea prepares to usher in 2017.

“Please stay safe, look after your families and your communities, and let’s work together so that we can build a stronger Papua New Guinea in 2017.

“As a nation we have so much to be proud of as we enter into 2017.”

“In the coming year we will go to National Election, regardless of politics, we will go to election as one country, a very vibrant democracy and a people who care about our nation.

“In 2018, our country will become the host of APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation – Leaders’ Summit.” He said the world’s attention would be on PNG with Prime Ministers and Presidents of APEC countries coming. Mr O’Neill said this would be a proud time and it would continue to change how the world sees PNG.

“Around the world, Papua New Guineans are representing us in business and Government. Today we have pilots flying the biggest jets in the world, our scientists are leading ground breaking research and our engineers are working on massive projects in many parts of the world.”

“We have so much to be proud of, with the change we are seeing, but we also have a lot of work ahead of us.” He said every man, woman and child must benefit from this change as PNG developed.


Peter O’Neill – Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

“You have our commitment that as your Government will work to make sure all Papua New Guineans continue to benefit from this change.” He said PNG had survived some most difficult challenges both domestic and global including the downturn in global commodity prices and drought.

“When we faced economic pressures, we cut our spending and managed our economy.

“As well as overcoming these challenges over the past year, we have also achieved a lot as a nation.” Mr O’Neill said more children than ever before are in school, more people receiving healthcare, and communities safer with more police and strengthening court systems.

“We are continuing to build more roads, more bridges, more airports, more ports, more wharves and other infrastructure that were neglected for many years.

“Life is better now in our country than just five years ago, and we will keep building our economy and develop our nation.”

“We are also in the most stable political time in our nation’s history. This stability has led to increased respect around the world.”

“Have a Happy New Year Papua New Guinea.”


Hekari United FC pulls out of NSL competition

Hekari United FC has pulled out of the Telikom National Soccer League (NSL) competition.

This was announced today by Chairman of Hekari, John Kapi Natto.

“Today, Hekari has officially resigned from the NSL,” said Kapi Natto.

Hekari Soccer Association was one of seven associations that were recently suspended by the PNG Football Association.


This was questioned by Kapi Natto who made the decision to withdraw Hekari- the nine-time winners of the NSL title from the semi-professional competition.

He added that Hekari will not take part in the  Oceania Football Confederation Champions League in 2017 in New Caledonia.

“Someone has to sacrifice. Enough is enough. We don’t mind starting all over again,” said Kapi Natto.

Kapi Natto, who is one of the founders of the NSL said he had received calls from several NSL clubs yesterday saying they will follow suit.

“Erema Gulf FC will pull out from the NSL. Rapatona has pulled out from the NSL. Admiralty which comes from the Manus Soccer Association is also finished.

“From the biggest association in the Lae Football Association are two franchise clubs- the Lae City Dwellers and Morobe United.

“Morobe United has now withdrawn their participation. Gigira Laitepo have pulled out their sponsorship and will not participate next year, said Kapi Natto.



The National Fisheries Authority through its Minister Mao Zeming has declared war on illegal fishing vessels in the PNG waters claiming it to be a breach of national security and urged the national government to intervene at through diplomatic talks at the regional level.


Described as the ‘blue boat invasion’ a term referred to Vietnamese boats that frequent the Milne Province waters to fish illegally, the Minister labelled as a breach to national security and stressed as also perpetrators in other countries.

Mr Zeming said these same boats had visited the Pacific region and arrested in other countries for illegal fishing.
He also called on the Government of Vietnam to put a stop to ‘the blue boat invasion’ of PNG waters including the Pacific.

Minister Mao Zeming said NFA will continue to work closely with its partners – PNGDF, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and also PNG Customs to improve border protection surveillance and combat illegal fishing.


Coastal areas in Papua New Guinea are warned on tropical cyclone season looming in January of 2017.

Only days away from new year, the National Weather Service have issued a strong warning to the general population living in coastal areas of the country to be mindful when going out to sea. The office for weather service in the country said according to their records there was a strong forecast on extreme wind surges and formation of cyclones expected in the first few months of 2017.
Vulnerable areas in the country include Milne Bay, Oro, Central, Gulf and parts of Western.

Due to the extreme wet season expected in January and February, floods were also anticipated from continuous rainfall throughout the coastal areas of Southern region in the country.
People have been cautioned to be alert and avoid activities in disaster prone areas of the country.


Papua New Guinea Football Association have elected David Chung for a third consecutive term in Kimbe, West Britain Province.

His election makes him the first ever person in the country to be elected to a fourth term post as the top sports administrator in the country.
David Chung also holds key positions within the FIFA world body – Oceania Football Confederation and FIFA vice-president.

Cardinal Ribat welcomed home

CARDINAL Sir John Ribat arrived in East New Britain yesterday afternoon to a rousing welcome at Tokua airport.

When he stepped out of the airplane, his people from the Balanataman LLG in Rabaul district gathered on the tarmac shouted with joy as they welcomed him. He was greeted at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister Sir Leo Dion, Archbishop of Rabaul Francesco Panfilo, former Archbishop of Rabaul Karl Hesse, Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat, Pomio MP Elias Kapavore and other officials.
This is Cardinal Ribat’s maiden visit to ENB since his appointment by Pope Francis on Nov 19.
While in ENB, he will celebrate mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral at Vunapope, St Joseph’s Parish at Malaguna, OLSH Parish at Volavolo, St Xavier Catholic Church at Kuragaga in Rabaul and St Mathew Parish at Vunamarita in Gazelle.

PNG ready to host APEC

PAPUA New Guinea is well prepared to take care of the needs of the 20 top world leaders when they meet in Port Moresby for the APEC Leaders’ Summit in 2018. APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation – chief executive officer Christopher Hawkins said that Port Moresby’s Jackson International Airport had sufficient parking for 4 Code E aircraft and peak passenger movement and was undergoing further redevelopment.

Mr Hawkins said that PNG had sufficient venues to host APEC and there were enough cruise ships and hotels which would supplement accommodation for the leaders. He also said that the new University campus village would accommodate the second-tier media.

This was his presentation to the heads of government missions last week for their usual APEC and 2017 National Election briefing.


Chief Secretary to Government Isaac Lupari told the foreign dignitaries that Papua New Guinea’s commitment to host APEC 2018 demonstrated the Government’s strong desire to consolidate APEC’s agenda of promoting  sustainable, open and secure economic growth and prosperity within the region, and globally.

“It also demonstrates PNG’s broadening engagement and active participation to collectively strengthen trade and investment linkages in the region,” he said.

Early this year the Government launched an operations order which is a strategic document that articulates our strategic intent, which is to, “provide a safe and secure environment to successfully host APEC 2018.”

It further identified the number of security agencies that would be involved and their respective tasks that they had to carry out, either individually or in collaboration with other agencies to achieve the strategic intent.

Mr Lupari said that APEC security operation would be led and delivered by the PNG APEC 2018 joint taskforce, which was an inter-agency taskforce that would be led by a senior police officer, and supported by all agencies identified in the operations order.

He said that while the operation order identifies specific tasks for each agency involved in the security operations, it also identifies agency capacity and capability gaps. “These will be addressed to allow agencies to deliver on their identified tasks,” he said.

Mr Lupari said that additionally, some of the “high end” capability requirements would be addressed through engagement with bilateral partners, “who have kindly raised their hands to support us host APEC 2018. Our officials have already started discussions with our friends on this aspect of the planning and preparations,”  he said.

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