News Bytes for 4th June, 2014



Works Secretary, David Wereh says Papua New Guinea needs at least 7 billion kina over five years to build new roads and maintain existing highways. It comes budget levels for the works department are expected to increase next year. Since the 1990s, Papua New Guinea’s road networks have been allowed to deteriorate to a point where some have become impassable. Wereh says a lot of focus is now on maintenance. 





Project fees of 64 Kairuku Hiri students from Limana Vocational Center in Port Moresby have been met under the Kairuku Hiri Joint District Planning and Budget Priorities Committee Fund. A cheque of K12, 000 was presented to the school by Kairuku Hiri MP Peter Isoaimo today.

This was a historical moment for the school, as the MP became the first member to visit the school and speak to students since the school’s establishment. Isoaimo said he will continue to invest in human resources and his district office is willing to help in the areas it can for the betterment of Kairuku Hiri district.

He also encouraged the students to be disciplined in their mindset and to become self-employed after they leave school.      




Two-time Super Rugby champions, ACT Brumbies, are making their mark on PNG territory and the rugby fraternity is certainly benefiting. The popularity and growth of the newly introduced Get Into Rugby program has now attracted the attention of Brumbies Academy head coach, Nick Leah.

With the full backing of Scrum Rugby and Morobe Rugby Football Union, it is now more exciting that the kids from these schools will be screened and assessed before being given individual programs.

Engaged with the PNGRFU, Leah is impressed with the most recent feedback and expects the sport to grow tentatively in the coming months.



“PNG AFL” – Godwin Eki

The West New Britain Provincial Government has provided K30, 000 to help run junior footy development programs in the oil palm province.

AFL PNG is calling on the support of local leaders, schools, local business houses and communities at large to support the Niukick program in WNB. AFL PNG is determined to ensure they get as many children, young men and women to participate in the junior development programs. It is hoped that the game can be revived in the province.




Today, the 4th of June, marks 10 years since the passing of Sister Violet Heonke of the Bahai Faith. Originally from Australia, Sister Violet spent over 50 years in PNG climbing steep mountains, driving through treacherous roads and sailing stormy weather to bring the Bahai message to the people. Buried at the Nine Mile cemetery, Sister Violet is being remembered by the Church.

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