Author: Aseneth WAIDE

Connecting the dots across the vast Pacific Ocean to promote his debut film, Black Python, at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in Hawaii, USA, is a young Papua New Guinean medical doctor turned filmmaker. At the enormous Hawaii Convention Centre in the center of Honolulu City, where more than two thousand indigenous Pacific Islanders are celebrating their ethnic arts and cultural heritage, Spencer Peter Wangare told his story on the big screen yesterday. A 100-minute gritty urban drama directed and produced by Spencer tells the story of a streetwise drug dealer named Badu who takes a big…

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Coca Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) and Coca-Cola ASEAN South Pacific have teamed up to provide the Enga Disaster office with much-needed water to help the families affected by the landslide that happened in the Mulitaka district last month. Following this natural disaster, CCEP wanted to be there to support the local communities that were affected by these tragic events, according to Tim Solly the Sales & Commercial Director of CCEP. “Our condolences to the families of those that perished in the landslide, we hope the water and drinks supply can assist those displaced by the landslide during this difficult time…

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Woman of God’s Creation group will be hosting a workshop this Saturday 15th, June 2024 at Country Women’s Association, teaching women and girls on dealing with Gender-based Violence (GBV), using the written word of God – the Bible. Woman of God’s Creation Founder Mrs. Dika B. Kila, stated that this was a result of God-given vision she experienced back in 2008. She describes the workshop as an ‘awakening session’ for women and girls to realize and consciously utilize powers bestowed upon them by God as solutions towards violence. “I wanted to help women who experienced GBV, but the problem was…

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During its most recent Prime Minister’s Corporate Golf Challenge in Lae city, the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC) raised K75, 500 to support Team PNG to go for the Paris Olympic Games. The annual event saw twenty- five (25) teams signed up to support the national athletes who will compete in the July 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, along with three-hole sponsors. The PNGOC organizes the annual Prime Minister’s Corporate Golf Challenge as a fundraiser for Team PNG’s preparations for important international competitions. The golf challenge was first held at the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club in 1998. In…

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On Monday June 10th, all of Buk Bilong Pikinini’s Library Learning Centres (LLCs) celebrated World Ocean Day with a variety of engaging activities designed to foster a love and commitment towards conserving the ocean among children. The day was filled with interactive and educational activities. The children had fun colouring marine animals with materials from BbP’s published animal activity books, which helped them connect with marine life. Meanwhile, teachers designed aquarium displays and ocean-themed classrooms to make learning engaging and immersive. At University of Papua New Guinea’s Library, Ms. Lynette Petsul, a postgraduate scientist from the university’s Department of Environmental…

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Blackouts are unfortunately a regular occurrence at the Malabunga Secondary School in the East New Britain province, an occurrence that continues to affect the education of over 1, 400 students. The rural school, which has 770 day- students, 668 boarding students, 49 teaching staff and 20 ancillary staff, often experiences both electricity and water issues. Principal for Malabunga Secondary, Bruno Kulai stated that the school’s water supply is heavily dependent on electricity. “Whenever the power goes out, our water supply also gets cut off because we use a bore water pump that operates on electricity to extract water from underground.”…

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As the Written Expression exam date passes, Malabunga Secondary School, in East New Britain Province like most schools in the country, has been facing its fair share of difficulties in continuing the academic year. Principal for Malabunga Mr. Bruno Kulai, stated that he’s seen the student numbers grow since he first started teaching in 2019. “When I first started teaching, there were approximately 850 students; presently in 2024 the number has increased to 1438.” While Kulai is pleased to see more primary students making it into secondary school, he is also concerned about the uneven distribution of GTFS funds within…

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Madang Youth & Community Leader Kurere Matanzana has implemented several community projects for more than a decade as part of his personal vision to transform Madang Province, and this time, it’s no different, as he, with the help of medical students from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) work together to conduct health awareness in rural Madang and as well as deliver medical supplies to health centres and aid posts grappling with drug shortage. Matanzana and the students travelled to wards 18 (Gum), 17 (Bilbil), 16 (Sein), 18 (Yabob), 15 (Aiyab), 20 (Umun), & 23 (Utu) in Amenob Rural…

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Raikos Secondary School, a rural boarding school in the Rai Coast District, Madang like their counterparts will also sit for their Written Expression exams on June 6th, 2024. School Principal Mr. Earnest Saweang told PNG HAUSBUNG that 316 students will sit for their exams, an increase from last year’s student numbers. Preparations were already underway in the weeks prior to exam week. Saweang stated that due to disturbances last year, the school had been conducting weekend classes to help students catch up with lessons they missed as far as 2023. “Discipline is a major focus this year – we are…

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Bank South Pacific (BSP) along with a small team from Brisbane Broncos today visited Paradise College with the aim of introducing kids to financial literacy in its financial literacy program. BSP’s Regional Trainer Naomi Sion, explained that this initiative targets school children in Grade 4 teaching them how to save money at an early age. “We want children to have that savings culture embedded in them while they are still young.” “This will help to minimize any issues they may have with saving money in the future when they’re older.” She further explained the arrangement between BSP and Brisbane Broncos…

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