Issue: 2015 2 June Una Voce

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Mick Jagger visits PNG

Sir Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) took a cruise through the Trobriand Island aboard the Kalibobo Spirit with Sir Peter Barter in late November 2014. He was impressed with his visit and said he would...

Des Martin receives PNG medal

On 3 March 2015 Des Martin was presented with the PNG medal of the Order of Logohu (Bird of Paradise) in a ceremony in Brisbane. Magdalene Moi-He, the PNG Consulate General in Brisbane, presented...

Gallipoli Veterans Lost on Montevideo Maru

The sinking of the Japanese prisoner transport ship Montevideo Maru 73 years ago  remains Australia’s greatest maritime disaster – and there is a tragic link with Gallipoli. Recent research revealed that 15 of the...

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Early history of aviation in PNG

A video compiled by the Gray family will appeal to anyone interested in the early history of aviation in PNG. The video is made available with the permission of the Gray family and is...

Dental Clinic

The YWAM dental clinic is now up and running, treating the first patients onboard on 26 April 2015. At a combined gathering on board the ship in Sydney late last year, the Wantok Group...

Youth with a Mission (YWAM)

This little one was born in Sisiami village. She was delivered with the help of a clean birth kit in the grass and the mud near the river bank. Mother and baby are well...

Notes from the Northern Territory

The PNG-Australia Social and Cultural Group in Darwin can be described as inactive. Nothing new there, I suggest. Forty years ago the German Club and the Italian Club in Alice Springs were flourishing. Both...

Christopher Viner-Smith, OAM

Christopher Viner-Smith was named in the 2015 Australia Day Honours list, with the citation: The Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division, for services to community history particularly through securing recognition...

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The King & I

“Well, I’m here now, so let’s go ahead and do it,” I reply. I am in the south of Bougainville Island and dressed for the tropical heat in a singlet and shorts. He looks...

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2014 PNG Games

Hosted by Lae City, Morobe Province The PNG Games were initiated by the PNG National Sports Institute of the PNG Sports  Foundation in 2000 to provide the opportunity for youths to represent their provinces...

Presidents Update

It’s been tremendously exciting to see this first colour issue of Una Voce take shape. Splashes of vibrant colour energise us and are combined with a wonderful balance of articles. Many thanks to Dianne...

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A Chance Encounter

We decided to travel to Sydney by public transport to attend the PNGAA lunch in December 2014. Saturday: Bingie to Moruya; bus to Nowra; bus to Bomaderry; diesel train to Kiama; suburban service to...

PNG defines marriage age

The revised Lukautim Pikinini Act will enforce the legal marriage age of 18 years in PNG. It will be illegal for people under 18 to marry under the new law. Constitutional Law Reform Commission...

Melanesian Airlines Agreement

The Melanesian airlines of PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have signed a partnership agreement which is now in force. Under the Memorandum of Understanding the three airlines will share promotion and sales and introduce...

DIY Surfboards

Surfers in PNG are learning the traditional Hawaiian techniques of timber surfboard building from renowned Australian surfboard shapers Tom Wegener and Bryan Bates. Members of the Tupira Surf Club in Madang Province were taught...