Category: Media

When Malcolm Fraser stopped military intervention in PNG

Malcolm Fraser, Australia’s 22nd prime minister, died aged 84. One little known story about Fraser’s time as Defence Minister under Liberal Prime Minister John Gorton was that he averted Australian military intervention in Papua...

PNG Visas for Australians

Sir Peter Barter, Chair of the Madang Visitors and Cultural Bureau, took up the issue of  PNG Visas for Australians with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rimbik Pato, at the opening of the Cairns...

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...

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NGVR/Montevideo Maru Dusk Service

10 September 2014, Rabaul The Rabaul Historical Society (RHS) welcomed Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Commodore Peter Scott and the crew of HMAS Yarra, together with visitors and local Papua New Guineans...

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Radio comes to Kompiam: Ron Ehrke

Enga Province in Papua New Guinea Highlands region is a remote and isolated region of PNG. Kompiam is a key community in the Wabag sub-district in a mountainous region of the highlands that runs...

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Walk into Paradise: Rod Noble

In 1956, when I was a first year student at Sydney University, I invited two fellow students to see with me a recently released film Walk into Paradise. The hero was well known Australian...

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Those early days had their moments: Jim Eames

Editing a newspaper in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s came with a whole range of challenges to overcome but a massive amount of satisfaction in return. Not long after Melbourne’s Herald and Weekly...

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Fun days in PNG broadcasting, Richard Jones

I’ve been broadcasting either from the studio or from outside locations since the mid-1960s. When I started calling amateur boxing tournaments from ringside for the ABC’s 9PA Port Moresby-9RB Rabaul radio network in the...

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ABC-9RB Rabaul: Early days by Graham Taylor

In 1958, as an aspiring family oriented young Kiap concerned about our future well-being in Papua New Guinea, I job-hopped into the ABC. It proved to be an inspired decision. This second career as...