160117BUIN FM ON
By Aloysius Laukai in Buin
Buin and South Bougainville has received FM signals for the first time since Bougainville was discovered in the 18th century.
New Dawn FM a local Bougainville station started testing its signals yesterday from its base in Buin town and received comments from BANA, SIWAI, BUIN and parts of Solomon islands last night.
NEW DAWN FM will be broadcasting on 89.9 FM Band from its studio in Buka and retransmitted in Buin and Arawa.
New dawn FM which started broadcasting in April 2008 has finally reached the home in South Bougainville after any setbacks and has a 1 Kilowatt Transmitter each for Arawa and Buin whilst the signals in Buka will be increased from 30watts to 300watts today, Monday 16th January 2017.
Since its inception, New Dawn FM has received support from the ABG through Program sponsors, the Bougainville Copper Foundation for its Arawa Transmitters,Member for South Bougainville, TIMOTHY MASIU for the Buin setup, Unesco for ths Buka Studio Equipments and the German Government for its Buka Transmitter.
With the wide coverage of South Bougainville, New Dawn FM intends to support the ABG and the COEs to provide the right information on Referendum and the general information on issues that can support the economic recovery of Bougainville.
New Dawn FM with its parent company TAMBOLEMA HOLDINGS will work more closely with the local; farmers to export Copra, Cocoa and sawn timber or other products to overseas market.
The official launching of New Dawn FM will be on Tuesday 31st of January,2017.
ALL Bougainvilleans are invited to this ceremony and will be carried live.
Pictured is the location of New Dwn FM before the street roads are sealed by Raibro
New Dawn FM a local Bougainville Radio Station started testing its signal yesterday Sunday January 2017, after its 1kilowatt Transmitter was installed at the weekend.
The signals have reached Sinkodo in Bana, Siwai all around Buin and also parts of Solomon Islands.
The FM Frequency for New Dawn FM on Bougainville is 89.9
220416 First copra Sale from South Nasioi Cooperative Society to Tabolema Holding Company
By Helen Teviri
The South Nasioi Cooperative Society has honoured its working relationship by selling its first 30 bags of Copra to Tambolema Holdings on Friday the 22nd April 2016. The thirty (30) bags came from the shareholders from the Roreinang area of the South Nasioi Constituency.
The elated Mr John Ken on behalf of his Board of Directors said that like in the past Honourable Regional Mr Momis asked our fathers to form cooperative societies and following this we have started this. To symbolise this, my board of directors and I will drop off the first supply of copra to Tambolema`s main warehouse at Kieta wharf as they did in the past so it gives power and mandate to continue this for Bougainville, Mr Ken said.
Friday 22nd April 2016 at 2pm Bougainville time, Mr John Ken and his directors of the society accompanied the copra load and were made by the management of Tambolema Holdings at the Kieta Wharf.
Pictures by Helen Teviri
040416 Exporting a very expensive exercise for many companies
By Joe Elijah
While the ABG is calling and encouraging many local companies to export our local produce, it has been revealed that to export any produce out of Bougainville, exporting companies are faced with many expenses to pay.
According to a survey carried out by Tambolema Holdings a Copra Export company just recently, when the ABG is preaching and encouraging local companies to go into export businesses, it is not assisting the current exporters to come up with incentives to support the current exporting companies with such things like lowering the export licenses, running short in house training for the farmers to grade the quality of produce required for the overseas markets, and better still do away with many unnecessary allowances for its public servants who travel to other ports to discharge and export their produce as they are already on payroll.
According to this independent survey carried out last week, if the ABG is prepared to meet some of the expenses now faced by current exporting companies, many local companies can generate more revenue for ABG in terms of importing and exporting our produce.
It is understood a report of the findings which will be made available in a documentary, “ THE OTHER SIDE OF EXPORTING”, that will be presented to ABG through its Bougainville Executive Council to address and assist our local companies go into import and exporting businesses.
It is also anticipated that these unnecessary expenses of transporting, accommodating and paying allowance and Overtime for these people is increasing the expenses of exporting and can be reduced if officers are located in Arawa, Buin and Buka.
This can cut down on the cost of getting these officers to these centers when an Overseas vessel is in the area.
040216AITA LEADERS RETURN POLICE FIRE ARM
By Aloysius Laukai
The leaders of AITA village this afternoon returned the fire-arm, M16 A2 Assault Rifle which they took when they took over the Police vehicle in Aita on Tuesday.
The Police vehicle dedicated to the Family and Sexual Violence Unit was taken over by the youths when Police went into the area to investigate the situation following the hit and run of a youth there.
Local member for RAU, THOMAS KERIRI apologized to Police and the ABG Minister for Police, Correctional Services and Justice, WILLIE MASIU accompanied by the Minister for Finance and Planning and Treasury, ALBERT PUNGHAU and the Minister for Education, THOMAS PATAAKU.
He said that his youths were under pressure that time and did not mean to undermine the work of Police
MR.KERIRI thanked former BRA Strongman and peace-builder, GLYN TOVIRIKA for assisting in the return of the weapon.
Police Minister in accepting the Weapon thanked the youths of AITA and their leaders for responding quickly and returning the Police vehicle and today the fire-arm.
On the incident a TWENTY THOUSAND KINA would be paid to the relatives of the deceased by the vehicle owner whilst the driver is under Police custody awaiting investigations.
This also means that the AITA ROAD BLOCK has been removed.
NEWDAWN PIC of the Police Minister WILLIE MASIU accepting the firearm from the former member, Glyn Tovirika.
020216 Climate Change and Development Authority Officials visit New Dawn FM Station
By Joe. Elijah
A high Powered delegation from the office of the Climate Change Development Authority in Port Moresby today paid a surprised visit to a Bougainville Local Radio Station New Dawn FM.
Both Officers from the Climate Change office in Port Moresby, Emma Jil and Iki Peter are in the Region to officially witness the launching and presentation of the Carteret’s Community project materials.
New Dawn FM Management invited the two officers to go on air live, and tell the people of Bougainville all about change Climate Change and its roles and objectives and what it can do for the people of Bougainville.
After the visit both officers were taken for a tour around the station to see what and how New Dawn FM can do in terms of assisting and disseminating of vital information in any natural disaster or other Climate Change situation that may occur in the future.
Ms Emma JIL thanked New Dawn FM on behalf of Climate Change, she said both officers were really impressed with what gear and man power available on the ground, they will now open discussions to try and help the people of Bougainville using what means and ways to disseminate information on the ground here in Bougainville.
020216 Carteret’s Islanders get s assistance from the International Organization for Migration
By Joe Elijah
A small but significant launching was held today at Buka in the North Bougainville Region.
The launching attended by ABG Minister’s for Public Service and Community Government and District Affairs, UN Representative Mr. Lawrence Basse, International Organization for Migration Project Manager Mr Wonesai Sitho;e, Climate Change and Development Authority Representative s from Port Moresby, Representatives from the media, the Carteret’s community and the public servants witnessed the presentation of some of the project materials to help them get started in life.
IOM Project Manager in presenting the materials and the program said his organization is not here to donate the project materials that were requested by the Carteret’s Islanders, but to try and help them reestablish and reorganize themselves in life.
Mr. Sithole added that what everyone must understand is “NO HUMAN KNOWS WHAT NATURE CAN DO BUT HUMANS CAN UNDERSTAND AND BE PREPARED FOR NATURE.”
211215ABG MINISTER HANDS DOWN 350MILLION KINA 2016 BUDGET
By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG Minister for Finance Planning and Treasury, ALBERT PUNGHAU this afternoon handed down the 2016 ABG Budget totalling K 350,868,200.00
This is down by EIGHT MILLION KINA from the 2015 ABG Budget.
In handing down the budget, the Minister said that from the National Government’s allocation for 2016, ABG was allocated K261,727,500.00
According to the ABG 2016 BUDGET most of this year’s funds were not used and have been forwarded for implementation in 2016.
The ABG Minister told the ABG House that times are tough and everybody must be prepared to tighten their belt now and in the future.
The ABG Budget session then adjourned so that the members can study the Budget so that they can debate on the budget before it is passed as the 2016 Budget.
201015GOOD WORK HAMAL
By Tom Kathoa
Non-governmental Organizations are doing a lot of good in improving the lives of people in Bougainville.
ABG Member for Hagogohe Constituency, Hon. Robert Hamal Sawa said World Vision and other NGO organizations have and are still contributing a lot to developing Bougainville.
They are in fact freeing the ABG Government of some commitments because the government does not have all the financial and human resources available to undertake these projects.
He said he is very impressed with the harmonious working relationship between these organizations and the ABG Government.
The Member for Hagogohe said he would like to see such a partnership continued into the future.