PORT MORESBY – Lobbying for the position of Papua New Guinea Governor-General has started as incumbent Sir Michael Ogio prepares to vacate Government House. Sir Michael’s five-year term expires on February 25 next year. There are already names being tossed around which include former Enga politician and one-time candidate Sir Pato Kakaraya and Kabwum MP Bob Dadae, who said he would make a statement later.

UN member

ALOFI – Niue wants to be a member of the UN. The Premier, Toke Talagi, told Niueans at an event marking Constitution Day, that it was time for the country to have a vote at the world body. Niue is in free association with New Zealand; its citizens are also New Zealand citizens and New Zealand generally handles foreign affairs issues, including representing the island at the UN.

Bribery case

PORT VILA – The effect of the decision of last year’s bribery case and related cases will be decided on Wednesday next week when Supreme Court Judge, James Paul Geoghegan is set to deliver a decision on the Constitutional application of the former members of Parliament. Justice Geoghegan adjourned the case to Friday after the counsel acting on behalf of the Public Prosecutor, William Timakata, took the witness stand on Wednesday to testify.

People rally

NOUMEA – Several thousand people have rallied in Noumea to call for New Caledonia’s indigenous Kanaks to be automatically enrolled for the independence vote in 2018. According to the march organisers, 5000 people joined Wednesday’s rally while police say 2000 people were at the march. The roll is restricted to long-term residents who are also enrolled on the general list.

43rd anniversary

PORT MORESBY – PNG national airline, Air Niugini will celebrate its 43rd anniversary this week with activities set to be staged in Kokopo, East New Britain Province. It’s a way of bringing Air Niugini to other parts of Papua New Guinea instead of having all anniversary celebrations centered in Port Moresby.

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