THE second last of the weekly issues of the Kundiawa News, number 8, appeared on Friday 22 May 1964, ran to six pages and printed 50 copies at one shilling each. Again the quotient of news increased – and this was to expand much more in the fortnightly issues that were to come. Note: this issue contains the newsletter’s first legitimate quote, banal though it is. While its coverage is improving, the News is still not managing to reflect the complexity and colour of the dynamic Simbu environment in which it is published. The newsletter's best times still lie ahead.
EDUCATION CHIEFS VISIT KUNDIAWA
Some important Education personnel will be visiting Kundiawa within the next four weeks. They include Mr A Shanley (Inspector of primary A Schools), Mr R Ralph (Chief of Division, Primary Education), Mr L Johnson (TPNG Director of Education) and Dr D Wyndham (NSW Director of Education). All four will be visiting various schools in the Chimbu area.
PLANT PASSES THROUGH TOWN
A heavy grader and other plant passed through Kundiawa this week on the way from Lae to Mendi. It is being driven by a Goroka driver. Local PWD officer, John Jones, had previously been approached to take through from Kundiawa but didn’t like the idea.
Jones had previously driven convoys of trucks overland from Mt Hagen to Mendi. He considers the job of taking heavy plant through highly dangerous and almost impossible. The equipment will be used in the construction of the new airstrip at Mendi.
NEW ADO FOR TOWNSHIP
The new Assistant District Officer, Mr Desailly, will be arriving some time this week to take over his post at Kundiawa. Mr Desailly, an ADO II, will be accompanied by his wife and young daughter.
WELFARE OFFICER NEXT WEEK
Miss Martineau, the first Welfare Officer to be appointed to the Chimbu, will be arriving next week. This is the realisation of DO Mr L Doolan’s hopes.
Kerowagi and Waiye Local Government Councils are at the moment holding their annual elections. Patrol Officer Paul Crowe is supervising the Waiye Council elections.
MALARIA ERADICATIONAT KEROWAGI
Malaria Services Regional Supervisor, MR R Male, is supervising the anti-malaria spraying at Kerowagi. In an interview with the News Mrs Male said: “On Thursday he is going over to Minj to see how things are going as he has teams there too.” Mr Male is expected back at the weekend.
PERSONAL PARS WITH MURRAY BLADWELL
Here there are Pidgin classes being conducted by Kundiawa’s Pidgin expert, Lionel Davies. He has commenced classes for all indigenous persons on the station and says hopes to improve their Pidgin sufficiently for them to be able to converse more fluently with him. Keep up the good work Lionel!