The thirteenth issue of the Kundiawa News was published on 10 July 1964, its circulation having increased from 50 to 80 over the previous three months. The newsletter ran to 14 pages and included news, comment, an article (‘Behind the Iron Curtain’), satire, social items and sport. Malaria School operative Harry Lake was the caricaturist.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THE FIRST HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY OPENING
By Johanes Yonduai (Senior Orderly, Kundiawa Hospital)
Recently I witnessed the opening of the House of Assembly abd the following are my impressions of this plus other comments. While in Port Moresby I was very impressed at the sight of warships in the harbour and many different types of aircraft. I was also amazed at the size of Port Moresby and its many houses and the endless line of cars.
The Governor-General opened the House, having inspected a Police guard of honour while a band played. I realised how much Australia has assisted our country and I was very touched by this ceremony. The Australian Government has freely given to our country, a gesture which we should not forget.
They have taught us that the only way our country can become self-supporting is through hard work. We must be grateful to Australia who alone has done so much for us and helped us in so many different ways. These are my own views and I dop hope they are understood by you all.
WE WANT TO HELP OURSELVES
Plea by Kwatinem
At the meeting of Town Advisory Council last Monday an emotional plea by Mr Kwatinem aroused comment from all members. Mr Kwatinem stated that he was ashamed that he and his people had to accept so much help from the Administration. He said it was unfair that only some of the people were paying tax in the Chimbu when overall development is required.
The only way that the people could help themselves was through the establishment of more Local Government Councils. It was resolved by the meeting that more Councils were needed for the Chimbu Division and that an immediate request be made for them.
DRAMA ON THE PLES BALUS
An on-the-spot report from Keith Buxton
Only the calmness and skilful handling of a TAL Cessna by young pilot Adam Hunter averted what could have been a nasty accident last week, although Adam was quite modest about the incident and at the time remarked, “It’s nothing really.”
As he touched down on the strip carrying a load for local hotelier Denis Rooke, the drum in the right wheel seized, the plane coming to a sudden halt and slewing around crazily midway down the strip with one wheel sporting a flat tyre deeply buried in the runway.
The cargo was unloaded onto a vehicle and, with the help of a large crowd, the aircraft was manhandled to the edge of the airstrip where it remained until assistance and the necessary spare parts were flown in from Goroka.
Due to the promptness of postmistress Jenny Breman, TAL’s Goroka office was notified of the accident within nine minutes of its occurrence.
My first column, which appeared in the last issue, brought results which reverberated far afield and caused comment in Goroka and even Mount Hagen. No apology is forthcoming for, as I previously stated, a little constructive criticism will do no harm to any of us.
Unfortunately my criticism this week is again levelled at Club happenings, namely last Saturday’s farcical ‘hop’. On Friday a pass made its way round the station but was sighted by only 20% of the population at most. Came the big night and the unfortunate duty bar steward stood at the bar for over an hour completely alone, without even the organisers of this ‘gala night’ being present.
At the end of this time he decided to venture forth to check his calendar that this was not in reality April 1st. Eventually some four persons arrived only to find that no music had been arranged nor were any records available in the Club. Could not a repetition of this shambles be avoided simply by music being arranged by the person responsible for this chore and the inevitable pass circulated at least three days in advance of an event?
Local guardian of the law, Graham Breman, is off on leave before the next issue of the News goes to press. Graham is off to spend his leave with a winter in Melbourne, which sounds as inviting as an autumn in the Amazon. Anyway have an enjoyable leave Graham but, tell me, is there any truth in the rumour that you intend setting up a mud crab pickling factory in the upper reaches of the Yarra.