Parliamentary Leader of the National Alliance Party
Hon. Patrick Pruaitch has been the Minister for Treasury of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea since March 2014. As the Minister for Treasury, Hon Pruaitch was also the Chairman for the Boards of Governors of the IMF/WBG in 2014.
Hon. Pruaitch holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea. His other political appointments have included: Minister for Forests (2002-2007), Minister for Treasury and Finance (2007-2010), Minister for Forests and Climate Change (2012-2014).
His additional work experience includes: Regional Operations Manager for New Guinea Islands with South Pacific Breweries, Regional Manager for Momase Region with South Pacific Breweries, one (1) year engagement with major Asian business leader Asia Pacific Breweries in Singapore, Retail Manager, Momase Region with Shell (PNG) Ltd.
Hon. Pruaitch is a four-time elected Member of Parliament for Aitape-Lumi Electorate from 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017 national elections respectively.
He has been awarded with a Queen’s Honours – Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG).
Currently, he is the Parliamentary Leader of the National Alliance Party and Leader of the Opposition, Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea ( 2017 - 2022)
Benkato "Kato" Ottio[ (20 March 1994 – 9 January 2018) was a Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer. Primarily playing as a centre, Ottio represented the Papua New Guinean national team, most notably at the 2017 World Cup.
Ottio was born and raised in the village of Tatana, near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Before playing rugby league, Ottio played volleyball and was a member of PNG's squad at the 2013 Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna, which won gold, and Amoa NCD's team at the 2014 Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship in the Philippines. Ottio then took up rugby league exclusively, playing at an amateur level for the Dobo Warriors.
In October 2014, Ottio played for the PNG Prime Minister's XIII against the Australian Prime Minister's XIII, which saw him subsequently sign with the Papua New Guinea Hunters of the Queensland Cup, starting in 2015. Ottio made his debut for the national side in May 2015 against Fiji. In February 2016, Ottio signed a two-year contract with the Canberra Raiders, spending the duration with the Raiders' feeder team, the Mount Pritchard Mounties, in the New South Wales Cup. He was named on the wing in the 2016 NSW Cup Team of the Year, having scored 29 tries in 23 games, the New South Wales Rugby League's leading tryscorer in 2016.Ottio was not considered for PNG's May 2017 match against the Cook Islands as he had recently returned from a long-term injury. In October 2017, Ottio was named in PNG's squad for the 2017 World Cup.
In December 2017, Ottio signed with the Widnes Vikings who play in the Super League
Ottio collapsed due to heat stroke while training alongside the Papua New Guinea Hunters on 7 January 2018, and died in the early hours of 9 January suffering from internal bleeding. He had been due to travel to the United Kingdom to join the Widnes squad for pre-season training on 11 January. Ottio's funeral was held on 12 January at Sir John Guise Indoor Complex, and was attended by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill. He was buried at his native Tatana Village outside Port Moresby.
Member of Parliament for Ialibu-Pangia Open, Prime Minister and Leader of People's National Congress Party (P.N.C)
Past: First elected to the 7th National Parliament in the 2002 General Elections for the Ialibu-Pangia Open seat as a People's Solidarity Party Candidate. Elected Leader of People's National Congress party following the merger of the two parties after the 2002 general elections. Appointed Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations on the 13/8/2002 following the formation of the Somare/Marat government until the 2/8/2003 when appointed Minister for Public Service. Named Leader of Government Business on the 6/3/2003. Decommissioned as Minister for Public Service and Leader of Government Business on the 18/5/2004 following the departure of People's National Congress party from the Somare government. Elected Leader of Opposition on the 19/5/2004. Re-elected to the 8th National Parliament in the 2007 General Elections for the same seat as a People's National Congress candidate. Appointment as Minister responsible for Commerce and Industry and Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in the caretaker cabinet on the 13/8/2007 then Minister for Public Service in the Somare-Temu cabinet on the 29/8/2007. Appointed Minister for Finance and Treasury from July 2010. Elected Prime Minister on the 2nd August 2011.
Religion: Christianity- Lutheran
Primary Education: Gr 1- 6, Pangia Primary School, Southern Highlands, 1977
Secondary Education: Gr 7-9, Ialibu High School, Southern Highlands, 1978-1980, Gr 10, Goroka High School, Eastern Highlands Province, 1981
Tertiary Education: Accounting, University of Papua New Guinea,1982-1986. Honors in Accounting, University of Papua New Guinea, 1988
Achievements: Bachelor of Accountancy and Commerce Degree, University of Papua New Guinea Honors Degree in Accountancy, University of Papua New Guinea Certified Practicing Accountants (Papua New Guinea Certified Practicing Accounts
Community Interests: President of the PNG Institute of Certified Practicing Accountants (P.N.G.C.P.A). Served as company director for various companies and statutory institutions including Executive Chairman of PNG Banking Corporation, Rural Development Bank, Motor Vehicle Insurance Trust & Pacific MMI Insurance
Last Occupation Prior to Elections: Served as Company Director for various companies and statutory institutions.
He is one of the richest Papua New Guinea Prime Minister.
Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare, GCL, GCMG, CH, CF, KStJ, PC, was born 9 April 1936. He is the States man of Independent State of Papua New Guinea. Sir Michael was Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea from 2002 to 2011; he had previously been Prime Minister from independence in 1975 until 1980 and again from 1982 until 1985. Somare's first two terms were as a member of the Pangu Party, but he then became leader of the National Alliance Party. He was re-elected as Prime Minister in the 2007 election, and his family announced his resignation due to ill health in June 2011.
On 12 December 2011, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ordered that Somare be reinstated as Prime Minister, ruling that his successor, Peter O'Neill, was not lawfully appointed. Wikipedia
Dame Carol Kidu, (formerly, Lady Kidu), born on 10 October 1948 is an
Australian-born Papua New Guinean politician. She was the only female Member of
Parliament in the 2002-2007 and 2007-2012 National Parliaments, and served as
Minister for Community Development under Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare from
2002 to 2 August 2011 and as Opposition Leader from 15 February 2012 until her
retirement from politics in July 2012. She was the leader of the Melanesian
Alliance Party until her retirement.
Born as Carol Anne
Millwater in Shorncliffe, Queensland, Australia, she relocated to Port Moresby,
Papua New Guinea after marrying Buri Kidu, who later became Sir Buri Kidu after
being knighted in 1980 on his appointment as the first indigenous Chief Justice
of Papua New Guinea. She became a teacher and wrote school textbooks. She was
widowed in 1994 after her husband died of a heart attack. Wikipedia
Stanley Gene (born 11 May 1974 in Goroka) is a former Papua New
Guinean rugby league player who currently coaches the academy team at Hull
Kingston Rovers. Stanley also plays for Beverley Rugby Union Club. He recently
played forHalifax in the Co-operative Championship. He has also previously
played for Hull KR, Huddersfield Giants and Bradford Bulls. He is a versatile
player, with the ability to cover virtually any position on the pitch. He was a
regular for the PNG for over 15 years, and captained the side on many occasions.
He is highly regarded almost universally in the UK and Australia and his home
country as a rugby league legend and is one of the most highly regarded players
in the game.
Stanley Gene's representative career lasted over a decade. He
made his name for PNG in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, and also played in the
2000 and 2008 tournaments. In addition, he represented his country in numerous
test matches before announcing his intention to retire from international rugby
league following the 2008 World Cup. Following PNG's exit from the tournament,
he was tearfully carried from the field by his team mates and given a standing
ovation by the crowd. He is regarded in Papua New Guinea as a sporting legend.
Adrian Lam (born 25 August 1970 in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea)
is an Australian rugby league football coach and former international player. He
is the head coach of the under 20 St George Dragons squad National Rugby League
(NRL) team he signed with them in 2010 and will combine with coaching legend
Wayne Bennett.He is a former Papua New Guinea rugby league football player. Lam
moved from Papua New Guinea to Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland at
the age of 7 where he was raised. Lam played for Sydney Roosters in the NRL and
also for the Queensland Maroons.
Lam captained Papua New Guinea in many occasion before retiring from Rugby League. He is currently the coach of Papua New Guinea.
Marcus Bai (born 11 October 1972) is a Papua New Guinean former
rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. Primarily a winger, he played
his final season in 2006 for English Super League team Bradford Bulls. He is the
only man to win the World Club Challenge with three different clubs.
Previously he played with Melbourne Storm in Australia before moving to UK.
He also played for Papua New Guinea in many international matches
He retired from the game and currently runs family business.
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