Hausples takes important steps to review its website moderation policy

Hausples Press Release 5.8.19Firstly, let me say that as a company and an as an individual, I abhor racism in any form and it is certainly not my intention to foster it. Hausples in no way condones properties that are marketed solely to any race or ethnicity.

As a company, Hausples has always prided itself on being a free resource for the public with the aim of growing PNG’s real estate sector to benefit all Papua New Guineans. Consequently, it’s free for anyone to list a property for sale and rent on the Hausples website, similarly, it is free to attend any of our expos and events.

We have actively chosen to keep costs low to ensure everyone can engage in the property market. As a result of our low-cost structure and high usage of the Hausples website (with more than 3,000 properties listed at any given time), we do not currently have the resources moderate every individual property that is marketed.

When we became aware of the property you mentioned we immediately removed it from Hausples – within 24 hours of if being posted.

Moving forward we will review our moderation processes and seek to apply more oversight before properties are made live.  With respect to our marketing in general, we market properties across the whole spectrum of buyers and renters; from luxury homes to affordable housing, and from serviced apartments suiting corporates, to long term rentals. It has never been our intention to segregate our audience based on race, but rather we market based on need: first home buyers, luxury buyers, affordable rentals, corporate rentals.

Mathew Care is CEO and founder of Hausples.  This statement was released on August 5th. 


Annette Sete: Chinese counterfeits killing local fashion industry

ASPapua New Guineans in the creative industries MSMEs and SMEs will never win against cheap Chinese copies unless and until the government tightens up on some of the laws safe guarding our industries.

Chinese imitations of local designs, fake or counterfeit products will continue to flood our markets.

week my total of Chinese copies reached eight. Six of those we attempted to fight them but high lawyer costs obviously meant we can’t afford to do all.

I read with interest and even frustrations as Papua New Guineans call for protection of our rights. Intellectual property office can advise on your rights but ‘yu yet nid lo go fight dis.’ They can register our trade marks, but that’s about it. Police obviously cannot raid shops without a copy of a lawyer’s  letter (which you have to pay for) and you need to prove you own the designs. (Remember Copyright is automatic).

Lawyers fees will mean you prioritize cases or you drop fighting Chinese shops and move on. If you fight Chinese shops – you struggle to find who actually owns the shop. The Chinese watching over the cash register at the shop is NOT the owner. Almost all of them don’t speak English, and some claimed to not know who their bosses are. (Would love to check their work permits and Visas!)

Then there are those Chinese that looked genuine but are extreme capitalists that would do anything to make money including copying you and fight it in court (because they can afford to).

So here’s my proposal:

Is there a lawyer or law firm out there who wished to take up the challenge of representing me? I’m looking for a litigation lawyer. I can’t pay you upfront but I’d be happy to discuss the cases with you to see if they are worth the fight.
The aim is to win at least a case that we can highlight our copyright infringements and teach these Chinese or any others for that matter that they can’t just continue to copy!

If you win the case; you get your fees paid and we split the settlement 60/40. I’ll take the 40 percent! The aim is to raise awareness and end the current nightmare of Chinese copies in fabrics, shirts etc – with no regard for intellectual property rights! No regard for our people for that matter.

That’s my fight to #takebackpng

Annette Sete, is a Papua New Guinean journalist and fashion designer. 

Opinion: Pascoe Kase’s admission of health system failure, 10 years overdue

Pascoe Kase (Post Courier)

For the last five years, I have been repeating the same story: ‘We have a crisis in the health system.”

The rest of the country can see it.  The people  who are victims of the medicine shortages all over the country keep speaking out  about it.  Health workers have cried while being interviewed because they simply can’t save lives.

And we’re not talking about the expensive cancer treatment and operations families have to pay for.  It’s the basics that are lacking.  Antibiotics, malaria drugs, family planning drugs and consumables.  The clinics don’t have them. Or even if they have them, the supplies are not enough for their catchment areas.

Personally, I have emailed the Health Secretary, Pascoe Kase, on the  cancer unit in Lae, the ill-treatment of the late Dr. John Niblet and the medicine shortages. I have called and sent text messages.

No reply.

I found that the only way  get the  (former) government’s attention was to produce a series of live videos on Facebook berating the Health Minister and the ‘higher ups’ until the issue got discussed on the floor of Parliament.

It took a change of government before  health workers truly felt free to openly discuss the medicine shortages.  When the new PM, James Marape, travelled to Lae on his second visit, he came with the  Health Minister, Elias Kapavore, and  Secretary Kase.

We put the question of medicine shortages to him yet again. The Health Secretary was indeed quick to defend saying the medicine shortage was a “broad” assumption and that the problem was with the area medical stores. He went on further to state that a lot of the blame lay with staff at the clinics.

I said: “You have to go to the clinics and talk to staff because the information you are giving me here is wrong.”  (I have the video).  It turned into a tense exchange which we later had to cut short.

After more than five years, Secretary Kase is now “admitting” that there are problems.  I could say ‘better late than never.’  But…No.  We wanted that admission earlier. We wanted an acknowledgment of the problem and it is almost 10 years overdue.

Senior doctors Like Sam Yokopua, Ludwig Nanawar and Alex Peawi have all threatened to resign over the unresolved problems that continue to hurt their patients.  Dr. Sam Yokopua, has become something of a fundraiser, going out of his way to ask the public for support for medicines and consumables because, the system is not supporting him.

Things need to change. Those in power need to realize that the people pay their salaries and the people want answers.




Wewak airport’s small pieces of history

Along with the 50,000 years of rich cultural history, East Sepik, also contains gems from its recent history.

In the Wewak airport terminal, I never paid attention to the details. But behind the check in counter, is an old Air Niugini logo from the 80s. The red kumul and the black text prominent proudly announcing the ‘National Airline of Papua New Guinea.’

On one side of the wall, is another piece of independence history. The terminal marked PNG’s 10 years as a politically independent nation.

I do hope the East Sepik Provincial Government will take these pieces and pu them in a safe place when they do decide to upgrade the terminal.

Emmanuel Narakobi calls out racist advertising on real estate website

h4So let me backtrack. Economic segregation has been practiced for a long time in PNG, the so called Expat as defined legally for the private sector was someone that was supposed to train up local talent where such experience did not exist in the organization. There is no normal foreign worker license which then perpetuates the “Expat” policy and ultimately attitudes. In other words we have institutionalized economic segregation.

h6When the Bougainville Copper mine was established, they did not just setup a mining project. They setup an entire town with schools, hospitals and leisure facilities. Everyone, both Papua New Guinean and ‘Expats’ all lived and worked together in Bougainville with their families using all the same facilities. This was a utopian dream which is no longer attempted or dared to be dreamt of again.

Fast forward to today, our socio-economic landscape makes it impossible to dream of such utopias again however the Papua New Guinean middle class has now greatly expanded. We have Papua New Guineans that have attended every single University in the world from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Canberra to Shanghai. We have multi millionaires Jacob Luke and Robert Agarobe that employ foreigners.

kenniSo James Marape PM you are not going to achieve your dream if the best talent and most achieved Papua New Guineans are not allowed to live a normal global lifestyle in their own country. With dual wages for the exact same experience and qualifications, with Government contracts and senior jobs going to Expats even though qualified locals are available, with local staff being treated like slaves and now with …. like this housing advertisement blatantly telling us that only Expatriates can live in their accommodation. Then seriously, What the …. Are We Doing Here?!?!

Everyone in the chain is to blame, our visas and legislations for starters, ourselves for not nipping it in the bud when it arises and everyone else profiting from this economic segregation. Why does the landlord feel they can blatantly advertise like this? Why does the real estate company feel it’s ok to represent clients like this? Why does Hausples feel it’s ok to allow content like this on its website. Look at the Google search below, Hausples has purposely created a classification on their website for “Expat Rentals”

You can be a smart person with qualifications coming from the poorest parts of the world but if you secured a job in Silicon Valley or anywhere else in the Western world you would be paid exactly what you are worth. Like why do we not have PNG Expats in Australia? On a social level when you attend any party or function the night always begins with people huddled in their racial groups. We have a huge imbalance in how our society operates and economic segregation like this does not help. In its worst form, it develops and perpetuates racist attitudes and behavior.

This is not what a free, fair, democratic and egalitarian country should be about.

Papua New Guinea’s golden girls

Papua New Guinea’s performances at the 2019 Pacific Games highlighted to the nation, the importance of its women-folk, who despite myriad challenges, brought back a staggering 29 Gold medals in total, over double that of the men.

Flora Loga’s first Gold

Samoa 2019 presented for Papua New Guinea the chance to really show its dominance as a power in sport in the Pacific. With a failing economy, rising debt levels, crime in some areas shocking, this was the opportunity to tell the rest of our island neighbours that PNG had much more to offer.
And its contingent of athletes would be the ambassadors of a nation that for so long had had a darker pall cast over it.
And sport – was where PNGs true heroes had always united the nation.

In 2015, riding that wave of home support, Papua New Guinea dominated, in the track, the field, the pool, pitch, court, ring, raking in medal after medal.
But gone were Ryan, there was no Nelson, and none of our hunters were in the 9s.
Tennis star Abigail Tere-Apisah bore the nation’s standard on opening night. A moment she spoke of with pride as she looked to retain gold from 2015.

“I’m really excited to lead team PNG this evening and we’re also less than a day away from competing and we hope to give our best and we hope that you guys are supporting from home and wherever in the world you are”

Dominating in the courts and eventually facing off against her niece in a two set victory Tere-Apisah’s medal count boosted PNG even further on the tally.

Weightlifting’s Dika remains a shining light, coming back out of retirement she bore her weight of expectancy in an almost serene fashion, Toua lifted an amazing 175kg ,winning gold in the snatch AND clean and jerk.

“I’m feeling great at the moment… I’ve won the three medals and I’m so excited for Papua New Guinea because we’ve worked so hard for it.”

Powerlifting flew under the radar – Linda Pulsan, Oceania Champion, Commonwealth Champion, World Champion, inspired her own crop to a five gold haul.

“im happy because in the first week (of competition) we were on sixth place, and our Gold medals brought PNG up.” She said at the official Team PNG welcome.

Women’s football had no local national competition and hadn’t had one in over a two year period. That a handful of women could be selected with no domestic league, no international fixtures in the lead, yet go undefeated with a combined 23 goals conceding 5.

Prior to their departure co-captain Lucy Maino had been excited at the prospect of adding more to PNGs growing souvenir collection.

“from four years from now, not just myself but the girls as well have grown in different ways…. We all had one common goal and that kept us united, kept us focussed, it was honestly really refreshing and just to see women’s soccer continue to grow and develop in different levels”

PNG Women’s Football team, leading 3-1 over Vanuatu

Fast forward a month, and she was joined by the football queen’s longest serving player and now multiple pacific games gold medallist, Deslyn Siniu.

“I’m just super proud of the girls, playing in our fifth pacific games.. It’s just awesome. You get to see or know there’s a lot of talent here in PNG in terms of women’s football there’s a lot of potential and I think one of the biggest challenges is to identify those potentials and develop those skills because I know that PNG women’s, we can go for the sixth gold medal in the Solomon’s in the next four years”

While that result may however have been underpinned by their ranking as favorites prior to the games, it was an additional inspiration when the day before, the Women’s Touch team equalled its men’s result, by winning gold on a muddy Samoan field.

New Caledonia after just Day One were already leading the medal count. No surprises there. Out of 15 previous games, they’d only lost it three times and with the exception of 2015, were still overwhelming favourites.

They ruled the pool, and the ocean, racing away to an unassailable lead before half of PNGs contingent arrived in Apia.
But while New Caledonia had their swimmers, PNG had their track stars.

it was the track where PNG women shone, collecting 28 medals, 11 of those a shiny yellow.

Sharon Toako, Annie Topal , Rellie Kaputin, Donna Koniel, Leonie Beu, Isila Apkup, Poro Gahekave leading the 1, 2, 3 and Toea Wisil in the 100, 200 and 400m races.
Toea’s feat an unimaginable 3 by 3, dating back 2007 years.

Toea remains PNGs most prominent track stars

A record that, despite the advances of the rest of the pacific, will take a long time to break. And all this despite her own personal battles. EMTV Sport Presenter Dinnierose Raiko who had been covering Wisil’s performance’s had this to say about the sprint queen.

“her struggles came to light in the 2017 mini-pacific games when she went to Vanuatu and in the sprints, in the 200 actually that was where Cook Islands beat her to Gold, and she broke down… she didn’t go up to the podium (for the) medal presentation and she was shunned for it, a lot of people considered it as breaking protocol… but I think her mental welfare and her welfare in general wasn’t considered during that time”

“These elite athletes push themselves to the limit and at some point they need mental support”

Our 7s women qualified – our men didn’t, and while it was a bronze medal- their performance stated, if you can it, we can too.
Basketball was a disappointment however.
Allegations of nepotism in the selection process were brought to light after dismal performances throughout the first week of competition in Samoa.

Cricket were hoping to pull one back over hosts Samoa, but lacking numbers and back to back matches under wet conditions, didn’t help their cause, eventually settling for silver.

The silver medals were another aspect of comparative results with the men’s. Bearing in mind that roughly half 190- 182 of PNGs travelling contingent were women, 26 silver medals were picked up, to the men’s 31.

All the women spoke to, shared the same sentiments, that more support is needed for women. That they should be allowed to have the same opportunities as the men do, both in terms of technical support, sponsorships and also from the wider community.

The statistics speak for themselves. And so do their performances.

“Investment should come where there are returns” Raiko finishes off by saying.