MORE than 20 officers and their spouses from National Cultural Commission (NCC) and Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies were yesterday privileged to obtain marriage certificates.

Providing marriage and birth certificates and National Identity (NID) cards for the release of leave entitlements among public servants in PNG is difficult now a days therefore NCC and its management made an arrangement with a marriage celebrant to conduct the mass marriage ceremony.

The Acting Executive Director of NCC, Steven Kilanda told the officers that for the public servants now a days to get their leave entitlements released was getting tough these days therefore the Management of NCC decided to arrange the marriage celebrant so that the officers and their spouses could sign and get their marriage certificates easily.

“It’s getting hard these days so NCC arranged this so that you and your spouses can get the marriage certificates while NCC take care of the costs incurred,” he said.

Mr Kilanda said he was more than happy to see his officers and their spouses signing and getting their marriage certificates.

He said the same marriage celebrant and the Human Resources officer from NCC would travel up to Goroka in the eastern Highlands Province to conduct the marriage celebration with the officers of the National Performing Arts Troupe (NPAT) and National Film Institute (NFI) in the days to come.

Pastor Joel Mondo, the marriage celebrant who is from the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in Morata told 25 couples who obtained the certificates that they needed their spouses as their assistance.

“God’s purpose of creating man and woman is to assist each other. Your spouse is your helper,” Ps Mondo said.

He said God created animals male and female but human being was only male and when He saw that the man needed helper, He made man lie down and took his rib from his side and made female and gave her to the man as his helper.

Ps Mondo said therefore both officers and the spouses were each other’s helper which the certificates they were about to sign signifies that.

He said the certificates they were about to sign were the legal documents signifying legally married couples in the country.

It was a relief for the officers from both organizations because the provision of the marriage certificates to have their leave entitlements released has been tough.

This would also makes the external auditors’ jobs easier when it comes to auditing the books of NCC and its institutions.





The iconic thatched-roof home of National Dramatic Arts Troupe was today re-opened in Goroka with much pomp, theatre performances and cake cutting.

The 37 year old home of the popular Raun Raun Theatre was condemned by health authorities eight years ago.

Designed by architect Paul Frame at Independence the building has been in a sad state of disrepair before the decision to restore it to its original state. After the restoration a further 15 years has been added to its active life.

Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture Mr Emil Tammur who was responsible for directing the renovation work was held up by duties at Parliament but the honor to officially open the building fell to National Cultural Commission Acting Executive Director Steven Enomb Kilanda.

Said Mr Kilanda during the ceremony: “The Raun Raun Theatre building is as old as the country is independent. It is the face of our dramatic arts, the face of our living cultures. It gives me great joy to see it restored to its former glory.”

Minister Tammur had a short message for the occasion too.

His message, conveyed by Mr Kilanda said:  “Our Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape has directed Papua New Guineans to take back PNG.

“That now becomes our direction in tourism, arts and culture.

“I urge you in this newly renovated building to also renovate and upgrade our programs, our work ethics and our commitment. We must design programs and theatre that bring back our languages, our traditional dances, our unique songs and bring to life our legends and folklore.

“Our cultures should be vibrant, living and dynamic, not dying or dead customary practices. They should be interactive.”

The renovation cost in excess of K300,000 with National Planning providing K200,000 through Public Investment Program funds, the Tourism Promotion Authority providing K100,000 and Friends of Raun Raun Theatre’s Cynthia Leahy providing K16,000. Material and labour was sourced locally.

Mr Kilanda thanked National Planning, TPA and the friends of Raun Raun for their generous support.

He said the work was completed in under six months and congratulated National Dramatic Arts Troupe Director John Doa and his team for the work.

Mr Doa said the bui

It shows what can be done through innovative and creative thinking.

“Getting money is hard but a good doable proposal will always find a willing ear,” he said.

“That has been my experience. Take the time to do good proposals. Justify well. Get your facts right. Do your financials well.

“Look beyond the government. There a museums around the world that must have an interest in the things we do here. They have resources. There are foundations that do similar work that we do. There are United Nations agencies dedicated to preservation of the cultural heritage of the world. The major film studios in the world might want to base a major work on location in PNG.

“These sources of potential assistance are just at the end of a Google Search and email. If we can produce vibrant theatre in this country, if we can produce good films and excellent music will not only take back PNG, but we will secure and progress PNG into tomorrow.”

The opening was attended by First Secretary of Tourism Ministry, Mr Andrew Diu Yamai, Cynthia Leahy, Goroka Show Chairlady Keryn Hargreaves, National Cultural Commission, National Film Institute and other cultural agency heads and singsing groups.


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