PNG Flag and National Anthem

The Papua New Guinea National flag, formally adopted in 1971, is rectangular in proportion of four to three. It is divided diagonally from the top to the hoist to the bottom of the fly. On the upper part appears a yellow " Kumul ", Bird of Paradise on the red background. On the yellow part are five stars representing the Southern Cross, on the black background. Black, red and yellow are traditional colors in Papua New Guinea.

The Bird of Paradise plays and important role in the social and
cultural activities of many groups in the country and its plumes are often used as ceremonial decoration. On the flag it is shown soaring above the Southern Cross, with display plumes trailing, symbolizing Papua New Guinea's emergence into nationhood.

The Southern Cross is the constellation notable in the night skies of
Papua New Guinea and other countries of the Southern Hemisphere.
It appears on the flag to signify the country's historical relationship
with other nations of the South Pacific.

National Anthem: " O ARISE ALL YOU SONS "

VERSE 1 O arise all you sons of this land
Let us sing of our joy to be free.
Praising God and rejoicing to be
Papua New Guinea.

CHORUS Shout our name from the mountain to seas
Papua New Guinea.
Let us raise our voices and proclaim
Papua New Guinea.

VERSE 2 Now give thanks to the good Lord above
For His kindness, His wisdom and love
For this land of our fathers so free,
Papua New Guinea.

CHORUS Shout again for the whole world to hear
Papua New Guinea,
We're independent and we're free,
Papua New Guinea.

PNG Crest

The National Parliament Building

"A majestic and monumental building that captivates; the visions of our ancestors, the legacies of our past; the beauty, spirit and diversity of our people and our culture; and passionately promulgates the hopes, dreams and future of our new generation. And in modern parlance of democratic governance; it projects our own brand of parliamentary democracy under the Westminster model of Government. A brand of parliamentary democracy that is still evolving and whose ultimate shape, form, ebullient spirit and substance will be determined at our own time, pace, and tempo; and sets forth our destiny as an emerging independent sovereign nation state."

Sir Nagora Bogan, KBE
April, 1999

This monumental building when viewed from the air looks like a great bird nestled on the gentle slopes of Waigani, just within the metropolis of Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. Rising above the main entrance to the chamber is a peaked roof modeled on the haus tambaran, the men's spirit haus of the Sepik region in the North Western part of Papua New Guinea. The roof sweeps down over a central office building to end in a roundhouse whose form comes directly from the traditional roundhouses in many regions of the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

The Democratic Assertion of the People

Perched within the arch of the peaked roof is a resounding assertion that underscores and extols the virtues of Papua New Guinea's own inventive intonation of one of the most fundamental tenets of democracy.......

The interior and the decorative elements are equally eclectic. Door handles are shaped like kundu drums (i.e. local drum commonly used in traditional dances). The ceiling above the main hall is decorated with local tapa designs.


The Speakers chair is surrounded by intricate carvings originating from the ceremonial canoes from the Trobriand Islands and some regions of the Miln Bay province. The chair itself is Westminster, but the whole effect is more reminiscent of the orator's stool which features in many villages ceremonies throughout Papua New Guinea. And carved into the base is a garamut, a long cylindrical drum from Manus Island used to call people together.

The floor of the chamber is arranged as a sweeping semi-circle aroud the speaker with elegant traditional décor. Each of the 109 Members of Parliament has a large desk and ear phones on which he can hear proceedings translated into English, and the two prominent local vernaculars of - Police Motu and Tok Pisin. The Chamber also incorporates advisors booth for the members advisors, and press gallery for the press corps. The public gallery can accommodate up to 600 audiences. Practically, all Parliamentary sessions are open to the public and in recent years some important sessions have been televised on the local television station, EMTV.


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