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NEWS, BRIEFINGS, LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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his Napoleon wrasse was caught on a recent fishing expedition to Pocklington Reef, on the outer reaches of Papua New Guinea’s south-eastern waters. The fish is considered endangered by the World Wildlife Fund and it’s rare to catch one on a rod and reel. John Cruz, from Sport Fishing PNG, says the fish was handled carefully and released back to the water in good health. He says the nine-day commercial expedition, with fishermen from Japan, went to places where no one has cast a lure before. “Fishing in an un-fished destination is special,’’ he says. “We were met with excellent fishing and were able to catch fish after fish, including rare species like the Napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, and dogtooth tuna, along with other massive reef species that are considered rare in other parts of the world.” Sport Fishing PNG, which operates out of Port Moresby, is planning another expedition to Pocklington Reef next year. The reef is located more than 300 kilometres from Missima Island, which is 280 kilometres from Alotau. See sportfishingpng.net

20 Paradise – Air Niugini’s in-flight magazine

ore than 150 Whitsundays tourism operators descended on Whitehaven Beach recently to roll out their beach towels in a ‘Welcome Back’ message aimed at tourists, as the region recovers from Tropical Cyclone Debbie that struck earlier in the year. Tourism Whitsundays chief executive officer, Craig Turner, says: “It’s important the world knows that most hotels have opened their doors, tours are back on the water and the sun is again shining on the Whitsundays.” Air Niugini flies regularly from Port Moresby to Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, from where you can access the Whitsundays. See airniugini.com.pg. n

Hong Kong’s new hotspot

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ong Kong’s new South Island MTR line opened at the end of last year, reaching Wong Chuk Hang on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. Not a moment too soon for the inquisitive traveller, as the former industrial district has been gradually transforming into a hotspot of art, design and food. In the 20th century this was an area crammed with factories. The empty space became a playground for creative types.

As a result there’s still a measure of grit, but also plenty of cutting-edge venues to explore. One of Wong Chuk Hang’s most interesting galleries is Spring Workshop (42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd), a non-profit experimental arts space. Its landmark bright yellow art installation, The Industrial Forest (pictured) references the district’s name, which translates as ‘yellow bamboo ditch’. Among other galleries, Blindspot (28 Wong Chuk Hang Rd) exhibits photographic work. Plum Blossom (30 Wong Chuk Hang Rd) showcases ancient and modern Asian art. Whitestone Gallery (21 Wong Chuk Hang Rd) focuses on Japanese art. Shoppers will want to visit Mirth (23 Wong Chuk Hang Rd), which sells homewares and other items from local designers. Casa Capriz (23 Wong Chuk Hang Rd) and Manks (30 Wong Chuk Hang Rd) are noted for their stylish furniture. As for food, start your day with coffee at Sensory Zero (2 Heung Yip Rd). For lunch, 3/3rds (6 Heung Yip Rd) specialises in salads and pizza, with a great top-floor view. n —TIM RICHARDS

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2017  

The July/August 2017 Issue (Vol 4, 2017) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...

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