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PNG to Feature on Fiji TV

Air Niugini will promote its expanded service into Fiji by airing a special one-hour documentary on Karawari, in the East Sepik Province.

The one-hour documentary will air on Tuesday March 22 at 7pm on free-to-air television station Fiji 1.

The program documents the journey of visitor to Papua New Guinea who goes in search of the highly-prized Dendrobium lasianthera orchid, commonly known as the Sepik Blue.

The Sepik Blue is the unofficial national flower of Papua New Guinea and is unique to the Yimas Lakes region of the East Sepik.

Chitti Ratanapeanchai arrived in Papua New Guinea via Air Niugini’s direct service from Singapore. Mr Chitti is one of Thailand’s leading orchid growers and has a huge orchid farm two hours drive out of Bangkok. Many of his new hybrids are being developed using pure-form Papua New Guinean orchids.

Mr Chitti was understandably very excited about going directly to the source of these natural wonders. He had only read in books about the pristine environments and habitats of the various species of Dendrobium orchids in Papua New Guinea.

Mr Chitti is accompanied on his journey by Justin Tkatchenko, who also presents the television program.

Justin is one of the foremost authorities on orchids in the region, which is matched by his knowledge and passion for Papua New Guinea, its people and diverse cultures.

The stunning and ancient landscape of the region is further enhanced in the program by a soundtrack provided by leading Papua New Guinea musician Pius Wasi who, himself is from the East Sepik Province. Pius provides haunting traditional bamboo flutes and his vocal talent to create a soundscape as timeless and ancient as the land itself.

Karawari. A Journey into the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea premieres on Fiji One on Tuesday March 22 at 7pm. Presented by Justin Tkatchenko.

Written and produced by Glenn Armstrong.

Useful links and contacts

Exclusive agent for Air Niugini in Fiji is Discount Flight Centre

For more information on Air Niugini and Papua New Guinea www.airniugini.com.pg

Trans Niugini Tours www.pngtours.com

About Air Niugini

Air Niugini was founded in 1973 and now employs over 1,700 people throughout Papua New Guinea and the region. The airline has over 1,000,000 passenger movements each year through a fleet of twenty aircraft comprising of 767s, a 757, Fokker 100s, Dash 8s and two brand new Q400 Next Gen Dash-8 aircraft.

Air Niugini is the main provider of air transport in Papua New Guinea, servicing a number of domestic routes and also offering cargo and charter services. The airline also has a rapidly growing international operation with direct flights to Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Brisbane, Cairns and Sydney.

Air Niugini will introduce a third service to Fiji via Honiara from March 27, 2011.

Download a PDF of the Fiji Sun article with photos by Rocky Roe here.

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