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Port Moresby

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The Two Processes of Marriage: Customary and Statutory

In the societies of Papua New Guinea, the age is not relevant in many customary marriages. In customary marriages, the requirement of age is not really taken into consideration by the both parties’ relatives. The people in the societies make judgements and allow marriages by looking at the physical maturity of the parties. When the parents in the societies see that their child reaches a certain stage where they think they are capable of marriage, they are under marriageable age. However, under statutory law, the marriageable age is one of the paramount elements that have to be considered before a marriage takes place.

Therefore, according to s7 of the Marriage Act, it sets out the requirement that, 1) Subject to this section—

(a) a male person is of marriageable age if he has attained the age of 18 years; and

(b) a female person is of marriageable age if she has attained the age of 16 years.

In order for a male and a female to get married, there is a minimum age limit and above that requirement, they are allowed by the law to marry and make their own family as wives and husbands. The only exception where a under marriageable age person can enter into statutory marriage is by way of applying to the court where it is provided under s7 (2), a male person who has attained the age of 16 years but has not attained the age of 18 years, or a female person who has attained the age of 14 years but has not attained the age of 16 years, may apply to a Judge or Magistrate for an order authorizing him or her to marry a particular person of marriageable age. In this case, the magistrate grants permission to marry after considering the circumstances where it suits him or her to marry at an under marriageable age. The facts and circumstances satisfy the magistrate for his her honour to grant the permission for the person to enter into marriage. It is provided under s7 (3) of the Marriage Act that, the Judge or Magistrate shall hold an inquiry into the relevant facts and circumstances and, if he is satisfied that—

(a) the applicant has attained—

(i) in the case of a male person—the age of 16 years; or

(ii) in the case of a female person—the age of 14 years; and

(b) the circumstances of the case are so exceptional and unusual as to justify the making of the order,

he may, in his discretion, make the order sought, but otherwise he shall refuse the application. If the both parties are under marriageable age, the magistrate cannot grant permission unless one of them is at or above the marriageable age.

For the issue of consent, under customary law, consent is a very significant element that is considered. The parents must give their consents to their children before they go for marriage. It is also relevant in the aspect of introduced laws and it is provided under s17 (1) (d) of Marriage Act, the consent of either of the parties is not a real consent because—

(i) it was obtained by duress or fraud; or

(ii) the party is mistaken as to the identity of the other party, or as to the nature of the ceremony performed; or

(iii) the party is mentally incapable of understanding the nature of the marriage contract; or

(e) either of the parties is not of marriageable age.

The parental consent is very relevant before a marriage can be called a valid marriage under customary and introduced law. Therefore, if the parties fail to obtain the required consent , even though the marriage is right but it is void for the relevant is not present which is stipulated under s43(f) Marriage Act.

In accordance with s11 of the Marriage Act, the Magistrate can give consent to a party to enter into marriage in place of the parents in some circumstances that is usually in the case of minors. It provides that, Where, in relation to a proposed marriage of a minor—

(a) a person whose consent to the marriage is required by this Act refuses to consent to the marriage; or

(b) an application by the minor under Section 10 for dispensation with the consent of such a person is refused,

the minor may apply to a Magistrate for the consent of the Magistrate to the marriage in place of the consent of that person.

Therefore, since it’s a requirement under laws of this country, a person who do not get consent to get married is guilty of an offence under s58 (2) (b), which states that, the written consent of the person, or of each of the persons, whose consent to the marriage of the other party to the marriage is required by this Act has been given or dispensed with in accordance with this Act. Consent is very important when dealing with marriages between two parties whether its customary or statutory marriage.



Unless you are Papua New Guinean citizen, you will need a valid Papua New Guinean visa to enter the country. Passport holders from the countries below can apply for a free tourist visa upon arrival in the country. (NOTICE: FROM 30 OCTOBER 2018 – 30 NOVEMBER 2018 VISA ON ARRIVAL WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DUE TO THE APEC LEADER’S SUMMIT).

  • All Pacific countries

  • All Western European countries

  • America & Canada

  • New Zealand

  • Australia

  • Israel

All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas including working visas, business visas and tourist visas, at your nearest Papua New Guinean Embassy or Consulate. Please contact the nearest PNG Diplomatic mission to obtain fees in local currency. In the event that your application is unsuccessful, the fee is not refundable.


The Papua New Guinean Kina is the currency.


The official languages of the country all reflect its colonial history. English is the main language of government and commerce. In most everyday contexts the most widely spoken language is Tok Pisin (“Pidgin Language”; also called Melanesian Pidgin or Neo-Melanesian).

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The average temperature for the year in Port Moresby is 81.0°F (27.2°C). The warmest month, on average, is January with an average temperature of 82.0°F (27.8°C). The coolest month on average is July, with an average temperature of 78.0°F (25.6°C).

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Embrace the best of both worlds in Port Moresby, where sandy islands and untouched national parks meet a thriving metropolis of small cafes and bars, a diverse food scene and a unique blend of fine art and artefacts. Village and urban life exist in unison here, on Papua New Guinea’s south coast. Spend a day in the sun at nearby Fisherman's Island, walk beneath the shaded canopies at Port Moresby Nature Park, and travel through time on your tour of the cultural artefacts and fine art housed at the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG). For suppertime in the city, explore Harbour Side’s fine selection of restaurants along the boardwalk overlooking Fairfax Harbour.

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Ela Beach, formerly known as Era Kone, meaning 'Turtle Beach' in the Motuan dialect of the Papuan region of Papua New Guinea, is Port Moresby's primary public beach. With white sand stretching approximately 1 km long.

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Jacksons International Airport (IATA: POM, ICAO: AYPY), also known as Port Moresby Airport, is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) outside Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea. It is the largest and busiest airport in Papua New Guinea.

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PNG lacks in malls it certainly makes up for in markets. In these markets, tourists can purchase a range of goods, including fruit, vegetables, meat, books, clothing, and local handicrafts. Hagen Market, Located in the town of Mt Hagen, this market stocks many of the Highlands’ most magnificent handicrafts. The Wewak Main Market is found at Papua New Guinea’s main shopping street. Located beside the old military airstrip in Lae, the Melanesian Arts Gallery offers a tremendous shopping experience to anyone wanting to learn more about Papua New Guinea’s cultural arts and handicrafts.

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If you are looking to really go clubbing, Port Moresby is known to be the clubbing capital of the Pacific and they do their name honor with clubs Lamana and Cosmopolitan. In both clubs you pay a little entrance fee and parking is close by. Lamana is a beautiful club downtown which is partly open spaced. If it rains, you dance in the rain. Don’t worry, there is a dance floor inside as well or run up to the 2 layer balconies around the dance floor where you are dry and the vibe is a little more relaxed.

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Located on the ground floor of the Grand Papuan hotel, the Grand Brasserie will surprise you with its modern interior, as well as its diverse menu of Asian and Pacific Rim specialties. Fusion Bistro is a staple in Port Moresby. At the back of the Harbour City Shopping Complex, the restaurant offers a variety of Asian food types in a nice and clean environment. Located inside the Lae Golf Club, Bunga Raya (Hibiscus flower in Malay) is the only Chinese restaurant in the city.

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Scuba diving & surfing.


Port Moresby also referred to as Pom City or simply Moresby, is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea and the largest city in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand. It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua, on the south-western coast of the Papuan Peninsula of the island of New Guinea.

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