Press Release

Taruma Aquatic and Indoor Centre to Host 2,000 World Media

15/08/2018

The Taruma Aquatic and Indoor Centre in Port Moresby will host media from around the world during the APEC Leaders Week in November.

L-R: PNG Sports Foundation Chief Operating Officer, David Aua, PNG Sports Foundation CEO, Peter Tsiamalili, APEC 2018 PNG Authority CEO, Christopher Hawkins.

The Taruma Aquatic and Indoor Centre in Port Moresby will host media from around the world during the APEC Leaders Week in November.

What is called the APEC International Media Centre (IMC) will be established in the centre for a period of eight days during the Summit Week.

CEO of the APEC Authority, Christopher Hawkins, said the centre is the perfect venue for the IMC, and all efforts are being made to ensure there is minimal disruption to public use of the facility.

“It is very important that all users of the centre know that any closure will only be for a matter of days while the high security operation is underway,” Mr. Hawkins said.

At a meeting with PNG Sports Foundation CEO, Peter Tsiamalili, and Chief Operating Officer, David Aua, plans for the establishment of the IMC were set.

“Prime Minister O’Neill and APEC Minister Tkatchenko have made it clear that we deliver all APEC events in a safe and secure environment with minimal disruption to the public.

“For the weeks leading up to the APEC Leaders’ Week the basketball courts will be in use as the IMC is constructed.

“Otherwise there will be no interruption to the use of the pool, the changing rooms, High Performance Centre and other facilities.

“It is only when we have world leaders, ministers and around 2,000 journalists at the IMC where access will be restricted.

“This is from November 11 to 18 November."

Mr. Hawkins thanked the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation for its support to APEC through the use of venues.

“Peter Tsiamalili and the PNG Sports Foundation have been great to work with and are right behind ensuring a very successful APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea.

“There is a lot a work ahead of all of us, and right across Government, foundations and the private sector, there is great co-ooperation and pride in what we are working to achieve."