Captain Beverly is PNG’s first female pilot to fly jet aircraft

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Captain Beverly Pakii has become the first female pilot in Air Niugini and Papua New Guinea to captain a jet aircraft after attaining her command on Fokker jet aircraft recently.
With this achievement, it now enables Captain Pakii to be in command or captain flights on the Air Niugini domestic and international network that are operated by Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 aircraft.
Her first commercial flight was on 04th January this year on a Fokker 100 aircraft, PX106/107 flight from Port Moresby to Lae and back. With her in the flight deck was First Officer, Taylor Yama.
Air Niugini chief executive officer, Simon Foo, in congratulating Captain Pakii, said ANG invests a lot of money and resources into training pilots and engineers every year and results as such are encouraging and promising for other female pilots in the system and also those who are aspiring to become pilots.
He further stated that Air Niugini is very supportive of gender equality in the workforce and this attainment, along with the achievements of other female pilots in a profession that is largely male dominated, demonstrates the airline’s belief, continuous support and investment in its female workforce.
Foo said: “Captain Pakii has come through the system holding a very high standard throughout.
“Her dedication, commitment and humble demeanor to achieve her command is demonstrated in her professional conducts in all facets.
“Air Niugini congratulates Captain Pakii on her achievement and this milestone in her career.
“She is a role model to other aspiring female pilots.”
From a mixed parentage of Enga and Morobe, Captain Pakii’s previous achievements include being the first female pilot to be sponsored under Air Niugini’s pilot cadet program in 2004.
She was also the first female pilot under this program to have achieved her command on the Dash 8 aircraft and operated as captain on 02nd March 2015.
On the 29th of May, 2015, she again created history when she captained the first ever female crew on Air Niugini’s subsidiary company, Link PNG’s flight PX 900/901 from Port Moresby to Tabubil and back.
Captain Pakii humbly acknowledged the investment that Air Niugini has made in her career and sounded an encouraging message to her fellow female pilots and aspiring female pilots.
“Believe in yourselves and remain focused on your goals as the outcomes are rewarding,” Pakii said.
Her career as a pilot is not surprising. Her father, Captain Ted Pakii, was an ex Air Niugini pilot who joined the airline from the PNG Defence Force in 1994. He operated on several aircraft types during his time, starting with Dash 7 and left after achieving his command on the Boeing 767. Press Release


Two people injured in two-car Canterbury crash

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Two people were injured in a crash this morning in Canterbury. Image / Google Maps

Charges being considered for Waikato grandfather

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Hamilton police are seeking witnesses after the children were left in the hot car at The Base Shopping Centre on Sunday.

Two well-known Kiwi music producers convicted of rape jailed

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Convicted rapists Peter John Chambers (left) and Mark Arona were sentenced in the Tauranga District Court today. Photo/File

Two well-known Kiwi music producers found guilty of raping a woman in a Tauranga motel room have been jailed for eight-and-half-years.

Hip-hop music industry identities Mark Arona, 40, and Peter John Chambers, 42, were found guilty by a Tauranga jury in October of one charge each of sexual violation by rape and sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.

The jury took three hours to come back with unanimous guilty verdicts on all four charges.

Chambers was charged and convicted of being the principal offender in the rape and Arona as party to it.

Arona and Chambers, who appeared in Tauranga District Court today via audio-visual link from prison, have continued to maintain their innocence, the court heard.

Judge David Cameron sentenced both offenders to a total of eight-and-half years’ prison.

The woman gave evidence during the trial that after having too much to drink and taking a puff from a cannabis joint, she blacked out.

Her next memory was waking up naked in a motel room with one of the men violating her, and the other man then joined in.

She was powerless to resist and “felt like a rag doll”, she told the jury.

Arona, who is chief executive of the independent record label and entertainment company Illegal Musik, is also well known as MC Patriarch of the hip-hop group Ill Semantics.

Chambers, aka DJ CXL, also teaches music to young people and mentors up-and-coming artists.

Illegal Musik is behind some of New Zealand’s biggest names in the hip-hop music scene.

During the nine-day trial, it was suggested the woman she was “a liar”, that she dressed in a skimpy dress to impress the accused, and that she had gone to the motel to have sex with the accused or their associates.

After Arona and Chambers were found guilty, the woman told the Bay of Plenty Times she expected a tough cross-examination but nothing prepared to have her “honesty, integrity and reputation” scrutinised during the trial, she said.

Being described to the jury as “a lady who had form” and a “groupie in every sense of the word” was “hurtful and degrading”, she said.

“It made me feel like a piece of meat. I felt like they could say anything and I couldn’t respond. I was absolutely shocked by this line of cross-examination.

” It was like I was the one on trial,” she said.

The woman said she wept for three hours after the pair were found guilty.

“I was so relieved the jury believed me, but at the same time, I was overwhelmed by what I had gone through to get to that point. It’s been harrowing.

“It was like I was fighting a war of truth and the truth has prevailed.

The woman said she did not want to be described as a victim and wanted to work towards forgiving her attackers, not for their sake but for her own.

“I’m not a victim. I’m a survivor and a conqueror,” she said.

“What they did to me did not break me or take away my self-respect. Telling the truth has set me free,” she said.

The woman said she hoped speaking up would give the “next generation of girls” and other women the courage to lay complaints with police and testify against their abusers.


Source :  New Zealand Herald