Representing the landowners Andy Hamango thanked Sir Michael for recognising them as a province and for making the PNG LNG project a reality.
Hamango also thanked his son Arthur for his contributions towards the LNG project.
Sir Michael was also made a chief for the Hela people.
Meanwhile, gifts from MPs and expatriates are continuing to pour into Sir Michael's arena. Sir Michael turns 80 today.
Meanwhile, Loop PNG confirmed that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill would not be present at Sir Michael’s 80th birthday party celebrations today. The confirmation was confirmed by the PM’s Department media team.