Over 20 individuals recognised by Queen

More than 20 people have been knighted and recognised for their services to the community and the country as a whole.

Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae acknowledged and awarded the recipients in front of their family members and relatives at the Government House.

The highest award bestowed by Governor General Sir Bob Dadae is the Grand Companion of the order of Logohu, conferred with the title of ‘Chief’.

The only two recipients of the award include Reverand Laka Renagi and Ereman Vin ToBaining.

Chief Renagi was awarded for dedicated services to the community and the United Church of Papua New Guinea through his long and distinguished leadership extending over 40 years, including as an ordained minister and bishop.

Chief ToBaining was awarded for services in East New Britain and the nation, in various roles as the province’s first premier and first regional member in the national parliament. In later years he acted as a dedicated leader of his own community.

Reverend Fr Joseph Bisson and NCD Governor Powes Parkop were also awarded the Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia (CSM).

The Officer of the Order of Logohu award went to Samuel Geno, Hudson Ramatlap, Koi Trappe and Garry Tunstall (OL).

The Member of the Order of Logohu (ML) went to Martin Upi Beni, Oswald Dumbari, Jason Hershey (O-Shen), Moriape Kavori, Reverad Beiti Levi, Pastor Horabi Manda, Dr John Stokes Niblett, Mrs Marama Winnie Renagi, Dr David Thiele and Mrs Angela Varpin and Pius Varpin.

Among those that were invested were also police and defence force officers.

Papua New Guinea’s own national honors and award system, known as ‘The Orders of Papua New Guinea’, was formally established on August 23, 2005, by authority of the Queen and Head of State of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Freddy Mou