Papua New Guinea honours system

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The Papua New Guinea honours system is the main system of honouring citizens of Papua New Guinea for their services to the country, it consists of three Orders and several medals. After independence, Papua New Guinea used the Imperial honours system, however, in recognition of the nation's 30th anniversary, a new awards system was adopted. The official announcement of its creation was made by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare on 12 November 2004 and the first investitures were performed by the Princess Royal in early October 2005.[1] The old honours system is still in use as well, however, and the Queen issues a Papua New Guinean List as part of every Birthday and New Year Honours List.[2]

Order of Valour[edit]

Ribbon bar of the Cross of Valour

This Order consists of one level, the Cross of Valour (CV) awarded for only the most selfless acts of bravery in times of extreme personal danger. This bears resemblance to its counterparts in the Canadian and Australian honours systems. Prior to this award, citizens of Papua New Guinea would have received the George Cross for their actions.

Since Papua New Guinea still recognises the British Honours System it is possible that citizens will still receive the GC, however this is considered unlikely as the Cross of Valour performs the same function. For acts of valour in the face of the enemy during wartime, citizens of PNG are still entitled to the Victoria Cross.

In ranking order, the Cross of Valour precedes Grand Companion of the Logohu.

Order of Logohu[edit]

Logohu is a Motuan word for the Bird of Paradise, the official national symbol of Papua New Guinea since its independence. The Order consists of five ranks.

Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu[edit]

Ribbon for the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu

Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu (GCL) is awarded to those citizens of Papua New Guinea and others for service, achievement, and merit in the highest degree, sustained over a period of twenty years. The award may be given to no more than fifty living persons. This class appears to carry with it the title of "Grand Chief". Examples of this include the obituary of The Rt Revd David Hand, and the official website of Sir Michael Somare who, since his investiture as GCL has used the title "Grand Chief" in place of "Sir", preferring to be known as The Right Honourable Grand Chief M. T. Somare, GCL, GCMG, CH, CF, KstJ. [1]. According to the announcement of former United States President Bill Clinton's appointment as the GCL the highest rank carries the honorary title "Chief".[3]

Current Composition[edit]

Royal Chiefs

Chief Grand Commanders

Honorary Grand Commanders

Officer of Logohu[edit]

Ribbon for the lower ranks of the Order of Logohu, as well as the National Logohu Medal

Officer of Logohu (OL) is awarded for distinguished service to Papua New Guinea, or to a local community, sustained over a period of at least ten years.

Member of Logohu[edit]

Member of Logohu (ML) is awarded for commendable service to a particular area of endeavour, to Papua New Guinea, or to a local community, sustained over a period of at least seven years.

National Logohu Medal[edit]

The National Logohu Medal (LM) is awarded for exemplary service in a profession, career, or industry group, or to the general community, over a period of at least five years.

Order of the Star of Melanesia[edit]

Ribbon of the Order of the Star of Melanesia

This Order also consists of one level, the Companion of the Star of Melanesia (CSM). It is awarded for distinguished service of a high degree to Papua New Guinea and Melanesia, sustained over a period of fifteen years.

In ranking order, Companion of the Star of Melanesia follows Grand Companion of the Logohu.

People who have been awarded the honour

Other medals[edit]

  • Commendation Medal for Valuable Service (CMM)
  • Cross of Medical Service Medal (CMS)
  • Distinguished Correctional Service Medal (DCS)
  • Distinguished Military Service Medal (DMS)
  • Distinguished Police Service Medal (DPS)
  • Emergency Service Medal (ESM)
  • Meritorious Community Service Medal (MCS)
  • Public Service Medal (PSM)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farewell, princess". Post-Courier Online. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "IMPERIAL HONOURS SYSTEM TO STAY". Official Website of the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. 22 December 2004. Archived from the original on 18 March 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "SIR MICHAEL'S STATEMENT WHEN AWARDING FORMER UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BILL CLINTON WITH A 'LOGOHU MEDAL' UNDER THE PAPUA NEW GUINEA ORDERS OF LOGOHU DURING HIS RECENT VISIT TO PNG". Official Website of the Prime Minister of Papue New Guinea. Archived from the original on 18 March 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "PM PRESENTS SOVEREIGN'S BADGE TO THE QUEEN". Official Website of the Prime Minister of Papue New Guinea. Archived from the original on 18 March 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Former PNG Parliamentarian Chief John Momis joins USP as Visiting Fellow". The University of the South Pacific News. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "At Admiralty House, Sydney, Their Excellencies, the Governor-General and Mrs Jeffery attended a ceremony at which the Governor-General was invested with an Honorary Grand Companion of the Order of the Logohu by the Right Honourable Grand Chief Sir Mich...". Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 

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