Order of Logohu

The Order of Logohu is the principal order of the Order of Papua New Guinea. 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 four ranks.

Order of Logohu
Grand Companion Order of Logohu
Grand Companion insignia
Awarded by the
Monarch of Papua New Guinea
TypeOrder of merit
EligibilityCitizens of Papua New Guinea as well as foreigners as honorary recipients
Awarded forService to Papua New Guinea
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignQueen Elizabeth II
ChancellorGovernor-General of Papua New Guinea
GradesGrand Companion of Logohu (GCL)
Officer of Logohu (OL)
Member of Logohu (ML)
National Logohu Medal (LM)
Next (higher)Dependent on grade
Next (lower)Dependent on grade
Order of Logohu - Grand Companion (PNG) ribbon

Grand Companion ribbon
Order of Logohu (PNG) ribbon

Ribbon of all other classes and medal

Classes of the Order

Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu

The 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. Recipients of the Grand Companion class are titled "Chief". The Chancellor of the Order of Logohu is titled as "Grand Chief" as well as one other living recipient of the class. The title of Grand Chief is currently held by the first Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Grand Chief Michael Somare GCL GCMG CH CF SSI KSG PC MP.[1]

Officer of Logohu

The 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

The 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

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.

Current Composition

Royal Chiefs

Grand Companions

  • Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare GCL GCMG CH CF SSI KSG PC MP (2005) – First Prime Minister of PNG
  • Dame Josephine Abaijah GCL DBE – First Woman elected to the PNG Parliament
  • Sir Julius Chan GCL GCMG KBE MP (2005) – Former Prime Minister of PNG
  • John Momis GCL (2005) – Long Serving Parliamentarian and Framer of the PNG constitution[3]
  • Sir Silas Atopare GCL GCMG (2008) – Former Governor General of PNG
  • Sir Donatus Mola GCL (2005) – Former Bougainville Chief
  • Sir Rabbie Namaliu GCL CSM KCMG (2009) – Former Prime Minister of PNG
  • Archbishop Karl Hesse, GCL – Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Rabaul
  • Boyamo Sali GCL (2009) – Former Cabinet Minister of PNG
  • Mathew Siune GCL (2009) – Former Cabinet Minister of PNG
  • Sir Akepa Miakwe GCL(2011) – Former politician of Unggai-Bena in Eastern Highlands
  • Sir Brian Barnes GCL (2011) – Former Archbishop of Port Moresby Catholic Archdiocese
  • Sir Peter Barter GCL OBE (2011) – Former Cabinet Minister of PNG and Governor of Madang province

Honorary Grand Companions


The precedence of the classes of the Order of Logohu vary, they are as follows:[1]

Higher Order of Logohu Class Lower
Cross of Valour Grand Companion of Logohu Companion of the Star of Melanesia
Companion of the Star of Melanesia Officer of Logohu Member of Logohu
Officer of Logohu Member of Logohu National Logohu Medal
Member of Logohu National Logohu Medal Cross of Medical Service Medal


  1. ^ a b "The Order of PNG". Governor General of Papua New Guinea. Archived from the original on 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "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.
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At the 1984 election, the Peacock-led Coalition slightly reduced Labor's majority. He resigned the Liberal leadership the following year after failing to have his deputy John Howard removed; he was duly replaced by Howard. He remained a member of the shadow cabinet, and in 1987 unsuccessfully challenged Howard for the leadership; he was instead elected deputy leader. Peacock finally returned as leader in 1989. However, his second term lasted less than a year, as he resigned after another electoral defeat in 1990. Peacock left politics in 1994, and was later appointed Ambassador to the United States (1997–1999).

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David Hand (bishop)

Geoffrey David Hand KBE GCL (11 May 1918 – 6 April 2006) was an Australian-born Papua New Guinean Anglican bishop. He was the first Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.

John Momis

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He was reelected for a second period (2015–2020), in the general elections in May 2015.

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Josephine Abaijah

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Asked by the Pacific Journalism Review for her opinion as to why there were (in 1995) no women in Papua New Guinea's Parliament, she stated:"I maintain that I will not give money to somebody to vote for me. So I think that's one big reason. The men can get money, the men can bribe. We are finding it very difficult for women to go around bribing people. I think this is where the country is going nowhere because here there is a lot of bribes, there is a lot of corruption, something that women don't want in this country."

Regarding the condition of women, she told the Review:

"Now women can't go from their homes to their gardens because of fear of being raped. It's unfortunate. I don't want to paint a picture that is negative -- this is my country and when I talk about it I want to give a good picture of it -- because I want to be proud of it. But how can I be proud of it when these are things that are happening?"Her autobiography, A Thousand Coloured Dreams, was published in 1991.

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Justin Kili

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List of post-nominal letters (Papua New Guinea)

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Mari Kapi

Chief Justice Sir Mari Kapi (12 December 1950 – 25 March 2009) was a Papua New Guinean judge who served as the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea from 16 August 2003 until his retirement in 2008 due to health regions. Kapi was the first Papua New Guinean citizen to be appointed as a judge and only the third PNG national to be appointed Chief Justice.Kapi was born at Keapara village, Rigo District, Central Province. He was entirely educated in Papua New Guinea, graduating from the University of Papua New Guinea in 1972. He was employed as a lawyer with the Office of the Public Solicitor and on 1 January 1978 became the first Papua New Guinean national to be appointed a puisne justice of the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea (the Supreme Court not being a separately constituted court but a "full court" of the National Court). He was appointed Deputy Chief Justice in 1982.

In his jurisprudence, Sir Mari is generally perceived as a strict legalist in the stamp of Sir Owen Dixon and his judgments are noted for their erudition, articulateness and highly literate awareness of common law principles. In evident recognition of Mr Justice Kapi's considerable rigour in the application of the principle of stare decisis he was appointed a member of the Fiji Court of Appeal and, in addition to his judicial responsibilities in Papua New Guinea, he also rendered appellate judgments in that common law jurisdiction.

Sir Mari was elevated to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea on 16 August 2003, for a ten-year term, the fourth person to occupy that position since Papua New Guinea's independence in 1975.

Already a Knight Bachelor, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.Mari retired from active duty on the Supreme Court in August 2008, citing deteriorating health. He last official "farewell ceremonial sitting" took place in Port Moresby on 21 November 2009. His successor as Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, PNG Attorney General Allan Marat and PNG Law Society president Kerenga Kua jointly described Kapi as a "perfect role model in the legal profession" and a "top national jurist."Mari credited the support from colleagues and friends in Papua New Guinea, Australia, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand and Fiji, as well as the National Judicial Staff Services, for his successful career at the November 2008 retirement ceremony.

Mari was the founding chairman of Prison Fellowship Papua New Guinea and member of the Board of Prison Fellowship International. He has received the President´s award for Ministry Statesmanship, recognizing his impact and influence in advancing the cause of doing justice with mercy.Sir Mari Kapi died from kidney failure on 25 March 2009, in Singapore at the age of 58. He had been in Singapore's Raffles Hospital since February 2009 awaiting a kidney transplant from his younger brother. However, the transplant operation had been delayed.Kapi's body was returned to Papua New Guinea for burial.

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Lokoloko was born in the village of Iokea, Papua (now in Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea). He was the son of Paramount Chief Lokoloko Tore, and attended the Sogeri School, set up by the former Australian administrators in 1944.

Like Sir John Guise, Lokoloko had been a member of the House of Assembly of Papua and New Guinea prior to self-government, from 1968 to 1972. He was selected to replace Guise as Governor-General on 18 February 1977, and remained in that position through 1 March 1983. He later became the chairman of Indosuez Niugine Bank, a position he remained in through 1989. Lokoloko died on 13 March 2013 of respiratory failure after a severe asthma attack.


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