The National, Friday, 27th May 2011
By ALISON ANIS
MORE than 100 people have been rewarded for their services to Papua New Guinea at the 2011 Order of the PNG New Year awards investiture ceremony held at Government House yesterday.
Among them were former Archbishop of Port Moresby Catholic Archdiocese Sir Brian Barnes, who was very outspoken on corruption and other issues affecting the country and former politician Sir Akepa Miakwe of Unggai-Bena in Eastern Highlands.
They and former minister and governor of Madang Sir Peter Barter were awarded the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu with the title “chief.”
Sir Akepa, recognised for his active involvement in public service and his significant contribution to the coffee industry and business in Eastern Highlands, attended the investiture ceremony.
Sir Brian was represented by his successor, John Ribat as he was away in Australia for medical reasons while Sir Peter did not attend for personal reasons.
Sir Brian was rewarded for service to the Catholic church and the Christian ministry through his work in PNG as a missionary of the Order of Friars Minors for 51 years.
He was commended for his significant contribution to the wider community through his leadership in promoting dialogue and cooperation among Christian denominations and work with a range
of humanitarian and charitable causes.
Sir Peter was recognised for services to commerce, tourism and hospitality, politics, humanitarian services and his strong support for disadvantaged and needy communities.
Sir Peter had earlier come out publicly after hearing about the award, saying he would not accept his medal because there were many others more deserving than him.
Many other people were recognised and awarded for their distinguished services in health, business, public services and the law and justice sector.
The ceremony, though quiet, was a memorable one for Sir Michael Ogio, who since taking up office as Governor-General was performing his first investiture.