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Tributes to Sir Michael Somare


Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Vale Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, founding father of democratic and independent #PNG and a great friend to Australia. My heartfelt condolences to his family, Prime Minister Marape and the people of PNG. Australians stand with you in this time of sadness. May he rest in peace.


Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji

Fiji has lost a dear friend with the passing of former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare. He was more than PNG’s founding father, his legacy as an architect of regional unity lives on in the hearts of all Pacific people. I deeply regret that I cannot be in PNG to pay my respects.


Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia

Our deepest condolences to the Government and people of #PNG. Father of the Nation, Sir Michael Somare was a true friend of Indonesia, who layed the grounds for our growing bilateral relations. May God Almighty give the people of PNG strength and comfort in this time of grief.


I took this picture a few years ago when Sir Michael visited Madang. Pictured below is Former Governor for Madang, Jim Kas greeting Sir Michael at the Madang Airport tarmac. Deepest condolences to Lady Veronica, the Somare Family and fellow Papua New Guineans may God give us comfort during this time of sorrow.”

– Mel Tatut, photographer

“May the garamut beat for you, may the hallmarks of the haus tambaran guide you, may the waters of the Sepik glisten for you and may the chanting of your ancestors welcome you as you journey home to take your final rest. Awara, Oro kaiva Sana, nati iso da yesa, pepeta ewamei edo yio. Many years on from now, I will proudly tell my grandchildren “yes, I lived in the time of Somare”. Thank you Papa.”

– Rowannne Endose

“We are richer, better, confident and bold because we had in our lifetime someone such as Sir Michael T Somare. A man who saw what others did not and he stood in front of the canoe and pointed out the path for us. Because of him, we are able to dream of a better tomorrow.”

– Allan Bird, East Sepik Governor

There will never be a PM like papa GC Sir Micheal Thomas Somare. Many of us today have always known this man since the day we were born. His name is synonymous throughout the country, from the most rural to the City and well respected internationally. Yet, he was always down to earth, and very easy to approach by anyone. He was a family orientated leader. He lived his life with exceptional example for others to follow. Today, I feel so sad. The feeling is somber. I have lost a father.
I know so many of us feel the same.
Farewell papa, you have lived your life, a life you gave to your people to the fullest.
You will always be our PM.

– Anthony Wagambie, ACP NCD/Central

“…the people of Madang had great respect for Grand Chief Sir Michael, and valued his contribution as a teacher at Kusbau Primary School and Tusbab High School.”

– Bryan Kramer, Justice Minister

You lived life on your terms, you gave your all and never knew retreat in all you stood for. Despite the negativity and immense hostility by powerful forces, you stood unwavering in your determination that Papua New Guinea, land of a thousand tribes and 800 languages, MUST be free.

– Garu Juffa, Oro Governor

“Our hearts are heavy today across this nation. Lady Veronica, Sana, Bertha, Arthur, Michael and Dulciana, my deepest condolences to you for your loss and my deepest gratitude to you all for sharing your father and husband with the nation as PNG’s first ever Prime Minister. To me he was the gentlest, kindest man, who noticed and remembered the little details about everyone which made us all feel special. RIP Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare. Your legacy will live forever. ❤

– Tania Nugent

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