Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, has expressed sadness at the passing of Lady Kaludia Matane, wife of former Governor General, Sir Paulius Matane.
Lady Kaluda passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the Vunapope hospital in East New Britain province.
The GG said Lady Kaludia had stood by Sir Paulias throughout his distinguished career and traveled extensively with Sir Paulias wherever his duty required.
From humble beginnings, Lady Kaludia personified the grace and sense of duty as a wife and a Papua New Guinean woman. She served with great distinction and was awarded the Star of Melanesia (CSM) in 2009 and was also made Commander (Sister) of the Order of The Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem (CStJ) in 2006.
“To Sir Paulias, I convey on behalf of Lady Esmie and staff and their families at Government House our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to you and your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, people of Viviran and Toma LLG as well as East New Britain, on the loss of your beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother Lady Kaluda Matane, CSM, CStJ. We pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time,” Grand Chief Sir Michael said.