Three Papua New Guinean nationals have been knighted by the Queen for their outstanding contributions to society.

According to PNG's The National, the three knighted are 'Chief Justice Sir Mari Kapi for services to the law and judiciary as a judge of the National Court and as Chief Justice; Tan Sri Dr Morgan Lourdenadin for services to commerce, agriculture development, charities and sport; and Koitaga Mano for services to Western Highlands'.

'Sir Mari received the highest award, being made knight of the order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG)'. Sir Mari has 'worked for the judiciary since the middle '70s in various legal positions in as a barrister and solicitor in PNG's legal system' and was appointed Chief Justice in August 16, 2003.

'Dr Morgan, a Malaysian national, is aged 54 and is the chief executive officer of MBf Holdings' and is 'an entrepreneur with extensive experience and investments in retail, property, leisure and medical sectors'.

Mr. Mano is 78 years old and 'from Tambul district of Western highlands' and he 'worked with early European and modern administrators, beginning as an interpreter' and 'worked to bring the common rolls up to date with his work with census'.