ANDREAS HARA WABIRIA
My father, Andrew Wabiria MP, used to speak very highly of Sir David as a good personal friend who assisted him with ideas and advice on how to set up a separate Hela Province.
This led to my dad introducing a motion on the floor of the then House of Assembly in 1973.
At my father's invitation, Sir David officiated at the opening of Koroba aerodrome in 1969-70, when I was a small boy.
Years later, in 1978-81, while I was in high school at St Joseph's Tari, Sir David sent me a postcard.
During the 25-year Independence anniversary, while studying at the University of PNG, I heard that Sir David was one of the invited guests of the PNG government. I tried to make contact with him, but security around the hotel was so tight I gave up.
I always intended to catch up with the great man and didn't know he had died until I came across an article in PNG Attitude.
My father died early this year, eight days after the first ever appropriation bill for the new Hela provincial government was passed.
I now realise that, for me personally, people like Sir David and my dad did great things for this country when few others seemed to know where or how to begin.
Long live the memory of Sir David Osborne Hay, Andagali Andrew Wabiria and all those who stood with them during PNG's difficult and formative years.
Lest we forget.