MOSES Havini (1947-2015), like his namesake, was a man who had a date with destiny.
They shared the same cry: "Let my people go." Neither man lived to see the fruits of his labour realised, but Havini's struggle for Bougainville as an independent country was fundamental to its destiny.
People meeting Havini were instantly engaged by his intelligent, self-effacing honesty, passion for justice with honour, and sense of humour.
At his 50th birthday he announced: "I don't really know if this is my birthday. The local missionary just turned up one day and declared I was born on the 5th of June. But it's a good excuse for a party."
Moses Havini, officially born on June 5, 1947, was from the Nakas clan and son of the paramount chief of the Naboin clan on Buka Island, the northern tip of Bougainville. In 1972, he was Bougainville's third graduate (BA from the University of Papua New Guinea).