It is a very sad moment in the history of the Kokoda Trail. For the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel of the Koiarian people has joined the final parade and taken his place in heaven where angels gather.
Ovoru Idiki is just as much a part of the Kokoda story as the Australian diggers he served with. His name was immortalised in print when Robyn Kienzle recorded his actions as relayed to her by Bert Kienzle and husband Soc in ‘The Architect of Kokoda’. Page 154 confirms that Indiki was one of the men who backed Bert Kienzle during the very dangerous August period when the Japanese seemed unstoppable and were advancing towards Port Moresby.
IMAGE RIGHT: He has been awarded the honour of Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, but Ovoru Indiki once served “The Architect of Kokoda” legend Bert Kienzle as a trusted shooting boy. Ovoru Indiki is photographed here with Kokoda trekker Lee Gallagher in 2008. He is wearing the 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, 1939-1945 War Medal and 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal. Sadly, these were a gift from a trekker and were not officially awarded by the Australian Government as they should have been.
Ovoru was always very pleased to greet Kokoda trekkers. His broad grin and kind words spoke of his love for Australians. I was particularly honoured to be present in 2011 when he and Soc Kienzle were reunited and reminisced in the Motu language.
You will be sorely missed Ovoru Indiki. However, I have little doubt that you will be welcomed at the Pearly Gates by a thousand native carriers and a whole battalion of men and it will be their turn to carry you on their shoulders.
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