A free woman, a politician, a writer, Déwé Gorodey was involved in all the battles, but above all in all the commitments; today she has died in New Caledonia, her land, but it is far beyond her light, drawing on an incredible energy that she has constantly put at the service of Oceanian culture, but also of women and public action. Several lives in one, but the separatist activist and the poet have made common cause, because if she has always taught, from French in college to literature in university, we must greet the woman, among the first, to have been elected and continuously a member of all governments since their establishment in 1999. The action is vast, multiple, but let us remember what was his battle of heart, the defense of culture and Kanak identity - the search for identity that it defined in movement: the model, for me, it is in front of us, never behind us. This is a permanent restatement.” If it were not less provided for by the Matignon and Nouméa agreements, the recognition of plurilingualism and cultural diversity was not always self-evident and it was necessary to have a literary work, that of the storyteller and the writer, to accompany the acts of her public life such as the creation of the Kanak Language Academy to which she contributed greatly and of which she was the president of the Board of Directors or the Oceanian International Book Fair. A woman-world that in The Wreck, The first Kanak novel published in 2005, will say without shadow, courageously, the distress of abused women, breaking the silence around sexual violence. A proud and generous woman to be honoured today is a duty and an honour.

I extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.