Nathaniel Waena

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The Honourable
Sir Nathaniel Rahumaea Waena
Governor-General of Solomon Islands
In office
7 July 2004 – 7 July 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza
Snyder Rini
Manasseh Sogavare
Derek Sikua
Preceded by John Lapli
Succeeded by Frank Kabui
Personal details
Born c. 1945

Sir Nathaniel Rahumaea Waena GCMG, CSI, KStJ (born 1945) was the Governor-General of Solomon Islands from 2004 to 2009.

Waena was a Member of the National Parliament for Ulawa-Ugi constituency in the Makira-Ulawa Province from 1984 to 2004.[1] He served as Deputy Speaker of Parliament before becoming Assistant Prime Minister and Minister of Provincial Government in 2000,[2] and afterwards he became Minister for National Unity, Peace and Reconciliation.[3]

He was elected as Governor-General by the National Parliament on June 15, 2004. He received 27 of 41 votes, compared to 6 for incumbent Sir John Lapli and 8 for former Prime Minister Sir Peter Kenilorea.[4]

Sir Nathaniel was knighted soon after assuming office and later awarded the Cross of Solomon Islands (CSI).

On June 15, 2009, Frank Kabui was elected to succeed Waena as Governor-General. In the fourth round of voting, in which Kabui was elected with 30 votes, Waena received seven votes, placing third.[5]


  1. ^ List of members of the Third Parliament (see also lists for Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Parliaments).
  2. ^ "Solomon Islands: Outgoing deputy speaker takes up ministerial posts", Solomon Islands Ministry of Commerce web site (, December 1, 2000.
  3. ^ "Solomon Islands: Members of National Peace Council appointed", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation web site (, December 13, 2002.
  4. ^ "Solomons MPs choose new governor-general", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation web site (, June 15, 2004.
  5. ^ "Frank Kabui the new Governor General in Solomon Islands". Radio New Zealand International. June 15, 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
Government offices
Preceded by
John Lapli
Governor-General of Solomon Islands
Succeeded by
Frank Kabui