Governor-General of Papua New Guinea

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Governor-General of Papua New Guinea
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Theo Zurenuoc

since 18 February 2017
Style His Excellency
Residence Government House, Papua New Guinea
Appointer Monarch of Papua New Guinea
Term length At His/Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 16 September 1975
First holder John Guise
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The Governor-General of Papua New Guinea is the viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II, known in Tok Pisin as 'Missis Kwin', Papua New Guinea's head of state, performing the duties of the Queen in her absence.

Due to the death of the Governor-General - Sir Michael Ogio - on 18 February 2017, the position is currently vacant.[1]


Government House in Port Moresby, early 1900s, before Australia took administration of British New Guinea and changed its name to Papua.

As in Australia, the vice-regal officer's title is spelled with a hyphen. Unlike other Commonwealth realms, the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea is nominated by the country's Parliament, rather than being proposed by its Prime Minister, as is the convention almost everywhere else. The appointment is made by the head of state of Papua New Guinea, currently Queen Elizabeth II, following a simple majority vote of the National Parliament. For a second term,[clarification needed] a two-thirds majority is required. No person may serve for more than two terms, a matter made formal relation in Papua New Guinea. Thus far all retired governor-generals have been knighted.

If the office of Governor-General becomes vacant, the Speaker of the National Parliament becomes acting Governor-General until a new appointment is made.


The Governor-General may be dismissed by either a decision of the National Executive Council or an absolute majority of the National Parliament. No Governor-General has been dismissed from office, although in 1991 Sir Vincent Serei Eri resigned from office after Prime Minister Rabbie Namaliu advised the Queen to dismiss him.

Governors-General of Papua New Guinea[edit]

Tenure Notes
Took Office Left Office
1 Sir John Guise
6 September 1975 1 March 1977 Resigned from office to contest election.
2 Sir Tore Lokoloko
1 March 1977 1 March 1983
3 Sir Kingsford Dibela
1 March 1983 1 March 1989 Resigned from office.
4 Sir Ignatius Kilage
1 March 1989 31 December 1989 Died in office.
5 Sir Serei Eri
27 February 1990 4 October 1991 Resigned from office, due to dismissal instructed to the Queen by the Prime Minister.
6 Sir Wiwa Korowi
(b. 1948)
18 November 1991 20 November 1997
7 Sir Silas Atopare
(b. 1951)
20 November 1997 20 November 2003
8 Sir Paulias Matane
(b. 1931)
29 June 2004 13 December 2010 Elected by the National Parliament (50–46), on 27 May 2004.
9 Sir Michael Ogio
(1942 — 2017)
25 February 2011 18 February 2017 Elected by the National Parliament (65–23), on 14 January 2011. He died in office.
10 Bob Dadae
(b. ?)
28 February 2017 Designate Elected by the National Parliament (55-36), on 1 February 2017.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ PNG's new governor general sworn in at the Wayback Machine (archived March 13, 2011), The Herald Sun, Melbourne, 25 February 2011