John Lapli

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The Honourable Sir
John Lapli
4th Governor-General of the Solomon Islands
In office
July 7, 1999 – July 7, 2004
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister
Preceded by Sir Moses Pitakaka
Succeeded by Sir Nathaniel Waena
Personal details
Born 1955

Sir John Ini Lapli GCMG, (baptised 25 June 1955)[1] was the Governor-General of the Solomon Islands from 7 July 1999 until 7 July 2004.

Prior to his election as Governor-General in June 1999, Lapli was Premier of Temotu Province.[2] He was taken hostage by rebels in 2000, but released after a few days, when the Prime Minister and his government promised to resign. In June 2004 Lapli failed to be re-elected to the position of Governor-General for another 5-year term, receiving only 6 of the 41 votes in Parliament.[3]

As a priest (Church of Melanesia) his title is "The Reverend Father Sir John Ini Lapli, GCMG" and may be addressed as "Sir John", "Father John", or "Mama John" ('mama' being Melanesian vernacular for 'father', a priest).[citation needed]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Solomon Islands: New premier for Temotu Province"], Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation radio (, June 20, 1999.
  3. ^ "Solomons MPs choose new governor-general", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation web site (, June 15, 2004.
Preceded by
Sir Moses Pitakaka
Governor-General of the Solomon Islands
Succeeded by
Sir Nathaniel Waena