Peter Humphreys

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Peter Humphreys is a Papua New Guinean politician. He was the Governor of West New Britain Province and the member for West New Britain Provincial in the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea from 2007 to 2012.

Humphreys was raised in the Talasea area, the son of English-born plantation manager and former Talasea MP Harry Humphreys. He worked as a businessman before entering politics.[1][2] He contested the 2007 general election for the governing National Alliance, and faced a difficult race against independent candidate and former Air Niugini chairman Sir Joe Tauvasa and incumbent Governor Clement Nakmai. He trailed Tauvasa on primary votes, but won the seat after the final distribution of preferences.[3] The result enraged some of Tauvasa's supporters, who responded with two days of rioting in the Hoskins area.[4] Humphreys has stated an intention to increase accountability and transparency in the provincial government and to improve basic services in previously neglected areas of the province.[5]

In January 2012, he joined Don Polye's new Triumph Heritage Empowerment Rural Party.[6]

He was defeated by Sasindran Muthuvel at the 2012 election.[7]


  1. ^ "West New Britain declares 3 new members". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, July 25, 2007.
  2. ^ Manuk, Veronica. "ENB's sitting MPs leading the race". The National, July 16, 2007.
  3. ^ Wasu, Pila. "West New Britain sitting members lose seats". The National, July 24, 2007.
  4. ^ "Election fighting in Hoskins ceases". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, July 31, 2007.
  5. ^ "New Governor urges honesty, transparency". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, August 23, 2007.
  6. ^ "New party launched", Post Courier, 24 January 2012
  7. ^ "Muthuvel beats Humphreys in WNB regional race". The National. 24 July 2012.