Biographical entry: Tabusasi, Waeta Ben (1946 - )

5 August 1946
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  • Ben, Waeta


Waeta Ben Tabusasi from Konodoe village in northeast Guadalcanal was born on 5 August 1946. He completed his early schooling at Houa on Guadalcanal (1959-1961) and later at Su'u Senior Primary School on Malaita (1961-1963), before attending King George VI School (q.v.) at Auki, and Honiara (1964-1967). When he left school in August 1967 he joined the Forestry Department as a Forest Guard. He was sent to attend Bulolo Forestry College in Morobe District, Papua New Guinea (1968-1970), after which he worked for a year as Forest Officer (1971) before resigning to join the Coral Seas Company (1971-1972). Waeta Ben was asked by his people to stand for election to the Governing Council (q.v.) in 1973 and was elected as the member for North-East Guadalcanal. On the Council he was a member of the Social Services Committee, the Special Select Committee on Lands and Mining and the Localisation Committee. He belonged to the Opposition group in 1976-1977 before becoming an independent. He was appointed a Minister in February 1978. From 14 March 1989 to 10 July 1993 he served as the second Speaker of the National Parliament. (Saemala 1979, 42; Larmour 1979b, Notes on Contributors; NS 7 July 1973; Kenilorea 2008, 489; SND 9 July 1976; Craig and Clement 1980, 12)

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  • Craig, Robert D., and Clement, Russell T., Who's Who in Oceania, 1980-1981, Institute of Polynesian Studies, Brigham Young University, Hawaii Campus, Laia, Hawaii, 1980. Details
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