Biographical entry: Tovua, Paul (1946 - )



Paul Tovua was born in 1946 at Betilonga in central Guadalcanal. He was educated at Tanagai, at St Joseph's School at Tenaru (1959-1964) and St. Gregory's College in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia (1964-1968). He returned to work for the government as a lands officer (1969) and then went for further training in Papua New Guinea (1970-1974). In 1975, he underwent three months of practical training in Fiji, and returned to be an administrative officer in the Lands Department. He was the only qualified Solomon Islander Land Valuer at the time of his election to the Legislative Assembly (q.v.) in July 1976, as member for Central Guadalcanal. Tovua attended the independence financial talks in London in May 1977, and remained to assist Benedict Kinika in administering the ministries during the Constitutional Conference. He became Minister of Natural Resources in July 1976. Since then he has served in many government positions and on many boards. (Saemala 1979, 43; SND 9 July 1976)

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  • Saemala, Francis, Our Independent Solomon Islands, Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Solomon Islands Centre, Honiara, 1979. Details


  • Solomons News Drum, 1974-1982. Details