Party: Tuhanuku, Joses Taungenga (1952 - )



Joses Taungenga Tuhanuku, born in 1952, is from Bellona Island. He studied first at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology and later at the Australian National University, also working at various times as a secondary school teacher and at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. In 1975, he assisted Bartholomew Ulufa'alu to found the Solomon Islands General Workers' Union and the following year replaced Ulufa'alu as General Secretary. A scholarship enabled him to train with the Danish International Development Agency from February 1977 until June 1978. By 1980, SIGWU had 10,000 members, about half of the nation's workforce and was renamed the Solomon Islands National Union of Workers. In 1988, Tuhanuku was one of the founders of the Solomon Islands Labour Party and was elected to Parliament the next year. He served in Parliament 1989-1997, 2002-2006 held several ministries and was also for a period Leader of the Opposition. He has remained a constant force in denouncing corruption. (Tuhanuku 1983; Tuhanuku Wikipedia entry)

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Book Sections

  • Tuhanuku, Joses, 'Trade Unions and Politics', in Peter Larmour;Sue Tarua (ed.), Solomon Islands Politics, Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Suva, 1983, pp. 117-132. Details
  • Tuhanuku, Joses, in Wikipedia, 2015. Details