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Governor-General of Papua New Guinea

The Governor-General of Papua New Guinea is the representative of Papua New Guinean monarch, known in Tok Pisin as 'Missis Kwin'.

Governor-General of Papua New Guinea
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Sir Robert Dadae

since 28 February 2017
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceGovernment House, Papua New Guinea
AppointerMonarch of Papua New Guinea
Term lengthAt His/Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation16 September 1975
First holderJohn Guise



Government House in Port Moresby, early 1900s, before Australia took administration of British New Guinea and changed its name to Papua.

As in Australia,[clarification needed] the vice-regal officer's title is spelled with a hyphen. Unlike other Commonwealth realms, the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea is nominated by the country's Parliament, rather than being proposed by its Prime Minister (as is the convention in the other Commonwealth Realms). The appointment is made by the head of state of Papua New Guinea, currently Queen Elizabeth II, following a simple majority vote of the National Parliament. For a second term,[clarification needed] a two-thirds majority is required. No person may serve for more than two terms, a matter made formal relation in Papua New Guinea. Thus far all retired governors-general have been knighted.

If the office of Governor-General becomes vacant, the Speaker of the National Parliament becomes acting Governor-General until a new appointment is made.


The Governor-General may be dismissed by either a decision of the National Executive Council or an absolute majority of the National Parliament. No Governor-General has been dismissed from office, although in 1991 Sir Vincent Serei Eri resigned from office after Prime Minister Rabbie Namaliu advised the Queen to dismiss him.

Governors-General of Papua New GuineaEdit

No. Name
Tenure Notes
Took Office Left Office
1 Sir John Guise
6 September 1975 1 March 1977 Resigned from office to contest election.
2 Sir Tore Lokoloko
1 March 1977 1 March 1983
3 Sir Kingsford Dibela
1 March 1983 1 March 1989 Resigned from office.
4 Sir Ignatius Kilage
1 March 1989 31 December 1989 Died in office.
5 Sir Serei Eri
27 February 1990 4 October 1991 Resigned from office, due to dismissal instructed to the Queen by the Prime Minister.
6 Sir Wiwa Korowi
18 November 1991 20 November 1997
7 Sir Silas Atopare
20 November 1997 20 November 2003
8 Sir Paulias Matane
29 January 2004 13 December 2010 Elected by the National Parliament (50–46), on 27 January 2004.
9 Sir Michael Ogio
25 February 2011 18 February 2017 Elected by the National Parliament (65–23), on 14 January 2011. Died in office.
10 Sir Robert Dadae
(1961– )
28 February 2017 Incumbent Elected by the National Parliament (55–36), on 1 February 2017.

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