Toswel Kaua

Toswel Kaua (born 28 August 1947 in Lau, Malaita Province; died 15 November 2010 in Honiara[2]) was a Solomon Islands politician, several times Cabinet minister, and Deputy Prime Minister from May to November 2007.

The Right Honourable

Toswel Kaua

Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs
In office
21 December 2007  27 August 2010
Prime MinisterDerek Sikua
Succeeded byCommins Mewa
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service
In office
3 May 2007  10 November 2007
Prime MinisterManasseh Sogavare
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock
In office
18 October 2006  3 May 2007
Prime MinisterManasseh Sogavare
Minister for Mines and Energy
In office
5 May 2006  18 October 2006
Prime MinisterManasseh Sogavare
Member of Parliament
for Baegu/Asifolo
In office
5 April 2006  15 November 2010
Preceded byStephen Aumanu
Succeeded byDavid Tome
Personal details
Born28 August 1947
Lau, Malaita Province
Died15 November 2010(2010-11-15) (aged 63)
Political partyParty for Rural Advancement[1]
Alma materUniversity of Oxford

He studied first at the University of Sydney (Australia), where he obtained a Certificate in Administration, Management and Systems. He then obtained a Certificate in Teaching from the Solomon Islands Teachers College, followed by a Diploma in Education and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (England). He completed his studies with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching from the University of Oxford, and began a career in teaching and administration.[2]

He taught at St. Nicholas primary school, in Solomon Islands, before becoming the school's headmaster. He then entered public administration as Assistant Education Officer for Selection and Guidance at the Ministry of Education. He went on to serve as Chief Administrative Officer for Regulation at the Ministry of Public Service, Assistant Secretary for Personnel to the Prime Minister's Office, Under-Secretary at the Public Service Division, Deputy Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, then Permanent Secretary to a number of Ministries, before becoming Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.[2]

He began his political career when he was elected to Parliament as the member for Baegu/Asifola in the April 2006 general election. In May, Prime Minister Snyder Rini's government resigned in the face of public protest and under threat of a motion of no confidence, and Manasseh Sogavare ascended to the premiership. Sogavare appointed Kaua to Cabinet, as Minister for Mines and Energy. He subsequently appointed him Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service. In November 2007, however, Kaua resigned from Cabinet and joined the Opposition. The following month, Sogavare's government was ousted in a vote of no confidence, and Kaua was appointed Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs by new Prime Minister Derek Sikua, a position which he held until August 2010.[2][3]

He retained his seat in Parliament in the August 2010 general election, and served as a government backbencher for the remaining months of his life. On 15 November 2010, he died in hospital following a "long illness".[2][4][5]


  1. "Listing of Members of Parliament by Political Parties", Parliament of Solomon Islands
  2. Biography on the website of the Parliament of Solomon Islands
  3. "Former Deputy PM calls on PM to step down", Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, 21 November 2007
  4. "Country Farewells Late Toswel Kaua", Solomon Times, 19 November 2010
  5. "Solomon Islands MP Kaua dies after long illness". Radio New Zealand International. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2011.