Sir Tipo Vuatha

Sir Tipo Vuatha passes on

Sir Tipo passed away last week after a long illness.

He was the longest serving Official Secretary at the Governor General's Office, providing advice and oversight on matters of State, Protocol, Diplomacy, and ceremonial duties.

Sir Tipo worked at the Governor General's Office for over 20 years, starting as an Accountant in the early 1990s and rising to become the Official Secretary in charge of administration of Government House. He served three Governor Generals: Sir Silas Atopare, Grand Chief Sir Paulias Matane, and Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio.

Support Government House, appeals Vuatha

During his farewell ceremony yesterday, Vuatha said he and Governor General, Grand Chief Sir Michal Ogio, have come up with big plans for the development of the institution. 

Submissions made to the relevant departments, however, have not been responded to as expected.

“They (departments) don’t realise that the office of Government House is so important. It has a status. 
“Without the Government House, the departments and those of the Government of Papua New Guinea would not operate efficiently and effectively,” said Vuatha.

Govt House farewells GG’s official Secretary

Sir Vuatha closes the curtain on a 22-year distinguished career as the Official Secretary for four different Governor Generals.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio and Lady Esmie Ogio, Government officials, staff of Government house and relatives and friends.

Sir Michael said he admired his outgoing Secretary for practicing principles of Christianity, integrity, and reputation as Official Secretary.

And he commended his wife, Lady Vuatha, for her support to him during his tenure.