Hon. Lanelle Tanangada

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Hon. Lanelle Tanangada

Party: Kadere Party of Solomon Islands

Term: 2018-2019; 2019 to current

Electorate: Gizo/Kolombangara

Province: Western

Political Status: Minister for Education & MP

Hon. Lanelle Tanangada, is a graduate from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, and is a teacher by profession.

Hon. Tanangada stood as an Independent candidate in the 2018 by-election for the Gizo/Kolombangara constituency. She polled 2580 votes ahead of former MP and Prime Minister for Solomon Islands Gordon Darcy Lilo with 1593 votes, Peter Sogoilo with 598 votes, Kenneth Bulehite with 243 votes, and Ronald Dive with 187 votes, to be successfully voted into the national Parliament.

Hon. Lanelle Tanangada becomes the first ever woman in the Western Province to be elected into Parliament. Hon. Lanelle Tanangada is the wife of former MP Jimson Tanangada who lost his seat in an election petition against his 2014 victory, brought on by Gordon Darcy Lilo.  

Parliamentary Committee Appointments

  • Member, Health and Medical Services Committee from 23rd August 2018 to 17th October 2018.
  • Member, Education and Human Resources Training Committee from 29th August 2018 to 17th October 2018.

Ministerial Appointments

  • Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs from 17th October 2018 to date.


  • Master in Education (University of Waikato) 2013 Post Graduate in Education (University of Waikato) 2011
  • Bachelor in Education (Pacific Adventist University) 2002

Occupation before entering Parliament

  • Secondary School Teacher


  • Leadership \Conference-Melbourne, Australia 2017
  • Vaka Pasifiki Conference-Honiara, Solomon Islands 2016


  • Year of birth: 1979 
  • Village/ Home Island: Kuzi Village, Kolombangara, Western Province

Source: https://www.parliament.gov.sb/index.php?q=node/1213