Hon. Johnson Tuke, MP

Minister for Mining


Honourable Johnson Tuke  graduated with  a  bachelor’s degree in public policy and management from the University of Papua New Guinea and earned a diploma in electrical trade from the Port Moresby Technical College. He also  holds a private pilot licence after   training in Australia.

After graduating from Port Moresby Technical College, Mr Tuke founded the Fessa Electrical and Engineering company and became its managing director in 1990. He secured major contracts with Hides Special Purpose Authority, PNG Power Ltd,  ExxonMobil/Esso Highlands Limited, and Porgera Joint Venture, among others.

 Prior to contesting the general elections in 2012 for the seat of Kainantu Open (Eastern Highlands), Mr Tuke  was the manager of his company. Mr Tuke successfully contested the elections and   elected    to the 9th   National Parliament . He was appointed vice minister for Public Enterprises and State following the formation the O’Neill-Dion government in August 2012.

 He  retained the same seat  of Kainantu Open at  the 2017 general elections and  re-elected to the 10th Parliament  as  member of the People’s Progress Party.  Since August 2017, Mr Tuke has served as Minister for Mining in the O’Neill-Abel government and retained his ministerial portfolio following the election of James Marape as the new prime minister on May 30, 2019. He was reappointed to his portfolio on 7 June 2019. Mr Tuke has   attended and participated at  numerous conferences  and summits overseas in his capacity as minister responsible for mining.

 Born on December  17, 1967, Mr Tuke comes from   Krufi village, Kainantu district, Eastern Highlands Province . He completed his early primary education at Yababi Primary school in 1980 and secondary education at Kainantu High School in 1984 where he attained a grade 10 high school certificate. He is married with children: deputy leader of the People’s Progress Party and member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church