- Tufuga Efi
name = Tufuga Efi
order = President of Samoa
Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
11 May 2007
20 June 2007
predecessor = Susuga Tanumafili
Prime Minister of Samoa
president2 = Susuga Tanumafili
24 March 1976
13 April 1982
predecessor2 = Lealofi-o-a'ana
president3 = Susuga Tanumafili
18 September 1982
31 December 1982
Tofilau Eti Alesana
birth_date = birth date and age|1938|03|01|df=70
Masiofo Filifilia Imo
party = SNDP
Tupua TamaseseTupuola Tufuga Efi, also known as Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, and formerly known as Tupuola Efi, (born March 1, 1938at Moto'otuain Samoa) is a former Prime Minister of Samoa, serving two terms, and the current head of state of Samoa. On 16 June 2007he was elected as O le Ao o le Malo, Samoa's head of state, for a five-year term.cite web|url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10446128|title=New head of state for Samoa|author= New Zealand Herald|accessdate=2007-06-16] He was officially sworn in as O le Ao o le Malo at Samoa's Parliament ( Fono) on 20 June 2007.
He is a member of one of the paramount Families of State (
Aiga Tupu) where he holds the Tupua title of the SaTupua 'royal' family. He also holds the Tama-a-Aiga Tamasesetitle and the Tafaifa title of Tui Atua. He first entered parliamentand became Prime Minister under the title Tupuola.
Early and Personal Life
Tupua was born on March 1, 1938 at
Moto'otain Samoa. cite news |first=Cherelle |last=Jackson|title= Two men make history in Samoa |url= http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=72&objectid=10446858|work= New Zealand Herald|publisher=The New Zealand Herald|date=2007-06-20 |accessdate=2007-06-26] He is the son of the late Tupua Tamasese Mea'oleand Noue Irene Gustava Ta'isi Nelson.
Tupua attended primary school at the Marist Brothers School at
Mulivaiin the Samoan capital of Apia. He continued his education at St. Patrick's College in Silverstream, Wellington, New Zealand. He was also educated at Victoria University of Wellington, located in New Zealand's capital city.
Tupua is married to Her Highness
Masiofo Filifilia Imo, who is also known as Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese.
Tupua has been described as a defender and proponent of the
Prime Minister of Samoa
Tupua began his political career in 1966 when he became an MP in Samoa's
Fono, or Parliament. He represented the Anoama'a East constituencyas MP as a member of the Christian Democratic Party. He would serve as Samoa's Minister of Worksfrom 1970 until 1972.
Tupua served as Prime Minister for two consecutive terms from 1976 to 1982. He also served as
Deputy Prime Ministerfrom 1985 to 1988.cite news |first=Fili |last=Sagapolutele |title= Samoa Head Of State Announced|url= http://www.pacificmagazine.net/news/2007/06/18/samoa-head-of-state-announced|work= Pacific Magazine|publisher=Pacific Magazine|date=2007-06-18 |accessdate=2007-06-26] It was during his second term as Prime Minister that the Public Service Associationwent on a general strikein 1981, paralysing the country for several months and paving the way for the opposition Human Rights Protection Party's entry to government in 1982. The Human Rights Protection Party still governs Samoa today.
Tupua became Leader of the Opposition following his Christian Democratic Party's election defeat in 1982. He also headed the
Samoan National Development Party. He continued to serve Anoama'a East as MP until 2004 when he became one of the two member of Samoa's Council of Deputiesalong with Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa. Both Efi and Vaaletoa served as temporary acting heads of state (O le Ao o le Malo) following the death of Malietoa Tanumafili IIin May 2007.
O le Ao o le Malo (Head of state)
May 11 2007, following the death of Malietoa Tanumafili II, Samoa's head of state since independence in 1962, Tupua became one of the two acting heads of state as a member of the Council of Deputies. Tupua was elected Head of state on 16 June 2007. His was the only nomination put forth in Samoa's Fono(parliament) and thus the decision was unanimous. His election was welcomed by many Samoans in New Zealandcite web|url=http://www.niufm.com/?t=3&View=FullStory&newsID=2097|title=Samoans in NZ welcome Tupua Tamasese as new head of state|author=Niu FM|accessdate=2007-06-20] . He was officially sworn into office on 20 June 2007cite web|url=http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/latest/200706202057/samoa_swears_in_new_head_of_state|title=Samoa swears in new head of state|author= Radio New Zealand|accessdate=2007-06-20] .
Tupua has held a number of academic positions during and after his political career as an MP and Prime Minister.
Tupua has served as an
adjunct professorfor Awanuiorangiin New Zealand. He later went on to serve as an Associate Member of the Matahauariki Instituteat Waikato University. Additionally, he has held a position as PhD examiner at Australian National Universityin Canberrafor Pacific and Samoan history.
Tupua is a former resident scholar of the
Pacific Studies Centreof the Australian National University and the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studiesat University of Canterburyin New Zealand.
Tupua has helped to begin excavations at Samoa's important
Pulemelei Moundarchaeological site. Samoans, under Tupua Tamasese, carried out a ceremony to honor Thor Heyerdahlfor his contributions to Polynesiaand the Pulemelei Mound excavations in 2003. [http://www.kon-tiki.no/Events/indexeng.html] .
Tupua is a prolific writer and author due to his experiences in government and
academia. He has written three books, as well as numerous scholarly journals and publications.
* [http://www.pacificmagazine.net/news/2007/06/18/samoa-head-of-state-announced Pacific Magazine: Samoa Head Of State Announced]
* [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=72&objectid=10446858 New Zealand Herald: Two men make history in Samoa]
NAME = Tufuga Efi, Tupua Tamasese Tupuola
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi
SHORT DESCRIPTION = 4th
Prime Minister of Samoaand current O le Ao o le Malo, Samoa's head of state.
DATE OF BIRTH =
March 1, 1938
PLACE OF BIRTH =
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =
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