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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese

Name: His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi
Religion: Roman Catholic
Birthdate: 1 March 1938
Marital Status: Married to Masiofo Filifilia Imo

Biography of His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese

Born 1st March 1938, in Motootua, Samoa.  His Highness is the son of the late Head of State His Highness Tupua Tamasese Mea’ole and Her Highness Masiofo Noue Irene Gustava Ta’isi Nelson.  His Highness is married to Her Highness Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese nee Imo, the daughter of the late Rev. Elder Iupati Imo and Mauinuuese Tofaeono Imo.

His Highness is the scion Sa Tupua family. He attended primary school at Marist Brothers School in Apia, Samoa.  He continued his education at St Patrick’s College in Silverstream, Wellington, New Zealand.  He was also educated at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Political Career:

1966-1968:                Member of Parliament  for Vaisigano No. 1

1970-1972:                Member of Parliament for Aana Alofi No 2

1973-1975:                Re-elected as MP for Aana Alofi No. 2.  and appointed Minister of Works.

1976-1978:                Re-elected Member of Parliament for Aana Alofi No. 2 and elected as Prime Minister

1979-1982:                Re-elected as Prime Minister

1980-1987                 Member of Parliament for Anoamaa East.

1985-1988:                Deputy Prime Minister

1988-2004:                Leader of Opposition

2004 -2007                Appointed as member of Council of Deputies

2007-2012                 Elected as Head of State

2012-                         Re-elected as Head of State

Academic Posts:

Commissioner for the South Commission headquartered in Geneva ( 1987-1991)

PhD examiner of Samoan and Pacific History at the Australian National University, in Canberra 1991.  Resident Scholar for Pacific Studies Centre for the Australian National University 1991. Adjunct Professor for Awanuiorangi in New Zealand.  (2005) Associate Member of the Matahauariki Institute. Waikato University 2005. Oceania Representative in the Pontifical Interreligious Dialogue Commission (2005)

March 2008 – December 2013  Chancellor of the National University of Samoa.

  

List of Publications:

Sole Authored and Edited Books:

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E., et al (eds). 2007. Pacific Indigenous Dialogue on Faith, Peace, Reconciliation and Good Governance. Apia, Samoa: Alafua Campus Continuing and Community Education Programme, University of the South Pacific.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2000. Talanoaga na loma ma Ga’opo’a. Pacific Printers and Publishers: Apia, Samoa. (2nd edition published 2008, Apia, Samoa: Government Printery).

Tuiatua, T.T.E. 1995. Englishing my Samoan: a collection of selected speeches and letters. Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific & Bluebird Printery.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.T.T.E., 1989. Ia faagaganaina oe e le Atua fetalai. Apia, Samoa: Commercial Printers.

Selected Book Chapters:

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2012. “Preface”. In Leasiolagi M. Meleisea et al (eds), Samoa’s Journey 1962-2012: Aspects of History. Wellington, NZ: Victoria University of Wellington Press. pp.9-12.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2009. “Faasamoa speaks to my heart and my soul”. In Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni et al (eds), Su’esu’e Manogi: In search of fragrance: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi and the Samoan indigenous reference. Apia, Samoa: Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa. pp.52-60.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2009. “A wedding, a party and Samoan funerals: Pacific leadership and cultural competence”. In Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni et al (eds), Su’esu’e Manogi: In search of fragrance: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi and the Samoan indigenous reference. Apia, Samoa: Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa. pp.123-126.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2009. “Samoan jurisprudence and the Samoan Lands and Titles Court: the perspective of a litigant”. In Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni et al (eds), Su’esu’e Manogi: In search of fragrance: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi and the Samoan indigenous reference. Apia, Samoa: Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa. pp.153-172.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2009. “Water and the Samoan indigenous reference”. In Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni et al (eds), Su’esu’e Manogi: In search of fragrance: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi and the Samoan indigenous reference. Apia, Samoa: Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa. pp.199-206.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2009. “Tupualegase: the eternal riddle”. In Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni et al (eds), Su’esu’e Manogi: In search of fragrance: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi and the Samoan indigenous reference. Apia, Samoa: Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa. pp.207-213.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2007. “In search of harmony: peace in the Samoan indigenous religion”. In Tui Atua, T.T.T.E et al (eds), Pacific indigenous dialogue on faith, peace, reconciliation and good governance. Apia, Samoa: Alafua Campus Continuing and Community Education Programme, University of the South Pacific. pp.1-12.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. 2006. “Resident, Residence, Residency in Samoan Custom”. In Richard A. Benton (ed), Conversing with the Ancestors: concepts and institutions in Polynesian customary law. Hamilton, NZ: Te Matahauariki Institute, University of Waikato.

Selected Journal Articles:

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. “Bioethics and the Samoan indigenous reference”, International Social Science Journal, 2009, v60, i195, pp.115-124. (Online publication 7 Jan 2010).  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2451.2009.01705.x/pdf.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. “In search of Tagaloa: Pulemelei, Samoan Mythology and Science”, Archaeology in Oceania, 2007, v42 (supplement), pp.5-10.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. “Clutter in indigenous knowledge, research and history: a Samoan perspective”, The Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 2005, v25, pp.61-69.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. “In search of meaning, nuance and metaphor in social policy”, The Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 2003, v20, pp.49-63.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. “Tamafaiga – shaman, King or maniac?: the emergence of Manono”, Journal of Pacific History, 1995, v30, i1, pp.3-21.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. “The Riddle in Samoan History: the relevance of language, names, honorifics, genealogy, ritual and chant to historical analysis”, Journal of Pacific History, 1994, v29, i1, pp.66-79.

Selected Public Addresses: (Copies of these addresses can be found online at: http://www.head-of-state-samoa.ws/pages/speeches_him.html)

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. Le so’ofau o le poto ma le faautauta: transforming intelligence into good judgment. Keynote Address. Future Leaders of the Pacific Trends, Issues and Opportunities for Collective Regional Action Symposium. Organised by U.S. Embassy to New Zealand and Samoa. Held in American Samoa. 5 February 2013.

 

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. Sufiga o le tuaoi: negotiating boundaries – from Beethoven to Tupac, the Pope to the Dalai Lama. Keynote Address. Samoan Conference II. Held at National University of Samoa, Samoa. 5 July 2011.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. E le o se timu na to, o le ua e afua mai Manu’a: a message of love from fanauga. Keynote Address. Professor James Ritchie Memorial Lecture Series. Held at Hamilton, University of Waikato. 23 February 2011.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. Navigating our future together. Keynote Address. Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue Conference. Held in Satuimalufilfui, Samoa. 12 March 2010.

Tui Atua, T.T.T.E. O le e lave I tiga, o le ivi, le toto, ma le aano: He who rallies in my hour of need is my kin. Keynote address. New Zealand Families Commission Pasifika Families’ Fono. Held in Auckland, NZ. 3 November 2009.