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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese

Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi

Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi

Birth date: 1st March, 1938
Birth place: Apia
Religion: Roman Catholic
Marital Status: Married to Filifilia Imo
Website: www.head-of-state-samoa.ws



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.


His Highness is patron for various organisations:

  1. Patron for the Samoa Tennis Association
  2. Patron for Samoa Golf Association
  3. Patron for Samoa Rugby Union
  4. Patron for Marist Old Boys Association
  5. Patron for Pacific Leadership Foundation
  6. Patron for Polynesian Society

Publications by His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

Ia faagaganaina oe e le Atua fetalai: o nisi o lauga ma tatalo o Tupua. Commercial Print, Samoa.

The Riddle in Samoan History: The Relevance of Language, Names, Honorifics, Genealogy, Ritual and Chant to Historical Analysis. Journal of Pacific History 29 (1) 66-79.

Englishing my Samoan: selected speeches and letters. University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Gagana Samoa: o le a lona taua i le seneturi 21. Rainmaker Hotel, Pagopago.
Tamafaiga: Shaman, King or Maniac? Journal of Pacific History 30 (1) 3-21.

Talanoaga na loma ma Ga’opo’a. Pacific Printers and Publishers: Apia, Samoa.

In Search of Meaning, Nuance and Metaphor in Social Policy. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand 20 49-63

Resident, Residence, Residency in Samoan Custom in Symposium on Concepts in Polynesian Customary Law, Te Matahauariki Institute, University of Waikoto. Auckland, New Zealand, 12 October, 2004.

Clutter in Indigenous Knowledge, Research and History: A Samoan Perspective. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand 25, 61-69

In search for Tagaloa: Pulemelei, Samoan Mythology and Science. Archaeology in Oceania, Volume 42 Supplement, October 2007

(Eds) Pacific Indigenous Dialogue on Faith, Peace, Reconciliation and Good Governance. Government Printing Press, Ministry of Women and Social Development, Apia, Samoa.

(Eds) Suesue Manogi: In Search for Fragrance Tui Atua and the Samoan Indigenous Reference. Government Printing Press, Ministry of Women and Social Development, Apia, Samoa.