Archive: Malietoa Tanumafili II
Malietoa Tanumafili II Obituary
Malietoa Tanumafili II born January 4th 1913, the eldest son and third child of Malietoa Tanumafili I and Momoe Lupeuluiva Meleisea.
He was educated in Samoa at Le ifi ifi School and in New Zealand at St Stephens College and Wesley College in Pukekohe.
He succeeded to the paramount title
in 1940 and was appointed a
or advisor to the New Zealand
Governor. At the time of his death,
II was the oldest national leader in the world and the
third longest reigning living monarch, after Thailand's King
Bhumibol Adulyadej and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
New Zealand had governed Samoa with mixed success since the early 1920s but prominent Samoan leaders such as Malietoa helped pave the way for independence. In 1959 he became joint Chairman of the Working Committee on Independence and constitutional convention.
In 1962 after years of negotiations with the United Nations and the New Zealand Administration, Samoa became an independent state and Malietoa became joint head of state O le Ao o le Malo with Tupua Tamasese Mea'ole .
However, almost a year later, Tupua Tamasese Mea'ole died and Malietoa became the sole head of state for life - a role he performed at every state occasion with dignity and humility.
Malietoa travelled widely having attended the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and made official state visits to China, South Korea, Japan and the United Kingdom. Closer to home, he regularly attended the birthday celebrations of his good friend the late King of Tonga, Taufa'ahau Tupou the fourth .
A follower of the Baha'i Faith later in life, Malietoa dedicated the Baha'i House of Worship in Tiapapata, Samoa in 1984.
A keen sportsman in his youth, he played rugby and cricket and was known as a good boxer. Malietoa continued his love of sport well into his later years. Only last month he took time to meet with rising Samoan boxing star, Monty Betham .
Malietoa's wife, Masiofo Lili Tunu passed away in 1986. They are survived by two sons and two daughters.
* Below is a translation from Samoan of some prayers following the passing of Malietoa Tanumafili II
Holy God, we want to take the opportunity on this
program to praise your Holy name, as we think back and remember the
life of your servant, His Highness, the Head of State of Samoa, le
Susuga i le Malietoa Tanumafili, II, as you have called him, giving
him rest from his duties and responsibilities. We want to thank you
Lord for his life of service as he has given to Samoa and for her
people, and through his service and compassion, he has in turn
served You. Thank you for the life of the Father of our
Lord, we pray that your spirit of warmth and mercies are upon our country, our leaders and our people, as we proceed with the final services of your servant, that all will go well.
Please bless the audience of this program, and may all the glory and honour be returned to Thee.
This is our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
* Tagata Pasifika screened a Special Tribute to Malietoa Tanumafili II on Thursday 17th May.
(To watch just click on the keyword links or below the photos)
- Prayer & Obituary: Led by Reverend Maligi Evile.
- Update from Samoa: Reactions from Samoa and New Zealand.
- Interview & Tribute: Samoan Community Leader Fa'amatuainu Tino Pereira speaks about the legacy of Malietoa Tanumafili II, what the future has in store for Samoa, followed by a tribute from Reverend Elder Vaeau Ala'Ilima Eteuati.
+ Full Tribute by H.E Tuiataga Asi Blakelock - Samoan High Commissioner to New Zealand - to Malietoa Tanumafili II.
Special coverage of the funeral of
His Highness Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II on
Thursday 24th May.
- Intro & NZ Memorial Service: The passing of His Highness Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II has brought much sadness not only for Samoa but for many Samoans that live abroad. As a mark of respect some in New Zealand wore the ula fala or traditional red pandanus necklace, and a memorial service was held in Auckland. Ua to le timu, ua tu'umalo le Malietoa.
- Global Representatives: Malietoa Tanumafili II was affectionately known as the ' Father of the Nation', and his influence reached far across the globe. Representatives from all around the world came to Samoa in order to pay their last respects.
- Traditional Pacific Respects: Whilst many laid wreaths as Malietoa Tanumafili II lay in state at Parliament in Mulinu'u, a more traditional Pacific way of paying respect was seen at his residence in Fa'atoialemanu.
- Funeral & Thanks: Key moments from the State Funeral of Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II.
Special Thanks to all those who made it possible for us to bring this coverage to you. Thanks to the three television networks of Samoa - Samoa Broadcasing Corporation (SBC), Lau TV and TV3 Samoa... and big thanks also to Aggie Greys' Lagoon Beach Resort and Air New Zealand - Ia manuia.
Fa'afetai Samoa mo lau tapua'iga. Su'suia le Malaga a le Malietoa ma le manuia.
* Watch coverage of the entire State Funeral of Malietoa Tanumafili II - just click here (or below the photos).
(We apologise for the occasional loss of sight & sound due to technical difficulties.)
* Samoa Broadcasting Corporation News ran a story on Tagata Pasifika and the joint co-operation between TVNZ, Maori TV and SBC to cover the broadcast of the state funeral of Malietoa Tanumafili II. Click here (or below the photos) to watch SBC reporter Laveitiga Tuiletufuga's story ( in Samoan & English).
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: MEMORIAL SERVICE for His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II
The Samoan Advisory Council in conjunction with the Office of the Consulate General of Samoa, Fono a Samoa North Shore (North Shore City), Samoa Potopoto (Waitakere City), Samoa Auckland City Community Fono (Auckland Central), Samoa Manukau (Manukau City)
Hereby inform the public of the MEMORIAL SERVICE for His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II
Friday 18th May 2007 (Starts 7:00 PM)
Malaeola Community Centre, Mangere, Auckland
** Open to the public - seated by 6:30 PM **
** Condolence Book available from 5:00 PM **
** Wreaths can be presented during service **
SAMOA STATE SERVICE
Live Viewing on Big Screen
Saturday 20th May 2007 (Starts 8:30 AM)
ASB Hall, Aotea Centre, Auckland
** Open to the public - 8:00 AM morning tea **
(Courtesy of Auckland City Council)
As a final sign of respect in honour of the passing away of His Highness the Head of State of Samoa, Malietoa Tanumafili II , Samoans and friends of Samoa around New Zealand are invited to wear the 'ula fala' through out Friday and Saturday this week.
Maori Television will broadcast live coverage of the 'tangihanga' of Samoa's Head of State, his Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II from Samoa this Saturday 19th May 2007.
Tulouna ia le tu valavala o Lagi e sefulu o Samoa.
Tulou ia. Tulouna Lava. Taoto ia i paga e pei o le taga ti'a nai
Utumalama ou paia ma ou mamalu sausaugata Samoa. O le a fa'amalele
ia le ti'a o Malo ma sagai tonu lau o le fo, ae magalo ai le leo o
le Fono Faufautua a Samoa ona o le tuua o le malo e lana afioga i
le Ao Mamalu o le Malo, le afioga i le Tapa'au Fa'asisina, le
susuga i le
Malietoa Tanumafili II e
o ASO FARAILE 18 ME i le itula e 7 i le afiafi o le Sauniga Lotu Tuufa'atasi a Samoa (memorial service) o le a fa'ataunuuina i le Malaeola Community
o ASO TOANAI 19 ME i le itula e 9 i le taeao o le a potopoto Samoa mo le maimoaina o Toe Sauniga o le Ao Mamalu o le Malo, lea o le fa'asalalau tuu
sao mai i le Televise a Maori i le Aotea Center.
E fa'aololoma'au atu ai ma le agaga maualalo i le fa'aalia o lo tatou fa'aaloalo, e ala lea i le ulaina o le ulafala e Samoa uma i Niu Sila nei mai le taeao o le Aso Faraile seia oo lava i le afiafi o le Aso Toanai.
O le a fa'asalalau tuu sao mai i Samoa e le Televise a Maori i le Aso Toanai 19 Me ia toe sauniga o le Tapa'au Fa'asisina.
Sainia lenei fa'asilasilaga e Ofisa o le Konesula Aoao o Samoa. Fono a Samoa North Shore (North Shore City), Samoa Potopoto (Waitakere City), Samoa Auckland City Community Fono (Auckland Central), Samoa Manukau (Manukau City), Fono Faufautua a Samoa (Aukilani).
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