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Royalist0007 11-07-2006 05:09 AM

Royalty of (Western) Samoa and other Pacific States
Here's a section that will be of interest to those who are interested in the various Royal Families of the British Commonwealth Pacific Islands countries.

Currently,the Head of State is Malietoa Tanumafili II who has been allowed to reign for the rest of his life.Once he passes away,the Head of State will be elected by the Western Samoan Parliament for a 5 year term.The Head of State will come from any of the 4 Royal Families of Western Samoa.

Although the name of the country has been 'Independent State of Samoa' since 1997,it is still commonly known as 'Western Samoa' to distinguish it from American Samoa.Western Samoa is a full member of the British Commonwealth,& has very strong ties with New Zealand,which administered it between 1914 & 1962.

The currency of Western Samoa is the Tala,which is divided into 100 Sene.

The Samoan language is the closest living related language to the Tokelauan language,but English is also an official language.

Western Samoa's chieftainship system is unique,as each family appoints a chief,who is called a Matai.Women can be Matai.Matai are the only people who can be elected to the Western Samoan Parliament,which is called the Fono,but there is pressure to institute a fully democratic political system in which non-Matais would be able to stand for the Fono.

There are some Matais who do not live in Western Samoa,but they do play an important role within the Samoan community in New Zealand (especially in Auckland).

If you have anything to contribute,please post here.


Warren 11-08-2006 03:56 AM

Some history, largely from "Who's Who in Reigning Royalty", William G Valko, 1969.
This is relatively old, and some of the spellings may have been Americanised, but it gives some useful background.

The Independent State of Samoa
House of Malietoa

This is the western region of what, in the nineteenth century was the Kingdom of Samoa. The Kingdom became the scene of rivalry between the Powers of Great Britain, Germany and the United States (the islands being eventually divided between German Western Samoa and American Eastern Samoa), as well as rivalry between the royal lines of Malietoa, Tupua, and Mata'afa.

The last monarchs from these royal lines before the partition of the islands were King Tupua Tanasese (vice-king from 1881-1887; King 1887-1888), King Mata'afa (reigned 1888-1889, and 1898; died 1912), and King Malietoa Tanumafili I (reigned 1898-1899).

With the defeat of Germany in WWI, Western Samoa passed as a Mandate of the League of Nations to New Zealand, but a Samoan nationalist movement soon arose to oppose NZ's control. The Samoan nationalist leader, Fautua (high chief) Tupua Tamasese Lealofi, was assassinated at Apia in 1929. New Zealand retained Western Samoa as a Trust Territory of the United Nations following WWII.

In September 1959 NZ's Parliament legislated giving the Trust Territory a cabinet government. Western Samoa overwhelmingly voted for independence in a plebiscite in 1961, and formally became an independent nation on January 1st 1962. It's constitution, which recalled the setup under German rule, provided for two joint chiefs of state, one representing the royal line of Tupua, and the other, the royal line of Malietoa (the position of Premier being in the hands at the time of a Mata'afa). When one chief of state dies, the other was to continue as sole Head of State, according to the provisions of the constitution. The survivor will be succeeded on his death by a Head appointed by the Samoan parliament for a 5 year term.

The Head of State (O le Ao o le Male) is addressed as His Highness.

Current Head of State:
His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, born 1913, Head of State from January 1 1962.

Late co-ruler:
His Highness Tupua Tamasese Mea'ole (1905-1963).

In 1997 the name of the State changed from Western Samoa to Samoa, despite the protests of the American Samoans.

Royalist0007 11-08-2006 11:09 PM

Warren,thank you for that article about Western Samoa's history.I have some coins & banknotes from this British Commonwealth country that I picked up along the way.The coins issued right up to 2000 are inscribed 'MALIETOA TANUMAFILI II SAMOA I SISIFO'.I have 2 coins dated 2002 which have the 'I SISIFO' dropped from the inscription.The portrait actually depicts the Head of State when he was in his late 50's.Unfortunately,I can't provide photos,as I am not yet set up.


Royalist0007 05-13-2007 01:22 AM

Western Samoa's Head of State has died.
Western Samoa's Head of State,Malietoa Tanumafili II has died at the age of 94.

From now on,there will be a Head of State appointed from one of the 4 Royal Families of Western Samoa by the Fono (the Western Samoan Parliament) to serve a 5 year term.


Ephram 05-15-2007 05:16 AM


Originally Posted by Royalist0007
Western Samoa's Head of State,Malietoa Tanumafili II has died at the age of 94.


My condolences to the people of Samoa upon the passing of His Highness. Such an illustrious leader will always be missed. Rest in peace.

The funeral this Saturday shall be attended by many foreign VIPs.
High level delegations to attend funeral of Samoa Head of State

Aidan, Do you know whether this funeral is going to be a State Funeral?

Is it true that Samoa will gain financial assistance from New Zealand to sponsor this Funeral?

Do you have any good website links where we can consult the updates from Samoa especially on this Funeral?, can the official site of the Samoan government be useful?

Warren 05-15-2007 07:43 AM

Here is the Government of Samoa website, but apart from the bio of HH the [late] Head of State, there's not much to it.

Royalist0007 05-15-2007 07:51 AM

Ephram,it will be a State Funeral.I think that all shops,banks,& government offices throughout Western Samoa will close for the whole day.

As to whether New Zealand will be involved,I don't know.


Vanesa 05-15-2007 08:44 PM

What bad news...Oceanic Royalty is suffering from some great losts since the past year.

My condoleances to Samoan people. :unhappy:


Iain 05-21-2007 08:40 AM


Originally Posted by Vanesa
What bad news...Oceanic Royalty is suffering from some great losts since the past year.

My condoleances to Samoan people. :unhappy:


Yes indeed! King Tomasi of Wallis died on May 7th after reinging for 47 years.

weinyer 08-02-2008 10:45 PM

Wallis and Futuna
Following the death of the 50th King (Lavelua), Tomasi Kulimoetoke II, on 7 May 2007, on 25 July 2008 Kapiliele Faupala was installed as King of Wallis (Uvea).
More details on the new King here.

pls see this video regarding the new King of Wallis (Uvea)


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