14 Nov 2007

Honorary doctorates for Samoa's head of state and former hifgh commissioner to NZ

2:31 pm on 14 November 2007

Samoa's Head of State, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, and the country's former High Commissioner in New Zealand, La'ulu Fetauimalemau Mata'afa, are to receive honorary doctorates from the Samoa National University.

The degrees are a recognition of their contributions to the promotion and development of Samoa and the region.

The Head of State is a former Prime Minister and was one of the longest serving politicians before he was appointed to the council of deputies and then became head of state last June.

La'ulu was one of the first Samoan women to have entered politics in the late seventies after the death of her husband who in 1963 was the first Prime Minister.

She was also the first woman to be appointed as High Commissioner and consul-general for Samoa in New Zealand when she left politics.