26 Nov 2008

Former politician and paramount chief in Samoa dies

8:00 am on 26 November 2008

A prominent figure in politics in Samoa, the paramount chief of Satapuala village, To'alepaialii Toesulusulu Si'ueva, died last week in Sydney after a heart attack.

In the late 1980s he was a cabinet minister and chairman of the country's

national airline.

To'alepaialii also led the Samoa Progressive Party through two general elections.

Most recently he was involved in a legal action against the government over a

a land claim by his village involving more than two thousand hectares near Faleolo International Airport.