30 May 2013

Samoan educator Tofaeono Tanuvasa Tavale dies

6:45 pm on 30 May 2013

A well known Samoan educator in New Zealand, Tofaeono Tanuvasa Tavale, has died.

The chief executive of the ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Pauline Winter, says Tofaeono was a leader, an author, an educator and an elder statesman in the old tradition.

She says he contributed greatly to the preservation of the Samoan language in New Zealand.

He was a board member and tutor at the Pasifika Education Centre, a university lecturer, a secondary school teacher and a Samoan cultural competitions judge.

In addition, Tofaeono wrote several books in the Samoan language.