10 Jun 2014

Samoa's first woman MP laid to rest

5:57 pm on 10 June 2014

The funeral was held this morning for Samoa's first woman MP and former deputy parliamentary speaker, Le'aupepe Faimaala Martha Phillips.

The Head of State, the Prime Minister and MPs were among the mourners.

Le'aupepe, a nurse by profession, first entered Parliament for the Palauli i Sisifo constituency in 1970.

She served several terms and later became the first woman judge of the Lands and Titles court.

Le'aupepe Faimaala died last week in New Zealand where she had been living with her family.

She was 80 years old.