22 Nov 2007

Samoa's first female MP has died

7:51 am on 22 November 2007

Samoa's first female MP La'ulu Fetauimalemau Mata'afa has died in Apia.

She was 79.

La'ulu was the wife of the first Prime Minister of Samoa after independence, the late Mataafa Mulinuu II.

She was also one of the first Samoan women to receive a University education

La'ulu was the Pro-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific in 1970, a position she held for three years.

She was the first woman to be appointed as a Consul General and High Commissioner for Samoa in New Zealand in the early 90s after leaving politics.

Last week she received an honorary doctorate from the Samoa National University.

La'ulu is the mother of government minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa.

La'ulu's funeral is this week.