31 May 2017

Memoir of Samoa PM Tu'ilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi released

From , 3:05 pm on 31 May 2017

Palemia is the Samoan word for prime minister and it is the title of a book released today in Samoa which details the long and fascinating life of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

It is a memoir of Tuilaepa's time at or near the top of the Samoa government and the changes and development in the country since he started school there more than 60 years ago.

Many of those changes Tuilaepa has had a hand in.

He started in the public service after completing a Masters in Commerce degree, then entered politics in 1981, becoming Finance Minister in the 1990s and prime minister in 1998.

Palemia has been written in conjunction with development academic Peter Swain.

Don Wiseman spoke with Dr Swain and suggested the memoir shows someone who was born to do politics.

Samoan prime minister memoir book

Samoan prime minister memoir book Photo: RNZ Pacific: Sela Jane Hopgood