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Samoa Honors and Awards presented for first time in six years

Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Efi
Source: RNZ Pacific

Apia, SAMOA — Fifteen people have been recognized in the Samoa Honors and Awards for their outstanding service to the country.

This is the first time the biannual awards have been presented in six years, and were held as part of the closing ceremony for the 60th Independence Celebrations.

The awards also cover Samoa's diaspora who have contributed to the development of the country.

Former Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Efi, was awarded with the country's highest civil honor for services to the country, which included being Prime Minister from 1976 to 1982, and Head of State from 2007 until 2017.

Also recognized were: Gatoloaifa’aana Tilianamua Afamasaga, Palanitina Tupuimatagi Toelupe, Tusani Iosefatu Reti, Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale, Retired Reverend Tupu Folasa II, Retired Reverend Tautiaga Senara , Sister Emanuela Betham, Brother Kevin O'Malley, Asuao Ta'alili Williams, Luaipou Sally Betham, Sapa'u Lilomaiava Lolesio Vitale, Solialofi Papali'i Pisimaka, and Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork: