Magele Tagaileono Ate Penn (26 June 1921 – 26 May 1982)[1] was a Western Samoan politician. He served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1967 to 1973.

Magele Ate
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Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byAmoa Tausilia
Succeeded byToleafoa Talitimu
Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byEti Alesana
ConstituencyFaasaleleaga No. 1
Personal details
Born26 June 1921
Died26 May 1982(1982-05-26) (aged 60)


Ate worked for the New Zealand Reparation Estates. He originally had 'European' status, but changed to become Samoan.[2]

In 1960 Ate was elected to the Constitutional Assembly that drew up the independence constitution, and was a signatory of the document. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly unopposed from the Faasaleleaga No. 1 constituency in 1961. Although, the result was subsequently overturned and a by-election ordered for 10 June,[3] Ate was returned again. He was re-elected in 1964 and became Deputy Speaker.[4] After being re-elected in 1967 he was elected Speaker.[5] He remained Speaker after the 1970 elections. However, he lost his seat in the 1973 elections.[6] He contested the 1976 elections, but failed to regain his seat.[7]


  1. ^ Magele Tagaileono Ate Penn Billion Graves
  2. ^ James Wightman Davidson (1967) Samoa Mo Samoa: The Emergence of the Independent State of Western Samoa, p383
  3. ^ Results of Samoan Election in Dispute Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1961, p119
  4. ^ 2nd Parliament of Samoa Parliament of Samoa
  5. ^ Mata'afa will lead independent Western Samoa for third term Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1967, p9
  6. ^ As you were in W. Samoa with Mataafa on top again Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1973, p25
  7. ^ Samoan election results by constituency 1964–2016 Samoa Election Results Database