Tuala Paulo (died 1979) was a Western Samoan journalist and politician. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly between 1964 and 1973 and as Minister of Education and Minister of Justice during the early 1970s.

Tuala Paulo
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Minister of Education
In office
Preceded byFuimaono Moasope
Succeeded byAlfonso Philipp
Minister of Justice
In office
Preceded byUlualofaiga Talamaivao
Succeeded byAmoa Tausilia
Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byTevaga Paletasala
Succeeded byMuagututi'a Pinati
ConstituencyGaga'emauga No. 1
Personal details
Died1979 (aged 49)


Paulo worked as a journalist, rising to become editor of the Samoa Bulletin.[1] He contested the in the Gaga'emauga No. 1 constituency in the 1964 elections and was elected to the Legislative Assembly. He was re-elected in 1967, after which he was a candidate for the speakership. Although he lost 24–22 to Magele Ate in the second round of voting, he was then the only candidate for the deputy speakership and took up the post.[2]

After being re-elected in 1970, Paulo was appointed Minister of Justice.[3] In a cabinet reshuffle the following year he became Minister of Education.[4] However, he was defeated by Muagututi'a Pinati in the 1973 elections.[5] He returned to journalism, becoming editor of the South Seas Star and later Tautai.

He died in 1979 at the age of 49.[1]


  1. ^ a b Tuala Paulo Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1979, p67
  2. ^ Asofou Soʻo (2008) Democracy and Custom in Sāmoa: An Uneasy Alliance p77
  3. ^ (1) It's a vital, young cabinet Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1970, pp50–51
  4. ^ In a nutshell Pacific Islands Monthly, May 1971, p28
  5. ^ Samoan election results by constituency 1964–2016 Samoa Election Results Database