Ulualofaiga Talamaivao Vaela'a

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Ulualofaiga Talamaivao Vaela'a (died 5 September 1971) was a Western Samoan politician and paramount chief of Fagaloa.[1] He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1954 until his death, and as Minister for Health and Minister of Justice in the 1960s.

Ulualofaiga Talamaivao Vaela'a
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Minister for Health
In office
Preceded byTufuga Fatu
Succeeded byLuamanuvae Eti
Minister of Justice
In office
Preceded byTuatagaloa Leutele Te'o
Succeeded byTuala Paulo
Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byOla'aiga Pa'u
Personal details
Died5 September 1971 (aged 68)
Motootua, Western Samoa


Educated at Avele School, Vaela'a spent three years working for Burns Philp before joining the police. After six years in the police force, he worked for a sawmill and then for E.A. Coxon.[2]

In 1954 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly from the Va'a-o-Fonoti constituency. He was re-elected in 1957 elections and was a member of the 1960 Constitutional Convention and a signatory of the independence constitution. He was re-elected again in 1961, and following the 1964 elections he was appointed Minister for Health. After the 1967 elections he was moved to Minister of Justice. Although he was re-elected in 1970, he was left out of the new cabinet.

He died in hospital in Motootua in September 1971 at the age of 68.[2]


  1. ^ Krämer, Augustin, 1865-1941. (1999). The Samoa Islands : an outline of a monograph with particular consideration of German Samoa. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-2219-6. OCLC 44123701.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b Ulualofaiga T. Vaelaa Pacific Islands Monthly, October 1971, p132