Story: Samoans

Chief Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III lies in state

Chief Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III lies in state

New Zealand’s administration initially brought some distress to Samoa. In 1918 New Zealand authorities allowed the trader Talune to dock, which introduced a devastating outbreak of ‘Spanish’ influenza. Then in December 1929, nine Samoans were shot dead during a demonstration by a non-violent independence movement, the Mau. One of those killed was a high-ranking chief, Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, shown here.

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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - History and migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Misatauveve Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015