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Commissioner for Samoa, around 1920

Commissioner for Samoa, around 1920

Colonel Robert Tate, New Zealand's second resident commissioner for Samoa, speaks to an outdoor meeting under the protection of a sun umbrella, about 1920. Tate held absolute authority in Western Samoa as the Fono of Faipule, an advisory body of Samoan leaders, was not legally recognised until his departure in 1923. Referring to the Mau movement for Samoan independence, Tate told the governor of American Samoa that much of the unrest resulted from ideas of racial equality.

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Michael Green, 'Foreign policy and diplomatic representation - Origins of New Zealand foreign policy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34266/commissioner-for-samoa-around-1920 (accessed 14 July 2020)

Story by Michael Green, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016