Agamalu Westerlund and children of the late businessman Magi Herman Westerlund honoured with the Posthumously Order of Samoa at last nights Awards Ceremony
BY Lagi Keresoma
APIA: TUESDAY 23 DECEMBER 2014: The Government has conferred 22 medals on individuals to honor their service and contribution to the development of the Samoa and to the benefit of its people.
“Today’s investiture ceremony is an occasion that Cabinet and Government of Samoa have considered at length given its significance, more importantly is the need to honor those who deserve it, whether they be citizen or non-citizen , but have contributed to the development of Samoa,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi before the awards were presented at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night at the .
Four of the awardees were non-citizens of Samoa but their service to the country has earned them a placing in this prestigious event.
They all received the Order of Merit awards.
Dr. Papaliitele C.S. Benjamin for his contribution in the medical sector of Samoa.
American citizen Taffy Gould for opening the Oceania University of Medicine (OUM) in Samoa.
Tilafaiga Rex Maughan for his service through the up keeping of the Robert Louis Stevenson museum.
Sister Margreat Chalichery for her service at the Home for the Aged at Mapuifagalele.
Tuilaepa said nominating the recipients was not easy and the Honors and Awards Committee had a tough task of verifying and justifying the deserving individuals.
Once the committee’s task is completed, the recommended nominations are the presented to Cabinet for the final deliberation and endorsement.
“We all well know that there are perhaps many more persons who could be considered worthwhile and deserving of these awards and their time will come and we will have another ceremony to honor them,” said Tuilaepa.
The conferral of medals started in 1993 with 18 recipients including the former Head of State Tupua Tamasese Meaole, first Prime Minister of Samoa Mata’afa Fiame Faumuina Mulinu’u 11 and Afioga Tuimalealiifano Suaptipatipa 11.
Order of Samoa – First Class – Fe’esago Siaosi Fepuleai.
– Tupua Friedrich Wilhelm Wetzell
– Leali’ie’e Rudolf Henry Ott.
- Alistair Leighton Hutchinson (Honorary)
- Walter Jan Vermullen (Honorary)
- Seiuli Paul Wallwork
- Savea Sano Malifa
- Muliagatele Brian Lima
- Adimaimalaga Tafuna’i
Head of States Service Order
– Professor Pelenatete Stowers
– Aumua Mata’itusi Simanu
– Te’o Eteuati Uelese Sagala
– Su’a Frieda Margret Keil-Paul
Head of State Service Medal
– A’eau Taulupo’o Lafaiali’i
– Leiataua Punivalu
– Moti Satuala Tua’iaufa’i Amosa
– Vala Uale ma’i.
“The Government of Samoa offers its heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to the awardees for your valuable contribution in the various fields of endeavor and development that has added to this country and its people,” said Tuilaepa.
The conferral of the medals was made under the Merits Act which used to be part of the Independence celebrations in June.
This was changed after the passing of the Honors and Awards Act 1999 when the ceremony was to be celebrated every five years.
The last conferral ceremony was in 2005.