Filoimea Telito

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His Excellency The Reverend[1]
Sir Filoimea Telito
8th Governor-General of Tuvalu
In office
15 April 2005 – 19 March 2010
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Maatia Toafa
Apisai Ielemia
Preceded by Faimalaga Luka
Succeeded by Kamuta Latasi (acting)
Personal details
Born (1945-03-19)19 March 1945
Vaitupu, Tuvalu[2]
Died 11 July 2011(2011-07-11) (aged 66)[3]
Spouse(s) Pepapeti Telito

Sir Filoimea Telito GCMG MBE (19 March 1945 – 11 July 2011) was a political and religious figure from the Pacific nation of Tuvalu.[4] He was born on Vaitupu where he attended Elisefou (New Ellice) primary school. He later attended King George V Secondary School in Tarawa, Kiribati.[4]


He served as principal of the Motufoua secondary school on Vaitupu island, and was a pastor in the Church of Tuvalu (Ekalesia Klisiano Tuvalu), of which he eventually became the president, a position which he held until his death.[3] In 1996, Telito was honoured for his services to education and the community by being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).[5]

Governor-General of Tuvalu[edit]

On 15 April 2005 he took office as Governor-General of Tuvalu[6] as the representative of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who is Tuvalu's head of state. He stepped down in 2010.[7] In January 2007, Telito was made a Knight Grand Cross of Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG) by Queen Elizabeth II.[1] Herewith he resumed the practice by governors-general of Tuvalu of accepting a knighthood, a practice discontinued on a personal basis by his predecessor to that office, Faimalaga Luka.


He died on 11 July 2011 of a heart attack, and was buried in Funafuti three days later. All government activity ceased on the day of the funeral, in a sign of respect.[3][4]

See also[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Faimalaga Luka
Governor General of Tuvalu
Succeeded by
Sir Kamuta Latasi


  1. ^ a b "No. 58239". The London Gazette. 6 February 2007. p. 1647. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c "The Rev. Filoimea Telito passed away", Tuvalu News, 22 July 2011
  4. ^ a b c "State Funeral of the late former Governor General of Tuvalu, Reverend Sir Filoimea Telito, GCMG, MBE" (PDF). Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau Newsletter (TPB: 01/2011). 25 July 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "No. 54631". The London Gazette. 30 December 1996. p. 43. 
  6. ^ The World Factbook 2009. Central Intelligence Agency. 2010. p. 646. ISBN 978-0-16-084587-1. 
  7. ^ Craig, Robert D. (2010). Historical Dictionary of Polynesia. Scarecrow Press. 

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