|His Excellency The Reverend
Sir Filoimea Telito
|8th Governor-General of Tuvalu|
15 April 2005 – 19 March 2010
|Prime Minister||Maatia Toafa
|Preceded by||Faimalaga Luka|
|Succeeded by||Kamuta Latasi (acting)|
19 March 1945|
|Died||11 July 2011(aged 66)|
Sir Filoimea Telito GCMG MBE (19 March 1945 – 11 July 2011) was a political and religious figure from the Pacific nation of Tuvalu. He was born on Vaitupu where he attended Elisefou (New Ellice) primary school. He later attended King George V Secondary School in Tarawa, Kiribati.
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. 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).
Governor-General of Tuvalu
On 15 April 2005 he took office as Governor-General of Tuvalu as the representative of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who is Tuvalu's head of state. He stepped down in 2010. In January 2007, Telito was made a Knight Grand Cross of Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG) by Queen Elizabeth II. 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.
|Governor General of Tuvalu
Sir Kamuta Latasi
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