Koloa Talake

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Koloa Talake
Prime Minister of Tuvalu
In office
14 December 2001 – 2 August 2002
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralTomasi Puapua
Preceded byFaimalaga Luka
Succeeded bySaufatu Sopoanga
Personal details
Born(1934-06-07)7 June 1934
Vaitupu, Gilbert and Ellice Islands
DiedMay 26, 2008(2008-05-26) (aged 73)
Auckland, New Zealand

The Rt Hon Koloa Talake (7 June 1934 – 26 May 2008)[1] was a political figure from the Pacific nation of Tuvalu. He represented the constituency of Vaitupu in the Parliament of Tuvalu. He served as finance minister and was the prime minister for a short period of time.[2]

Prime Minister of Tuvalu[edit]

Talake served as the seventh Prime Minister of Tuvalu for nine months, 14 December 2001 – 2 August 2002, after defeating Faimalaga Luka in a vote of no confidence.[3]

Talake was defeated in elections in 2002.[4]

Significant issues during premiership[edit]

In that time, he negotiated the sale of that country's Internet domain name, .tv, to an American company in order to bring an income to his resource-poor country.

In 2002, he coordinated an effort, together with the leaders of Kiribati and Maldives to sue the governments of the United States and Australia for failing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and for their greenhouse gas emissions, which the leaders claimed, resulted in rising sea levels that would eventually flood their countries.[5][2]

Succession and later life[edit]

Talake was not re-elected in the Tuvaluan general election, 2002 and was succeeded as Prime Minister of Tuvalu by Saufatu Sopoanga.[6]

Having left office in 2002, Talake relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, where his children were living.[7]

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Faimalaga Luka
Prime Minister of Tuvalu
Succeeded by
Saufatu Sopoanga


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Levine, Mark (1 December 2002). "Tuvalu Toodle-oo". Outside. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  3. ^ Page, Kogan (2004). Asia and Pacific Review 2003/04. Kogan Page Publishers. p. 261.
  4. ^ "Palamene o Tuvalu (Parliament of Tuvalu)". Inter-Parliamentary Union. 2002. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Tiny Pacific nation takes on Australia". BBC. 4 March 2002. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Preliminary Election Results - P.M. Talake Voted Out". Tuvalu Online. 26 July 2002. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Early signs: New Zealand's climate refugees". living on earth. 31 March 2002. Retrieved 17 April 2015.