Samoa Cabinet appoints Attorney General and two new CEOs


Samoa Cabinet has appointed the Attorney General and Chief Executive Officers for the Ministry of Justice & Courts Administration and the Samoa Qualifications Authority.

Su’a Hellene Wallwork-Lamb continues as Attorney General following her interim appointment to replace the former Attorney General who was dismissed in September 2021 having lost the trust and confidence of the Government.

The 48-year old had served as a legal practitioner locally and internationally for the past 24 years.

Su’a holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Auckland University, New Zealand. The appointment is for three years.

Papāli’i John Taimalelagi Afele is the new Chief Executive Officer to lead the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (MJCA).

Papāli’i has extensive experience and knowledge of the work of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, having worked there for over 10 years, starting at the ACEO level and then being appointed CEO from 2016 to 2019. He also worked in the court system in the New Zealand Ministry of Justice.

After he was terminated in 2019 by the previous Government under controversial circumstances related to the removal of files from the Lands and Titles Court under the former Minsters’ instructions, Papali’i John Taimalelagi is back as CEO.

His family later moved to New Zealand and he continued to serve in the New Zealand Ministry of Justice.

Papali’i brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position having served in the ministry for more than 10 years.

Papali’i holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South Pacific (USP), a Certificate of Samoa Customary Mediation from Otago University and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Law (LLB) at the Auckland University of Technology.

Tupa’i Peter Leilua is the new CEO for the Samoa Qualification Authority.

He has served at the senior managerial level and held leadership roles for 28 years in the New Zealand public sector and Samoa.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Education and Post Graduate in Education.