Viliami Latu

The Honourable

Viliami Uasike Latu
Viliami Uasike Latu (cropped).jpg
Minister for Tourism
In office
1 September 2011 – 27 November 2014
Prime MinisterLord Tuʻivakanō
Preceded byʻIsileli Pulu
Succeeded byPohiva Tuʻionetoa
Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services
In office
4 January 2010 – 31 August 2011
Prime MinisterLord Tuʻivakanō
Preceded byDr. Viliami Tangi
Succeeded byLisiate ʻAloveita ʻAkolo
Member of Parliament
for Vavaʻu 16
In office
25 November 2010 – 27 November 2014
Preceded byconstituency established
Succeeded by‘Etuate Lavulavu
Majority26.5%
Personal details
Political partyIndependent
Alma materʻAtenisi University (BA)
University of Auckland (MA)
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (PhD)

Dr. Viliami Uasike Latu is a Tongan politician.

After completing secondary education at Tonga High School, he became a high school teacher at the Mailefihi & Siuʻilikutapu College (in Vavaʻu) in 1991. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from ʻAtenisi University in 1995, then continued his studies at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Arts Degree in 1997, then a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1999. He returned to Tonga to work as a civil servant, and served as Assistant Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office from 2000 to 2003, before beginning doctoral studies in Japan, on a scholarship provided by the Japanese government. He completed his Ph.D. in Asia Pacific Studies at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in 2006.[1]

Returning to Tonga, he served as Principal Assistant Secretary to the Prime Minister's Officer in 2006 and 2007, then (briefly) as Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Education in 2008. In May of that year, he was appointed Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga.[2]

He stood unsuccessfully as an independent candidate for a People's Representative seat in Vavaʻu in the April 2008 general election. He received 12.7% of the vote in Vavaʻu, finishing third of twenty-two candidates, and thus narrowly missing out on being elected as one of Vavaʻu's two representatives.[3] He stood again in the November 2010 general election, and this time was easily elected in constituency 16 (one of Vavaʻu's three newly established constituencies), with 43.7% of the vote.[4] New Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakanō subsequently appointed him to Cabinet as Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services.[5] On September 1, 2011, he was reshuffled to the Ministry for Tourism.[6] He lost his seat in the November 2014 general election.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Tonga
  2. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Tonga
  3. ^ 2008 election results[permanent dead link], Matangi Tonga
  4. ^ 2010 election results, Matangi Tonga
  5. ^ "First meeting of Tonga's new Cabinet", Matangi Tonga, January 5, 2011
  6. ^ "Cabinet quietly reshuffles portfolios", Matangi Tonga, September 7, 2011