Tevita Hala Palefau

Tevita Hala Palefau
Minister for Education, Women's Affairs and Culture
In office
25 January 2005 – 2010
Preceded byPaul Bloomfield
Succeeded byʻAna Taufeʻulungaki

Tevita Hala Palefau (born ~1958)[1] is a former Tongan politician and Cabinet Minister.

Palefu began his career as a teacher at Mailefihi Siu'ilikutapu College in Vava'u in 1979. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji in 1985, and completed a Masters of Science at the University of Technology in Perth, Australia in 1993.[1] He later completed a PhD at the University of Toronto in Canada.[2] From 1996 to 1997 he was principal of Taufa'ahau Pilolevu College in Ha'apai, and he was principal of Tupou College from 1997 to 20000.[2] In 1998 he was ordained as a Methodist Minister.

On January 25 2005 he was appointed Minister for Education, Women's Affairs and Culture.[1][2]

He contested the seat of Vava'u 16 in the 2010 election but was unsuccessful. He subsequently worked as Vice President of Education at the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga.[3]


National honours


  1. ^ a b c "TONGA NAMES PASTOR MINISTER OF EDUCATION". Pacific Islands Report. 25 January 2005. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Former head teacher made Tonga's education minister". RNZ. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  3. ^ FWCT Annual Conference, June 2011
  4. ^ "Royal orders presented at Palace". Matangi Tonga. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 21 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.