ʻAlipate Tuʻivanuavou Vaea

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The Honourable
Lord Vaea
Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries
Assumed office
4 January 2011
Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakanō
Preceded by Prince Tuʻipelehake Mailefihi
Minister for Training, Employment, Youth and Sports
Assumed office
1 May 2012
Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakanō
Preceded by Sosefo Vakata
Member of Parliament
for Tongatapu
Assumed office
25 November 2010
Personal details
Born ʻAlipate (Albert) Tuʻivanuavou Vaea
(1957-09-19) 19 September 1957 (age 60)
Political party none (Nobles' Representative)
Spouse(s) Lady Siatukimoana Fakafānua Vaea
Parents Baron Vaea
Baroness Tuputupu Vaea

ʻAlipate Tuʻivanuavou Vaea, Lord Vaea[1] (born September 19, 1957[2]) is a Tongan politician and a member of the Tongan nobility. He has served as Master of the Royal Household and "long-time palace archivist", as well as being Chairman of the Tonga Traditions Committee.[3]

He was bestowed the title of 16 th Lord Vaea and 2nd Baron Vaea of Houma upon the death of his father, ʻAlipate Halakilangi Tau'alupeoko Vaea Tupou, the previous Vaea, on 7 June 2009.[4] His mother is Baroness Tuputupu Vaea. Vaea is the brother of the present Queen of Tonga Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho and the brother-in-law (and second cousin) of King Tupou VI.

This enabled him to rank among the small number of nobles entitled to elect and be elected among, the Nobles' Representatives to Parliament, thus he began his career in national politics when he was elected to Parliament as a Nobles' Representative for Tongatapu in the November 2010 general election. He was then appointed Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries in the Cabinet of new Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakanō.[5] On 1 May 2012, he received, in addition, the Training, Employment, Youth and Sports portfolio.[6][7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Genealogy
  2. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Tonga
  3. ^ "New Cabinet lineup: 1 woman, 2 Demo Party members, 2 nobles", Taimi Media Network, December 30, 2010
  4. ^ "Tu'ivanuavou appointed to noble title Vaea", Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association, June 17, 2009
  5. ^ Biography on the website of the Parliament of Tonga
  6. ^ "Four Cabinet Ministers to be reshuffled on May 1", Matangi Tonga, 20 April 2012
  7. ^ "Tonga government names ministers", Radio New Zealand International, 15 April 2012