He was Hon Fonoti Mata’utia Ioane Brown of Lotofaga and Lalovaea. Born 17 Feb 1901 and Died 9 Oct 1974. He was educated at Marist Brothers school from 1908 to 1913. After leaving school he was a Salesman for Burns Philip and became an entrepreneur himself, and he was the first Samoan successful businessman to distinguish himself in this field. He owned many successful companies, and was also became the most successful of planters and cattlemen. He established the first Primary school at Lotofaga and many of other things too numerous to mentioned. He is a descendant of King Fonoti Tafa’ifa of Samoa.
The Petition By Leader J.B. Fonoti In 1944 To The United Nations Approval On The 13th December in 1946
While engaged to all Business Activities, J.B. Fonoti was also a Successful Politician. He was the Leader of ‘The Fono of Faipule’ of Samoa from 1939 to 1947. And was also a ‘Member of the Legislative Assembly’ from 1948 to 1951 and 1954 to 1957. In 1954 he was a member of the ‘Working Committee of the Constitutional Convention of the Government of Samoa. And the leader of the MAU for Atua also from 1935 to 1942. When the New Zealand Governor-General Sir. Cyril Newall and New Zealand Prime Minister Mr. Peter Fraser visited Samoa in 1944, leader J.B. Fonoti presented directly a Petition for “Self Government in Samoa” with a list of remits included in particular: A scholarship scheme for the ablest Samoan children for further education in NZ. Appointment of Samoans in Government departments and promotions in to senior posts, and more. The Trusteeship Agreement for Western Samoa was submitted and approved by the General Assembly of The United Nations Organisation on the 13th of December in 1946! It’s details belong to the history of Self-Government in Samoa.
“Samoa’s freedom from New Zealand was issued and confirmed!”
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(“e ufiufi a le tama’imoa i le tanoa, ae ioio lava..”)