Historic Shots Of Prince Philip In Samoa Come To Life

Just discovered film of Prince Philip’s visit to Samoa some 50 years ago has been sent to KIN by former Wellington filmmaker Ian Wilson.

Ian Wilson and the late John Tristram, of Wellington, set up the film company Juniper Films and based themselves in Sydney before filming in Samoa and throughout the South Pacific.

The short sequence is made up of offcuts taken during Prince Philip’s solo visit to Samoa in 1972.

One of the Samoans involved in the filming, Malietau Sapatumotupa Laupepa Malietoa, says women from his family helped to host the Royal visitor.

He says: “Masiofo Tuala Falenaoti Tiresa Malietoa introduces the Prince to young teachers — Susuga Tooa Salamasina Malietoa is perfroming the Taualuga to close the entertainment, while the Masiofo Laulu Fetauimalemau Mataafa is one of the background dancers with Ipu Polataivao Fosi.

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