Dalton Tagelagi

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Dalton Tagelagi
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Premier of Niue
Assumed office
11 June 2020
Governor-GeneralPatsy Reddy
Cindy Kiro
Preceded byToke Talagi
Minister for Natural Resources
In office
May 2017 – June 2020
PremierToke Talagi
Preceded byBilly Talagi
Member of the Niue Assembly from Alofi South
Assumed office
May 2008
Personal details
Born (1968-06-05) 5 June 1968 (age 54)
Alofi, Niue
Political partyIndependent

Dalton Emani Makamau Tagelagi[1] (born 5 June 1968) is a Niuean politician and Premier of Niue since June 2020. He was elected premier by the Niue Legislative Assembly on 11 June 2020, defeating O'Love Jacobsen by 13 votes to 7.[2]

Tagelagi is the son of Sam Pata Emani Tagelagi, who served as Speaker of the Niue Legislative Assembly from 1976 to 1993.[2]

Bowls career[edit]

He has competed in bowls for Niue, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow[3] and the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.[4] In 2022, he competed in the men's pairs and the men's fours at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.[5][6]

Political career[edit]

Tagelagi was first elected to the Niue Assembly at the 2008 Niuean general election. Following the 2014 Niuean general election he was appointed Minister of Infrastructure.[7][8] He was re-elected at the 2017 Niuean general election,[9][10] and subsequently served as Minister for the Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.[2][11] As Environment Minister he represented Niue at the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, calling for rich nations to show greater ambition.[12]

He was re-elected in the 2020 Niuean general election and subsequently elected premier. After being elected he announced that his first priority would be investigating government finances.[13] As Premier his government ratified the PACER Plus regional trade agreement.[14] During the COVID-19 pandemic he negotiated a one-way travel-bubble allowing Niueans to travel to New Zealand,[15] and oversaw a vaccination program which saw Niue gain full herd immunity to the virus.[16][17] In November 2021 he began a one-year term as Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific.[18][19]


  1. ^ "Dalton Emani Makamau TAGELAGI". Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Dalton Tagelagi voted in as new Premier of Niue". RNZ. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Dalton Tagelagi". G2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Dalton TAGELAGI". Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Official Games profile". 2022 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Dalton Emani Makamau TAGELAGI". Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  7. ^ "GOVERNMENT OF NIUE OFFICE OF THE PREMIER" (PDF). Gov.nu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  8. ^ Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea Tauafiafi (30 April 2014). "Premier Toke Talagi announces Niue Govt and cabinet portfolios". Pacific Guardians. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Office of the Premier". Government of Niue. Government of Niue.
  10. ^ "Election 17 Provisional Results". TalaNiue. TalaNiue.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Cabinet Ministers and Portfolios". Government of Niue. Archived from the original on 7 March 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Niue, one of the smallest countries in the world, sends a loud message at COP25". SPREP. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Finances on agenda of new Niue Premier". RNZ. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Niue ratifies regional PACER Plus trade agreement". RNZ. 3 July 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Quarantine-free travel from Niue to NZ to begin this month". RNZ. 13 March 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  16. ^ Torika Tokalau (7 July 2021). "Covid-19: Niue days from full vaccination, travel bubble in place by end of year". Stuff. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Niue achieves herd immunity for Covid-19". RNZ. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Niue Premier Dalton Tagelagi installed as 28th USP Chancellor". Loop. 12 November 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  19. ^ "Premier Tagelagi installed as the 28th Chancellor of USP at the largest graduation ceremony in Niue's history". TVNiue. 29 October 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by Premier of Niue