Papāli’i John Taimalelagi Afele back as CEO of Justice


Cabinet has appointed Papāli’i John Taimalelagi Afele as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) for the next three years.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the government this evening.

“Papāli’i has extensive experience and knowledge of the work of the Ministry of Justice and Courts
Administration, having worked there for over 10 years, starting at the ACEO level and then being
appointed CEO from 2016 to 2019.”

Papalii exited the MJCA after his employment contract was terminated by the former administration following a complaint about the removal of court documents and sexual claims made by a female staff of the MJCA.

According to the statement Papaplii worked in the court system in the New Zealand Ministry of

“He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South Pacific in 2003.

“He also
passed a Certificate of Samoan Customary Mediation from Otago University and is now a 4th-year law
student pursuing a Bachelor of Law (LLB) at Auckland University of Technology.
His appointment is for three years.”