Honours and Awards [English]

Types of Honours and Awards

Awards are classified in two Distinct Areas:

  1. Awards for Civil Service
  2. Awards for Bravery and Gallantry


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A. Awards for Civil Service

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    Grand Order of Samoa – Special Class (G.O.S.)
    Special Class:

    1. The Grand Order of Samoa – Special Class, shall be the state badge of office, symbolizing the tenure of the highest public office in Samoa.
    2. The Head of State shall by virtue of the office and during the Head of State’s tenure be the only holder of this Order, and upon death while in office or upon retirement, it shall be handed down to the successor.
  2. 2
    Order of Samoa – Poloaiga Sili a Samoa
    1. The Order of Samoa – Poloaiga Sili a Samoa shall be the nation’s highest meritorious award, and may be conferred on persons who have made a paramount contribution to the State and to the People, life and culture of Samoa on the national or international level, and which deserves the highest recognition of the people of Samoa.
  3. 3
    Order of Samoa – First Class (O.S.)
    1. The Order of Samoa – First Class may be conferred on persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the State and to the people, life and culture of Samoa on the national or international level.
  4. 4
    Companion to the Order of Samoa – Second Class (C.O.S.)
    1. The Companion of the Order of Samoa – Second Class may be conferred on:
      • Persons who have made an exceptionally important contribution to the State and to the people, life and culture of Samoa, on the national or international level; and
      • Those persons who are or have been leaders of corporations (whether foreign or domestic), or who are or have been leaders of foreign states or organisations, in recognition of lengthy and valuable service help and friendship afforded to Samoa by those corporations, states or organisations, or by those leaders.
  5. 5
    Order of Merit (O.M.)
    1. The Order of Merit may be conferred on:
      • Persons who have rendered outstanding meritorious service for Samoa in the domestic or international spheres; and
      • Persons who have made exceptional contributions towards the advancement of any field of endeavour, but with particular emphasis on the arts, learning, literature, science and religion, in the domestic or international spheres, and which is of benefit directly or indirectly to Samoa.
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    Officer of the Order of Samoa – Third Class (O.S.)
    1. The Officer of the Order of Samoa – Third Class may be conferred on:
      • Persons who have made highly significant and meritorious contributions to Samoa; and
      • Persons who have excelled in any field of endeavour, domestically and internationally, and which is of benefit, directly or indirectly to Samoa or which brings credit to Samoa.
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    Member of the Order of Samoa – Fourth Class (M.S.)
    1. The Member of the Order of Samoa – Fourth Class may be conferred on:
      • Persons who have made meritorious contributions to Samoa; and
      • Persons who have excelled in any field of endeavour domestically, and which is of benefit directly or indirectly to Samoa, or which brings credit to Samoa.
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    Head of State’s Service Order (H.S.S.O.)
    1. There shall be two divisions of the Head of State’s Service Order as follows:
      • For Community Service; and
      • For Public Services.
    2. The Head of State’s Service Order for Community Service may be conferred on persons in recognition of their unique and valuable contributions to their village, district or township, or for their high achievement in any field of endeavour.
    3. The Head of State’s Service Order for Public Services may be conferred on persons who have made meritorious contributions, or given long service with exemplary conduct to the Government of Samoa.
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    Head of State’s Service Medal (H.S.S.M.)
    1. There shall be two (2) divisions of the Head of State’s Service Medal as follows:
      • For Community Service; and
      • For Public Services.
    2. While the criteria for the grant of the Head of State’s Service Medal in either division are similar to those set out in section 14(2) and (3), a Medal awarded under this section may be granted to those persons who in the opinion of the Honours Committee have achieved a highly valuable accomplishment in any field of endeavour, or who have provided long service to Samoa with good conduct.


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B. Awards for Bravery and Gallantry

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    Malietoa Cross (M.C.)
    The Malietoa Cross may be awarded only for acts of the greatest heroism and of supreme bravery in the face of the enemy, or for some daring and pre-eminent act of valour and self-sacrifice in circumstances of extreme danger.
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    Samoa Cross (S.C.)
    The Samoa Cross may be awarded for acts of the greatest valour entailing the display of exceptional courage in circumstances of extraordinary danger, where there is a total disregard for personal loss of life and limb.
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    Samoa Medal of Honour (S.M.H.)
    The Samoa Medal of Honour may be awarded for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extraordinary danger involving potential loss of life or limb.
  4. 4
    Head of State’s Medal for Valour (H.S.M.V.)
    The Head of State’s Medal for Valour may be awarded for acts of extraordinary courage in circumstances of very great danger.