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Terry Magaoa Chapman MBE (1944/1945 – 2 January 2014) was a Niuean administrator known for his work in advocating the self-governance of Niue.



Chapman was born in the village of Hakupu and educated at the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, where he was awarded a Diploma in Public Administration. He was a leading architect, with Robert Rex and Young Vivian, of the modern Niue and in the formulation of the Niue Constitution, creating a pathway for Niue to become self-governing on 19 October 1974, which followed a visit from the United Nations Decolonisation Committee to Niue.

Chapman wrote a book, The Decolonisation of Niue, published in 1976. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1987 New Year Honours in recognition for his services to his country and people.


Chapman died in Hamilton, New Zealand, where he had lived since 2006, on 2 January 2014, aged 69, and was survived by his wife, Fakaofomatua Pepese Chapman, and their children.


  • Chapman, Terry Magaoa (1974). The development of Niue's political institutions of government (an essay submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Diploma in Public Administration). Victoria University of Wellington. 
  • Chapman, Terry Magaoa (1976). The decolonisation of Niue. Wellington: Victoria University Press & New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. 
  • Chapman, Terry Magaoa (1982). "Chapter 8: Modern times". Niue: a history of the island. Alofi: University of the South Pacific, Institute of Pacific Studies, & Government of Niue. 
  • Chapman, Terry Magaoa (1990). Preliminary report on Cyclone Ofa. Alofi: Disaster Council. 
  • Chapman, Terry Magaoa; Enetama, Moira, eds. (2008). Tāoga Niue. Alofi: Department of Niue Cultural Heritage. 
  • References

    Terry Magaoa Chapman Wikipedia

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