Brenda Heather-Latu (born December 23, 1961, Wellington, New Zealand) is the former Attorney General for Samoa, and Partner to the family owned law firm – Latu Lawyers. Heather-Latu is married to former Manu Samoa rugby player, George Latu. The couple have 2 children together.
Heather-Latu was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in February of 1988 and has practised Law continuously since then in both New Zealand and Samoa.
Heather-Latu has said that her inspirations to becoming a lawyer were from relatives Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Michael Kruse and Herman Kruse, who had lived with her parents whilst attending Victoria University Law School in the 1960′s. Heather-Latu’s family villages are Fogapoa, Iva, Falealili, Faleasiu and Apia.
Heather-Latu gained her Bachelors degree in 1985, and a LLB in 1986 from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Heather-Latu worked at Crown Law Office in New Zealand from 1988-1996. She started her career as a Crown Counsel Assistant, and then worked as Crown Counsel from 1991-1996. Heather-Latu became the first Samoan to be appointed to such a position.
In 1996, she went to Samoa under the New Zealand Aid Staffing Assistance Scheme as Principal State Solicitor in the Attorney General’s Office.
Then in 1997, she was appointed Attorney General of Samoa. Heather-Latu held the post for 3 consecutive terms from 1997-2006.
Today, Heather-Latu is currently a partner with her husband, George, at their family law firm – Latu Lawyers which is based in Samoa.
Source – Brenda Heather-Latu, Wikipedia, Our Kiwi Krossings