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Sir Robert Rex
|1st Premier of Niue|
19 October 1974 – 12 December 1992
|Succeeded by||Young Vivian (1992- Interim Premier)|
25 January 1909|
Anafonua, Avatele, Niue
12 December 1992 (aged 83)|
Halamahaga, Alofi South, Niue
|Political party||Niue People's Action Party|
|Spouse(s)||Tuagatagaloa Patricia, Lady Rex|
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Rex was born to parents Leslie Lucas Richmond Rex, a European trader on Niue, and Fisimonomono Tufaina of Avatele Village in the south of Niue. He later settled down in Alofi, the capital of Niue, with his wife of that village, Tuagatagaloa, Lady Rex, QSM (1918–2004).
Rex was Premier of Niue from its establishment as a self-governing territory on 19 October 1974 until his death in 1992. Upon his death in office, he was succeeded by Mititaiagimene Young Vivian, until General Elections the following year resulted in the election of Frank Fakaotimanava Lui into office. Having served 18 years in office, he is Niue's longest serving Premier and probably the Pacific's longest serving head of a government.
Although Rex was opposed to party politics on Niue, he was supported by the Niue People's Action Party after its formation in 1987. During his almost two decades in office, Rex held virtually all Government ministerial portfolios from time to time. His Cabinet of Ministers included prominent Niuean figures such as Dr Enetama Lipitoa, Mititaiagimene Young Vivian and Frank Fakaotimanava Lui, the latter two also going on to become Premiers of Niue.
In the 1973 New Year Honours, Rex was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for valuable services to the people of Niue. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1977 Silver Jubilee and Queen's Birthday Honours.
Rex was the first Niuean to receive a knighthood, being appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1984 New Year Honours.
|New office|| Premier of Niue