Ten members of the family of Tuimatavu’i Aipili were bestowed the chiefly title Te’omatavu’i at Vailele on Friday.
Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, family member, Te’omatavu’i Lealailepule Maisa, said the occasion was a proud moment for the family. “It has been a long time coming,” he said. “We’ve been planning this for sometime.
“The elders of our family decided that it was time to have more matai in the family because our family is growing. We have family members all over the world and there is need to have more matais to look after the family.”
Te’omatavu’i Maisa said the role of matai title holders cannot be underestimated.“They are the ones who bring vision and provide the leadership that is required,” he said. “Our goal as a family is to remain united, stand together and ensure our children continue that legacy.”
The new title holders were encouraged to lead their family with love. Among the new holders of the Te’omatavu’i title is Peseta Sesilia Sala, the wife of the Minister of Police, Sala Fata Pinati.
NEW HOLDERS OF THE TE’OMATAVU’I TITLE: Danny Aumua, Pauga Talalelei Pauga, Filipo Ueta Sitaina, Lei’ataua, Percy Kelsall, Peseta Sesilia Salā, Faimafili Samoa, Lealailepule Maisa, Lealasina Lesona, Lealaoo Lautoa.