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Leota credits late father for title bestowal

Leota Matalaoa Taioalo, the youngest of 10 children, has been bestowed the Leota title at Ti’avea.

And she paid tribute for her bestowal to her father who has passed on. 

Leota, holding back tears when speaking about her late father, said he was a Methodist minister who will be missed within her family.

She credited him on her recent bestowal of her matai title. 

“This is my father’s family and my enthusiasm for this whole purpose is to grow and live out a part of me, that belongs to my father so that my children can also grow up and follow the same path,” she said.

“I and even my other siblings rarely see my father’s family these days. But being granted one of his family’s titles would be an honor, and to simply let them know we will forever treasure our father and his family in our hearts.”

At the educational level, Leota is a successful teacher at Samoa Primary, with a diploma in early childhood education from the Auckland College of Education and a bachelor of education from the National University of Samoa.

Maried to Muaautau Joseph Taioalo, they have four children who are all in primary school. 

Aside from her tribute to her father, Leota also hopes to promote and improve her family legacies, help out with family commitments (faalavelave) and village and church obligations.

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