Malietoa Gatuitasina family conferred with Chiefly titles
The family of Malietoa Gatuitasina have celebrated the bestowment of chiefly titles at the residence of Poutoa Gataiala i Sapapalii.
“Sixteen members of our family have had the honour of being conferred chiefly titles and rightly so as it’s their inheritance through blood,” said family spokesperson, High Chief Papali’i John Taimalelagi Afele.
The well-attended ceremony was held on Friday morning and the titles bestowed were Papali’i and Taimalelagi.
The ceremony began with a prayer service and words of encouragement read by Reverend Esera Auatama Esera.
Papalii John said the newly-conferred titleholders were urged to carry their titles with pride and to remember where they came from: family.
“The title comes with responsibility and that is to serve the family, village and church,” he said.
The Member of Parliament for Fa'asaleleaga No. 2 Namulau’ulu Papali’i Sami Leota congratulated the new chiefs and echoed sentiments expressed by Papali’i John.
“Taking on the chiefly title means you have a heart to serve your family. Serve today and tomorrow you will lead your family and good leaders are made not born. Be a great leader in your family,” Namulau’ulu said.
Amongst the new title holders are: Taimalelagi Graeme Tualaulelei, the Legislative Clerk of Parliament and Samoa's Ambassador to China, Papali’I Terry Toomata.
Those that were bestowed the Papali’i title are: Terry Toomata; Saumani Taimalelagi; Salafai Tupou; Faumui Muta Petaia; Melenaite Misiluti; Maika Elelana; Leafioaga Filipina; Gafatasi William Sua; Judy Helen Sua; Joshua Fuimaono; John Jerome; Ivan Toluono and Fatima Toluono.
And those that were conferred with the chiefly title of Taimalelagi included: Graeme Tualaulelei; Laauli Pouvi; and Alice Taimalelagi.