More Than 100 Samoans Receive New Matai Titles

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Those honored prepared to serve family, village, church

By Sarai Ripine

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 9, 2014) – Over a hundred new matai titleholders are ready to serve their family, church and village.

It follows a ceremony yesterday morning where they were bestowed titles at Tauese Apia.

The former Controller and Chief Auditor who is also the Sa’o of the family, Tamaseu Randy Warren, spoke on behalf of Sa Tamaseu family to prepare the new titles holders for what’s to come.

"Fulfilling the roles of the matai is not an easy task to carry out," he said "You have to love and honour your family, church and village."A matai title is about the life of service. A new matai name is a blessing to anyone. It not something that you just get today and then you forget tomorrow." Apia

Orator, Tuiletufuga Siaosi Tuiletufuga, also spoke on behalf of the village in congratulating the new matai title holders. He wished them well.

"Don’t forget your service within our village," Tuiletufuga reminded. He thanked to the Sa’o of the Tamaseu Family for the initiative.There ceremony started with church service to bless the new titleholders.

The new titleholders were humbled by the honour. They said they were extremely proud to have been chosen and are exited about the future. The bestowal ceremony was followed by traditional exchanges of gift, food and money.

The titles allocated to new holders were: Onofiatele, Tauili’ili, Va’amuaoali’i, Tapunu’u, Fa’asuatele, Sinaoloiē, Seugaipapa, Seumataalia, Matuamaivanu, Lupeletai’ala, Auliaimale, Tuimulivai, Ta’aiseuga, Fa’atafugagaomanu, Tausēsē, Tulatoa, Seutaafili,Mamaomaivasa, Tufuipūpū, Seumaalo,Seumataalia,Malo-ua-maua, Tulialetātā,Fueloloa,Tula’iifaletoa and Tuailepapa.

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