Ties severed. Observer News. Written by Ace on 20-08-2010 by Aigaletaulele F. Tauafiafi

The relationship between the Head of State and Lufilufi, the village in which his Tui Atua title originates from, is on the rocks.
It follows Lufilufis decision to sever ties with the holder of the title, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, the Head of State.
The decision was made on Wednesday, the spokesperson for Lufilufi, Feesago Lopi told the Samoa Observer.

“Today [Wednesday 18 August] the village of Lufilufi has severed its ties with the Tui Atua,” he said.
Feesago said Lufilufi will no longer recognise him as the holder of the title.

“Also today, the Tui Atua and all his family and possessions are to leave Lufilufi.”
Feesago led a delegation from Lufilufi who visited television and radio stations in a bid to publicise their decision.

“This issue does not touch the Head of State, Feesago pointed out. This is specific to the matai title Tui Atua which is a title owned by the village of Lufilufi. Lufilufi does not have any power or authority over the title Head of State which is owned by Samoa.”

The two issues at the middle of the dispute is the construction of a smaller shelter next to the main residence for the Head of State in the village. Lufilufi argued that the village must first be notified before any new developments go ahead.

Secondly, Lufilufi alleges Tui Atua has breached village protocols in bypassing the speaker for the Maota o Tui Atua, the Sa Poloai family, by using other people to convey his wishes with Lufilufi.
His Highness Tui Atua was not available for a comment.

But his Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia said: “The matter has already been to Court and the decision has been made that this land is owned by the Tui Atua. So Lufilufi doesnt have the right to the works thats going on.”

She said a letter has been drafted and will be sent to Lufilufi by the Registrar of Courts, Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe, calling for a meeting between the two parties.

When the Samoa Observer visited Lufilufi yesterday, a group of matai stopped a reporter from taking photos of the house. A steel fence has erected to block Tui Atua and his Taisi lineage from entering the land, said one of the matai.

“No newspaper and TV is allowed here,” one matai who declined to give his name said. “You better leave now before I get the boys on to you.”
According to Feesago, Lufilufi called a meeting on Wednesday morning and a village committee was sent to stop the work in progress at the Tui Atuas residence.

“Yet only an hour and half later, the village was informed that the construction was still in progress. And there were words spoken by the Masiofo that were very disrespectful and inappropriate.

“As a result, the village met and decided o le a toe tu le tootoo o Lufilufi i le aso (that Lufilufis authority on its decision be enforced). And in no uncertain terms Lufilufis decision was delivered to the Tui Atua that his relationship with Lufilufi is severed.”
Feesago said Lufilufis decision was to ban Tui Atua and his Taisi lineage from Lufilufi land and grounds.
The decision excludes direct heirs of Seutatia, he said.

As for set protocols pertaining to the Tui Atua title, Feesago said: “There are people who have no right to speak on behalf of Tui Atua who are carrying out Tui Atua’s instructions, people like Mulitalo.

“But what happened is Mulitalo didnt turn up but Tui Atua himself came to tell us his wishes. As a result, the Tui Atua has breached the foundation of the Tui Atua’s relationship with Lufilufi.”

The Sa Poloai family is the spokesperson between Tui Atua and Lufilufi. Feesago said they have been bypassed during this matter.
“And that is why Lufilufi has come to the media to announce, It has severed its relationship with the Tui Atua he is no longer to be called by the title Tui Atua.”

Yesterday afternoon, Mulitalo Mataia of the Head of State’s Office said a meeting between Tui Atua and Lufilufi will take place with the Registrar at 9am, Monday, 23 August 2010.

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25729&Itemid=62

Settle now or I quit: Tui Atua.Written by Ace on 24-08-2010 by Aigaletaulelea F. Tauafiafi. Observer News.

The Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, warned yesterday he would resign if a dispute with the village of Lufilufi is not settled.
Both parties met with the Registrar of the Lands and Titles court yesterday. The main goal was to find a solution concerning the eviction of Tui Atua from the village last week.

In a sometimes emotional dialogue, Tui Atua threatened to resign as Head of State as the two titles are resident in the one individual.

Responding to Lufilufis claim that the Tui Atua title is separate from the Head of State title, he said: You cannot say the Tui Atua is separate from the Head of State because it is the same Tui Atua who is also the holder of the title and office of the Head of State.

In his formal reply handed to the Registrar which was discussed with the Prime Minister, Tui Atua stated, The reason why I was chosen as Head of State is because there is belief that I am a good matai, that I am a matai that serves my family well, and serves my village well. It is this belief thats the central pillar which founded the Act [Head of State Act 1965]. The Head of State was not selected by chiefs and orators, he was chosen because he was a matai.

“Therefore, if I am found to be a bad matai, that I am a matai who does not serve my family and village well, therefore if that is true, then I should resign as Head of State.

“But I believe Im a good matai, Im a matai that serves his family and village well.”
The meeting to find a way forward was not a forum to reach a decision according to Registrar Masinalupe Masinalupe. However, the Tui Atua was adamant in stating his case that this situation must be resolved now.

“Afai e oti le Tui Atua, e tasi lava. E le lua pe tolu, e tasi lava. [If the Tui Atua is to be defeated, it's going to be once not twice or three times."
Tui Atua was alluding to a movement or campaign against him before the next election of the Head of State in 2012.

"I need this to be resolved and not have it hanging over me for the next time and the next time. This needs to end."

Central to the eviction of Tui Atua was work carried out at his land in Lufilufi, Mulinuu and Sepolataemo, which was in the middle of a court battle won by Tui Atua. Last week work carried out to build a small house for his children was stopped by the village
"Lufilufi needs to be informed before any work is to be carried out", said spokesperson Fe'esago Lopi.

At the hearing yesterday, Tui Atua said there are procedures the village could have taken such as notifying the Lands and Titles Court to issue an order to stop the construction. But that wasnt done according to Tui Atua because Lufilufi knows the court had already made a ruling.

Feesago confirmed Lufilufi does not deny the courts ruling in favour of Tui Atua to the land in question. However, he stated there are internal issues that are there to be addressed which are best left to Lufilufi to sort out.

But Tui Atua strongly objected to what the other issues are. The only matter he was aware of was the work carried out on the land in question was the reason for the eviction of Tui Atua and his family. My concern is the need to end this issue now.

Because this will crop up again and again and again. The situation is that the Court has ruled [in Tui Atuas favour] and when we exercise our rights based on the decision made by the court, the village will again intervene to evict and remove the title from the Tui Atua.

“The Tui Atua is not protected, I am not protected, the Head of State is not protected.”
He said the village of Lufilufi has brought up many issues including village protocols breached.

“If that’s the case then the best way forward is to set-up a Commission of Enquiry to conduct an investigation into the matter who will put forward their report and recommendation to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, Lufilufi reaffirmed its request to take the matter back to the village council. They will relay their decision back to the registrar today or tomorrow at the latest.

“The Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi needs your respect, support” Written by Savea Sano Malifa. Observer News August 2010.

The rift between His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese and Lufilufi must be averted.
Tui Atua is Samoa’s Head of State. That fact is undisputed. Therefore irrespective of what some may think he is accorded everyone’s respect.

It follows it is in Samoa’s best interests that that respect is honoured. The leadership of Lufilufi should know this well. They are among Samoa’s paramount leaders.
Leadership knows respect. They talk it, think it, they even live it.

Why then must the rest of the country respect His Highness and not them? What are Vaimauaga, Anoama’a and the rest of Atua doing? Do they think it is wise for this confrontation to be prolonged?
Shouldn’t they be working on the Lufilufi leadership to help resolve this dispute in the Samoan way, come down and show humility?

Remember he who climbs higher falls harder.
We agree such friction is not new. Something similar happened when the late Malietoa Tanumafili II was this country’s Head of State.

It happened when the Minister of State Leafa Vitale tried to build a house for His Highness in his village of Malie.
It caused division in the village leadership and the house was stopped. The matter ended up in the Lands and Titles Court. It was nasty.

But there was difference. The late Malietoa did not ask for the house to be built. Nor did he want a house built in that village at all. And then the house was never built.

So that when Malietoa passed away on 11 May 2007 he had never spent a night in his village of Malie. He chose to live in exile. He was a wise man. And he remained humble to the very end.
So humble that on his deathbed, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said these moving words:
“If, for Samoa there can be a day when little or nothing needs to be said, it is today.”
Solemn, sincere, moving, and all those who listened felt it.

He went on: “God knows our hearts are full to capacity with heavy emotion. To our comfort and good fortune however, is certain knowledge that Samoa’s deep grief is shared in unity and in equal measure by all its people.

“We thank God for the wondrous gifts and the special blessings he has bestowed on this small country.”
Those were some of the words Tuilaepa said on Malietoa’s State Funeral at Tiafau on 18 May 2007.
They shall remain in the memory forever.

But he was not alone in his grief. The whole county was, and so was the world.
The President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jingtao, sent this message of sadness:
“I was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of His Highness, Malietoa Tanumafili II, Head of State of the Independent State of Samoa.

“On behalf of the government and the People’s Republic of China, and in my own name, I wish to convey our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to the Government and the people of Samoa, and to the bereaved family of His Highness.

“I hope and believe the cause of friendship initiated by His Highness will be continuously consolidated and strengthened with joint efforts by both the Samoan and Chinese governments.”
And in his own message of condolences, the Premier of PRC’s State Council Wen Jibao said: “The people of China all share my sorrow and grief over the passing of His Highness.

“The Government of the People’s Republic of China treasures the time-honoured friendship between China and Samoa, and I hope and believe that with concerted efforts by both governments, the cause of friendship initiated by H.H. Malietoa will continue to be promoted and enhanced in years to come.”

So far, as we can all see around us today, that “cause of friendship” is alive and well and it is continuing to grow. And that is what being Head of State means. It means respect. Since his role is to build bridges between Samoa and other nations, inspire national stability and unity, he is deserving of everyone’s respect; including the leadership of Lufilufi.
Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25838%3Ahis-highness-needs&Itemid=105

“Faai’uga faamasinoga o Fanua ma Suafa ile mata’upu ia Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi ma Lufilufi” Observer News: August 2010.

Ua manunu le toau ma masofa tuluipae o so’otaga o le afioga i le Tuiatua, le afioga i le ao mamalu o le malo, ma lona afioaga o Lufilufi e fitoi tonu i ai le suafa Tuiatua.

O le fa’aiuga a le afioaga ina ia fa’atulai ese le o lo’o u’umia nei le suafa Tuiatua ma ona aiga.
O lenei fa’aiuga na faia i le aso Lulu pei ona molimau le so’oupu o le afioaga, le tofa ia Fe’esago Lopi.

“O le aso, ua fa’amuta ai ona toe aloaia e le afioaga o Lufilufi le o lo’o u’umia nei le suafa, o se Tuiatua.”o Fe’esago lea i le Samoa Observer.
“ E le gata i lea, o le aso, e tula’i ese ai Tuiatua ma ona aiga, ma ave’ese uma a latou mea totino mai le nu’u.”

Ua savalia e le afioaga fale fa’asalalau ma TV ma le au tusitala, o le fa’amoemoe maualuga ina ia silafia uma e le atunu’u le tulaga ua i ai le tofa ma le fa’autaga ia Lufilufi, ma o lo’o ta’ita’ia nei fuafuaga uma e Fe’esago.

Na fa’amanino e Fe’esago, e le aiaina e le nu’u o Lufilufi le tulaga i le ao mamalu o le malo tuto’atasi o Samoa. Tau lava o le suafa Tuiatua, ona o le suafa e pule ai le nu’u.

E lua ni itu ogaoga o lo’o fa’alia e le afioaga e mafua ai nei fe’ese’eseaiga.
Muamua, o le fauina lea o se fale i tafatafa o le maota. E talitonu le nu’u, e tatau ona muai logo le afioaga, fa’ato’a faia ai so’o se mea i luga o le tulaga maota.

Lua, ua manatu le nu’u ua solia ma le le amanaia e Tuiatua aiaiga ma feagaiga na soifua ma ola mai ai le nu’u mai anamua, o le feso’otai lea ma le fofoga o le maota, le aiga Sa Poloa’i, a ua fa’aaoga e Tuiatua nisi tagata e fa’ataunu’u ai lona mana’o.
Na saunoa fo’i le masiofo, ua mae’a tapena le tusi e le resitara o fa’amasinoga, Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe, e tu’uina atu i le nu’u mo se feiloaiga a itu e lua.

Ina ua asia e sui o le Samoa Observer le afioaga, sa fa’asa ona tapu’eina ni ata, ae na maitauina ua faia se pa u’amea, e tusa ai ma le fa’aliga mai le afioaga, o le pa e puipuia ai Tuiatua ma ona suli tau Taisi ina ia aua ne’i toe afea le fanua.

O le fa’aliga a se tasi o matai e le’i mana’o e fa’aalia lona igoa, “ e fa’asa TV ma nusipepa ona o’o atu i le fanua, ma e sili ai pe’a o ese, ina ne’i tutuli atu tama e fai se mea ia te outou.”

O le fa’aaliga a Fe’esago, na fono le nu’u i le aso Lulu ma auina atu nisi o matai e taofi le galuega o lo’o faia i luga o le fanua. Peita’i i le mavae ai o ni nai itula, na o’o atu ai le fa’aaliga o lo’o fa’aauau pea le galuega, ma ta’ua ai e i ai ni saunoaga a le masiofo e le’i logo lelei i le nu’u.

Talu ai o ia tulaga, na tasi ai le afioaga o le a toe tu le to’oto’o o Lufilufi, ma toe ta’ua ai le le toe fa’amamaluina e le nu’u o le o lo’o u’umia nei le suafa Tuiatua.

Na fa’aalia fo’i e Fe’esago, ua matua tapu Tuiatua ma ona suli fa’a Taisi ona toe solia ele’ele o Lufilufi. Na fa’aalia fo’i, e le o a’afia i lenei fa’aiuga suli moni o le suafa Seutatia.

O le fa’aliga fo’i a Fe’esago, e tusa ai ma le fa’avae ma paia fa’asino i le suafa Tuiatua, e i ai tagata o lo’o tauavea ma fa’aleoina ia paia e leai sa latou aia i lea tulaga, pei o Mulitalo.

O le mea na tupu, ua le o’o atu la Mulitalo, a ua afio atu Tuiatua ma fa’ailoa atu lona finagalo. E tusa ai ma lea itu,ua solia e Tuiatua le fa’avae o le nonofo ai ma Lufilufi.

O le aiga Sa Poloai, o le fofoga lea o le Tuiatua e feagai ma Lufilufi, peita’i ua le uia lea tulaga, a ua faia se auala fou.
O le ala o le o’o mai o le afioaga i fale fa’asalalau ma nusipepa, ina ia silafia e Samoa, ua le toe i ai se suafa Tuiatua i le Ao o le malo, ma ua le toe fa’amamaluina fo’i e le afioaga lea suafa.

Na fa’ailoa mai e Mulitalo mai le ofisa o le Ao o le malo, o le a feiloa’i Tuiatua ma Lufilufi ma le resitara i le aso Gafua i le 9 i le taeao i mulinu’u.
E le’i avanoa le afioga i le ao mamalu o le malo mo se fa’atalatalanoaga mo sona finagalo i lenei mataupu. Peita’i pei ona fa’alia e le afioga i le masiofo, Filifilia Tuiatua, “ o le mataupu ua mae’a tu’uina atu i le fa’amasinoga, ma ua mae’a fo’i ona tu’uina mai le fa’aiuga a le fa’amasinoga, e pule Tuiatua i le fanua. O lona uiga, e leai se aia a le nu’u i so’o se mea e fia faia i luga o le fanua.”

O fa’aiuga la nei o Fa’amasinoga e lua ua mae’a ona faia e le Fa’amasinoga o Fanua ma Suafa e fa’apea:
Mataupu na su’esue’ina – E uiga i le maota o “ Mulinu’u” ma Sepolataemo i Lufilufi.

1. O le umia e le Tuiatua o le pule i Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo, ua noatia ni mea sa faia i agaifanua ma aganuu i le maota, aua o aso anamua sa le’i fa’atulafonoina le pule, a’o ona po nei ua iai le pule, le pule la lena e faanoi iai Seutatia ma ona suli e pei o lea e tula’i mai ai Nofoatolu.

2. Ua matauina e le Faamasinoga, e leai se Seutatia o soifua ma alaala i le maota e pei ona faatonuia e le faaiuga i le LC 8384P1-P8, aso 28/9/1987 a ua toe o suli o lo’o faia Faamasinoga.

3. E le tatau ona feagai Seutatia ma Lufilufi ona e le o faamaonia e le faaiuga a le Faamasinoga i le 1987. O lona uiga na ona alaala ai ae fai mea faalogo i le pule a Tuiatua Tupua Tamsese Efi.

Ona o mafua’aga ma le vaaiga aoao a le Faamasinoga. O lea ua auautasi ai Alii o le Faamasinoga i la latou faaiuga e faapea.

(1) E tumau pea le mamalu mausali o le faiuga LC 8384P1-P8 aso 28/9/1987 i ona vaega uma:

(2) Ua fa’amaonia e le Fa’amasinoga le taofia ona toe ‘eliina o le oneone, po’o le toe tanumia o se tasi le maota, po o le toe fausia o se fale i le maota ma le tuamaota i Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo se’i vagana ua iai le maliega o Tuiatua o le pule lea.

(3) Ua fa’amaonia e le Faamasinoga ona avanoa pea le Tuiatua ma ona aiga e feiloa’i i le maota i Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo, e pei ona tula’i mai ai Sa Fenunuivao.

(4) Ua poloaiina e le Faamasinoga ia Nofoatolu ma e o alaala i le maota ia faanoi so o se mea e manaomia e fia faia i Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo i le Tuiatua.

(5) O le totogi o le Faamasinoga e $100.00 e totogi ta’i $20.00 a Itu Tagi ma Itu Tete’e. E toesea mai tupe na faaulu mai ai Talosaga ma Itu Faaopoopo o lenei mataupu.

Siufaga Tauauve’a
CEO/Deputy Registrar

O lenei faaiuga e matua tumau ma le mausali e faamamalu iai le Malo afai e solia e se tasi ona molia lea i le Tulafono mo le Faasalaga.

16 Tesema, 2003
MULINUU

O le isi fa’aiuga lenei,

1. E tumau pea le aloaia ma le mausali o Fa’aiuga LC 8384 P1-P8 28/9/1987 & LC 10481 P1-16/12/2003.

2. Ua fa’amaonia i le pule a le Fa’amasinoga le fa’asalalauga e avea ai Erika Fuatino Joyce Retzlaff Chan Ting ma sa’o tamaita’i a Tuiatua, e pei ona fa’asalalauina i le Savali aso 29/6/2009.

3. Ua fa’amaonia foi e le Faamasinoga o Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi o le Sa’o o le aiga Sa Seutatia.

4. O le totogi o le Faamasinoga e $260.00 e totogi mai ta’i $20.00 a le Itu Faamasinoga e to’esea mai tupe na fa’aulu ai Talosaga ma Itu Fa’aopoopo.

Faailoga o le Faamasinoga
O Fanua ma Suafa Samoa

O lenei faaiuga e matua tumau ma le mausali e faamamalu iai le Malo afai e solia e se tasi ona molia lea ile Tulafono mo le Faasalaga.
19 Iulai 2010
MULINUU

Faamausili T.S. Brown QSM, J.P. Su’a Suapi Palasi III Tofa Eteuati Siitia
SUI PERESETENE FA’ATONU FA’ATONU

Maiava Nafatali Moa Sala Sanele Setiu
FA’AMASINO FA’AMASINO FA’AMASINO

Would someone be kind enough to translate the following please:

O faaiuga la nei o Faamasinoga e lua ua maea ona faia e le Faamasinoga o Fanua ma Suafa e faapea:
Mataupu na suesueina E uiga i le maota o Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo i Lufilufi.
1. O le umia e le Tuiatua o le pule i Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo, ua noatia ni mea sa faia i agaifanua ma aganuu i le maota, aua o aso anamua sa le i faatulafonoina le pule, a o ona po nei ua iai le pule, le pule la lena e faanoi iai Seutaatia ma ona suli e pei o lea e tulai mai ai Nofoatolu.
2. Ua matauina e le Faamasinoga, e leai se Seutaatia o soifua ma alaala i le maota e pei ona faatonuia e le faaiuga i le LC 8384P1-P8, aso 28/9/1987 a ua toe o suli o loo faia Faamasinoga.
3. E le tatau ona feagai Seutaatia ma Lufilufi ona e le o faamaonia e le faaiuga a le Faamasinoga i le 1987. O lona uiga na ona alaala ai ae fai mea faalogo i le pule a Tuiatua Tupua Tamsese Efi.

Ona o mafuaaga ma le vaaiga aoao a le Faamasinoga. O lea ua auautasi ai Alii o le Faamasinoga i la latou faaiuga e faapea.
(1) E tumau pea le mamalu mausali o le faiuga LC 8384P1-P8 aso 28/9/1987 i ona vaega uma:
(2) Ua faamaonia e le Faamasinoga le taofia ona toe eliina o le oneone, poo le toe tanumia o se tasi le maota, po o le toe fausia o se fale i le maota ma le tuamaota i Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo sei vagana ua iai le maliega o Tuiatua o le pule lea.
(3) Ua faamaonia e le Faamasinoga ona avanoa pea le Tuiatua ma ona aiga e feiloai i le maota i Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo, e pei ona tulai mai ai Sa Fenunuivao.
(4) Ua poloaiina e le Faamasinoga ia Nofoatolu ma e o alaala i le maota ia faanoi so o se mea e manaomia e fia faia i Mulinuu ma Sepolataemo i le Tuiatua.
(5) O le totogi o le Faamasinoga e $100.00 e totogi tai $20.00 a Itu Tagi ma Itu Tetee. E toesea mai tupe na faaulu mai ai Talosaga ma Itu Faaopoopo o lenei mataupu.

Siufaga Tauauvea
CEO/Deputy Registrar

O lenei faaiuga e matua tumau ma le mausali e faamamalu iai le Malo afai e solia e se tasi ona molia lea i le Tulafono mo le Faasalaga.

16 Tesema, 2003
MULINUU

O le isi faaiuga lenei,
1. E tumau pea le aloaia ma le mausali o Faaiuga LC 8384 P1-P8 28/9/1987 & LC 10481 P1-16/12/2003.
2. Ua faamaonia i le pule a le Faamasinoga le faasalalauga e avea ai Erika Fuatino Joyce Retzlaff Chan Ting ma sao tamaitai a Tuiatua, e pei ona faasalalauina i le Savali aso 29/6/2009.
3. Ua faamaonia foi e le Faamasinoga o Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi o le Sao o le aiga Sa Seutatia.
4. O le totogi o le Faamasinoga e $260.00 e totogi mai tai $20.00 a le Itu Faamasinoga e toesea mai tupe na faaulu ai Talosaga ma Itu Faaopoopo.

Faailoga o le Faamasinoga
O Fanua ma Suafa Samoa

O lenei faaiuga e matua tumau ma le mausali e faamamalu iai le Malo afai e solia e se tasi ona molia lea ile Tulafono mo le Faasalaga.

19 Iulai 2010
MULINUU

Faamausili T.S. Brown QSM, J.P. Sua Suapi Palasi III Tofa Eteuati Siitia
SUI PERESETENE FAATONU FAATONU

Maiava Nafatali Moa Sala Sanele Setiu
FAAMASINO FAAMASINO FAAMASINO

That is the dicision made by Lands and Titles favoring Tupua Efi over the truth in Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo and Lufilufi.. One of the clear error here is Lands and Titles appointed Tupua Efi as the “Sa’o” of the Seutatia family in Lufilufi, but Tupua Efi is not even family or related to the Seutatia family..

How would anyone or family feels if some strangers like the judges at Lands and Titles appointed some other stranger or outsider of your family tobe the “Sa’o” of your family?? This is one BIG major BS i have ever come across from Lands and Titles Court.. It is all politics and BS!!

There is the aiga potopoto of the Saseutatia family and their Sa’o is Nofoatolu in Mulinu’u Lufilufi..

This is Lufilufi’s protocal(Fa’alupega)

Susu mai oe le Tapaaulefano, o lau susuga Lufilufi ma lau Saofa’iga.
Susu mai le Vainalepa ma le Mulita’i, ole Fetalaiga i lo outou To’aono(Sele, Manuo, Fe’esago, Tomanogi, Magele, Poloai)
Afio mai le Tuiatua ma ou Tu’itu’i(Tupa’i, ma Ta’inau)
Susu mai lau afioga a le Nofoa sa(Tupa’i)
Susu mai le Togia’i ole Tuiatua Aveaumalaga
Alala mai Leausa na e Ituau ai, ma e Alataua a’i.
Afio maia le Tapa’au Fa’asisina lau Afioga a le Tama’ita’i Seutatia na e alala ile Mulinu’u. (or in other words: Afio o Seutatia o le Tui Atua Tapaau Faasisina e polapuipuia e le Tui Atua Tapaau Lefano aua le To’aono ma le Saofaiga, faapea le mamalu tele ia te oe le Matua Lufilufi).

Truth, justice wanted. Written by Joseph Stowers on 25-08-2010 by Aigaletaulelea F. Tauafiafi

Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (pictured left) has called for a Commission of Inquiry to look into the dispute between him and the village of Lufilufi.
The Commission, he said, should consider two issues. They are:
- That the Tui Atua is a good matai of the family
- That the Tui Atua is a good matai of the village
“Because a Head of State does not rest on a tree or air but on a matai,” His Highness said yesterday during a press conference at his Tuaefu residence.

“Therefore the mana and the very essence of a Head of State is on his qualifications as a good matai of the family and of the village. If he fails on one or both of these counts, then he loses his qualifications or his entitlement to continue to hold onto the position of the Head of State.”
His Highness Tui Atua said his wish is to protect the holder of the title Head of State.

“I and the Prime Minister agreed to [the Commission] last week,” he said.
The Head of State also advocated for a Commission during the Monday meeting with Lufilufi, facilitated by Registrar Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe.

“[It] was reconfirmed when I met with the Prime Minister earlier this morning (yesterday).”
His Highness said a Commission will help diffuse the emotions surrounding the issues between him and Lufilufi.
“In an environment of calm and objectivity, the evidence will be submitted and the people [on the Commission] will make their deliberation and conclusion and pass them onto the Prime Minister and Cabinet,” said His Highness.

A Commission will also “allow for transparency so the evidence is put out there and it does not come out in whispers or innuendo.”
His Highness reiterated: “This is [not only] about how to protect the post of Head of State but more importantly is how to protect the truth and to protect justice.

“Because you will always find good governance as long as there is truth and there is justice. And the best way of ensuring there is truth and justice is through transparency. And there is no more transparent methodology or process [than] in a commission of inquiry.”
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said it was premature for him to comment on the issue.
“This issue has not yet been raised in Cabinet,” he told the Samoa Observer yesterday.

“However, Cabinet will be meeting tomorrow [today] and if its not discussed then we will do so early next week.
“In these types of matters, Cabinet will need to make a decision and then notify relevant people of its decision as its the standard procedure. But itll be premature of me to comment at this stage.”

Meanwhile, His Highness Tui Atua disputed Samoa Observer’s headline “Settle now or I quit: Tui Atua” on yesterdays front page. He said the headline was an “error” and he wanted to correct it.
Later, he admitted that perhaps the headline was a good outcome because as a result he was able to call a press conference to announce the next step forward.

Last week, Lufilufi, the village in which the Tui Atua title originates from, severed ties with the Head of State.
Spokesperson for Lufilufi, Fe’esago Lopi told the Samoa Observer Lufilufi will no longer recognise him as the holder of the title.

“This issue does not touch the Head of State, Feesago pointed out. This is specific to the matai title Tui Atua which is a title owned by the village of Lufilufi. Lufilufi does not have any power or authority over the title Head of State which is owned by Samoa.”

Usita’i pe fa’amavae? Ao le Malo. Written by Larry Warren. Observer News. Wednesday, 25 August 2010

E faigata le tulaga ua o’o i ai le mataupu i le va o le afioaga o Lufilufi ma le Ao Mamalu o le Malo, le Afioga ia Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.
I le aso ananafi, na malele ai le afioga i le Ao Mamalu o le Malo afai ae le usita’ia e Lufilufi le i’uga a le Fa’amasinoga, o le a fa’amavae mai i lona tofiga.
“Afai ae usitai Lufilufi i le i’uga a le Fa’amasinoga, ua uma so’u taofi,” o se saunoaga manino lea a le Tui Atua.
O se vaaiga lena i nisi o matai Lufilufi na auai i le feiloaiga i le aso ananafi ma le Resitala.
O lea saunoaga sa ia faia i totonu o se fe’iloaiga a Lufilufi ma le Resitala o Fa’amasinoga i le aso ananafi.
E mafua lea mataupu, ona se fe’ese’eseaiga lea ua fa’atula’i ese ai e Lufilufi ia Tui Atua ma totonu o le nu’u e mafua mai i se fale o lo’o faia i luga o le fanua o Mulinu’u ma Sepolataemo.

I le i’uga o lenei fe’iloaiga, ua toe fo’i atu nei le afioaga o Lufilufi e fale lenei mataupu i totonu o le afioaga.
Sa fa’aalia e Tui Atua, afai ae solomua i le nu’u ma le aiga ona fa’alumaluma lona tagata, e sili ai le fa’amavae.

“E le mafai ona fa’amalumalu se Ao o le Malo, i se solitulafono” o lana malelega lea.
O le agaga o le Ofisa o Fa’amasinoga na valaauina ai lenei fe’iloaiga, e pei ona saunoa ai le Resitala, ina ia silasila i le nonofo fealofani ma le filemu i totonu o le nu’u.

“O le taeao lenei o le agaga fa’afetai i le Atua,” o le saunoaga lea a le Resitala, Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe, i le amataga o lenei fonotaga.

Sa tu’u i le Atua i tatalo, ae o lea ua tali fa’aaliali mai le Atua lea ua mafai ona tatou fesilafai.
Na saunoa le Resitala, e leai se malosi ma se agavaa o le Matagaluega e faia ai se fa’ai’uga e tusa ai o lenei mataupu.

Ae o le tatalo i le agaga maualalo, ina ia maua e le nu’u se nofo lelei.
Na tali fuaitau le sa avea ma fofoga o le nuu, le tofa ia Fe’esago Lopi,” Toe fo’i le mataupu i Lufilufi”
“E malepe a upu a Lufilufi i Lufilufi.

“Ona e le po pea se nu’u, e mapepe a upu a le afioga i totonu o le nu’u” o se isi lea o ana saunoaga.
Peita’i na saunoa lana afioga i le Ao o le Malo, “E le falala fua le niu, e mafua ona fa’alala ona e i ai mafua’aga”.
Le Ao Mamalu o le Malo, Afioga Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi ma Fe’esago Lopi. Ata: Sarai Ripine.
Na tu’usao le saunoaga a le Tui Atua e tusa o le fa’ai’uga na faia e le nu’u , o lenei mataupu na mafua mai i le fale o lana fanau sa faia i luga o le fanua e pulea e Tui Atua, ae oo atu le nu’u ma taofi.
Na sa’i le afioga i le Ao o le Malo, ma fesiligia le faiupu a le nu’u o Fe’esago, e tusa ai o iuga a le Fa’amasinoga ua uma ona faia.

E le’i tali le faiupu a le nuu e tusa ai o nei fesili, ona sa ia saunoa , e fa’aitete tele ona o le Ao o le Malo.
Na tatalo le Resitala itu e lua, e leai se agaga o le Ofisa e tu’u atu lenei mataupu e toe finauina i luma o le Fa’amasinoga.

“Ou te le manao ai, ou te fefe,” o Masinalupe lea.
Na fa’aalia foi e Masinalupe, e ta’atia ia nisi o mataupu o le lotoifale seia i ai se isi taimi, pau le agaga o lenei fe’iloaiga, o le tatalo i Ali’i ma Faipule e tusa o se latou tofa i le galuega o lo’o faia i le taimi nei.
Na fa’aalia e Fe’esago, latou te le te’ena fa’ai’uga a le Fa’amasinoga.

E fa’aaloalo foi i le tofiga o le Ao o le Malo.
Ae sili le fo’i i fanua e toe teuteu ma soalaupule ma fa’alelei le mataupu, ona toe logo mai lea o le Resitala i se aso po’o taeao fo’i, mo se tali e tusa ai o le galuega o lo’o faia i le taimi nei.

Na malele Tui Atua, agai i le Resitala, afai ae e le maua se tasi o lenei mataupu i le taeao ananafi, ae a alualu ae toe tula’i mai se isi mataupu i se taimi oi luma, o ai e tietie ai.
Sa tolaulauina ai fo’i e Tui Atua sana tusi, ua mae’a ona tusia i luma o lenei fa’atasiga.

“Ou te le faia se fa’amatalaga i se agaga faumalo, aua o tatou uma e tatou te tofi sa’ili i le alofa ma le amiotonu o le Ali’i.”
E le faigofie ona fa’atalanoa i se mataupu ua tulai mai, aua ua matamataita tagata. Sa ia ta’ua, o le auga o le tete’e le finagalo o le nuu i le iuga a le Fa’amasinoga 1987 2003, 2010.

Na ia ta’ua i luga o lenei tusi, o le Tui Atua o le Ao o le Malo, e mafua, ona Ao le Malo ona o le matai.
E le tu le Ao o le Malo i luga o i’uga a Ali’i ma Faipule.
E mafua ona Ao o le Malo ona o le talitonuga ia o se matai lelei.

Afai ae fa’amaonia e le’o o se matai lelei, o se matai le fai nu’u lelei, o lona uiga ua afaina le talitonuga lea e mafua ai ona avea ma Ao o le Malo.
Na fa’aalia fo’i e le mafai ona molia le Ao o le Malo i le Fa’amasinoga.

O le talitonuga o le Ao o le Malo o ia o se tagata lelei, o se matai lelei, ma o se matai e fai nu’u lelei
Na ia fa’aalia ,”E le mafai ona tumavaevae le Tui Atua ma le Ao o le Malo. Aua o le Tui Atua o lo’o umia le Ao o le Malo.”

Sa ia talosagaina le Resitala, afai ae le maua se fofo o lenei mataupu, e sili le lafo i se Komisi su’esu’e e su’esu’eina lenei mataupu.
Pe fa’amaonia pe leai le tu’uaiga a le nu’u faasaga i le Tui Atua
E mafua, ona e talitonu o le avanoa talafeagai lea e sa’ili, ma ma fa’amautuina ai le mea moni.

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25956:usitai-pe&catid=63:tala-fou-samoa&Itemid=81

E taofisa Lufilufi, Tupua Tamasese Efi. tusia e Tofaeono Misatauveve Joseph Hollywood

Laga ia le va’a o manu ae fao mamau lago le va’a o mala aua ua to i tua le Aiga la le ei le Tai; oe le Apolima. A’o pa’ia ta’oto fa’afata ma ou mamalu ta’oto’oto fa’afataselu Samoa, e le toe tau paopao fa’atupeuamuli i se tala a le tamaloa Siumu; po’o le tamaloa fo’i mai i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo aua le susuga pa’u i le Saofa’iga i lo latou To’aono o Ta’inau ma Tupa’i tainane le afio ia te oe Seutatia.

Ae sisi lava lo ta pola ma tepa ane i lo’u nu’u talofa e. Talofa Lufilufi lo’u nu’u o i ou laufanua o tanumia ai lo ta pute i lalo o le fu’afu’a na ma’ape ai Atua. Na togi la ta ma’a e ati ou aupa; fa’avae se galuega se fale komiti se falesa, se falea’oga se fale gasegase. Na ati la’u afi mo fa’aola tapa’a a tama; na pusa fo’i la’u umu na toli la’u ‘ulu na fifi la’u tafolo na ususu fo’i lo’u gutu (tulou). O ta’alili ai ou ea lo’u leo; na ‘ou amio fa’aletonu na fa’asala lava a’u ua gausia ai lo’u leaga.

A’o le mau a tua’a ma matua, o le moa lava e lata i le matatuai e tele fo’i penu e ‘ai. Talofa e Lufilufi; talofa e i si o’u nu’u.

Fai mai tua’a ma matua, o Lufilufi e taofimamau; e taofisa. Tausisi pea lena e o’o i le vavau ‘aua lava ne’i manunu le to’au. Fa’afetai fa’afetai fa’afetai tele atu ia te outou o tausia lo tatou nu’u i loutou sa’ili malo ma fa’a’auau le manulauti a Lufilufi ma Atua, e tete’e atu i le fili na taumafai le toea’ina o Tusa e fa’a’a’e. Ua a nei la? O fea oe Tusa? Le fili lele o lo ua so’ona pulesaua mai.

Fai mai e tausisi Lufilufi ma le vaega tele o Atua i mavaega a Fonoti. Fai mai Fonoti, “E lelepa ia te a’u le vai.”

O le a le uiga? E le toe faia nisi tofiga ma nisi mavaega ua gata ai ia te ia. O le pou mulimuli lava o le FaleTuiAtua o a’u lenei e 7 i ai pou o Lufilufi. E le gata ina o a’u o le tama o le ele’ele tau Lalogafu’afu’a i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo o lo’u tama o Fe’esago, a’o a’u o le tama a le olomatua Siumu o le afafine o Tofaeono, ua pogai ai so’u gafa.

Fai mai ina ua mavava Muagututi’a e aumai Fui’availili e nofo ae fa’atuatuana’i Fepulea’i ona solitu lea o Lufilufi ma le vaega tele o Atua. O Fepulea’i o le atali’i moni o Muagututi’a i le usuga ia Taumatamu le af o Toaalii i Saoluafata fg o Fepuleai ma lona tuafafine o Lagi. O le usuga mulimuli a Muagututia na usu ai ia Fenunuivao le af o Leutele i Falefa e leai se tama e le fanau e pa ona vaetama lea ia Fui’availili o le atali’i o Fuimaono ma Oilau i Salani i Falealili.

Aepeita’i, e ulumatua lava Seutatia i le usuga muamua a Muagututi’a ia Poto le af o Amituanai Manaia i Faleata fg o le teine lea. Le teine na mavaea’ina e afio i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo.

Pau le tagata Lufilufi na lagolagoina le mavava a Muagututi’a na’o le toea’ina o Manuo; le pogai na fa’ate’a ai Manuo ma le toe tali’ina ni ona lafo i mea e fai i Atua a ua ala mea uma a le AigaSaManuo ia Ta’ala. O le suafa Ta’ala o le matai moni lava o Lufilufi i le nu’u i tai ae ona o usuga o gafa ua alalata’i ai i Lalomauga. O le alalafaga o Lalomauga ma Manunu o pitonu’u o lo matou nu’u i Lufilufi.

O isi matai na lagolagoina le mavava a Muagututi’a o Molio’o i Faleapuna, o Iuli ma Moe’ono i Falefa, Tofuiofo’ia ma Talo’olema’agao i Falealili ma Fa’autagia i Saoluafata. Sala lagolago e Iuli ma Moe’ono aua o Fenunuivao sa nonofo ma Muagututi’a; sala lagolago e Tofuiofo’ia ma Talo’olema’agao aua o Fui’availili o le atali’i moni o Fuimaono i Salani.

Tasi lea pogai na le lagolagoina ai e Lufilufi ma Atua le mavava a Muagututi’a ona o Fui’availili o le tama a Oilau, a’o Oilau o le af o Fanene; o le tina o Oilau o Samala’ulu; o Samala’ulu ina ua tau Fonoti ma Va’afusu’aga ae ‘au ai Va’afusu’aga ma Samala’ulu i le taua na mafua i le Ie Samoa ma Papa o le TuiA’ana ma le TuiAtua. O latou nei e to’atolu o le fanau a Faumuina LeTupufia.

Fai mai mau le sa’o a Tupua Tamasese Efi na tu’uina atu i le Fa’amasinoga i le tausaga e 1987, o TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea ma TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese LealofioA’ana (i) na nonofo i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo.

E le sa’o lea mau. O Titimaea na TuiA’ana a’o Tama’a’aiga Mata’afa Iosefo na umia pa’ia o le suafa TuiAtua; o la’ua na fa’afeagai. Na muamua tu’umalo TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea a’o soifua mai pea Tama’a’aiga TuiAtua Mata’afa Iosefo. Ina ua tu’umalo TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea ona tula’i mai lea o lona atali’i o TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese LealofioA’ana (i) ma o ia fo’i na fa’afeagai ma le taimi o tula’i mai Tama’a’aiga TuiAtua Mata’afa Iosefo.

E tusa ai ma mau a Lufilufi, o Leulumoega na o i Safotulafai e a’ami Titimaea e fa’ae’e i ai le ao o le TuiA’ana. E taunu’u Leulumoega e a’ami Titimaea ae augani Fau’olo o le tama le la e gasese mai i tuafale aua soutou tali. O i na maua ai le suafa Tamasese o TuiA’ana Tupua Titimaea le ulua’i Tamasese.

Fai mai mau a Siamani ma Niu Sila, na fa’atu i Leulumoega ma Nu’uausala le Malo o TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea. E tutusa lelei ia mau ma le mau a Lufilufi mai anamua na tualalo mai fa’asolo i tua’a ma matua se’ia o’o mai ia Inu Tulifau ona ia tu’ualalo mai lea i lo’u tama o ia ia te a’u. Pau le taimi na o’o ai TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea i le Maota o Tupua i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo, ina ua taumafai le toea’ina o Tusa e ave atu i le vaitausaga e 1890 ae maliufao fa’afuase’i ai i le tausaga 1891.

Fai mai le mau a Lufilufi na tanu fa’amalosi ai lava e ui ina sa tete’e ma solitu Lufilufi ma le vaega tele o Atua se’ia i’u ina tali mai Siamani i le tete’e solitu a Lufilufi ma le vaega tele o Atua; ina ua popole Siamani e i’u ina laga e Lufilufi ma Atua ato i le sami; lea na pogai ai ona toe eli ese ona faia lea e Siamani le ele’ele fa’apitoa i le pinesula i Mulinu’u ma fa’a’aga’agatonu o le Eele’elesa mo Tama’a’aiga. O lo’o lagomau ai nei TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea; Tuimaleali’ifano Sualauvi Su’atipatipa aemaise o isi Tama’a’aiga.

A’o le toea’ina o Tusa na maua ai lona fa’alagiga ma lona fa’alupelupega e pei lava ona i ai nei o Tusafa’a’a’efili( o le toea’ina e tau i ai lo’u gafa). Talu ai, o ia na taumafai e ave atu le fili i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo.

Fai mai se isi mau lesa’o a Tupua Tamasese Efi e pei ona i ai i le Fa’ai’uga 24 Setema 1987, na afio ai fo’i LealofioA’ana (i) i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo. E matua sese i Sapani le na mau fa’amolemole Tupua Tamasese Efi. Taga’i ma silasila i fa’amaumauga a Siamani ma Niu Sila o lo’o i ai le mea moni. O LealofioA’ana (i) na tu fo’i lona malo i Leulumoega ma Nu’uausala.

O le taumafai o Tupua Tamasese Efi e faomalosi ma le suafa Seutatia, se fa’amolemole Efi e ese lou gafa ese le gafa o Seutatia. Soia le faia le mea sese ma soia e te fua ao Lufilufi ma Atua e le na’o oe se TuiAtua e TuiAtua Mata’afa e TuiAtua Fiame e e’e uma papa ma faia saofa’i i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo, o Ta’inau ma Tupa’i o tu’itu’i mo so’o se TuiAtua .

Fai mai le gafa: Usu Tupua Fui’availili ia Luafaleese le af o Laulu i Palauli fg o Afoafouvale. Toe usu ia Tualupetu le af o Faalogou i Levi Saleimoa fg o Galumalemana. Toe usu ia Punipuao le af o Alaiasa i Falefa fg o Luafalemana.

Usu Galumalemana ia Galuegaopapa le af o Maiava i Matautu fg o Nofoasaefa, Taisi, ma lo la tuafafine o Fuamemea. Toe usu Galumalemana ia Leteleataema le af o Leleisiuao i Palaluli fg o Tualaulelei, Paepaega’aletauveve ma Aviimata. Toe usu Galumalemana ia Iliganoa le af o Leota Toomata i Solosolo fg o Tupolesava. Toe usu Galumalemana ia Teuialilo le af o Sagapolutele i Saoluafata fg o Tualamasala. Toe usu Galumalemana ia Sauimalae le af o Tuimalealiifano Tuitaalili i Falelatai fg o Iamafana, Putefua, Ua’uapuaa, Taeoalii ma le teine o Lanuola.

Usu Nofoasaefa ia Tusoloimalae le af o Mataia i Vaimoso fg o Leasiolagi. Usu Leasiolagi ia Usipua le af o Nonumasese i Faleasiu fg o Moeagogo. Usu Moeagogo ia Taeleleumete le af o Fauolo i Safotulafai fg o Titimaea.

O i faatoa maua ai le igoa tama sese ona e toai Leulumoega e aami Titimaea ua oo i lona taimi i le nofoalii ae augani Fauolo, Finagalo malie Leulumoega e valevale le tama o la e gasese mai i tuafale aua soutou tali.

Ona faatonu lea e Leulumoega o ane ai le aumaga a Toleafoa na malaga e faamaea le gasesega ae aumai le tama sese i maota sei fai upu mo le malaga i Nu’uausala e fa’aee le suafa TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese.

Usu TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea ia Fuatino le af o Taimalieutu i Nofoalii fg o Tupua Tamasese LealofioAana (i). Usu TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese LealofioAana (i) ia Sipaea le af o Solia i Falealupo fg o Tupua Tamasese LealofioAana (ii), ma lona tuafafine o Meatuai.

Toe usu TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese LealofioAana (i) ia Vaaiga le af o Laulu i Moataa fg o TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese LealofioAana (iii), Taimalieutu, TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese Meaole ma Mataia Europa (i). Usu TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese LealofioA’ana (iii) ia Ala fg o Tupua Tamasese LealofioA’ana (iv).

Usu TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese Peter Mea’ole ia Noue le af o Ta’isi Olefa Feleti Nelesoni fg o oe Efi.

O le pogaitonu le na ua ou tusia ai le Tusi O Motuga’afa mai le Toea’ina ma le Lo’omatua e tau fa’asa’osa’o ai au mea sese ia ua e taumafai e aumai i Lufilufi lau afioga Tama’a’aiga TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese Efi. E le na’o oe se Tama’a’aiga TuiAtua o lo’o i ai Mata’afa ma Fiame e tausi uma e Lufilufi e tusa o mavaega mai ia Salamasina, TuiA’ana Tama’alelagi aemaise o Pili i lona atali’i o Tua.

O Motuga’afa mai le Toea’ina ma le Lo’omatua o lo’o Lomitusi’ina e le Laumoso’oi Publishing Media Pty. Ltd. saunia i Saina e le ChinaInsight, ma o le’a auina atu i ou ala i se taimi oi luma (12 month?).

E aofia ai i le nei Tusi ni faiga le temokalasi a nisi fai nusipepa i Samoa e fa’afoliga e fiafia i le temokalasi a’o aga e letaitai; o gafa pei o gafa o ta’ua i luga o Aiga Tupu o Samoa; le Talafa’asolopito o Samoa ma nofoaga na alala ai suli o Fui’availili e tusa o mau a Siamani ma Niu Sila aemaise o Inu Tulifai, e feauga ma fa’amaumauga mai le New Zealand Archive i Ueligitone.

Lufilufi afai o lou finagalo lea e soloa ma le aufuefue Tupua Tamasese Efi, ua tatau. A so’ona fai lava i fea Efi; se o se fili lava oe? E le’i lava ea lena? Ae a fa’apefea i si Tui o Atua, e o latou i fea? Afai o le Fa’ai’uga o le 24 Seetema 1987 lea e te tiu ai, ae a fa’apefea mau sese na e tu’uina atu i le Fa’amasinoga?

Ae a fa’apefea Fa’amasino sa le tatau ona nofoia nofoa mai ia SaTuala, Tuamasaga ma le aiga TauA’ana e fete’ena’i ma le Tulafono o Fa’amasinoga o Fanua ma Suafa 1981? Sa fai itu a itumalo na ae aisea na nofoia ai e nei Fa’amasino nofoa ae le tula’i ese e pei o le finagalo o le Tulafono Temokalasi o Fanua ma Suafa 1981? O le fea la le tulafono e te fa’asifo i ai Tupua? E finagalo la le Atua i se mea sese? Toe liuliu le tofa Tupua e le valea uma Lufilufi; a i ai lava ni nai vale e le tele.

Na ati sau afi ia Lufilufi ma Atua Tupua; na e soifua mai lava i le leaga le nei lava na’o leaga. Manatua fo’i si toea’ina o TuiAtua Tupua Tamasese LealofioA’ana (vi)? E le’i lava ea le nei? O le’a ai i’a inu ma le sua ai atu ma le atigi’apa ae a fa’apefea i si Tui o Atua? Fai fuafua Tupua. Ua galo ea Titimaea na otifao?

Alofa’aga mo Lufilufi lo’u nu’u aemaise o lo’u itumalo i Siumu. Manuia Samoa le atunu’u ma le Malo. Talosia ia saga fa’aumi e le Atua lo’u ola se’i tau fa’asa’o le mau measese ua saga fetuleni mai i so’o se pa’usisi.

Tautuana le FILI Lufilufi ‘aua lava ne’i sao atu.
(19-08-2010 20:07)

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25729&Itemid=62

Cabinet to decide. Friday, 27 August 2010. Observer news

Cabinet will discuss a request by the country’s Head of State to establish a Commission of Inquiry.
The commission will investigate the matter between the Head of State and his village of Lufilufi.
In a press conference yesterday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced, “The request has been received by Cabinet and it will be discussed in its meeting next week. We will by then have had the opportunity to vet reports and listen to briefings from the Attorney General and officials from relevant ministries. These are standard Cabinet procedures in these matters.”

The commission, said Tuilaepa, “Will look at the issue that has caused a dispute between [Tui Atua] and the chiefs and orators of Lufilufi. The issues are the ownership of a piece of land called Mulinuu and Sepolataemo, as well as the internal relationship between Tui Atua and Lufilufi.

“The court has already made a ruling [relating to Mulinu'u and Sepolataemo] how ever there are a number of unresolved peripherals which the Government knows from experience stem from court cases that have only recently been settled.

“But this matter has rested heavily on the mind of our Head of State especially as he feels these issues are lowering the status and high-level standing of his station as Head of State. Therefore, the establishment of a Commission of Enquiry to investigate these allegations is the best process to resolve these issues.”

The Prime Minister spoke of the sensitivity and complexity surrounding Samoa’s cultural and traditional matters such as lands and titles especially when taken through the judicial system. “Matters of Samoan land and titles have been debated at length in parliament, he said.

“And attempts are constantly made by the judiciary to address these disputes by incorporating Samoa’s traditional elements of justice such as those residing in protocols within villages, common sense and mutual respect. These are Samoa’s unique ways of resolving disputes between families and within villages.”

A final parting note was aimed at the media, “I wish to acknowledge the media for doing its usual work of informing the public. As well as some promoting gossip that’s turned a small and insignificant matter domestically into something major.”

This is now a very serious issue. Now the Parliamentary Government has stepped in to resolve this conflict of authority between the traditional govt. and their government. This will be the legal precedent that will determine who really runs this country. Will a foreign form of government that being the Parliamentary system of the white man finally exert its dominance over our Matai system a system we have had for much longer than the Parliamentary system has been around.

Samoa e aua ne’i outou matavalea ile taimi lenei. Ua tula’i mai le pulega faapapalagi ua mana’o ile ufi ae fefe i le papa a o lea ua taumafai nei le malo faapalemene e vavage ese le papa lea sa fefe iai. Ole pulega lea a nuu ma alalafaga, le mamalu i Alii ma Tulafale ma le paia i aiga o Samoa. Tula’i se toa, ua tatau ona matua i finau Tumua, ma le malosi o i Atua ina ia aua ne’i sao le pulusiki lea a TuiAtua ma le HRPP. Aua a tou le popoto e ‘ai uma e le malo Samoa, le Malo faatemakorasi ma le Malo faapalagi outou pa’ia a e tou nonofo na’o atigi ua leai se a’ano o le tou mamalu.

Ole sosooga ole finauga lenei ole a mafai ai loa e le malo a Samoa, pe afai e faia’ina Lufilufi ona sui le pulega o fanua o loo puipuia i le Constitution a Samoa. Afai e manumalo le malo a le HRPP ile finauga lenei o lona uiga ua le toe fefe le Malo i le pulega a matai ma ole a latou aumaia ni aupega malolosi mai fafo ina ia faamautuina ai le latou pule pe afai e iai se faatuiese i lea pule. Aua o le a mafai ona latou finau ua uma ona mae’a le Commission lea na su’esu’eina ai le mataupu lea i le va o le Malo a le HRPP ma Lufilufi ma ua latou faapineina ai le faaiuga ua soloia le mau a Lufilufi, ua faaee loa i le Lands and Titles Court papa a Tumua. Ona matou tutu atu fo’i lea, o Pule e faasa’o le mata’upu pe afai ole a tou vaivai. Because we are next after they finish with you, they are coming after Pule. Pule be ready.

The first pin to fall in this designed strategy to remove the matai system was the changing of the voting system where they allowed universal suffrage. That was a major weakening of the Samoan Matai system…Now this is another major point in the path to total destruction of the Samoan Traditional Political System.

Samoa you have no idea how important we are in the process of world domination by certain entities. The traditional world systems must all bow to their political agenda and they cannot allow any form of political entity that has any sense of legitimacy to exist as an alternative. Beware the propaganda that we have been brainwashed with since our youth that democracy is THE ONLY FORM of government that is right. Bull S*&t. We have perhaps the best form of government on this planet but it is not designed for the capitalist agenda which parliamentary and congressional or republics are better suited. If we are not ready then we deserve everything that happens, maa and his boys are ready to step in and divide the spoils of what remains after the Matai system is eliminated. Please Samoa step up and do not allow this. Tumua ole tou taimi lenei. O ou mama na.

This is defenitely a cultural issue.. So it should only be settle in the FA’ASAMOAN WAY.THe HOS should know that .. That is why in Thread of getting rid of the HOS position I pointed out exactly what the Samoa Constitution say, but a lot of you jumb down my throat for pointing that out…
If the HOS position is supoosed to represent the FAASAMOA, then he does not qualify at all, base on how he is handling this issue.. Lufilufi has every right to do what they need to do. To be a GOOD matai in SAmoan custom , is to respect the Samoan custom..as we all witness here in this forum..The real Samoan at heart will know how to calm the situation when tempers start to get out hand.. That is the uniqueness of the SAmoan Custom . The villlage council is the only sure way of solving this mayhem.

Samoa mo SAmoa.

The constituion cleraly stated in Article 17 that Tupua n Malietoa were to be the HOS until their DeAth or Been removed from office by the Two Third Votes of the Lagislative Assembly When this happen then this Article is to CEASE… How do we iterpret this. I interpret it as no more TAmaaaiga.

Article 18 stated the new HOS will be elected by the Legislative Assembly. He has to follow the procedure of qulification. It does not saay it has to be from the royals or Tamaaaiga .I interpret this ..THAT ANYBODY CAN QULIFY TO BE A HOS AS LONG AS IT MET THE HOS QULIFICATION.

ARTICLE 25 stated that the council of deputies consists of 1-3 members shall be elected by the Legislative Assembly after it has elected the HOS..
It does not say the council of deputies should be from any Tamaaaiga or royal connections.. He just have to meet the criteria of the position..
By ommiting all the terms of Tamaaaiga and Faasamoa in the constituion lead me to believe that the constituions main aim or goal is to slowly face out the Faasamoa in its Government.
Which also lead me to believe that the Head of State position is no longer needed.

NOW WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE REAL DANGER OF WHY THE PM AND HIS COUNCIL IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY OF SELECTING THE HOS POSITION.

In the matter of the Residence of Mulinuu and Sepolataemo between Tui Atua and Lufilufi. Written by Joseph Stowers. Saturday, 28 August 2010

Greetings and sacred acknowledgements to the Offices of the Lands and Titles Court, to the Registrar, to the dignity of Tumua from Lufilufi and to all those gathered today.
To ensure that I cover all that needs to be said I wish to read my text and hope you will excuse the reading. The text provides a record for the Lands and Titles Office files.

Yesterday was Sunday. No doubt we all prayed for Gods guidance. I want to express what I have learnt from my reflections and prayers and do so in the hope that it comes across without arrogance or condescension because I recognise that we are all seekers of Gods truth.

I am aware that the conversation I am entering is not easy because of an emotionally charged environment. In order to identify and locate Gods love and justice in this matter we need to avoid the temptation to express ourselves in language that would offend unnecessarily.

It is well to begin by identifying the core issue or issues. The core issue it seems is that Lufilufi opposes the 1987, 2003, 2010 decisions of the Lands and Titles Court (pertaining to Tui Atua pule and Mulinuu and Sepolataemo).

I will now speak briefly about these Lands and Titles Court decisions.
First I note that it is impossible to separate Tui Atua from the Head of State, because the Tui Atua is the Head of State. Although he is appointed by Parliament, the Head of State is Head of State in Samoa by virtue of being a matai. He is Head of State and Tui Atua because he is assumed to be a good matai, both of the family and of the village.

If it is proven that he is neither a good matai of the family nor a good matai of the village, then the core belief by which he is Head of State and Tui Atua is seriously undermined.
It is on this core belief that the protections provided by the Constitution to the dignity of the Head of State are founded. It is on this belief that the Head of State is protected by our governing laws from being sued in any of our civil or criminal courts. But if it is proven that the incumbent Head of State is neither a worthy matai of the family, nor a worthy matai of the village, then it is my opinion that such a matai should resign from all his duties, including those of the Head of State.

I turn to the duty of the Head of State to appoint judges to the Courts of our land.
The Head of State does not appoint judges on his own, he does so on the recommendation of the Judicial Commission and Cabinet. Such positions hold mana and integrity. Lufilufis opposition to the 1987, 2003, and 2010 decisions of the Lands and Titles Court judges reflects not only on their mana and integrity, but that of the Court itself.

By proper procedure, if there is an objection to the construction of a house on customary land, the opponents must formally lodge their objection with the Lands and Titles Court Office, seeking an injunction from the Registrar. This was not done. I propose that this was because they knew that the Court had already decided on the matter.

Whether or not the matter is subsequently resolved peacefully, the mana and integrity of the Tui Atua and the Head of State has been seriously affected.
If people are allowed to take actions that affect the mana and integrity of the Office of the Head of State or the Tui Atua without due procedure, this has serious ramifications for the viability and legitimacy of both the office holders and those who appoint them.

The 1987, 2003, 2010 Court decisions regarding Tui Atua, Seutatia, Mulinuu and Sepolataemo were each decided on the legitimate power and authority of the Lands and Titles Court. The actions of Lufilufi are in breach of these decisions and question the legitimacy of the Court. If we are unable to resolve this issue it is likely to resurface again and again. In order to protect the mana and integrity of the Office of the Head of State and of the Tui Atua, we must do all we can to prevent this.

Given the sensitivities associated with the above issues, it is important, in my view (a view shared by the Prime Minister), that a Commission of Inquiry be established by the Prime Minister and Cabinet to:

1. Consider whether or not there is substance to the allegations made by Lufilufi; and

2. Make recommendations to the Prime Minister and Cabinet on how best to resolve the matter.

I support a Commission of Inquiry because I believe that it would provide the kind of calm and objectivity required to identify what is true and fair. I believe the truth will lead us to Gods justice, and Gods justice will bring us peace.
Soifua.

By Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Lufilufi…..a Tu lou to’oto’o, ona tatalo lea o Pule, Leulumoega ma Tuisamau ia fa’atasi atu le MANA o TAGALOA i lou fa’amoemoe. Ia tafe toto ou ala ma ia malamalama ou mata.
ALO I OU FAIVA.
aua ete fa’avaivai, ia tumau lou fa’atuatua ile silisili ese…na te fa’aaupegaina oe aua lou fa’amoemoe.

Na ou faalogo i le tala a tua’a faapea o Lufilufi e le foi fua i se mea. Lona uiga aletoatuliTuiatua e le uma le mataupu. Na’o le pau le tatou mea e tatau ona fai o le tatalo ia Manuva’o e aumai le toa filemu ia Lufilufi faapea le Tuiatua. Talosia ia i le alofa o le atua soifua ia feliuaina le mafaufau o Tuiatua ma alu i lalo. Na’o le atua e aumai le talia, tate musu aua o le Tuiatua o lota tino a’e vaai alofa ia Lufilufi aua e Falefitu mai nei. Ia tate popoe foi ma ota faanoanoa ona o le Tulaga ua faaoa ai e le Tuiatua le pule faasa’o ma eleele o si aiga Sa Seutati’a.

Tu’u faatasi o tatou loto ma tatou tatalo mo le tulaga i le va o Tumu’a ma le Tuiatua.
Talofa ua amata ona mou atu le soalaupule faamatai na masani ai samoa, a’e amata mai lava i le taitai o le atunu’u le faaaloalo i le tu ma aga faasamoa.

‘I want closure,’ but wait, let’s have an inquiry. Written by Savea Sano Malifa on 29-08-2010

Today’s topic: An open inquiry at the risk of wounding a people, dividing a country, destroying unity?

Isn’t it unfortunate! What many of us have been dreading and hoping would be averted is soon to take place anyway.
Now that Cabinet has endorsed His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi’s request for a Commission of Inquiry, the future looks bleak.
All over this country thats how the future is going to look from now on bleak, grim and despairing.
Already we see Lufilufis soiled linen, trash and all, put on display on the stage for all to gawk and marvel at. There will be dirt.

And yet we thought His Highness wanted “closure.” Somehow we thought wrong. Since our idea of “closure” is a happy one since it translates into let’s end this madness, let’s shake hands and move on, we are somewhat disappointed.

Still all that hope is now gone; there is going to be an open inquiry which is the direct opposite of “closure.”
In fact any inquiry of this nature is the gateway to antagonism and hostility since its mandate is to throw an angry word or two around, stir up the filth and see who’s going to drown in it.
In any case His Highness seems to mean well.

“I support a Commission of Inquiry because I believe it would provide the kind of calm and objectivity required to identify what is true and fair,” he writes.
Let’s hope for his own sake hes right.
“I believe the truth will lead us to Gods justice,” he goes on, “and God’s justice will bring us peace.”
He’s got a point. No one can fault truth is justice, justice truth. However is he suggesting God’s truth is lacking in Samoa today?

In other words, are we to understand this country is so starved of Gods justice that only a Commission of Inquiry can replenish it?
So what are we doing in church twice every Sunday then? Not much if we are to accept the logic weve yet to find the “truth (that) will lead us to God’s justice.”

And since the Government and His Highness have now agreed this is the only way to “God’s justice,” what is stopping them from changing the way we worship in all our churches anyway?
For instance, why not throw away the pulpits, sack the pastors and replace them with Commissioners of Inquiries?

The point is that whether they like it or not there are those who see a Commission of Inquiry as an alien threat to their inalienable culture, their sacred customs and traditions.

They are therefore angered by the sight of it. Since they see it as a rude interference in the way they settle disputes, they ask the question: Do we opt for an open inquiry at the risk of wounding a people, dividing a country and destroying unity?
Or do we bend the knee and say lets stop quarrelling, let’s talk as family instead, and let’s make amends?

Besides why should the whole country be made to pay for an inquiry into a village dispute when such quarrels are commonplace, and they are usually settled with words spoken in humility by the villages leaders themselves?

And it all comes down to the inescapable question who wins and who loses? The tough truth is that we all lose. No one wins. We all lose because we allow our pride wounded or not to distort the way we think rationally.

So why must we continue to waste our resources on trivia? Arent there important things to spend them on like compulsory education for children growing up clueless and angry in Apia, more employment opportunities so that those in the villages can have a decent standard of living?

Still there’s a Commission of Inquiry up ahead to think about. It’s an open investigation so that everyone is entitled to have his say. It will be His Highness versus his village of Lufilufi, its leadership, men and women, which means there will be fun. It’s certainly something to look forward to.
In any case, how wonderful it would have been had His Highness insisted on “closure,” instead of allowing this dispute to escalate into a Commission of Inquiry.

“I want closure,” he said, and added he did not want to see the dispute drag on. But then somehow later he changed his mind. Why? Who made him change his mind? It would be interesting to know.

Royal dispute deepens. Written by Ace on 31-08-2010. Observer News. Reported by Sarai Ripine.

Lufilufi remains defiant in its decision to ban the holder of the Tui Atua title from the village.

This was confirmed by the village spokesperson, Fe’esago Lopi, during an interview with the Samoa Observer yesterday.

Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi is the Head of State.
Fe’esago said the decision to ban Tui Atua was again discussed when Lufilufi met yesterday morning.

He declined to discuss the content of the meeting saying one of the resolutions agreed upon was that no one is allowed to talk to the media about the issue any more.
“So I respect the decision of the village and I have to obey.”

Pressed for a comment, however, Fe’esago said Lufilufi remains firm on its decision to ban Tui Atua and members of his family.

He said the village has been informed about the Commission of Inquiry.
“So the village is waiting for the Commission of Inquiry,” he said.

Fe’esago said he understands Cabinet is to meet today to decide on the Commission. If that’s the case, Lufilufi will hold another meeting tomorrow.

Two weeks ago, Lufilufi severed ties with the holder of the title, in a move that has sparked a royal row. Fe’esago at the time said Lufilufi will no longer recognise Tupua as the holder of the Tui Atua title.

“Also today, the Tui Atua and all his family and possessions are to leave Lufilufi.”
The two issues at the middle of the dispute are the construction of a smaller shelter next to the main residence for the Head of State in the village.

Lufilufi argued that the village must first be notified before any new developments go ahead.
Secondly, Lufilufi alleges Tui Atua has breached village protocols in bypassing the speaker for the Maota o Tui Atua, the Sa Poloai family, by using other people to convey his wishes to Lufilufi.

According to Fe’esago, Lufilufi sent a committee to stop the work in progress at Tui Atua’s residence.
“Yet only an hour and half later, the village was informed that the construction was still in progress. And there were words spoken by the Masiofo that were very disrespectful and inappropriate.

“As a result, the village met and decided o le a toe tu le tootoo o Lufilufi i le aso (that Lufilufis authority on its decision be enforced). And in no uncertain terms Lufilufis decision was delivered to the Tui Atua that his relationship with Lufilufi is severed.”

As for set protocols pertaining to the Tui Atua title, Feesago said: “There are people who have no right to speak on behalf of Tui Atua who are carrying out Tui Atua’s instructions, people like Mulitalo.
“But what happened is Mulitalo didnt turn up but Tui Atua himself came to tell us his wishes.

As a result, the Tui Atua has breached the foundation of the Tui Atua’s relationship with Lufilufi.”
The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua has called for a Commission of Inquiry.

The Commission, he said, should consider two issues. They are:
- That the Tui Atua is a good matai of the family
- That the Tui Atua is a good matai of the village

“Because a Head of State does not rest on a tree or air but on a matai,” His Highness said.
“Therefore the mana and the very essence of a Head of State is on his qualifications as a good matai of the family and of the village.

If he fails on one or both of these counts, then he loses his qualifications or his entitlement to continue to hold onto the position of the Head of State.”

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26168&Itemid=62
Tui Atua ma lona Afioaga o Lufilufi. Tuesday, 31 August 2010. Observer News. Tusia: Saena Tialino Penaia

O Samoa o le vao filifili, o le fue lavelave, o le i’a iviivia, aua o le fale tulutulu i tao, ua so’o ona ta’iao, ou te le fagota la i le sao pe ou te fulisia ulutao.
Tau ina ou lafo faaaufala pei ole upu i le faiva o Togialugaga, faigata le ie o auafa ia Samoana.
Ae magalo ia le tautalaga pe afai ae sala le gagana, ae sei ou talanoa atu i le mataupu faalenu’u a le Tui Atua ma lona afioaga o Lufilufi.

Sa ou faatoa faitau ile mataupu lenei i le lomiga a le Samoa Observer o le aso 20 Aukuso 2010, ma ou maua ai, e na’o le lua (2) lava vaega o lo’o ua to’atama’i ai Lufulufi.

(i) Ina ua toe fausia se isi fale i tafatafa o le maota o le Tui Atua e aunoa ma le logoina o Lufilufi.

(ii) Ina ua le tausisia pe uia e le Tui Atua le faavae o le nonofo ai o le Tui Atua ma Lufilufi i lo latou feagai ai e faapea:

O le a se mea e finagalo ai le Tui Atua ia Lufilufi ona logo lea ole aiga Sa Poloai, o le aiga Sa Poloai e logo ina Lufilufi, e faapea foi ia Lufilufi pe a iai se mea e finagalo ai i le Tui Atua e logo fo’i Poloai.
O le mea la ua tupu, ua le faapea ona fai e le Tu Atua ua le logoina Poloai, ae ua auina Mulitalo na te fofogaina Lufilufi e tusa ma le malelega a le Tui Atua.

Sa ou faapea lava la a’u, e ui lava o le a ni saunoaga le tau tamalii a lana Masiofo ua lafo ia Lufilufi pei ona taua i le lomiga lea a le Samoa Observer, ae sa ou vaai maualuga pea o Tui Atua, o le Tama Aiga, o le tele o ana saunoaga e mamapo lava i le tofa saili, tofa mau, tofa loloto, o le a ia fa’aaogaina nei e fofo ai lo la ese’esega ma Lufilufi, peitai, ua le o lea le faamoemoe.

O le mea ua tupu, e augata le Tui Atua e faapea atu Lufilufi e, malilie mai ia, ua ou sasi o lo ta va nonofo ai faamagalo au nei, ae mo le au i luma o le a faapea lava ona tausisia lo ta va nonofo ai, peitai e musu ai. Ia o le fua lea o lou musu i aiga o le Tui Atua, a’e mana’o ia Lufilufi ona ole Tumua, ia ae o lea ete le silafia ona soifua fa’a Tumua.

O fea la lea e fua mai ai lou faapea mai o le matai e iloa tausi lona aiga ma lona nu’u ae o lea e te le silafia ona tausi ma faafealofani lou lua va ma Lufilufi.

Ua ou matua ofo ina ua e le fa’aaogaina au saunoaga e te mamapo ai, o le tofa saili, tofa mau, ma le tofa loloto ete tali ai ia Lufilufi, ae ua e tali i faaiuga o faamasinoga o le Pule o le Maota o Mulinuu mo Sipolata’emo, ma le suafa Seutaatia ae ua e nana le pule o le suafa Tui Atua lea o loo feitai nei iai Lufilufi.

Fai mai Lufilufi latou te le toe aloaia lou suafa Tui Atua i lo outou va nonofo ai ma le latou tausiga o le Tui Atua pau lava lea, ae le o faapea mai ia soloia ma ave ese le suafa Tui Atua, e leai o loo tumau lava lou fa’aaogaina, ae le toe aloaia e Lufulufi i le tou fefaasagaiga ma le latou tausiga.

O le isi au tali atu ia Lufilufi i le isi foi lomiga a le Samoa Observer sa ou matua te’i ai e faapea. A le teuteuina pe toe soloia le finagalo o Lufilufi, o le a e faamavae ma le tofiga a le Malo, o le Ao o le Malo.

E le o afea lava ise fingalo o Lufilufi lea vaega, ae o au lava saunoaga, ona olou fingalo tete’e faapea lava oe, o le la lava e tumau le valea o fanau a loomatutua o Lufilufi, e leai, e le’o toe valea foi na fanau i nei aso, aua e lei tofia lau Afioga e Lufilufi i le tofiga o le Ao o le Malo.

Ona e toe oso foi lea i le TV Samoa, e saunoa mai ai ma fofoga ai Samoa, ua e afio ia Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, ina ia faia se Komisi Su’esu’e, e su’esu’e ai lo oulua va ma Lufilufi ona o le tofiga ole Ao o le Malo.

Talofa isi Alii Palemia, e fai foi o faafitauli o loo feagai ai, i le taitaiina o le Sa o Samoa, ae o lea foi ua avea ma Fomai na te faamaloloina gasegase ole Ao o le Malo ma lona nu’u o Lufilufi, aua e le taua le gasegase lea o se gasegase a Malo, ae tatau ona ta’u ua gase le polokiki a le Ao o le Malo, ua leai se tofa saili, tofa mau, ma le tofa loloto.

Talofa isi Alii Palemia o le a tiga lava ona ia silafiaina, olo’o silafia uma foi e le atunuu le le talafeagai ona fai le mea oloo finagalo ai le Tui Atua, ae o lea lava, o le a fai, faafetai, aua o lau tama, o le Tui Atua, o mea ia e le’i o’o iai le tofa a Tui Atua, a’o avea ma sui o le Palemene, sa ia lafo upu masoa i nisi o ana saunoaga i le maota e aafia ai nisi o sui mamalu o le maota, a’o ta’ita’i lava le Sa o Samoa e Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, ae o lea ua toe totoma iai, e faaalu le tatau pea nisi tupe e afei ai lona agaga tete’e i lo la va ma Lufilufi.

I le Vaega 111: 17 (1) laina (3) o le Faavae o lo’o manino lava le suafa o lo’o iai Tupua Tamasese, afai la ua le aloaia e Lufilufi le suafa Tui Atua, o lena lava o lo’o aloaia, o oe o le Ao o le Malo i lou Tupua Tamasese, ae ave ese le Tui Atua a Lufilufi, ona leai lea o se Komisi e faia ma le maimau ai o tupe, ae o lea o lo’o pologa si alii Palemia e tau sue mai ni tupe.

O lau saunoaga na ala ona tofia oe e avea ma Ao ole Malo ona o le matai lelei, e silafia tausi lona aiga, ma lona nu’u ou te ofo i lou fua ao ina ole atunu’u, o lona uiga o lou finagalo ia o atu uma Samoa e tau se taua ma Lufilufi ina ia aloaia lou Tui Atua, ae o le mea tonu lava lena o lo’o e finagalo iai, e tu’u aloaia iai ma lou Tui Atua i totonu o le Faavae ole Malo o Samoa.

O le vaega mulimuli, o le tofiaina o lau Afioga e avea ma Ao o le Malo, sa fa’aaogaina le Vaega III o le Faavae, Fuaiupu 18:2 (a) ona o lau Afioga sa avea ma Sui Usufono o le Palemene, ae le o iai se upu matai.

O le isi itu taua e tatau ona silafia ma teu loto i finagalo o Tama Aiga, e fai nu’u o Aiga o Samoa, ae o outou e leai ni o outou nu’u, ae nao o outou Aiga, e filifili foi outou e Aiga, e pito fo’i Aiga i luma, sei vagana la ua filifilia oe e Aiga ona aumai lea o oe e Aiga ma o latou nu’u e faapito i luma ma faapea atu, o oe o la matou tama o le a tausi ma avatu ia te oe le faaeaea ma le faamuamua i soo se mea, ona outou faatoa mamalu lea ile va ma isi aiga ma isi nu’u o Samoa.

Ia manuia tele Samoa, ae maise le Ao Mamalu o le Malo, lau Afioga le Palemia o Samoa, tainane le paia ma le mamalu o le Afioga ia Lufilufi, ole Tumua.
Fa’amalo Lufilufi le loto tele; alo i ou faiva….pei ona ou fai atu….a tu lou to’oto’o, o oe ole Tumua; ona tatalo lea o Pule, Leulumoga ma Tuisamau aua ua sa le sami, sa le eleele, sa le va teatea, sa sesi ona toe fa’alavelave atu i lau Tofa loloto.

Lufilufi aua ne’i galo o lou to’oto’o ole MANA lea e ola le nu’u fa’apea le itumalo.
ia manuia lou fa’amoemoe….nofo tapua’i atu Samoa mo Samoa.

Sauni Lufilufi mo le Komisi Su’esu’e. Tuesday, 31 August 2010 Observer News

Ua sauni atu nei le afioaga o Lufilufi e fale le gasegase ma le Ao o le Malo i le Komisi su’esu’e.
E le’i fia fa’alauitele se finagalo o le so’oupu a le afioaga, Fe’esago Lopi ina ua fesiligia i le aso ananafi mo sona ta’ofi.
“Ua uma ona fai le i’uga a le nuu e le toe mafai ona o’u talanoa i lea mataupu,” o le fa’aaliga lea mai ia Fe’esago.

Na ia toe saunoa mai e faapea “e te lua o’o mai, o lea faatoa ta’ape le fonotaga a le nu’u.”
Na aofaga potopoto ai le paia o Aiga ma le mamalu o le Faleupolu ia te ia le Tumua le susuga Lulilufi.
“O lea e faatali le matou nuu i le Komisi su’esu’e,” o se isi lea o ana fa’aaliga.

Peita’i i se aotelega o le fonotaga a le afioaga, e le mafai ona toe talanoa i ai. .
“Ou te usita’i i le faaiuga a le nu’u” o se isi lea o ana fa’amatalaga.

Peita’i e ui e le’i fia fa’alauitele lona manatu, ae na ia fa’amaonia mai lava o lo’o tumau pea le fa’aiuga a Lufilufi e faate’a ese ai Tui Atua ma totonu o le nu’u.

Sa fesiligia fo’i po’o anafea lea na faia ai lenei fa’aiuga, ae na ia tali manino “o nei” e faasino lea i le aso ananafi.

Na fetalai fo’i Fe’esago, ma’ua faamatalaga o le taeao nei, o le a fono ai le kapeneta.
Ua faamaonia mai o le aso Lulu, o le aso lea a taeao, o le a toe fono ai le afioaga ma toe talanoaina ai lenei mataupu.
Inquiry request withdrawn. Observer News. Wednesday, 01 September 2010

There will be no Commission of Inquiry into the dispute between Lufilufi and the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi announced yesterday he has accepted a request from the Head of State that a Commission of Inquiry hed called for be withdrawn.
“I was informed by the Head of State this morning, he has withdrawn his wish for a Commission of Inquiry as people of the country have heard,” a statement from Tuilaepa said.

The Prime Minister said the government fully supports Tui Atua’s wish. He applauded the decision saying it was the answer to prayers by churches around the country.

Tui Atua had asked for the inquiry as a way to resolve a land dispute between him and his village of Lufilufi which banished him two weeks ago.
Letters to the Editor. Observer News:

Dear editor – Tui Atua or Tupua Tama-a-Aiga.which one Efi?

Did Tamasese Efi become Head of State because of the title Tui Atua or Tupua Tama-a-Aiga o le Saesaega Laufai a Tumua?

We humbly ask the SULI of Tamasese to explain.

O le ava ma le faaaloalo is one of the pillars of faa-Samoa but in the case of Tui Atua and Tupua Tama-a-Aiga, it is apparent, the papa of Sa Fenunuivao is being deliberately degraded, ignored and trashed by the holder.

Ai o lau ta lea i le Gata-e-tasi i lou toilalo i le Faamasinoga ole suafa Tupua Tama-a-Aiga!! Talofa e, ua matua le fuata, ona galo lea o fuauli. Ai ulu tuanai taisi.

Ua faamasagia le Suafa Tupua Tama-a-Aiga, le Papa o Sa Fenunuivao. E mautinoa lava o le umufonotalatala Alo Tutusa o Fuimaono, Sefuiva ma Leasiolagi, le Igoa matua ma Sa Taeleava pe a manino se finagalo o suli o Tamasese, aemaise lava Tamasese Efi. E le taugamalie le finagalo o le Ao o le Malo na faasalalauina i le Samoa Observer, Aso Lua, 24 Aukuso.

The statement by Tuiatua Efi as reported by the Observer on Tuesday, 24th August is an insult to Sa Fenunuivao. Salani is deeply hurt and removal of the royal title Tupua is a strong likelihood.

Tamasese Efi, a word of caution. One, do not allow your arrogance to pull both mats (tapaau) from under you.

Two: You have opened a can of worm. E ao ona manino Samoa: Taisi Efi o ai e te Suli mai ai, o Fuiavailiili poo Leasiolagi?

Tulou lava Samoa, ae ua tauga lava le ta. Nao le gata e pulapula ae fasia.

Fuimaono Tutagaolevao Fuipisia,
O le Suli o Fuimaono Tutagaolevao, Fuimaono Voa Leasiolagi, Fuimaono Leliulagi ma Leutele Malota. Salani, Falealili

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26234:tui-atuas&catid=52:letters-to-the-editor&Itemid=61

Please resign

Tulou, tulou lava le mamalu ma paia o le suafa Tuiatua faapea le tofiga faalemalo, once you stated your intention to resign, you should have followed it through. It sounds like a spoiled kids line, when you threatened to do something just because you did not get your way.

Thank you Lufilufi for making a firm stand on this matter. Why didnt you just resign as you stated, no one forced or implied that you resign at any point of this dispute. You firmly stated your own position in public, orally and in writing out of your own free will. If you really believe in your principles, you should have actioned your words.

So now we know that bluff, you asked for something else: a Commission of Inquiry. Interestingly, it is not a Commission to iron out your differences with Lufilufi but in your words to firstly determine whether you are a good matai. What makes a good matai and more importantly, who makes that judgment only God knows. Talofa e, ua matua oge lava le tofa.

You want to pursue your own agenda utilising means not in accordance with the faaSamoa, ma talepe faavae o Lufilufi. Talofa e, aua le faaaoga seseina tofi faa-le-malo ma le faaeaea a tagata, e fai ai mea tatou te mananao ai ma taumafai ai e talepe faavae o nuu.

Furthermore, we all know Samoa o le atunuu ua maea ona tofi, including the role of women. Where in that tofiga allows for a nofotane (tulou le tofi masiofo) to publicly speak on issues that she has no right to! O se suli?

Finally, in relation to Saveas editorial to give support and respect to the Tuiatua, please note that I will always respect the title Tuiatua and the position of Head of State, however, to the person, respect must be earned.

Yes, you cannot demand respect, it must be earned. I have watched and listened to you, come and go over the years in Lufilufi, sa e utuvai foi i le tofa a Lufilufi; lea la ua e malosi ma ua e mautofi, ua faailo mai lou tulaga moni. E leo o oe o se taitai poo se matai lelei.

Talofa i le suafa mamalu o le Tuiatua, talofa ia Lufilufi.

Lufilufi, malo le toa, faamalo le tofa faale Tumua, aua tou te fefefe, aua foi tou te matatau, o le faavae moni lena o Lufilufi. Saili filemu pea mai le Atua, puipui ma tausi le mamalu o le Saofaiga a Lufilufi, aemaise o faavae o le nuu. Faamalulu atu Samoa pe a fai ua lape se gagana pe pao vale foi se faamatalaga i lau faafofogaaga.

MKM

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26056:please-resign&catid=52:letters-to-the-editor&Itemid=61

Re: Truth, justice wanted

Ive had a morbid fascination the last few days watching the drama between matai of Lufilufi and our Head of State unwind. Like watching a train derail; you can see it happening, you know its going to be horrific, but you just cant look away.

Actually, its more like seeing it on Pay Television; because if the Head of State gets his way, we the taxpayers will have to pay to see the actual wreck. In this case the wreck being the need for the truth.

Which is? … Blah blah blah justice, blah blah protection, conspiracy theories blah….

The only truths clear to me, if we are to look at whats been publicised in the last few days can be summarised like this:

1. The Head of State dislikes not having his way; and will spit the dummy with the best if he doesnt get it;

2. The Head of State is in a position of power and authority, but has little qualms about bringing every kind of legal, rhetorical and emotional pressure

to bear on village elders trying to do the best they can for the gravitas of a title and the dignity of their village;

3. The Head of State has little regard for the taxpayer dollar, calling for a Commission of Enquiry because the public needs to know:

(i) That the Head of State is a good matai of family and village;

(ii) That Tui Atua/position of Head of State or Tui Atua as Head of State should be protected against rulings by village matai/owners of titles;

(iii) That someone is running an Anti-Tui Atua campaign; and that someone should be publicly pilloried for presuming to question, Feeble reasons at best to use my hard-earned tax dollars.

Underpinning it for me is a scary premise: that the Head of State believes he is infallible, unassailable and above reproach even by the very people who are the basis of his much touted, much bewailed status as a good matai of the familya good matai of the village.

Its understandable the Head of State is embarrassed by the state of affairs, but maybe he should take a step back and a page from his predecessor: a humble leader in Samoa; is a great leader in Samoa.

Respect is a two-way street, no matter who you are.

Samoa mo Samoa.

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?view=article&id=26034%3Are-truth-justice&option=com_content&Itemid=61

Respect and humility starts from top

Dear editor – What an interesting read how our Head of State is trying to bamboozle Lufilufi and the whole country with his emotional rhetoric.

Ive flipped through many of his speeches and publications and hes definitely not walking the talk. He loves to speak to the outside world and our own community audiences about respect, humility, the richness of our culture, the gifts handed down by our ancestors.

And here he is blaming Lufilufi for not doing the right thing, the Samoan thing.

What about the protocols of the Tui Atua title? What about the traditions handed down from generations?

Every tamalii title or sao title has its protocols that have survived and passed down especially when it comes to dealing with and communicating with village, district and outside world.

The trouble with Tui Atua Efi is that he thinks he is better than, smarter than, more royal than everyone else.

And this has been his downfall throughout his political life and his life as a matai and high chief of various districts.

Many elders remember his condescending, arrogance and his lack of respect towards others who have held the Sui Ao position.

He has publicly stated that only the Tama-a-aiga has the right to be Ao or Sui Ao.

O le gafa o Samoa ua au faamolemole Tui Atua Efi! Almost all Samoans can trace their gafa to the Tama-a aiga.

Lets not be fooled by Tui Atuas rhetoric and gift of the oratory.

Lets give Lufilufi the kudos for standing up to the protocols of their village and of their title.

Thats how we retain our culture, thats how we pass on the culture to our future generations. We must not be afraid to do the right thing!

Cmon Tui Atua, walk your talk and stop behaving like a spoilt child. Ua ao Samoa, Samoas children are well educated now and they will not be silenced!

Malo Lufilufi le toa! Malo Tumua!

Samoa mo Samoa

Maumalii Laumau
Puleia
Savaii

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?view=article&id=25882%3Arespect-and&option=com_content&Itemid=61

More care and respect, please

Dear editor – I write with great sorrow in reading your editorial regarding the rift between the Tumua of Lufilufi and the Head of State-Tui Atua Tupua.

The issue at hand should have been handled in a more careful and respectful approach. Matters such as this are very sensitive and should not have come before and aired on the media to protect the integrity of the title as well as the position-Head of State which the person holds.

Careful consideration and dialogue should have been used to settle any differences and we should not rush to judgement. Why? Because in due time this issue and differences will again be resolved, but the actions now taken out of anger will forever taint the reputation of the Title Tuiatua and Lufilufis good name.

I agree with you, Savea, We must show our respect and support of the Head of State at times like this. And we also believe there are two sides to any story.

I only pray that the Tumua of Lufillufi will show restraint and be more considerate of the effects of its decisions.

As the TuiAtua title does not belong to Lufilufi alone, but to all Samoans who have blood lines to it and also to the country. Protocol and traditional duties vested in the Tumua should not be taken lightly and acted on at a moments notice

E tatau ona taofiofi mau le Tofa ma ia tuutuu i le loloto le faautaga. Aua le malo le Tiapolo a ia mau pea le faatuatua i le fesosoani mai o Le Atua soifua e sologa lelei ai le lumanai.

Oute te tatalo mo oe Lufilufi, atoa ai ma lau Afioga le Ao Mamalu o le Malo o Samoa, faapea Samoa Atoa. Ma le ava tele i le agaga maualalo lava

o Tupuola Asila Filipo , Fagatogo

link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25872:more-care&catid=52:letters-to-the-editor&Itemid=61

His Highness needs your respect, support; Article in Observer News comments:

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N Olokuma Talaloa
O le matua o’u faanoanoa lava i lenei vevesi ua tulai mai i le va o Tuiatua ma lona afioaga o Lufilufi. Ua ota leiloa poo ai e sa’o ae e foliga mai e tau fai feaei lava itu uma e lua e su’e so latou manumalo.

Leaga tele se le faatasina faapea o ia suafa. I just hope it doesn’t come down to the Head of State resigning. How horrible is that? Oi awwwweka so much drama. Lufilufi may be angry and riding high on the anti-humility train but if the HOS resigns they will come to regret it. Who stands to lose more in terms of dignity and respect?

Perhaps Tupua should emulate the late Malietoa’s actions and just stay away from Lufilufi. He can still carry out his HOS duties without Lufilufi’s help. It didn’t seem like it was a loss to Malietoa that he wasn’t united with Malie but he still was a beloved figure. Ae o le toe toso atu i Mulinuu mo nisi faamasinoga – oh what a headache!
(26-08-2010 06:32)

Tofaeono M. J. Hollywood. 24 Aokuso 2010. Tusi i le Fa’atonu

Samoa Observer (Apia, Samoa)
Samoa Times (Aukilani, Niu Sila)
LeManamea Samoa Ausetalia
Le Samoa Newspaper, Ausetalia

Afioga/Susuga e,

Fa’afetai tele lau susuga Sano Savea Malifa mo upu matagofie i le Fa’atonu o lau nusipepa le Samoa Observer o le aso 23 Aokuso 2010; e tusa o le fa’aletonu ua tula’i mai nei i le va o lo’u nu’u i Lufilufi ma le afioga a Tupua Tamasese Efi (le Ao o le Malo Samoa).

O le tofiga o le Ao o le Malo Samoa, e le’o afaina i le mau ma le taofisa a Lufilufi; o Tupua Tamasese Efi o feaugatonu.

E tatau fo’i ona silafia ma taliaina e lau susuga ma le atunu’u, ona ua feagai Vini ma Tapana; ae le tu’ua ai le mau a lo’u nu’u talu ai o Samoa e fai ona tapuafanua ma ona sa.

O le tapu o fanua o Lufilufi mai tua’a ma matua, e le solia le maota o Lufilufi e se TuiAtua po’o Seutatia e i ai lava le sa mavaea’ina e Fonoti le Tupu Tafa’ifa o Samoa, o le suafa Poloai, o le fofoga taumomoli lea o le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo.

O nei faiga na afua mai tua’a ma matua ua tofafa mai le efuefu. Ua a nei? Ua solipala i a’ao o Tupua Tamasese Efi; e lua mafua’aga: 1.) Ona o le lemalamalama; ( 2.) E silafia ma malamalama ae fa’asausili ma fua ao Lufilufi.

Fa’amolemole e leai se tofiga e leai se tulaga e lefeagai se Mulitalo Mataia po’o se isi lava suafa matai, ma Lufilufi e sa. Pau lava le nei; se’i vagana Leulumoega e tusa i tofiga a TuiA’ana Tama’alelagi ma Salamasina, ma Tofaeono (i Siumu)e tusa o tofiga a Fonoti le Tupu Tafa’ifa e mafai ona solia le Maota o Lufilufi; e matua fa’asataputapu se faleupolu. O le tapuafanua o tulafono a nu’u, alalafaga ma itumalo.

E le na’o Lufilufi e fai ona tapuafanua; e tofu le alalafaga ma ona fa’avae ma o lo’o faia lava ma fa’amamalu e lagolagoina fo’i e le Tulafono o Fanua ma Suafa i Samoa.

Afai e pogai ona soli e Tupua Tamasese Efi ona o ia o le Ao mamalu o le Malo, o lona uiga ua fa’api’o ai le Tulafono ua fa’a’aogasese fo’i le tofi o le atunu’u. Se temokalasi le nei? Ua le puipuia la isea le aia tatau o Lufilufi e tapu ai ona tapuafanua ona soli e Tupua Tamasese Efi?

O le malelega a le susuga i le Malietoa Vai’inupo, o le ao o le TuiA’ana pe’a mavae ia ona e’e lea i le Tama’a’aiga Tuimaleali’ifano To’oa. Na taunu’u se’ia o’o mai nei ,lava. Na taumafai Tupua Tamasese Efi (a’o suafa ia Tupuola) e soli ae lemafai.

Ina ua mavava Muagututi’a o Fui’availili e soso’o ma ia, sa solitu Lufilufi ma Atua se’i vagana ai Manuo o Lufilufi, Moe’ono ma Iuli o Falefa, Tofuiofo’ia o Salani ma Talo’olema’agao o Satalo i Falealili, ma le fetalaiga a Fa’autagia i Saoluafata; na pogai ai le fetuatuana’iga o Atua fa’asala ai latou na ua leai ni o latou lafo ua uma ona tatala.

Fai mai le mavava a Muagututi’a e au Fui’avilili ona fa’ase’etuagalu lea i Mulifusi (Nofoali’i) e nofo ai; o le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo na mavaea’ina e afio ai lava lona afafine moni o Seutatia. Ua a nei? Ua fia Lufilufi le matai Salani na mavaea’ina e alu e nofo i M ulifusi (Nofoali’i).

Fai mai le gafa, na usu Muagututi’a ia Poto le afafine o Amituana’i Manaia i Faleata fg o Seutatia. Toe usu Muagututi’a ia Taumatamu le afafine o To’ali’i i Saoluafata fg o Fepulea’i ma Lagi. Toe usu mulimuli Muagututi’a ia Fenunuivao le afafine o Leutele i Falefa e leai se fanau; ona vaetama lea i le atali’i o Fuimaono i Salani le tamafai lea o Fui’availili e suli mai ai le Tupua Tamasese Efi.

I so’o se fa’amasinoga e fa’avae a na fa’ai’uga i tolaulauga a leoleo ma molimau; e fa’apena fo’i le Fa’amasinoga mamalu o Fanua ma Suafa i Mulinu’u; o a lava mau e tu’uina atu i luma o le Fa’amasinoga e fa’a’autu i ai lana fa’ai’uga.

I le su’esu’ega na faia e tusa i le pule o le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo aemaise le pule i Papa o le TuiAtua, na tu’uina atu ai i lea (Fa’ai’uga 24 Setema 1987) su’esu’ega i le va o Tupua Tamasese Efi ma Lufilufi ma isi ma isi; na afio Titimaea ma lona atali’i o LealofioA’ana i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo. O la’ua ia e suli mai ai Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Ou te iloa lelei e le’o se mau lea a Lufilufi.

O mau a Lufilufi e uiga i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo e tustusa lelei ma mau a Siamani ma Niu Sila. Fai mai mau uma nei, o Leulumoega na o i Safotulafai e a’ami Titimaea ua o’o i lona taimi i papa o le TuiA’ana. Ona fa’atu lea o lona Malo i Leulumoega ma Nu’uausala. O i na soifua mai ai lona atali’i e pei ona fa’asuafaina ai o LealofioA’ana (i); e le’o fa’apea mai LealofioAtua; leai.

O le o’o atu o Titimaea i Lufilufi talu le toea’ina o Tusa; o Tusa na ia taumafai e fa’a’ae atu i le fili na pogai ai lona fa’alupega o Tusafa’a’aefili. Na tete’e malosi Lufilufi ma Atua se’ia maliu fa’afuase’i ai Titimaea i Lufilufi i le tausaga 1891 ma tanu ai. Aepeita’i, e le’i logomalie lea sa tete’e Lufilufi ma Atua.

E le’i maua se nofo lelei sa fa’a’alia lava le tete’e le nei o Lufilufi ma Atua se’ia gausia Siamani ma faia ai le Ele’elesa i le pinesula i Mulinu’u; ona eli ese atu ai lea o Titimaea ma teu ai e o’o mai nei lava.

I fa’amaumauga a Siamani ma Niu Sila, o lo’o lagolagoina malosi ai le mau a Lufilufi mai anamua, o LealofioA’ana (i) na tu fo’i lona Malo i Leulumoega ma Nu’uausala.

O le Fa’ai’uga fete’ena’i o le 24 Setema 1987 lea ua fa’asifo nei i ai Tupua Tamasese Efi, o se fa’ai’uga fa’avae i mea pepelo lesa’o.

Ou te le’o fesiligia le Fa’ai’uga a le Fa’amasinoga mamalu o Fanua ma Suafa; ou te tu’ua’ia mau sese lesa’o na tu’uina atu i luma o le Fa’amasinoga.

Aisea na le tu’uina atu ai e Lufilufi mau nei i lea su’esu’ega? E fai le fa’amasinoga le nei oi Niu Sila lo’u tama ia te a’u. Sa ou fautuaina le toea’ina e malaga i le fa’amasinoga ae fai mai o lo’o i ai matai i Samoa latou te faia. O Inu Tala Mailei na ia tauaveina le Itu a Lufilufi.

O Inu Tala Mailei fa’ato’a alu atu nei lava i Lufilufi ina ua fia tauva i le tofi Faipule o le itumalo ae na soifua mai lava ia i Apia. O mau nei a Lufilufi o o’u ta’ua, na tu’ualalo mai i lea tupulaga i lea tupulaga i lea tupulaga ia Inu Tulifau i lo’u tama ia te a’u ma ua ou tusiaina nei i se Tusi ina ia mavae atu a’u a ua ‘au’afamau i tupulaga o lo’u nu’u ia silafia ma teumalu ai ‘ina ia tete’e atu pea le FILI saua.

Aemaise, sisila toto’a i lea Fa’ai’uga ona manino ai lea i se isi fete’ena’iga o tula’i malamalama lelei mai ai: Na fai itu a SaTuala, SaTunumafono, Tuisamau, Aiga TauA’ana, a’o Fa’amasino na lau’iliuina le nei mata’upu, e mai i itumalo ma alalafaga nei nisi.

O le matua fete’ena’i le nei ma le Tulafono o Fa’amasinoga o Fanua ma Suafa 1981. Aemaise, o le matua fete’ena’i ma faiga o Fa’amasinoga temokalasi.

Fai mai le Fa’ai’uga, e pule Lufilufi i papa o le TuiAtua ae sili atu le malosi o le aia a le na te umiaina le Papa.

Pau la le togafiti e fo’ia ai le fete’ena’iga o tula’i mai nei i lea Fa’ai’uga, ua tatau ma onomea ia Lufilufi ona ‘aua ne’i toe fa’ae’eina ni Papa i se isi TuiAtua pe’a mavae le filisaua o i ai nei; ae umiaina e latou (Lufilufi) se’ia toe afio mai Iesu.

Pau fo’i lea o le faiga e toe maua ai le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo; fai mai le nei Fa’ai’uga fete’ena’i, e pule Lufilufi i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepoltama’emo pe’a leai se TuiAtua.

Ou te fia malamalama pe aisea ua solia ai e Tupua Tamasese Efi le nei Fa’ai’uga? Fai mai le Fa’ai’uga e afio ai lava Seutatia i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo; e fealumitonu le na ma le mavaega a Muagututi’a “o Seutatia e afio i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo”.

O lea la Savea Sano Malifa ua e tau le pua ma lafo mai i lo’u nu’u; afai e atugalu le finagalo o Tupua Tamasese Efi i le tofiga o ia o le Ao o le Malo Samoa, e tatau ia te ia ona faia fo’i e pei ona faia e le susuga i le Malietoa Tanumafili (ii) e pei ona fa’ailoa mai e le susuga Savea Sano Malifa e uiga i le mata’upu ma le alalafaga o Malie.

A’o e siafiaina ea; ua fa’afia ona ave e Tupua Tamasese Efi Lufilufi i le Fa’amasinoga? A’o e silafiaina ea; o le afioga a Mata’afa o le isi TuiAtua e e’e fo’i ona papa i le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo?

Pe’a ou toe tomanau, e anoano taimi e fa’a’alia fa’alaua’itele ai e Tupua Tamasese Efi i a na tusitusiga ma saunoaga vivi’iga mo Savea Sano Malifa ma le Samoa Observer. Ua avea le na ma ala faigata ou te talia ai po’o sa’o le nei manatu ua fa’a’alia e le susuga a Savea Sano Malifa e uiga i le nei mata’upu?
(25-08-2010 18:04)

Tofaeono M. J. Hollywood
Respect is not a right. Respect is not an automatic acquisition. It’s a life’s privilege we must all work very hard to earn. It now surprises me, you Mr Untouchable are not fully aware of. Tupua Tamasese Efi also hasn’t an idea as well about this simple fact of life as reflected very well in the Samoa custom and usages as per Safata local polities have expressed: If you know me in Togamau, so long to you in Si’ulepa.

Does Tupua Tamasese Efi understand; to gain the respect of Lufilufi he has to do otherwise?

With all due respect to the Head of State, please note: Lufilufi has its utmost respect for the title “Head of State of Samoa”. Lufilufi during the reign of His Highness the late Malietoa Tanumafili (ii) played a humble and humility supporting role all along until the late Inu Tala Mailei as a prodigy of Tupua Tamasese Efi came along and lead that anti VAGST move “Tumua ma Pule” in the mid 1990s. Other than that Lufilufi respect the late Malietoa Tanumafili (ii) as our Head of State.

Please don’t mention together in one breathe the two here; Tupua Tamasese Efi and the role of Head of State. Lufilufi has no dispute with the Head of State and please stop using the title Head of State to advance the Tupua Tamasese Efi ulterior motives. If Tupua Tamasese Efi respect the role, he has to stop abusing the Honourable title Head of State of Samoa it’s becoming obvious this is a pure conflict of interest.

His radical efforts to break the Maota o Tupu in Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo traditions and protocols is now at boiling points and Lufilufi (as you correctly mentioned) being the paramount leaders, can no longer tolerated being sitting around while this guy is ruining every historical foundations of Lufilufi and Atua.

And for you to call to Vaimauga to become involved is another breached of protocols. Vaimauga as a whole has no saying in Atua’s matters none or whatsoever. It’s now obvious to me you have no ideas of what you are talking about.

The only single Vaimauga person who has the speaking rights as per Maota o Tupu in Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo protocols is Leniu, while his village of Lauli’i can offer a supporting role. And so as Tofaeono of Siumu and Leulumoega. These are all the protocols Lufilufi respected as per Fonoti The King’s appointments.

Please note Lufilufi is the matua o Atua or the Supreme Voice of Atua their decision is final. Please also undestand Tupua Tamasese is not just the single TuiAtua there is Mata’afa as well and this is another concern of Lufilufi. Lufilufi can not carry Tupua Tamasese and let TuiAtua Mata’afa run on his own feet.

Unfortunately Tupua Tamasese Efi and yourself lack knowledge of these protocls; he’s been pushing the envelope too far the reason this matter is where it is now. Respect Lufilufi and Lufilufi will respect you Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Poloai is the Voice of the Maota o Tupu in Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo no one else and Tupua Tamasese cannot approach Lufilufi direct and Seutatia and Fui’availili are two different people.
(24-08-2010 05:48)

panapa
E le o le faato’a vevesi lena o Lufilufi ma Tuiatua. I le taimi o avea ma faipule ma nisi lava fo’i taimi…o lo’u lava lagona e le popole le toeaina i nisi tagata. E na’o lona lava aiga moni vavalalata. Vaai fo’i i le nofo ma faasuafa le afafine o Misa i le Seutatia. Ou te tau iloa o Misa(le matai Falelatai) o loo manatu si toeaina e sosoo ia te ia i le Tuiatua. E le popole i ni Suli o Seutatia ma Lufilufi. Ua faaaoga lelei e si toeaina le malosi o le nofoa faa-Ao-o-le-Malo e fai ai mea o finagalo i ai. O le gafa tupito mo ona lava sootaga vavalalata o loo naunau i ai…e le fia faitonu i ni tagata le aloaia. Faafetai Savea i lou finagalo mo si toeaina ona o le Malo ma le Atunuu, ae ou te fai atu lava a’u ia, e ‘ese mamao le misiona a si toeaina o loo fia faataunuu. Manuia le aso…
(23-08-2010 20:29)

E.F.M
Well said Editor in Chief!
(23-08-2010 19:12)

Seugaliiaii
Trully has the FaaSamoa gone too far?

I am amazed and shocked at what the village of Lufilufi had done to our Head of State. What were they thinking?

They had disrespected not only the Head of State but our country. The matais of Lufilufi needs to get off their pedestal and give a public apology to his highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese and his family.

E sa’o ai le upu a si o’u tama e fai soo lava “E lelei le fia poto ae leaga le faafiapoto”

And while we are on the subject what is it with Samoa and banishment of families from their villages? It has become a popular punishment that i certainly do not support.
(23-08-2010 11:53)

steve
“O ia Lufilufi e a’o mai ai ni a outou amio.” Those words are none other than His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Efi in one of his many speeches.
And thats how much respect he has for Lufilufi.
Fai lou tiute Lufilufi ole tautua ole nofo. E le o sou tiute le faatonu.
(23-08-2010 05:30)

Auma’oe Niu’afa
So that when Malietoa passed away on 11 May 2007 he had never spent a night in his village of Malie. He chose to live in exile. He was a wise man. And he remained humble to the very end.
So humble that on his deathbed, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said these moving words:
If, for Samoa there can be a day when little or nothing needs to be said, it is today.
Solemn, sincere, moving, and all those who listened felt it.

Nothing to add, those adjectives perfectly describes the late Malietoa Tanumafili II. And what the PM said was exactly what we felt.
(22-08-2010 23:45)

Martin
“A louloua le folauga, o le tapuaiga, e sao ai i manu”
Well said and eloquently put. Despite he’s shortcoming as a human being, he is the pinnacle of our nation. The symbol of our national identity. We may all disagree with each other in our own ideals, but we all share a spirit of nationhood. O lea ia malu ave i fale le finagalo o Tumua, e faapai manu atu foi le malomalo a o le mafatiaga uma o itu e lua. As you have prayed to Vaimauga, Anoama’a and the rest of Atua’s spirit, I too in spirit and virtue lend my voice, as a shadow behind your calls. A tuia le limamatua e lagona uma e itutino le tiga.

We pray that the Spirit of our Ancestor’s peace will be upon the wise orators and tula’s of our country and most of all the Spirit of God to be above all of us, to bring about forgiveness, understanding and acceptance, that these material things is nothing but vices, that in one hundread years time, other generation will have their dominion on, who will inhibit differnt ideals from us
(22-08-2010 23:26)

LV Letalu
The law trumps traditional honors.

I agree with the emphasis on respect. However, instead of unconditional and absolute respect for a specific individual, titles and other traditional honors, I would urge and vouch for the respect of one thing – THE LAW (Rule of Law). Samoa is unique in its arbitration of cases involving land & titles and other related traditional matters through the Land & Titles Court. Whatever the law says, thats what needs to be done. If the law allows for compromise, reconciliation and respect for authority as means for arbitration, all the better.

Titles are given and bestowed by families, and sanctioned by the village. The titleholder is then expected to conform to a certain code of honorable conduct. The titleholder may feel that he has the power to do as he wishes, however, he needs to remember that the authority still resides with the aiga – the people that gave him the title. Remember the maxim and principle: Power without authority is illegal.”
(22-08-2010 20:27)

link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_maxcomment&task=viewcomment&id=25838&limit=10

Actions could not have been taken lightly. Wednesday, 01 September 2010. Observer News.

Talofa Savea, Thank you for the editorial regarding “the Head of State needing respect and support”.

No doubt it was related to the article “Ties Severed” by Aigaletaulele’ F. Tauafiafi on August 20, 2010 (published by the Samoa Observer Online 20/8/10) stating that the village of Lufilufi had taken back the Tui Atua title.

I have given some thought to the actions undertaken by Lufilufi and believe that it could not have been taken lightly. Because, here we have an incident involving le Papa o le Tui Atua, the paramount title of Atua with no equal. In addition the titleholder is also the Head of State of Samoa and therefore, no person in their right mind would undermine the cultural and political significance of the Tui Atua titleholder, as the paramount matai of Atua and as the Head of State of Samoa.

Alas, we are not talking of snub by a person, but of a complete and utter embarrassment inflicted by the very same people that bestowed the Tui Atua title to the current Head of State some twenty odd years ago. Where is the respect and why has it been withheld? Like many readers of your column, I am a Samoan and proud of my heritage, yet I cannot understand why le Tumua o Lufilufi has acted the way it has. Does Lufilufi even have the authority to act the way it has?

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “We can really respect a man only if he doesn’t always look out for himself”. In my opinion, this is most likely where the relationship between le Tuiatua and the village of Lufilufi has gone awry. When the self interest of a single individual intercedes so as to overshadow the good of the majority, things tend to go downhill in a hurry.

I agree with you insofar as respect is accorded the Head of State, but differ in the aspect, that it is the ‘Office’ not the person we should respect at all times. Respect does not automatically follow the holder of an office, because respect is earned and not a privilege the holder of the office is entitled to. As my father would often say, ‘Respect is a two way street, you show respect in order to receive it’.

The best gauge to understanding this particular conflict is to revisit the Court decisions being furnished by Tuiatua in the media. As such, I wish to draw reference to an article in the Samoan Observer on August 21, 2010 written (translated) in Samoan by Levaopolo F Paleti titled, “Masofa tulu’ipae o sootaga”. This article lists two Court decisions, namely LC10481P1 December 16, 2003 and LC11443P1-P10 July 19,2010.
Bearing in mind these cases were decided during Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi’s time as the Tuiatua titleholder. The resounding theme from both decisions revolves around le pule or authority now vested with Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi in his capacity as the Tuiatua titleholder.

After reading both decisions several times, I strongly feel that both have blatantly disregarded Samoan custom and traditions as well as constitutional rights of le Aiga Sa-Seutatia and le Tumua o Lufilufi.

My opinion is best illustrated by a statement made by the learned Judges, “O le umia e le Tuiatua le pule i Mulinu’ ma Sepolata’emo, ua noatia ai mea sa faia i agaifanua ma aganuu i le maota.” (The authority vested with the Tuiatua over the maota of Mulinu’ and Sepolata’emo contravenes customs and traditions previously carried out at the maota) (LC10481P1 December 16, 2003 clause 2 page 5).

For those readers not familiar with le Aiga Sa-Seutatia, this is the family consisting of descendants of Seutatia, the daughter of Tuiatua Mugututi’a. And as is commonly known throughout Samoa, it was Seutatia who was appointed via le mavaega (testament) of Tuiatua Muagututi’a to reside at Mulinu’ and Sepolata’emo. (Incidentally, the mavaega did not mention Tupua Fuiavailiili residing at Mulinu’ and Sepolata’emo).

References to agaifanua ma aganuu denote customs and traditions that form the basis of the traditional relationship between le Aiga Sa-Seutatia and le Tumua o Lufilufi. Today, these agaifanua ma aganuu are commonly referred to as, ‘fa’avae’.

The decisions from the two cases are clear, that Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi in his capacity as the Tuiatua titleholder sought and obtained pule that has relegated le faavae or pre-existing customs and traditions of Lufilufi and Sa-Seutatia to mere nothingness. In other words, the pule now held by Tuiatua has altered le faavae between Lufilufi and Sa-Seutatia. Nothing stirs the blood of a Samoan more than the thought of someone or something altering le faavae, our fathers taught us to respect and uphold. It is here, that this writer feels the relationship between the Tuiatua and Lufilufi began to dissipate and the respect, once held by Lufilufi for the Tuiatua, dissolves.

Of course the decisions were Court made decisions, but they are based on petitions from the Tuiatua in his capacity as the titleholder, seeking to create a pule for himself and in doing so establish a new set of traditions, essentially creating a new faavae. Therefore, requirements such as to “faanoi i soo se mea e fia faia i le maota i le Tuiatua” LC10481P1 December 16, 2003 clause 4, page 5(seek permission from the Tuiatua for any event desired to take place at the maota) although established law, are not only foreign to Sa-Seutatia and Lufilufi, but disregards long standing faavae between Aiga Sa-Seutatia and le Tumua o Lufilufi.

Thus far, the decisions briefly touched upon above, albeit prejudicial to Lufilufi and Sa-Seutatia, do not state an authority or pule to le Tumua o Lufilufi to act the way it has. As such, I thought it best to do a bit of research at the Lands and Titles Office.
There was a case, reported as LC8384P1-P6/P8 September 28, 1987 concerning pule i le Pp o le Tuiatua and Pule o le Maota o Mulinu and Sepolataemo.

The decision is restated below:

Clause 1, page 6
“O le pule i le Maota o Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo, ua i ai leai i le nofo i le Papa o le Tuiatua ma o le nofo i le taimi nei o Tuiatua Tupua Tamaaiga. I le ma lea, afai o le a aganoa se nofo i le Papa o le Tuiatua ona iai lea i le Tumua o Lufilufi le pule faamalumalu.” (Pule to the Maota of Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo vests with le Papa o le Tuiatua, the current holder being Tuiatua Tupua Tamaaiga. However, should there be no titleholder, pule faamalumalu vests with le Tumua o Lufilufi)

Clause 2 page 6
“Ia faaauau pea ona nofoia e Seutatia Mulinu ma Sepolataemo ina ia tusa ma Mavaega a Mugututi’a” (Seutatia shall continue to reside at Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo in accordance with the last testament of Mugututia)

Clause 3 page 6
“O le pule i le Papa o le Tuiatua ua i ai lea i le Tumua o Lufilufi” (Pule over le Papa o le Tuiatua vests with le Tumua o Lufilufi).
Clause 4 page 6
“Ua na ole tasi le Papa o le Tuiatua, ma e mafai ona faaeeina atu e le Tumua o Lufilufi i le Tama a le Aiga Sa Fenunuivao poo le Tama a le Aiga Sa Levalasi” (There is only one Papa o le Tuiatua bestowed by le Tumua o Lufilufi upon a Tama Sa Fenunuivao or Tama Sa Levalasi).
Whilst it is true le Tuiatua has pule over the maota, it also true that le Tumua o Lufilufi, holds pule over le Papa o le Tuiatua. Following on, this 1987 ruling empowers le Tumua o Lufilufi to bestow le Papa o le Tuiatua on a Tama a le Aiga Sa Levalasi or a Tama a le Aiga Sa Fenunuivao. The logic here is, if you have le pule to bestow, you also have le pule to take it back, because that is what pule amounts to.
Therefore, without le Papa o le Tuiatua, the clauses of the decisions of 1987, 2003 and 2010 giving the Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi pule i le maota, tuamaota, oneone etc..etc.. are rendered inoperable, because no Papa means no pule.
Lufilufi recognizes the need to protect the faavae forged by their tua-tagata (ancestors) and preserve the agaifanua ma aganuu that defines and sets it apart from every other village in Samoa. It is this ability of each Samoan village to identify with its agaifanua ma aganuu that makes it unique from all other villages.

Going forward, the Tuiatua has advocated the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (published online Samoa Observer August 28, 2010) to investigate the claims made by Lufilufi and make recommendations to the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Whilst it is appropriate to maintain accountability and transparency at the highest level of Government, this matter is not a Government matter.

This matter pertains to a matai and should be handled in the family and village, similar to every other issue pertaining to matai. So why spend taxpayer money on a matter best handled by the village and families involved? What sort of precedence are we establishing here with the involvement of a Government sanctioned commission to investigate matters pertaining to village matai?

If the Tuiatua feels strongly about the issue, file a petition with the Lands and Titles Court, his position as Head of State has not prevented him from doing so, as evidenced by his involvement in, LC11443P1-P10 July19, 2010 Mataupu e uiga i le Suafa Seutatia. Perhaps in seeing the whole village of Lufilufi stand against him, he favors his chances in another forum, for there is little chance of success in Court when an entire village is set against you.

Tuiatua also argues that the integrity of the Lands and Titles Court is undermined by the actions of Lufilufi. I do not share the same view, because the very same Lands and Titles Court vested pule i le papa o le Tuiatua i le Tumua o Lufilufi. Therefore, I believe the actions Lufilufi have taken (or about to take) are not only lawful, but reasonable.

The Tuiatua argues that it is impossible to separate the Head of State and the Tuiatua matai. Again, I do not share the same view, because the Tuiatua title is not a requirement for him to hold office as Head of State. If you recall, Vaai, Matai’a and Faumuina were matai titles that held office as Deputy Head of State and were thus eligible to be appointed as Head of State. Tuiatua Efi, do not fret nor lose sleep with all this, you can still hold office as Head of State, using your Tupua Tamasese title, should Lufilufi decide to take back le Pp o le Tuiatua. The only issue would be finding a faasinomaga (residence) for your matai title to build another faletalimalo, but well cross that bridge when we get there.

I part with a final thought for the Tuiatua. It is not an easy task to lead an aiga let alone an entire itumalo such as Atua, I know this from experience of seeing what my own father goes through as the Sa’o of our family. With the title comes the responsibility to our aiga. It means his personal interests and those of his children are secondary to the interests of our aiga, meaning a lot of self sacrifices on our part for the good of our aiga potopoto.

Dad is at the forefront when it hits the fan, but is a spectator when kudos and credit is due to our aiga. No matter the conflict that arises the Sa’o of our family shows humility and respect for our aiga, therefore maintaining the dignity of the office as Sa’o and earning the respect of our aiga.
We are by no means a perfect aiga, but we have managed to resolve our differences through love, respect and humility shown by the Sa’o to our aiga and vice-versa. In essence, “E olo le fua ae mau le tofa ma le uta, au o lalo e saili ai malo”. One could say, humble pie is the best diet recommended in disputes such as these.

Finally, I am reminded of a quote by William Shakespeare, “O, it is excellent to have a giants strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant” (Measure for Measure, Act 2 Scene 2). In other words, just because a person has the authority to act, does not necessarily mean he/she should act on that authority. As the Tuiatua titleholder and thus having pule accorded the Sa’o of the Sa-Tuiatua family, it does not bode well to exercise pule vested with the matai title, in a manner as to alienate your aiga and village.

No one has perished from showing humility and accepting the consequences for their actions, but many have perished after free-falling from the high pedestal they had placed themselves upon. Thus, it is hard to be humble and follow orders when the world over address you as “Your Royal Highness” and you are accustomed to giving orders.

Perhaps this is the crux of the matter from the perspective of the Tuiatua; It is difficult to reacquaint with dining on eleni when steak has become the staple diet. Mom always did say, “E ola le ai steak, e ola foi le ai eleni.”

Never hurts to come down and visit with the natives once in a while.
Sincerely

Pualele Tagaloa
Texas, USA

Link: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26245:actions-could&catid=52:letters-to-the-editor&Itemid=61
‘I want closure,’ but wait, let’s have an inquiry, Observer News article comment 29-08-2010:

Tofaeono M. J. Hollywood
Savea Sano Malifa you have written many wonderful editorials and no doubt in my mind you will continue to pen many more. There are lots of people who have no knowledge of this dispute and can easily fault Lufilufi. Only a born and raised, fetched and served true Lufilufi can fully understood this long historical dispute between Lufilufi with the huge majority of Atua district against Fui’availili and descendants.

At the time of King Fonoti after the war between him and Va’afusu’aga, he made a proclamation. He said, “I am the last to make appointments no more; I am the final word.”

It was during this speech when he called out to rush him a piece of polata to lean on. (Na malele atu ai Fonoti e fa’a’emo mai se polata (fafie) se’i tautoto’o ai ma tu).

He then proclaimed: This is Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo The Palace of Kings where the Kings of Samoa will reside (O le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo lenei; e afifio ai tupu o Samoa).

He made other proclamations as the history reveals. But the ones that are related to this arugument are these:
He proclaimed he is the last reign to make anymore appointments. He appointed Poloai as the sixth pillars of the House of TuiAtua. He is the speaking voice for matters relating between the Palace of Kings and Lufilufi. He appointed the Tofaeono title to be the seventh pillars of the House of TuiAtua.

(I le malelega a Fonoti le Tupu: E lelepa ia te a’u le vai e le toe faia nisi tofiga ma nisi mavaega. O Poloai le nei o le fofoga o le Maota o Tupu i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo e feagai ma Lufilufi).

Muagututi’a his son when trying to appoint Fui’availili his adopted son as the heir apparent, Lufilufi and the biggest majority of Atua objected. Siumu and Satuala joint Lufilufi and Atua to toe the opposing line.

It was at this Muaguti’a’s last will he ordered for her biological daughter Seutatia and descendants to reside at the Palace of Kings at Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo. His death wish was for Fui’availili to be his heir but he has to reside at Mulifusi in Nofoali’i.

Only Manuo of Lufilufi, Moe’ono and Iuli of Falefa; Tofuiofo’ia of Salani and Talo’olema’agao of Satalo, and Fa’autagia of Saoluafata, the only stupid idiots of Atua who supported this.

For all along Seutatia and descendants were the only residence of the Palace of Kings at Mulinu/’u and Sepolata’emo and every descendants of Fui’availili were based at Nu’uausala as TuiA’ana. TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea and his son TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese LealofioA’ana (i) both have set up their Governments at Nu’uausala as per German and New Zealand records clearly stated but Efi presented unsubstantiated lies they were at the Palace of Kings at Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo.

I can say in 1890 TuiA’ana Tupua Tamasese Titimaea tried to force his way to Lufilufi when Tusa brought him (Titimaea) over. Lufilufi and the mojority of Atua objected. Titimaea died suddenly without illness in 1891 and German buried him in Lufilufi despite a vocal demonstration by Lufilufi and the Atua.

Tusa inherited a new salutation for his title when Lufilufi and Atua called him Tusafa’a’aefili.

The German responded to Lufilufi and Atua’s objection and decided to intern Titimaea after they set up a piece of land in the Mulinu’u Peninsula and called it the Taboo Land for Kings of Samoa and reburied him there as up to today.

Now Tupua Tamasese Efi smashed every piece of Lufilufi and Atua polities and protocols; he wants to inherit Seutatia title but his genealogy is a complete line. Seutatia is the biological daughter of Muagututi’a while Fui’availili is a son of Fuimaono and Oilau of Salani. He is only an adopted son.

Now he wants to reside at the Palace of Kings at Mulinuu and Sepolata’emo but that’s where Seutatia’s official place of residence as appointed by her father Muagututi’a.

Fui’availili was ordered to inherit the reign but reside at Mulifusi in Nofoali’i.

The Land and Title Court rulings of 24th September 1987 is the faulty cause of the current discrepancy it contradicts the protocols and polities of Lufilufi.

Under no circumstances do I blame the Court’s rulings; it’s just a Finding based on lies fed by Tupua Tamasese Efi when he said Titimaea and LealofioA’ana lived at the Palace of Kings at Mulinu’u and Sepolata’emo. That is the biggest con job this guy has ever made.

Now he wants a Commission of Enquiries and I have stated on 21st August 2010 this certainly cost money and this guy is talking still as if he was an MP; wasting money as always.

We don’t need a Commission of Enquiry. What we want is Tupua Tamasese Efi to toe the village protocols and polities line. Follow the protocols just like any other good Samoan matai.

There can’t be a Commission of damn Enquiry while there is a Court ruling in place. And also, are we going to have a Commission of Enquiry every time a village issue is arisen or is it just for Tupua Tamasese Efi?

If it’s only just for Tupua Tamasese Efi, then Tama’a’aiga ia still calling the shots and there is no human rights to make Sakalafi, Siumu, etc etc the same treatment as this guy.

Have we forgotten the best example Tama’a’aiga Malietoa Tanumafili (i) had set in place when he won the war with the full backing of the United States of America, British and the Germans when he was asked if he still wants to be the King of Samoa?

This was his answer: I want all the power conferred on to me as the King of Samoa for the Three Nations (US, British, Germany)to hold; and to elect a government from the people of Samoa to govern its own destiny. But for me, I want to go back to school. He was only 18 years old. The three Power offered him education in Sydney, Auckland, Washington, London, or Berlin. He decided Malua instead. Humble; very humble being.

How old is Tupua Tamasese Efi? What is he doing now? You answer that for me.
(29-08-2010 01:20)

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Money spent unwisely. Sunday, 29 August 2010. Observer news.

Dear editor – How can the Head of State ask/instruct his people to pay some ‘professionals’ to hold an inquiry into the disagreement between himself and the Lufilufi village?

Please Mr. Tupua, why should we be paying for this? Why are we wasting taxpayers money on this ridiculous cause? Is this not a dispute between YOU as a matai of this village and the village council? All of Samoa has nothing to do with this so why are we footing the bill? Why do you need Government looking into an internal village matter? Why not hold an inquiry of your own instead of getting political cronies to investigate for you?

You speak so much on the importance of keeping to the core aspects of our FaaSamoa… Our heritage… Yet you turn around and request Government look into something that no politician has a right to look into.

O fea ea le ava? Where is the respect and mana for our matai titles and the matai system nowadays? Government has NO right in looking into matters such as this!

I once admired you when I was younger BUT with what Ive seen for the past few years, my respect for you has dwindled. Sadly, my respect for our Samoan politicians has all but disappeared as many of you no longer serve for the betterment of our people. No longer do you serve our people…

Alas, you live to serve yourselves. Fattening up your pockets and selling off relief aid that was for the tsunami recovery effort in your back room deals. You give out contracts to your buddies who have no idea what they are doing.

You allow international banking agencies to award contracts to companies that are being sued for distributing contaminated water to some US troops. Are we to be fed contaminated water as well? Please do tell!.

Please do your jobs and inform us of whats going on? Why are ministers allowed to get away with selling relief aid while our people are struggling? Malo lava le ai afu! Malo lava le fasi oti tagata!

Listening to our PM talk on TV with his usual unabating arrogance and ignorance is becoming something of a drag for me and I am sure for a lot of you as well! Why tell off reporters for doing their jobs?

You talk so much about how bad Banimarama is for killing off the freedom of the press in Fiji yet you ridicule and belittle our journos for doing their jobs. It amazes me how much some of these foreign donors turn a blind eye to your Governments corruption.

Reporters are there to inform us, the public, about whats going on in our country. About how some of your ministers are continually misappropriating funds meant for our people. About how certain ministers continue to allow their children to drive Government vehicles late at night. Do we taxpayers, pay for your children to go joy riding around in State owned cars?

I urge our young people to come together and turn up the heat on OUR Government.
Your Honorable Tuilaepa Malielegaoi, Tuisuga and gang, please be reminded that you are all PUBLIC SERVANTS. You are there to serve US!

You are not in a position of power but rather you are in a position of OPPORTUNITY. That opportunity being to provide for our people and to build up a legacy of being for the people and forsaking riches for the betterment and well being of future generations.
Think about it.

Samoa e, ala maia!
Fetu Saunders

PS: to all those talking about change… STOP! Stop talking about if you arent willing to step up to the plate and do something! Step out of your comfort zone for the sake of our children and our childrens children!

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O Tofaeono o le Vaimauga e Falefitu i ai le Susuga a Lufilufi. Observer News, Tuesday, 07 September 2010.

Samoa oute a’apa ae popo’e le taofi ona o lota lima e paia ai lota mata, ua sosopo fo’i le manu vale i le fogatia.
Au’a o oe o le ao mamala, ma e faigata o ou paia ua uma na putu ma tu’u faamatatoaga, o lea e maua ai le muagagana “O Samoa ua uma ona tofi” e pei o le fetalaiga ia Fonoti le Tupu Tafa’ifa. Nu’unu’u atu faatini o tausala se lagona, ma e agatonu i manua se taofi, e tusa ai ma tusitusiaga a Tofaeono Hollywood. Tulouna lau afioga le To’aiga o Tumua, li’ua fo’i le vai o le tamaita’i, tulouna le Matua ia Tofaeono o le Vaimuaga.

Ua logo taliga o tufuga uli e tusa ai ma manatu fa’aalia o le Afioga i le To’aiga o Tumua. Ae e le auai le taofi o le tusitala i lau mau lea e faapea o Tofaeono o Si’umu e Falefitu ia Lufilufi! E pei ona ou fai atu, tulouna ou paia faaleatunu’u, ae ona ua mau ese’ese o ta taofi o le ala lea o so’u lagona fa’aalia.

O le pola o Tofaeono o le Vaimauga na ta e Fonoti le Tupu Tafa’ifa, o le ala lea o la’u mau o Tofaeono o le Vaimauga na tofi e Fonoti e Falegafulu i ai Leulumoega, Falefitu ia Lufilufi, Falevalu ia le Aiga Sa Malietoa, Falefa i ai le Aiga Sa Tunumafono.

I le aiga sa Tofaeono o le Vaimauga lea e patino i nu’u o Fuaiupolu e iai suafa matai ia o le Falegafulu, Falefitu, Pouvalu, o la’u mau la o suafa ia na faamanatu ai Tofiga o lo’o i luga.

I le faafotu Tupu a Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi i le Tuiatua i le tausaga 1987, na uma loa ona tali toga o le To’aono ma le Saofa’iga, Tali loa ma toga o Tofaeono o le Vaimauga. Faamaonia le mau lea i nisi o Tuistusiaga a le Afioga a le Taofia a le Malietoa Taulapapa o Leota Ituau Ale i nisi o nuisipepa i le tausaga ua te’a.

O le tusi fo’i lea na Tusia e Kramer e ta’ua o le THE SAMOA ISLANDS, o lo’o faamaonia ai fo’i ina le mau lea, o Tofaeono o le Vaimauga na fai iai tofiga a Fonoti le Tupu Tafa’ifa.

O le ala lea o lo’u musumusu atu Tofaeono Hollywood, e moni lava o Samoa e tala lasi, ae ua tele mau e faamaonia ai la’u mau lea o Tofaeono o le Vaimauga e Falefitu i ai le Susuga a Lufilufi.

E le ona o se tau faaleaga po’o nisi tulaga ae e manatu e tatau ona tatou talatala ma le faaete’ete au’a o Samoa ua uma na tofi.
Ae faamagalo lo’u tagata pe afai ua sala le gagana. Tofaeono e tasi lota ali, tasi fo’i lo ta aluga, tasi lo ta tupu’aga o Asomua le Lemalama. Afai e i ai so’u sese musumusu mai ma ta talatalanoa.

Samoa o le agaga moni lava ia maua le fealofani, ma ia malamala le tu ma agaifanua a si o tatou atunu’u. Ne’i avaga le moe ma le tofa a alo ma fanau o loo lalovaoa ona sese ai lea o faalupega e patino i suafa matai o alalafaga ta’itasi.

A fai ua sala le gagana alofa lafo nu’u le aaina, ma ufi ufia manugase ma lafoia, e talitonu o oe o le matua fai tama e malu ai lo’u nei tagata vaivai.
Tatou tu’u atu i le atua faafitauli o loo feagai ai ma le tatou atunu’u pele o Samoa, aua na’o le atua e maua ai le to’afilemu.
Fa’afetai

Tama mai Fuaiupolu.
Suli o le Tofaeono o le Vaimauga, suli o Asi Sagagauatasi.

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O le fitu iai pou o Lufilufi. Observer News. Written by Joseph Stowers. Sunday, 12 September 2010

Tusi i le faatonu

Tulouna ia le paia o Samoa mai ona Ao se ia paia ona i’u. I le amata mai Saua e paia le fafa o Saualii. Ou te faatulou atu fo’i i le atunuu faitau i lenei pepa. Ou te faatulou fo’i ia oe le Tumua Lufilufi i le afio o le afioga i le Tui Atua. Le mamalu ia Tu’itu’i ia Tupa’i ma Tainau, afio Togia’i o le Aveau malaga ia Lufilufi. Afio Seutatia, o le alaala maota e maina se ava au’a oe Lufilufi. Le mamalu ia Leausa na e itu au ai, faapea le Vai na Lepa ia te oe Lufilufi. Alaalata’i le mamalu i le Faleono ma upu ia te oe le Tumua Lufilufi tulou. Ou te faatulou fo’i i le paia ia te oe le Tumau Leulumoega. Au’a le afio o le Tui Aana faapea ou tu’itu’i ia Umaga ma Pa’ese.

Afio o So’oaemalelagi faapea Alo o Tamalelagi. Le mamalu ia te oe le Faleiva ma le nofo a ituaiga. Lau fetalaiga ile Matua na togi o le avaga nofoa ma upu ia te oe Le Tumua Leulumoega. Ina ne’i satia fua ma’aaveave le fua, ona o lenei mata’upu o loo fia talanoa iai. Ona o le fia maua o le mea sili ma lelei.

O lea ou te faapea atu ai ma le agaga fa’aaloalo tele. O lau talanoa e faasino tonu i le tusi a le Afioga ia Tofaeono Misatauveve ole aso 27 Aukuso 2010 i lenei nusipepa o le Talanoa Samoa, i lona itulau e 10. O loo iai se vaega itiiti o le finagalo fa’aalia o lana afioga ia Tofaeono o loo faapea mai ai, o lana afioga e 7 iai pou oLufilufi tulou le mamalu o le Tumua ia Lufilufi. Ona ou faapea atu ai lea, e aloalosa lo’u tagata ma se upu e uiga i le mataupu a le Afioga i le Tui Atua ma Le Tumua ia Lufilufi
Ae, o le’a faasino tonu se manatu i lea vaega o lea tusi ua ou ta’ua i luga. Ou te faamalulu atu fo’i i le ona lea tusi ma lona finagalo fa’aalia.

Ona oute le fia faaleaga fua i lou finagalo. Ae o le agaga maualuga o le tuu atu lea o le tauau e tausoa faatasi la ta avega. Ou te le fia sa’iliili masei fo’i i lau Afioga. Ae o le agaga autu ma le taua, o le talanoa i le agaga mama faatoeaina ua faatalaleleiina, e maua ai mea sili ma le matagofie. Au’a o le upu a le au toeaina, e mau ese’ese le atunuu. Le paia i aiga e 3 ma le Nofoatula i le Vaimauga, tapua’i maia ae se’i fai sa ta tala i lenei mata’upu. Aemaise o a ta measina le Fuaipolu.

Ona amata atu lea o la’u talanoa i lo’u faapea atu i se upu tuu sa’o e tusa ai ma so’u vaivaiga, e faapea. E 6 pou o Lufilufi, ae 7 i le Tofaeono o le Fuaipolu o le Vaimauga. E faleiva Leulumoega, ae Falesefulu fo’i i le Tofaeono o le Vaimauga. O le mafua’aga lea o le faalupe o le Tofaeono o le Vaimauga “o le Tama a Tumua ia Lufilufi ma Leulumoega”. O isi ia mea taua a le Tofaeono o le Vaimauga na maua mai i tofiga a Fonoti le tupu. Itulau 274 tusi a Dr Grammer i le faa Siamani. E moni e tutusa suafa, ae ese’ese mamalu, ona o le mafua’aga lenei. O le fanau a Nonu o Siumu, Tofaeono Niu ma lona tuafafine o Lalovimama.

O Lalovimama lea na usuia e le Aliisili o le Vaimauga o Faatupunuu, e le au le gafa. Ona vaetama lea e Lalovimama ma lona alii lona tuagane o Tofaeono Niu. Ona sau ai lea o Tofaeono Niu ma aumai uma mamalu o le Tofaeono mai lona tama o Nonu i Faatoia-a-le-Manu i Fuaipolu ole Vaimauga, e tautua ai lona tuafafine ma lona Alii o Faatupunuu.

O le mafua’aga lena o le oo mai o le Tofaeono i le Vaimauga. Ma ua avea ai nei Tofaeono ma Aliisili o le Vaimauga. Ina ua tuu uma iai ma mamalu faaMalietoa o lona tama o Faatupunuu.

Na sau fo’i Tofaeono Niu ma le ato manu ma le ulu’ulu tao, e leo ai le maota i Faatoia o loo afio le Alii o le Vaimauga ma lona tuafafine o Lalovimama, lea ua avea ma ona matua. O lea na maua ai le maota o Tofaeono o Faatoia-a-le-Manu (Itulau 252 tusi a Dr Grammer i le faaSiamani).

O le Tofaeono lea na tago’au iai le Tupu o Fonoti, ina ua fuafua le la taua ma lona uso o Tole’afoa e pei ona e ta’ua. Le taua lea na tago’au ai Tole’afoa ia Samalaulu. Ona au lea o Tole’afoa ma Samalaulu, ae au Fonoti ma Tofaeono ma le Vaimauga faapea fo’i ma le Faleata. O le taua lea e ta’ua “o le Paega Uo”. Ona sa papae au a Fonoti i Nu’uausala, papae au a Tole’afoa i Malaeloa ae papae au a Samalaulu i Falesama. Lea na usu ane ai Alipia ia Tole’afoa ma Samalaulu maua ai lona igagato “o le Matua na togi” ma le “avaga nofoa”. Usu ane fo’i Tanuvasa ona faapea lea o Samalaulu o Tanuvasa ma Aana, “a iai lava Tanuvasa ua atoa Aana”, e itulua iai Aana, Tulou tulou lava suafa Alipia ma le suafa Tanuvasa.

O le taua lena na malo ai Fonoti le tupu ina ua faatasi mai ai ma Safata. Ina ua tago’au Faleata i lona gafa i Safata e fesoasoani mai i le taua. Ina ua malosi tele mai au a Tole’afoa ma Samalaulu, lea na faata’ga solomuli ai Faleata, ae alu le savali i lona gafa i Safata. E iai mea taua o Faleata na maua mai ai i lea savali e pei o igoa “o Savali a Faleata”, ua silafia uma e Samoa ia Savali o loo iai i tusi faalupega. Ae o le mea sili ona taua o le manumalo lea o le itu taua a le tupu o Fonoti.

O nisi la nei o mea taua na maua mai i lenei taua ona o tofiga a le tupu o Fonoti.
* O le ava fevalaaua’i a Faleata
* O le itu au malosi poo le itu au tasi ia Lufilufi ma Leulumoega.
O mamalu o le suafa Tofaeono o le Vaimauga ma lona fale ta’ita’i. O le igoa ipu a le Tofaeono “o le Ailao ma le tagata”. Ona e mafua mai i le taua a le Tofaeono i lea taua. Ae o le igoa ipu i Si’umu “ole aumaia Faasoo ma Tumua”.

O le Tofaeono fo’i ole Vaimauga na tago au iai le tupu o Fonoti i Faatoia-a-le-Manu. Lea na ta ai le pola o le maota o Tofaeono ma vaai mai i lumafale poo ai lea o loo alu atu, ae vaai mai o le tupu o Fonoti. Lea e maua ai le upu, “ua ta le pola o le Tofaeono ona o Fonoti le tupu”. O lona uiga ua tautuatoto le Tofaeono ona o Fonoti le tupu. O le taua fo’i lea na fa’aaoga ai e Tofaeono tao na aumai i Si’umu i lona tama o Nonu tulou lau faitau Samoa. O tao la ia na tau ai Tofaeono, e vaai atu ai le tupu e pei o siva ailao Tofaeono i lana tao i le tauina ole taua, lea na maua ai le igoa ipu, “o le ailao ma tagata”.

O se tasi vaega ou te fia ta’ua, mai lava i aso ua mavae e oo mai lava i nei onapo, ma nei auga tupulaga. O loo faatino ai lava lenei tu ma lenei aga Faatupu ma faleupolu i le va o Tumua ia Lufilufi ma Leulumoega ma lenei nuu o Fuaiupolu, i soo se taliga toga ma ni faalavelave tetele faaleaganu’u e tula’i mai i Fuiaupolu faapea Lufilufi ma Leulumoega.

Ma sa faatino fo’i lea tu ma lea aga i fanua i le faafotutupu o le Afioga ile Tui Atua o loo se’ei mai nei. Ina ua faatino ana faaaloaloga i Mulinu’u ma Sepolata’emo. Ona toe faatino fo’i lea ina ua faatino faaaloaloga a le Tui Aana i Ma’auga ma Nu’uausala a le Tui Aana o loo se’ei mai nei, a’o soifua le tama o lenei aiga ia Tofaeono Tile.

O nai o’u vaivaiga na ua folasia. Ae pei ona ou ta’ua muamua, e leai se agaga e faaleaga i le finagalo o le ona le tusi ua ou ta’ua i luga. E leai fo’i se manatu e fai se faafinauga i lenei mata’upu. Ae na pau o le agaga, o le talanoa ma fefeasoa’ai finagalo ma manatu e maua ai mea sili ma le matagofie. Au’a e pei ona ta’ua muamua, o le upu a le au matutua, e mau ese’ese le atunuu i o latou manatu ma o latou talitonuga.

O lea, a fai ua iai se upu ua laavale Samoa, pe ua sala fo’i se gagana i la outou faitau, ole upu lava a le atunuu, e poto le tautai ae se lana atu i ama. O lea, o lea se upu ma se tala ua le tau tamalii i la outou faitau, ia lafo i nuu le aina. Ma ia toe fo’i mai lava ia te a’u so’u vaivaiga. Ae ia iai se aoga i alo ma fanau aoga o Samoa.

Soifua
Seiuli Mailo Patau Lino Tofaeono
Fuaiupolu i le Vaimauga

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