Malietoa title on LTC Appeal’s calendar 7 August

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Several families are appealing the Malietoa title currently held by Malietoa Faamausili Moli. The appeal will be heard before the Lands and Titles Court on 7 August at 10 am. 

This was confirmed in a letter endorsed by LTC Court Registrar Leugamata Faletolu Lofipo dated 30 May 2023 and obtained by Radio Polynesia.

The letter was addressed to Papalii Titituatoa Malietoa; Le Tagaloa Dr Pitaloa; Papalii Kiwi Tamasese; Papalii Talamesi Fitisemanu; SAla Vaaaoao Leo; Papalii John Taimalelagi Afele and Papalii Li’o Taeu Masepa’u. 

In 2017 the LTC ruled in favor of Malietoa Faamausili Moli to take on the Malietoa title. The last titleholder was the Late former Head of State, His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II.

Fa’amausili Moli is the son of the late Malietoa Tanumafili II.

According to the decision by the court at the time, “the selection and appointment of Papali’itele Fa’amausili Moli Malietoa.  “The title bestowal will take place as indicated under the Title 20 of the Lands and Titles Act 1981,” the decision read out in Court said.

“After the tenure of Papali’itele Fa’amausili Moli Malietoa as the holder of the Malietoa title, the next in line is a suli (heir) from Malietoa Gatuitasina and if by 12 months they have not decided on anyone, then the title will go to Malietoa Talavou.

“If a suli of Malietoa Talavou has not decided on anyone within 12 months, it will move on to Malietoa Moli for the same process of 12 months.

“This is how the process will continue from here on out over the Malietoa title.”