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To: Government of Samoa, UNESCO

Stop the sale of Vailoa, Palauli lands and return to Vailoa

Stop the sale of Vailoa, Palauli lands and return to Vailoa

We, the people of Vailoa, Palauli are coming together to contest the sale of the land and property and demand its return to the village of Vailoa, Palauli.

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Background of the "Lands" in Contest - Vailoa, Palauli

Vailoa village located in the district of Palauli in Savaii Island - Samoa. It is the birth ground of Afu Aau, holds one of the oldest historical sites in the Pacific "Pulemelei". This land has been contested and fought over in a series of court cases between the current landowner Nelson Properties Limited and the people of Vailoa, Palauli village.

1872 - Land was illegally sold to one Frank Wilson, then to Moors then to Nelsons. Many Court cases that had developed between the Nelsons and the people of Vailoa, Palauli, outcome Vailoa, Palauli lost and Nelson now has full ownership of these properties.

Purpose of this Petition

These properties are now for Sale under the current owners' Nelson Properties Limited in Samoa http://www.nelsonpropertieslimited.com .

These lands are our heritage and identity, the lands of our ancestors. We seek help from our people, here and aboard, to use this platform to hear our voices and make our concerns VALID. To make the lives of our children and their children VALID, to make the lives of our ancestors VALID, to make the pursuit of our people who had fought and failed still VALID. These lands are our faasinomaga, they are part of who we are.

We, the people of Vailoa, Palauli are coming together to CONTEST THE SALE OF THE PROPERTY AND DEMAND ITS RETURN TO THE VILLAGE OF VAILOA, PALAULI.

What can you do to help this cause?

Sign the Petition. Make your stance with the people of Vailoa Palauli in pursuit to STOP the sale of their lands and for the Nelson Properties Limited to return these lands to the people of Vailoa, Palauli.

Finally we ask also the Nelson Properties Limited to do the honourable thing, if you represent the true fa'asamoa and the true respect of the Samoan culture, please return these lands to its people - the people of Vailoa, Palauli

Why is this important?

Ole fa'afitauli, o Eleele ma le Fa'asinomaga o Vailoa Palauli, lea ua fa'asalalau i luga o le maketi i Samoa ma atunu'u i fafo, mo le fa'atauina e le au aiga o Nelesoni. I le mae’a ai o faamasinoga, e malolo lava le Afioaga ia Nelesoni. Na o tupe alu, ae le maua se faamama avega.

Ua tupu le nu'u ma le Itumalo, ua leai ni fanua i tuamaota e tua iai le mamalu o le afioaga mo le ola atinae ma le tausiga o aiga, tautuaina o Ekalesia ma le nuu, Itumalo faapea le Malo. O isi foi pitonuu ua faoa ele sami ona eleele talu ai ona o aafiaga I suiga o le tau. Ua feomai solo ona ua le lava eleele, ua tupu le Afioaga.

O le a fa'atamaia mataaga(historical sites) o lo’o i totonu o nei fanua. E o fa’atasi le eleele ma ona tagata. E le mafai ona ta vavae eseina. O nei eleele o le faasinomaga o le Afioaga. O lo’o fuafua e tuuina atu i le Malo nei mataaga, ise faiga fa’a paaga. Ina ia fa’atumauina pea lona matagofie ma lona fa'alauiloaina i atunuu i fafo, aemaise o ni suesuega ia malamalama Samoa I lona tala faasolopito, mo tupulaga I le lumanai. Ae faamalumalu le pulega a Alii ma Faipule, o Vailoa Palauli.

O loo ua maea ona iai atina’e, na fai paaga ai le Itumalo ma le Malo, e ala lea i le suavai taumafa, o lo'o fa'asopolia uma ai tagata lautele. E amata mai Palauli se ia paia Pu'apu'a. O le popolega mo le lumana’i, o le a afaina nei vai taumafa. E le iloaina po’o ai lea o le a agai atu e nofoia lenei lauelele, ae poo a foi ni a latou fuafuaga o le a fai, ina ia toe maua mai latou tupe na fa’aalu i le fa’atauina o nei eleele. O lona uiga, o le a afaina nei atina’e, ma ole a mafatia tagata nu’u, o lo’o fa’alagolago i nei suavai, i le galala i le fia feinu.

O fanua nei ua fuafua Nelesoni e faatau atu, o lo’o lumafale I fanua o lo’o galueaina e lenei Afioaga. O le a fa’afaigata ona toe sopolia fanua galue. O le a tele se aafiaga o mafaufau ma lagona. E matua leai se filemu e maua ai. Aua e le mafai ese tasi, ona taofia le loto tiga o tagata nu'u, ona o le faoa o lo latou fa’asinomaga.

O lea ua iai le tulafono o faiga Palota 2020, i le fa’ataatitia ina o tuaoi palota. Ma ua mautinoa, le agavaa o tagata mai I ma o, e palota e filifilia se sui o Palauli. O se tulaga matautia lea. Aua, o le a le amanaia se leo o Alii ma Faipule o Vailoa, Palauli pe a taunuu ona faatauina nei eleele. Aemaise ai, alu aso ae sau aso, i se isi augatupulaga, ae faapea mai se tasi o nei tagata e lava le seleni, o le a fia alu i le sui tauva o lenei Itumalo. Aua e le talanoa nisi ma mea tutupu i le lumanai. E pei ona tatou i ai i lenei taimi, na amata ole foa’i ae o lea ua oo mai i le taimi nei ua fai mai o le fa’atau.

E talosagaina ma le agaga maualalo, la outou lagolago I le taofia ina o lenei faatauga. Ma ia toe faafoi mai Eleele ma Fanua o Vailoa, Palauli. E auala lea, I le “like” o lenei faasalalauga. Faafetai. Faafetai tele mo latou lagolago. Faamanuia le Atua.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/417299/ancient-site-in-samoa-up-for-sale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3qbe0JrVcg

ALII MA FAIPULE / TAMA FANAU - O VAILOA, PALAULI.

Vailoa, Samoa

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Reasons for signing

  • These lands hold a significant part of not just Samoa's history, but artifacts of the first people of Polynesia. Pulemelei should be preserved.
  • It's the right thing to do.
  • should be under Samoan ownership, protected and not altered in any way

Updates

2020-06-10 11:53:18 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2020-05-31 18:51:31 +1200

500 signatures reached

2020-05-30 09:39:31 +1200

100 signatures reached

2020-05-29 23:30:50 +1200

50 signatures reached

2020-05-29 21:20:24 +1200

25 signatures reached

2020-05-29 19:58:42 +1200

10 signatures reached