20th Century Pereira’s

togafuafua_mulivaiThe Pereira strains of lineage, now firmly routed in the lineage of Tamasese, Malietoa and Mata’afa kingship titles (unconfirmed), are known to be an ethical, solid family unit with much wealth in the form of land and community reach. From the City Center of Apia, stretching approximately 3 kilometers, as far west to Savalalo, lands are vast and production has given passage to free accommodation for all the people.

Much of the vast area of Apia is given back to the people for purposes of aiga settlement and agriculture, for such is the good character and Tokelauan influence within the Pereira family.

It is becoming clear with the benefit of hindsight that the Church administrators could have been interlopers in this process and consequently unjustifiably retained a Pastoral hold over the properties, eventually receiving the fruits of sales that were not theirs to receive or sell.

Togafuafua, a grand swamp and Mulivai, of prime quality land, were also part of the greater wealth.  José Pereira, being a devout Christian and righteous man, gifts the grounds of Mulivai to the Catholic Church.

lafaele1La Faele Pereira, eldest son of José, and his wife Rovine, live and raise their family on the adjacent Togafuafua plain. As a swampy unforgiving area, the family works the land to bring it up to become fertile hospitable grounds, suitable for growing food, farming animals and housing families. Church records provide testimony to the fact that the land is thereby gifted back to the people to use.

The events that follow are sketchy at best but information passed down to future generations of the inequities of the Church’s ministry in seeking compensation for the land once gifted by the founding family follow a typical pattern of religious wealth generation.

LaFaele’s family land on the Togafuafua plain is eventually requisitioned by the Church administrators and compensation is sought for the payment of approximately £5,000. Grandson of Lafaele, Etimani Pereira, now living and working in New Zealand, is summoned by his father Sipiliano Pereira to appropriate the funds in order that the family land will not become privatized or relinquished. The funds are secured and Sipiliano gallantly takes the news to the administrators to secure the purchase.

papaWhat Sipiliano was not to know, was that the Church Administrators had no intention of forfeiting their acquisition and so refuse to honor the verbal agreement. To cement the deal the Church would now require £10,000 to which a now disillusioned Sipiliano replied in disgust with a resounding “Forget it”
Sipiliano, a gentleman of sound character and formidable Tokelauan based communal family traits, sees the turmoil circulating amongst the Samoan Chieftains and makes the decision to relocate himself and his wife Elisapeta, to New Zealand to be away from the influences of greed that are rapidly spreading throughout the realm.

1963 AD – Eno Pereira, a descendant of the dynasty, is an intelligent businessman. Being located in Savaii for 5 years, studying and practicing his nurtured skills, he stumbles upon the historic legacy that is his family. Worried that the family titles and true identity of the legacy may be lost in the sands of time, he secretively organizes the acceptance ceremony through the three great Kingships of Tamasese, Malietoa and Mata‘afa, for the acknowledgement and entitlement of the family’s noble and rightful claim.
img027Aware of an upcoming Marist football tournament and that the rightful heir to the family title was on the team to arrive in Apia soon from New Zealand, Eno Pereira makes plans to have the historic ceremony take place upon his arrival. A surprised Etimani lands on the shores of Samoa to be spirited away and placed into a traditional ceremony in the main fale at Muli nu’u, finishing in Apia at a signing ceremony of registration before the British governmental representatives and Kingly Chiefs.

The legacy of the Pereira family is heretofore this day retained and its South Seas heritage is now sealed in the hearts and minds of their descendants forever.

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