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Former head of state speaks out against sale of ancient Samoan site

The globally recognised archaeological site the Pulemeli Mounds stand on the land which is being sold by O.F. Nelson Properties Limited.

According to the Samoa Observer newspaper, Tuiatua was a shareholder of the company and objected to the proposed sale.

However because there were other shareholders the decision to sell was based on a majority vote.

Tuiatua said if he had his way he would preserve the land for its archaeological value.

Former Samoan head of state banned from village

The matai council of Nofoali'i, a village west of Apia on the way to Faleolo International Airport, imposed the ban this week.

According to TV1 Samoa, the villge mayor confirmed the ban on the former Head of State, also a former Prime Minister.

Tuiatua was a MP under his matai title Tupuola from the village of Nofoali'i when he became Prime Minister in the late 1970s.

The village mayor said the council had tried to intervene in a dispute between Tuiatua and another family in the village, but was rejected.