“Se’i mai le mui’a’a; tau mai na o le pua e ulā”

There is a common Samoan saying: “Tau mai na o le pua e ulā; se’i mai le mui’a’a” – “Pick only the most fragrant of frangipani; harvest the royal roots”. It is both a directive and a gentle plea.

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Don’t forget the Faletua

It’s a cliché, but it is true nevertheless that, behind every successful man is an even stronger woman holding him up! This is particularly true in the case of the Samoan faife’au in Samoa, especially the wife of the faife’au E.F.K.S., the Faletua.

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Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

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Maota Fono an important symbol of independence

In 2012 Samoa, celebrated its 50th anniversary of Independence. The Government of Australia announced that it would co-fund with Samoa a significant infrastructure project to reconstruct the Maota Fono on its original site here at Mulinu’u.

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honoring her father’s endurance: Taufua Sili Apelu.

My father is my idol

Spreading your wings on this earth is when you have a deep connection with your father, as far as I am concerned. I am an idealist remember.

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The role of youths and fathers in developing Samoa

It give me great pleasure to address you all this morning, on the joint celebration and commemoration of not only the Father’s Day of Samoa, but also the National Youth Week and International Youth Day, which is commemorated on August 12th every year.

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A more beautiful Samoa in the eyes of Chinese Ambassador

It is with great pleasure that I come to attend the Opening Ceremony of China Ready Workshop.

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The Government should pay the pastors instead…

The government should consider paying the faife’aus, especially the E.F.K.S’s faife’aus, instead of taxing them, for their contributions to Samoan society and to Samoa’s development.

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Samoa cautioned in critical trade decisions

Several trade realities in Samoa caught my eye in the very pertinent “Globalization or desperation?” - editorial by Mata’afa Keni Lesa in Samoa Observer on Friday this week, 03 August.

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How to find your own gold. Part II

In Part 1 of How to find your own gold, I stressed the great importance that achievements have in the professional career of any individual.

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Changing lives: Treat our food as our medicine

Talofa Samoa! In several previous Health columns we have stressed the importance of building and keeping a strong immune system to fight infections or prevent cancer.

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The foolishness of the Cross

Martyrdom has always been God’s way of providing salvation for us, human beings.

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China in the Pacific

The brief news item with the heading “US claims better finance terms than China” in last week’s Sunday Samoan caught my eye for two reasons.

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“Mathology: the only sin is stupidity”

Sometimes when sitting next to learned ones and delving into their learned minds, you wonder. You wonder if they know of the thickness of their own learnedness.

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How to find your own gold

Why should you look into your past at the painful failures when it is your accomplishments that count?

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Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

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THE E.F.K.S. AT MALUA: The E.F.K.S. Church is standing up to the Government’s law to tax the alofa of church Ministers. File photo.

Tuila’epa and taxing the clergies

I have been watching with great interest from afar the development of this issue in our beloved country. Interestingly, many, including the highly credentialed Rev Vaiao Eteuati, have been fooled by the apparent simplicity of the issue. But I do not see the issue as simply about the clergies paying taxes.

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Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai.

P.M., P.S.C. and Olo Fiti Vaai

I found two very interesting stories in the paper recently. One was titled “Govt. considers removing hire and fire powers from P.S.C” and the other was “Board members qualifications in spotlight.”

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STROKE HAS BEEN REVERSED: Fonoiā Anzac Day Fitu tells his story.

Changing lives: Tackling the epidemic of obesity

Talofa Samoa! M.E.T.I. is thankful to N.H.S. for having invited us last year to open our Medical Clinic at Motootua. This has definitely allowed us to reach out to a larger segment of the population compared to the days when our Clinic was located at Tuanaimato.

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Why Bananas

Well, how does the morning break for you besides prayers? I am at a crossroads with words and waking up with birds chirping.

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Editorial

Two lives lost at To Sua too many

There is no doubt about it. Thrill seekers love the popular To Sua Trench. And why not? There is something magical and mystical about the place. Which is easy to understand why it is on many people’s bucket lists.

Letters to the Editor

In agreement with P.M. Tuilaepa

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Tuilaepa is absolutely right about the issue of the Chinese debt. While Tonga may be struggling to repay loans, Samoa certainly is not. Asking for a debt write-off is tantamount to admitting that Tonga is going to default.

Street Talk

Faasisili Isaako, 58

Public against Government’s banana distribution decision

The decision made by Government to prioritise commercial farmers regarding the distribution of banana has received a backlash from members of the public. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the public about their opinion on the decision made by the Government and they responded:

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“How to Debate with Your Mate”

Think a minute…A wise marriage counselor asks every couple wanting to get married if they have had a real argument yet. Often they answer: “Oh, no! We love each other. We never fight!”

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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