Stop paying lip service to teachers

We’ve said this before and we will say it again. If the government means what it says about education, it really is time to put money where its mouth is. Judging from what we are seeing today; the government is not walking the talk.

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Let’s hear it for the Arts

There’s no doubt about it. When it comes to the Arts, it is definitely one of the strengths of our people. Whether it is an innate thing – a product of our own strong Samoan culture and language it’s hard to say although some recent research backs this theory.

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Do thy eyes deceive thee?

Well there you go. He’s done it again. Today Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is back to his best brutal self. With eyes wide opened and that smug smile, he’s come out swinging at those defenseless media “idiots”.

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Treat it like your own

It features poor old Peni Chan Sau of Falelauniu who woke up yesterday to find the stench emanating from the carcass of a dead pig that had been dumped there impossible to ignore.

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A future President who is a liar with the “viciousness of an 8-year old”?

It’s seven days before Donald Trump is sworn in as the next president of the United States of America, and yet the man has been described by the New York Times as a contemptible liar, and a person “with the maturity and the schoolyard viciousness, of an 8-year old.”

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Don’t be fooled in 2017

It might be a new year but it hasn’t changed some people. We are talking about fraudsters and scammers making rounds in the world hoping to fool anyone into giving them money or whatever they are after. Samoa is not immune and many of us will have stories to tell.

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Neglect comes at a cost

Let’s think about our children for a moment. Looking at what has been unfolding before our very eyes on the streets of Apia at the beginning of 2017, it’s disturbing. It’s time to sit down and ask ourselves some questions.

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The man of the moment

The Member of Parliament for Urban West, Faumuina Wayne Fong, is absolutely correct. Last week in light of a video showing three young boys beating up a helpless man at 3am on the streets of Apia, Faumuina became the voice and face of reason.

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Tourism takes centre stage

Can we dare to hope that tourism at last taking off as a viable industry in Samoa? Is the country formerly tagged ‘the best kept secret’ in the southern Pacific, a secret no more?

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Hardship, sorrows and blessings

And so there goes the first week of 2017. Before we know it, we’ll soon be saying goodbye to January. But such is life. You see folks, nothing stops time. Not the joyful celebration of Christmas and New Year and not even the sadness we endure by having to say goodbye to all our loved ones whom we’ve had a memorable time with during the Festive season.

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Rejoicing with our brothers and sisters in American Samoa

As a people, Samoans and American Samoans are one. We share the same language, similar culture and ancestors. When it comes to successes, we rejoice together. We also mourn as a family during the hard times.

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Looking ahead at 2017

This much is undeniable. New Year resolutions are the talk of days and weeks like the one we are in now.

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An ominous sign perhaps

New year, old problem. And so we find with the story titled “Street Vendors or future convicts” published on the front page of your newspaper yesterday that some things never change.

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A new year, a new start

Here we are once again. This week we embrace and welcome the start of a brand new year. Wherever you were during the weekend, no doubt we all had a chance to reflect and bid farewell to 2016 just before the stroke of midnight on Saturday when we greeted the arrival of 2017.

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May you remain peaceful and free Samoa, God bless.

And so once again, it is that time of the year when the violent death of Jesus Christ 2016 years ago - having been celebrated once again in Samoa Sunday last week with the sharing of gifts and thanksgiving - is still also accepted as the most pacifying event ever in the world today.

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Well done, Ele Opeloge!

Good things come to those who wait patiently. For Ele Opeloge, the wait for her moment of truth and glory has taken eight long years.

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Only a complete elimination of bureaucratic corruption can solve Samoa’s little problem

Just three days before Christmas – on 22 December 2016 - Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi shocked everyone with an astounding proclamation that revealed “a bill to amend the Constitution to define Samoa as a Christian State”, had been tabled in Parliament the day before.

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Think peace, think hope

It’s undeniable. Everywhere we look today we see conflicts. At a time when there is so much celebration, it is sadly also marked by strife and wars near and far.

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Some pertinent questions for us

Well there goes another Christmas folks. With the presents opened, hangovers just about cured and all that glorious food finding its way to waste where it rightfully belongs, most of us are looking forward to the next big celebration.

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Tupua Friedrich Wilhelm Wetzell.

Our Christmas tribute to Fred, who confessed: “Mum, I left my heart in Samoa.”

Once in a while that feeling of profound inadequacy will drive us to question the reason we’re here, and yet despite the sadness and the pain the sun will soon rise so that the pain is stemmed, and once again all is well.

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Letters to the Editor

Hawaiki Cable

Re: Minister talks about the future You should’ve asked a question about the Hawaiki cable project which runs from N.Z. and Australia through Fiji, American Samoa to Hawaii and then onwards to the US mainland.

Street Talk

Paila Tavita

With Sir Gordon Tietjens at the helm, expectations heightened

At the beginning of the year, Sir Gordon Tietjens took over the Manu Samoa Sevens.

Think a Minute

What drives you? (Part 2)

Think a minute…What drives you? Yesterday we talked about three of the most common motivations that drive and control our lives. Today we will finish with two more. Many of us are driven by our love of money and the material things we can buy with it.



Alone, misplaced A stranger in unforgiving waters

Between the Lines


So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

Sunday Reading

Myths, legends of ancient world - Sigurd and Brynhild

The young man sat upon the bed of stone, his gaze drinking in the beauty of the maiden who slept at his side. From the auburn curls that fell over her pillow to the slender hands that lay uncurled upon her chest, Brynhild was exquisite.

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