Ministry of Finance corrects report on Education budget

Dear Editor, I refer to the headline in the Samoa Observer on 30th May 2018, which states “Education Budget Cut, Games get $11 million” I would like to clarify that the reference to the education budget being cut is incorrect.

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Very sad and dangerous for Samoa

Dear Editor, Referring to the Chief Editor’s editorial entitled “Church’s decision is like someone putting a gun on the Government’s head” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa, can I simply say- Yes “He should know.” The problem is He doesn’t know, and the most worrying problem is He thinks He knows!

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Taxes, church and history

Re: “Church’s decision is like someone putting a gun on the Government’s head” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa. The rationale for the church not to pay taxes extend way back when Church and State were of the same entity. Now, the employees (faifeaus) of the ‘system’ has to pay taxes but the returns created by church assets which is a Corporation should never be touched because its the fundamental right granted by his ‘cousin’ the govt. for political and economical control of humanity.

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Arrogance, pride

Re: “Church’s decision is like someone putting a gun on the Government’s head” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa. Beloved Samoa --- you have lost your way and have been found wanting in the sight of the Lord. Your arrogance, pride and haughtiness are coming home to roost, and you’ll suffer the consequences of your self- righteousness.

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Sogi decision is very harsh

Dear Editor, Re: Court dismisses land claim Who is the legal counsel for the plaintiff? Why wouldn’t they have advised their client to for a start, get the land in question surveyed?

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A ridiculous claim from start to finish

Dear Editor, Re: Court dimisses Sogi land claim So are you saying that under the N.Z. administration where British common law applies, you can get arrested one week and have a trial and be sentenced to death the very next week? The whole claim from start to finish was completely ridiculous.

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Brave and courageous

Re: Minister issues final warning Well said, Minister Tialavea! It is a brave and courageous Minister to stand up to the bullying by the largest denomination in the country - the E.F.K.S. No other church in the country has objected to this law. Just the E.F.K.S.

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Violent too

Re: Filipino soap opera Great insight, well said and how true! Just adding to that, it’s curious how love and affection is censored on Samoan TV while violence isn’t. TV/media is social programming.

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Two time frames

Re: Sogi land case It’s hard to criticize the judgment based on the testimony of Mr. Tokuma. But there is definitely two different time frames that the Court has to consider, things under colonial rule weren’t as slow and methodical as it is today especially if there had always been unrest in the colony.

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Filipino soap opera et al are the culprits of Samoa’s violence

To all Filipino soap opera lovers, with regret, I have to voice out this concern before it becomes a permanent stain in our society. I am afraid for Samoa and its people as it is almost on the brink of moral decay. If this trend continues further we will be permanently stained by foreign ideologies introduce through entertainments. Our land of a safe paradise will become a land of drama-laden paradise.

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They can afford tax

Re: Church and govt. tax I agree with BenV's comments. Put the government’s accountability on other issues aside, and lets look at this particular matter for what it is. In all fairness, Faifeau's should pay tax. Why?

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Don’t arm the police

Re: Arming the Police force As a Samoan living overseas, arming the police is not going to help keep the peace but create more problems or even kill innocent people. Where are the high chiefs, village council and the parents of these trouble kids, they should be ashamed of themselves.

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What Jesus did do

Dear Editor, Re: Tax, churches and the Bible Actually, Jesus did not tell anyone to give their dinarii to brutal Caesar the violent Roman Empire. Consider the sequence carefully, and it is exactly the same in three Gospels’ versions of the incident, Matthew 22, Mark 12 and Luke 20.

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It’s got to start from the very top

Dear Editor Re: Tupou suspension should be the template for all players and officials Yeah let’s be fair on ensuring that the punishment is handed down to all, from the corporate box section of the Samoan Rugby union to the players. The players have been again crucified to make an example of by the Board but the root of the problem flows right from the top.

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Chief Executive Officer responds to allegations

Sometime last week, I received a request from the Samoa Observer investigative reporter, Joyetteer Luamanu, for an interview. In response, I requested that she should come to my office, where I can give her the proof she’s been seeking.

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Flying Fijian rocks Manu Samoa sucks?

Dear Editor, Apologies to all who may find the title offensive in any shape or form. The title simply states the obvious; the sorry state of Samoan rugby. Just in case some of you think I am being unpatriotic days remove from celebrating our Independence Day simply know this; honesty is blest in worse days like these. Now that I’m done with the civility on to harsh reality.

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Dealing with our health problems

Re: Think health, think prosperity Faifeau’s and Diabetes A number of loved ones, including my parents, have lost their lives due to complications from diabetes. It is a dreadful disease and one, which is totally avoidable. As mentioned in your editorial, the social and economic cost of diabetes to Samoa and Samoans is horrendous. The drain on our health budget is enormous and the opportunity costs high.

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Go Manu Samoa Sevens

Re: Manu Samoa Sevens Everybody expecting a championship caliber 7’s rugby team in the short time Sir Gordon has been in Samoa are nuts... You must learn to walk before you can run.

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Religious thinkers

Re: A false statement “Christianity has only been a part of Samoan society for 100 years or so and this is also the time period when the greatest decline in Samoan society has taken place.” Absolutely correct.

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Memories forever

Re: Independence photos Thank you Samoa Observer for continuing to publish our independence photos. These are great memories for generations to come.

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What Baby Miracle’s life told us

Now and then, people come along and things happen near us we can’t quite work out, let alone explain. You see it’s natural for us as mere mortals to always try to rationalise, reason and figure out everything that happens near us. It’s just the way we were created.

Street Talk

Peteru Taoipi, 53

Mixed opinions about arming Police officers

The recent violence in Savai’i involving, which led to Salelologa men interfering with the work of the Police, has revived the question about the need to arm the Police Force to deal with such issues. Do you think the Police Force should be armed, to allow them to deal with incidents where their lives are under threat in carrying out their work? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

“Good directions”

Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”


“Oi auē, ua maumau le vasa!” “What a pity, such a waste of ocean!”: Idiosyncrasy and wisdom in Samoan creation and funeral chants

June the 8th last week was World Ocean’s Day. I would like to dedicate this address to all those who have and are working tirelessly to protect our oceans. The ocean is family and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we protect and nurture it like family.

Between the Lines


Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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