“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

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In response to the Samoa First Union

This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.

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Tui Cable: These are exciting times

“Whilst providing affordable wholesale internet through the Tui-Samoa is important, extending access must go hand in hand with increasing digital literacy for women and men, girls and boys as well as those Samoans with disabilities” – P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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Desensitize my de-sensitivity

Don’t you just love double negatives? Anyway…I must warn you, this article may have content that may be upsetting or too violent for some audiences. Read at your own discretion.

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Progress means better Chief Executives

I write in reference to an the opinion of the Prime Minister the A.C.E.Os should be chosen by Cabinet.

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New Zealand – an awful name for God’s Own

To’osavili John Key got it wrong. Had he campaigned to change the name of the country instead of the flag, he may have had a better Cause and chance at succeeding. After all, change the name of the country and a new flag is a certainty.

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Who is responsible for our sinking islands?

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish and according to researchers, by then I will be completely submerged underwater. Tackling the plastic problem and pollution in the ocean will help reduce the carbon pollution and global warming.

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The troubling hearts we carry

Often, alone, I long to hear the solitary songs of sorrow.

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Tafa’igata Hilton, sumo wrestlers and prison escapees

Is the Tafa’igata prison, a prison or a hotel? It looks more like a hotel, where the inmates (customers) are forced to check in, but the check out time is up to them.

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The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

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Catch the right waves

Stop. Unplug your earphones, headphones, you know what, turn the phone off.

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Let us hire the best

A harmonious and happy society is one in which all its members are involved in a constructive activity that benefits the majority. Any deviation from this ideal accommodation brings imbalance and chaos depending of its deviation and gravity of it.

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Christmas cancelled

More than two thousand years from today, a child was born to a 15-year-old mother in a dirty barn full of smelly animals and dusty hay. His first gasp of air was in a little town called Bethlehem, as prophesied.

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The humble breadfruit tree has many uses

This Article deals exclusively with the food uses of the breadfruit then and now

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Why are you unemployed?

If you are unemployed, blame yourself. Nobody else. Almost. Let me explain. People say I need a job. Doesn’t anybody? Unfortunately, those who proclaim that way, and I don’t blame them, do not know, with all certainty, what kind of a job they want.

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Sustaining economic growth and the future

For the best part of the last three decades this facility has contributed greatly to the economy of Samoa and its G.D.P.

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Where is our dignity?

When I read poetry, in my solitude, I often think of my love for my country and yours too. I think of the beauty of it, and how the essence of it all is a sweet caress on a troubled mankind’s forehead.

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BREADFRUIT: Like the banana and plantain, the breadfruit may be eaten ripe as a fruit or under ripe as a vegetable.

Breadfruit tree has many uses

This article deals exclusively with the food uses of the breadfruit then and now. THEN. Back in the early Polynesian times, when the breadfruit reached these islands they used just about everything needed to survive.

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Le Tofā Taofiofi: The Wisdom of Restraint

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. 

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Human rights can help Samoa become a better nation

The National Human Rights Institution would like to wish everyone a very happy Human Rights Day!

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Editorial

“They call it economic success, I call it a disaster” – Pei Tauiliili

There is no denying this simple fact. While life in Samoa is not exactly problem free, it must be said that it is better than most places - near and far. We don’t have to look far. Following the recent devastation of Cyclone Gita, when we look across to the plight of our brothers, sisters and families in the Kingdom of Tonga, we can only be grateful.

Letters to the Editor

The real issue here

Dear Editor Re: In response to P.S. Jeffrey regarding ‘idle lands’ Rather than crucify Jeffrey for his emotive outburst, perhaps we can dissect the issues, which is at the heart of the emotion spillover. If we consider land as an asset (according to my one unit of economics at a local institute), then it is the job of family members under the guidance of the family Sa’o to manage that asset in the best possible way.

Street Talk

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An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

Think a Minute

“Getting fit”

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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