Use common sense, treat it like your own

We know this much. In the bigger scheme of things, it is our attitude towards the small things that makes a huge difference. This truth applies to everything in life. Yes folks, small things do matter.

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Rumours normally begin from some element of truth

For such a small country, there really is never a dull moment. What from the most interesting - and at times bizarre political statements - to everyday events that continue to baffle the mind given their contradictory nature to what this country claims to stand for, it’s all happening.

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Now here’s the truth, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi! With simple honesty nothing fails!

Well, as the wise would say, no one is perfect; indeed, we’re living in a world where everyone is quite capable, of learning from one’s own mistakes. And as we’re thinking about those words now, let us look one more time at Prime Minister, Dr Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi’s new baby, Samoa Airways, and how it can possibly succeed where his old baby, defunct Polynesian Airlines, had failed.

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What is “stupid”, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi?

Poor Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malilelegaoi! Why is it that he’s the one who is always copping the flak, and yet it is those he’s appointed to get the job done who have loused everything up anyway? For instance, on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Tuesday, 13 March 2018, the headline screamed: “Stupid,” P.M. slams Samoa Airways report.

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Wonderful ‘made in Samoa’ success stories

We know this much. It’s a mountain of a task for local companies from small countries like Samoa to break into some of the major overseas markets, which are dominated by big corporate companies.

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Warning shot a masterstroke from a seasoned politician

How time flies. This time last Monday this country was all wrapped up in the ‘Jacinda Ardern mania.’ The New Zealand Prime Minister was the undisputed star of the show, touching down for a flying one and a half day visit, which totally captivated everyone she came in contact with – including our leaders.

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That office where honesty and integrity should be without blemish at all times!

Come to think of it though, some of the headlines in the Samoa Observer over the last couple of weeks, were quite shocking to say the least.

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Reality kicks in for Samoa Airways

After the honeymoon phase, the reality of running a fully-fledged international airline in such a cut throat industry has started to kick in for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration. And by the sound of things, the picture is not pretty at all.

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China’s dominance, local businesses and the future

It’s arguably the most talked about topic of the day. China’s influence whether it’s aid, diplomacy or just the influx of its people and businesses into small countries, the issue is as universal as the internet. It is what the world is talking about.

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On International Women’s Day, let’s not forget Filemu Ta’uneia!

Today is International Women’s Day. In Samoa and around the world, it’s an opportunity to acknowledge the role of women in our lives, reflect on their achievements, measure the progress made in terms of the push for gender equality and most importantly plan concrete steps for a better and brighter future. Not just for women but for everyone.

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Poverty, street vendors and doing away with band aid solutions

The good news is that the Government is finally moving on a bill to stop children under 14 from being street vendors. The bill is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development as part of the plan to address core issues that deal directly with child labour, slavery and street vendors in Samoa.

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P.M. Ardern, rugby, Treaty of Friendship and those visas

The truth is quite simple. The Samoan Government doesn’t need to look far to find a role model. If Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration need some inspiration, they only have to look to New Zealand. It’s to the south of us, three hours away by plane and with the Tui Samoa Cable up and running, communications have never been easier.

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Sliding rocks incident should be used as constructive feedback

Here is the thing folks. There are two ways the relevant authorities can view the incident at the Papaseea Sliding Rocks last week, where a kiwi tourist has decided to speak out after she was injured.

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Is “Tim Scully” running Samoa’s Internet today?

On the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer the headline screamed: “Social Media Policy tells public servants to defend Govt. reputation.” Now the questions are: “What government reputation that needs to be defended are we talking about here? “Indeed, if the government has such a reputation, why is it entrusting the job of defending it to only public servants?

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“We know he is the man for the job” – Minister Loau

This much cannot be denied. The recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Pacific Games, Falefata Hele Matatia, has a huge task ahead. With 16 months to go before the Pacific region converges in Samoa once more, his position is not exactly the most envious role there is.

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A recipe for disaster

With great power comes greater responsibility. The truth is that while we’ve all been excited and marveled at the power of the internet to transform lives, we seldom discuss the lack of awareness and education about how to use such a powerful tool.

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About Olo and Minister Tialavea’s little scrap

On Monday, outspoken Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, voiced what many people are probably thinking but are perhaps afraid to say. In a story titled “M.P. calls on Prisons Minister to step down” published on the front page of the Samoa Observer, Olo did not mince words.

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Debt, corruption and a new type of colonialism

How much is too much? That’s a good question to ask ourselves as we continue to discuss and debate the issue of debt and whether this country can really afford the mountain of foreign debt incurred by Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s administration over the past 36 years.

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We’re thinking of you too, Joseph Parker!

Once a Samoan always a proud patriotic Samoan. No matter where in the world we are, we will forever be flying that flag telling as many people as possible - who quite often mistake Samoa for Somalia – about our beautiful small slice of paradise.

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Something is wrong when a criminal stands up to His Honour the Chief Justice

Let’s see. Something is terribly amiss in the make up of society when a notorious criminal and someone who has brought unimaginable shame to a country is allowed to openly question the highest authority in as far as the Judiciary is concerned.

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Letters to the Editor

What the Minister can do instead

Dear Editor, Re: Minister appeals for support Minister Sio needs to spend his time and energy figuring out why our national team(s) like the Rugby 7 team is not doing well, why there are issues at the Education like improving students performances/exam results, figure it out why money are disappearing from thieving staff of Ministry of Education, why/figure it out how to stop this (these) principal preying on the kids etc.

Street Talk

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Think a Minute

“Create Your Own Luck”

Think a minute.Do you know some people who just have all the luck? They seem to get all the breaks. And you ask yourself: “Why don’t I get lucky? Why don’t I get a great education? A great job or business?


The rise of Samoan women in conservation - by culture, merit

About a month ago, we were in a meeting with three village Mayors (male Chiefs) to discuss the implementation of the first carbon offsetting project for Samoa by replanting more than 12,000 native trees in the O le Pupu Pue national Park.

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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