LOVING SAMOA: Emily Dunn from England has spent the past five weeks with the Samoa Observer.

The summer of a lifetime: My unforgettable experience of Samoa

At the risk of sounding cliché, five weeks ago I could never have imagined the opportunities and incredible experiences that coming to Samoa would give me.

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Spare change?

Change is inevitable. It is encouraged, but often unwanted. You may embrace it or you may hate it, but the fact still remains that you have to and will continue to undergo the wonders of change.

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi Address to officially  open the 20th Pacific  Immigration Directors Conference;  Taumesina Island Resort

Samoa commits to address security challenges

I welcome you all to our shores for the 20th Pacific Immigration Directors Conference.

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Samoa’s pride in our beloved Manu Samoa

Firstly I’m delighted to have been asked to speak to you tonight to launch the Manu Samoa Old Boys Association and an update on the state of Samoa Rugby Union.

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The sea is always watching us

My daughter is a poet at heart, and my life is partly some of the darkness she writes of.

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P.A.C.E.R.-PLUS TALKS: The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Purcell talks during one of the forums to promote P.A.C.E.R Plus in Samoa.

Will the ‘Samoan Way’ be replaced by the ‘P.A.C.E.R.-Plus Way’?

If Samoa, and other Pacific governments, are serious about assessing the impacts of P.A.C.E.R-Plus and genuinely consulting then they must follow Vanuatu’s decision and the signing ceremony must be postponed. The threats to Samoa are real and all Samoans should have the time to understand what is at stake and have a say in their economic future” – P.A.N.G.

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The lure of the Pacific

Once you have distinguished The Pacific’s unique shades of blue and green

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Have you ever had the feeling when you have the chills? Goosebumps running up and down your spine

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Days of one’s life flow ever onward Journeys to and fro never ending

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Thinking of you Thinking of things

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Days of our lives

Days, months, years pass With the regularity of the tides

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The Funeral

Faint cries hiding behind their faces. Black and white everywhere you look.

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If we could

If we could look at our lives Through the eyes of the future

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The art of receiving

Open your mind and heart To receive love in full measure

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Lies, untruths, promises of tomorrow Unfulfilled dreams, incomplete projects

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Have you ever seen the sunlight through a window? It beams like a solid piece of gold.

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BOOK LAUNCH: P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at the launch of his book.

Palemia: A political statecraft at a moment of supremacy

Palemia, A Memoir is the book of anticipation! A book of events. Events of defining consequence in the life of Samoa. For some, perhaps even a book of revelation!

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Government on the move to create employment

It is an honour to take the floor on behalf of the Independent State of Samoa and to address this Council.

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Man must clean up his mess

May I first offer my heartfelt condolences to the peoples and governments of Afghanistan and of the United Kingdom for the recent barbaric attacks against them, and also to peoples around the world whovcontinue to suffer threats and pains from acts of terrorism, including domestic violence.

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A walk through the village

You know you have met your soul mate when you are a poet at heart and he is not that but a comedian. Where you love to hear about the sway of birds in the sky and the hail of butterflies, he ends a conversation with you with originally designed poetry like,

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That does sound desperate, doesn’t it?

The war of words between the lone Opposition voice in Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, and the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, over the state of the government’s financial affairs has been interesting to follow. Whether you and I agree or not, the issue being debated is important and we believe we should all take notice.

Letters to the Editor

Samoans with no families in Samoa?

Dear Editor, Re: Open letter to the S.R.U A Samoan family having no families in Samoa? A sure sign of long lost connection with your roots which could have been a lot different outcome with your son had he stayed with families.

Street Talk

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Who has the last word?

Think a Minute…Someone said: “Death is the worst part of life!” A famous entertainer once said: “I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” Unfortunately, when it’s our time to die we don’t have any choice but to be there!

Between the Lines


GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.

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