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.

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Taxes, Government and the Church – Part III

Due to travel, it hasn’t been possible to respond earlier to the letter (15 February 2018) by Reverend Lale Ieremia on taxing the clergy in Samoa.

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Liva Iulio attests to the benefits of M.E.T.I’s plant based diet.

Changing lives: Why you are not losing weight

Talofa Samoa! I see them all the time when I go for my daily brisk walk along the Seawall behind the Government Building near the Apia Harbour: heavy-set people straining to lose weight by exercising in all kind of ways.

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Youth members participated yesterday.

“We get a Government that we deserve”

Today marks the second year since the Government approved the National Voters Day as part of the Office of the Electoral Commissioner’ national drive, to raise public awareness on the rights, duties and obligations of our citizens as voters under our Constitution and electoral laws.

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Isn’t paradise a bombard of comical tragedies?

Speaking of tourism, why not build us a large canoe and wade it across the sea for the irony of rubbish collected by the plastic filled ocean, saved inside the roaming sharks and the whales?

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THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR: All women deserve the right to live freely from violence.

Helping women ‘press for progress’

Today, on 8 March, we celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate the achievements and successes of women around the globe. It also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by women in our society and to consider how we can address these challenges.

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HELP FOR THE GOSHEN TRUST: Fa’asootauloa Sam Saili, Leaupepe Savea Tutagi Too Arundell, Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi with the Director of Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, Sose Annandale, at Tuaefu.

We discover the angel in our nature by committing to cause of most vulnerable

Right now I feel like I am hanging on a string with stretches from purgatory to hell.

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GOING TO WORK: Farmers making the most of Samoa’s fertile soil.

Soil fertility knowledge can boost your harvests

Farmers everywhere regularly harvest crops yielding far below the biological potential of their chosen variety.

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HEALTHY LIVING: Christina Robert switches to a plant based diet for a healthier lifestyle.

Changing lives: Reversing heart diseases in Samoa

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.

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“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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Preying on love and generosity of others

It’s a tragedy when people prey on the generosity and the good-hearted nature of others. While it’s something we’d like not to happen, the reality is that it happens all the time. In some cases, it is very blunt too

Letters to the Editor

Baseless argument

Dear Editor, Re: Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land This is why not a single one of those bush lawyers from S.S.I.G. or academics have the guts to take their land whinge to Court. In the 10 years that this L.T.R.A. 2008 has been law in Samoa, not a single case has gone before the courts.

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

Twenty-two million candles

Think a minute…Ann Scheiber lived alone in her small apartment in New York City having never married. She did not own a car, so she walked everywhere wearing the same old black coat.

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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