Andy Warton, view of the Independence Swim of 2013.

Swim the Harbour of history

If only Apia Harbour can tell her story of the last 150 years. We would be mesmerised with the drama and the dramatics of Samoan history played out in her waters. No one would move until she has finished telling her story.

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With the mayor of Auckland Mr Phil Goff.

Green is the new Black

Past, present and future. Three simple words yet with three very different meanings. But what we must come to understand is that their fate is all intertwined to ours.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: LIFE CON Explosion welcomes former Miss Samoa and Miss South Pacific, Janine Tuivaiti to Samoa.

Beyond treatment

Nothing holds more true for someone like myself than an old saying, Time is not measured by clocks, but by moments.

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E.F.K.S in the Court of Appeal

At the beginning of proceedings in what is now Reupena v Senara [2016] WSSC 140 and CA 11/16, I caused to be published in these pages a biblical rejoinder from Luke 21:1-38 (Samoa Observer 22 May 2015, p.p. 13-14, 23).

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Mothers Day

A Mother loves right from the start. She holds her baby close to her heart.

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Mother’s love

It’s touched It lasts longer It never fades

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Tribute to Mother

A picture memory brings to me; I look across the years and see Myself beside my mother’s knee.

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To Any Reader

As from the house your mother sees You playing round the garden trees, So you may see, if you will look

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O le tina ole faioa

E moe ae le ma-moe, Taia pea I taliga manatu lelei mo se faamoemoe.

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The woman who gave all she could

She loved him. She gave him all she could and all she had.

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What I Learned From My Mother

I learned from my mother how to love the living, to have plenty of vases on hand

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Where do the good men go?

In this terrible world, there is no time to fake a cry. When I think of the children dying in hopeless wars, and fading in poverty-stricken communities, I hold up my head to feel the sky.

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Gender stereotyping a cause of violence in schools

Gender stereotyping has been identified as one of the root causes of gender-based violence in Samoa.

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The egg we eat

Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are. Anthelme Brillat –Sevarin 1755-1826 Note. RE: Regulations and the egg debate by E.Tamasese. Good point Eddy.

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Before Slipping

We all make mistakes. However in some situations it can be recognized as a different case. Why? Because before we even made them, we were afforded with a choice.

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ANZAC: Lest we forget!

Today, 25 April 2017, marks 102 years since the landing of thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops on the shores of Gallipoli and the birth of the term ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).

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Moving on

Eyes closed Head on my pillow Mind racing

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On the road to euthanasia

When thunder rumbles over his bed he doesn’t move. Does he hear it?

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Do not trust these People:

Men who have buried four or more wives. Shoplifters who compare prices before deciding.

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The blink of an Eye

Our morning is tethered to many small things; some have more weight than others:

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Can someone explain?

Let’s be totally frank about this one. The idea that someone had worked at the nation’s busiest hospital for more than 19 years as a “doctor” before it was discovered he is only “a traditional healer” is not just alarming; it is absolutely shocking.

Letters to the Editor

Propaganda tool

Re: Church keeps E.F.K.S TV It’s a Christian propaganda tool. They play the stupidest Christian themed movies and programmes. It may look like they are losing money but they are actually recruiting future donors to their church coffers with this ridiculous station and their ridiculous programs.

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:

Think a Minute

Finding a lost masterpiece

Think a minute…Did you know that you’re not one person, but three? The person you think you are, the person other people think you are, and the person you really are. One day a man was looking in a second-hand art shop.

Between the Lines


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

Sunday Reading

Myth, legends of ancient worlds

“Higher Daddy!Higher!” the little boy squealed, his face bright with excitement. Sigurd laughed and caught his son before tossing him up even higher than before.

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