A manipulative, professional con

Heartless con people making the rounds and swindling money from unsuspecting victims has become a major issue in Samoa. You’d think that just because we live in Samoa where it’s small and people know each other such a menace wouldn’t exist.

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Le Tuiga Samoa is born

It’s not often that we give our young people a chance to lead, to make decisions and to know that with this leadership and decision-making, comes other responsibilities.

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Samoa’s passport fiasco and the Chinese chap named Jin Jipei!

Poor Prime Minister, Tuilapea Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. One day he’s Donald Trump’s buddy, the next day he’s getting swamped in the head with trivial tales about people fooling around with his country’s bashed about, venerable passports.

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A tribute to our public servants

Yesterday, Samoa paused once more to pay tribute to the work of the public service. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led the tribute with an inspirational speech we have published on page 7 of the newspaper you are reading.

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All that Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi is asking for, is a diplomatic passport

On 13 September 2017, the Samoa Observer published a story that looked profoundly perplexing, so that the first thought that came to mind was that perhaps someone, somewhere had made a silly mistake.

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Let’s think about the basics. Think teachers and doctors.

We will not stop calling this out. If this government is serious about improving education and health, it should put its money where its mouth is. How? When it comes to education, pay teachers what they are worth.

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Decisions today will matter tomorrow

Amidst the excitement and chaos of some local and global developments of the past couple of weeks, a very interesting issue flew by the radar. The issue is of national significance, which is why we believe it is worth revisiting with the idea that the government needs to clarify the parameters so that all is clear in terms of moving forward.

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He’s still the world champion and it is all that matters

And so the circus that is the world heavyweight boxing division continues. With yet another “controversial” decision adding fuel to the fire, it is typical of what we have come to expect from the sport over the years, isn’t it?

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Something’s missing

It says quite a lot when there is more passion displayed in the boxing ring after the announcement of the outcome of a 12 round bout, than during it. And that the passion didn’t come from either of the two boxers themselves.

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Bomb threat, world crisis and the power of prayers

We know technology has reduced the world to the size of a global village. But not many of us really believe how small that village has become and how this could actually have such a real and profound impact on everyone – including the isolated populations in the middle of the vast Pacific ocean.

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Lupesoliai Parker shouldn’t let the occasion get the better of him

It’s not heavyweight boxing without the drama. That’s for sure. And so it’s hardly surprising to see Segiali’i David Higgins’ shenanigans in London on the eve of one of Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s biggest fights in his career.

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The written word and climate change

This year’s Short Story Competition run by the Samoa Observer and sponsored by Samoa Stationery and Books and Eveni Caruthers ended with its prize giving ceremony at S.S.A.B’s conference room. The writer was asked to say a few words about why the Samoa Observer values the competition and why the theme of this year, which is climate change, is especially important. This is what he said:

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One more reminder to protect our young girls

Every parent who has a girl child at school – including in colleges and tertiary education – should read Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Warren’s comments on page 3 of the Samoa Observer yesterday.

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Dealing with unemployment should be a matter of urgency

We know this much is undeniable. A lot of our social and criminal problems of today could easily have been resolved if there were sufficient employment opportunities made available to the population of this island nation.

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Desperation knows no boundaries

The front-page story titled “No poverty in Samoa? Check out the children at Tafaigata landfill” is another sad reminder about the chilling reality for some of the poorest people in this country today.

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I just don’t get it

It’s not that often I agree with the opinion of Salega East Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Va’ai and I’m sure he could care less about me saying so. And while I am not convinced we should just go ahead and can the Green Lane List system, like many others now that there is obviously a problem, I would like to know more about why it was set up.

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Greed poisons the mind, destroys great intentions

The past couple of weeks have been great for Samoa. There is absolutely no doubt about it. Some wonderful things have been said about this country that we should all take pride in.

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Tough road ahead for Fuimaono

At long last. The appointment of Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua as the Head Coach of the Manu Samoa has been confirmed. The confirmation from the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, though came a bit late.

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Conflicts, containers, tipping and bribery in paradise

Visibility is not hard in this paradise we call home. Samoa, being a small place, it’s difficult to escape if you are a prominent person or someone of importance to members of the public. It’s just the way it is.

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It’s a cold, cold world we live in

Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a very interesting time. It is one defined by many problems with the global economy, environment and in many other areas of life.

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Letters to the Editor

Let’s help our own people first

Dear Editor Re: Refugees talk in Samoa First of all to anyone who has at least one drop of *True Samoa Love*, or a drop of *Samoa Integrity*, you would not be talking about how to “properly assist refugees” because the Simple truth is, there are enough people in Samoa, right now, suffering from serious “poverty problems” such as health poverty, or financial poverty…enough to keep any humanitarian busy for the next 100 years.

Street Talk

Fa’afetai Timo, 29

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Think a Minute

Hard Habit to Break

Think a minute…Are you in the habit of putting salt on your food? Maybe you have a habit of thinking you’re not smart and that you’ll never succeed in life. Don’t forget, your habits control your life. What we keep doing every day becomes our life!


The entire shoreline of the beach just a few feet before her, was completely sullied by fragments of rubbish.

The Sullied Coast

The tropical heart was unendurable. Beyond the seldom cloudy, blue horizon, the sun stood undeterred at the sky’s apex. For three Alaskan tourists, this was a whole new experience from the arctic climes they have adapted to since they were children.

Between the Lines


DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

Sunday Reading

OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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