It is the future generations of Samoa we should be thinking about

A lot has been said about Samoa’s debt, aid and why we shouldn’t be panicking about the state of the economy during the recent past. Take for example last week in Parliament where Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, his Cabinet Ministers and certain Members of Parliament made a concerted effort to drum up the country’s financial position and how each and every one of us should be grateful to the government for where we are today.

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Ghost writers! O le Palemia!  And yes, Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s  gift from American Samoa!

About a month ago, on 18 December 2017 that was, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi shocked everyone when he did something that was quite inconceivable at the time, so that it seemed pretty clear that no one in his right mind would have known what to do in response.

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Church Ministers taxed. Govt. corruption the norm. Village poverty a shame.

Every time we hear Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, demanding that all church ministers in this country pay taxes to the government, the mind winces and for a moment there it feels as if it’s refusing to think.

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War of words rages on as frangipanis* are being chucked around the House

The war of words fought in Parliament last week between two government politicians, is clearly the sort of drivel we’d thought this country’s politicians would have learned a long time ago to ignore, and if it’s humanly feasible with just a simple giggle and a frown.

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“What I am worried about is their safety, which is why I’m protecting them,” reveals P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

On the front page of yesterday’s Weekend Observer, the main story’s bold headline reads: “P.M. accuses lawyers”. Accompanied by a photograph of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, facing the camera, the story reveals that at the time, he was addressing Parliament.

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$20m on a prison? What about poverty, hardship and people struggling with cost of living?

We know this much. This country needs better prison facilities for reasons that are obvious. Apart from the fact that the prison population is growing rapidly, the idea that two more prisoners escaped from Tafa’igata yesterday is further evidence something needs to be done urgently to improve the way they are locked away.

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Samoa Airways, O.L.P. and threats raised in Parliament

Two imminent threats were identified in Parliament this week. The first threat was raised by former Speaker and Cabinet Minister, La’auliolemalietoa Leauatea Schmidt, on Tuesday when he finally addressed Parliament after a long absence.

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Put education before everything else

After the fun comes reality. And with the Festive Season of last year now only a distant memory, it’s back to school time again with all its joys, sorrows and all other feelings it brings. Whatever feelings you have, we know one certainty for this week and the next.

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Health merger: A brave move or an epic fail?

There are two ways one can interpret the latest developments at the public Health sector detailed in a story titled “Govt. Health vision” on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Monday. The first pair of lens can see that the government is learning as they go along and that the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) reflects a government that is not afraid to make tough decisions when it has to. That’s the good news.

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Time to get those “sumo wrestlers” in shape

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is absolutely correct. This country needs fit and able-bodied Prison guards who can chase after prisoners who run away from Tafa’igata Prison. And even some Police officers need to get in shape so they can do their jobs properly.

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First the E.U. blacklist and now the U.S. ban? What’s going on?

The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas is an unexpected surprise. Not just because we’ve hardly heard about anyone from these shores taking up the visa class but the reason behind the decision is rather poor and disappointing.

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White elephants, economy and the need for cost benefit analysis

Aid and white elephants are not exactly strangers to each other. Especially where cheque-book diplomacy is involved since the focus is not always on what people really need but rather a formality so that the funders can tick their boxes, have their cocktail functions, be merry and fly the flag.

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Bad start for Team Parker, they need to do better

Let’s admit it. Our man Lupesoliai Joseph Parker is a lot better being the nice genuine bloke that he is. He should just be himself. We don’t think he suits the role of trying to play the bad guy clearly judging from the events that have been unfolding during the past few days in the lead up to the first official press conference where he and Anthony Joshua faced off.

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Tufuiopa’s pool plight a matter of urgency

It’s about time. Unless the government moves to do something to protect users of the Tufuiopa village pool, someone is going to get killed. There is absolutely no doubt about it. By the grace of God and sheer luck, no one has died yet during the recent incidents where vehicles have ended up in the pool.

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No need to burn our bridges over Australia and China row

The truth is simple enough. Australian Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells might have sounded rather undiplomatic in her criticisms of China’s aid to the Pacific region but we cannot deny that she does have a very valid point.

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Convicts, law and silly excuses

The Minister of Prisons and Corrections Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt’s attempt to defend the indefensible on the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer is pathetic at best.

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Beautiful from afar, sickening at the core

Some great things have been said about this country over recent weeks. If you’ve been following the Dear Tourist pages of your newspaper, you would have been proud. Indeed visitors from all over the world - including many Samoans coming back for the holidays - have been impressed so much by the changes they have seen that they have been doing nothing but singing praises of how wonderful this place is.

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Kudos to creativity, originality and yes … yumminess

Are you serious? I had to ask again. It happened two weeks ago when the Samoa Culinary Association contacted me to be a Judge for this year’s Oka Festival, which was held at Home Café on Saturday.

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Just tell us the truth. That is all.

The good news – if Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is to be believed – is that Samoa doesn’t owe China “billions”. Yet. While there is no doubt that Samoa’s debt to China is growing and substantial, Prime Minister Tuilaepa has at least assured the nation the amount is nowhere near the figures that have been floating around in cyberspace and on the social media realm.

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Could Iuniarra Sipaia’s ban be a conspiracy?

Poor Iuniarra Sipaia. First she was denied a gold medal when she competed against a transgender lifter and now she has been suspended for testing positive for a banned substance through no fault of her own. What next?

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Letters to the Editor

Why now?

Re: Former Head of State worries about customary land Tui Atua Tupua, you did not do your job. You knew it was not a good law. You were in Parliament and you should know.

Street Talk

Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Love for All Seasons (Part 2)

Think a minute…Recently a couple who had been married 72 years died together in the hospital. After a car accident they were put in beds beside each other, so they continually held each other’s hand.


“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!

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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