Pathetic response

Re: Govt. asked to explain The Minister should at least say something like, “Oh the octopus jumped out from the sea and grabbed the briefcase with the money during the handover.”

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Show me legislation

Re: Land decision Show me in the legislation where Torrens title is mentioned or where Customary lands are converted to Public or Freehold title. It simply does not exist, no matter how you interpret it.

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Economy needs long-term investment

Dear Editor, The comments on the Capital Gains Tax (CPG) that I made in yesterday’s Samoa Observer in the story titled “Capital gains taxes worry private sector” was made in the context of Samoa being a member of the WTO. Which has limited our policy space for revenue generation.

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Grow some thick skin to weather the storm

Dear Editor, I write regarding the story titled “P.M. says written responses “special treatment” Samoa Observer and the reporter must understand the stark contrast of the independent and personal decision made by the honourable Prime Minister of Samoa.

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We’re not really serious about getting rid of plastics

Dear Editor Nobody really seems to be serious about getting rid of plastic. As soon as a ban is introduced on one item, some clown will come up with something else.

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How China became a big player in Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s debt The traditional sources of loans and aids were actually the main problem with their inability to trust the Samoan government to manage the granted funds.

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Democracy? I think not

Re: Editorial on pulenuu and La’auli You are so on point! That Pulenu’u in Nofoali’i is also absolutely right! The Government is trying to master and remote control the people of Samoa.

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Read and understand the legislation first

Dear Editor, Re: The Lefaga land decision and what it means Maua, read and understand the legislation thoroughly then you’ll know there is no distortion of facts about customary lands. I beg you to do your due diligence before adding your two cents.

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Their legacy

Re: Samoa’s debt The traditional sources of loans and aids were actually the main problem with their inability to trust the Samoan government to manage the granted funds.

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Stop this fake news

In response to Maua’s rubbish regarding Lefaga’s decision: 1. You argue that a lease by virtue of it being transferred into the trust of the government who acts on behalf of the customary landowners thus alienates the customary land permanently (ie: turns a leasehold title into a fee-simple title).

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Another concerned parent writes

Dear Editor, Re: Education system I too am an angry parent who has been sending my son to what is supposed to be the best school in Savaii, only to be bitterly disappointed with what can only be described as corrupt practices designed to make substandard and lazy teachers look good at the expense of their students education.

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Reformed Ministry of Health needs to return to basics

Dear Editor, Re: NHS/MOH Merger It has been been an interesting week. Parliament passed the MOH Act to merge the NHS & MOH (again) and your issue of 29th Jan and 2nd Feb highlighted alcohol and cancer as major health issues.

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Shipping C.E.O’s explanation not good enough

Dear Editor, P.S. Jeffrey you are an ignorant nincompoop. Firstly, if you had read the letter properly you would have noticed that the incident in question related to government vehicles returning from Savaii after the fa’alavelave – not on their way there.

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The Lefaga land decision and what it means

Dear Editor, Justice Tuala Warren’s decision of 4 December 2018 proves in my opinion that all customary land leased is alienated from the aiga traditional owners. Let me explain:

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Great work

Re: Dissecting the plastic ban and joining the global effort Thank you, Alexander Rheeney for yet another well delivered editorial. I’ve noticed how you’ve always stayed consistent with your presentations with each topic jampacked with facts and interesting source Intel.

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You not only served China well, you have also served Samoa well

Dear Editor, It was with sadness and embarrassment that I read your headlines where a Member of Parliament called the Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, a “cheeky boy” who should keep out of Samoa politics.

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Getting carried away

Re: Smoke, Govt.’s legacy of changing everything and those “fools” Getting a bit carried away there Mataafa with this opinion piece. The worst day in this country’s history was the cyclones Ofa and Val.

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Invest more time and funds

Re: A new competition Nope. We should stop relying on World Racism for helping Oceania -- Oh, excuse me, I meant World Rugby. Hardly anything WR does for Oceania is meaningful.

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A new competition

Re: New global rugby competition The South Americans often use a system whereby teams in one pool do not play each other but all the teams in the other pool. So if you had New Zealand, Argentina and Fiji in Pool A, and France, Scotland and Japan in Pool B, the Southern Hemisphere teams would play each of the Northern Hemisphere teams - and vice versa.

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Not the end of the world

Re: Shipping CEO responds I read the original letter from “John MP” which was completely over-the-top emotional claptrap. These openings in Savaii, whole villages and districts await the government MPs, who have to go here and there for various projects.

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Who is the author of all this confusion and contradiction?

What is driving this Government today? The question – as blunt as it is – is quite necessary given some eyebrow-raising decisions they have been coming up with lately. The motives, the bad and the ugly, have been manifesting themselves in laws passed in Parliament and policies they are proposing to turn into laws.

Street Talk

Afaatia Ataga, 21

Public share views on remittances

“Remittances is Samoa’s largest form of foreign exchange earner with the 2017/18 financial year recording about $503.73 million tala in earnings. This shows the extent of the contribution by Samoans living abroad to the development of the nation. What do you think? Talaia Mika discussed the issue with members of the public and these are some of their views:

Think a Minute

Barriers to Bonding

Think a minute...It’s a fact of life and human nature: “Everybody needs somebody.” For our life to be satisfying and successful, we need close friends. But we face barriers that can hinder, or completely stop, us from bonding with people and enjoying close, meaningful relationships.


Waste: Why the individuals are not the ones to blame

There tends to be accusatory tones whenever we talk about people who throw away plastic bags, straws or any other disposable plastic products in public places.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

Sunday Reading

Alpha Cafe and Chemist owners Nataivai Siitia and her husband Junior Siitia.

A café and a pharmacy - service with a difference

The Alpha Café and Chemist is not your everyday kind of pharmacy – it offers a service with a difference and is within the vicinity of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

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