Egos and the struggles of Samoa Airways

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to your article titled Samoa Airways $2 m. ‘teething problems’. Months ago (memory lapse), I wrote about how ludicrous and dumbfounded decision by the Samoan (Stui) Government to drop Virgin Airlines, after deciding (paper, scissors, rock?) to go it alone and present our beloved Samoa (by default) another national debt.

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The problem

Re: Samoa Airway’s teething problems It’s blue skies and peaceful times in Samoa; there is no civil unrest or coup of any sort. So what excuses does Samoa Airways have for not being able to secure any bums on the seats?

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They haven’t learnt

Re: Logical explanation Jeffrey, you might be 100% correct in your comments, however as we all know from business 101, the two sides to any business are cost and revenue. You are addressing the revenue side.

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Logical explanation

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Airways teething problems Fiji Airways ran at a loss for several years (during the coup). There are also seasons during the year where there will be high occupancy rates and low occupancy rates.

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Are you serious?

Dear Editor, Re: Care for Samoa Whiskey? Ua mana’o i le i’a ‘ae le manumanu i le upega. Its as if Samoans are well educated in drinking hard liquor. What’s wrong with our leaders?

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Chaos within individual families

Dear Editor, Re: The fight for our Samoan people today The way I see it, it’s in the government’s best interest if families are in chaos. Therefore the government is sowing discord within families and the more they sing that song, the more the uneducated will tend to believe and start to resent their sa’o for no reason at all.

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My Samoa, wake up!

Dear Editor, A very good warning from Vaovasa Winston Peters. History has a very good track record of what happens when the International Bankers through the UN offers poor countries help through developments and financial aid.

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Use local pilots

Re: Reality kicks in for Samoa Airways This is hardly unexpected; in fact it is highly predictable. Both the Government and S.A. General Manager are making things worse for themselves by being so defensive and secretive.

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About the Government’s response to the issue of customary lands. Part II

Dear Editor, If there is no evidence from Teleiai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa, the Attorney General and the Prime Minister, then the only reason and purpose why they have carried out those consultations in the first place was because of the programmes and plans of the A.D.B.

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Such serious denial

Re: China’s dominance, local businesses and the future Government is in serious denial if it continues not to see problem as you have highlighted. It started with debt that was ‘forgiven’, then low interest and now debt being ‘forgiven’ in return for equities as business licenses, Ssamoan passports used to get into preferred countries etc etc.

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Time for them to go

Re: Deputy P.M. Vaovasa warns Tuilaepa has to step down. His and his government must be held accountable for what is happening to Samoa’s lands. Despite the opposition, they have gone ahead and did it because of greed and selfish thinking that no Samoan will know it.

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About the Government’s response to the issue of customary lands

Dear Editor, Re: Alienation of customary lands fears dismissed (Samoa Observer 24/02/2018) “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15.22).

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How we can make Samoa Airways work

Dear Editor, I would very much like to see Samoa Airways successful. But the reality of it is, is that it was doomed to fail right from the get go based on the lack of preparations for the long haul. Having a business venture that requires a solid footing in financing is the key element in weighing the ups and downs of the business cycle in the Airline Industry.

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I hope our P.M. is feeling well

Dear Editor Re: P.M. Ardern’s gifts Every time I watch the video of the press conference between Ardern at Tuilaepa, I kept thinking, does P.M. Tuilaepa pay little regards to this young energetic Prime Minister of New Zealand?

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Keep up the great work

Dear Editor, Re: International Women’s Day editorial Thank you Mr. Lesa for your masterpiece on International Women’s Day in the newspaper yesterday. I loved it that you talked about all those successful women and then you brought it right down to grassroots level where many of our women continue to suffer.

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It’s not hard to find

Re: Minister denies Airline loss claims To be honest it wasn’t hard to find out the loading for OL731 or OL732. All I did two Saturdays ago was asked a senior Samoa Airways staff how many on their flight that morning and she said 55 Passengers. ... not including crew.

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Thank you for the Dialysis Unit

Dear Editor, As a patient who has been treated at the Dialysis Unit for the last 10 years, I wish to offer my heart felt gratitude to our Government for establishing such a valuable facility for the benefit of our people.

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The realities of our existence

Dear Editor Re: Re: Lack of trust That is not the government’s fault. So stop blaming the government for how Samoans choose to operate these days. These are global forces which started as soon as the first white man came to Samoa.

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A compromise

Dear Editor Re: N.Z. Prime Minister defends visa policy I would much rather have visa-free entry than the wild goose chase involved with the quota system (which is never filled). This quota was put in place because the NZ government in 1981 feared that Samoans would flood into NZ without visas and then overstay.

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They must be Samoans

Re: I’ve never been burnt, P.M. “Tuilaepa added that the late Rev. Fauolo was an intelligent, honest and straightforward person” The P.M. always muddy the gospel by using God’s servants to do his dirty work, but I’ve got bad news for you.

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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

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.


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.

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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