A collective Pacific plea to China to forgive debts? Interesting

Last week when Pacific leaders gathered in Samoa for the Pacific Island Forum’s Foreign Ministers meeting, some interesting points were raised by a couple of leaders in relation to an issue that affects many small island countries all over the world.

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Banana distribution should be fair and transparent

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Lopao’o Natanielu Mua, is correct. He cannot please everyone all the time. But then someone should remind him that he is not occupying that office for the sake of pleasing people, he is there to do the right thing by all the people of this country, not just a few. All the time.

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Let justice take its course

On Thursday last week, a major development in the deaths of two babies who died after they were administered the M.M.R. vaccine at Safotu, Savai’i, emerged. After a few weeks of several investigations by different officials – including health experts from outside of Samoa - the Police and the Attorney General’s Office took the first step in what we anticipate will be one of many to be taken in the pursuit for justice over the deaths.

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Forum meeting, custodians of Samoa and the wisdom of the fale tapu

And so all is well that ends well. With Samoa having once again successfully hosted the Pacific Island Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting last week, the Ministers and their high level delegations are making their way back to their home countries with many wonderful memories.

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Sex Offenders Registry better late than never

It has taken a while but alas it is finally happening. Better late than never. Today, we believe the Government, Police, Office of the Attorney General, Australia Federal Police and everybody else who played a role in setting up Samoa’s Sex Offender’s Registry must be commended.

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Talofa lava and welcome to “China ready” Samoa

Was it a coincidence? That on the eve of the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Island Forum Countries – including New Zealand and Australia –in Apia and yet the only thing on the lips of people here is “China Ready”?

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The country does not need a strike by seafarers, pressure is on Government

This much we know. The Government and the Samoa Shipping Corporation (S.S.C.) must do everything in their power to avert the threat of strike action by local seafarers manning inter-island ferries. 

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Parking meters a necessary headache

Here’s what we think. Sometimes laws and regulations are absolutely necessary to knock some common sense into some people and force them to do the right thing. The Government’s decision to install parking meters is one of those issues where we find that while it is sad to see a rule is needed to monitor certain behaviour, we are relieved something is finally being done about it.

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Debt, sob stories, truth and Church Ministers

Here’s the good news. Give Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi some credit. He and his administration appear to be walking the talk about transparency, accountability and good governance. At last. We are talking about the issue of Samoa’s growing foreign debt by the way.

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Thug-like behaviour, acts of intimidation have no place in this country today

What’s needed has been done. Today, we applaud the Police, the Judiciary and everyone involved in restoring law and order in certain parts of the country.

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Health sector warfare: It’s okay to be humble, nice and be kind

Well there you have it. As if the people of this country needed confirmation of the sorry state of the affairs in the management of the health sector, the report by the Commission of Inquiry appointed by Cabinet to review the proposed merger between the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) and the National Health Services (N.H.S.) removes all doubt (read story front page of Samoa Observer Friday 03 August 2018).

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Make it happen or stop talking nonsense

We keep seeing the idea pop up now and then. After every so often, I think when people have nothing else to talk about, they remember those brilliant Pacific Island rugby players and all of a sudden they revive the idea of a Super rugby team for the Pacific.

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Globalisation or desperation?

Globalisation is real and Samoa is not immune from the impact, both positive and negative. The positive side is that the world has been reduced to the size of a global village so that technology and innovation has made certain things a lot easier.

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In these tough times, everybody needs a hand, an encouraging word

We know this much cannot be denied. Times are tough. Physically, mentally, financially, spiritually and socially. And this is not confined to Samoa. It’s the same thing happening all over the world, to the smallest and the biggest of countries.

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Failed projects, history repeating itself and S.L.C.

Last week, the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, was quite firm in his opposition to plans by the Samoa Shipping Corporation to invest in a hotel-type accommodation at Mulifanua.

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Time for Parker to shed nice guy image… maybe his trainer too

We know this much. The world of heavyweight boxing is lucrative and dirty business both in and outside of the ring. And wherever millions and millions of dollars are at stake, people don’t care what they do to get it and how they do it.

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Alcohol tax, violence and the poorest of the poor

The Government and the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, have got a legitimate point about the need to address the growing violence attributed to easy access to cheap and locally made spirits. We’ve seen in the recent past how destructive and deadly such spirits can become when they are consumed by the wrong people under all sorts of circumstances.

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For the sake of democracy and a functioning Parliamentary system in one-party state Samoa

On Wednesday last week, one of the most interesting developments in the local political sphere in recent memory emerged. It happened when the news broke that a new political party had been formed and registered with the Office of the Electoral Commissioner.

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Parker’s redemption: “I want it more, I want it bad”

This is it. The moment Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker and his most ardent supporters have been waiting for has arrived. After the bitter disappointment of losing the W.B.O. title to Anthony Joshua earlier this year, Samoa’s very own Parker is back under the spotlight, returning to the ring in London tomorrow for what will be a career defining fight against another big, brash Brit.

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When evil flourishes in a Christian state

It’s such a sad reality that in Samoa today, we see so much crime and evil. Although this is not confined to Samoa as we see it in other places around the world, the truth is that on a daily basis, we see the endless struggle between good and bad.

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Letters to the Editor

When it comes to political parties, better the devil I know…

Dear Editor, I write to comment on your recent news headline where your newspaper had referred to as “prominent lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu being the leader of a new party”.

Street Talk

Michael Neemia, 42

Mixed reaction to parking meters

“Parking meters is the way of the future. That’s clearly the message from the Government after several parking meters were installed in different parts of the Apia Towship this week. What do you think about paying to park in Samoa? Our reporter, Adel Fruean, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Think a Minute

“The End of the World”

Think a minute…Recently the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Sometimes watching the world’s news is like watching a horror movie, isn’t it? You know that the 20th century had more people killed in wars than all the other centuries of history combined!


Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

Between the Lines


Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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