Make a life so beautiful…

Have you watched closely the hand of a child holding your hand?

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Apaula Tafea of Vaiala Beach School, submitted this entry to take out the Year 8 English prize in the Samoa Observer’s 2017 National Short Story Competition. Read other prize winning stories in the coming Monday editions of the Samoa Observer.

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New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

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To address climate change, our work must be collaborative, inclusive and responsive to the needs of the Pacific

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 28th S.P.R.E.P Meeting.

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The truth behind the ‘Bio-Bag’.

It’s no secret that plastic is bad for the environment and unfortunately for us, we consume far more than we should. From plastic food wrappers to plastic buckets, it can be safe to say that plastic plays a big part of our everyday lives.

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We are as a song, “a slow dying flower”

My soul lurks in the dark shadows of Lalomanu trees, after the sun had long gone. But the child I miss is the goddess of the breeze.

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“Together we can make a beginning”

Leaders of the Pacific; Ministers of Cabinet and Parliament; Distinguished Delegates; Ladies and Gentlemen, This week has been a long journey for us all; with each day’s dialogue, we have learnt to make a beginning as one collective; stewards of the Blue Pacific.

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Of secret things and the worrisome world!

There are tourists from all over the world on the beach of Lalomanu.

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Take a minute, change a life

2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day.

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The Bible, Sunday Observance and Samoa the Christian Sate

In one of Samoa Observer’s editorial comments a week or so ago on noise on Sunday and mandatory Sunday observance as a solution, readers were invited to have their say on the subject.

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Let us recapture the essence of Our Blue Pacific

It is my privilege to welcome you all, descendants of the continent moana, our sea of islands joined to the umbilical cord of our cultures, heritage, resources and identification as people of the Ocean.

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What is beauty to you?

I have been asked to give a talk to you girls, the contestants for this year’s Miss Samoa Pageant. I know these past few weeks have been full on for you and you have probably heard too many speeches already.

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Talking about Paris Accord in Apia

All Forum Members ratified the Paris Agreement before the end of 2016, which supported the early entry into force of the Agreement in November 2016 at COP 22 held in Marrakech, Morocco.

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POLYNESIAN LEADERS: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi during the Polynesian Leaders Meeting yesterday.

A perspective from Samoa: While we might be small islands, we are large ocean states

I have been invited today to speak on “Implementing Paris Agreement and Raising the Pacific Voice at COP 23.”

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Blue Pacific – the Pacific’s commitment to the global Agenda 2030

I am delighted to be invited to speak about the Sustainable Development Goals and the Pacific’s commitment to a Blue Economy at this Regional Media Workshop.

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Blue Pacific a strong expression of Pacific Regionalism

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you all. Allow me to offer my gratitude for your efforts to travel, from near and far, across the Blue Pacific Ocean to be here to cover the 48th Pacific Islands Forum.

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Colonial dictates on Customary Lands is too much for Samoa and Pacific governments

In a keynote address I was asked by the National University of Samoa to present in the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network Conference in September last year on the topic of “Evolving Principles and Practices of Customary Lands in the Context of Development and Climate Change”, I said…

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AUCKLAND BOOK LAUNCH: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (right) at the Auckland Book launch last month. Photo: One Pacific.

‘Histories of countries and societies are family histories’

I was introduced to Dr Patricia O’Brien in early 2012.

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Tuila’epa and family in Brussels, 1979.

Tuila’epa - ‘the standout leader of his generation’

In 2012, when Samoa celebrated 50 years of independence, Victoria University awarded an honorary doctorate to Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Samoa’s longest serving Prime Minister.

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A review of Tautai Samoa, World History and the Life of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson

I am not Samoan. I am not a historian of Samoa. I do not speak Samoan. I have not been to Samoa before and yet I am not a stranger here.

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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?

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations Lupesoliai Joseph Parker!

Dear Editor, First and foremost, congratulations to the matai Faleula and Lepā lau Afioga Lupesoliai Laaulialemalietoa Joseph Parker for your victory over Hughie Fury on Sunday though you did not knock him out.

Street Talk

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Talking to the dead

Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

Sunday Reading

EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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