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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The Post, press freedom and Samoa

The International Press Institute and the Samoa Observer hosted a special screening of The Post at the Apollo Cinemas last night, to promote the value of press freedom in Samoa and around the world. The writer spoke at the event and this is what he said:

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Value in our own local medicines

Long before western medicine became available on these shores, our forebears had their own cure for all sorts of sicknesses and ailments. And it was mostly sourced from plants and resources locally found and accessible to everyone.

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When the govt. thinks China is all we need to solve our problems

This much we know. The idea of direct flights between Samoa and China has been talked about time and time again. It is not a new idea. In fact it has been a point of keen discussions as far back as ten years ago or more when the government was negotiating a number of tourism-related developments.

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Woman as Head of State is only a question of how soon it will happen

Yesterday’s front-page story titled “Govt. considers law change to allow female as Head of State” was certainly an interesting read. For the uninitiated, the story quoted a Public Service Commission Newsletter which referred to Cabinet Directive (FK (17) 33 where the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (M.P.M.C.) had been tasked to lead the preparations for the review of the Head of State Act 1965.

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All they need to do is to tell the public the truth

Let’s get this straight. The so-called “secrecy” shrouding certain costs involved in the operation of the government’s latest grand dream called Samoa Airways should not be there at all.

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“Criminal Libel” and Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s gift from American Samoa

Let’s face it. For every beginning there is an end. And for every end there is a reward to be extended, the quality of which would depend entirely on how keenly persevering the attempt would be.

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Kudos to Asau! And now for everyone to follow

The village of Asau in Savai’i has set a great example for all men and all villages in Samoa at the start of 2018. Their decision to set rules in place to deal with abusive men is something every village in Samoa should look to emulate – if they are not doing it already.

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Why legalising marijuana should never be allowed in Samoa

The call to legalise the use of marijuana in Samoa for medicinal purposes will win a lot of support and applause from liberal online pundits but that’s as far as it is likely to go. The truth is that it is unlikely to progress very far in conservative Samoa for reasons that are easy enough to understand.

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Plight of street vendors old problem in new year

The story titled “Plight of the poor in times of happiness” published on the front page of the Samoa Observer last Friday is the sort of stuff not many of us would be keen on in times like this. Which is understandable. What with parties, feasts and many joyful occasions to keep ourselves occupied, why should we bother with the plight of the poor?

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Some of our aspirations for 2018

Welcome to the New Year. It might be three days old today, but the novelty of the change from 2017 to 2018 is still new and that’s reason enough to rejoice, especially if you are still on holidays.

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Happy New Year, Samoa!

And so here we are again. Another new year is upon us. On the last day of 2017, it’s a moment for each and every one of us to sit down and look back on the one we‘ve been passing through with a mixture of joy, sorrow and perhaps regret.

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Welcome back home, Champ!

It’s a big ask. We know that of the challenge ahead for Samoa’s favourite son, Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker, in going toe-to-toe with Anthony Joshua in a titles unification fight. The contest has been the talking point of the sporting world for the past few months and weeks. And of course everyone has something to say.

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When it comes to corruption, let us be reminded that no one is above the law

As 2017 draws to an end, perhaps now is the time for our leaders to make a serious and a more meaningful decision to eliminate this rot called corruption from our nation.

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Christmas joy, sadness of Taulapapa Fa’amanatu’s passing and hardship

And so another Christmas has come and gone. Apart from some minor skirmishes reported from here and there around the country, by all accounts it appears that everyone had an enjoyable time. Which is great to hear.

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Letters to the Editor

Rage and drugs in Samoa

Re: Beautiful from afar, sickening at core These are very sad incidents. The first speaks of uncontrolled rage and of a person not in their right mind. Who knows, if Samoa had better counseling and mental health services, perhaps this horrid incident could have been avoided.

Street Talk

Mata’afa Iefata Iata 51

Lupesoliai Parker gets the support

It’s signed and sealed. Samoa’s Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker will take on Anthony Joshua in what will be the biggest fight of his life. The fight will take place in Cardiff Wales on 31 March 2018. Do you think Lupesoliai is ready for the fight? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

The good-for-nothing

Think a minute…Guiseppe’s Papa came from a family of fishermen. In fact, for 300 years the men in his family had been fishermen in the country of Sicily. His Papa eventually moved to San Francisco where he continued their fishing business. Eventually they had 9 children.


The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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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