Government, taxes, L.T.R.A 2008 and customary lands. Part II

Dear Editor, Since 2011 through the Cabinet Handbook 2011, the double standard policies became a standard practice in our government. Its target is just about the finishing products. Only the finishing products and that is it.

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The real issue

The name “Alienation of Customary Land” is from the 1965 law - the Alienation of Customary Land Act 1965. The law allowed leases on customary lands and it set out the processes by which leasing could be done.

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To cede our land over the Government debt

Dear Editor, Just wanted to point out a couple of things. 1. If Samoa does not pay it’s debt then there is a world body that will rule against Samoa, no matter how shoddy the goods or Projects received.

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Government, taxes, L.T.R.A. 2008 and customary lands. Part I

Dear Editor, The reality in our country and its government is that the main cause of all problems that we are facing right now is because of our system of government.

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What should happen

Re: How conflicts are resolved Let me start first, I’m from Falefa. My first recommendation before we roll out our conversation is to keep above the belt not below.

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Help her recover

Re: Doping awareness Yes, so what are they doing to help Iuniarra Sipaia with her road to recovery?

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How we resolve conflicts in Samoa

Dear Editor Let me start by saying that I don’t condone the actions by the Luatuanu’u youths in stoning the police. What is concerning though is the negotiation tactic of the Police Commissioner, with the threat to use firearms to root out the troublemakers.

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An open letter to Samoa Airways

Dear Editor I am writing to bring to the attention of the C.E.O. especially the Board of Samoa Airways the conduct of a certain pilot working for the airline between Samoa and American Samoa.

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There is still hope

Dear Editor, For the very few of us who are still clinging on to the hopes that one day a transparent government will find us .... To the few that so far have managed to hold fast to their dignity and will not sell their souls to a very flawed government, I salute you.

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Realistic policing

Re: Police defend giving village two options It is just pragmatic and realistic policing. It has always been Police policy to work with village ali’i ma faipule.

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Take the first option

Re: Police defend giving two options Here’s a word of advice to the village council, take the 1st one. Simple as that. You have failed in your duty as parents, as chiefs, as advisors to your children and aumaga to teach them proper manners.

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Don’t compare apples with oranges

Dear Editor, A small comment on your Samoa Observer issue, editorial 13/3/2018 and 14/03/2018 titled “What is stupid” and ‘Now here is the truth” to clarify a very important point that needs to be explained and understood from my personal point of view.

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About customary land alienation

Dear Editor, Re: Baseless argument I tend to agree, the L.T.R.A. Act cannot alienate ownership of customary lands, however this and the CUSTOMARY LAND ADVISORY COMMISSION ACT 2013 which amends the ALIENATION OF CUSTOMARY LAND ACT 1965 potentially opens up the alienation of use of customary lands through leases and Mortgages entered into by individuals rather than the whole aiga with interests in the land.

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Too impatient

Re: Baseless argument You are too impatient. Land leases are usually, but not always, over long periods of time. Trouble and issues arise at the expiry of these leases. That is when parties to lease agreements need decisions from the court over interpretations and meaning of words in the Act.

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Media Council and the law reformer

Dear Editor, Re: Media Council beats drum on its work Speaking truth to power is an essential aspect of Democracy. Understand that the H.R.P.P. government has zero transparency, zero accountability and poor governance. The O.P.C. Reports and the public audits of government borrowing and spending are withheld from the public.

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Everything points to the need for change

Dear Editor, P.M. Tuilaepa, Samoa Airways and fake news I don’t think it’s just the Samoa Airways that’s bugging the Prime Minister. I think it’s his reign as the P.M. of Samoa and all the things he has told the people of this country.

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How alienation of customary lands can happen

Dear Editor Re: Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land The problem is we have an amended version of the law now, which is still operating under the Torrens System and by nature the Torrens System deprives members of the family who are not on the registration document of their rights to the customary land which has been amended to now only involve leases of customary lands.

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The globalist agenda

Dear Editor, Re: Where are the spin doctors? Get them to do some work Well said Oisole, the globalist agenda to shift the power to the Chinese was the main reason for them to have a free hand in doing all this to most countries in the world including Samoa.

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They’re merely following a trend

Dear Editor, Re: Water tanks alarm These poor families are just following the leaders of the country. There are rumours rampant that some officials also sell these donated tanks for their own personal profit.

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Another attack on freedom of speech

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. claims fake news I think the P.M. has been in that chair long enough, completely rude, barking out and tends to think Samoans will listen due to cultural protection. You’ve been there long enough P.M., and you understand little what the press does, and why it’s done.

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Change the focus of health messages so that it’s not about taxes but love

Judging from the deliberations in Parliament during the past two days, especially yesterday, there is no shortage of ideas on healthy living. Whether it was addressing the scourge of obesity, smoking or alcohol use, every Member of Parliament who had an opinion about the laws being debated, which were all health related, knew what needed to be done

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

Extremely Poor and Successful

Think a minute…In 2012 an unknown hero was discovered and honored in China’s news media. She was a woman who had spent her life saving helpless, abandoned babies. Together with her husband who died in 1995, 88-year-old Lou Xiaoying rescued more than 30 babies who were left to die on the streets of Jinhua, China.


Nikolao Patu attests to the value of the plant based diet.

Changing lives: Tackling diabetes

Talofa Samoa! Over the past few months this column has printed testimonies of people that followed the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet and in a matter of weeks turned around (or as we say ‘reversed’) their Type 2 diabetes.

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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