What the Minister can do instead

Dear Editor, Re: Minister appeals for support Minister Sio needs to spend his time and energy figuring out why our national team(s) like the Rugby 7 team is not doing well, why there are issues at the Education like improving students performances/exam results, figure it out why money are disappearing from thieving staff of Ministry of Education, why/figure it out how to stop this (these) principal preying on the kids etc.

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The problems are obvious

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Airways need to be innovative Kono, the errors in managing the new S.A. are so obvious to the public. We don’t need really the Airlines C.E.O. or even the Government to explain much to us, but their secrecy and silence is silly.

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Take another look

Re: Samoa Airways teething problems Who lives in Lala land? It’s not me stupidly writing things about “the P.M. and his so called “comedy gold” when he’s spewing off idiotic analogies to avoid answering questions that he should be answering about just where the taxpayer money is.

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Some really bad choices

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Airways In business, just as in everything in life, it is all about choices. If you choose to repeat the same business mistakes others have made and expect a different result, you are the foolish one.

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They are only anecdotes and stories

Dear Editor, About the Samoa Airways debate, the P.M. is right about one thing, it is too early to tell the true state of financial affairs within Samoan Airways. Much has been said about passenger loadings, etc, etc but until the full financial statements are available after the end of the financial year, these are anecdotes and stories.

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Where are your spin doctors? Get them to do some work

Dear Editor, Re: I’m getting old, P.M. says Our Supreme leader has stated before that China only requires our vote in the UN and in return his H.R.P.P. government is granted concessional loans.

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How it works in Samoa today

Dear Editor, Re: Doctors row brewing In other countries, doctors are paid the highest public funded salaries but in Samoa H.R.P.P. M.Ps are paid the highest public funded salaries and they keep giving themselves bigger raises to go along with those money-stuffed envelopes that certain people keep giving them.

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Distorting the truth

Dear Editor, Re: Government, taxes and the church “As set out in my last piece on “Taxes, the Clergy and Government,” the institution of government is God ordained.” What a whopper! God did not ordain, sanction or approve of human government, which is to say humans ruling humans by force, violence and coercion.

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Not very wise

Dear Editor Re: Landing fees waiver A clear case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Instead of the Airline paying to use the Airport, transfer the loss to the S.A.A. and set a dangerous precedent for other (Chinese) airlines being enticed to stop here.

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Samoa Airways need to be innovative, new ideas

Dear Editor, I refer to your recent article and also the other letter to editors regarding Samoa Airways. It was the right move for Samoa to back its own national carrier, the timing was right and we need a change for our people – it was too expensive to fly here and no tourist would come here.

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The real issue is debt

Dear Editor, Re: Stupid, P.M. slams report We all want to take pride in our airline but I’m a realist not an idealist. The numbers doesn’t add up if you factor in all the costs associated with running the airline.

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They must know something we don’t

Dear Editor, Re: Stupid, P.M. slams Airline report As they were operating in November, they have to put in a company tax return by the end of this month for 2017. Since when has the P.M. been an experienced business manager? Certainly not in the past 20 years...

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Wake up to what is happening

Re: Salaries row brewing Samoa ala mai. Do you guys see the pattern here? 1st ... Samoa govt. taxed the faifeau. 2nd... mandatory voting.

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Rugby World Cup so mind-numbingly predictable

Dear Editor, The Rugby World Cup features twenty teams in a quadrennial battle for global supremacy, the ninth installment scheduled for Japan next year, but don’t expect too many surprises from an event which almost invariably goes according to the script.

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Reaping what you sow

Re: Stupid, P.M. slams Samoa Airways report If the P.M. had a history of transparency, and accountability and good governance then people, who are far from stupid, would also be able to determine whether the airline is doing well even during months of losses.

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We will be lost

Re: Chaos within individual families The main target for government is to hinder and destroy the fa’asamoa by destroying the very essence of its soul and foundation and that is The Matai System. We lose the matai system we lose the fa’asamoa, we lose the land because of it’s connection to the matai titles.

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Treasure what we have

Dear Editor Re: About the Government’s response to the issue of customary lands. Part II I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this informative letter with great appreciation that the wisdom of our forefathers has not been all lost.

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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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Use common sense, treat it like your own

We know this much. In the bigger scheme of things, it is our attitude towards the small things that makes a huge difference. This truth applies to everything in life. Yes folks, small things do matter.

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

“Create Your Own Luck”

Think a minute.Do you know some people who just have all the luck? They seem to get all the breaks. And you ask yourself: “Why don’t I get lucky? Why don’t I get a great education? A great job or business?


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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