Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe poses for photos with leaders of Pacific island countries in Iwaki, Japan.

Time to consolidate our priorities

I bring you warm greetings from the people and Government of the Independent State of Samoa, and acknowledge the recognition of my chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum and the related invitation to co-chair with you Honourable Prime Minister Abe, this 8th Pacific Leaders Meeting.

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Tricky devices and the Samoan customary Land

Today I record my thoughts regarding the protections placed within Samoa’s Constitution by Samoa’s leaders in 1961 so that Samoa’s customary land might remain held by the aiga of Samoa as our birthright gifted to us by our ancestors.

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Ek naflu giborim vayobdu cle milhamah

[In memoriam: Reverend Togamau Nepo, Malua 1977-1980, Afega 1981 -1997]

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A serious Constitutional crisis in our country. Part III

As previously disclosed in the second part of this conversation, there are four steps of the small investigation that I have taken about the serious Constitutional crisis in our country.

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Latulina WongSin.

Changing lives: Our nutritious food systems

Talofa Samoa! Last week, two of us from M.E.T.I. attended a Regional Forum meeting in Suva.

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A significant contribution to Samoa’s health

On behalf of the Government and people of Samoa, I would like to acknowledge your presence today on this momentous occasion.

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A partnership to be proud of

It was more than 20 years ago in 1997 when the leaders of Japan and the Pacific island countries first gathered in Tokyo to launch the first Japan-Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M., then known as the Japan-South Pacific Forum Summit Meeting).

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“Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

It is an honour to present Samoa’s statement on the occasion of the 74th ESCAP Commission Ministerial Segment, which will discuss an issue that lies at the heart of our collective achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: namely inequality.

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Samoan woman as property, subject of state, church corruption

As we celebrate Mother’s Day in honor of the Samoan woman, I personally would like to take this opportunity to reflect on how she has impacted our lives as indigenous tagata Samoa in light of the ongoing debate about her rightful place in society given the rapidly shifting social values in the present condition of our humanity.

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“We’re on cusp of new era”

Thank you all for coming today. Today is a very special occasion for SPREP, because today we celebrate both the ground-breaking for both the new PCCC, and 25 years of SPREP’s move to Samoa.

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What P.M. Tuilaepa told President Macron

I would like to acknowledge with appreciation this opportunity provided for Heads of State and Government of the Pacific to meet with you to discuss the issues considered of high priority for the Pacific region.

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Status quo vs. Samoa’s innovation

I think we can all agree that the large majority of countries in the world that have reached a high state of economic and social development have not done so without having developed an advanced industrial sector.

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Bonn could be another missed opportunity on climate change

It has been a while since I submitted a write-up on this important topic having been engaged fully in equally important cultural issues and substantive advocacy work in the last year or so.

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Why Health and safety is important

This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (OSH Day) and the World Day Against Child Labour have initiated a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and to end child labour.

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CHOOSE PLANT BASED DIET: Moliga Sosaia has experienced the health benefits of METI’s WFPB diet.

Changing lives: Strength of our immune systems

Talofa Samoa! In our previous Health Column we discussed the importance of building up the strength of our immune system (which is made up of all the many different types of immune cells that represent one third of all the cells in our body).

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The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

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A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

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Samoa’s Champ: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker

People are always asking me what I want to be when I grow up. My answer typically varies with mood - journalist, a doctor, political leader, a professional singer - but the theme remains the same.

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Will Samoa ever be a self-reliant country?

This article will address relevant dependent habits. Bad habits that must be erased from our way of life and give rise to personal INITIATIVE on a grander scale.

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Taxes, Church, Govt. and Ned Netterville

Thank you Mr. Ned Netterville. This discussion is going around in circles and I believe there is not much more of value to be added to what’s been said already.

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Editorial

Love remains one of the most powerful forces for change

Royal wedding? Big deal. That’s what I thought anyway as I tried to understand why there was such a big fuss about two people getting married. It happens everyday when people wed, doesn’t it? And some weddings last less than a day, so who cares?

Letters to the Editor

World Rugby picture

Re: Not all idiots are fools There is a picture on the World Rugby site of the expanded council meeting for the first time, and guess what: It is almost exclusively white. This in spite of the fact 30% of the players at the last World Cup were of Pacific Island origin.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

Under the Surface

Think a Minute…Remember Greg Louganis? He was the young superstar diver who won gold medals in all of his events at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He was the first athlete in history to do it, and was elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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