Protecting our global national park

Dear Editor, It’s great that the government is recognising the importance of its wetlands with the inclusion of O le Pūpū Puē National Park (O.L.P.P) as a Ramsar site. The article is a bit deceptive though in that it implies that Ramsar were so impressed with the M.N.R.E’s efforts that they made O.L.P.P. a designated site whereas the process is actually the other way round.

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Congratulations So’oalo!

Dear Editor Re: New chief at Ports Authority He was such an organized guy at school I recall. Very quiet and talked sensibly and a school prefect as well.

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Find the right person

Dear Editor Re: Manu Samoa difference The only stupid person here is you and your comments prove that. Definition of trying for the stupid, difficult or annoying, hard to endure.

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What’s happening today

Dear Editor Re: Samoa’s graduation from L.D.C Samoa has a debt (money owing to overseas World Banks) of $2billion. So how is the current government whom created this problem going to pay back all that money owed?

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Not fast enough

Dear Editor Re: Athlete slams Samoa Sports I refer to the part where Dodson writes: “Investigate these people and get rid of them. I am sure Samoa can find people who are x-athletes with higher education to lead our country’s athlete to success.”

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P.M. Tuilaepa’s medical condition

Dear Editor, Thank you for the update on the P.M.’s condition. I think what the government officials failed to recognise is that Tuilaepa is Samoa’s Prime Minister and the fact he was evacuated is something of alarm to everyone.

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Propping up a ‘dead cat’

Dear Editor Re: What really happens when the govt. is broke I’m sorry to disappoint you PS Jeffrey, but your astute Harvard intelligence doesn’t match up with your economic 101 theory.

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It’s easier to rob the poor

Dear Editor I’d like to respond to a letter in your newspaper about the government’s debt. It says: “This is just sound fiscal management. The govt. is taking more responsibility to pay its own way. It doesn’t mean the govt. is broke.”

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Samoa’s graduation from L.D.C status

Dear Editor, Re: What happens when the government is broke Samoa did not graduate voluntarily. They were told that this was what was going to happen because Samoa had the necessary infrastructure and economic growth to graduate.

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Thank you Betham Brothers Enterprises

Dear Editor, Re: White Sunday help Thank you Betham Brothers for being so generous to these vulnerable families.

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When people are hungry with no money

Dear Editor Re: Desperate parents and White Sunday We often hear the phrase, “Ua taugata le soifuaga.” How does inflation affect a country?

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Why it is not growing

Dear Editor, Re: Isolation and high imports challenge Samoa’s growth I’m not afraid to use online services so fear is not the only reason the Samoan market is having a difficult time taking off.

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‘Animal’ who deserves jail

Dear Editor, Re: Man who raped wife’s sisters He’s such an animal, he’s the one who should protect them but ended up doing it to them? He should be in jail for a very long time, he violated those poor girls, it’s a shame how this man behaved

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Change the colonial mindset

Dear Editor, Re: Learn to plan ahead Here’s a thought Maria. How about changing the Christian colonial mindset that shames poor people into thinking they need to buy expensive clothes for white Sunday? A simple dinner with family and friends with singing should be sufficient. To plan by trying to save money for this is even too much. Don’t spend money on things like this if you don’t have money.

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We’re not just broke, we are desperate

Dear Editor, Re: Govt. is broke The government is not only broke but is desperate for more money. The government is like a big bad monster that feeds on money. The more money you feed the monster the bigger and hungrier it gets.

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Don’t believe everything

Dear Editor, Re: Not viable, Governor dismisses currency call Let me interject here, there is a reason why they are not telling you the Samoan people that believed in everything the government is telling you. They are going “cashless,” so why changed the currency and spend more money when they are going digital.

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Political lessons offered

Dear Editor Re: What really happens when a govt. is broke It is a developing country. You can be a middle income country and still be a developing country.

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He represented Tonga first!

Dear Editor Re: Taumalolo’s decision silly You are so stupid and ill informed. The drug excuse was cooked up by the tabloids and the N.Z. media to make J.T. look bad

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A cynical viewpoint?

Dear Editor Re: Devondale and Farmer Joe bring out White Sunday fun Aw isn’t this special that all the businesses that cater to consumerism have created a way to commercialize White Sunday by having a White Sunday fun day.

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Learn to plan ahead

Dear Editor, Re: Desperate families on White Sunday Thank you for your story on families loaning money for White Sunday in yesterday’s paper. I loath this day because I work alongside Pacific Families here in NZ that always suffer the aftermath of White Sundays.

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Revolving door and the Union’s legal woes

And so the revolving door that is the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) continues to spin uncontrollably. The latest to have been ejected is the former Manager of the Manu Samoa Sevens, Leulua’iali’i Theresa Passi, whose fate was cemented last week when the Union announced her replacement.

Street Talk

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Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Think a Minute

Shortcuts to paradise

Think a minute…A man walked into a bar for a drink and said: “Bartender, I’m in trouble, so make it a double!” Many of us struggle with painful, real problems: no money, no job, unwanted pregnancies, family violence, unhappy marriages.


Chinese influence is everywhere

If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.

Between the Lines


Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

Sunday Reading

OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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