Questions about the idea of leasing out of Customary land

Dear Editor, I refer to an article of Samoa Observer of 09/12/2017 (A.G rejects land threat) regarding the Attorney General’s rejection of land threat. There is something important that was overlooked by the Attorney General in the Article 102 of the Constitution in relation to the idea of “leasing”.

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A very interesting twist

Dear Editor Re: Namualuulu Alama Ieremia’s new role I read very careful between the lines here. This was the coach that had mixed result with our boys and had been appointed by World Rugby, the colonial executive power running this conglomerate business.

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Who do you believe?

Dear Editor Re: Advocate maintains land is under threat Hmmm. Who should we believe? An honorable Matai who works tirelessly for the common good of the Samoan people for their ability to hang onto their customary lands, or the P.M. who ridicules his people, calls them stupid, blames mothers for child poverty, oversees S.I.F.A., the unaccountable non transparent Samoan financial institution?

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The question is conflict of interest

Re: Controller and Chief Auditor explains We are not accusing you “Controller and Auditor-General” of cooking the books. What we are accusing you is a conflict of interest.

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In response to the A.G.’s assurance

Dear Editor, I write in reference to your story A.G. rejects land threat on the Sunday Samoan. Do any of you notice that he confirms that customary Land leases are registered under the L.T.R.A. 2008?

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Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Dear Editor Re: The solution to Samoan rugby’s woes If an addicted gambler shows no sign of stopping or at the very least finally admits to their affliction, whereby they admit they are no longer in control of their ability to manage their finances, are we to suddenly curry favour for them and gather together to re-finance their habit?

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I sure hope it works Samoa

Dear Editor Re: P.M. quiet on budget for Samoa Airways The P.M. says Polynesian Airlines have secured a lease for a 737 from Icelandair and also says Samoa Airways intends to expand its fleet to a bigger and faster jet in the future.

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The Mau protest march and future

Dear Editor, If someone has the same thought that I have that Samoa is heading to the wrong direction then this discussion could be a helpful message for that person. Samoa really needs help right now and therefore right now is the good chance and the right time to start figuring out what our beliefs are and why we believe our beliefs in order to change the direction of Samoa to a better one.

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Show us the proof

Dear Editor Re: P.M. says Poly debt is paid Yeah right Stui? Where is the proof? Give us the numbers and receipts?

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Money is always clean

Re: Samoa, tax haven and dirty money Money is always clean - to swipe all as undeserving to pay as less taxes in high tax jurisdiction is tomfoolery.

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Where rugby comes from

Re: Rugby problems Rugby emerged from the elite public schools in Britain almost two centuries ago, and remains primarily the sport of the privileged classes today.

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Land and hope

Re: Determination and will to succeed Very true, our land is the source of or being, no land means no hope. The farmer knows better. When they become more knowledgeable of how to grow things and see them grow in its own natural setting, you feel appreciative of the blessings it provides to care for their families.

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A solution to some families’ water problems

Dear Editor I see on a regular basis in “Village Voice” stories on water shortages. In Australia the solution here (and for hundreds of years) has been for people living on the land to dig a dam! Depending upon the size of the dame, this can be a big task.

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Putting 2 and 2 together

Dear Editor Re: Govt. reacts to shameful E.U. tax haven blacklist Maybe this is why the E.U. moved their office out of Samoa in May last year?

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Just stop it!

Dear Editor Re: Nothing new in the treatment of Samoans in American Samoa Oh Gosh!!! You’re saying that American Samoa treats people from Samoa like slaves now?

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How crazy is this

Dear Editor Re: Samoa Airways a low front heading towards Samoa As I have said, Samoa Airways is paying $30,000 USD every single day in lease.

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Please, let’s learn from others

Dear Editor Re: Miss Pacific finale arrives, Samoa envies Fiji tourism Can the Associate Minister of Tourism, Amituanai Fagaivalu Kenrick please tell the P.M. and C.E.O. of Tourism Sonja Hunter to be humble and go learn from Fiji Tourism?

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Is this a cover up?

Dear Editor Re: They are just simple questions from reporter Ilia L. Likou Are they going to use Samoa Airways as the sacrificial lamb when failing as a scapegoat for the millions not accounted for in these reports and what we owed to the financial institutions?

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Creating inequality

Dear Editor Re: A critical march for Samoa Oh good god, PS Jeffrey, when has an Australian, NZ, Canadian, or any Judiciary body that evolved from a British system upheld the right of indigenous people and their lands?

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Nothing new

Dear Editor Re: Govt. reacts to shameful E.U. tax haven blacklist Well the PM actually knew this all along since he defended having Samoa as a tax haven last year June 30th, 2016...

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Editorial

Valley and mountain moments all part of journey called life

Life is what you make of it. What we become and how far we go depends on how we choose to deal with the cards that come our way. The truth is that this journey called life is not all roses.

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State.

Think a Minute

The loneliest number (Part 1)

Think a minute…In June, 2009 people all over the world were in shock and grief over the sudden death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Yet even though Michael was loved by hundreds of millions of people, his lawyer said: “Michael Jackson was the loneliest person I’ve ever known.”

Columns

Sustaining economic growth and the future

For the best part of the last three decades this facility has contributed greatly to the economy of Samoa and its G.D.P.

Between the Lines

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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