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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A very interesting interview indeed

Dear Editor Re: P.M. claims fake news So who wrote these questions, the P.M. himself, so he can answer his own questions? Very interesting leading questions.e

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Are we living in a democracy again?

Dear Editor, Re: P.M’s claims fake news This is very very interesting. If you follow the P.M.s own logic, and accept that the vast majority of what is presented in the Samoa Observer is “fake news” then because the vast majority of the “news” from the Samoa Observer is actually statements and discussions directly from the P.M. himself, then it follows (using his own logic) that the author of this so called “fake news” is none other than the P.M. himself!

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Baseless argument

Dear Editor, Re: Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land This is why not a single one of those bush lawyers from S.S.I.G. or academics have the guts to take their land whinge to Court. In the 10 years that this L.T.R.A. 2008 has been law in Samoa, not a single case has gone before the courts.

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Just tell the truth

Dear Editor, Re: Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land More untruths from a desperate government Section 32 is the only Registration Section in the L.T.R.A. 2008

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Vailima needs to be consistent for the U.S.A.

Dear Editor, Allow me to congratulate Vailima Breweries for their break through into the American market. But I also want to caution them. Remember the U.S.A. has one of the most stringent Foods and Drug Control in the world and quality must be consistent at all times, even under Coke Cola ownership.

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Valid questions that need answers

Dear Editor, I write in response to Vai Autu’s letter. “Anecdotes and stories” are all we have to go by because the C.E.O. of S.A. refuses to front up to us the public and answer these valid questions many of us are asking. And they are valid questions. Why are many Samoans asking these questions?

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There is no legally binding agreement

Dear Editor, Re: Water tanks alarm raised Leading with the bottom line. Legally, 1) There are no set guidelines indicating that families cannot sell the water tanks. THEIR WISHES - not binding in law

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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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Let this be a warning Samoa

It takes the smallest of sparks to start a fire. If that small fire finds fuel and if it is not contained properly, it has the potential to develop into an inferno destroying everything in its wake. Such is the picture of what has been unfolding at the village of Luatuanu’u during the past couple of days. It started from a very small spark.

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

It takes one to make one (Part 2)

Think a minute…A boy does not become a man automatically or alone. It takes a man to make a man. Boys always have heroes they look up to as the kind of man they want to be—and boys whose fathers live with them usually say their hero is their dad.


About avoiding those mistakes

If you concern yourself with backing away from or avoiding repeated mistakes, you are not likely to find yourself “backing –up” into achievement or success. It has been traditional to believe that the avoidance of mistakes will result in progress.

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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