Deep-rooted problems require soul searching solutions

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has a legitimate concern. Judging from a string of headlines about some of the criminal developments in Samoa recently, the image of Samoa being created in the minds of people who don’t know us better will certainly not be flattering.

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Another classic Samoa moment

People who live in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones. The old adage comes to mind when one stops to carefully observe the recent comments by the Prime Minister in relation to the work of the media – especially this newspaper.

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What’s in a logo?

The unanimous verdict about Samoa Airways new logo is quite clear. It is boring, plain and ugly. Ask anyone out there and that will probably be his or her response.

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“My blood has been spilt for Samoa. I am proud to give it” - Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III

The biography of Samoa’s freedom fighter, protagonist, patriot and successful entrepreneur, Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, is without a doubt a work of dedication and love. Titled Tautai, Samoa, World History and the Life of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, it was researched and written by Patrician O’Brien, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of History, at the Australian National University.

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“Rape and incest”, 400 sex workers, well done Prime Minister Tuilaepa, Dr Leao Tuitama!

On the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer, the picture of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, was published under the headline: “P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest!”

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Once again dear Prime Minister Tuilaepa, with bated breath we are still waiting!

An email arrived three days ago. It said: “During a previous Parliamentary sitting, there was much debate over the Officers of Parliament Committee Report, in to the Controller and Chief Auditor’s Report for 2009 to 2011.

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Safety and protection is better than sorry

Put it this way. The rain is a blessing for many families featured in the Village Voice who do not have access to running water. So that during the past two days, they would’ve welcomed the precious onslaught of heaven’s gift to mankind with the sky opening up for a much-welcomed downpour.

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Truth matters in the death of Siliva Auali’itia

The claims by the family of a prisoner found dead at Tafa’igata last week should be investigated. It’s imperative the relevant authorities get to the bottom of this matter, find out what happened and what led to the death of Siliva Auali’itia.

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Water, more than a drop quote

One thing about us here in Samoa, when you grab our attention with a catchy slogan or drop quote, we do remember it and furthermore are very happy to quote it back to you. One example is “Family First” put out by a Telco years ago which is still echoed from time to time although not in its original context.

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Legacy, Samoa today and fathers

We’ve come a long way. As a people, a nation, we have a lot to thank our forebears. You see with their God-given wisdom, they navigated the unknown, cracked mysteries only science and experts can explain these days and did so many things the mind can only marvel about.

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Tomorrow starts today

Numbers tell a story. And if 64 percent of Samoa’s population, which is just below 200,000 people, are aged 35 years and younger, we obviously have a country that is predominantly young at heart.

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Greater care needed to protect our girls

Here’s the thing. The idea that a 10-year-old girl was fooled by a complete stranger, who claimed that her mother had sent him to pick her up from school, before he took her to a banana patch where she was raped, sends shivers down the spine.

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Well done, Minister Tuitama!

Nothing and no one is perfect in this world. We know that much. In other words, wherever there is good, it is inevitable that the bad and evil will follow. And in our haste to do good; we don’t always get it right.

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The question of the times

The truth is simple enough. The question being asked on the front page of your newspaper today by concerned local businesses is not an uncommon one. As sensitive as it sounds, the question has been asked before and will continued to be asked given the developments we are witnessing on these shores. You see it, I see it. Everyone sees what is going on.

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Such very basic needs

Clean water and electricity are among some of life’s most basic necessities in this day and age. For a middle-income developing country like Samoa, we shouldn’t even have to mention it. These things should be a given. Unfortunately the reality is quite different on the ground.

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Prisons and priorities

It was mid 2016, when an horrific story flashed around the world about a prisoner who had escaped multiple times from Tafaigata Prison in Samoa. His victims were a young couple visiting from Tasmania, Australia.

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Another one bites the dust

It was inevitable, wasn’t it? After the failed campaign called the Manu Samoa international season thus far, it was only a matter of time before heads started rolling among the Manu Samoa management ranks.

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A breath of fresh air

Thank goodness. The return of interschool athletics to big time attention this week is a welcome change. Even better with the absence of interschool fights – or none that we know of yet – which means all the attention is focused on athletes’ performance which is what it should be about in the first place.

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What do Mr. Meredith’s concerns and inaction from relevant government bodies tell us?

How far does one have to go in this country to get justice? Or how high up the ranking does one have to scale to even get noticed in the pursuit for such an ideal? Some of us might say all the way to almighty Prime Minister. Maybe.

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Govt. should invest more to develop frozen taro market

Many of us have known this for a while. For this country’s economy to grow and for rural farmers to benefit, we need a strong foundation based on a sound, export-driven strategy.

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Letters to the Editor

Leave the media to do its job

Dear Editor, Re: P.M.’s attacks on the media That’s right. Sweep it all under the carpet. I have been appalled reading about these incest/rape cases in Samoa.

Street Talk

Rachael Iosu, 22

P.M.’s media call wrong

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has stopped the Police’s monthly press conference in a bid to control media reports about cases of rape, incest and other vile crimes, in Samoa. In doing so, he has also criticised the media for reporting such cases. He said they are lazy and they only want to be spoon-fed by the Police. What do you think? Do you think the media should stop reporting about rape, incest and other crimes, in Samoa? Talimalie Uta asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said.

Think a Minute

Women are from Venus

Think a minute…What do husbands and wives need from each other? A best-selling book, titled “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, explains how men and women are different creatures.


The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

Sunday Reading

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: B.B.L. Winners for fathers day promotion with B.B.L. Staff.

Bluebird celebrates Father’s Day

Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.

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