For God so loved the world

Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday are not just any other public holidays. If anything, they have got to be most important days in the lives of Christians anywhere in the world, let alone this Christian nation of Samoa.

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Why Lupesoliai Joseph Parker is already a winner

Win or lose, Samoa should be very proud of Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker. The way he has conducted himself in the spotlight this week ahead of the much-anticipated fight against Anthony Joshua on Sunday morning shows the class of a true world champion.

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A week of sadness

A lot can happen in a week. And in Samoa today, there is reason to be sad. The obvious one is the passing of a great yet humble man who is on the front page of the newspaper you are reading today. There will never be another La’auli Alan Grey. God Almighty only creates originals.

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TOFA ALENI: The late La’auli Alan Grey.

Once in a while, a good man!

Time stopped Saturday afternoon last week when the news that La’auli Alan Grey was gone arrived. It stopped so that Samoa could say goodbye to the man who’d helped build the nation to what is it today.

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Have they forgotten that “o Samoa ua uma ona tofi?”

What is it with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration these days? Are they in such a rush to get somewhere? And what is so wrong with Samoa today that they feel they need to change everything?

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Learning from the past

Former Cabinet Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga has been in fine form lately. Judging from what he’s been saying in Parliament, he seems to have found a renewed vigour so that he has been on fire in Samoa’s hall of power at their makeshift headquarters at Tuanaimato.

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So who is the ‘Father of the Nation’ today?

On Friday last week, when Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, told Parliament: “I am not the ‘Father of the Nation’,” right away we sensed the feeling, that he’d known all along he had done enough for this country, so that it was now time for him to think about stepping out.

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Change the focus of health messages so that it’s not about taxes but love

Judging from the deliberations in Parliament during the past two days, especially yesterday, there is no shortage of ideas on healthy living. Whether it was addressing the scourge of obesity, smoking or alcohol use, every Member of Parliament who had an opinion about the laws being debated, which were all health related, knew what needed to be done

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Truth, customary lands and what the Constitution tells us to do

The truth will eventually be revealed. That much we know. Whether that happens in this lifetime or the next, the fact is the truth cannot be hidden forever.

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Doping awareness needs to reach grassroots level

Doping and sports in Samoa is an odd combination. But it is not impossible. Come to think of it, it’s an issue that we should be thinking a lot more carefully about given recent developments involving some of our athletes. One case that immediately comes to mind is that of young weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia.

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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.

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“The Government will terminate (the services of) anyone who steals from the Government”

Last week, the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) terminated the services of four employees. From what we’ve been told, the former employees allegedly helped themselves to $15,000 of the Ministry’s petty cash money

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Preying on love and generosity of others

It’s a tragedy when people prey on the generosity and the good-hearted nature of others. While it’s something we’d like not to happen, the reality is that it happens all the time. In some cases, it is very blunt too

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P.M. Tuilaepa, Samoa Airways and fake news

It’s been a remarkable week for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Being the mother hen when it comes to the Government’s newest baby called Samoa Airways, the Prime Minister has not held back, letting rip at anything and everything that comes across as a threat.

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Use common sense, treat it like your own

We know this much. In the bigger scheme of things, it is our attitude towards the small things that makes a huge difference. This truth applies to everything in life. Yes folks, small things do matter.

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Rumours normally begin from some element of truth

For such a small country, there really is never a dull moment. What from the most interesting - and at times bizarre political statements - to everyday events that continue to baffle the mind given their contradictory nature to what this country claims to stand for, it’s all happening.

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Now here’s the truth, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi! With simple honesty nothing fails!

Well, as the wise would say, no one is perfect; indeed, we’re living in a world where everyone is quite capable, of learning from one’s own mistakes. And as we’re thinking about those words now, let us look one more time at Prime Minister, Dr Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi’s new baby, Samoa Airways, and how it can possibly succeed where his old baby, defunct Polynesian Airlines, had failed.

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What is “stupid”, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi?

Poor Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malilelegaoi! Why is it that he’s the one who is always copping the flak, and yet it is those he’s appointed to get the job done who have loused everything up anyway? For instance, on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Tuesday, 13 March 2018, the headline screamed: “Stupid,” P.M. slams Samoa Airways report.

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Wonderful ‘made in Samoa’ success stories

We know this much. It’s a mountain of a task for local companies from small countries like Samoa to break into some of the major overseas markets, which are dominated by big corporate companies.

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Warning shot a masterstroke from a seasoned politician

How time flies. This time last Monday this country was all wrapped up in the ‘Jacinda Ardern mania.’ The New Zealand Prime Minister was the undisputed star of the show, touching down for a flying one and a half day visit, which totally captivated everyone she came in contact with – including our leaders.

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Letters to the Editor

Locals and aspirations

Dear Editor, Re: Will Samoa ever be a self reliant country? I am totally bamboozled by this article for I can’t get the mixed messages it contains. The article talks about Samoans lacking initiative and specifically mentions CEO’s, ACEO’s and farmers.

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

Win with words

Think a minute…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.


A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

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

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

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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