They report, we decide

Dear Editor Re: Sorry PM, You Are Wrong With due respect to you Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, your comment on blaming the media for reporting incest and rape in Samoa is wrong.

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Dear Editor Re: Hypocrisy at its best This is an embarrassment for our small Island Nation. We claim to be a Christian Faith Based Nation but we discriminate against others?

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New game plan needed

Dear Editor Re: Hypocrisy at its best Will banning “Asian” businesses in selected areas in Samoa actually help those consumers who rely on competitively priced goods that these businesses offer?

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Protecting what is yours

Re: Hypocrisy at its best I’ll weigh in on this one. I think the comparison is like comparing apples to oranges. If you look at how the global economy is structured the advantage leans in favor of the wealthy countries.

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Wait for the tail

Dear Editor Re: Samoa Airways reveals New Logo As a former marketing manager I know that you will never get everyone agreeing on such a design. From a purely practical perspective, it will do the job fine on a letterhead and even on the side of the plane up front.

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She wrote to the Editor of the Samoa Observer.

Dear Editor, As the lead author of the report on HIV and STI risk and vulnerability among key populations in Samoa I would respectfully like to respond to the Honourable Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr Leao Talalelei Tuitama and the Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

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Check the stats

Dear Editor Re: P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest Tuilaepa you are a moron. Running from the facts doesn’t make them go away!

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Re: P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest Really??? So would it be better to pretend it never happened!!? Of course not! It’s this “head in the sand” approach that has protected the sexual offenders (and in some ways allowed them to repeat offend) and suppressed the victims into acquiescence.

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The answer is stop committing rape and incest

Dear Editor Re: P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest Well, if there are rapes, there are rapes. If they come to court, then there is a clear public interest (within the usual ethical guidelines of course) and journalists have full rights to report them.

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Never mind the world, how about our audits?

Dear Editor Re: P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest Samoa’s PM & Auditor General in Disgrace The PM’s failure to produce audits of government borrowing or spending for the past 17 years is disgraceful.

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Have i got your message?

Dear Editor Re: Looking in the mirror, Samoa! What are you saying? Samoans are liars, cheaters, thieves and one gas station is over charging people 10-15% more? Basically you’re saying dishonesty is one of those “underlying problems”?

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Samoa Land Corporation beneficiaries

Dear Editor Re: Once again dear Prime Minister Tuilaepa, with bated breath we are still waiting!

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Living respectfully

Dear Editor Re: Looking in the mirror, Samoa! No Michael, I did not say that, I am just fine with Samoans, otherwise I would not have married one, nor chosen to live here, however even blind freddie can see that there is an underlying problem with these minor offences in Samoa.

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Where are the Ministers of Health and Agriculture?

Dear Editor Talofa and Good morning I noticed a story in Wednesday’s paper about the Dengue crisis in Samoa written by Deidre Tautua-Fanene and thought it was urgent, so hence my writing to you.

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Who do we turn to?

Dear Editor Re: Truth matters in the death of Siliva Auali’itia I am sad and just so tired of reading articles that express the stupidity and the corruption in Samoa.

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How i see it

Dear Editor Re: Could it be time to create standard laws and powers across all villages? The villages can make what essentially amount to bylaws for the peace and harmony of their villages according to their customary practices. This includes traditional fines.

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A spade’s a spade

Dear Editor Re: McDonald’s donate $100,000 for Miss Samoa, secures naming rights If MacDonalds wants to help women why don’t they donate 100,000 to the victims services that help battered women? I suspect it’s because they can’t put their logo on the poor beaten women.

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Three streams of power

Dear Editor Re: Could it be time to create standard laws and powers across all villages? There are three streams of power operating in Samoa. The government system (palagi system) controls everything in Samoa and is an absolute failure.

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A note for the S.W.A.

Dear Editor, The front page of your issue of Tuesday 15/08/17 has an article under the heading: S.W.A. boss urges public to call in water problems The Samoa Water Authority relocated our water meter to outside our fence.

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I can now communicate clearly

Dear Editor, Through the Samoa Observer I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the BAY AUDIOLOGY team from Auckland, New Zealand for their humanitarian work of helping us in Samoa with hearing problems.

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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.

Street Talk

Luna Gautolu, 16

Miss Samoa Pageants: Love them or hate them?

The Miss Samoa Pageant is billed as an event much more than simply a parade of physical attractiveness. There is a strong emphasis on confidence, culture, individual talent and general knowledge. Lizzy Hunt asked people to share their opinions about the pageant:

Think a Minute

Wishing life away

Think a minute…Do you wish you were somewhere else right now? At the beach? Away on a nice holiday? At Disneyland? Many of us spend a lot of our time wishing we were somewhere else.


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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