It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

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The beautiful memories will remain

Talofa! It is with great pleasure that I come with my colleagues to attend the Closing Ceremony of Training Course on Creative Handicrafts and Sewing skills for Samoa sponsored by the Chinese government.

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Tribute to a leader, visionary and intellectual

Eulogy at Memorial Service of Sir Ngatata Love 28 October, 2018 Pipitea Marae, Wellington

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Spanking and respect: What is our purpose?

The problem with ideals is that we are disappointed almost every time. So to wish for better things is to be hopeless too.

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Remarks by Hon. Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers Minister for Women, Community and Social Development

I wish to use this opportunity to convey our sincerest gratitude to the People’s Republic of China, through the Embassy in Samoa and the Hunan International Business Vocational College for Continuing to support the development of Samoa and its people. 99 women and men have been trained, skilled and developed – to become seamstress and fashion designers, through your kind assistance.

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Speech on the occasion of the sewing training closing

Talofa! It is with great pleasure that I come with my colleagues to attend the Closing Ceremony of Training Course on Creative Handicrafts and Sewing skills for Samoa sponsored by the Chinese government. I am very happy to see the lovely video clips about the beautiful moments of your training during the past few weeks.

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Samoan cultural traditions, the controversy and the God in us who knows no Jesus

The recent confrontation between the visiting German professor, Karl-Heinz Kuhlmann and a pair of LDS missionaries in Apia, Samoa is fascinating in a number of ways.

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Beware of beheaded roosters

Sometimes when in the mood to write, I do not think of myself working with chisels and stones despite my native heritage. Instead, I roll up my sleeves on my laptop. Then I flick my arms open as if a card trick is inspired by my fingers. Creativity is a blessing, you know? You can see far beyond the colors of the rainbow the idea of orange and the wilderness becomes wilder in the notions of greenery.

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Farewell dear October…

My warrior sister gave a warning sign about death before she passed. She said, “mepa, all you need in this life, is humility and endurance.” I was instructed to write down her last thoughts because she knew she was fading. It was a time to learn of endurance most of all because I had no courage in me to face the inevitable.

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Climate Engineering and game changers for international climate policy

In his response to my opinion piece “Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront” published on October 18, 2018, posted online, October 23, 2018, Fiu Mataese invites me to “agree to disagree” on our views on geoengineering.

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Peace, security and climate change

I have the honour and privilege to present to You the Letter of Credence addressed to Your Highness by His Majesty King Willem Alexander, accrediting me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Independent State of Samoa.

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IN PARTNERSHIP: Mira Woldberg, Netherlands Ambassador to Samoa with the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Strengthening relationship between Samoa and Netherlands

I am pleased to accept the Letter of Credence accrediting you as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Netherlands to the Independent State of Samoa.

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TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters. Photo / (Samoa Observer).

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

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Response to Penehuro Lefale on Geoengineering

I wish to acknowledge with appreciation the comments by my good scientist friend Penehuro Fatu Lefale entitled “Geoengineering is the potential game changer we need to confront” published in Samoa Observer of 18 October 2018.

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CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

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TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters.

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

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The flip flop nickers

It is a swampy situation when two headed dragons get cross eyed and hit each other as a result. But Samoans do not have dragons or even celebrate to that effect, as the Chinese do, so I guess we could think of two headed stray tom cats to make a point with governance, in the church and in the political arena.

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The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

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A country almost one with the sea

To sit above the hills overlooking the majestic harmonist of a sea; you are the head and feet of imagination, free; and like the breeze on your skin, you linger. There is a self healing, prayer filled, somber sound coming from such a sea.

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Talaleomalie Togia Pritchard.

Changing lives: Dealing with high blood pressure

Talofa Samoa! As we explain in our Health Seminars, the Western animal-based diet (high in fats and animal products) that so many people now consume, is the primary cause of the epidemic of elevated blood pressure (or hypertension) and heart disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

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Editorial

Chequebook diplomacy, promise of millions and the reality

All eyes are on Papua New Guinea this weekend as it hosts what is arguably one of the biggest meetings a Pacific nation would have to accommodate in recent memory, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (A.P.E.C.) Summit.

Letters to the Editor

Two new cases of H.I.V. detected

Samoa needs to hold free sex education programmes on safe sex and make condoms available for free so people can protect themselves. We can’t stop people from doing what they are doing but we can educate people on making the right choices so they can protect themselves.

Street Talk

Aotoa Peter, 33

Public condemn attempted attack on P.M. Tuilaepa

Attempts by two unidentified men, who tried to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night has shocked the nation and triggered condemnation from various fronts. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i speaks to the public to get their views on the issue.

Think a Minute

True colors

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last. In fact, neither did Mary’s second marriage, nor even her third.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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