Government, taxes, L.T.R.A. 2008 and customary lands. Part I

Dear Editor, The reality in our country and its government is that the main cause of all problems that we are facing right now is because of our system of government.

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What should happen

Re: How conflicts are resolved Let me start first, I’m from Falefa. My first recommendation before we roll out our conversation is to keep above the belt not below.

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Help her recover

Re: Doping awareness Yes, so what are they doing to help Iuniarra Sipaia with her road to recovery?

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How we resolve conflicts in Samoa

Dear Editor Let me start by saying that I don’t condone the actions by the Luatuanu’u youths in stoning the police. What is concerning though is the negotiation tactic of the Police Commissioner, with the threat to use firearms to root out the troublemakers.

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An open letter to Samoa Airways

Dear Editor I am writing to bring to the attention of the C.E.O. especially the Board of Samoa Airways the conduct of a certain pilot working for the airline between Samoa and American Samoa.

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There is still hope

Dear Editor, For the very few of us who are still clinging on to the hopes that one day a transparent government will find us .... To the few that so far have managed to hold fast to their dignity and will not sell their souls to a very flawed government, I salute you.

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Realistic policing

Re: Police defend giving village two options It is just pragmatic and realistic policing. It has always been Police policy to work with village ali’i ma faipule.

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Take the first option

Re: Police defend giving two options Here’s a word of advice to the village council, take the 1st one. Simple as that. You have failed in your duty as parents, as chiefs, as advisors to your children and aumaga to teach them proper manners.

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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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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.

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

“A great Woman”

Think a minute…There was a young married couple who really struggled to make enough money just to live on. One day the husband took all their money and bought a small service station. His wife Jane did not think this was a smart, good investment.


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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