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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

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.

Letters to the Editor

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.

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.

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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Orlando Huaman*

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.

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Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson*

The rise of Samoan women in conservation - by culture, merit

About a month ago, we were in a meeting with three village Mayors (male Chiefs) to discuss the implementation of the first carbon offsetting project for Samoa by replanting more than 12,000 native trees in the O le Pupu Pue national Park.

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Afamasaga M. F. Toleafoa

Taxes, Government and the Church – Part III

Due to travel, it hasn’t been possible to respond earlier to the letter (15 February 2018) by Reverend Lale Ieremia on taxing the clergy in Samoa.

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.

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A boy does not become a man automatically or alone. It takes a man to make a man. Boys always have heroes they look up to as the kind of man they want to be—and boys whose fathers live with them usually say their hero is their dad.

Street Talk

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:

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57


Vili Vili, 57


Katalina Tuasivi, 62


Mika Eliapo, 24


Carol Bilbo, 64


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