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  1. Hi Dennis,

    Sorry to hear about all this. Just when you found your luck and got married.
    Does that not give you the right to live in Samoa? Your family is still there.
    And what will happen with all your belongings in Samoa?
    And your businesses?

    • Hey Trish!

      > Sorry to hear about all this. Just when you found your luck and got married.
      Don’t be sorry. Sure it’s not nice to be trashed by the people who run the show up there but sh*t happens sometimes eh? I’m a bit sad for Veve and the kids in the short term. I’m big enough to handle anything and can start again after a total loss, but think about this – a Samoan girl marries a Palagi guy and settles down bringing her three kids into a nice environment. The kids finally have a dad that cares and next thing BOOF, and he’s gone! The guy who actually pulled the trigger up there in Immigration is new in the job. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing because he was close with my wife’s family all the way through. I feel sorry for him because he was under orders from above. You have to understand that nothing (and I mean NOTHING) happens in Samoa without the PM knowing and approving. In my case I know, and can prove that this all happened with his blessing. I’ll bring Veve and the kids down to New Zealand in due course so it will be all sweet outside of the corruption and politics of Paradise. Just takes time.

      > Does that not give you the right to live in Samoa? Your family is still there.
      ROFL! What rights? No way! You gotta understand that Samoa is VERY different. Don’t listen to the BS from politicians and beaurocrats. Speak to the people on the ground if you want to know how it really works. When I first started in Samoa I mixed with these dudes but actually spent most of my time at the bottom. The reality is that when King Kong says jump, the people ask “How High Sir?” I don’t play those games so . . . bye bye Palagi! Remember as I’ve always said, Samoa is all about show, about looking good. There is another side that they are DESPERATE to cover up. I’m a threat to the Old Man and the “storyline”. Palagi CAN marry and stay, but if the Big Boss says no then nothing on heaven or earth can go against him. He’s God up there – makes the rules as he wants and has cemented his powerbase beautifully in coming up to two decades at the top.

      Good on ’em I say – that’s politics though and I don’t play those games!

      > And what will happen with all your belongings in Samoa?
      What belongings? I have them with me – my computer and a few old clothes. I lived simply in Samoa and anything I had pretty much got stolen during the seven years there anyway. All the assets like the vehicle and furniture are owned by SWAP.

      > And your businesses?
      I held off establishing Gold Tick Telecom pending arrival of the new cable, so that’s been on hold for over a year. Club Samoa has been on hold until the lease was sorted out with SLC. That’s been a year and a half of “Come on SLC . . . come on!” so no issues there. I appointed a manager to run the SWAP Foundation a couple of weeks ago and it is carrying on the same, although obviously I am doing things here in NZ now. In a strange way it’s been a good kick in the rump for me because I was pretty cruisey in Samoa, not really doing much and would never have setup SWAP in New Zealand without this, so while the Old Man probably thought it would be helpful to have me out of the picture, he has instead spawned international operations for SWAP. I look forward to getting the Samoa message out there throughout NZ in due course. Roll on 2017. Reminds me a bit about The Day of the Triffords. Chop a branch off and now you’ve got two to deal with!

      Thanks for swinging by and commenting here. Watch this space methinks!

  2. Are you making your house bus in Greymouth? Im coming there from chch this week and next week again, would be interesting to meet as I have enjoyed reading your stories and think a chat about the island may be interesting.

  3. Hey Dennis.
    It is very good to know that you are back in NZ.
    I just happened to be online and I thought I’d check if anything new was happening to Dennis in Samoa and wham! You have packed up and gone.
    I am really surprised you survived 7 years in Samoa and you came out alive!!
    Especially when every tom, dick and dirty harry in Samoa had a go at you.
    I guess what has come out of your little “life experiment” is the many experiences you’ve collected where every day something new happens in Samoa – good and bad. Every day was never the same in Samoa. Not like us unlucky ones living here in the modern world where every week is the same — work 8 hours for 5 days then watch the Game on TV in the weekend then its back again to the same routine. Thank you for sharing with us all your challenges and thoughts during your stay in Samoa. I have followed you during all that time and prayed that you be ok. So good luck to your next “life experiment” and keep sharing with us your stories of your new life adventure in NZ.
    Have you had any major changes in the way you see life?
    Have you changed your religion?
    Are you a changed man?
    All the best.
    Keith Alderson.

    • Thanks Keith for popping in and checking on developments. Yes, major life changes all right. Samoa started with a hiss and a roar and finished the same way! With a pop!
      > Especially when every tom, dick and dirty harry in Samoa had a go at you.
      Yes it seems a bit ike that eh? I see it more that there is a cultural bias toward the Samoan thing, only natural but it is racism based on pride at it’s core. Palagi are targets and noone, literally no one there is immune from it. I think there was only one person who fully gets it that I met in seven years, two that half got it and perhaps maybe a dozen who sort of got it but you knew they really were Samoans first and foremost.
      > Every day was never the same in Samoa. Not like us unlucky ones living here in the modern world where every week is the same
      No I don’t see it that way Keith. Just over a year into the new culture thing I realised that people are the same the world over by nature and its just the different culture that manifests that same nature. Sure the weather and lifestyle too but the people are the same everywhere at heart. Samoa’s just a little less sophisticated in concealing it’s nature to us in the West, thus it’s a little ugly!
      > Thank you for sharing with us all your challenges and thoughts during your stay in Samoa.
      It’s been incredibly hard work – a million words of hopefully intelligent but always original thought is a mission from anywhere, let alone Samoa!
      >I have followed you during all that time and prayed that you be ok.
      Thanks mate
      > Have you had any major changes in the way you see life?
      Yes I can back myself a lot better now having been knocked around a bit more. I’m still a whooss at heart but I’ve toughened up a lot ready to stand up for what is right. I’m also a lot smarter now about how the real world works. I can see crooks, crims and crazies a lot quicker now that I have learned not to trust straight out of the blocks.
      > Have you changed your religion?
      Well I’ve been a Christian for nigh on forty years and have always hated religion, as did the Master. I have now seen the reason why He called me out of organised religion a few years before I went to Samoa, but nothing has changed there. Indeed I have learned to hear and obey much better.
      > Are you a changed man?
      Yes. I’m much tougher now on fools, and those out to defraud others. I’m a lot harder and tougher than I was before. I’ve also recognised more and more about how like Jesus did, when you bait evil, it is highly predictable and destroys itself. Just being obedient, faithful and doing what He wants me to do costs much more than I paid previously but if flushes the baddies out. Cockroaches tend to flee when you turn the light on. In my case I was booted out for it but the same principle applies – I just keep on speaking about what I know to be the truth and the bad guys blow it for themselves.
      Thanks for asking, following and stopping by here again Keith!

  4. Hi Dennis. I am sorry to hear about your ordeal in Samoa and the sad circumstances surrounding your leaving Samoa. I hope things will work out for you back here in NZ. Its sad that your new family has been forced to split up , but I guess in a marriage, it is love that comes first. If there is love then there is a way and GOD will help see you through that in time.but if there is no love, then it is best to be HONEST with yourself and with her. I am Samoan, living in NZ for 41 years but as a CITIZEN, entered NZ at the age of 8 and I’ve visited Samoa many times. It has become apparent to me that expressing my views about things are not always welcomed, though I can’t help myself sometimes giving my opinion on things that don’t seem right. Its often met with silence and distaste but Im learning. VILLAGE LIFE has its own HIRACHY system that suppresses your views on things before it can go further. BUT perhaps you may be a little relieved you are back in a country where freedom of speech and freedom to express yourself is quite okay. I THANK GOD FOR NEW ZEALAND. I like to believe my being a Christian is a real one because I chose to believe GOD myself not because my parents were pastors of a church.I go to a Presbyterian church of mixed race and culture in Auckland, plenty of palagis there and we sing English hymns every Sunday and every part of the service in English. I take my young nephews and nieces there because they don’t understand sermon in Samoan. I am not interested in just looking good on the outside, I want to look good in the inside first then the outside is automatic eh Dennis. So I ask God to bless you and comfort you through these hard times. The world is just getting worse that way. I pray that you forgive those whom hurt you and if you have learnt some valuable lessons from this experience, take it that was your challenge given, but God will never give you a test if he knew will kill you. In the bible He says he will give you testing knowing that you can COPE WITH IT but we are not to lean on our own understanding but believe in Him he will see us through. DENNIS you have an inner strength that has only gotten stronger and you can channel that now to something even better. I pray your wife realizes how blessed she is and TO LOVE YOU accordingly as a good WIFE. Anyway, I Just wanted to say GOD BLESS YOU and I wish you all the best for your future endevours.

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