Saying Sorry, Samoan Style


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I received an apology letter today from a lawyer who agreed to write it as part of a settlement in the Supreme Court of Samoa. I explain the context of the letter; analyse the contents and describe the Samoan style of saying sorry. I end with a mini sermon and commentary. Foreigners wishing to learn and understand the Samoan culture should read this post VERY carefully, for Samoa REALLY knows how to say sorry, and we, in the West, have a lot to learn about diplomacy. The lawyer involved is the first person in six years to offer me a full and genuine apology and while it would have been better if he had no need to apologise, I issue my first digital bouquet to Pau Tafaogalupe Mulitalo, a man who clearly understands the true spirit of Faa Samoa. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Samoan Domain Name Naughty Naughty CSL

samoa-observer-domain-detailsA privately owned computer company Computer Services Limited (CSL) has registered the primary newspaper’s domain name ( in their own name. This is very ‘naughty’ for an IT company in a position of trust to register a domain name for a client in their own name . . . it’s a tempting practice we outlawed in New Zealand years ago. I discuss the history with reference back to New Zealand’s domain name space and give advice. [Read more…]

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Samoan Court returns SWAP vehicle

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SWAP can now go back to ‘business’ with the return of the SWAPmobile vehicle by Supreme Court agreement.

I am pleased to now report on the successful return of the SWAPmobile into SWAP custody. Following a year-long court wrangle SWAP’s Toyota Prado Regn 15414 has returned home thanks to a judge that, in his own words, “wanted resolution of the matter” and [hint; hint] “today”. It happened today, thanks to everyone ‘doing their bit’.

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Samoa Observer’s SobStory – SobServer

samoa-observer-google-going-goingSamoa Observer (Samoa’s local tabloid) is AGAIN in deep doodoo (and no it’s nothing to do with me suing them or them suing me!) it’s again their amateurish approach to IT matters, especially online. In this post I demonstrate that yet again Samoa Observer is poised to lose all their online history on Google, a worst case scenario for anyone interested in making or maintaining a web presence. I give them warning and advice.  [Read more…]

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Advice for Voting Samoan Christians

A padlocked ladder in a country "Founded upon God" Security is a major issue with petty theft rampant.

A padlocked ladder in a “Christian” country “Founded upon God”. Security is a major issue with petty theft rampant. Aside from religious practices, genuine Christianity has little correlation to reality in much of the country.

In this Sermon from Samoa I give advice for Christian’s intending to vote in the upcoming 2016 Election in Samoa – DON’T. I explain how Democracy is literally an idol; how the entire financial and political system is immoral and totally contrary to everything that the Lord teaches and I show how the principle of authority applies to Christian voters who have incredible power at their fingertips – if they only but exercise it.  [Read more…]

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Politics in the Samoan Judicial System

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” . . . we are all hopelessly mired in selfinterest. All we can do is try to evaluate the idea rather than its source.” My take is that Judge Fisher should be cognisant of his own advice when sitting in Samoa.*

This post is an initial ‘whack’ at reporting my observations of the politics within the Samoan legal system. Judges and lawyers with conflicts of interest, bias and personalisation of business matters in a small fiercely proud island state are par for the course it seems. Knowing how corruption pervades Samoa in other strands of Samoan society, I’ve been expecting, perhaps even dreading revelations of the same within the Samoan legal system. My take is that indeed it’s not much different. [Read more…]

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Dealing With Dodgy Samoan Lawyers

dd-3dI’ve had a good day in court today but my blood is boiling. Here the Palagi Samoan blogger shares three stories of more dodgy Samoan lawyers – first the one that I’ve charged with a crime of dishonesty; then a guy who got roasted by the judge and misrepresented his client badly but shamelessly let his clients love him to bits who thanked him profusely for doing whatever he tried to do; then yet another Samoan lawyer suing her sister for defamation when she told the truth . . . oh yes, and the judge . . . well he’s their cousin! OMG, could it get any crazier? OK Samoa, get ready for gossip . . . here we come! [Read more…]

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Dismissing a Crooked Samoan Lawyer

samoa-supreme-courtIn December 2015 I appeared before the Samoan Chief Justice who gave me until Monday this coming week to prepare a Motion to Dismiss a Samoan Lawyer whom I had charged with a crime of dishonesty. Here are the documents, the MOTION, my AFFIDAVIT and the EVIDENCE. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Going Under Another Authority

Jandals & mango leaves used in a spiritual lesson in Samoa

Jandals & mango leaves used in a spiritual lesson in Samoa

In this Sermon from Samoa I share the philosophical basis for my self-imposed Christian label, “non-denominational Christian” and the significance of what I call simply (here in third world Samoa), “going under another [authority]’. The spiritual significance to this belief system is huge & in time will become much more relevant as the Holy Spirit continues to draw people away from organised religion. It’s a massive subject but here’s a first-whack at it. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Fighting the Right Battle

A thief, Poasa, son of AOG pastor Opetaia from Tanumapua, also cause of enormous pain and incalculable consequential loss to me

A thief I caught in the act, Poasa, son of local Assemblies of God pastor Opetaia from Tanumapua [who BTW told me to “Fuck off!” and go to the police], also the cause of enormous pain and incalculable consequential loss to me, terrorising me for more than three years with over 20x burglaries totalling over $20,000.00.

In this Sermon from Samoa, I share how the struggles to retain identity of adherents of Faa Samoa (the traditional Samoan ways) fit into the global political picture and I explain the deeper spiritual significance of the conflict, again written from a Christian perspective. It is deep, analytical and should be highly sobering for Samoan thinkers. The shallow and vested interests should probably just pass this post by. [Read more…]

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