Op-Ed: New Zealand right to spy on Pacific Island neighbors

It is not paradise out there in the South Pacific and while our friendly neighbourhood might be democratic and understand rugby's off-side rule, corruption, self-interest and idiocy stalks their capitals.

And dangerously surprising things like coups, civil war and mutinies happen, and they have a real and direct impact on New Zealand.

The Snowden Papers suggest spying in the South Pacific is something new, but the reality is that we have been spying on Pacific countries for decades.


Through this letter my wife Theodora and I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the people of American Samoa.
Five years ago we started our first football camp for boys in American Samoa. With your help, our dream and vision for our land of heritage has grown into the Fa'a Samoa Initiative, a multi-tiered project with a football and volleyball camp for boys and girls, an academic division and a medical mission.


Dear Editor.
This letter is to voice an opinion pertaining to the Local Economy.
I read your article today on the Governor’s comments pertaining to the Chinese bringing money to the Island.
The ethnics do not really pertain in this case, or on the off chance that they should, perhaps the following is worthy of concern.

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  • Gov to Feds: Chinese money flowing into territory


    Because residents of American Samoa “need to survive and live” they are “enticing” Chinese people with money to set up business in the territory, says Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga.
    Lolo made the comment as part of his closing remarks at the annual meeting today in Washington D.C. of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA), where they discussed issues of importance to leaders of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Amata’s Journal: Fitting It All Together

    As much as I regretted having to do it, I had to decline an invitation to join President Obama at the White House yesterday for a ceremony in which the President was to sign into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (H.R. 203).


    Many have told me that I live in a bubble that resembles Don Ho’s iconic song: “Tiny Bubbles”, that the only pressure I have is dictated by how much nonsense I want to listen to during Sunday toana’i, if I decide to attend or even listen. I usually eat, say hello to my mother and family — and then go back to my bungalow, citing work.


    Dear Editor:
    Of all the grocery stores on this Island the one that simply does not live up to its name has to be "COST U LESS". There isn't a week that goes by that this store does not raise its prices a few cents here, a dollar there or more.
    A bag of fish that was $10.00 is now $20.00, hamburger prices have tripled, a half gallon of milk for nearly $6.00, and the list goes on.

    Op-Ed: American Samoa’s Radewagen can make a difference in committees

    Although the delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa is one of six such delegates who votes in committees but not in the full House, just-elected Republican Amata Radewagen has been drawing an unusually large amount of press coverage since her sensational election last fall.

    Elected over Democratic Delegate Eni Faleomavaega in a nine-candidate race, Radewagen — daughter of American Samoa’s first popularly elected Gov. Peter Tali Coleman — made it to Congress on her 11th try.


    “Kim was facing rape, conspiracy to commit rape, deviate sexual assault, witness tampering, concealing an offense and endangering the welfare of a child.” SN- 1/29/15

    Dear Editor,
    Mike Kim was 70 years old when he colluded with Motau Samani to search for young victims to feed his sexual appetite. How long this has been going on and how many other young girls have fallen into this trap is not known. He was and still is a healthy businessman with enough clout to continue with his activities. As a 70 year old, he influenced and colluded with Motau, to traffic children to him. He also influenced  a police officer sworn to protect the public, to interfere with the investigation.

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