Friday, November 29, 2013

"To Walk Under Palm Trees - The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums, PART 2"

Check out the Second Part of this exhibition online now.

I love going through these images of Samoa during the German administration.

Here's a lovely tuiga photo, I have posted these without permission - have copied over the caption and where I shared it from:
In this photo a grey-haired Fatu Frost can be seen standing behind von Luckner and the taupou. Son Frederick Frost stands on the right. Fatu had a plantation, farm and shop in the village. He was given the tulafale title Leofo in the 1940s.
Credit: Riethmaier Family Collection. Visit this at To Walk Under Palm Trees: The Germans in Samoa, Snapshots from Albums

"To Walk Under Palm Trees - The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums, PART 2"

The Museum of Samoa is very pleased to announce the second installment of the online photo exhibition "To Walk Under Palm Trees - The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums". The exhibition is here: (Part two begins here:

Curated by Auckland researcher and writer Tony Brunt the second part presents another impressive collection of photos that tell the stories of German-Samoan families in nineteenth and twentieth century Samoa. The exhibition draws on family albums and photo collections and most images have never been seen before outside family circles.

Photo: The opening of the Apia Rifle Club at Vailele plantation (Vaivase side), Easter 1925. (Credit: McKay Family Collection)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I just read the Samoa Observer article 

Violence stops N.U.S. ball by Joshua Lafoa'i. 

In it is reference to: 
hooligans (malovale).

I love it....but in this context, the hooligans would be more fittingly translated as fia ai kae vale.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Latest tuiga on the way to Samoa

And no....I am not a domestic goddess or a clean freak - so cancel your comment about the mess Coconut Girl.

If you want a tuiga made, please email me well in advance,
or like my fb page which is checked regularly by ummm, my siblings I hope, Tuiga by FotuoSamoa and if you see something you like - PM me. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sefulu Ono Aso. Sixteen Days

Sefulu Ono Aso or Sixteen Days is a short term online campaign of activism against all forms of violence. Sefulu Ono Aso features views of different members of Samoan society on issues related to violence in the community.
This online platform attempts to create better awareness and understanding of issues, and peoples responses and solutions to ending violence, by publicizing a thought a day by different members of our community.
Sefulu Ono Aso is a project by Storms Mom in the hope that Storm will grow up in a safe environment free from violence in any form, verbal or otherwise.
This short campaign will be guided by Storms great grandmothers favourite verse:
“O le alofa e lavatia mea uma.”

Check out the daily profiles here

Samoa Tourist warning.

Image copied without permission off

I am doing this as a service to EVERY tourist that goes to Samoa.

IF you hop on one of our colorful buses and the driver is speeding. 
There is a huge possibility of an accident happening. You will die
So, please - either choose another mode of transport, ask the driver to slow down OR get OFF and start walking.

Far too many people have died in bus accidents. But on every brochure or advert about Samoa - you will be told about this exciting island experience.
 In fact, what really irked me this morning is googling about samoan buses and I came across this article, which is written by a travel writer or a travel agent or anyone like that who gets the trip free and then writes about their 'positive experience'

There's no better way to explore Samoa's big island of Savaii than on a bright green bus with yellow window frames and roof, aptly named Paradise in Heaven.
The buses are such national icons they deserve their own museum... except that the museum pieces are out on the roads carrying people around.

The bus in this article? the same one that was driven onto the ford at Lago and lead to the loss of young lives this year. 

Image copied off the New Zealand Herald article 

I am writing this for tourists only, because a fa'apea o oe o se Samoa, ga e ke iloa le mea e kakau oga fai,

Pake foliga o le ave pasi.


The driver of the bus that was washed off a ford at Lano earlier this year, killing two young girls, has been jailed for 11 years.
The sentence for Moe Iosua, of Fagae’e and Vaitele fou, was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, His Honour Pierre Slicer on Wednesday.
Iosua was represented by lawyer, Alex Sua. Leinafo Taimalelagi and Leone Sua, of the Office of the Attorney General, were the prosecutors. This is Justice Slicer’s ruling in full:
1. Moe Iosua has pleaded guilty to two crimes of manslaughter contrary to the Crimes Act 2013, sections 102 and 108.
Concurrent charges comprised in Informations S1503, S1558, S1562 and S2384 of 2013 were withdrawn and are dismissed.
Information S2191/13 states that: “the defendant... has in charge or under his control a bus which, in the absence of care, may endanger human life has omitted to perform his legal duty to take reasonable precautions against and to use reasonable care to avoid such danger and the omission caused the death of Maria Aiaraisa, female of Avao, thereby commit the crime of manslaughter."
Information S2192/13 is in identical terms except that the victim was Puataunofo Sakaio of Salei’a.
The Crimes Act 2013 section 108 provides a maximum pennitted penalty of life imprisonment for a person convicted of the crime of manslaughter.
On Saturday 6 July 2013. the defendant drove a bus travelling through a number of villages with the intended destination of Salelologa, to connect with the 2 p.m. ferry. The route included the village of Lago which has a ford permitting the crossing of a river.
The passengers included men, women and children from various villages and two tourists. Their ages ranged between 4 and 74 years. The bus was full or nearly filled with passengers.
There had been heavy rain and the river was overflowing. The bus reached the river at 1:10 p.m. The prosecution in its Summary of Facts stated that approximately ten vehicles parked on both sides of the ford. The defence claimed there were only two. The prosecution, in order to facilitate the proceedings, conceded the defence position on this point.
It is of little import. Other vehicles had stopped. Another bus travelling in the opposite direction had stopped on the other side of the ford.
Its driver believed that it was unable to cross the flooded river. The driver had discharged a  passenger and turned around. That passenger saw the defendant’s bus arriving and stood on the bank, waving and signaling the approaching vehicle to stop. The defendant ignored the warning.
The depth of the crossing was above knee level. Passengers on the defendant’s bus cautioned the driver, telling him: ‘that the bus will not make it through the river and  the lives of the people were in his hands’ saying.
“O le ola o tagata o lo’o i lou lima".
Others on the side of the river called out. ‘E le sao" — the bus will not make it.
The defendant edged the vehicle towards the water slowly, reversed, presumably to gain speed and drove into the water. The flow of water took hold of the vehicle, pushing it to the left side. As it reached the middle the bus rolled over at least two times. The passengers were trapped and thrown about inside the bus.
Some fell on top of each other and some hit various internal objects, swallowing water in the process. It was at this time that Filomena’s mother lost hold of her daughter who was swept away. The scene was one of horror.
The bus rolled for a third time removing its roof in the process allowing the passengers to escape. Some were able to swim and the elderly and children were assisted by brave passengers to stay afloat. The group drifted apart. Courageous villagers rescued them, helping them from near the seawall. Some passengers were washed into the ocean but fortunately there was a low tide which probably prevented a greater loss of life.
Mailata Tagi and Kaisarina Mailata searched for their daughter, but were unable to find her.
Police arrived quickly and rescued some of the passengers who had drifted to the Salelologa side of the river. The casualties were taken to the Malietoa Tanumafili hospital. After about thirty minutes. police were able to cross the river and assist the other survivors who were taken to the Tuasivi hospital.
The bus was removed later on the evening. At around 7 p.m. a villager found Maria’s body. On Sunday 9 July at 9 a.m. police, matais and young villagers found and recovered Filomena‘s body.
It is not appropriate to state the details of the injuries suffered by the two children.
The cause of death was drowning.
On 10 July the defendant was interviewed by police but declined to make a statement. He was originally charged with negligent driving causing injury. He was again interviewed on 25 July and again declined to answer any questions. He was then charged with the crimes of manslaughter.
He entered pleas of not guilty on 5 August but changed those pleas to ones of guilty on 21 August.
Victim Impact Statement
Maria was aged eleven at the time of her death and Filomena Puataunofo five years. Both families have been devastated.
Maria‘s family have borne monetary and psychological harm. Maria was an intelligent, happy child. She was the hope and bright jewel of her family. She was the dux of her class and excelled in her religious studies and belief.
No words can describe the effect of the death of a beloved penina, a pearl, deprived of a vibrant life and love. The last words a proud and caring mother heard from her jewel was ‘I love you mum‘; a memory which will live in her heart and mind forever.
The impact will remain with the family and those who knew and loved her.
Filomena was traveling with her mother and father. Both parents were injured.
They suffered the trauma of being present at the time of the death of their daughter. Filomena died six days before her birthday. A life of one with such a future promise of success and a happy life was taken. Her memory is constant in the mind of her father and especially in the thoughts of her mother at bedtime.
Filomena was to them a manumea (the most beautiful bird of Samoa).
Both families have suffered great anguish and ongoing psychological harm. Time might lessen the pain but the sorrow and psychological harm will remain forever.
The parents understandably seek Moe Iosua to be punished as a murderer.
The Court understands and respects their wishes. But the crime of manslaughter is different from that of murder which requires a special state of mind to bring about the death of another. Here a combination of stupidity, arrogance and reckless conduct makes up the crime. The Court will take into account that the conduct is at the high end of the crimes of manslaughter, taking into account the deaths of two children.
Ifoga and Reconciliation
There has been no ifoga by him personally or reconciliation with the defendant.
The Mika family who owns the bus has apologized and the victims have accepted that apology. Mika presented a traditional Samoan apology which has helped the hearts of the families of the victims. Any offer by the defendant has been rejected by the families.
Prosecution Submissions and Authorities
This is not a case where a person risked his own life but the lives of many who were placed in his trust. It was both a public trust and one owed to each passenger.
The prosecution suggests a commencing point of between 7 and 8 years but add aggravating matters which would warrant an actual sentence of between 10 and 12 years. In addition it seeks a licence suspension of a similar period i.e. which might be longer than that actually served if the defendant obtained parole at some stage in the future. It also seeks a permanent disqualification from his holding a public vehicle licence.
Archbold (Ed. 2013) sets out guidelines for causing death by dangerous driving. Here the Court accepts Level l as an appropriate comparison.
Level l provides for:
(i) A deliberate decision to ignore or flagrantly disregard the rules of the road; and
(ii) A disregard for the great danger caused to others.
Here the danger was, not to a few, but a large number of persons entrusted to his care.
The suggested commencing point is 8 years with a sentencing range of 7 to 14 years.
Aggravating factors stated in Archbold include:
(i) More than one death or where there is a likelihood of more deaths;
(ii) Serious injury to others not killed; (m) Disregard of warnings;
(iv) Irresponsible behaviour such as failing to stop.
In Nepa v The Attorney General [2010] WSCA 1, the Court of Appeal accepted the statement made in Whithers v R (1925) 25 SR (N SW) 382 that: “There is no offence in which the permissible degrees of punishment cover so wide a range, and none perhaps in which the exercise of so large a discretion is called for in determining the appropriate penalty."
In Nepa (supra) the Court stated a commencing point of l0 to l2 years for a group or unprovoked attack. The approach was affirmed by the Samoan Court of Appeal in Attorney General v Godinet and Iefata [2011] WSCA 6.
The New Zealand Court of Appeal in R v Powell [2002] 1 NZLR permitted a major departure from ordinary culpable negligence where a driver ran over and killed a person on a picket line. An earlier Court in R v Dawe (1911) 30 NZLR 679 had recognized another relevant factor for ‘departure’ where the death was a driver of a public vehicle, in that case a tram. In this case the prosecution contended that cases such as Gacitua v R [2013] NZCA 234 and R v Barclay (HC NZ 31 May 2007) ought not be regarded as comparable. lt noted that R v Guest [2013] NZHC 2432 involved a private licensed driver with five passengers which resulted in a commencing point of 8 years and 9 months reduced by two years for a first offender and a further 25% reduction for the early plea was not comparable.
In R v McKelvey CA 372/97 (25 November 1997) the Court imposed a licence disqualification indefinitely.
Australian cases such as Jurisic v R (1998) NSWSC 423 and Shipton v R [2003] TASSC 23 are also useful cases providing for factors and principles relevant to motor manslaughter cases and support the prosecution submissions.
The Court accepts the prosecution submission that the higher range of 10 to 14 years or more is appropriate, subject to mitigation.
Defence Submissions and Mitigation
The defendant aged forty-seven is married with two children. He is a first offender. The defence is that there had been a failure of judgment rather than a willful disregard for safety. It claimed that he had been a bus driver for many years and had a good history of responsible driving. He offers ifoga and says he is remorseful. Doubtless he is remorseful for the taking of the lives of two children. But manslaughter in cases such as this warrants penalty for the conduct and the death more so than the subjective characteristics of the offender. Apart from a bad traffic record, a pastor, lawyer or citizen should be considered alike.
The Court accepts the absence of intoxication and early plea but places less importance on good reputation. It does not accept as comparable the Court authorities such as R v Taualupe [2012] TOCA 8. R v Guest [2013] NZHC 2432, Gacitua (supra) and the like referred to by the defence.
This was not a case of a momentary lapse of judgment. The defendant could see that other vehicles had avoided the risk. This was not inadvertence or negligence.
The appropriate sentence is that of a commencing point of l2 years, reduced to 11 because of the early plea. There will be a lesser discount for the plea of guilty since the plea was but a recognition of reality and the acceptance of an overwhelming case against him. A further factor is that there will be concurrent sentences for each of the acts of manslaughter and the injuries suffered by the other passengers. The discount will be that of one year and the actual sentence that of 11 years imprisonment. While intoxication can be a relevant factor there is no tolerance for the use of alcohol by the holder of a public vehicle licence so absence of intoxication as a factor is irrelevant to this assessment of sentence. He was warned by a person outside of the vehicle not to proceed. He approached the river, reversed to pick up speed and deliberately proceeded despite the cries and warnings of his passengers.
He was not responsible just for the lives of one or two passengers as in a motor car. He was the holder of a public not a private licence. He knew that he had children and the elderly in his trust. He was not merely stupid but took a calculated course of conduct imperilling the lives of many.
The penalty of the Court will not bring back the lives of the lives of the children or lessen the grief of their families. But it seeks to provide a general deterrence to those entrusted with public safety and duty to those who are helpless passengers in a public conveyance. Here two lives were betrayed.
40. Archbold (2013 Ed) refers at K-l9l that: “an order disqualifying an offender is usually a mandatory requirement when sentencing for these offences. In principle the minimum period of disqualification should either equate to the length of the custodial sentence imposed or the relevant statutory minimum disqualification period, whichever, results in the longer period of disqualification."
In this case the commencing point was 12 years imprisonment. The discount was for early plea but I see no reason why the commencing point, the discount for early plea and given that the maximum penalty is that of life imprisonment, prevents me from imposing a 12 year period of disqualification.
The Road Traffic Ordinance 1960 ("The Ordinance") section 39A (negligent driving causing death) provides for a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment but makes no specific provision for licence suspension. The Ordinance section 33 does not specify a period of disqualification following conviction nor for any minimum or maximum penalty. Section 33 A does not assist resolution of this question. Section 33 (b) provides for such period as the Court thinks fit, and will be applied. The disqualification will continue during any parole period.
Public Vehicle Licence
The Ordinance section 33 provides for the ‘disqualification from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence upon conviction for any offence in connection with the driving of a motor vehicle‘. Motor manslaughter is such an offence. The Proviso to the Act section 33 permits the Court to disqualify a driver, of the same class or description as the vehicle in relation to which the offence was committed.
In McKeZvey (supra) the New Zealand Court upheld an order that the appellant be disqualified indefinitely.
The Court will combine the provisions of section 33 ‘for such period as the Court thinks fit“ with the Proviso and follow McKelvey (supra) in ordering that the defendant be disqualified from driving a road service licence under the Ordinance Part IV indefinitely.

The two terms of 11 years imprisonment and the licence disqualifications will reflect the principles of totality (Mill v R (1988) 166 CLR 59). The Court pays regard to the principle of totality and will impose concurrent sentences in each case.
The only solace this Court can offer to the families is that they will be reunited with their children in Heaven. They will be remembered in the hearts and minds of all Samoans. They will live on in the memories of all who knew them.
Moe Iosua is convicted of two crimes of Manslaughter. Moe Iosua is sentenced in relation to Information S2191/13 to a term of imprisonment for a period of 11 years. such sentence to commence as and from 22 October 2013.
Moe Iosua is sentenced in relation to Information S2192/13 to a term of imprisonment for a period of 11 years. such sentence to be concurrent with that imposed in Order (2).
Moe Iosua is disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for a period of 12 years, from 22 October 2013.
Moe Iosua is disqualified from holding or obtaining a Road Service Licence indefinitely.

Swearing kid

Today, the boy (La Tuif) broke the towel hanger thingi in the bathroom.
That he broke something is not news at all.
But while he was 'trying' to fix it - he said;

"Damn fuck! damn fuck!"

AT first I thought, nah,,,,he didn't just say that....he's learning to speak for goodness sake...and he doesn't know that.

"Damn FUCK!" he is screaming the 2 words in frustration!

I brought him to the living room and told him off sternly.  The look on his smug face was not one of remorse, the kid was like, smiling - smirking even!
After his telling off, he walked outside to play with Maeva.
Maeva on the other hand comes running over to dob him in.
He was on the trampoline - jumping and shouting out
"Damn fuck! Damn fuck"

 Eh, I'm too hungover to deal with this madness.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What I had for lunch (at Pah Cafe)

Faafetai Iesu, Amene.

What I will have for lunch tomorrow...

...and then, in a moment of painful clarity, she remembered that she was not married to a millionaire, nor did she have a trust fund back in NewHampshire, but rather, she was a pupanty noodle eating goddess until December 1st.
Tee Ent. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In light of recent events, this comment by Leasiolagi comes to mind....

He said this last week at the Kiwas Colloquium and I felt like jumping off my seat and calling out

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sad issue ):

So I'm a little slow to the starting line today, having read the faifeaus typical shallow response to rape, I was pissed off, started a draft then got busy- and then I saw that Madam Libertine in Dreams had said it better.
There are so so so many people who have been and still are victims of rape and abuse, inflicted by their supposed loved ones. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

How to make Koko Alaisa

Make Koko Alaisa — Coconet

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Waiting for the moment to get scolded

So, between Frenchy and I, we have been attempting to spend wisely.
This has meant creating 'pocket money' type accounts for our own whatever spending.
The money allocated to our separate 'pocket money' accounts go in on the 1st of each month.
And just like the days of getting a university per diem, I blow it all before the week is out.
..and then I start looking at the calendar and sulking about how far far away the 1st of the upcoming month is.
Then after sulking, I swipe the credit card disquietly, hoping he doesn't bother about looking at the bank statement this week, or ever. Yeah right.

So in the above context, I got a little too disoriented recently (okay, feck it - too frequently in recent weeks)- and in my moments of disorientation, I was swiping the credit card at one venue, then another, and another - hopped in a taxi, went through Maccas and then woke up the next morning with a bunch of receipts in my handbag - and a Big Mac on my pillow.
I am mentioning this not to brag about how fucken useless I am about saving, or about how I can't handle too many vinos in the Tron, or my lack of care when I'm disoriented, but more so say; 

- I was so so freaking out about Frenchy finding out - so much so, that I was looking for the paper statements like a mo'fo when the mail comes in....hoping to intercept it.

Just my luck....he collects the mail this evening and Mary Jesus and Judas,  the frakken bank statement arrives, with my lengthy list of purchases and the hours those err, cordials where transacted.

The saddest thing about it?

I don't recall a flippin' thing. 
Not dinner, drinks nor Maccas drive through.
But my god, it's left a trial.

What a ooferkoms start to the week.
Hope you have a better one! more beerzie for me.
Broke ass Goddess til' 1st December.

"Strength of a woman shames us" By Jason Brown, Samoa Observer

Copied without permission but this piece speaks volumes of what is broken - and leaves me with more questions than answers, thank you Jason.
By now, many people have seen the video. What the video shows, in full daylight, is a sex crime but also a hate crime – a hateful display of inhumanity.
The only sane way to absorb what is seen in the video is to ignore the man and be left in awe of the sheer bravery of the girl, as she resists and fights back, again and again.
And again.
But it is not just the attack but, secondly, the video itself that is also hateful.
A third degree of hate is the fact that the man who attacked this girl, and videoed her, then uploaded that video to the internet.
Shame once, twice, three times on him.
None on her.
In fact, shame on him and men who think like him for every time someone views that video.
Viewed it first, from the internet, and then, after it was deleted, passed from phone to phone, wirelessly, and computer to computer.
Utter, despicable shame.
Perhaps the man’s life was already full of shame.
Studies and research overseas shows that many abusers have, once upon a time, been themselves abused.
Maybe he was once scared and pleading, like she, eventually, was in the video, beaten and sexually assaulted.
As a child.
Or as a man.
Or, maybe, there are no excuses, no cause, other than that this man is merely, unaccountably evil.
The man said to have attacked the teenage girl appeared in court last week, more than two months after he allegedly uploaded the video to the internet.
That his arrest took so long is no reflection on our police because life is not a Hollywood movie, where everything happens in an hour and a half.
In fact, compared with the huge “Roast Busters” controversy washing over police in New Zealand after they sat on a rape complaint for two years, despite the attackers boasting about it and other attacks online, Samoa police have moved with lightning speed.
Here, the man accused of the crime in the video is pleading not guilty.
In cases like these, however, it is hard to imagine a victim blaming just anyone who comes along.
What this particular case exposes, aside from a shameful and loathsome man, is the need for the law in Samoa to be updated to include online breaches of privacy.
The fact that such an update is not yet planned in no way reflects badly on government, and its hard working Law Reform Commission.
Who could anticipate such an extreme event?
Nor does it reflect on the police, who were understandably frustrated at not having more laws to throw at the accused.
What this case also exposes is, perhaps, the need for authorities here to watch overseas trends more closely, and suggest ways such trends might be anticipated.
In the meantime, we can all ponder the fact that, while the online video makes this particular incident of crime modern, the crime itself is ancient.
And that many world cultures exult depictions of male violence, on a daily basis, while blaming women for original sin.
Such seems to be another recent case when a village voted to banish a 13 year old girl, but not the four boys she slept with. Or, more accurately by law, was raped by.
This blaming the victim is part of a disgusting “epidemic” of sexual violence against girls referred to by Justice Vui Clarence Nelson of the Supreme Court.
That was the word he used, sentencing a 75 year old man who twice molested a 16 year old girl as she brought him food from next door.
What makes men think they have the right to abduct, abuse, assault and rape girls? Who sets the moral climate? Look no further than the churches.
Many church leaders are aware of the power of their words, and use them to do good.
Some church leaders however might want to ponder in prayer about the way they pound their pulpits, and where they lay blame for moral problems, and whether that in any way creates an environment, mistakenly or otherwise, that encourages physical abuse.
The man in the video that we are talking about clearly feels that the woman he is attacking is shameful and deserves not just punishment but exposure.
Where did that attitude come from?
Or lifetimes of fire and brimstone sermons based on a book where harlotry is vilified, Sunday after Sunday, but no word exists for the same thing in men?
What makes this attack remarkable is not that a man did it but that we see it, in all its male arrogance, chauvinism and smug superiority.
The video is a reminder of the awful anger and terror that all too many women have been made to feel.
Perhaps, for once in his life, the man felt powerful.
Not knowing that, in every single second, the only weakness he exposed was his own.
And, even if she did not know it, and knows it not still, the awesome strength of a woman.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Blown out of proportion.,

Standing at the check in queu, I looked around me - at the crowd of Apia bound travellers - some I know, some I don't want to know because they are about to give me a suitcase to carry - kefs - some dressed in winter boots and leather jackets, because apparently, Samoa is freezing this week, and some - okay, fuck it, I can't be bothered being philosophical about this:

Samoan men my age - who were slim in 1999 and are now, 4 times that size.
Why why why Delilah????
Fat, obese  - and some just angered me, especially because the gentleman I saw was someone I thought was rather good looking back in year 10.
In fact, I thought he was beautiful, and I thought I was going to marry the fukker.

I suddenly had this sense of elation, phew ! thankful that my infatuation with this boy dissipated very fast....because now, looking at him wadding to the counter, I exhale.....I could have been his wife, struggling to find his schlong in the heat of the night.

That is all. 

Back to my cupcakes.

Goddess of Samoa Sexstories.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

tips about blogging - brought to you by yours truly.

- Don't be too pc (:
- Write whatever comes to mind
- Write as often as you can
- Bragging about yourself is only interesting the first few times, then it gets boring. Like, I never do that!
- vary your topic.
- don't give a damn about what people say. 
- don't ever take advice from someone like me., about blogging or about anything for that matter.

Thank you, Goddess of Bad Advice.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

What an achievement! Salesa wins Marsden Fund.

"One of the things Damon talks about is that a lot of the time, many of the books that are produced out of Samoa, whether they be historical or otherwise, are accounts from the chiefs, the matai.
“But a lot of the research that Damon has done when he goes to the archives, many of the accounts he reads are interviews and accounts from the commoners,” said Mrs Salesa who is Tongan.
Kusa, a ou faikau i ikuaiga kala faapegei, ka ke igoigo pipilo lava.
E leai gi commoners i Samoa, ga'o le au faipopo ma le au mu maka i le afi, ae e o'o uma lava i le kofi pe'a lava le tautua i aiga.
O le uiga lena na fai ai a le upu "O le ala i le pule o le tautua".    
Congratulations, this is exciting!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Miss Samoa New Zealand Pageant 2013

is happening tonight, in Hamilton. apparently.
The person who started the MSNZPageant is the late Sala Sally Newsham.
She was passionate and worked hard for the success of this event, she was disliked because she wanted the best for the cause, the pageant was a huge cost to her and her family, who worked so tirelessly to make things work, but you would not hear complain about that!
This pageant was about the young women who put themselves out there - to be scrutinized publicly but also to make their families proud and represent their culture.
3 contestants competed tonight.

Peter Fatialofa - the people's captain

Such a sad sad day in rugby, and for Samoa.
I will always remember him as the big giant captain of man who was humble and was never above others.
Prior to the 1991 World Cup, Fats and his boys needed to fundraise and they went all over Samoa, meeting everyone - anyone - old people, young children, everyone - they were humble like that.

He has paved the way for so many.

Manuia lau malaga i le lagi
Papaliitele Peter Fatialofa 

Details of the funeral:

Peter Fatialofa Family Service

Date 12 Nov 2013 (Tuesday)
Time 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Sir Woolf Fisher Arena 
Peter Fatialofa Family Service
Limited seating available
Door open at 5.00pm
Attendees to be seated at 5.30pm
The family service is fully sponsored by Vodafone Events Centre.
Entrance: Gate 3 & 4
Parking: Southern Carpark. Complimentary. Liquor Ban Zone in all external areas.

Peter Fatialofa Funeral Service

Date 13 Nov 2013 (Wednesday)
Time 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Sir Woolf Fisher Arena
Peter Fatialofa Funeral Service
Limited seats available.
Doors open at 9.00am
Attendees to be seated by 9.30am

The funeral service is fully sponsored by Vodafone Events Centre.
Entrance: Gate 3 & 4
Parking: Southern Carpark. Complimentary. Liquor Ban Zone in all external areas.

I love this tribute that was on TV1 this week

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Making polo kilikiki Savaii style

I had a moment last week, where I thought about those who have been called home,
and wanted to capture the memories I had of them.
 I recall a funny moment and it made me cry-laugh.

Lagipoiva and I saw our old uncle Va'asili Sene when he walked past our house, he was going to the plantation. 
Naturally, we followed - because we were bored, our older siblings had ditched us Again and we like Va'asili, he didn't talk much...we did most of the talking. Perfect connection.
Anyhow, he was going to get the sap off the err, gum tree. 
We were curious and we watched him do this, while we talked of course. 
He had previously cut into the trees bark and the sap had since dripped onto corrugated pieces of iron and into small containers. 
We walked back with him to the fale kele (by the pool at gatai) and watched him apply the sap onto the corrugated iron. 
He was making kilikikiti balls. Fascinating process.
He allowed us to make our own - small versions of course....when these balls are done properly, they are really hard but bounces really high. And when you get hit by one, you would be in a bad place. 
In fact, a woman from across the road got hit in the ear during a clash between us and Sapapalii and she couldn't hear on that side for life. But she is alive. We all know this because since the incident we refer to her as *Pape who got hit with the polo kilikiki. 
Anyhow, digressing here but that's my memory of Vaasili and learning about making cricket balls.
It made me laugh. That is all.

Goddess of Kilikiti

Image copied without permission from Kay and Peter Forwood's website