BID MOVES: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with officials from Russia who are lobbying for support.

Russian city asks Samoa for 2015 World Expo support

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi welcomed some special visitors to his office last week. During a short ceremony, the New Zealand-based Russian Federation Ambassador Valery Tereschenko and a delegation of four officials presented their bid to the Prime Minister to be the host country for the 2025 World Expo.

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REACHING OUT TO SAVAI’I: The Digicel and Red Cross team at Asau.

Reaching out to cyclone victims in Savai’i

The people of Savai’i received much-needed help this week thanks to an outreach programme between the Samoa Red Cross Society and Digicel Samoa. The team arrived in Savaii on Friday morning to give out ready to eat food and water to households listed by the Red Cross as the most affected.

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ONE HAPPY VILLAGE: Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, Tong Xin, Iliganoa Sapolu with members of the village.

An ‘old friend’ in times of need

More than $10,000 worth of foodstuff have been to the village of Moamoa, Faleasi’u, by the Chinese Embassy in Samoa. The goods donated included 100 bags of rice, 200 bags of sugar, 600 boxes of canned fish and 200 boxes of biscuits.

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BOOKS JOY: Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio (sitting), representative of the Applied Scholastics Organization, Warren Meyer and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during the handover yesterday.

Books to unlock Samoa’s potential

Ten thousand books called “Learning How To Learn” were donated to the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) by a group called Applied Scholastics International Organization in U.S.A, yesterday.

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NEW S.F.A. PRESIDENT: Alex Su’a has been named the President of the Samoa Faafafine Association.

New President of the Fa’afafine Association

Lawyer, Alex Su’a, is the new President of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association. He takes on the role that was held by S.F.A. founder and President, the late So’oalo Roger Stanley. 

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HAPPY TO BE ALIVE: Thanks to Pei's neighbours, her and her children are able to stay in the front house.

Survival mode in Savai’i

For those in the remotest areas of Savai’i, who had no time or way to prepare for the onslaught of Tropical Cyclone Gita, coming together as a community and relying on each other was the only way of surviving.

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MASSIVE LANDSLIDE: The landslide at Tuialamu  (inset) M.N.R.E. Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismark Crawley.

Landslide work stopped

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) has stopped the clearing of the biggest landslide to be recorded in Samoa for safety reasons. The landslide at Tuialamu, Saleapaga, was triggered by heavy downpours brought by Cyclone Gita, which devastated the country last week.

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GITA FLOODING: The flooding which damaged a lot of buildings in Apia when Cyclone Gita hit Samoa.

Bartley offers helping hand for tenants

Tenants of the Kalolo Bartley Building in Apia will not be paying their $25,000 monthly rent this month. According to the Charles Bartley and Sons (C.B.S.) Board Chairman, Rudy Bartley, this is part of their post-Tropical Cyclone Gita assistance to their tenants.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. orders A.G.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has ordered Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, to “take action” against people whom they suspect are behind the “Ole Palemia” blog.

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Uelese Fala is in need of a job.

Father needs a job to feed his family

Being hit by a natural disaster when you are unemployed is a terrible combination. Uelese Fala from Utufaalalafa, Aleipata, knows the feeling.

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Talasulu Brown explains about TC Gita and how she worried about her grandchildren.

Mother fears for her children

All mothers wish for nothing but the best for their children. Talasulu Tuimanua Brown from Samusu, Aleipata, is no exception.

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Ioane Ualoa shares his concerns about financial difficulties after TC Gita destroyed his plantation.

Man worries about family after cyclone demolishes plantation

Tropical Cyclone Gita has left Ioane Ualoa and his family in a state of panic.

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Losi Luka in front of his plantation that was devastated by the recent cyclone.

Family needs iron roofing help

Losi Luka from Samusu, Aleipata, has only one wish. He needs help with iron roofing for his house.

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Chilled coconuts and island vibes

On a hot Samoan afternoon, Kiwi couple, Sarah and Mark Percy were sipping chilled coconuts by the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel poolside. It turns out that coconut is one of the couple’s favourite drinks to kick in that island vibe that captivates most first timers to Samoa’s shores. 

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Minister M.C.I.T, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, Minister M.W.T.I., Papali’itele Niko Lee Hang, C.E.O. Ministry of Works Su’a Pou Onesemo and Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri at Fagaloa Bay to inspect the damages left behind by Cyclone Gita.

Digicel, Bluesky impress Minister

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, is impressed with the swift response by telecommunication service providers such as Digicel and BlueSky.

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Some of the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Tropical Cyclone Gita update report

The following is update Report Number Two from the National Disaster Council and Disaster Advisory Committee following Tropical Cyclone Gita, which devastated the country last Friday. This report is dated 14 February 2018. It is published below:

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FAMILY SUPPORT: Pauli Prince Suhren is flanked by his relatives during his recent swearing in ceremony. Photo: Government.

Pauli’s ‘super natural appointment’

Pauli Prince Suhren has got huge responsibilities on his shoulders. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.), he is shouldering the interest and wellbeing of 33,000 plus members. 

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HELPING HAND: B.S.P assists 50 students with scholarships to study.

For a brighter future

The Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) continues to develop the children of Samoa through their scholarship scheme offered to selected students every year.

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Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papaliitele Unasa Niko Lee Hang and Minister of Communication, Information & Technology Afamasaga Rico Tupai with government officials visited Fagaloa.

New road, seawall for Fagaloa

Uafato and neighbouring villages in Fagaloa Bay can look forward to a brand new road and a seawall. Prior to Cyclone Gita last week, Cabinet had approved the Tender’s Board recommendation to award the $1.3 million contract to King Construction.

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Life saving gift from Japan

Japan has presented two firefighting trucks and an ambulance to the Samoa Fire Emergency Service Authority (S.F.E.S.A.). The project was made possible through Japan’s grant aid for Economic and Social Development Programme, signed in April 2016 between Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and former Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta.

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Think a Minute

What a world we live in (Part 2)

Think a minute…We live on a one-of-a-kind privileged planet. Earth has a greater variety of life, landscapes, and water than any planet ever discovered.


In response to the Samoa First Union

This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.

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.

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