RETURNING AFTER 25 YEARS: Carole and Tom Ryan said they have seen many positive changes.

What makes Samoa special

People make the destination, says Carole and Tom Ryan of Auckland, New Zealand. They agreed it isn’t the infrastructure or the landscape that give visitors a full experience of any country, but the people. 

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HAPPY TO BE HERE: David Pearce is happy to be in Samoa.

Visit a late birthday present

Kiwi visitors Jill and David Pearce chose Samoa as the ultimate destination to escape the cold weather back at home. This trip to Samoa is also a late birthday present for Jill and a time to celebrate their wedding anniversary in a place they haven’t been to before.

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CLEAN PACIFIC ROUNDTABLE: Leota Kosi Latu and Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at the opening of the 2018 Clean Pacific Roundtable. Photo / S.P.R.E.P.

Plastics Crisis: 97 percent of all fish species have micro-plastics, study finds

Plastic pollution is a major problem in Samoa and the Pacific region. But just how bad is it? A recent study on fish ingestion with samples from Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, and Rapa Nui showed that 97 percent of all fish species sampled had micro-plastics.

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THANK YOU B.S.L.: Participants of the Zone A English Speech Competition 2018. The event was sponsored by Business Systems Limited.

Business Systems Ltd drives Zone A speech competition

Business System Limited has thrown its support behind the Zone A English Speech Competition 2018. The company did this with a sponsorship to the tune of $4,000.

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DIGICEL PHOTOSHOOT: Digicel Ambassador Lupesoliai Joseph Parker with Caroline, Tofigaonafanua Lesa and Torres Taulapapa.

Digicel gears up for White Sunday

The countdown to White Sunday is on. At Digicel, they are making this year’s White Sunday shopping a lot easier with the ‘Seki Mai Le White Sunday’ promotion - the company’s’ latest promotion for prepaid and postpaid capped customers. 

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CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP: U.S.P. staff and students together with participants in the workshop.

Skills to empower women

A capacity building workshop for women around Upolu officially opened at the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus.

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SORELY MISSED: The late Louise Tasileta Leauanae who passed away last week.

Nuanua o le Alofa mourns passing of Louise Leuauanae

Nuanua o le Alofa (N.O.L.A.) is mourning the sudden passing away of one of its members, Louise Tasileta Leauanae. Louise was 45 when she died last Thursday.

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Saloga Salelologa Methodist Youth Fishing

Climate change project success celebrated

The celebration of the successful three-year project between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and United States Agency for International development (U.S.A.I.D.) or the Pacific American Climate Fund (P.A.C.A.M.) project was held in Siufaga, Savaii yesterday. 

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REPRESENTING SAMOA: Members of the business community came to help support the fashion cause in Cecilias famous garden.

Samoan fashion fusion set for London

Designer Cecilia Keil turned the beautiful gardens at her Vaitele residence into a fashion walkway last Saturday to showcase her new designs, which she will take to London Pacific Fashion Week (L.P.F.W.) next month.

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HEALTH EXPERT: Wendy Miller is an accredited sonographer from Auckland, New Zealand.

Women’s health expert imparts skills

A visiting health expert who specialises in women’s health will teach clinical contractors how to use a 4D ultrasound machine at the Health Specialist Centre (H.S.C.) and Alecs Home Away in Motootua.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Photo / (Misiona Simo).

P.M. in $5 million lawsuit over land Act

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has been named first defendant in the $5 million lawsuit against the Samoa Government over the Land Titles Registration Act (L.T.R.A.) 2008. The lawsuit was filed last week Friday by the Samoa Solidarity International Group Global, where they are questioning “legality” and the “constitutionality” of the Act.

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King Faipopo whose real name is Malele Paulo. Photo: Facebook.

P.M. files complaint against “King Faipopo”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has asked the Attorney General's Office to begin the process of requesting extradition for a Samoan living in Australia. He wants Malele Paulo, popularly known as “King Faipopo” on Facebook, to be brought to Samoa to be charged under the Criminal Libel Act. 

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NEWLY APPOINTED JUDGE: Senior lawyer Leota Raymond Schuster is set to become a Judge.

New Judge for District Court

Leota Raymond Schuster has been appointed a Judge of the District Court. The appointment was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Papali’i John Taimalelagi.

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AUDITOR: Fuimaono Camillo Afele.

Auditor questions annual leave payment

An audit of the Samoa Trust Estate Corporation has questioned the payout of its Chief Executive Officer  and Chief Financial Officer from accumulated untaken annual leave. aThe organisation’s C.E.O. and C.F.O. were paid an unspecified amount in 2013, despite their employment contracts stating that untaken annual leave should be forfeited, unless approval to defer the leave was given by the S.T.E.C. Board

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Vaiala Beach students showcase certificates from Science Fair.

Environment themed projects stand out at Vaiala Beach

Can an egg bounce? How does helium affect your voice? How many balloons are needed to lift a cat? These are some of the questions students of Vaiala Beach School based their science projects around for the school’s annual Science Fair for 2018

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Accident Compensation Corporation Building

$13 million investment lacked proper papers

Investments in financial institutions by the Accident Compensation Corporation (A.C.C.) to the tune of $13 million were done without supporting documentation, an audit has revealed. The alleged deficiency in documentation was highlighted in the findings of a spot check audit report produced by the Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, for the period March 31, 2015. 

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JICA Resident Representative Mr Tanaka Toshiaki with PacLeads Scholarship Recipient, Amuimuia Elisapeta Roreta Areta.

Senior Govt. Officer wins top award to study in Japan

A Senior Officer at the Lands Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is heading to Japan. Amuimuia Elisapeta Roreta Areta has been awarded the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-L.E.A.D.S) 2018 scholarship, Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A.) announced.

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Masoe Norman Wetzell

Financial constraints lead to prize disparity

The late addition of a women’s competition to the Samoa Squash Open resulted in a disparity in prize winnings, organiser Masoe Norman Wetzell said.

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Fofogamua Hawaii Lavea.

Levaopolo says jail release is legal

Fofogamua Hawaii Lavea’s release was granted by the Ministry in accordance with the Prison’s Act, says Deputy Commissioner of Prisons and Correction Services, Levaopolo Rosa Mene. 

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Court House

Hospital staff in Court for alleged theft

Three hospital workers facing charges of theft as a servant appeared before Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson yesterday morning. They are Pio Fesolai, Fou Sekone and Amanono Mafualo.

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Think a Minute

“Balancing Act”

Think a minute…You remember the first time you tried to ride a bike? It can be quite tricky. The bike shakes and wobbles everywhere until you finally learn how to balance your weight. Balance is important in everything.


“Se’i mai le mui’a’a; tau mai na o le pua e ulā”

There is a common Samoan saying: “Tau mai na o le pua e ulā; se’i mai le mui’a’a” – “Pick only the most fragrant of frangipani; harvest the royal roots”. It is both a directive and a gentle plea.

Between the Lines


Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

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