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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Supreme Court Justice, Mata Keli Tuatagaloa.

Justice Tuatagaloa jails man for stealing $28,000 from work

A man who stole $28,000 from his former employer has been jailed for a year and 10 months. Nevile Katopau’s sentencing was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Mata Keli Tuatagaloa.

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Participants of the two-day tourism forum at the Taumeasina Island Resort that concluded yesterday.

Industry targets ‘smart tourism’

Stakeholders from various tourism organisations in Samoa gathered at the Taumeasina Island Resort for the two-day Samoa Tourism Forum 2018 focusing on sustainable tourism. 

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Kei Ji Li's application has been denied by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Court denies application

In the interest of justice, Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren has denied the application by Kei Ji Li to depart Samoa until his criminal case is heard and determined by the Court of Appeal.

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Prisoner, Tagaloasa Filipaina and LAWYER: Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo.

Prisoners’ lawyer intervenes

The lawyer representing two prisoners accused of masterminding the failed mass prison break last week has called on the Police to treat his clients “as human beings". Lawyer Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo has asked the Police to give them “clothing and amenities for their state of wellbeing".

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SEEKING GOVERNMENT HELP: Lapi Luka of Samusu, hopes to live in a brick house.

Surviving in a leaky home, father dreams of a brick house

A father can only dream of waking up in a brick house. However that can not materialise for him because of financial constraints. Lapi Luka, of Samusu, a father of six, said while five of his children work, their salaries will never be enough to build a brick house.

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Think a Minute

The sweat of success

Think a minute…Former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he was called the Greatest Speaker of the Century. He was also famous for his quick wit.


“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

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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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