LEADERSHIP TRAINING: Participants at the Transformational Leadership Development Programme.

Trainers trained in Transformational Leadership Development Programme

Sometimes a little inspiration goes a long way. 

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Nurses take their oaths in front of families and friends during the ceremony.

Graduating nurses boost manpower

Manpower in Samoa’s health sector has been given a major boost with the graduation of 81 nurses and midwives. The newly-registered nurses and midwives took an oath after receiving their certificates and badges, in front of guests, families and friends at the National University of Samoa (NUS) Fale recently.

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Ms Nisha, representative for the Pacific for U.N.E.S.C.O with Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa at the celebrations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th anniversary.

Samoa celebrates 70th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written and adopted by the United Nations in 1948, exactly seventy years ago this week.

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Paula Whetu Jones. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Give data a human experience”

Statistics are not all you need to look at when analysing why there is an increasing number of children abuse incidents, says New Zealand-based film director, Paula Whetu Jones. 

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Listen to your children, Minister Loau urges

The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, says parents and elders should do more to listen to their children and give them space to express themselves. Speaking to the Samoa Observer at the 70th anniversary celebrations in honour of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Minister said while children should respect their elders, there could be more reciprocity.

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Tunufai Ah Leong is surrounded by his family after the prize giving ceremony.

Tunufai Ah Leong makes family proud

Tunufai Ah Leong from Leauva’a and Fagamalo has made his family very proud this Christmas.

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Professor Rajesh Chand.

U.S.P. Vice Chancellor to retire

His humble beginnings growing up in a cane farm in the western part of Fiji was the trial that motivated outgoing vice chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, Professor Rajesh Chand to strive for excellence. 

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Martin Taupau is flanked by students from Leifiifi College.

League star Taupau in town

Samoan NRL rugby league star, Martin Taupau, who plays for New Zealand, is in the country.

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For some Goshen Trust residents, Christmas may look a little different to normal, but it will be special nonetheless.

Spare a thought for Samoa’s mentally ill

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and while the preparations begin for family gatherings, spare a thought for Samoa’s mentally ill, who won’t be celebrating at home this year.

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GO PARKER: Agnes Fruean, Niulevaea Afamasafa, Ruta Perelini and Farid Mohammed.

Digicel winners off to see Joseph Parker fight

Two Digicel customers have won the chance to see Samoa’s Lupesoliai Joseph Parker in action this weekend.

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Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma.

“I don’t blame him but he is wrong”

The call from the Chairman of the National Council of Churches for Samoans to return to God cannot be the only way to end domestic violence.

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Supreme Court Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson

“Village council should penalise drug convicts”

Member of the Council of Deputies and Apia paramount chief, Tuiletufuga Le Mamea Ropati, agrees the village council should penalise anyone involved in drugs. Responding to concerns expressed recently by Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, Tuiletufuga said he was not aware the matter was raised in Court last week until the story was published in a newspaper. 

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PROUD FAMILY MOMENT: Alofa Perenise, Afatia Ioakimi and proud father Ioakimi Bill Ioakimi.

Future doctor is Avele’s finest

A Science student, who wants to become a doctor, is Avele College’s top student for 2018. Seventeen-year-old Afatia Ioakimi from Solosolo celebrated sweet success yesterday, having being named Dux during the school’s end of year prize giving.

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OUTSIDE COURT: Reverend Vavatau Taufao (right) in Court yesterday.

Church Ministers in Court

Nine Church Ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa made their first appearance in the District Court yesterday. The hearing of the matter between the Ministry of Revenue and the Church Ministers was presided over by Judge Talasa Lumepa Atoa Sa'aga. 

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Honourable Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio.

Methodist Church answers Games call

The Pacific Games Office has confirmed that the Methodist Church of Samoa’s Faleula compound will be used to accommodate athletes and team officials for the XVI Pacific Games.

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Professor Rajesh Chandra.

University promotes Pacific regionalism

A lot has been said about what denotes successful regionalism in the Pacific, and more often the University of the South Pacific has been at the forefront of it. 

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Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai.

Industry brainstorms in first Tourism, Travel night

The tourism and hospitality industry in Samoa gathered last week to brainstorm on ideas to improve the industry.

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Island Rock general manager, Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork.

Local firm gives to Mapufagalele nursing home

Local company Island Rock has donated a brand new washing machine to the elderly residents of the Mapufagalele nursing home.

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Vilfred Crawley (brother), Jean Viliamu Kupa (aunt), Gebra Crawley and  Apia Primary school principal, Tagiilima Lino Tagiilima.

Gebra Crawley is dux of Apia Primary

The Year 8 Dux of Apia Primary is Gebra Crawley of Malua.

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Sark Lee, Co-founder of Benefarm from South Korea.

South Korean firm confident in Samoan nonu

South Korean businessman Sark Lee has expressed confidence in his business partner Wilex Samoa and its nonu products making an impact in the South Korean market despite stiff competition.

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Think a Minute

Maid to sing

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.


“We are our own enemy in this respect”

I’ve been asked to shed light on the emerging challenges of Human Rights in Samoa/ and the approach of the country in addressing them/ in approximately four to five minutes. ---I know you are keen to see the movie, so I will aim for three minutes.

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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