Health professionals and representatives at the Family Planning Guidelines Review Training.

Why family planning matters

Family planning is essential to promote the well-being of women, their families and their village communities. This was the message delivered by National S.R.H. Principal Officer, Perive Lelevaga, during the Family Planning Guidelines Review Training Consultation for health professionals at the Ministry of Health conference room yesterday.

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From left to right Louise, Kirra, Sophie and Jasmine from Australia.

The young remember the fallen

As the sun rose over the clock tower in Apia on Wednesday, children were remembering their family members who contributed to the ANZACs. The dawn service began at 5:30am with a march to the clock tower where dignitaries laid wreathes at the foot of the tower in honour of fallen servicemen.

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LOVING THE ISLAND LIFE: Darry Williams and his girlfriend Kirsten Beck site seeing the natural beauty of Samoa.

Locals make the difference

Darry Williams and Kirsten Beck from Hamilton, New Zealand, love their first time trip to Samoa. They shared with Dear Tourist Samoa that it was an easy decision to escape the busy life back home.

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN SAMOA: Helen and her husband, Gary Hiller.

The right place to celebrate

Helen Hiller is in Samoa for the third time. Only this time, it is to celebrate her 50th birthday with her husband, Gary Hiller. The couple from Christchurch, New Zealand, arrived last week Thursday with a group of 26 friends and family members.

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S.S.A.B SUPPORTS SAMOA’S TALENTED YOUTH: Toa Samoa Dance Crew with S.S.A.B Chief Executive, Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai (4th from right) and some of their staff members.

Helping hand for dance crew’s American dream

The Samoa Stationery and Books donated $2,000 to the S.S.A.B. Toa Samoa Dance Crew yesterday.

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Pacific Climate Warrior re-focus for 2018: Brianna Fruean and Finten Lutunatabua. Photo/Supplied.

‘Climate Warriors’ gather

The Pacific climate warriors are in Samoa for their Pacific fossil free gathering.

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GOING BACK TO THE DISTRICT COURT: President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Attila Ropati.

President pleads guilty to actual bodily harm charge

The President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Attila Ropati, has pleaded guilty to a charge of actual bodily harm. In return, the Prosecution moved to withdraw other charges of grievous bodily harm, common assault and being armed. 

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Court House Mulinuu.

Father, daughter in sex hearing wanted

A warrant of arrest has been issued by the Supreme Court for a father and daughter who have already pleaded guilty to a charge of incest. The warrant was issued by Justice Lei'ataualesa Darryl Clarke after the pair failed to appear in Court for sentencing. When the matter was called, the man and his daughter, whose identities are suppressed, were nowhere to be seen.

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ZERO TOLERANCE FOR VIOLENCE: Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.

Justice Vui says stabbing one of “worst domestic violence” cases

Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson has described an incident involving a woman, who was stabbed by her estranged husband in public in broad daylight, as one of the "worst domestic violence cases" in the history of Samoa. The defendant, a 33-year-old man convicted of attempted murder, has been jailed for nine years.

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Mane Su’a and Vili Matthes.

Court Officers arrested and charged

Court Officers Mane Jr Su’a and Vili Matthes have been arrested and charged. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer yesterday. 

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COURT FILES CONTROVERSY: Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainu'u, (Inset) M.J.C.A. Employee, Tulima Pio and M.J.C.A. C.E.O., Papali’i John Taimalelagi.

Minister of Justice denies removing Court files claims

The Minister of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.), Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u, has denied claims that Land and Titles Court files were removed from the vicinity of the Court and taken to his Office. The files are in relation to the Ainu’u title of Sapapali’i and one other about the “boundaries of Atua.”

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LIFE STRUGGLES: Semu Tuato is facing many challenges and the biggest is to fix his home.

“We just want a place we could live in”

Many of us take having a home for granted. It’s a feeling Semu Tuato wants to have. 

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NEED HELP: Leti Ioane is seeking for assistance to rebuild their house damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Mother shares her fears

A mother of three from Falelauniu lives in fear for the lives of her children. How so? According to Leti Ioane, their home is unsafe.

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TALENT SHOWCASE: Some of Siva Afi dancers and Walter Leota (winner).

Walter Leota prevails, books ticket to Hawaii

The Le Manumea Hotel and Return to Paradise Beach Villas brought fire to the table with their unquestionable skills during the latest round of the Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge this week.

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Wyong at the Samoa Victim Support Group Junior Walkathon.

A partnership based on love

For six years now, the Wyong Christian Community School from New South Wales Australia has been fostering a parternship with the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) to love and support the children. 

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Associate Minister, Lenatai Victor Tamapua.

Liquor Board identifies issues after Savai’i inspection

The Liquor Board has completed its final Savai’i inspection for this financial year.  

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE: Marketing Manager for the Samoa Cancer Society, Leilani Jackson.

Report praises Samoa

The Samoan Government was highlighted on the global level with the Union for International Cancer Control (U.I.C.C.) in making a positive difference in the lives and health of their people. 

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END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: The UN Officials made it Orange Day at the Office to raise awareness and create educational opportunities about women struggles.

U.N. unites under orange banner

And once again the United Nations got dolled up in orange yesterday to remember work still to be done to end violence against women. U.N. Women’s Project UNiTE use the bright colour to raise awareness and create educational opportunities about struggles women face every day.

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Captain Shaun Fogarty.

New Zealand Navy honours Anzacs in Apia

A visitor to Samoa says he’s grateful Samoans honour ANZAC Day. Captain Shaun Fogarty travelled to Samoa to participate in the Returned Services Association dawn service yesterday.

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President of the Returned Services Association (R.S.A.), Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio.

President of Returned Services Association raises ANZAC issues

The President of the Returned Services Association (R.S.A.), Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio, has demanded more respect towards the R.S.A. 

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Think a Minute

Problems mean progress

Think a minute…What’s your problem? Not all problems are bad. In fact, certain kinds of problems mean you are successful and making progress. A big hardware business moved into the same building with a small hardware store.


The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

Between the Lines


Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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