SALARIES INCREASE QUESTIONED: M.P. Sulamanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa.

M.P. queries salary increases

Member of Parliament for Vaimauga Sasae, Sulamanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa, yesterday questioned why salary increase for public servants has been included in the Supplementary Budget. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Sulamanaia called on the Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti to explain why the increase was not part of the main budget.

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NEW LOCATION: M.P. Gatoloaifaana Amataga Alesana-Gidlow at T.A.T.T.E. where Parliament is held.

Parliament moved again

Parliament convened at the Tui Atua Tupu Tamasese Efi Building in Sogi, yesterday, for its first Parliament session of 2019. This is to allow renovations of the gymnasium at Tuana’imato, which Parliament had been using as their temporary headquarters, in preparation for the Pacific Games in July.

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Minister of Justice Faaolesa Katopau Ainu’u.

Bill proposes new three tier Court

A bill, to be tabled in Parliament this week called the Land and Titles Bill 2019, is seeking to repeal the Land and Titles Act 1981. It also proposes the establishment of a new three tier Court comprising of “the Court of First Instance, Court of First Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.”

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A 53-year-old father, Samoa Tinoifili who lives close to the Tafaigata prison. Photo Adele Fruean.

Families live in fear

Families living opposite the Tafaigata Prison gate are living in fear as the manhunt continues for prisoners Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee. The duo – who were convicted on charges of burglary, robbery and armed with a dangerous weapon – dashed for freedom in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

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GAGAIFOMAUGA NO 2 M.P.: Fa'aso'otauloa Pati Taulapapa in Parliament yesterday.

Village petitions Parliament

Parliament has been petitioned to consider the “far-reaching adverse consequences” of the Government’s Electoral Constituencies Bill 2018. The call is made in a petition lodged by Ali’i ma Faipule of Saleaula and Salamumu tabled in Parliament yesterday. 

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SAMOAN DELEGATION: Fa’alava’au Perina Sila-Tualaulelei, Deputy P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa  and Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting.

Deputy P.M. leads Samoa’s delegation in Abu Dhabi

Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa led the Samoan delegation to the 9th annual Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, last week.

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S.V.S.G. Juniors begin their Buddying up programme with child vendors.

Programme embraces Samoa‘s child vendors

The youth groups under the umbrella of the SVSG (Juniors) gathered yesterday at the Campus of Hope, Tuanaimato to kick start its first activities for 2019, with its Buddying up Programme with Child Vendors.

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WOMEN IN POWER: C.E.O. of Samoa Water Authority (S.W.A), Seugamaali'i Jammie Saena, is among many women leaders in government.

Women rise in public service

Most senior executive positions within Samoa’s public service are occupied by women. But high-level positions such as that of a Government Ministry Chief Executive Officer continues to be dominated by men. This was highlighted in the Public Service Commission Annual Report for 2016-2017, which looked at 328 senior executive positions that come under the Public Service Commission (PSC).

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A first of its kind for Samoa

Students in Samoa now have the option of studying at an overseas school without leaving our shores – at the Apia International School (A.I.S.). A.I.S., launched yesterday and declared “officially open” by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is a ‘bring your own device’ online correspondence school, where students enrol in high schools anywhere in the world.

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Some of Maiavaloa and Taele of Vailoa Palauli’s descendants.

Four generations celebrate reunion

Descendants of Maiavaloa and Taele of Vailoa Palauli have come together for the first time for a family reunion which took place recently. 

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What remains of Vailoa Primary School but the teachers and Principal are optimistic.  Photo: Leilani Kamu.

Staff determined to start

The fire at Vailoa Primary School early this month has not dampened spirits with Principal, Lemafoe T Leituala, saying they are looking forward to the new academic year. 

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The Tālā App is a simple-to-use, easy-to-understand key to improving and enhancing our financial story.

Computer app to assist financial literacy

In this digital world, keeping updated and connected to the changes occurring around us is essential.

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Ava Wilderson, Isabella Colquhoun, and Aniva Clarke are the first year nine students at Apia International School. At the launching yesterday, the girls did the honour of cutting a cake to mark the historic occasion.

Students excited to go remote

Samoa has another high school in its portfolio: Apia International School (AIS). 

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Minister for Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainu’u.

Service to bridge gap

Samoa is in the process of adopting the rights, empowerment and cohesion (R.E.A.C.H.) mobile service delivery programme that has been successful in Fiji since 2015. A pilot launch of the programme was held yesterday at the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration conference room, supported by the Government of Samoa and UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme. 

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The public is advised to take safety precautions while Samoa is in the cyclone season.

“Best to still take precaution”

There is no immediate threat of a cyclone but the advisory will remain in place due to Samoa being in the cyclone season. 

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TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS GO BACK TO SCHOOL: Teachers from all over the country during yesterday's session.

Ministry confronts issues, challenges

Educationists in Samoa are gearing up for the new academic year. As part of their preparations, they gathered at the Pesega Hall for a three-day Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) annual conference, starting yesterday. 

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PLEASE GIVE BLOOD: Giving blood can save someone else's life. File photo.

Blood urgently needed

There is a shortage of blood at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital in Moto’otua – and your help is needed. This was confirmed by Isitolo Paulo, a Laboratory Officer at the national hospital, who said all blood types are in demand and anyone – who is in a position to donate – is encouraged to go to the N.H.S. Laboratory Blood Bank at the hospital. 

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Faasaleleaga No. II Member of Parliament, Pa’u Sefo Pa’u.

Parliament pays tribute to Pa’u Sefo as first session of 2019 begins

Parliament observed a moment of silence today in honour of Faasaleleaga No. II Member of Parliament, Pa’u Sefo Pa’u. Speaker of Parliament, Tole’afoa Leaupepe Fa’afisi, called for the moment of silence in the opening of Parliament’s first session for 2019 at their makeshift headquarters at the TATTE Building.

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WANTED: Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei.

Escaped convicts remain at large

The Police are continuing to seek the public’s support to locate two notorious criminals who escaped from Tafa’igata Prison on Sunday.

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Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP and Jean-Marc Lacave, Chief Executive Officer of Meteo-France. Photo / Supplied.

Deal signed to boost Pacific meteorology services

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Meteo-France have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding. 

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Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 2)

Think a minute…”The reason some people are successful is that they put their plan and work together for a plan that truly works.” Yesterday we started a plan for success both in our job and career, as well as in our personal life, so today we will complete the course.


BEAUTIFUL LIFE IN SAMOA: Wives of Church Ministers enjoying a game of volleyball. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

What is life without happy moments and drama?

Now that the New Year celebration is beginning to get old, we may as well look forward to some real problems.

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A simple sign will do Samoans who support their national airline, Samoa Airways, want the management to know something.

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