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IN NEED OF A WATER TANK:  Malia Palauni shares her journey and her family struggles.

Mother dreams of running water

For ten years, Malia Palauni has never experienced the joy of seeing tap water inside her home. The mother of 10 from Faleasi’u lives very far in the highlands and the water supply does not reach their home.

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NEEDS HELP: Sei Ulufale’s home at Falelauniu, the house that she has been living in for 10 years now.

Family up against the odds

There are many challenges in life for Sei Ulufale. The unemployed mother of four from Falelauniu lives in a rundown shack and is struggling financially. Speaking to the Village Voice team, she says the welfare of her children is the reason they have relocated from Falealili to Falelauniu. 

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INSURANCE HELP: Aiolupo Raymond Tonumaipe’a (N.P.I. Claims Manager); Faumuinā Faalepo Solofa- Isitolo (N.P.I. Sales Manager); Lavea Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea (C.E.O. – Ministry of Finance); Stephen Fepulea’i (Principal Officer – Ministry of Finance).

National Pacific Insurance payment helps school rebuild

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) recently settled an insurance claim for almost $340,000 with the Ministry of Finance for a devastating school fire. The fire destroyed buildings at Palalaua College, a government school in Siumu.

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ITS OFFICIAL: Mr. and Mrs. Salesa.

Wedding joy for Paulo and Teuila

Submit yourselves to God and He will direct your ways. The phrase augurs well for Paulo Salesa Tiumalu and Teuila Rimoni who tied the knot yesterday after years of courtship.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi at the C.H.O.G.M. meeting. Photo / Commonwealth.

Commonwealth takes strong stance against cybercrime

Commonwealth countries have unanimously committed to take action on cybersecurity between now and 2020, following a landmark declaration. In a major announcement at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the 53 leaders agreed to work closely together to evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms.

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HEALTH GOALS: The Ministry of Health aims to eliminate gender inequality, all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls and people living with H.I.V. by the 2020.

Report zeroes in on gender equality

Eliminating gender inequality, all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls and people living with H.I.V. and key populations by 2020, is the goal of the Ministry of Health. This was revealed in their 2018 Global Aids Monitoring report 2018 for the reporting period between January-December 2017.

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi.

Customary lands: O fea le alofa? Where is love?

On Tuesday, 10th of April, 2018, the Samoa Observer published an open letter addressed to me by Faapale Taumua. His letter moved me deeply and this is my response. On returning to Samoa from the University of Auckland Pacific Law, Custom and Constitutionalism (P.L.C.C.) conference held February 12th to 14th, I have been reading with great interest our current public debates on Samoan customary land and land laws.

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The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo.

Charges of theft, deception against lawyer dismissed

The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo. The decision was delivered by Justice Vaemoa Vaepule Vaai.

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WINNERS: Team Double Hooked from American Samoa with Minister Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a.

“Double Hooked” hooks the top prize

The Samoa International Fish Gaming Association Tournament finale took place yesterday with an official closing ceremony. In the end it was the Anglers from American Samoa team ‘Double Hooked,’ captained by Skipper, Peter Crispen, who took the grand prize overall of the tournament coming in first place with 91.6 points.

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LIKE AN ACCESS ROAD: Cross Island Road from Tanugamanono to Vailima has deteoriated over the years. Motorists want it fixed.

Cross Island Road a ‘disaster in the making’

Cross Island Road has been described as the “irony of all ironies.” The description was given by motorists who say the part of the road from Tanugamanono all the way to Vailima has got to be one of the worst roads in Samoa. And yet the road is used by thousands of road users every day.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at the Buckingham Palace in London where C.H.O.G.M. was held. Photo / Commonwealth.

Prince Charles destined for Samoa C.H.O.G.M. in 2022

Samoa has overcome a strong challenge from Malaysia in the bid to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (C.H.O.G.M.) in 2022. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who was in London for C.H.O.G.M. meeting, spearheaded Samoa’s bid against other nations.

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Court House

Court Registrar investigated over ice pipe, alleged forgery

A Court Registrar is being investigated by the Police. The investigation follows the confiscation of a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine, also known as ice, from the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration’s compound by Police

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MINISTER OF WORKS, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTRE: Papalii Niko Lee Hang.

Minister confirms suspensions

Two Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have been suspended. This is in connection to an internal investigation on allegations that information was altered on the L.T.A. system to allow vehicles belonging to them to be registered.

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 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Lemauga Hobart Vaai.

Govt.’s chicken tax “lacks transparency”

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed disappointment over the lack of consultation on the Customs and Tariff Bill, which will increase the cost of imported food items like chicken. In fact, Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer, Lemauga Hobart Va’ai, said the Government’s handling of the matter “lacks transparency.” 

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S.P.C. Deputy Director General, Audrey Aumua.

Partnerships between human, animal and environmental health experts

Experts in Pacific human, animal and environmental health, along with partners from across the region, discussed ways to coordinate their efforts to better address regional and national health risks during a One Health Consultative workshop in Fiji. 

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UK/SAMOA TIES: British High Commissioner Laura Clarke with Honorary Consul Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu.

United Kingdom to open High Commission in Apia

The United Kingdom is opening a new High Commission in Apia. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced the opening of nine new diplomatic posts across the Commonwealth, including in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

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Highway to success for farmers

Agriculture has more potential rather than being verbally considered as one of the backbone of Samoa’s economy. This is aside from local small or semi-scale subsistence farming. Samoa Observer spoke to two large scale commercial farmers in Samoa who have made the furrows of a farm look like a highway to business success.  

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Son Jed, his friend and his parents Greg and Kirstin Fleming are enjoying their stay at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Special family celebration in Samoa

Greg and Kirstin Fleming came to Samoa to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. They are from Wellington, New Zealand. They are here with their five children. It is their first time in Samoa but not in the Pacific because they’ve been to Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu. 

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FAMILY TIME: Mocha sisters have loved their holiday in Samoa.

Quality time for sisters

Sisters Brooke and Annette Mocha find Samoa a perfect place for quality family time. Not only are they in Samoa for a holiday, but also to spend some time together as siblings because they live in different states in Australia. 

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Group photo in front of the new shelter for improved safety and comfort of waiting passengers and schoolchildren.

Partnership for development

A tsunami in 2009 and a cyclone in 2012 have badly damaged the physical infrastructure and negatively affected the lifestyle of the inhabitants at Faleu Manono in Samoa.

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Think a Minute

Your family tree

Think a minute...We’ve all heard the expressions: “Like father, like son” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is because they are so often true. Two families in America were studied for many generations.

Columns

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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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