MOTHERS NEED TO RISE UP: Elisapeta Tomasi, 44, of Siusega and Falealupo Savai’i.

Mother speaks out against parental negligence

Criminal minds are everywhere and one mother is calling on all parents to be alert. Elisapeta Tomasi of Siusega and Falealupo says one can never be too careful about your children, especially girls these days.

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THE TASKFORCE: Participants of the three days training held at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

Task Force training targets unemployment

 The National Employment Policy is considered one of the most important sources to provide labour statistics in terms of employment.

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LOVE TO HELP: Simone de Vries.

Volunteering to make a difference

As a non-governmental organization, the Samoa Victim Support Group and its work is sustained by donor funding, grants, donation and volunteer support. 

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The graduates are, from left: Elia Tamoa, Toloa Lopa, Elisala Isaak, Antilea Chricton, and Sio Kave Inaleo. In the centre: Energy director Robin Pene who was instrumental in setting up the electrical training course.

‘Electric’ graduation at Don Bosco Technical School

Five Tokelau students graduated at Don Bosco Training Centre last Friday from an Electrical Special Training Course that had been taught for the first time. 

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Youth members of the Catholic Church – Upolu  Vicarage Central.

Unity among young people encouraged

Together as one. That was the theme of a two-day camp for youth members of the Catholic Church – Upolu  Vicarage Central.

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MAILELANI IN AUSTRALIA: Sylvie Salanoa, Founder, Mailelani and Mona Mato, Export Services Manager, P.T.I Australia.

Mailelani’s Australia breakthrough

Australia now knows that Samoa’s Mailelani is ‘naturally good’

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Thank you Sportslotto: S.O.C.A. Treasurer Rosemarie Netzler and C.E.O. of G.C.A. Tualatamalelagi Siaki Tuala.

Donation boosts Team Samoa’s chances in Tahiti

The Gambling Control Authority has continued its spirit of giving by presenting a $5,000 cheque to the Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association (S.O.C.A).

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In 2016 alone, there have been reported instances involving methamphetamine.

Crystal meth use underreported – S.L.R.C.

The Narcotics Act 1967 is outdated and screaming for attention.

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According to reports from the Vaito’omuli Police Office the nine year had just finished school and she was on her way home.

Girl indecently assaulted on her way home from school

A 38-year-old male from Savai’i has been charged for indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl. Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Sala’a Moananu Sala’a said the incident happened when the girl was making her way home from school.

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STANDING UP FOR WOMEN: Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Faimalotoa Kika Stowers.

Minister of Women objects to nofotane reference

The Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Faimalotoa Kika Stowers, has defended the Nofotane programme against criticisms from a fellow Member of Parliament.

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Former A.G.: Aumua Ming Leung Wai and Current A.G.: Lemalu Herman Retzlaff.

Govt. zeros in on alcohol abuse

The Attorney Generals’ Office is on the verge of finalising the Alcohol Control Bill. The new legislation is designed to tackle the growing threat posed by the abusive use of alcohol and unlawful production of liquor in Samoa. 

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MINISTER REVENUE: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Govt. defends “Green Lane” list

There are certain companies whose containers do not go through routine Customs inspections upon arrival in Samoa. These companies are on the Ministry of Revenue’s “Green Lane” list. It means their shipments are “prepaid” and the companies get their containers right away. 

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Head Coach Namulau'ulu Alama Ieremia.

Gutted coach sorry

The look on his face said it all. When Manu Samoa failed to beat a second string and “sick” Wales team in front of a capacity crowd at Apia Park on Friday night, coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia was devastated. “This one hurts the most, it’s difficult to accept the defeat,” Namulauulu told the Samoa Observer.

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The accused splashed hot water on the victim and we don’t know for what reason.

Man pours hot water on elderly man

A 29-year-old male who poured hot water on 58-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder. This was confirmed by Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Sala’a Moananu Sala’a. “The incident occurred at one of the villages in the Faleata District,” said Sala’a.

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BUILDING COMMUNITY READINESS: Dr. Laura Kong (Director ITIC) with Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea (ACEO Meteorology Services) and the staff of Samoa's National Warning Center and National Emergency Operation Center.

Improving tsunami preparedness

“Tsunami products to strengthen Samoa’s warning and operation centers"

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U.O.A IN SAMOA: Some members of the University of Auckland Alumni in Samoa.

University of Auckland Samoa Alumni

Following the successful launch of the 2015 University of Auckland (UoA) Alumni and Friends reception in Samoa, numerous social gatherings were organised by the UoA Samoa alumni network in an effort to initiate a membership drive. 

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ON THE MOVE: Vao Maoluma Lauagiagi, 60, Tuana’i and Afega.

Never too old to work

Life is about work. This is the opinion of the elderly father Vao Maoluma of Tuana’i and Afega. 

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HAPPY LIFE: Nafatali Ono, 50 of Leulumoega Uta and Salelologa.

Single man happy to work to serve chief

Nafatali Ono doesn’t have a lot. But the 50-year-old man from Leulumoega Uta has his plantation and he is happy about that.

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CHIPS TIME: Uma Latu from Iva and Tanugamanono.

Selling chips for a living

There’s always a way for you to work in life.

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PLANTATION IS THE SAMOAN LIFE: Fili Fale from Leulumoega

Make agriculture a priority

The government should walk the talk.

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Think a Minute

The wrong map

Think a minute…Have you ever been lost? If you travel to another country for the first time, getting lost can be frustrating and discouraging. Imagine you have just arrived in London, England and want to go to a certain place in that great city. A map of London would show you how to get there.


Spare change?

Change is inevitable. It is encouraged, but often unwanted. You may embrace it or you may hate it, but the fact still remains that you have to and will continue to undergo the wonders of change.

Between the Lines


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