READY: Paddlers and executive committee ready for Tahiti.

Paddlers set to make history for Samoa

After months of training and trials, the National Paddling Team for Samoa is almost finalised. 

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Jet Over Hotel Manager, Ms Donna Stanley with Fereti Avia and Vaela’a Iloa.

Vaela’a takes Jet Over Hotel to Siva Afi Challenge Finals

Last night was Week Seven of Samoa’s inaugural Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge. Jet Over Hotel Fire Knife Dancers Vaela’a Iloa and Fereti Avia brought their talents to another packed house at Ooh La La Ice Cream bar, home of the Ailao Club.

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For Year 6 numeracy, 34% of students performed at the satisfactory and expected level with 36% not yet working towards the expected level, with girls doing better than boys.

Significant differences between schools

Students attending private schools are performing better than students attending government schools in both literacy and numeracy, according to the Benchmarking for Education Results (PaBER) report which was published last year. 

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SUPPORTING THE AUTHOR: Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Tuitama Dr. Leao Talalelei, Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, (author) Faumuina Manu Samuelu, Rev. Lale Ieremia and Afamasaga Lepuiai Rico Tupai.

Inspired by his father’s stories

The reason for the title of the book is because it is based on our generation or the new generation not gaining any of the richness of the stories and myths or legends of Samoa because our ancestors have passed on without having the opportunity to share them with the new generation.

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Asking for some water help: Pesi Senio with her children, from the village of Siumu.

Seeking a water tank

One of the most discussed issues in Samoa is people pleading for a water supply or a tank. 

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LIVING A HAPPY LIFE: Ioane Sui Faatau with his little boy from Siumu and Afega.

Chinese shop owners are making life cheaper

There is no such thing as an easy life. Life is hard and expensive but Chinese people are helping out Samoan people.

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ALL FOR HIS ELDERLY MOTHER: Masi Lava of Vaitele – Fou.

Single man doesn’t want the stress of married life

If there is one thing that drives Masi Lava’s family, it is hard work to try and make ends meets. 

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Liva prefers a farmer’s life in Siumu Sisifo.

I like to be my own boss

Being a stay-at-home parent is a full-time job, but it doesn’t pay a full-time paycheck. 

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Minister of Finance: Sili Epa Tuioti.

Sili advocates for ‘other voices’ in tourism

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti believes that strengthening ties and relationships with the community is vital if we want to develop the tourist industry.

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ONE YEAR ON: Members of the Moamoa Ward.

Moamoa Ward celebrates first anniversary

Monday was a day to remember by the Alafua Ward to celebrate the one year anniversary since the new unit of Moamoa Ward was established.

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Anoama’a College with their projects for the Science Fair.

Students showcase innovative solutions

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labor in partnership with S.R.O.S. Samoa, E.I.F. and the Government of Samoa celebrated “World Intellectual Property Day in Samoa on Wednesday. 

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The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour Competition Policy Advisor, Sarah Agar; Digicel Sales Director, Matteo Catanuto; Samoa Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Jennifer Fruean  and Samoa Chamber of Commerce C.E.O., Lemauga Hobart Va’ai.

Digicel promotes unique data plans

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce held its monthly members’ meeting on Monday 24th April at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel Conference Room. The event was made possible with the kind assistance and sponsorship of Digicel Samoa.

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Attorney General: Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff. (inset) Independent Prosecutor: Satiu Simativa Perese.

Charges fair, says A.G.

To date, the Independent Prosecutor Satiu Simativa Perese’s legal fees billed to the Attorney General’s office “are just under SAT$16,000,” according to Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: Gisa Fuatai Purcell with the Short Video Clip winner, Angelee Va’ai Paulo and the Minister, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i.

O.O.T.R. inspires girls to take I.C.T.

The Office of the Regulator (O.O.T.R.)celebrated Girls in Information Communication Technology (I.C.T) Day  in a ceremony held at the Samoa Conference Centre at T.A.T.T.E. Building yesterday morning. 

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WELCOME: Tantowi Yahya, Ambassador- Designate of Indonesia (centre) with His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasesee Efi flanked by government officials.

Samoa welcomes Indonesian Ambassador

Tantowi Yahya is the newest Ambassador of Indonesia to Samoa.

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The winning catch of the day caught by Darren Moore of Team Yellowfin.

Catch of the Day

The tide was definitely in Darren Moore’s favour once more. On Day 3, Darren reeled in a 207.6kg Blue Marlin. Moore is part of Team Yellowfin with the boat’s skipper, Roy Lee.

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… it is highly likely that while a bilingual policy is in place, the majority of teaching and learning goes on in Samoan.

Bilingual policy not practiced

“Poor implementation of the bilingual policy has affected student literacy and numeracy in English. The current bilingual policy that prioritizes Samoan as the language of instruction in primary levels also calls for the integration of English instruction as students’ progress through school.” 

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The motion was made in court on Wednesday this week by prosecutor Lucy Sio in the criminal case against, Talamua Naotala who is charged with theft as a servant.

Judge refuses to accept affidavit

The motion was made in court on Wednesday this week by prosecutor Lucy Sio in the criminal case against, Talamua Naotala who is charged with theft as a servant.

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BE IN TO WIN! Samoa Observer sports reporter, Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi with the boxes that will be at Eveni Pacific and the Samoa Observer town office today  in readiness for your entries in the ‘Clash of the Colours’ competition.

First Super Rugby clash in Samoa

It’s a first! To celebrate the inaugural Super Rugby game to be played in Samoa, the Samoa Observer has launched a competition for some lucky rugby fans. And there are other firsts to be celebrated on the 2nd of June match.

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JOB SEEKING: Samu Galuega of Faleata and Vaitele.

I just want to find a job “that’s all”

For Samu Galuega, 20, from the village of Faleata and Vaitele one of the biggest issues he faces right now is a lack of money.

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Think a Minute

The human machine

Think a minute…Can you imagine life without machines? If we didn’t have cars, buses, telephones or radios, we’d be lost without these basic machines we use every day.


ANZAC: Lest we forget!

Today, 25 April 2017, marks 102 years since the landing of thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops on the shores of Gallipoli and the birth of the term ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).

Between the Lines


ALL PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY It was wonderful to see instant and very positive feedback to the ‘Clash of the Colours’ promotion of the Blues-Reds rugby game on the evening of June 2 at Apia Park.

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