Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

National ID in the pipeline

 Samoa is on her way to having her very own National Identification Card, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has revealed.

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A YOUNG PHILANTHROPIC: Epifania Tusani brought smiles to more than a hundred students at Savaia Primary School yesterday when she gave them shoes for school.

Young Epi’s gift from the heart

Big smiles and hearts filled with joy were witnessed yesterday afternoon at the Savaia Primary School in the constituency of Lefaga.

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AT THE LAUNCH: Guests and supporters of the Samoa Observer's Our heritage, the Ocean book during the launch at Vaitele yesterday.

Diplomats spread Pacific stories to China

Yesterday marked a significant day for Pacific writers and Chinese readers. The occasion was the launch of the Chinese translation of the book, ‘Our Heritage the Ocean’ by Samoa’s diplomatic family from China, Ambassador Wang and Madam Tong Xin.

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UNION C.E.O: Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

Coach gamble failed

Manu Samoa coach, Namulaulu Alama Ieremia, relied on the experienced players to help Samoa qualify for the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Unfortunately that did not happen. What will happen next   was to be determined during a Samoa Rugby Union Board meeting held last night.

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HELPING HAND: Sisters working at the Home of the Elders at Mapuifagalele with Board Members of the Bank as well as Cardinal John Ribat.

Bank lifts spirits of elders

The Bank of the South Pacific Group has presented $10,000 cash and $2,000 worth of food products to the Home of the Aged at Mapuifagalele.

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"The more understanding we have for each other, the closer our hearts will be."

The Chinese translation of The Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition’s book, “Our Heritage, the Ocean” was launched yesterday. The book was the result of the hard work of China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, and his good lady, Madam Tong Xin. This is what he said: 

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FAREWELL: His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and P.M. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Govt. farewells Tui Atua, nation to welcome new Head of State

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has paid tribute to the services of His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi as the Head of State for the past 10 years. Tuilaepa heaped praises on His Highness’s dedication and commitment to the development of Samoa during a farewell dinner hosted by Cabinet at Taumeasina Island Resort on Thursday night.

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FISHING FOR A LIVING: Saula Atina’e and his daughter Ula from Sali’oa Fasito’o uta.

Fishing is all I have to support my family

Fishing is an important activity for our community because there are thousands of people who are making a living from it. 

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WORKING TOWARDS A BETTER LIFE: Ieti Amina from Levi Sale’imoa.

Be patient. Good things take time

Rome wasn’t built in a day. So you can’t expect to create great things in a short period of time. 

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DESTINED TO WORK THE LAND: Jeffery Lilomaiava, 56, of Safune Savai’i and Tuana’i.

Farmer harbours no regrets

It was not an easy decision for Jeffery Lilomaiava to move to his farm at Tuana’i-uta where he lives alone.

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FISHING IS A LIFESTYLE: Teni Laumoli selling his catch yesterday.

Fisherman tells his story

God is so good. He prepares everything for his children. That includes the abundance of fish in the sea, according to fisherman Teni Laumoli. The man with roots in Magiagi and Saleimoa said he is grateful everyday that there is always fish to catch.

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MONTHLY MEETING: S.C.C.I Vice-President Jennifer Fruean, Samoa Breweries National Sales Manager Aumua George Avia, Regulator Lefaoalii Unutoa Fonoti and S.C.C.I C.E.O, Lemauga Hobart Vaai.

Vailima and electricity prices on the agenda at Chamber

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce held its monthly members’ meeting on Monday at the Samoa Breweries Headquarters at Vaitele. 

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TARO MOVES: Fonoti Dr. Lafitai Fuatai. Minister La’auli Leuatea Schmidt and Joe Galuvao at the launch.

Govt. urges community to support frozen taro drive

Local Samoan communities in New Zealand and Australia have been urged to support products from Samoa by purchasing fresh taro and a range of new frozen products launched last week at Fale o Samoa in Mangere, Auckland.

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Airport emergency ready

Emergency workers are a lot better prepared to deal with an emergency landing at Faleolo – should it arise – following an emergency drill yesterday. The drill at the Faleolo International Airport focused on the scenario involving an emergency landing.

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BLAME THE COACH: P.M. Tuilaepa says it is natural for people to blame the coach when things go wrong.

Coach gets P.M.’s sympathy

Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U), Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is standing by under-sieged coach of the losing Manu Samoa team, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.

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Satiu Simativa Perese.

Lawyer files counter appeal in case against Mauga

Independent Prosecutor, Satiu Simativa Perese, hired by the Attorney General’s Office, has filed a counter appeal in the case of the former Director of the National Prosecution Office (N.P.O), Mauga Precious Chang. 

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IN COURT: Keji Li with his lawyer, Leota Raymond Schuster, outside Court.

Court hears details of deadly collision

The Supreme Court heard firsthand of events during the fatal car crash at Puipa’a where a vehicle driven by a Chinese man exploded when it slammed into a bus, killing an elderly man. 

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The incident was confirmed by Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, yesterday.

Man stabs wife in public

A mother is fighting for her life at the Moto’otua Hospital after her husband allegedly stabbed her on the chest multiple times in public. What’s worse is that the alleged stabbing happened while their children looked on is sheer horror in broad daylight.

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Thank you, Samoa!

Samoa: Today, Filifilia and I stand before you, to greet you on this new morning in our lives. It is also a new morning in the history of Samoa. We salute you for the great honour that you have done us throughout the last ten years.

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Head of State delivers farewell address

The outgoing Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has delivered his final address to the nation. His Highness recorded his farewell message at TV3 Taufusi where he acknowledged the country for their support during the past 10 years.

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Think a Minute

The greatest job

Think a minute…The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when a son does wrong or behaves badly, it’s the father who should be punished since he’s the one who failed to do his job. Many men are successful in their public career and job, but failures in their most important job: being a father.


Minister La’auli Leuatea Schmidt.

Such partnership is essential

Did the Minister of Agriculture just realize that it is “essential” for both to work together?

Between the Lines

Between The Lines

7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

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