SHARK ISSUE: It is not uncommon to find black tip reef sharks in Samoa.

Shark attack alert as victim recovers

Shark sightings and attacks in Samoa’s waters are not new. So alerts the Assistant Chief Officer Legal for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Maoi’autele Amitonu Brigitta Fa’afiti-Lo Tam.

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Students reminded about importance of culture

Culture is your identity. This was the theme of Avele College’s Culture Day. School Principal, Matafeo Lesaisaea Reupena, said the day was an important occasion to remind students about the value of the Samoan culture.

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Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai.

Stop sex work

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on the government to end commercial sex work in Samoa. He has also strongly criticised plans by the Ministry of Health to offer educational and counseling services to “commercial sex workers” as part of a bid to promote healthy living.

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Mission to rebuild Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding might have been excluded from the list of sports for the 2019 Pacific Games but the man at the helm of the sport in Samoa, Benjamin Tamanikayaroi, remains upbeat.

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A FIVE YEAR WAIT FOR WATER: Pele Vaifale Alaovai from Leauva’a and Aleisa.

Pele needs access to water

Pele Vaifale Alaovai of Leauva’a and Aleisa faces a water problem. The 30 year old told Village Voice they have been stuck with this problem for five years and they deserve help.

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MAKE YOUR PARENTS HAPPY: Tatou Hinoa from the village of Tuana’i.

The gift of obedience

Obedience is the best gift you can offer your parents. So says 16 year old Tatou Hinoa from Tuana’i.

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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Junior Chang from Leusoali’i.

Peace is found within the family

There’s no place like home. That is the belief of Junior Chang from Leusoali’i.

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VETERAN SCHOOLTEACHER: Telesia Teleofa from the village of Tuana’i.

Working for a better future

When you are surrounded with people who love you; you will stop at nothing to give them a better life. Some say they will climb the mountains for their families and this is all out of love.

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Scott Barlow of Samoa and Fatu Vagana of American Samoa.

Men charged with possession of ‘ice’ continues

A two-day hearing against two men accused over a package intercepted by Customs Officers at the Fagali’i Airport, which contained ice, started last week. Scott Barlow and Fatu Vagana are facing one joint charge of possession of methamphetamine to which they have both pleaded not guilty. 

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American Samoa Attorney General, Talauega Elesalo Ale.

Raised fees ‘unfortunate’ – American Samoa’s A.G.

The “unfortunate” increased permit fees targeting only American Samoan born citizens entering Samoa will be addressed at the Two Samoa Talks next month in Apia. 

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The Quick Rip is scheduled to move to Savaii next week and continue on to outer villages within the next five weeks of the programme.

Quick Rip comes to Samoa

Students from nine colleges in the Apia area made history at Apia Park Stadium last Wednesday. They tried out Quick Rip, a  sport that’s being introduced to Samoa.

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The Corporation has taken this action to make their service more efficient and fair for all customers.

Shipping charges for changed bookings

As of 1st October, the Samoa Shipping Corporation will be charging customers with vehicles extra fees. But that is only if they decide to change their already confirmed bookings with the Corporation to an earlier or later date. 

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THANK YOU: Australian Government Direct Aid Program with assistance of local business donating to assist the education and interest in science studies for Faleu Primary school to improve students grade point average.

A big boost for Science in Faleu

A handover ceremony for $6,000 worth of Science equipment and supplies from the Australian Government Direct Aid Program (D.A.P.) was held Friday at the Faleu Primary School Hall.

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The charges were confirmed in a press release issued by the Samoa Police Service on is Facebook page.

Four Police officers charged with assault

Four police officers have been charged with assault.

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HAPPY FAMILY MAN: Vaoto Talalelei of Lotopa.

Families need to work together

Love and respect is the foundation of a happy family. That is the strong belief of Vaoto Talalelei of Lotopa. 

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DREAM BIG AND WORK HARD: Ranj Ifo on his way back home from plantation.

Teen wants to become next Faosiliva

Dream big and aim high. That is the life goal of Ranj Ifo from the village of Tuana’i.

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Sam Tau from the village of Leauva’a.

Sam knows truth about life

Nothing comes easy in life. Sam Tau, of Leauva’a, knows this is true. A 33-year-old farmer, Sam was spotted yesterday on his way to do some shopping for Sunday’s to’onai. 

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CULTURE ORIENTED MAN: A’ana Pio Tuimaseve from Itu-o-Tane Samalaeulu Savaii and Lotoso’a Saleimoa.

How to work towards a better Samoa

If we want a better Samoa, it’s up to us to make it happen. And A’ana Pio Tuimaseve believes everything counts and everyone has a role to play.

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SPECIAL SMILES: Special Olympics Samoa in cooperation with their Healthy Communities action on a great initiative to carry out a programme for the intellectual disable to have comprehensive oral health care assistance and information.

Bringing out those “special smiles”

Special Olympics Samoa began their Prevention Programme against Tooth Decay for Dental Health last week. They started at Aoga Fiamalamalama with assistance from the National Health Services Dental team. 

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CO-OWNER OF RIMANI SAMOA IS PASSIONATE ABOUT ELEI: Laureen Lees-Vaai with some of her new designs.

Rimani Samoa a journey for hardworking businesswoman

Samoa’s distinctive elei is something the passionate co-owner of Rimani Samoa, Laureen Lees-Vaai, cares deeply about. Established in 2007, Laureen shares the business load with her husband, Saleimoa Vaai, who is an international Pilot. 

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Think a Minute

Talking to the dead

Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I.



Apaula Tafea of Vaiala Beach School, submitted this entry to take out the Year 8 English prize in the Samoa Observer’s 2017 National Short Story Competition. Read other prize winning stories in the coming Monday editions of the Samoa Observer.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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