PRESS FREEDOM VIOLATION: S.A.M.P.O.D. condemns Police detainment of Photo Journalist

Photographer’s detainment condemned

The detainment of Misiona Simo, Photo Journalist for the Samoa Observer, while photographing an incident of public interest, in a public place has been strongly condemned by Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (S.A.M.P.O.D.). 

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NOT SELLING: The Le Manumea Hotel on Cross Island Road in Vailima.

Hotel owner denies reports of sale

The Le Manumea Hotel on Cross Island Road in Vailima is not for sale.

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FIRE ANT WARNING: S.P.R.E.P., M.A.F. and M.N.R.E. are currently working to prevent the little fire an from invading Samoa.

Little fire ants yet to be spotted in Samoa

Little fire ants are yet to be spotted in Samoa and should not be confused with the local tropical fire ant.

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A FIRST FOR SAMOA: Ambassador Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki congratulates Prime Minister and President of Lepa Primary School committee, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi for becoming a successful recipient under his Government’s G.G.P. scheme.

Lepa Primary first recipient

The village of Lepa has secured a first for Samoa this year.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Awardees with Faalogo Sissy Vuki and Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga of S.E.F.P. 2019.

Banquet celebrates couple’s generosity

A banquet to celebrate the awarding of the Samoa Emergency Fire and the Police (S.E.F.P.) 2019 Scholarships and Grant Awards was held at Travellers Point, Malifa, on Tuesday night.

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Men must break silence, speak out against violence.

Men must break silence, speak out against violence

The Director of the Centre for Health and Social Justice Programme, Satish Kumar Singh, believes there is essence in engaging men to achieve gender justice.

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BREAK THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE: Participants of the meeting hosted by the Samoa Victim Support Group Juniors at the Travelers Point at Malifa.

Engaging more men in a bid to address problem

Ending violence against women and promoting gender equality by engaging with men and boys is the goal of the ‘Break the Cycle of Violence’ meeting.

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STRENGTHENING PEOPLE’S ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND SERVICE: The Rights Empowerment and Cohension (REACH) mobile service delivery model is redesigned and launched in Samoa.

Samoans benefit from project

More Samoan citizens living in rural, maritime or remote communities will soon have better access to government services. 

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TEACHERS SHOW DISAPPOINTMENT: Principal’s second day of annual conference.

Minister’s comments saddens Principal

A Primary School Principal says she disagrees with the views expressed by the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, with regards to exam results from last year.

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Principal of Vaipua and Fogasavaii Primary School in Savai’i, Leapai Sakiasi Tapuai. Photo: Ivamere Nataro

Samoan way of life impacts education

The Samoan way of life is having an impact on students’ performance in the classroom and achieving their full potential.

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Child vendor reveals why she sells.

Child vendor reveals why she sells

A 13-year-old girl from the village of Falelauniu, Sina Faaulufalena, has spoken out on why she became a child vendor.

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IMPROVING AS A WAY FORWARD: The last discussion of the conference.

Teachers embrace lessons

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture’s Annual Conference for 2019 ended yesterday.

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DEVELOPING STRONG PROBABLE MEDIUM ENTERPRISES: A consulting and leadership skills workshop was hosted yesterday at Elisa conference room.

Workshop to assist Samoa’s service providers

A consulting and leadership skills workshop was officially launched yesterday at Elisa conference center at Sogi.

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NEWLY APPOINTED C.E.O.: Tevaga Viane Tagiilima.

New man at helm of U.T.O.S.

The Unit Trust of Samoa has a new Chief Executive Officer. He is Tevaga Viane Tagiilima, Cabinet announced yesterday.

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Member for Palauli le Falefa, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga tabled another petition yesterday that angered the Prime Minister. Photo: Aufa'i Areta Areta.

“I will blow this up with an atomic bomb” – P.M. says

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has threatened to use an “atomic bomb” to “blow up” petitions against the Government’s Electoral Constituencies Bill 2018. He made the point in Parliament yesterday, when the second petition against the Bill, was lodged by the Ali’i ma Faipule of Tafua, Savai’i. 

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Rebuilding the Lelata Bridge to be tougher and higher

Motorists using the Lelata Bridge can expect a tougher and a much higher bridge in the future. This is the indication from the Land Transport Authority’s (L.T.A.) Manager of Project Management Division, Maverick Wetzell, when he updated the media about the developments in the area yesterday.

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Associate Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Alaiasa Sepulona Moananu.

“Student” reminds ex-Minister about “massive financial loss”

Former Cabinet Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, was reminded yesterday about the “massive financial loss” the Government incurred in hosting the South Pacific Games in 2007 under his leadership. The reminder came from the Associate Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Alaiasa Sepulona Moananu, in Parliament during the Supplementary Budget discussion. Alaiasa did not say how much the loss was.

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FAMILY HOME BURNT: The second floor was burnt of the two-storey home of Former Member of Parliament, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau.

Firemen save former Cabinet Minister's home

Former Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Tuisugaleataua Sofara Aveau, looked on in horror yesterday afternoon as fire gutted his family home at Fagalii. The two-storey building had already lost the second floor to the blaze. But quick action by officers from the Fire and Emergency Service Authority (FESA) enabled them to save the ground floor of the family home.

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“What corruption?”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi yesterday rejected allegations of corruption within the Government and the public service. “Where is the proof? What corruption are you talking about?” Tuilaepa demanded. The Prime Minister was speaking in Parliament during the discussion of the Supplementary Budget at the T.A.T.T.E. Building. He was responding to the claim made by Salega M.P., Olo Fiti Va’ai, who said one of the biggest problems in the Government today is corruption.

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LOVING SAMOA: Brisbane resident, Kyle Walters enjoying his vacation at Taumeasina Island Resort.

Brisbane resident finds Samoa relaxing

First impressions are always important for first time visitors to Samoa and Australian Kyle Walters is in that class.

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Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 2)

Think a minute…”The reason some people are successful is that they put their plan and work together for a plan that truly works.” Yesterday we started a plan for success both in our job and career, as well as in our personal life, so today we will complete the course.


Attendants present to witness the generous handover supported by Tupuola Sione and Sissy Vuki.

Thank you for your generosity

Today we are gathered here in the Faleata Fire Station to witness another milestone for the National Emergency Call Centre, Ministry of Police and the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

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A simple sign will do Samoans who support their national airline, Samoa Airways, want the management to know something.

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