CHEERS: Members of the Diplomatic Corp and guests enjoyed the novelty of the new bamboo straws which will become a common thing in Samoa.

Voyaging Society launches environmental campaign

A campaign targeting behavioural change when it comes to the environment was launched at the Apia Yacht Club yesterday. The Va’a Environmental Education Campaign, follows the success of the pilot campaign, Sa Moana Folauga Campaign implemented in 2017. 

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A MISSION TO HELP: Children of Lelepa and Pacific Heart Team ready to give back to the primary schools in Savaii.

Group returns to complete mission

The founders of not-for-profit group Pacific Heart are back in Samoa to finish what they started. In February this year, Michelle Simmons from Hawaii and Tili Young Yen from New Zealand were in Samoa to distribute stationeries and sports equipment to schools in Savai’i. 

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Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismark Crawley.

Reclaimed land belongs to Govt

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) says all reclaimed land belongs to the state and that position is clear under the law.  Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismark Crawley, said this when confirming the dispute with Salelologa resident Matamua Samuela over land possessed using provisions of the Taking of Land Act to extend the Salelologa wharf. 

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A look at the seafarers’ book issued with the Government if Samoa seal under the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure. A booklet the M.W.T.I. Minister claims is an illegal document.

Inquiry into Bangkok seafarer’s book

A seafarer’s book issued in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016 and bearing the seal of the Samoan Government is now under investigation by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I). Minister of M.W.T.I, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, in an interview with Samoa Observer, said his Ministry does not have the authority to issue such a document. 

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GOING TO COURT: Former Cabinet Minister La'auli Polata'ivao Schmidt is suing Peseta Vaifou Tevaga.

Politician files $10 million lawsuit

Member of Parliament La’aulialemalietoa Polataivao Schmidt has filed a $10 million lawsuit against his former business colleague and politician Peseta Vaifou Tevaga. Former Cabinet Minister, La’auli is suing the Associate Minister of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet for loss of profits and tarnishing of the reputation of nonu-producing company, Local Partners and Associates Limited (L.P.A.) in a legal wrangle dating back to 2015.

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FAMILY HEALTH CLAIM: Baby Tovanse of Aufaga.

Child paralysis case referred to N.H.S.

The case of a one-year-old Tovanse Meni, who has been paralysed since last year, has been referred to the National Health Services (N.H.S.). This was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri. “I don’t have the information in regards to that matter,” he said.

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LIFE HAS BEEN HARD: Faatonu Afemai’s house together with his nephews and son.

A 16-year challenge for family

For 16 years, a family in Saleimoa tried to use plastic wrappings as tarpaulins to protect their home during heavy rain and they continue to live with that challenge.  

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IN NEED OF A WATER TANK : Seti Saofaiga’s son and niece at their home at Saleimoa.

Water supply vital for survival

The lack of water supply is a concern for Seti Saofaiga from Saleimoa. Fifty-five-year-old Seti and his family do not have water gallons or a water tank. Despite living in a shack, for him water is the most vital need any human being needs to survive. 

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YOUNG SINGING STAR: Maryann Savaiinaea.

When I sing, I feel so free

Music liberates the soul. Young singer Maryann Victoria To’uika Savaiinaea knows this well. 

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ALL FOR INCLUSIVENESS: Participants of the two-day forum for youth with disabilities at Moanalisa Hotel.

“Youth with disabilities are a blessing”

Nuanua O Le Alofa (N.O.L.A.) held a two-day forum for young people with disabilities at the Moanalisa Hotel conference room earlier this month. 

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AT THE LAUNCH: Toleafoa Ken Poutoa, Lefaga and Faleaseela’s Member of Parliament.

District development plan launched

The development of any community focuses on the social, economic and religious growth of its people. 

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NEWLYWEDS: Lucymaria Titiuatoa Sio and Marcus Fiso Ofoia Sr.

Love in the air as Lucy and Marcus tie the knot

Lucymaria Titiuatoa Sio and Marcus Fiso Ofoia Sr exchanged vows before families and friends at the Catholic Parish in Vaimoso during the weekend. 

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Youth Co:Lab prepares young leader for Queen’s Awards

Coming back on a high from The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards in June, a young Samoan woman is putting her learning into action.

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10th BIRTHDAY SMILES: Galumalemana Faiesea Lei Sam-Matafeo, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Lesaisaea Reupena Matafeo.

Happy 10th birthday, TV1!

The Samoa Quality Broadcasting Corporation, which runs TV1, celebrated its 10th birthday during the weekend. To mark the occasion, the Managing Director Galumalemana Faiesea Matafeo and the Management of TV1 hosted a Ball at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. 

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Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell.

Airline sales office to stay open

The Samoa Airways sales office will remain open to the public despite criticisms that the national airline was undercutting airfares. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi celebrates the 10th anniversary since TV Samoa.

P.M. reveals Govt.-run Digital TV plan

Cabinet has approved the establishment of a Government-owned Digital TV.

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SALELOLOGA WHARF LAND CLAIM: Matamua Samuela on the land in question at the Salelologa Wharf in Savai'i.

Govt. awaits investigation outcome

The Government has a moral obligation to do what is right. And if the family of Matamua Samuela, of Salelologa, caught up in the Salelologa wharf extension should be compensated, so be it. This is what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. threatens Olo

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has threatened to remove Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, from Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee. He issued the threat during his weekly media programme where he accused of Olo of playing “dirty politics.”

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After Baby Tovanse was taken to the hospital and injected to determine if he had meningitis.

Hospital blamed for paralysed toddler

The family of a one-year-old toddler is blaming the country’s public health system for negligence resulting in their son’s paralysis. Tovanse Meni of A’ufaga was born healthy last year until he became ill and was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to the Moto’otua Hospital. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Police announce coronial inquest

A coronial inquest will be done on July 25 into the deaths of two toddlers from Safotu, the Ministry of Police has announced. “On 12th July, a post-mortem examination was conducted at Moto’otua Hospital for the two babies from Safotu, Savaii. The post-mortem examination was conducted by a pathologist from Australia. Further inquiries with samples obtained from the two babies have been taken overseas for analysis,” stated the statement.

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Think a Minute

Live and Learn

Think a minute…You’ve heard the expression, “Live and learn.” Sadly, some of us just live. But we don’t learn much. “We all make mistakes, but it’s the wise person who learns not to repeat them.”


Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Jammed doors at Faleolo Airport This is a true story. So apparently a Samoa Airways Flight, OL 732, arrived last week and the auto doors at the Faleolo Airport’s arrival area were jammed.

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