Lagalaga Misiluki

Escaped prisoner Lagalaga captured

The latest prisoner to escape from Tafa’igata Prison has been recaptured. Lagalaga Misiluki, 38, was serving time for burglary, theft and possession of narcotics when he escaped on Wednesday.

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Participants at the Network Security and Internet Resource Management workshop.

Network security takes centre stage

A three-day workshop on Network Security and Internet Resource Management was held in Apia this week. The workshop was jointly organized by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (A.P.N.I.C) and Computer Services Limited, Samoa.

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N.P.I. General Manager; Joanne Rasmussen [middle] with N.P.I. Samoa Managers; Faumuina Faalepo Solofa-Isitolo [left] and Tumua Saueleele T Ah Wong.

National Pacific Insurance appoints new General Manager

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) and Tower Insurance have confirmed the appointment of a New General Manager. Joanne Rasmussen has secured the role of General Manager National Pacific Insurance, with oversight and responsibilities for the N.P.I. Region across Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

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L.T.A. Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mata’afa Sepelini Poufa.

Transport Authority moves on Tufuiopa pool concerns

The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) will amend the design of the road at Tufuiopa to have measures in place to avoid any further crashes from occurring at the Tufuiopa pool. This is according to L.T.A. Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mata’afa Sepelini Poufa, in response to concerns raised by the residents living around the area. 

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BACK FOR THIRD TERM: Magele Hoe Viali.

Magele returns as Chief Executive of Airport Authority

Cabinet has confirmed the reappointment of Magele Hoe Viali as Chief Executive Officer for Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) for another three-year term. Magele is set to complete his second term on the 31st of January 2018 and then commence his third term as C.E.O. thereafter.

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USE THIS CROSSING: The pedestrian crossing on Beach Road.

Why speed bumps have been removed

Public complaints led to the removal of the speed bump in front of the R.S.A. night club in Apia. This is according to Land Transport Authority Acting C.E.O. Mata’afa Sepelini Poufa. He said the public was informed through last year about the change.

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GET THEM FIT: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. wants fitter prison guards

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has slammed the “poor management” of the Tafa’igata Prison as one of the reasons prisoners keep running away. He has also hit out at what he has described as unfit Prison Guards, saying they need to get in shape so they can catch the prisoners.

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LOOKING GREAT: The $140million Faleolo International Airport is expected to be opened soon. (inset) Linjie Shi.

Samoa’s $140million International Gateway

Samoans can expect to be proud of their new international gateway, the Faleolo International Airport, when the $140m project is completed. Travelers can expect a more spacious facility with an increase in the size of the terminal from 5500 sqm to about 12000 sqm.

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Chad Morris, General Manager Investment & Tourism, P.T.I. Australia and Pauline Romao, Host and Community Operations, Airbnb.

Airbnb comes to Samoa

Families in Samoa will soon be able to generate some extra income from a spare room or fale they may have.

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GROUP WITH A MESSAGE: The crew of My Story 61 will be performing at Aleisa Worship Centre Church on Saturday at 7pm.

‘My Story 61’ tackles real issues

An Australian crew, made up of mostly Samoans, has brought a production show they hope will inspire and empower young people to rise above the struggles they face every day. 

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RESELLERS REWARDED: Resellers of Digicel’s products with their rewards.

Loyalty, support rewarded

Fifteen lucky resellers, including KK Mart, Myna’s Supermarket and Cell City, walked away with cash prizes totaling $22,000 from Digicel’s Reseller Promotion. The money was presented earlier this week.

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SAD SIGHT: Where the boy was found at Satapuala last week.

Group saddened over boy’s brutal killing

The Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) has expressed sadness over the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy last week. Uili Uili, of Satapuala, was discovered by Police on Friday morning with his head savagely bashed.

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FIXING THE FENCE: Winnie Heder and a helper working to fix the fence.

Tufuiopa residents told to pen concerns

Residents living in close proximity to the Tufuiopa pool have been told to write a formal letter to the Acting C.E.O. of the Land Transport Authority regarding their concerns. 

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BE RESOURCEFUL: Lopa Apelu fishes to provide for his family.

Jobless? Be proactive and turn to fishing or farming

Life is hard enough as it is. But when you don’t have a job, things become even tougher. For Lopa Apelu, 32 years of age from Utuali’i, he is grateful he can turn to the sea to earn a living for his family.

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THANKFUL FATHER: Malaefono Fea living on his blessings.

Father grateful for love of children

Every good seed planted faithfully will not fail to come through for you. That’s the belief of Malaefono Fea, a father of eight children from Falelauniu. He and his wife are unemployed.

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SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION: Sieni Moe, 36 year old speaks up about the challenges she faces.

Mother needs your help

A mother of eight needs help. Sieni Moe, from Fasito’o-tai, suffers from a condition where seizures are frequent occurrences unless she takes her medication. The problem is that she cannot afford it.  

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WORKING HARD IS THE KEY: Eteuati Vaiao is happy to work in his plantation for his living.

Father contented with life of a farmer

Depending on the plantation to provide for the family is not a bad choice at all. So says young man Eteuati Vaiao, 27 years of age from Fasitoo-tai. Mr. Vaiao is also a father of three young children. Mr. Vaiao said he used to work.

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Aquila the brave: Taking on the sliding rocks at Papaseea like a champ.

Aquila versus the Sliding Rocks

Still acclimating to the hot Samoan sun, Aquila of Oregon, United States, had an umbrella as her accessory of the day as she took a stroll with her mum and niece on Beach Road. Aquila and her sister are visiting their mum who serves as a Peace Corp volunteer here in Samoa.

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SAMOA, A ‘REAL HOLIDAY’ DESTINATION: Koos and Tissy Batelaan from New Zealand.

Beauty of Savai’i impresses couple

The Batelaan couple from New Zealand are in love with Samoa’s surrounding, especially the ocean. Dear Tourist met Koos, 62, and his lovely wife Tissy, 61, while they were enjoying a swim at the Vaisala Hotel in Savai’i.

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SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH SAMOA: Wayne and Victoria Irwin of New Zealand at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

Tourist couple’s Samoan connection

No matter the different places people visit, if you’ve been to Samoa, you will always find yourself returning to the heart of the Pacific Islands. For Victoria Humphries-Irwin and Wayne Irwin of Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, this is their third trip to our shores. 

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Think a Minute

A Great woman

Think a minute…There was a young married couple who really struggled to make enough money just to live on. One day the husband took all their money and bought a small service station. His wife Jane did not think this was a smart, good investment.


The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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