Professor Rajesh Chand.

U.S.P. Vice Chancellor to retire

His humble beginnings growing up in a cane farm in the western part of Fiji was the trial that motivated outgoing vice chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, Professor Rajesh Chand to strive for excellence. 

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Martin Taupau is flanked by students from Leifiifi College.

League star Taupau in town

Samoan NRL rugby league star, Martin Taupau, who plays for New Zealand, is in the country.

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For some Goshen Trust residents, Christmas may look a little different to normal, but it will be special nonetheless.

Spare a thought for Samoa’s mentally ill

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and while the preparations begin for family gatherings, spare a thought for Samoa’s mentally ill, who won’t be celebrating at home this year.

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GO PARKER: Agnes Fruean, Niulevaea Afamasafa, Ruta Perelini and Farid Mohammed.

Digicel winners off to see Joseph Parker fight

Two Digicel customers have won the chance to see Samoa’s Lupesoliai Joseph Parker in action this weekend.

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Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma.

“I don’t blame him but he is wrong”

The call from the Chairman of the National Council of Churches for Samoans to return to God cannot be the only way to end domestic violence.

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Supreme Court Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson

“Village council should penalise drug convicts”

Member of the Council of Deputies and Apia paramount chief, Tuiletufuga Le Mamea Ropati, agrees the village council should penalise anyone involved in drugs. Responding to concerns expressed recently by Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, Tuiletufuga said he was not aware the matter was raised in Court last week until the story was published in a newspaper. 

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PROUD FAMILY MOMENT: Alofa Perenise, Afatia Ioakimi and proud father Ioakimi Bill Ioakimi.

Future doctor is Avele’s finest

A Science student, who wants to become a doctor, is Avele College’s top student for 2018. Seventeen-year-old Afatia Ioakimi from Solosolo celebrated sweet success yesterday, having being named Dux during the school’s end of year prize giving.

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OUTSIDE COURT: Reverend Vavatau Taufao (right) in Court yesterday.

Church Ministers in Court

Nine Church Ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa made their first appearance in the District Court yesterday. The hearing of the matter between the Ministry of Revenue and the Church Ministers was presided over by Judge Talasa Lumepa Atoa Sa'aga. 

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Honourable Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio.

Methodist Church answers Games call

The Pacific Games Office has confirmed that the Methodist Church of Samoa’s Faleula compound will be used to accommodate athletes and team officials for the XVI Pacific Games.

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Professor Rajesh Chandra.

University promotes Pacific regionalism

A lot has been said about what denotes successful regionalism in the Pacific, and more often the University of the South Pacific has been at the forefront of it. 

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Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai.

Industry brainstorms in first Tourism, Travel night

The tourism and hospitality industry in Samoa gathered last week to brainstorm on ideas to improve the industry.

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Island Rock general manager, Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork.

Local firm gives to Mapufagalele nursing home

Local company Island Rock has donated a brand new washing machine to the elderly residents of the Mapufagalele nursing home.

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Vilfred Crawley (brother), Jean Viliamu Kupa (aunt), Gebra Crawley and  Apia Primary school principal, Tagiilima Lino Tagiilima.

Gebra Crawley is dux of Apia Primary

The Year 8 Dux of Apia Primary is Gebra Crawley of Malua.

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Sark Lee, Co-founder of Benefarm from South Korea.

South Korean firm confident in Samoan nonu

South Korean businessman Sark Lee has expressed confidence in his business partner Wilex Samoa and its nonu products making an impact in the South Korean market despite stiff competition.

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Christmas has begun at Ululoloa with the Craig family opening up their lights display to the public.

Goshen Trust staff to pamper three residents

As families across Samoa gather singing Christmas carols with their families, three residents of the Goshen Trust Mental Health residency won’t be. But with the help of their staff, volunteers and a smattering of fairy lights, Goshen will try to have a special Christmas anyway.

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Paula Whetu Jones third from left with of the women directors.

Maori movie opens human rights week

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights yesterday, Samoa screened the film Waru at the Apollo theatre last night. Waru is a film directed by eight Maori women and comprises eight different life changing stories surrounding the death of a boy at the hands of his family. 

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Samoa Land Transport Authority deployed a caterpillar yesterday to clear a landslide triggered by the rain at Fagaloa.

Heavy rains are expected, says Meteorological Division

The Samoa Meteorological Division says heavy rains are expected this time of the year, as another heavy downpour in Apia yesterday threatened to unleash flooding in parts of the capital. Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Samoa Meteorology Division’s Director, Tainau Mulipola Titimaea, said a convergence zone within the vicinity of Samoa and a low pressure system south of the islands—is leading to moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

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The spot on which this hotel is located on Beach Road used to be the site of Aggie Grey's Hotel. Today it is the Sheraton Hotel.

Govt. will act on $50m in two months, says Minister of Finance

The forecast that the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, had made about two months ago in connection with the changeover of ownership of Aggie Grey’s Hotel on Beach Road, is somewhat disturbing. He said that if repayments on the hotel were not up to date by January 2019, the Samoan Government would start seizing assets from the Aggie Grey family, to repay the $50 million loan the family had borrowed.

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Passing on traditional skills and knowledge to the young children of Samoa. Photo: Supplied.

Guardian Campaign lessons to be imbedded within school curriculum

Through various meetings and discussions with the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (MESC), the Va’a based environmental education program “Guardians – Tausi Lou Fa’asinomaga” campaign—which is led and coordinated by Conservation International Samoa (CI Samoa)—will have its interactive environmental lessons and approach incorporated into Samoa’s national curriculum.

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Alamu Selu with the president and CEO of SSAB, Tofilau Fiti Lafaele-Leung Wai.

SSAB recognises 18 employees for their loyalty

Eighteen Samoa Stationaries and Book (SSAB) staff have been recognised for their service as part of the company’s 10 years anniversary celebrations. Each awardee got a trophy and a Tahitian ring.

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Think a Minute

Maid to sing

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.


Spare a thought for the Samoan delegation at Poland Climate Talks

As we fast approach the end of 2018 and envelop ourselves in the spirit of the festive season on Christmas and New Year celebrations, we need to spare a thought or two for the Samoa delegation these two weeks in Katowice Poland in the collective pursuit by developing countries for a climate package of decisions that ‘leaves no climate related issues behind’.

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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