China steps up for new multipurpose gym

Work on the new multipurpose Gymnasium at Faleata for the 2019 Pacific Games is underway. At the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa acknowledged the bilateral relationship between Samoa and China.

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GUILTY PLEA: Paulo Afamasaga.

Man pleads guilty to ice, ammunition possession

A 47-year-old male has pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, commonly known as ice. He has also pleaded guilty to possession of unlawful ammunition.

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QUICK RESPONSE: F.E.S.A.'s quick reaction averted what could have been a bigger fire.

Quick response stops fire spreading at Vaitele

A small house where the trash is stored at the old Yazaki Building at Vaitele caught fire yesterday afternoon. But thanks to the quick response by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority, they were able to eliminate the fire before it spread.

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S.R.U. Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

Manu Samoa coach yet to be appointed

The Samoa Rugby Union has yet to formerly announce the new Coach of the Manu Samoa contrary to reports of an appointment on social media. 

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PAY THE OUTSTANDING TAX FIRST: The helicopter in the middle of dispute between the Ministry of Revenue and an Australian company.

Helicopter owner owes Govt. outstanding taxes

The Australian owner of a helicopter which the Ministry of Revenue plans to auction owes the Government of Samoa outstanding taxes. The impounded aircraft will not be released to the owner until the import goods and services tax (G.S.T.) payable on the helicopter is settled in full.

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Chinese Embassy Charge De Affaire Li Hao Xing and Acting Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa.

Contract awarded for Apia Park, Aquatic Center

The Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company Ltd. has been awarded a multi-million-tala contract for the rehabilitation of the Samoa Aquatic Center and the Apia Park Sports Complex, ahead of the Pacific Games next year.

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CHARGED: Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli.

Malietoa Moli charged with contempt of Court

Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli has been charged with contempt of Court. He has been summoned to appear before the District Court on 9 October 2018, according to Court documents. 

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Afamasaga Pou Onesemo and Minister M.W.T.I.: Papali'i Niko Lee Hang.

P.S.C. terminates services of Public Works C.E.O.

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) has terminated the services of the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.), Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo. The decision was confirmed yesterday by the Minister of M.W.T.I., Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, during an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

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Minister Loau Keneti Sio, C.E.O. Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata’i, N.U.S. Vice-Chancellor – Professor Fui Asofou So’o, A.H.C. D.H.O.M. - Amanda Jewell, N.Z.H.C. Acting First Secretary Development, Pati Gagau, A.C.E.O S.Q.A., Taua Molia Matau.

Minister launches Action Plan

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture Samoa (M.E.S.C.) recently launched its Samoa Education Sector Research Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2020.

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Training for young people in Salelologa to develop capacity in agribusiness.

Savai’i youth get training in Agribusiness

Gaining knowledge in agriculture is crucial for young farmers to create job opportunities. 

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FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT: Stakeholders in agriculture sector.

Project to benefit rural families one step closer to becoming a reality

A multi-stakeholder mission team led by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (I.F.A.D.) has wrapped up its two-week mission to initiate the design of the Farming as a Business (F.A.B.) project in Samoa.

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E.V.I.S.: Doris Tulifau (third from right) and Papali’i Mele Maualaivao (far right) and guests at E.V.I.S.

Violence on agenda at E.V.I.S. Forum

The United Nations (U.N.) Women hosted its latest Ending of Violence in Samoa (E.V.I.S.) roundtable at the University of the South Pacific Alafua Campus last week.

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SHOCKING AMOUNT OF TRASH: Volunteers of the Envirobassadors during a clean up at the seawall collected about 27 bags of trash.

“It’s our Samoa, it’s our environment”

A group of young people is taking the initiative to help keep Samoa clean through their awareness programmes. 

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The donated Shade House is a game changer for Tausala’s farming operation.

Project boosts local growers’ potential

The handover ceremony of 110 tunnel and shade houses to 80 farmers earlier this month was part of the fourth phase of the China – Samoa Agricultural Technical Aid Project.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man accused of rape told to get lawyer

A man who is charged with rape was told to apply for legal aid by Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu.

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Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti.

World Bank gives $95 million grant

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$35.75 million (T$95.09m) grant to improve the climate resilience of Samoa’s road network and facilitate a rapid response in the event of a natural disaster. Thousands of residents on Samoa’s two main islands, Upolu and Savai’i, will benefit directly from this investment.

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Deceased: Charles Chao

Man accused over death of Chinese identified

A man accused of the death of a Chinese man earlier this month has been identified as Ta’uinaola Laupu’a, of Salelavalu, Gataivai and Vaitele-fou. The 31-year-old appeared before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu yesterday.

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Samoa Helicopters Company Founder and Principal, Rodger McCutcheon and the helicopter earmarked for auction.

Govt. helicopter ownership tussle

The Ministry of Revenue and an Australian aviation company are in a tussle over the ownership of a multimillion-tala helicopter the Customs had planned to auction. The helicopter made headlines in Samoa in early 2016 when the newly incorporated firm back then, Samoa Helicopters Company, won the backing of the Government to set up Samoa’s first medical evacuation and search and rescue operation. 

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 Empowering conversations: Misiluki’s Lufilufi Rasmussen shares her personal and professional journey with retreat goers.

Why Samoa is the best place for Wellness tourism to thrive

Stressed out and overwhelmed travellers, mostly from developed countries, are looking for a way out of the fast life in order to find simplicity and mindfulness. Mindfulness is a trending term we hear often but for those who apply the principles have called it the answer to modern ailments of anxiety and depression. 

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Some of the students of Afega Primary School participating in this year's literacy programme.

Govt. prioritises literacy, numeracy and science

Literacy, numeracy and science are the essentials for survival. This is the theme for this year’s Samoa Schools Innovation in Literacy, Numeracy and Science programme. Held at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, the two-day programme includes the International Day of Light, which schools carried out in May this year and the best science projects to reflect innovative thinking and application of students’ everyday experiences.

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Think a Minute

Feeling, Faith, and Fact

Think a minute…A young man was discouraged and depressed about the problems he was going through. His wise father asked him: “Son, have you ever gone through a tunnel?” “Yes,” his son answered. His father continued, “When you were in the tunnel, did you think the sun no longer existed?” “No, of course not,” said the young man.


Climate justice denied

By now the Samoa and indeed the Pacific delegations will have returned home after participating in climate meetings held in Bangkok, Thailand, a week ago 4 to 9 September.

Between the Lines


Don’t be a tosser, keep Samoa clean Sometimes when driving around our beautiful island admiring the lush green vegetation and gardens, - you get the shock of your life when you see young people and sometimes older people casually chuck their food packaging or whatever waste they have in their hands aside onto the path or in someone's garden and continue walking.

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