The only female amongst the new holders of the Aiono title, Aiono Saini, during the ava ceremony.

Aiono chiefly titles bestowed

The village of Fasito’o-uta welcomed nine new holders of the Aiono chiefly title yesterday morning. The titleholders from the heirs of Aiono Aipovi and Aiono Sapeki were blessed during an elaborate and traditional ceremony attended by families and villagers. Prior to the traditional formalities, the titleholders were blessed by Reverend Uta Muaulu of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Fasitoo uta. 

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RIGHT ON TRACK: Pacific Games C.E.O., Falefata Hele Matatia and Pacific Games Council Executive Director, Andrew Minogue. Photo: Government.

Games Executive lauds Samoa’s preparations

Samoa’s preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games in July are on track. So assured Pacific Games Council Executive Director, Andrew Minogue, during a press conference yesterday. In his three-day visit, the fifth he made to Samoa this year, Mr. Minogue said he is content with the progress Samoa has made, and is also adamant that the Games organising committee will complete their work in time for the Games. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Expand your horizons, P.M. tells B.A.T. Samoa on 40th Anniversary

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has challenged British American Tobacco (B.A.T.) Samoa Limited to expand its horizons to Samoa’s Pacific neighbours and beyond. Tuilaepa issued the challenge during the celebration of the company’s 40th Anniversary held at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum on Thursday night. The celebration was closed to the media.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police investigate three deaths

The Police are investigating three separate deaths. They involve a three-month-old baby, 11-month-old toddler and a 24-year-old man. This was confirmed by the Police yesterday. On 10 October 2018, the Police said they received a call from the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital regarding a three-month-old boy.

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Former Manu Samoa Head Coach: Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Sacked Coach threatens Union, demands apology

Former Manu Samoa Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, whose services as coach were unexpectedly terminated in August this year, has threatened to sue the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.). Fuimaono’s intentions are revealed in a letter he wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the S.R.U., Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, dated 28 September 2018, where he is also demanding a public apology from the Union. 

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World Bank Vice President (Sustainable Development), Laura Tuck, is leaving Samoa impressed with the progress made in projects to mitigate the effects of climate change.

World Bank official impressed with Samoa’s progress

World Bank Vice President (Sustainable Development), Laura Tuck, is leaving Samoa impressed with the progress made in projects to mitigate the effects of climate change. Ms. Tuck made the point on Thursday night during a meeting with women working to mitigate the effects of climate change, commending them for driving real change.

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Fight at Robert Louis Stevenson school surfaces online

A video of an incident which sees at least six boys at Robert Louis Stevenson School at Tafa’igata gang up to beat one student has surfaced online. The fight is said to have taken place at the school’s field on Thursday 18 October. 

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ENJOYING A PACIFIC DREAM: Samoa fulfilled Annette and Robert Baillie’s expectations of their trip to the island.

Cruise ship visit sparks couple’s interest to return

Meet Annette and Robert Baillie from Nowra, Australia. It was about four years ago when they first came to Samoa on a cruise ship, learning much of the local culture and its history. This time they returned for more. 

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EXPERIENCING THE PEOPLE AND CULTURE: Katharina Schumann, 25 years old, travels to learn about the country and enjoys her stay in Samoa living with a local family.

From Germany to experience Samoa

Travelling and visiting new places means living and experiencing the local culture. So says 25-year-old Katharina Schumann, who left her homeland, Germany, after completing her studies in culture and anthropology. 

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BIODIVERSITY DISCUSSION: The Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismarck Crawley was among the speakers at the workshop yesterday.

Biodiversity on agenda at Tanoa Tusitala

A workshop on Samoa Sixth National Report (6NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (C.B.D.) was held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday.

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STUDY TOUR: Geography undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales, Australia visit F.A.O office in Samoa.

Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa

A group of Geography undergraduate students from from the University of New South Wales, Australia, is in Samoa. They visited the Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) Subregional office while on a study tour to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa.

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PALLIATIVE CARE: Nurses Fuamatala Tofilua and Alice Every work in patient outreach and palliative care, treating cancer patients with dignity and respect towards the end of their lives.

Alice talks about her years in palliative care

Alice Every is a patient support advisor working with the Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.), and has been on a 12-month assignment with the Australian Volunteers for International Development (A.V.I.). In her last weeks with the Society, she took time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences with the Samoa Observer.

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ECO-TOURISM PLANS: Gagaifolevao Village Mayor Iputau Letupu Felise, in front of spare Marine Protected Area poles which demarcate the area outlined as a No Take Zone to conserve the coral reef below.

Lefaga Bay could be an eco-tourism hub

Nestled between Savaia and her giant clams, and Matautu’s Return to Paradise resort is the village of Gagaifolevao, a village planning on becoming an eco-tourism hot spot. Gagaifolevao is one of six Lefaga district villages intent on regenerating and protecting coral reefs for the sake of their children, but also in a money making venture to uplift the community at large.

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It started with one small lump

In 2009, Afatia Pala’amo noticed a small, pea sized lump on her left breast. After a few months, it grew, so she went to a doctor, who said her bra might be causing some problems. Nearly ten years later, Afatia is still suffering the consequences of two bouts of cancer, and is sharing her story in honour of Pinktober, and the late Manamea Schwalger who inspired the annual cancer awareness month at a Pink Luncheon at the Sheraton today.

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THANK YOU: Village Representative Siligatusa Pa’ipa’i with Island Rock IT Manager, Seali’i Faiga’a.

Island Rock supports village curfew

A business house has stepped in to support a village council restore order amongst its youth through a daily curfew. 

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Lima supports Manu Samoa vs Samoa A match

Samoa A Head Coach Muliagatele Brian Limā yesterday said he is open to the idea of his team taking on the Manu Samoa in order to select the best squad for the 2019 World Cup. Speaking to the Samoa Observer after his team was recently crowned the 2018 America's Pacific Challenge champion, the former Manu Samoa player said a match in Apia between Manu Samoa and Samoa A would be good for the game and ensures Samoa puts together a strong squad for the Rugby World Cup.

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SIVA AFI RISE: Saipele Semo is preparing to fly to Australia for his first international performance.

From match box seller to international fire dancer

Two years ago, Saipele Semo was spotted selling boxes of matches on the streets of Apia. Fast forward to today he is preparing to fly to Brisbane for his first international fire dance performance. His rise from the backstreets of Samoa’s capital to a recognised fire dancer has been phenomenal, thanks to the owner of the Siva Afi dance crew, Leota Lene Leota. 

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This is according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Annual Report for Financial Years 2016-2017.

Ministerial vehicle bought with “savings”

Personnel savings of $145,000 tala from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F) was used to procure “needed capital items” including a new Toyota Landcruiser Prado for the Minister. This is according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Annual Report for Financial Years 2016-2017.

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EXPORT WORK: Ah Liki farmhands sponge and wash hundreds of bananas under the careful eyes of Ministry of Agriculture quarantine experts.

What it takes to export bananas to New Zealand

Months of practice, hours of cleaning and a whole day of packing bananas have resulted in Samoa’s first shipment of export ready bananas in 50 years. Member of the Banana Growers Association, Taimalie Charlie Westerlund, Ututa’aloga Charlie Ulia and Tuisuga Sofara Aveau together sent 500 boxes of their best green bananas to New Zealand on Wednesday, hoping to break into the market there. 

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Motiana Siaosi makes the most of this opportunity.

Young woman sees her future in sewing

A 21-year-old is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn a valuable life skill in sewing. It’s a skill she hopes will not only benefit her but everyone in her family and the village. 

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Think a Minute

Silence is golden

Think a minute…The famous scientist Albert Einstein did not always follow social customs. One evening the president of a university hosted a dinner to honor Einstein and give him an award. Einstein was not scheduled to speak at the dinner, but after he received the award the audience began cheering and calling for him to give a speech


TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters. Photo / (Samoa Observer).

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

Between the Lines


No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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