THERE IS HOPE IN THE STORM: Ueni Fonoti shares his journey.

How a good Samoan man ended in a downward spiral

The scars of the past will never determine the future. Nonu Ueni Fonoti tells us why.  

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FORMER HEAD OF STATE, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi. Photo: Misiona Simo.

The letter that made a former Head of State cry

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has delivered a passionate plea for all Samoans to make a public stand to address what he describes as an “ambiguity” in article 102 of the Constitution, which could endanger Samoa’s customary lands.

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Chief Executive Officer of M.J.C.A, Papali’i John Taimalelagi.

Police, Justice evidence mystery

The mystery of the whereabouts of a gun submitted as evidence during the hearing of a Police officer remains an unsolved puzzle for the Court and the Police. The gun was stolen from the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building and up until now; no one seems to know where it went and who took it.

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DRUG RAID: Pea Lesatele (in red putting his hands on the Police van) as he was being searched.

Man cries foul over drug raid

A father of four from Leone has revealed his “embarrassing” experience at the Savalalo Fish Market where the Police allegedly manhandled him while they were searching for drugs. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Pea Lesatele, said the Police must treat people with respect, even if they suspect them of a crime.

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LABOUR OF LOVE PROJECT: Greg and Kim Fisk of City Mutual Group, Sydney Australia who financially sponsored all shipments costs of the container.

From Sydney to Samoa: Labour of love for Loto Taumafai Society

The learning environment at Loto Taumafai Society (L.T.S.) has just received a major boost thanks to a series of genuine “Acts of Kindness” by a number of wonderful people in Sydney, Australia.

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Former Miss South Pacific, cancer advocate Manamea laid to rest

Manamea Apelu-Schwalger, the face of Samoa’s Pinktober and the fight against cancer, has passed away. She died peacefully on Sunday. Manamea, a former Miss Samoa and Miss South Pacific, is being laid to rest this morning at her family’s homestead at Tanumapua. It is a private ceremony attended only by family members.

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IN NEED OF A WATER TANK:  Malia Palauni shares her journey and her family struggles.

Mother dreams of running water

For ten years, Malia Palauni has never experienced the joy of seeing tap water inside her home. The mother of 10 from Faleasi’u lives very far in the highlands and the water supply does not reach their home.

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NEEDS HELP: Sei Ulufale’s home at Falelauniu, the house that she has been living in for 10 years now.

Family up against the odds

There are many challenges in life for Sei Ulufale. The unemployed mother of four from Falelauniu lives in a rundown shack and is struggling financially. Speaking to the Village Voice team, she says the welfare of her children is the reason they have relocated from Falealili to Falelauniu. 

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INSURANCE HELP: Aiolupo Raymond Tonumaipe’a (N.P.I. Claims Manager); Faumuinā Faalepo Solofa- Isitolo (N.P.I. Sales Manager); Lavea Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea (C.E.O. – Ministry of Finance); Stephen Fepulea’i (Principal Officer – Ministry of Finance).

National Pacific Insurance payment helps school rebuild

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) recently settled an insurance claim for almost $340,000 with the Ministry of Finance for a devastating school fire. The fire destroyed buildings at Palalaua College, a government school in Siumu.

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ITS OFFICIAL: Mr. and Mrs. Salesa.

Wedding joy for Paulo and Teuila

Submit yourselves to God and He will direct your ways. The phrase augurs well for Paulo Salesa Tiumalu and Teuila Rimoni who tied the knot yesterday after years of courtship.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi at the C.H.O.G.M. meeting. Photo / Commonwealth.

Commonwealth takes strong stance against cybercrime

Commonwealth countries have unanimously committed to take action on cybersecurity between now and 2020, following a landmark declaration. In a major announcement at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the 53 leaders agreed to work closely together to evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms.

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HEALTH GOALS: The Ministry of Health aims to eliminate gender inequality, all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls and people living with H.I.V. by the 2020.

Report zeroes in on gender equality

Eliminating gender inequality, all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls and people living with H.I.V. and key populations by 2020, is the goal of the Ministry of Health. This was revealed in their 2018 Global Aids Monitoring report 2018 for the reporting period between January-December 2017.

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi.

Customary lands: O fea le alofa? Where is love?

On Tuesday, 10th of April, 2018, the Samoa Observer published an open letter addressed to me by Faapale Taumua. His letter moved me deeply and this is my response. On returning to Samoa from the University of Auckland Pacific Law, Custom and Constitutionalism (P.L.C.C.) conference held February 12th to 14th, I have been reading with great interest our current public debates on Samoan customary land and land laws.

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The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo.

Charges of theft, deception against lawyer dismissed

The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo. The decision was delivered by Justice Vaemoa Vaepule Vaai.

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WINNERS: Team Double Hooked from American Samoa with Minister Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a.

“Double Hooked” hooks the top prize

The Samoa International Fish Gaming Association Tournament finale took place yesterday with an official closing ceremony. In the end it was the Anglers from American Samoa team ‘Double Hooked,’ captained by Skipper, Peter Crispen, who took the grand prize overall of the tournament coming in first place with 91.6 points.

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LIKE AN ACCESS ROAD: Cross Island Road from Tanugamanono to Vailima has deteoriated over the years. Motorists want it fixed.

Cross Island Road a ‘disaster in the making’

Cross Island Road has been described as the “irony of all ironies.” The description was given by motorists who say the part of the road from Tanugamanono all the way to Vailima has got to be one of the worst roads in Samoa. And yet the road is used by thousands of road users every day.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at the Buckingham Palace in London where C.H.O.G.M. was held. Photo / Commonwealth.

Prince Charles destined for Samoa C.H.O.G.M. in 2022

Samoa has overcome a strong challenge from Malaysia in the bid to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (C.H.O.G.M.) in 2022. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who was in London for C.H.O.G.M. meeting, spearheaded Samoa’s bid against other nations.

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Court House

Court Officer investigated over ice pipe, alleged forgery

A Court Officer is being investigated by the Police. The investigation follows the confiscation of a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine, also known as ice, from the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration’s compound by Police

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Minister confirms suspensions

Two Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have been suspended. This is in connection to an internal investigation on allegations that information was altered on the L.T.A. system to allow vehicles belonging to them to be registered.

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Govt.’s chicken tax “lacks transparency”

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed disappointment over the lack of consultation on the Customs and Tariff Bill, which will increase the cost of imported food items like chicken. In fact, Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer, Lemauga Hobart Va’ai, said the Government’s handling of the matter “lacks transparency.” 

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Think a Minute

“Don’t Be Crabby”

Think a minute…Crabs are very interesting creatures. If you put several of them in a bucket, the moment one of them starts crawling out of the bucket, the other crabs will pull him back down. So not one of the crabs ever succeeds in getting out.


A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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