READY TO SERVE: The participants of the training programme with Kim Chateris-Wright of Free Spirit Training.

Focus on improving customer service

A five day training on Customer Service for frontline staff last week has left the participants feeling a lot more confident about delivering at their work places. The training was delivered by Kim Chateris-Wright of Free Spirit Training and Development in New Zealand

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KEEPING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE: Young children being taught life lessons about the importance of staying active and eating by right food by the Nobesity programme. Photo: Nobesity Samoa.

Walk promotes solution to diabetes

The One Touch Ministry and Nobesity Samoa are running a “Raising Awareness for Diabetes” campaign this Saturday. A first for its kind to be held in Samoa, the campaign is known as the Global Diabetes Walk run by the World Diabetes Foundation on November 14 every year. 

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GOING TO WORK: F.E.S.A. representatives investigate the site of a fire in Samoa.

Boost to Fire Services investigative ability

Following an audit of the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.), Samoa will take steps to increase its emergency management capability with the introduction of qualified fire investigators.

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Rev. Taumafai with his wife Naomi Komiti and the birthday girl Jadyn Ualesi

Double celebration for young Author

It was a double celebration for Jadyn Patrilita Petimara Ualesi during the weekend. The young author launched her third book “Fear to live” and celebrated her birthday at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Building. 

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Tokelau youth and members of the community with the late Seumanutafa Dr. Malcolm Hazelman. Photo Credit: Kaumai te Keyhole garden ki Tokelau Facebook Page.

Sustainability the way forward

Tokelau is an atoll nation prone to the adverse impacts of extreme weather conditions (particularly tropical cyclones), climate variability (particularly drought), climate change and rising sea-level.

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Staff Members of Sheraton Beach Resort. Photo / Supplied

Sheraton keeping Samoa clean

The management and staff of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort at Mulifanua care about the community they are part of. That’s why last week, they took part in a community clean up project where staff members got down and dirty to clean up the streets where people had just dumped their rubbish – most of it plastic – without thinking about the consequences.

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A member of the public took these photos last week. The photo shows young street vendors and work – including a toddler sleeping outside a store at Vaitele. Photo: Felise Maika Facebook.

Samoa shamed in ‘worst forms of child labour’ report

Samoa has been named as one of the countries with some of the “worst forms of child labour” by the United States Bureau of International Labour Affairs. The finding is contained in a six-page report released last September. A copy of the report obtained by the Samoa Observer highlights the fact that children in Samoa perform “dangerous tasks” such as street vending at all hours of night and day.

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Minister of Prisons, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt and Olo Fiti Vaai.

M.P. calls on Prisons Minister to step down

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on the Minister of Prisons, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, to step down. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Olo said if he cannot fix the problems at the Prisons, then he should resign and let someone else get the job done.

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Japan has stepped in to boost dental care and services in Samoa with the presentation of dental equipment.

Japan’s $1.14m injection to dental care

The latest contribution to the promotion of the Economic and Social Development of Samoa was presented in the form of dental equipment from Japan through a handover ceremony at the dental clinic of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole (T.T.M.) Hospital. 

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Saini Leasi in front of her house.

A mother’s daily struggle

No money and inadequate housing are the realities of life for unemployed 55-year-old, Saini Leasi.

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Malia talks about the many challenges she faces.

Family needs help to pay water bill

Malia Laufika is a woman with a lot on her mind.

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IN NEED OF A JOB: Selefuti Paevai of Faleula Uta.

Unemployed carpenter seeking work

Selefuti Paevai of Faleula-uta needs a job. The carpenter has been unemployed since last year when he was laid off. 

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NOT QUITE STRAIGHT: Poufa Fitufa is in dire need of a proper family home.

Family shares home that’s falling apart

Living in poverty means asking is a must when in dire need of assistance. In Poufa Fitufa’s case, she lives in a home that is about to collapse, a floor with holes and a kitchen table directly placed on the ground. 

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ON THE JOB: Seuseu Dr. Joseph Edward Tauati.

Seuseu: The man driving S.R.O.S.

There is no doubt that the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) has achieved its mandate as the government initiative celebrated its 12th anniversary this year.

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HELP FOR THE GOSHEN TRUST: Fa’asootauloa Sam Saili, Leaupepe Savea Tutagi Too Arundell, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi with the Director of Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, Sose Annandale, at Tuaefu.

Love in action for Goshen Trust

The Sinalei Reef Resort has presented a cheque of $8,000 to the Goshen Trust Mental Health Facility.

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HEALTH GOALS: One Touch Ministry and Nobesity Samoa will run the diabetes Awareness walk this Saturday. Photo: Supplied.

Parents must lead by example

Healthy living starts from home. It is best infused in the mind of a person at a young age because it will help them live a healthy lifestyle when they grow up.    

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MAPUIFAGALELE: Sister Sarah and Sister Lucy with rest home resident Lepisis Lesatele (far right). Mapuifagalele is haven of peace for the elders living out their final years with dignity and happiness.

Mapuifagalele: Haven for Elders

 “I need peace.” With this simple admission, Lepisi Lesatele echoed the sentiments of the other 44 residents living at the Mapuifagalele home for the elderly. 

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Samoa Police Service.

New twist as stepfather charged over young girl’s disappearance

Assault charges have been filed against the step father of the seven-year-old girl who went missing for two nights in Falelauniu. Va’aiga Amosa, who had been missing since Wednesday, has been found but in an interesting twist, her step father faces allegations to assault and abuse.

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SADLY MISSED: The late Robert Geoffrey Marfleet. Photo: Supplied.

Rest in love, Robert Geoffrey Marfleet!

The life of a prominent businessman who has made a huge difference in Samoa, Robert Geoffrey Marfleet, was celebrated during a special gathering at Taumeasina Island Resort last night. Mr. Marfleet passed away peacefully on Friday 16 February 2018 at North Shore Hospital, in Auckland New Zealand. 

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Teleia’i Dr. Mulitalo among guest speakers at last week’s conference.

Why the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 is incapable of alienating customany land

By letter of 13 November 2017, Telei’ai Lagipoiva Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa was invited to be an expert panellist at the Conference ‘Pacific Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: A Three Part Series: Conference 1: Aotearoa NZ and Samoa in Dialogue: Law Reforms in Customary Land Tenure, Religious Rights and Traditional Leadership” Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, 12-14 February 2018.

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Think a Minute

Mr. apple’s leadership lessons (Part 1)

Think a minute…Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs’ death from cancer at the age of 56 touched millions. His impact on the world through the Macintosh computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iTunes will continue for many years.


HEALTHY LIVING: Christina Robert switches to a plant based diet for a healthier lifestyle.

Changing lives: Reversing heart diseases in Samoa

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.

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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