COPS ON SITE: The Police officers at Tafaigata Prison on the day when the country was bracing for Cyclone Gita.

Minister looks into alleged Prison plot

The Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said he is reviewing the case of prisoners who have been removed from Tafa’igata Prison and placed under Police custody in Apia.

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DISAPPOINTED SISTERS ARE STANDING THEIR GROUND: Tuaato Tauvalau Salaus and her sister Aiava Johnson claim the government has ripped them off by offering $34,000 for their family land.

Family demands $1million

The Government has given the Tauvalaau family of Satapuala an ultimatum. They have a week, Wednesday 28 February 2018, to move. The order was confirmed by Tuaato Tauvalau Salausa, of Satapuala. But the family is not moving. She said that unless the Government pays them $1million, they are not going anywhere.

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Samoa’s smiling Centenarian

Not many people in Samoa reach the ripe old age of a hundred years. Yet today at Saina in Upolu, centenarian Anaseini ‘Tupou’ Mafo’e, is celebrating her 100th birthday. The matriarch of the family, Tupou, is joined by close to 200 relatives from all over the world, comprising her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, for a weeklong celebration.

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Police sources say the investigation started last week when investigating officers started interviewing family members of the deceased.

Police investigate death of mother buried two weeks ago

The Ministry of Police has launched an investigation into the death of a 29-year-old mother of three, who was buried two weeks ago. This was confirmed by the Media Spokesperson and Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. “There is an investigation ongoing right,” he said.

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SORTING OUT GIFTS: Caritas Samoa staff members working on the distribution of products to those in need.

Caritas Samoa lends hand

Caritas Samoa is one of the many humanitarian organisations and agencies who have been lending a helping hand to families affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

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WE ARE STILL WAITING: Fili Iosefa and her children at Satapuala.

‘Ten years and we’re still waiting for water’

The Government has failed to do its part to ensure clean drinking water reaches every family in Samoa. Fili Iosefa, a mother of three who lives at Satapuala-uta, says she has been waiting for about 10 years for the Government’s water supply. 

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PLEASE HELP: Sau Lui is in dire need of a water tank.

Tiavi family seeks water tank help

Storing rainwater for food, drinking and other needs has been a long-standing chore for Sau Lui of Tiavi. 

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MOTHER PLEADS: For a decent house to raise her three daughters.

A family’s humble home

Having daughters mean parents have to be on protective mode all the time. 

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Harry Ah-Sui gives up his education to support his mother.

Young man makes sacrifice for his mother, family

The bond between a mother and a son is unbreakable. Twenty-year-old Harry Ah-Sui knows this because he would do anything for his mother.

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Uilelea and his son Malopito infront of their home.

How you can help Uilelea’s family

Uilelea Akuino Tuiā is in need of adequate shelter. The unemployed father of four, dreams of nothing more than a stable home for his children, clothes and food.

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The new van will provide essential mobile services to rural Upolu and Savaii.

Vehicle help for Family Health

Acting Australian High Commissioner Amanda Jewell handed over a new vehicle to the Executive Director of the Samoa Family Health Association (S.F.H.A.) Lealaiauloto Liai Iosefa Siitia last week.

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Malaemalu Community with UNDP GEF-SGP staff. Photo Credit: UNDP/GEF-SGP Samoa office/2018

Malaemalu taking action

The community of Malaemalu are all about preserving their environment for their future generation. 

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Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo the head at Samoa Law Reform Commission.

Narcotics Act outdated, Law Commission says

The Samoa Law Reform Commission has called the Samoa Narcotics Act 1967 to be overhauled, noting that it’s outdated. This was revealed in their recent drugs reform final report released in December last year. The 163-page report says that Samoa’s illegal drugs environment is vastly different from that which existed in 1967. 

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LEADING FROM THE FRONT: S.W.A’s Chief Executive Officer, Seugamaali’i Jammie Saena (right) getting down and dirty to clean up the water supply after Cyclone Gita.

Chief Executive drives Water Authority’s Gita recovery work

The Samoa Water Authority has restored all water supplies to 21,800 of its customers. 

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HELPING HAND: Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, will welcome the assistance from Australia.

Aussie Structural Engineer offered

Australia has announced additional humanitarian assistance to support Samoan and Tongan communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

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HAPPIER TIMES:  Mailo Ben Vai with George Veikoso, also known as Fiji.

Samoa’s ‘king of reggae’ to be buried in Auckland

A highly respected musician dubbed Samoa’s King of Reggae will be buried in Auckland New Zealand tomorrow.

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Volunteer Group from Australia with the President of the Samoan Mission Pastor Kenneth Fuliese and staff members of ADRA Samoa.

Volunteers make a difference at Si’ufaga, Savai’i

Students and teachers of the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Siufaga, Savai’i, have a lot to be thankful for.

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Coconut oil.

Coconut oil claims rubbished

Before there were Avon, Oil of Olay or L’oreal, Samoans for centuries have used coconut oil to maintain healthy, beautiful hair and skin.

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Siai Misa has been gifted a water tank. He says he's grateful.

Families without water are begging Prime Minister Tuilaepa for help

Imagine not having access to a consistent supply of water for the family’s everyday use over fifteen years. Imagine sleeping every night knowing that they are going to make two to three trips back and forth, to fetch water in the scorching sun next morning, just to get by on a daily basis the next day.  

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The Police Officer further says that an autopsy is not requested because the coroner determined the cause of death was suffocation.

Toddler’s tragic death probed

The tragic circumstances where a three-year-old toddler allegedly suffocated in a car where he was found dead is the subject of a Police investigation. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, yesterday.

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Think a Minute

“Missing the Point”

Think a minute…Remember the first people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram message to their sister which said: “First flight in history today!


“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

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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