Fepulea'i Attila Ropati.

Court President leave with pay

The President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati’s “special leave” has its perks. It includes the Court’s vehicle assigned to him and his pay. 

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MEN AT WORK: Landslide between Lauli’i and Luatuanu’u.

Landslide scare, man tells of close encounter

A landslide on the East Coast of Upolu interrupted traffic yesterday morning. The landslide occurred between the villages of Lauli’i and Luatuanu’u. Eyewitness, Tuia Faletau from Afulilo Aleipata told Samoa Observer the landslide could’ve cost someone’s life if it wasn’t for God.

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A DREAM COME TRUE: Charles Leicester Dean ready to explore the world of law and giving back to the Samoan community.

A dream come true

Charles Leicester Dean is one of the newest lawyers to be admitted to the Bar in Samoa. He was admitted before Chief Justice Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu last week.

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FUN AND FISHING: The crew on board Yellow Fin helping Angie Wetzell put the ANZ team on the board at the eleventh hour with this catch during the Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament.

Ladies reel in the fun

Lady Anglers are no delicate flowers at sea when it comes to rigging their own baits or catching fish that weigh more than they do. It was not exception for the ladies competing in the Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament when they kicked off on Wednesday showing an array of different skills ranging from the serious to the social but nonetheless making their presence known.

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SUSPENDED BARRISTOR: Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo is fighting his case before the Samoa Law Society.

Lawyer fights suspension

The decision by the Samoa Law Society to suspend the practicing certificate of lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo, “was too severe”. So says Unasa Iunu Sapolu in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. Pa’u’s suspension was confirmed in a letter by the S.L.S. Secretary, Rebecca Schuster, where he’s accused of breaching the Lawyers and Legal Practitioners Act.

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Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Former Head of State to break his silence

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, will break his long held silence over fears about the alienation of customary lands today. He will do this during a press conference at his Tuaefu residence where he will deliver a paper on the issue. The press conference was confirmed in a letter from his Office earlier this week.

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Samoa Police Service

Village Mayor sets record straight

The Village Mayor of Ti’avea, Tuiavi’i Poloma Eteuati, has set the record straight with regards to an incident which the Police said happened at Tiavea. In a letter to the Ministry of Police, Tuiavi’i has asked the Police to correct their report on the matter.

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FAMILY STRUGGLES: Suega Fisaga’s home leaks during torrential rainfall.

Father seeks help for a better family home

A father of three is seeking help for a proper house for his family.

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Nima and her family’s small rundown shack situated in Afega.

Mother worries about welfare of her children

Living within her means has so long been part of Nima Nuusa’s life. The mother of seven from Afega needs so much in life, only because it would make life more convenient for her. 

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Savai’i gets on the board

Day two of the Samoa International Game Fishing tournament brought good news for the Savai’i boat who finally made it on the board. American, Dale Withington who is here from Malaysia was very pleased with his catch of the day after finally securing two yellow fins and a barracuda with some serious weight. 

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LUCKY WINNER: Faapusi Salaa Siaosi, with the representative of the TV Bingo, Patea Taveuveu Fiaailetoa Aipovi.

Mother strikes it lucky

Mother’s Day has arrived early for Fa’apusi Salaa Siaosi, of Sapapali’i Savai’i.

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HEALTH MATTER: The Global Aids Monitoring Report is an important report for Samoa.

Spotlight on syphilis among sex workers

Sexually transmitted infection, Syphilis, is found to be present among sex workers in Samoa. This is according to the Ministry of Health’s Global Aids Monitoring report 2018 for the period between January and December 2017.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police probe girl’s death and attacks

The death of a 16-year-old girl from Lotoso’a Saleimoa is now the subject of a Police investigation. This is according to Police Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, who said the matter was reported to them last week.  

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THANK YOU: Tupuola and wife, Fa’alogo Sissy Vuki presenting their donation for F.E.S.A. and supporting services, and looking to make available scholarships for children of emergency services workers.

Good Samaritans donate to Fire Service

Tupuola Sione and wife, Fa’alogo Sissy Vuki, from St. George, Utah in America, presented $15,000 to the Fire and Emergency Service (F.E.S.A.) yesterday. “On behalf of the Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for F.E.S.A. and the National Emergency Call Centre, the S.F.E.A.

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Savea titles bestowed at Falefa

CHIEFLY TITLES HONOUR: Savea Fa’atalale, Savea Folole, Savea Lolesio, Savea Sinati and Savea Sagato. Five new Savea title holders were blessed at Falefa last week.

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WELL DESERVED: Helen Nicholson, Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Otago together with Reverend Dr. Selota Maliko.

The tough road to success

The road to success is not easy. Ask Reverend Dr. Selota Maliko and he will tell you this. His journey to becoming a Lecturer at the Piula Theological College was not an easy one. In 2011, he was chosen by the Methodist Church in Samoa to undertake a five-year PhD study in Philosophy at the University of Otago. 

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GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITY: 12 year old Epifania Tusani with students of St Joseph’s primary school in front of the first “ Chicken coop library”.

First ‘chicken coop’ library donated

St. Joseph’s Primary School in Leauva’a was presented its first “chicken coop” library by 12-year-old Epifania Tusani from Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday. The chicken coop mini library was inspired by her father, Tuala Tusani’s childhood stories of growing up in Samoa. 

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WELL DONE: Tosimae’a Tupua and his proud mother Fe’asili Tupua at the Court after the swearing ceremony this week.

Journalist turned lawyer admitted to Bar

Tosimaea Tupua is the newest addition to the legal family in Samoa. The former journalist was admitted to the bar before Chief Justice His Honour Patu Tiavasu’e Falefatu Sapolu this week. Chief Justice Patu challenged Tosimaea to aim high.

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IT'S NOT A RIVER, IT'S A MAIN ROAD: A look at the Apia Township yesterday after a few days of heavy rain. Members of the public have been warned to take care.

Heavy rain, flood warning

A heavy rain warning is now in place for all of Samoa. People living in low-lying areas and flood prone areas are also advised to take extra precautions as heavy rainfall is forecasted throughout the week for the country.  

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P.M. in London

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is in London this week. He is among World and Pacific leaders attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (C.H.O.G.M.) being held there. The Prime Minister is accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peseta Noumea Simi.

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Think a Minute

Win with words

Think a minute…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.


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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