THANK YOU: Frankie’s lends a helping hand for Tama Uli Sevens Team from Salelologa, Savaii.

Frankie’s gets behind victorious Salelologa

The Tama Uli Salelologa Sevens team has received a massive boost ahead of the remaining leg of the Bluesky National Sevens Circuit thanks to businessman Frankie and his wife May Cai. The Frankie’s Co Ltd has presented $5,000 to help the team with its preparations for the National Sevens Circuit hosted by Samoa Rugby Union.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele and Gillian Malielegaoi with students from Samoa College in China.

P.M. visits Chinese school hosting Samoan students

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has visited a secondary school in China, which is currently hosting a group of students and teachers from Samoa College. The three teachers and eight students are being hosted by the Hualuogeng Secondary School in Huizhou City in the Guangdong Province. They are participating in a 12-day education exchange programme from September 18-29.

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Uta Junior during his preparation with Coach Guka Akazawa. (Photo Anina Kazaz)

Wrestler misses Olympics over S.A.S.N.O.C. error

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee has admitted their error led to wrestler Uta Junior Muaulu missing out on participating in next month’s Youth Olympic Games.

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AT THE LAUNCH: Officials at the launch of the new guide.

Guide offers solutions for solid waste management

A “Practical guide to Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries and Territories” was launched during the second Clean Pacific Roundtable in Suva.

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Associate Minister Peseta Vaifou Tevaga.

Peseta a major shareholder in company that won Airport contract

A search of company records at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) has revealed Associate Minister Peseta Vaifou Tevaga is the major shareholder of Aldan Civil Engineering Company Ltd. Peseta told Samoa Observer two weeks ago that he had no role to play in the company, which he claimed is run by his son Lei’ataua Danny Tevaga. 

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Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil.

Samoa could get caught up in drug war

A cache of drugs with a street value $200 million has turned up on the shores of Tonga and Fiji and Samoa is in danger of getting entangled in a drug war. Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, sounded the warning recently in response to questions on drug incidences in the neighboring islands of Fiji, Tonga and American Samoa. 

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Jazz and Arts Festival set for November

The 2018 Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival in November this year will feature an array of both local and international artists. Samoan Grammy Award winner and jazz artist, La‘auli Matt Catingub, will lead a cast of artists in the November 7-11 event.

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FUTURE OF GOLF IN SAMOA: Some of Samoa’s brightest golf prospects will get the chance to work with Scott Puailoa this week.

Training for Samoa’s new generation of golfers

Renowned golf mentor and Samoan Scott Puailoa has arrived in Apia to help train the next generation of pro golfers. “Golf For Kids” is a three-day programme targeting children aged 8-17 to improve their technical golf skills, and expose them to a sport with a wide range of international opportunities.

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Milroy gets Samoa into sailing championships

All the way from Moto’otua Leifi’ifi, Jordon Milroy represented Samoa at the Para World Sailing Championships in the United States recently where he was placed 35th out of 38. 

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Samoa hosts Pacific Judicial Conference. Photo/Misiona Simo

Pacific emerging issues on Judicial conference agenda

Human trafficking, money laundering, cybercrime, illegal fishing and climate change are some of the major issues on the agenda at the 27th Pacific Judicial Conference in Apia. The four-day conference at the Taumeasina Island Resort is attended by Chief Justices, Deputy Chief Justices and Judges from the Pacific, New Zealand and United States of America. The theme for the conference this year is “Addressing emerging issues in the Pacific”. 

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The young girl was returning home after Sunday school when she was hit by the vehicle according to the family member.

Vehicle kills girl

A family from Faleula is mourning the death of their six-year-old daughter after she was hit by a vehicle on Sunday morning. The death was confirmed yesterday by a member of the extended family of the deceased. The family member requested that their names be withheld as the extended family did not want to talk to the media.

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PM TUILAEPA IN CHINA:  Photos from the Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s recent visit to China where he met with President Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese officials. Photos: Supplied.

P.M. Tuilaepa completes successful China visit

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, where China assured that it was willing to help Samoa tackle climate change. 

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GETTING PERSPECTIVES OF THE PEOPLE: Saki Yamamoto and Sean Lotolagi collecting data during the survey.

Survey finds three quarters of villagers in fishing district believe the environment has degraded

When it comes to retaining that special connection with nature, rural based villagers are up there with the best of them. As it was in the past, their daily lives depend highly on natural resources for survival.

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THANK YOU: Members of the Nazarene Church who visited S.V.S.G.

Nazarene Church lends hand

The ongoing support from the different denominations around Samoa continues for the children survivors of violence and sexual abuse cared for by Samoa Victim Support Group at the Campus of Hope.

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G.C.A. CHIEF: Tuala Siaki Tuala II.

Gambling Control Authority issues warning

The Gambling Control Authority (G.C.A.) has issued a stern warning to “bonus game operators” who are operating illegally. The warning comes from the Chief Executive Officer of the G.C.A., Tuala Siaki Tuala II, in a notice posted on their official Facebook page.

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NEW ROLE: Namulauulu Sami Leota.

The new President of Samoa Rugby Union

Namulauulu Sami Leota is the new President of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.). He will sit on the Board chaired by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. The officers were elected earlier this month after a review of the S.R.U. Constitution. 

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Ututa'aloga Charlie Ulia.

Govt. fines Ulia Construction Company over Apaula Road

The Government has moved to fine a local construction company for its failure to meet the deadline in fixing the Apaula Heights road at Lalovaea. The decision was confirmed by the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, during an interview with the Samoa Observer last week. He was responding to questions following complaints by residents of Apaula Heights about the condition of their road.

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Six schools in total makeover

Six schools have undergone a total makeover using recycled materials and vegetable gardens this term as part of their participation in the Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) Go Green School Beautification project. The inaugural project attempts to engage children in sustainability and recycling by decorating their schools, environments where they spend most of their time.

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VILLAGE MAYOR: Luafau Leia Amaasu at his banana patch.

Magiagi village growing Israel banana variety

Banana farmers at Magiagi have received 2,000 banana suckers of the Israel variety from the latest shipment allocated to those whose banana crops were affected by Cyclone Gita. Village Mayor, Luafau Leia Amaasu, said the village is grateful and given their reputation as strong banana growers, they are delighted.

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CANCER TREATMENT: Dr. Areta Samuelu with a patient. Photo: Supplied.

Samoa’s ‘Vave’ Campaign to inspire World Cancer Congress

The success of the Vave (Quickly) Campaign launched by the Samoa Cancer Society in 2017 will be presented to delegates from around the world early next month at the 2018 World Cancer Congress (WCC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Vave Campaign was a 12-month national social marketing campaign focused on early detection and quick action. 

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Think a Minute

Recognising royalty

Think a minute…Successful country singer Lonzo Green was visiting his relatives. His teenage nephew Jim and all his friends gathered in Jim’s house to meet his famous uncle.


E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

Between the Lines


Who sponsored trip? The Miss Samoa pageant earlier this month ensured all eyes were on the big island of Savai’i. So much so that the checking-in of two ministers, a C.E.O. and an A.C.E.O. into a hotel there raised eyebrows. Their ministry has no connection to the pageant’s administration so just wondering who funded their trip over?

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