SAMOA’S UNIQUENESS: Gordon, Anouska and Denise Myer enjoying their family time in Samoa which is unique to them.

Unique, attractive and beautiful

It’s Samoa’s uniqueness, which makes the island so special for Gordon and Denise Myer from Auckland, New Zealand. One year ago, the couple set food on the island for the first time, and last Sunday makes it their third visit.

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THANK YOU B.S.L. AND BLUESKY: Iva Sevens Tournament gets financial backing from Bluesky and B.S.L. Miss Iva - Makerita Faifua, Temukisa Tofilau, Rev. Tonu Mauafu, Alex Abraham and Leeroy Feaunati.

Strong support for Iva Sevens

Bluesky Samoa, in collaboration with Business Systems Limited (B.S.L.), donated $15,000 to the Iva Sevens rugby tournament yesterday.

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Falefitu Primary School.

Over 20,000 students sit national exams

Over 20,000 students in 170 primary schools are sitting for Samoa’s 2018 National Primary Assessments this week.

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S.B.F.’s newly elected president, Papali’i Tagaloatele Poloa addresses the A.G.M.

New era begins for boxing

Papali’i Tagaloatele Pasi Poloa is the new President of the Samoa Boxing Federation (S.B.F.). Papali’i takes on the role for the next three years after the appointment was done during the Annual General Meeting at Vaitele on Monday. 

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IN GENEVA: Ministry of Heath legal advisor, Delphina Kerslake and Samoa Cancer Society C.E.O. Shelley Burich at Geneva.

Cancer Society chief returns reinvigorated

Samoa Cancer Society’s Chief Executive, Shelley Burich, has returned from a stint in Geneva where she represented Samoa in a conference on tobacco control. Samoa is a party to the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (F.C.T.C.), and Ms. Burich, as well a small delegation from the Ministry of Health, attended.

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NEW PATHOLOGIST IN SAMOA: Dr. Embiruka Osborne Nyandiva.

Samoa gets its first forensic pathologist

The National University of Samoa’s School of Medicine has added a doctor with background in forensic pathology to its teaching ranks. According to the University, Samoa does not have a medical doctor with the pathology background that the newly recruited doctor has.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Ambassador Mira Woldberg , Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali'ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II with the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa'amausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano.

Netherlands Ambassador presents credentials

The Netherlands Ambassador to Samoa, Mira Woldberg, yesterday presented her credentials to the Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II at his residence in Vailele. Ms. Woldberg said ties between Samoa and the Kingdom of Netherlands date back to the year 1722 when Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen, was the first European to set eye on the islands during his travel in the Pacific.

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A BAD PRECEDENT: A concerned member of the community, Rudy Bartley questions the message the Court ruling sends out to boy racers.

“Court decision could have implications”

A concerned member of the community, Rudy Bartley, has raised concerns at a District Court decision which freed two men of reckless driving charges. The decision by District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane recently discharged Orlando Keil and Scott Levi without conviction, in relation to reckless driving charges laid against them. 

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AGING COCONUT POPULATION: The increasing demand for coconuts calls for more coconut plantations.

Samoa’s coconuts aging, production dropping

About 80 percent of coconut trees in Samoa are old, and there is an urgent need to replant if Samoa is to meet the growing global demand for locally produced copra products. This was the concern raised recently by Ministry of Agriculture Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Crops Division), Moafanua Tolo Iosefo during the opening of the Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific (C.I.D.P.) train the trainers programme.

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Manu Samoa Coach reveals plan

To get the Manu back into the top ten of World Rugby, Steve Jackson needs a plan. He’s been studying the competition, and he’s selected a team who can play his game plan, and now it’s time to action it all. Next week, a brand new Manu Samoa travel to England for two weeks of training. 

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Samoa Water Authority.

Chairman among Samoa Water Authority debtors

The $2.60 million water bill the Samoa Water Authority (S.W.A.) had requested to be written off includes debts incurred by Government Ministries, senior Government officials, schools, churches and businesses. Including in the write off list are bills allegedly incurred by the S.W.A. Board Chairman Matatauali’itia Afa Lesa, and the Associate Minister for Revenue and Prisons and Correction Services, Lenata’i Victor Tamapua among others. 

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RAIN RAIN GO AWAY: Two young villagers from Savaia, Lefaga, during the recent downpours experienced throughout the country.

Public urged to take precaution

Samoa’s Meteorological Office has urged the public to take extra precaution over the next few days as the country continues to experience frequent rainfall. Acting Assistant Chief Executive of the Samoa Meteorological Service, Tumau Neru, said this to the Samoa Observer yesterday as the country enters its cyclone season, which falls on November-January.  

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Relatives and friends of the new title holders including the new holder of the paramount chiefly title Ailaoolamai.

Ailaoolamai title conferred on Tunumafono Tiuti

Leulumoega welcomed five new titleholders last week. One of the titles bestowed is the paramount chiefly title ‘Ailaoolamai.’ The other title was Sulufau.

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ENSURING JUSTICE FOR ALL: The Samoa Faafafine Association and Law Enforcement Guidelines and Standards workshop.

Human rights, law enforcement discussed

The Ombudsman’s Office hosted the first Samoa Faafafine Association (S.F.A.) and law enforcements guidelines and standards workshop last week. The Samoa Stationery and Books conference room was occupied by representatives from the Ministry of Police, Ministry of Prisons and Corrections, and the S.F.A. for the two-day workshop, which concluded on Thursday.

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TRAINNING: Participants of the four-day train the trainers programme on pests and disease management of coconut plantations.

Training begins to tackle coconut pests, diseases

A four-day train the trainers programme on pests and disease management of coconut plantations began at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday. 

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M.C.I.L C.E.O, Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling reminds R.S.E group to utilise the opportunity wisely.

“Don’t waste this opportunity”

New Zealand’s biggest meat processor, Silver Fern Farms has kept its side of the bargain by increasing the number of Samoan RSE workers.

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Seasonal workers.

Seasonal workers get their chance

More seasonal workers from Samoa are heading to work in New Zealand. This is made possible under the partnership of the Government of Samoa and the Silver Fern Farms in New Zealand. At the farewell ceremony for 100 workers yesterday, Samoan Recognised Seasonal Employer Liaison Officer, Lemalu Nele Leilua said this year, the number of those recruited has increased with the addition of the Pacific Labor Scheme and the Pacific Partnership Scheme. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Vehicle reversed into girl, killing her instantly

A one-year-old girl died at Lotopa last Friday as a result of a freaky incident where she was run over when a vehicle at home was reversed into her. The driver has been charged with negligent driving causing death. The incident was confirmed by the Police yesterday.

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NEEDS PRAYERS: Audrey Anusaga Lonise Lefono hospitalised in the U.S.

"Pray for our daughter with cancer"

The father of a girl diagnosed with cancer and fighting for her life in a United States hospital has appealed to Samoans to pray for his daughter. Audrey Anusaga Lonise Lefono, 10, from the villages of Apia, Falefa, Luatuanuu and Leauvaa suffers from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which is a form of cancer. She has been admitted at the Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington, U.S.

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CHARITY: Seirosa with the Sisters at the Mapuifagalele Home.

Seirosa makes $2000 donation

A 12-year-old girl has donated $2,000 tala to the Little Sisters of the Poor at the Mapuifagalele Home. Seirosa Wallwork Lamb was inspired by the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor, so she decided to donate the money she raised from her Cookies for Charity project last Saturday. 

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Think a Minute

Eternal security

Think a minute…Queen Victoria was one of England’s most popular rulers, with the Victorian era being named for her. She was one of the richest, most powerful women in the world.


Peace, security and climate change

I have the honour and privilege to present to You the Letter of Credence addressed to Your Highness by His Majesty King Willem Alexander, accrediting me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Independent State of Samoa.

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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