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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Executive Director, Telei’ai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa.

Alienation of customary lands fears dismissed

The Executive Director of the Samoa Law Reform Commission (S.L.R.C.), Telei’ai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa, is absolutely steadfast. She is adamant that the much maligned Lands and Titles Registration Act (L.T.R.A.) 2008 is "incapable of alienating" Samoa’s customary lands. 

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The flooding comes as a heavy rain warning has been put in place for Samoa’s low lying and vulnerable areas.

Apia flooded again as heavy rainfall warning enforced

After half a day of heavy downpours, the areas in the Apia Township that are vulnerable to flooding are under water once more. Starting from Pesega, if you are heading to town, roads have been flooded and families living nearby rivers and streams are urged to be prepared.

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The work has been ongoing for the past 18 months.

Working towards a safer Samoa

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.) has been working with the Melbourne Fire Brigade (M.F.B.) to develop a Fire Investigation Programme for Samoa.

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FRIENDS: Baron and Miri Gold and Kaye and Myer Zamek of Sydney in Australia enjoy Samoa.

Friends vouch for cleaner Samoa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Apia town were friends Miri Gold and Kaye Zamek. 

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SPECIAL VISIT: Amina is discovering the land her ancestor walked on a hundred years ago and is captivated by Samoa as he was.

Walking her ancestor’s steps

Walking the seawall in search of a beach, Amina Kluge instead found something else uniquely Samoan, one of our brightly coloured buses sporting the two clashing figures of Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua.

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FALEOLO AIRPORT: Terminal construction work coming to an end with plans for reconstructing the pavement underway.

Airport Authority gears up for major works programme

The Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) is preparing for major airport pavement and drainage improvement works to key aeronautical infrastructure assets in the coming months.

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Su’a Hellene Wallwork and Travis Lamb with the President of the S.D.A. Tokelau and Samoan mission Pastor Kenneth Fuliese and Principal of School Eteuati Koria in front of the new toilet blocks that will be used by the students in Primary School.

Improved facilities for students

The Seventh Day Adventist Primary and Secondary school students have a lot to be thankful for.

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Anaseini Tupou Mafo’e.

Thank you God for hundred years

Age and life is a gift from God. And he should be acknowledged for the gift of life. The message was loud and clear during the celebration of Anaseini Tupou Mafo’e’s 100th birthday at the Maota o Samoa this week.

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Think a Minute

“Bread and butter”

Think a minute…There was a baker who bought his butter from a local farmer. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter. He was surprised that the farmer had been giving him less butter but still charging him the same price.


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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