President and Founder of ProGreen Samoa, Shaanarlei Ward, during one of the recent cleanups.

Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore

When marketing a tourism-dependent island nation like Samoa, words like ‘pristine’ and ‘beautiful’ are often thrown around. But the question we ought to ask is… is this really the case?

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The cruise ship MS Noordam docked at Matautu wharf yesterday morning, bringing with it a large number of tourists.

Cruise liner sails into port with tourists

The cruise ship MS Noordam docked at the Matautu wharf in Apia yesterday with hundreds of tourists disembarking to get a feel of Samoa. The vessel and its 1877 passengers and 791 crew were welcomed by officials from the Samoa Ports Authority and the Samoa Tourism Authority, which organised cultural performances by the Saleilua Falealii group. 

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Bluesky Samoa Country Manager, Alex Abraham.

Bluesky launches Top-Up Pacific

Quick, safe and convenient are three words Bluesky customers can expect to love when using the new Top-Up Pacific platform. Top-Up Pacific, which is a self-service top-up platform for Bluesky prepaid and postpaid capped users, went live at midnight on Friday and customer feedback is positive, according to press release.

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Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai.

Afamasaga says cable ship to benefit Samoa

The recently commissioned $5 million tala submarine cable depot at Apia Wharf will contribute directly and indirectly to the growth of Samoa’s economy. The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, said this in response questions from Samoa Observer on the benefits of such a project.

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Minister for Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt and Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo slams Govt. bank account move

Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai has condemned the “desperate move” by the Government to seize personal funds directly from Church Ministers’ bank accounts. Last week, Minister for Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said not paying taxes is illegal and in turn have seized funds from Church Ministers personal accounts. 

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Principal of Marist Brother’s Primary School, Brother Siaosi Ioane accepting donation worth $50,000 presented by M.B.O.P.A’s President, Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai.

$50,000 boost for primary school

Marist Brother’s Primary School at Mulivai received a financial assistance of $50,000 from the Marist Old Pupils Association (M.B.O.P.A.). This funding, which was raised during the recent 130 years anniversary of Marist education in Samoa, is part of the association’s contribution to the development of the school.

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Samoa celebrates White Sunday. Photo/Misiona Simo

Children are our ‘prized possessions’

A child is a parent’s most prized possession. Luisa Tupou echoed this statement during the White Sunday church service at the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (C.C.C.S.) Nofoalii. 

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‘Children are our future’

Teach the kids to know the Lord. Reverend Kini Ulu-Kini, who led the White Sunday church service at the Methodist Church of Salepouae in Saleimoa, highlighted this to the Samoa Observer. “We strongly believe that if you train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it, which is a wise biblical verse,” Rev. Kini said. 

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The children from the Methodist church in Puipaa performing their White Sunday scriptural verse recitations. Photo/Misiona Simo

Samoa celebrates White Sunday

Weeks of preparations paid off for the children of the Methodist Church in Puipaa as they delivered heart touching songs and plays. About 170 children participated in the White Sunday church service, which was well attended by parents and members of the church. 

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Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie-uta with BBE staff.

A White Sunday to remember

White Sunday 2018 will definitely be one to remember for four special families. The families Moevani Togi of Toamua Uta, Muga Aukuso of Savaia, Lefaga, Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie Uta and Filemu Ta’uneia of Falemauga were the recipients of cash and food hampers sponsored by the Betham Brothers Enterprises in partnership with Trans Pacific Travel, Budget Rentals and Tanoa Samoa. 

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IN PARTNERSHIP: (L) N.P.I. Branch Manager Tumua Saueleele Ah Wong, (R) N.P.I.-Business Development Manager Lesa Taupati Mamea together with S.N.P.F.-C.E.O. Pauli Prince Suhren (middle)

National Pacific Insurance pays S.N.P.F’s commission

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) has paid its insurance alliance partner, Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.), insurance commission of $15,355.

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HARD WORK: Sefo and Casey Togia carrying buckets of water that they had to fetch from Matatufu.

Life without water is tough

A life without water is tough for 67-year-old Lesina Togia of Lotofaga, Aleipata. When the Village Voice team met her yesterday, she said: “What is life without water?”

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M.B.O.P.A’s PRESIDENT: Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai presenting the Principal of Saint Joseph’s College, Susitina Maletino with a cash donation worth $50,000.

Marist Old Pupils Association present $50,000 to St. Joseph’s College

The Marist Old Pupils Association (M.B.O.P.A.) donated $50,000 to Saint Joseph’s College, Alafua on Friday. A large part of the proceeds for this donation were collected during the Marist Excellence Service Awards Ball, which was held during their recent 130th year anniversary celebrations. 

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NATIONAL BANK OF SAMOA MOVE: C.E.O. Tu’u’u Amaramo Sialaoa says the plan is to deliver better services for their customers.

Service to reach the “unbanked”

The National Bank of Samoa’s newest product, EziBank, could play a key role in reducing the country’s “unbanked” population. The product connects Digicel’s mobile money platform to the bank accounts of N.B.S. customers. 

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C.E.D.A.W. MOCK SESSION: The officials who took part during the three-day preparatory session last week. Photos / Supplied.

Samoa ready for U.N. presentation

Samoa is ready to present to the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (C.E.D.A.W.) Committee later this month following a three-day preparatory session held in Apia last week.

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One of the winners who won the Chan Mow White Sunday Poem Competition.

White Sunday winners with Chan Mow

Chan Mow announced and rewarded the winners for its White Sunday Poem Competition yesterday. The poem competition entry started from August 22nd and ended on the 14th September. 

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THANK YOU BLUESKY: The lucky winners of the Bluesky Top-Up and Win promotion for their White Sunday promotion.

Bluesky brings the sunshine, offers surprise on White Sunday

Threats of rain did not stop Bluesky from bringing the Sunshine into over 40 family homes this White Sunday! Even as the country celebrates, the company is also promising something extra as a surprise today for their pre-paid customers.

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BUILDING BRIDGES: Samoa’s first bedding and mattress manufacturing company have imported its first foam mattress-making machine into Samoa.

Sleepwell hits another first for Samoa

Sleepwell International continues to build bridges across the bedding and mattress industry in Samoa. As Samoa’s first bedding and mattress manufacturing company, another important milestone was achieved this week with the first foam mattress-making machine hitting Samoa’s shores at Sleepwell International. 

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INTERNATIONAL CANE DAY IN SAMOA: Mata'afa Faatino Utumapu demonstrating the important of the White Cane.

Samoa to mark International White Cane Day

The Samoa Blind Persons Association will for the first time mark the International White Cane Day. The commemoration will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday and marks the first time Samoa will join other countries around the globe in giving significance to the cane and its impact on the lives of blind people. 

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EARNING FOR WHITE SUNDAY AND BEYOND: One the many street vendors going to work and hoping for ice cream today as Samoa marks White Sunday.

White Sunday is a time of giving

It is that time of the year again where children look forward to being indulged with gifts and special treats from their parents. As Samoa celebrates White Sunday today, some child vendors hope their wish for a new white attire and special food will be fulfilled with whatever their family earns. 

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Think a Minute

No pain, no gain

Think a minute…You have heard the saying: “No pain, no gain.” Recently a little boy wrote to God and said: “Dear God, my brother just told me how much it hurt my mom when I was born, but he’s just kidding, right?” Unfortunately not! So why do millions of women choose to go through the terrible pain of childbirth?


The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

Between the Lines


Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

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