FATHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN: Iopu Lui from Fasito’o uta.  Photo / Talimalie Uta

Still a young soul

Age is just a number.

Ask 58 year old Iopu Lui and he will show you how age doesn’t define his energy to work.

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Hard working man pleading for water Gaoa Semi (50) Tuanai Uta.

Water shortage a common issue

It is hard to believe that its 2017 and the lack of water and electricity still exists in Samoa. The question is: Why has this become a common issue these days? 

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FAMILY MAN: Talamatavao Motu of Faleasiu.

No problem too big to be solved

It has been said that family is where life begins. And it is within families where trouble begins as well; that’s if the parents are not carrying out their duties anymore.

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JUST WATER: Solomona Vasasou Leiataua from Manono and Fasito’o.

Water would make everything okay

Solomona Vasasou Leiataua is not new to the world of farming and fishing. The 28 year old said that this is his way of earning a living and supporting his family.

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ESCAPING THE COLD: Robert and Sandra Senderson enjoying the warm weather of Samoa. Photo / Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Frequent visitors

Robert and Sandra Senderson are no strangers to Samoa. The couple are originally from Scotland however they have been living in New Zealand for the past nine years.

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GOING SAMOAN: Georgina Valention and Michael O’brien from England.

Fish and more palusami, please

A young couple who spent almost three weeks in Samoa says they’ve had the best holiday. Michael O’brien and partner Georgina Valention heard about Samoa by word of mouth.

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CREDIT MANAGEMENT AND DEBT RECOVERY: Participants at the course have gone away fired up and ready to use what they have learned in their workplaces.

Training opportunities for private sector

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Samoa In-country Training Programme of the Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education of NUS, hosted a 5 half day course on Credit Management and Debt Recovery this past week.

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CONGRATULATIONS: The Under 18 Gold Medallists team.

Principals’ Association celebrates achievements of Gold Medallists

The Samoa School Principal Association hosted a welcoming dinner for the Under 18 Gold Medalists team from the recent Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

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McDonald's President and Owner: Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo.

More ‘Golden Arches’ for Samoa

The president and owner of McDonald’s Restaurant, Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo is a man on a mission. There is currently one McDonalds in Samoa located in the heart of Apia. 

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Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt says a work release programme is in the pipeline for inmates in Samoa.

Government considers work/release for prisoners

A work release programme is in the pipeline for inmates in Samoa, says the Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Tialavea said the issue has been discussed amongst the stakeholders and it’s something the government is seriously looking at. 

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GREAT WORK: Vaiala Beach students proudly display their Certificates of Achievement for Science.

Vaiala Beach School shows scientific flair

Vaiala Beach School students really know their Science, and what’s more, they can tell you all about it. This is the second year that the school has held a Science Fair and the quality of all their projects has really impressed the judges, the teachers, parents and peers.

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Kamala Chandrakirana.

Human Rights experts on fact-finding mission

United Nations, Human Rights experts who are in Samoa for a 10-day fact-finding mission, have concluded an open dialogue on ‘taboo’ subjects,  the meaning of the ‘Samoan way of life’ (Fa’asamoa) and ensuring women’s rights to equality within the family. 

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The New Zealand High Commissioner, H.E. David Nicholson; Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Sue Langford with the grandson of the late Taisi, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and historian and author, Dr. Patricia O’Brien.

Author of ‘Tautai’ brings Ta’isi home

It was an emotional moment for historian and author, Dr. Patricia O’Brien, on Wednesday evening. She was at the National University of Samoa standing in front of dignitaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and invited guests in the Samoan Fale there, and she was about to deliver her presentation on her book, ‘Tautai", about the life and history of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil and Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford.

New Records and Exhibit Office opens

Yesterday morning, the Samoa Police Service officially opened a new Records and Exhibits Office. The project was funded by the Australian Aid through the Samoa Australian Police Partnership (S.A.P.P.) and cost close to $800,000.

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S.E.I. Chairperson Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvsa.

Pre-Pageant drama settled by Samoa Events

With the Miss Samoa Pageant still to be staged next month, the Samoa Events Inc (S.E.I.) has already had to deal with a pre pageant drama out of Australia. An incomplete application from Miss Samoa Victoria Beauty Pageant for a Miss Adele Fa’aosofia to S.E.I. did not meet the requirements or adhere to the rules of the pageant and was duly rejected.

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Owner of Samoana Rentals, Leiataua James Arp shows off Samoa’s first ever fully electric vehicle.

Hybrid cars ideal for Samoa says owner

The owner of Samoana Rentals, Leiataua James Arp believes that hybrid cars are ideal for Samoa. Last year, Samoana Rentals scored a first, by bringing the first electric car into Samoa, the Nissan Leaf. “I have both an electric car and the hybrid car,” he told the Samoa Observer.

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 The unseasonal rain at this time of the year is due to overcast convective clouds currently affecting the islands.

Unseasonal rain due to convective clouds

Keep your wet weather gear handy for the next few days at least, according to information from Samoa’s Meteorology Division.

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KEEP ON WORKING: Mua Iao from Satalo and Same Sapapalii, Savaii.

We all have choices

Samoa is not a nations of slaves, neither is it poor. We have everything that we need from the sea and the land.

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Keeping Samoa clean

Please keep the environment clean. That is a message from Douglas David of Leulumoega tai.

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We are lucky

Live within your means is the message from Uaita Mase of Magiagi. Uaita, a father of two, believes that there is no such a thing as being poor, or the existence of poverty, in Samoa. 

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Think a Minute

Discipline dominates

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.


The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines


LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

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