Since the cost of living has increased, the government should also consider raising the local wages. So says Samasoni Tafaoialii of Saoluafata, who thinks this is another way to make life easier for the people of Samoa.
Columbia Cox and Olivia Jacobs are used to being bowled over by the elements -- especially coming from Wellington, New Zealand, which is renown for hurricane-like winds travelling at 110kms per hour on the average day.
David Nelson was doing what every decent man would be doing at the markets -- standing patiently out of the way, holding the shopping bags while his partner and children continued to shop for more goods on display at Savalalo.
Mick Creak from Australia has been working as a subcontractor in Apia since June. Dear Tourist catches him as he is showing his girlfriend, Tallava Gray, around at the Samoa Culture Village.
The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La'aulialemalietoa Polataivao Schmidt, has stepped down from office. He submitted his resignation today following the criminal charges filed against him by the Police. La'auli is charged with obtaining by deception.
An unhappy mother, Tuilaepa Soiamoa Grey, has questioned the legality of the recent amendment to the Constitution to allow Samoa to be declared a Christian state. Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, she accused the government leaders of being hypocritical and urged Samoans to wake up to what is happening.
The United Nations Human Rights Council Independent expert group recently visited Samoa to assess the country’s performance on the issue of discrimination against women. During their their 10-day mission, the expert group’s delegation, comprised of Kamala Chandrakirana and Eleonora Zielinska, held meetings in Apia, Poutasi, Vavau and attended consultations with representatives of Salani, Sapoe, Utulaelae, Siuniu, Salesatele, Salelesi.
The Ulu o Tokelau, Siopili Perez, has moved to address public statements by commentators, including two Apia-based senior officials under suspension pending an investigation.
Love knows no distance. Despite the struggles as a result of their long distance relationship, Luteru Junior Tanielu finally mustered the courage to pop the question on Makerita Talalelei Ieremia’s birthday, last year. The rest, as they say, is history.
“We can see many opportunities here for youth entrepreneurs, florists, church groups, accommodation providers and restaurants to utilise their new skills to enhance their service offerings and community obligations” - Seumanutafa Dr. Malcolm Hazelman
A young man who worked at a bank as teller has been sentenced to two years under supervision for stealing money from a customer’s account. Seti Seuseu, 27, was working for the ANZ Bank at Salelologa and Matafele when he forged the signature of a customer, Fa’asala Faletufuga, to steal $1,500 on different occasions.
American Samoa’s ban on taro imports from Samoa has brought American Samoa Representative, Toeina Faufano Autele, to Apia on a fact-finding mission. Toeina has been tasked to investigate the “extreme” move by the American Samoa Department of Agriculture Director, Filifa’atali Mike Fuiava, to suspend importing taro and taro shoots from Samoa.
A senior cabinet minister was arrested and charged with allegedly obtaining $136,400 by deception, yesterday. The minister, whose name is withheld, was charged along with his wife and a business partner. This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Salala’a, last night, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.
Rukutai International Pty Ltd., a Queensland-based China product sourcing company owned by Samoans, Carolyne and Reg Schwenke, has just announced two new “world firsts” on its new web site – www.Rukutai.com.au.
Tony Greubel assumed his position as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Apia, Samoa in August 2017. Previously Tony was the Senior Pacific Islands Desk Officer in the East Asia Pacific Bureau’s Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands Affairs.
A hundred tala might not seem like much to many people but to others, that amount can contribute a lot to their basic needs. In Fa’atoina Leusoni’s case, he needs two hundred tala to get his water installed.
They say home is a place where you can feel comfortable. It’s a sanctuary that keeps one safe. Sadly that’s not how Su’e Epati from Faleasi’u uta sees her home.
Think a minute…In a war rule number one is you must know who you’re fighting. Otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of time and energy fighting the wrong enemy. Our life’s daily struggles are like a battle.
Ou te mua’i fa’atalofa atu i le Paia ma le Mamalu ua tatou mafuta i lenei aso. Malo le Soifua Maua ma le Lagi e Mama.
NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!
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