COME TO NAURU: Nauru President Baron Waqa reassures Forum Chairman and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi that Nauru will see to it that that the media will be welcomed.

Nauru assures Forum Chair about visa for journalists

Nauru President Baron Waqa has indicated an $8,000 visa fee for journalists will be waived when his country hosts the Pacific Islands Forum next year. He was responding to questions raised by the regional media at the conclusion of the Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Apia earlier this month.

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Samoa Airways, is exploring the acquisition of the world’s largest twin jet airplane, the Boeing 777, as it’s next plane of choice.

Samoa Airways explores Boeing 777 option

Samoa’s new international airline, Samoa Airways, is exploring the acquisition of the world’s largest twin jet airplane, the Boeing 777, as it’s next plane of choice. In a press release, the Minister responsible for Polynesian Airlines, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell indicated the airline will introduce the state of the art aircraft within a couple of years.

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IMMIGRATION TALKS: M.P.M.C’s Chief Executive Agafili Shem Leo, (left) with Samoa’s consul general in American Samoa, Auseugaefa Poloma Komiti attending the recent Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Apia earlier this month.

C.E.O. clarifies delays in issuance on entry permits

The delayed in granting entry permits for Samoan nationals to travel to Amerika Samoa has led to complaints registered with the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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IN LOVE WITH SAVAI’I AND SAMOA: Elizabeth Siaosi believes that living in Savai’i is such a priviledge.

The sweetness of Savai’i

Walking into the entrance lobby of Amoa Resort at Siufaga Savai’i is like walking into a dreamy villa designed especially to take advantage of the sea breeze and the natural light that reflects off the white sands.

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Ruby Misa-Sabbath is one of the friendly faces at the NZ High Commission who will be helping customers when the Go Cashless system for service fee payments is implemented at the start of October.

Go Cashless coming to N.Z. High Commission

From Monday 2 October, the New Zealand High Commission in Apia will no longer accept cash for service fee payments over the counter. 

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This voting facility will close today, at 4pm, Friday 22 September.

Today last day to vote from Samoa for N.Z. Election

This Saturday, 23 September 2017, is Election Day in New Zealand. The New Zealand High Commission office in Beach Road, Apia has been operating a special voting facility for eligible voters to cast their votes, in-person, in this year’s New Zealand General Election. 

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YAZAKI: Funefeai Oliva Vaai, General Manager, Tupa’i Klaus Stunzner and Papali’i Tate Simi.

Yazaki gives back, 270 find work

After 25 years as the largest private sector employer in Samoa, Yazaki has closed its operations.

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RENOVATIONS WORK: McDonald's has announced that it will soon renovate their building in Apia.

McDonald’s refutes claims

One of the most popular Restaurants in Apia has swiftly moved to quash online rumours and reports about unhygienic conditions at the eatery.

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The matter, he said, is being handled by the Police.

Tragedy as man drowns at Mulinu’u

The family of a young man from Vaigaga is in mourning after an incident where he drowned at Mulinu’u on Sunday. The Samoa Observer was told that the young man had gone with a group of friends when the incident happened. The family was too upset when the Samoa Observer attempted to get a comment.

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NEW ROLE: Letuimanu’asina Dr. Emma Kruse-Vaai is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Qualifications Authority.

New woman at helm of Qualifications Authority

The Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A) has a new Chief Executive Officer. She is Letuimanu’asina Dr. Emma Kruse-Va’ai, the Samoa Observer confirmed from reliable sources last night. Letuimanu’asina takes over the role from Lemalu Lafi Sanerivi, who unexpectedly resigned in June.

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Samoa’s young writers awarded for work in Samoa Observer competition

Lauryn Elisapeta Soti, of Samoa College is the winner of the Year 13 English section, of the Samoa Observer’s Schools Short Story competition. Her story about climate change was among more than 650 entries from Upolu and Savai’i for the 2017 competition.

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JAILED: Sinei Aunei of Neiafu and Iva Savaii.

Drunk driver jailed seven years for double tragedy

A man accused over the death of a mother and her 4-year-old son in Savai’i during a fatal collision in May has been jailed for seven years and five months. The sentence for Sinei Aunei of Neiafu, Savai’i, was handed down by Supreme Court Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa yesterday.

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WORK, WORK, WORK: Elia Sala from the village of Falefa.

How do we tackle life’s challenges? Work harder

Life will always be hard and that’s why we must work. Elia Sala, 46, of Falefa believes this.

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HARD WORKER: Wayne Savea of Faleasi’u-uta.

Blessed are those who work

Work is work; it doesn’t matter what you do or where you work. That is something Wayne Savea of Faleasiu-uta believes in.

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WATER PROBLEM: Elisapeta Toesoliga wants answers from the Samoa Water Authority.

Water restrictions interrupt family life

It was the end of the week and almost the end of the working day.

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The side of the garden set aside for tomatoes.

Fastest way to make money for the family

Fofoa Tafaoga is a green thumb. The family of the 50-year-from Faleasi’u-uta depends on their land for their daily upkeep.

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ENVIRONMENT FORUM: S.P.R.E.P. Director General, Leota Kosi Latu, speaks to open the Pacific Environment Forum. Photo: S.P.R.E.P.

Right information at right time, Forum told

Pacific countries gathered at the 2017 Pacific Environment Forum, an annual meeting for environment officials, in Apia on Monday.

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ACTING PRIME MINISTER: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt has reminded about the importance of the protection of the precious Blue Pacific Ocean.

Acting P.M. Tialavea on Blue Pacific

Acting Prime Minister Tialavea Fea Hunt has reminded about the importance of the protection of the precious Blue Pacific Ocean. Tialavea made the point when he opened the 28th S.P.R.E.P. Meeting in Samoa this week.

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Former Miss American Samoa 2016 – 2017 Antonina Lilomaiava, Marlene Mulipola, Aoge Moto, President of M.A.S.I. Simeafou Imo, President of S.S.A.B. Fiti Leung Wai, Matesina Willis and Assistant Director of H.R.D. of LBJ Hospital Dr. Akenese Nikolao.

S.S.A.B. helps make Miss American Samoa’s dream possible

Former Miss American Samoa, Antonina Lilomaiava, joined forces with S.S.A.B. Pago Inc. and Miss American Samoa Inc. (M.A.S.I.) to donate more than $8,000 worth of reading books, toys, educational games, puzzles, book shelves, kid’s desk and chairs to the LBJ Tropical Medical Center last week Friday.

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LOVE OF ART: Pele Loi loves what he does; painting.

Pele finds way back to Art

Art not only makes the artist happy, the joy and emotions are also shared by people who see it. It is the reason Pele Loi loves what he does; painting. 

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Think a Minute

Rejection gives direction

Think a minute…James Macie was a child born outside of marriage. Tragically this marked him for the rest of his life as a second-class citizen in England’s 18th century society.


New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

Between the Lines


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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