THE WORLD CUP CHALLANGE: The Cup poses as an encouragement for the Manu Samoa fans who are disappointed that the Samoan national team have still not qualified for the Rugby World Cup.

Samoans embrace the Webb Ellis Trophy

For many fans, they had the chance to get up close with the famous Webb Ellis Trophy in Apia last week.

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KEEPING THINGS CLEAN: Aiga Pinati, 47, of Vaiusu and Salelesi.

Father clings to hope he will see his children again

Aiga Pinati of Salelesi is a contented man. Having moved to Vaiusu for personal reasons, he caught up with the Village Voice yesterday where he shared a few things about his life.

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FARMING LIFE: Ionatana Molia of Se’ese’e, Lepea and Fagalii.

Farming lifestyle success

Farming and agriculture is essential to the development of Samoa. It is important because it provides food and jobs for our people considering the current state of our economy.

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BACK HOME: Seumanu Tili, 66 of Vaiusu and Tapatapaõ.

Home is where the heart is

You can take a man from the village but you can never completely remove the village from a man.

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A HARD WORKING FARMER: Sa’ena Mulitalo Tialino Penaia, 72 years old from the village of Tuana’i.

Sa’ena highlights the importance of farming

Farmers in the villages need incentives so they can develop their farms and in return give back to their families and communities. Such incentives include funding and technical expertise.

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HEART IN SAMOA: Marcia Cruz from California, U.S.A.

From California U.S.A., Marcia says Samoa is home

Marcia Cruz from California, U.S, has always loved Samoa. And so she returned to paradise for a couple of days to enjoy the sun, beaches and the beautiful culture this country offers.

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Samoa, a special place for Danielson

Great place, friendly people and beautiful tropical weather. Those qualities guarantee that Daniel Danielson of Hawaii will return to Samoa.

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Lecturers and students from the University of Canberra with Manamea Schwalger and staff of the Samoa Cancer Society

Nutrition help for cancer patients

Living with cancer is a life changing experience that always comes with lots of challenges and sacrifices. 

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INTERN FOR 2017 N.A.S.A. SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Mervin Tano, Kapiolani Community College.

Counting breadfruit trees from outer space

Papali’i Dr. Tusi Avegalio, Director of the Pacific Business Center Programme at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, told Samoa Observer a Hawaiian student from Kapiolani Community College, Mervin Tano, has been accepted by the 2017 N.A.S.A. Summer Research Experience for Tribal College Undergraduates. 

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Justice Mata Tuatagaloa and Leuluaiali’i Olinda Woodroffe.

Why Court threw out lawsuit against Justice Fisher

“The reprimanding of the Plaintiff by the First Defendant was not intentional to cause any severe harm or suffering nor made with any malice or ill will but were made for the lapses in the way the appeal was presented by the Plaintiff and the persistent failure to follow proper procedures according to the Court of Appeal Practice Direction 2011” – Justice Mata Tuatagaloa

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Court House Mulinuu

One more case of brother, sister incest emerges

One more case of incest involving a brother and sister has surfaced in the Supreme Court.

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SUPPORTING ENTREPRENUERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT: Tafaoga Toona Taiala cook from Lealaali’i with Lizbeth Cullity, UN Resident Coordinator in front of Tafaoga's kitchen garden.

Improving lives through kitchen gardens

The programme aims to support entrepreneurship, economic development and job creation for youth in villages.  It seeks to assist youth in the areas with the greatest potential for youth employment. 

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Sinei Aunei.

Man pleads guilty in double death trial

The man accused over the death of a mother and her son in Savai’i who died when he crashed into a vehicle they were travelling in has pleaded guilty to two charges of motor manslaughter.

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Man jailed over attempt to murder stepfather

A young man convicted over an attempt to murder his step father has been jailed for six years. The decision in the hearing of 19-year-old, Tele’ameko Kepaoa, was delivered by Supreme Court Justice, Mata Tuatagaloa. 

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Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a.

Police investigate alleged falsification of govt. files

The Police have re-opened their investigation into a defunct company, Pure Pacifika, also known as Local Partners and Associates. The decision was confirmed by Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, during an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

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ONE LAST OFFICIAL PHOTO: Their Highnesses, Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese and Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi with Poland Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski.

Polish Ambassador welcome one of last official duties for Head of State

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, performed one of his last official acts as the holder of the position yesterday. At his residence at Tuaefu, His Highness welcomed the Ambassador of Poland to Samoa, Zbigniew Gniatkowski.

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They‘re back for Samoa

Samoa is not only known for its’ beautiful scenery but also its friendly people and that is why school teachers Rachael Carson and Celia Costelloe from New Zealand keep coming back. Two years ago, the women visited our country and fell in love with Samoa.

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LAND IS A GIFT: Ioane Tau, 47, of Aele Fou at Tanumalala where his plantation is.

Farmer highlights value of land ownership

Land is all we have. Ioane Tau, 47, of Aele Fou knows this and he believes Samoans should do everything to ensure the land is protected forever.

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ALWAYS LOOKING TO IMPROVE: Don’t be picky with job opportunities: Lasela Feleti of Safotu Savai’i and Aleipata.

From Savai’i in search of better prospects in Upolu

We live in a time where when a job opportunity calls; we go for it no matter what. 

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The real World Cup in Samoa

THIS IS THE REAL THING: The N.Z. High Commission in Samoa had a couple of special visitors last week.

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Think a Minute

The greatest job

Think a minute…The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when a son does wrong or behaves badly, it’s the father who should be punished since he’s the one who failed to do his job. Many men are successful in their public career and job, but failures in their most important job: being a father.


Minister La’auli Leuatea Schmidt.

Such partnership is essential

Did the Minister of Agriculture just realize that it is “essential” for both to work together?

Between the Lines

Between The Lines

7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

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