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