FLOODING ANXIETY: Iafeta Tenari from the village of Eva.

Living in fear of heavy rainfall and flooding

For some families in Samoa, when bad weather strikes they fear for their lives. They don’t have any guarantee that they will always be safe; especially for those living around the coastal areas or near rivers.

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LAND AND SEA: Futivanu Paeali’i of Solosolo.

Living in Samoa is a blessing

Samoa is blessed. Futivanu Paeali’i believes when a person doesn’t have money, they can always live off the land or the sea.

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WE NEED HELP: Simati Tia’i with his son Tito.

Father desperate for help

The definition of poverty differs from person to person. If you ask Simati Tia’i, he believes poverty can be defined as the lack of money and sometimes the absence of food.

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Export Manager, Mona Matu PTI Australia and the founder of the Samoan Coconut Cluster, Edwin Tamasese, Alo Kolone Vaai and Gasu Isaako Aipovi.

Export success flows directly to farmers

Early this month, Pacific Trade Invest (P.T.I) Australia, working in collaboration with the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, was in Samoa leading a buyer delegation. 

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JUVITA TOETU TONE AWARD: Natalia Tone Vaai, Vice Principal of St Joseph’s College, scholarship recipient Eteuati Junior Eteuati and Muriel Schuster.

Juvita Toetu Tone memory honoured with scholarship

The family and close friends of the late Juvita Toetu Tone gifted a full scholarship to a Year 13 student at St Joseph’s College, Alafua on Wednesday.

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POLITICAL VIEWS: Olo Fiti Vaai and P.M. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

‘Desperation drives women to sex work’

“The government has been singing about creating more jobs for the youth, but nothing and this is the end result. Out of desperation these girls turn to do what is wrong, because they are poor, they need the money” – Olo Fiti Vaai

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POLY PLANS: The government is planning to review Polynesian Airline’s international flights (inset) Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti.

Minister says Poly must have strong business case

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, says Polynesian Airlines must have a very solid business case for the government to revive its international operations.

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General Manager, Funefeai Oliva Va’ai.

Global award for Yazaki Samoa

Yazaki Samoa’s days might be numbered but between now and its closure, the team there can celebrate another milestone achievement.

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The ‘E.F.K.S. Television’ was launched in 2014 with a share capital of $1,841,271.

Church resolves to keep E.F.K.S TV

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has decided against selling the E.F.K.S. T.V Network.

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Rev. Lotu Uele, wife Ane and children.

Church honours long service

The service and work of the seven elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa have been recognised at Malua. On Wednesday, a special service was held at the Jubilee Church to honour them as long serving elders of the church.

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THE CRASH: The Jungle Boys bus veered off the road and crashed on the seaside of the main road at Leauva'a.

Passenger tells of bus crash horror

Passengers have told of their frantic fight for survival after a bus with more than 30 people on board veered off the road, crashing in the sea at Leauva’a. Numerous passengers were hospitalised. Fortunately there were no casualties.

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TALKING ABOUT OBLIGATIONS: Malaga Sio from the village of Lele’a, Luatuanu’u.

Growing domestic obligations worrisome

There are way too many domestic obligations for Samoan people nowadays.

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P.M. TUILAEPA IS MY HERO: Palemene Asasenefilui of Salelesi and Eva.

Palemene idolises P.M. as a servant

“He leads by serving and what comes after serving? Of course he is the Prime Minister of Samoa. I know he serves with love and honesty and that is the reason why he became successful.” 

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EVEN FISHING IS HARD NOW: Lata Asuelu of Luatuanu’u.

Fisherman worries about future

The consequences of climate change reaches far more than the dry spells and continuous flooding.

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NO POVERTY BUT WE LACK OPPORTUNITIES: Konelio Togia 46 of Afega and Falefa.

Father rues lack of money generating opportunities

A bright future awaits people with a plan. To be able to plan though, one needs the right opportunities.

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AT THE LAUNCH: Agafili Shem Leo and Carolyn Peterken.

Fitness part of selection for Regional Seasonal workers

 “It is essential that we send the best possible people each time, who are physically and mentally fit and strong because it will build a strong reputation for Samoan workers and encourage employers to seek more workers from Samoa in the future.”

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Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell (second from right) with officials at the meeting in Suva.

Minister leads Samoa’s delegation

The Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell, is in Fiji this week.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Proud Laulii man Albert Motootua celebrates with his family and classmates during their graduation.

Graduation joy for Lauli’i native

Seven students of the Samoa Bible College celebrated sweet success on Sunday in Tafuna American Samoa. 

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$2,000 BOOST: Sister Maureen, Sister Lucy, Taumeasina Island Resort General Manager Nathan Bucknall and B.S.P General Manager Taituga Maryanne Lameko-Va’ai.

Helping hand for Mapuifagalele

The residents of the Home of the Aged at Mapuifagalele were the happy recipients of a $2,000 donation from the Bank of the South Pacific and Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday.

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HIGH PROFILE GUESTS: Sails has welcomed countless high profile guests over the years. In this shot is Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, Seiuli Ian Black and Ian Gerard.

Sails Restaurant to get new makeover

A 21st birthday is an occasion to behold. And if you are an institution in Samoa like Sails Restaurant and Bar has been over the years, their upcoming 21st anniversary is something its patrons and customers can look forward to.

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Think a Minute

Let go of the controls

Think a minute…A pilot was flying his small airplane, a Cessna 150, when suddenly he lost control. His plane began spinning and falling to the ground! He panicked and began doing everything he could think of with the controls.


Mothers Day

A Mother loves right from the start. She holds her baby close to her heart.

Between the Lines


GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

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