L – R :Mr. Mahmoud Riad (3R +Return Expert - JICA), Ms. Lita Lui (ACEO Aid Coordination Div, MOF), Ms. Yoshida Ayako (JICA Expert) and Mr. Toshiaki Tanaka (Resident Representative, JICA Samoa Office)

Farewell to a friend of Samoa

A J.I.C.A. volunteer and expert, Mahmoud Riad is leaving tomorrow after six years working in Samoa and the Pacific Island countries. 

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“SEKI A SAMOA WEEK”: Speech contestants of Vaiala Beach Primary School.

Gagana Samoa features at Vaiala Beach School speech competition

Samoan Language was a category featured for the first time in the annual speech competition at Vaiala Beach School.

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IDENTIFYING DATA GAPS AS OPPORTUNITIES: In localizing the Ocean Health Index (OHI), relevant stakeholders during a three-day workshop are identifying Samoa’s opportunities for domesticating this approach.

Samoa localises Ocean Health Index to monitor progress on ocean targets

This week, Samoa will be localizing the Ocean Health Index (OHI) – a framework and tool for assessing the benefits people derive from the ocean – in partnership with Conservation International (CI), the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Le Moana ready for the Savaii leg of their 1918 tour.

Le Moana’s centennial tour of ‘1918’

Here to perform their international award- winning dance theatre production “1918” is New Zealand-based dance company, Le Moana.

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Customary Lands Advisory Commission representative, Tusani Iosefatu Reti.

Public forum highlights customary land issues

Customary land issues and economic benefits of customary lands were the highlights of a public forum yesterday.

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CHARGED: Former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine and his lawyer Unasa Iuni Savausa.

Passport hearing postponed

The hearing of former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine, has been postponed. Uaine from Tuana’i faces 32 criminal charges in connection to the alleged selling of Samoan passports online.  

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PERFECT HOLIDAY CHOICE: Natalie Jessup and her partner Todd Painter found the right place for their escape.

Island paradise a perfect escape from busy life

Couple, Natalie Jessup and Todd Painter found Samoa a perfect escape from the busy and stressful work life. 

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HAVING AN EXCITING TIME: Seth Coates-Chitty on the left side, with family members at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

A place to explore, discover

It’s Seth Coates-Chitty’s first time to Samoa. And so far, Samoa’s scenery has captivated him. 

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‘Without soil, without land, without life’

For the first time, the Government of Samoa, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) is celebrating the importance of Land and Soil not only as an asset and natural identity but also as a natural resource.  

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HELD IN CUSTODY: Former lecturer at the National University of Samoa, Christopher Gounder.

Ex-Lecturer accused of attempted murder

The man who proposed to set up Samoa’s third university has had his plans seriously derailed. Instead of running the “The Oceania A+ Educational solution University (O.A.E.S.U)” which he planned at Poutasi Falealili, Christopher Gounder, has found himself in Police custody at Tafa’igata.

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S.R.U.’s Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai.

Samoa endorses Pacific Force

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) has endorsed the proposal of having a combined Pacific Islands rugby team enter Super Rugby. S.R.U.’s Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai, revealed this to the Samoa Observer during an interview on Monday. 

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TAX DISAGREEMENT: Minister Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, Rev. Vavatau Taufao and P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Church, Govt. tax dispute deepens

Church Ministers in Samoa – including the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) - have been put on notice. Should they insist on not paying their taxes by 30 June 2018, the Ministry of Revenue will use the power of the law to hold them accountable. That includes the threat of fines and further charges.

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HELPING HAND: Tautua i Puapuaga o Tagata of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa donated $30,000 to the National Kidney Foundation.

Church donates $30,000 to Kidney Foundation

The $30,000 donated by Tautua i Puapuaga o Tagata (T.P.P.T.) of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) to the National Kidney Foundation will go a long way to assist the increasing numbers of dialysis patients. This is according to National Kidney Foundation General Manager, Mulipola Iose Hazelman, who said they have been very fortunate with the monetary assistance offered by the T.P.P.T.

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PREVENT POLLUTION: Lithium batteries found by the Nelson brothers, off the coast of Safata.

“It was heartbreaking to see”

The Nelson brothers were out to enjoy Samoa’s sandy beaches when they came across more than 10 kilogrammes of lithium battery found around the coast of Safata. Richard and Stephen were disappointed after uncovering the batteries and took their frustration on social media. Richard pointed out that walking along the coast of Samoa; you’ll be seeing white sandy beaches and lush vegetation teaming with life both on the shore and in the sea. 

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Nora Iopu’s home.

The tough life of a 71-year-old elder

A 71-year-old grandmother is seeking assistance for daily necessities. Nora Normaneta Iopu told the Village Voice team she takes care of her 12-year-old grandson.  

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S.F.A. Supporters, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, S.F.A Member Vaito’a Toelupe and Leilani Jackson.

“Alliances for solidarity”

Improving access to primary and specialised care for fa’afafine and fa’atama Community in Samoa was the primary goal behind the Health Blueprint Training of Trainers. 

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KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE: Tokelau team in Samoa for F.A.O funded workshop on Biosecurity measures.

Tokelau learns from Samoa

A team from Tokelau experienced firsthand Samoa Biosecurity measures as part of a training workshop held last week in Apia. 

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‘SHAVE, SAVE OR DYE’ INITIATIVE: Taumeasina Island Resort backs up Samoa Cancer Society’s campaign.

Taumeasina gets behind campaign

The team at Taumeasina Island Resort is getting behind Samoa Cancer Society’s Shave, Save Or Dye campaign. And leading by example, General Manager, Nathan Bucknall, has offered up his luscious locks for the cause.

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The Principal Salainaoloa Tuimavave (on the left side) with students from the St. Peter Chanel Primary School and the volunteers (in front).

More than volunteering

As a method of promoting healthy living, nine Project Abroad volunteers from Australia started a backyard garden project at St. Peter Chanel Primary School in Moamoa last week Tuesday.

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S.M.S.M.C.L. project vehicle.

Project focuses on land management

The Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscapes for Samoa (S.M.S.M.C.L.) project under the Land Management Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) was previewed yesterday. 

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Think a Minute

Make your job work for you

Think a minute…Studies show that the average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work? That means those who use 50% of their effort and ability stand out from the rest.


Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

Between the Lines


Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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