​IT'S A DEAL: The Minister of Health Tuitama Dr. Leao Talalelei Tuitama and Ambassador Wang Xuefeng of China.

China aids chronic shortage of doctors

China has again come to the rescue to help alleviate the chronic shortage of doctors at the national hospital. Through an agreement called the Chinese Medical Team (C.M.T.) Agreement signed yesterday, Chinese doctors will be brought in to work at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital – and other places in Samoa where they are needed.

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Farewell, Iri!

A hero in the eyes of many, the humble and hardworking, Ilia “Iri” Luafau Likou, was laid to rest yesterday. Samoa Observer’s Senior Journalist, Ilia died at the Moto’otua Hospital last week. She was 36. Her final service was held at the C.C.C.S. Vaitele-uta. It was well attended by her family, friends and colleagues. 

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SALVATION ARMY:  Lt Colonel’s Rod and Jenny Carey, Regional Officers and Pastors and Miriama Simanu.

Salvation Army in Samoa

Social Services programme by the Salvation Army Church has arrived in Samoa. The Salvation Army Church will commence its mission this Sunday at their Worship and Community Centre, Salenesa Road, Moto’otua. The Salvation Army operates in 128 countries around the world, including Fiji and Tonga. 

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ON THEIR WAY TO SAMOA: Malu Siaosi, Pastor Benjamin Berger, Red Indian Chief Kenny and Rev. Nu’uausala Siaosi of the Apia Protestant Church in New Caledonia for the Pacific Arise conference. They are arriving in Samoa today.

Anticipation builds ahead of historical Jewish visit

Months, weeks, days and now hours. This afternoon, a group called Prayer for Israel Samoa (P.F.I.S.) will welcome to Samoa and American Samoa a historical visit by Messianic Jewish leader, Pastor Benjamin Berger. The Chairman of the Group, Reverend Nu’uausala and his wife Malu Siaosi, of the Apia Protestant Church, are accompanying Pastor Berger from New Caledonia.

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(From left)Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Vaitoa Toelupe and Leilani Jackson.

Samoa marks day against Homophobia

Samoa celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (I.D.A.H.O.T.B.) 2018 at Hotel Tanoa Tusitala on Wednesday.

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One of the lucky winners.

Poetry winners with Chan Mow

Every year Chan Mow acknowledge mothers of Samoa with their annual supermarket poem competition as well as their in store promotions and free giveaways.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. Tuilaepa to play leading role in Japan

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi will co-chair the 8th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M.) in Iwaki City, Fukushima, Japan, starting today. The two-day event presents leaders and representatives of Pacific Island countries an opportunity to meet in Japan every three years to talk about issues pertinent to them. 

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Father of 15 children, the eldest, Tuifa’asisina Mea’ole Keil testified on behalf of the children. Among the children is the Owner of TV3 and Radio Polynesia, Maposua Corey Keil and Police Commissioner, Fuiavai’iliili Egon Keil.

Rest in peace, Maposua Rudolf Keil!

The life of a prominent businessman and a pioneer in the radio industry, Maposua Rudolf Keil, was celebrated yesterday prior to being laid to rest at the Keil Cemetery, Lotopa. 

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Peter Tulaga Eliesa.

Farmer lives his dream

A simple belief in somebody can be a catalyst for greatness. After disrupting the way things are done in the realm of commercial farming in Samoa, Peter Tulaga Eliesa, went from being a nobody to being a somebody in a span of four years. Today the 37-year-old is Samoa’s largest commercial taro farmer as well as a respected and reliable authority on taro farming in the industry despite some resistance in the beginning. 

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Ministry of Police.

Woman to sue Govt. over alleged “abuse of power”

A woman who claims to have been unlawfully detained by the Ministry of Police in April last year is suing the Government for an undisclosed amount. The law firm acting on behalf of Katerinauatalia Lesatele, Lui and Chang, has officially informed the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, about the lawsuit. It has done this in a letter titled “Notice of Proposed Proceeding,” dated 2 May 2018 addressed to the Attorney General. 

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CELEBRATING MOTHER’S DAY AT A GOOD SPOT: Bev and her daughter Nicole Chitty found a good place to celebrate Mother’s day in Samoa at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Samoa just beautiful as it is

Bev and Nicole Chitty found themselves at a perfect time in the islands. The mother and daughter from Auckland, New Zealand, couldn’t have agreed more that Samoa is the best place to enjoy Mother’s Day. 

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SEEING SOME POTENTIAL: Wolfgang Weitlaner from Wien, Austria shares his experiences in Samoa at the Tourist Information Center in Apia.

Journalist shares tips for Samoa Tourism

The lad from Austria came to Samoa 15 years ago as part of an invitation by the Samoa Tourism Association for a week’s programme. He however, stayed for a month. 

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Elisapeta Sua.

Police investigate young girl’s disappearance

The Ministry of Police is investigating the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl, Elisapeta Sua, from Tuanaimato. This is according to a public notice issued by the Police yesterday afternoon. The young lady went missing on Sunday 13 May, 2018, around 1 - 2pm from her grandparents’ home at Se’ese’e. 

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Man driving tertiary education in Samoa

Professor Fui Asofou So’o is adamant he can take the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) to greater heights. It follows his reappointment as the Vice Chancellor and President of N.U.S.  His fourth term at the helm of the university comes after the official endorsement by Cabinet this week. At a press conference yesterday, Prof. Fui said for the next three years, the focus will be exactly on what he had honed within his time while at the helm.  

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(From right) Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Christine Tuioti, Mark Berryman, Alan Thorp, Tu’u’u Maeata’anoa Luamanu.

A fruitful venture hailed

The completion of the three-year Habitat Build Project Samoa was celebrated at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday. Adventist Development Relief Agency (A.D.R.A.) in Samoa, Habitat for Humanity from New Zealand and Samoa Housing Corporation (S.H.C.) spearheaded this project that focused on providing shelter for Samoans who had sought housing assistance. 

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A MOTHER’S WORRY: Theresa Nauer and family, currently residing at sister-in-laws home.

Widow shares her struggles

To single-handedly raise your children can be a struggle. For Theresa Nauer, from Tapatapao, raising her three children in a house that does not belong to her saddens her. 

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CONFERENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is among delegates at the E.S.C.A.P. meeting in Bangkok.

Deputy Prime Minister in Bangkok

Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa is in Bangkok this week.

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PaCSON CHAIRMAN ELECT: Lealiiee Tuaimalo Asamu Ah Sam (C.E.O. M.C.I.T.) and Vui Susanna Stowers (Principal Policy Officer M.C.I.T.) with Vanuatu representative, John Jack.

Samoa to Chair for Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (M.C.I.T.), Leali’ie’e Tuaimalo Ah Sam, has been elected the Chairman Elect for the Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network’s (PaCSON) Executive Committee.  

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BEAUTIFUL FALAMASI CREATIONS: Project Manager Anarosa Molio’o and invited guests.

Le Rosa Creations launches handicrafts

Le Rosa Creations held a soft launch of its handicrafts last week Saturday at Fa’atoia. 

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Folau cops flak in Samoa

Resilient advocate for Fa’afafine and S.F.A. Human Rights Council representative, Vaito’a Toelupe, has condemned the views of rugby star, Israel Folau, made against the gay population. “Today is about going against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia IDAHOTB 2018 with the theme alliances for solidarity.” 

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Think a Minute

Don’t Defeat Yourself

Think a minute…Studies show that only one out of three people have healthy self-confidence. That means two out of every three people do not know the ability they already have to be successful. If you want others to believe in you, you must first believe in yourself. Remember, “No one can make you feel inferior unless you allow them.”


Tricky devices and the Samoan customary Land

Today I record my thoughts regarding the protections placed within Samoa’s Constitution by Samoa’s leaders in 1961 so that Samoa’s customary land might remain held by the aiga of Samoa as our birthright gifted to us by our ancestors.

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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