A MILESTONE: The South Pacific Business Development staff in Samoa.

$240million help for low income women

S.P.B.D. Microfinance surpasses US$100million (T$240million) in loans for hardworking, low-income women entrepreneurs

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AWARD WINNERS: Staff members at the N.U.S. being rewarded for their hard work.

Excellence rewarded at University

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) annual Vice Chancellor’s Awards was cause for great celebration on Friday night at Le Papaigalagala.

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REAPING FROM HIS HARD WORK: Dr. John Bosco Sulifoa with his proud children.

Achieving greatness away from home

It is said that a person is only limited by his willingness to work hard for his goals and that is exactly what Dr. John Bosco Sulifoa, aged 39, from the Solomon Islands believes as he was handed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Agriculture.

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Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

Permit granted for protest march

The green light has been given for the Samoa Solidarity International (S.S.I.) protest march scheduled this Saturday. Senior Lawyer and member of the S.S.I., Unasa Iuni Sapolu, confirmed to the Sunday Samoan that the Ministry of Police has granted the permit. 

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Daughter follows father’s footsteps

A PROUD FAMILY MOMENT: Dr. Ulufaleituafalesina Tiresa Alana Vaai has graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

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WELL DONE: Emily Fruean with her proud parents, Ruby and Su'a Henry Fruean.

Head girl leads by example

Samoa College’s Head girl, Emily Fuean, leads by example. And when it comes to service to others and her studies, her commitment and dedication paid off on Friday when she was named the school’s 2017 Dux.

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Polynesian Airlines.

P.M. says Poly debt is paid

Polynesian Airlines' debt that nearly “bankrupted” the government has been paid off. That’s the response from Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, to questions from the Sunday Samoan. Asked about the status of old Polynesian Airlines debt, he said: “It has been paid off. There is nothing (left).”

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P.M.: Tuilaepa S. Malielegaoi.

Govt. reacts to shameful E.U. tax haven blacklist

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has taken a diplomatic approach to the European Union’s (E.U.) decision to “shame” Samoa and 16 other countries on its tax havens blacklist.

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Attorney General: Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff.

A.G. rejects land threat

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, has reassured Samoa that customary lands are not under any legal threat. The reassurance was delivered last night by Lemalu.

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Miss American Samoa, Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai.

American Samoa wins Miss Pacific

American Samoa has ended her 15 year drought in the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant by winning the crown in Nadi, Fiji tonight. Miss American Samoa, Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai won the crown for the territory in a nailing biting competition.

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FAST ASLEEP AT LOTOPA: On duty or too much pleasure?

Late night, early morning work?

A concerned member of the public shared a photograph of two men sleeping in a Samoa Water Authority (S.W.A.) pick up truck during the early hours of yesterday. The member of the public, who asked for his name to be withheld to protect him from repercussions, said he came across the black double cab Toyota Hilux at 4.45am.

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The nine contestants vying for the crown this year.

Miss Pacific finale arrives, Samoa envies Fiji tourism

The Associate Minister of Tourism, Amituanai Fagaivalu Kenrick, who is in Fiji for the Miss Pacific Islands, is in awe. He envies Fiji’s tourism sectors’ success and growth. 

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DUX: Dorothy with grandmother, Sa’anapu Su’a.

Leulumoega’s Dux honours role model

Dux of Leulumoega College, Dorothy Su’a, is grateful for her grandmother, Sa’anapu Su’a, whom she said is her role model.

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EAGER TO HOST: Maria Osofua

Elderly mother prepares home for Christmas visitors

It’s that time of the year again where Samoans prepare and clean their homes to welcome relatives and visitors from abroad. Among many doing this yesterday was Maria Osofua, a mother from Falease’ela-tai. 

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Hard working, struggling, single

Working hard is the life of Vili Vili. He is a single 41-year-old man from Fusi Safata. “Life isn’t easy anymore, the high cost of living is killing us every day and that’s the truth,” Vili said.

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A mother’s love

Ali’itasi Lepou from Sa’anapu is a hardworking mother. Having worked so hard to raise six children, the 51-year-old says they are her blessings from God.

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Money struggles holding back family development

Financial poverty is real and is a common cause of hardship for many families in Samoa. While food is not an issue, getting money continues to be a massive challenge for many families.

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Taking a break from their adventure travels: Mary Ellen and John get some time to relax in Paradise.

Couple’s Samoa adventures

Mary Ellen and John of Australia are lifelong adventure travelers and after speaking with them, one knows what the true meaning of taking a holiday from your holiday looks like. 

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MISS SAMOA: Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo. Photo: Miss Pacific Islands.

Moment of truth hours away as contestants tackle the real issues

Miss Samoa Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo and her fellow contestants are only hours away from finding out who will be crowned the new Miss Pacific Islands. The finale of the Pageant is set to kick off in Fiji tonight.

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Chris Davies and Janet McMahon enjoying the scenery at Savaia, Lefaga.

Tuning into Samoa’s vibrant sounds

There is something powerful about music that liberates the soul without permission. It’s been only five days since Janet McMahon and Chris Davies have been in Samoa and the music is what has left them astounded.

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Think a Minute

The Real Competition

Think a minute…Did you have to compete with someone else to get the girl or guy you wanted? Whether we like it or not, competition is part of life.


BREADFRUIT: Like the banana and plantain, the breadfruit may be eaten ripe as a fruit or under ripe as a vegetable.

Breadfruit tree has many uses

This article deals exclusively with the food uses of the breadfruit then and now. THEN. Back in the early Polynesian times, when the breadfruit reached these islands they used just about everything needed to survive.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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