PALLIATIVE CARE: Nurses Fuamatala Tofilua and Alice Every work in patient outreach and palliative care, treating cancer patients with dignity and respect towards the end of their lives.

Alice talks about her years in palliative care

Alice Every is a patient support advisor working with the Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.), and has been on a 12-month assignment with the Australian Volunteers for International Development (A.V.I.). In her last weeks with the Society, she took time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences with the Samoa Observer.

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ECO-TOURISM PLANS: Gagaifolevao Village Mayor Iputau Letupu Felise, in front of spare Marine Protected Area poles which demarcate the area outlined as a No Take Zone to conserve the coral reef below.

Lefaga Bay could be an eco-tourism hub

Nestled between Savaia and her giant clams, and Matautu’s Return to Paradise resort is the village of Gagaifolevao, a village planning on becoming an eco-tourism hot spot. Gagaifolevao is one of six Lefaga district villages intent on regenerating and protecting coral reefs for the sake of their children, but also in a money making venture to uplift the community at large.

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It started with one small lump

In 2009, Afatia Pala’amo noticed a small, pea sized lump on her left breast. After a few months, it grew, so she went to a doctor, who said her bra might be causing some problems. Nearly ten years later, Afatia is still suffering the consequences of two bouts of cancer, and is sharing her story in honour of Pinktober, and the late Manamea Schwalger who inspired the annual cancer awareness month at a Pink Luncheon at the Sheraton today.

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THANK YOU: Village Representative Siligatusa Pa’ipa’i with Island Rock IT Manager, Seali’i Faiga’a.

Island Rock supports village curfew

A business house has stepped in to support a village council restore order amongst its youth through a daily curfew. 

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Lima supports Manu Samoa vs Samoa A match

Samoa A Head Coach Muliagatele Brian Limā yesterday said he is open to the idea of his team taking on the Manu Samoa in order to select the best squad for the 2019 World Cup. Speaking to the Samoa Observer after his team was recently crowned the 2018 America's Pacific Challenge champion, the former Manu Samoa player said a match in Apia between Manu Samoa and Samoa A would be good for the game and ensures Samoa puts together a strong squad for the Rugby World Cup.

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SIVA AFI RISE: Saipele Semo is preparing to fly to Australia for his first international performance.

From match box seller to international fire dancer

Two years ago, Saipele Semo was spotted selling boxes of matches on the streets of Apia. Fast forward to today he is preparing to fly to Brisbane for his first international fire dance performance. His rise from the backstreets of Samoa’s capital to a recognised fire dancer has been phenomenal, thanks to the owner of the Siva Afi dance crew, Leota Lene Leota. 

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This is according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Annual Report for Financial Years 2016-2017.

Ministerial vehicle bought with “savings”

Personnel savings of $145,000 tala from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F) was used to procure “needed capital items” including a new Toyota Landcruiser Prado for the Minister. This is according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Annual Report for Financial Years 2016-2017.

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EXPORT WORK: Ah Liki farmhands sponge and wash hundreds of bananas under the careful eyes of Ministry of Agriculture quarantine experts.

What it takes to export bananas to New Zealand

Months of practice, hours of cleaning and a whole day of packing bananas have resulted in Samoa’s first shipment of export ready bananas in 50 years. Member of the Banana Growers Association, Taimalie Charlie Westerlund, Ututa’aloga Charlie Ulia and Tuisuga Sofara Aveau together sent 500 boxes of their best green bananas to New Zealand on Wednesday, hoping to break into the market there. 

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Motiana Siaosi makes the most of this opportunity.

Young woman sees her future in sewing

A 21-year-old is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn a valuable life skill in sewing. It’s a skill she hopes will not only benefit her but everyone in her family and the village. 

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Top World Bank official visits

An event at the Orator Hotel tonight will highlight the link between sustainability and climate resilience. To be hosted by the World Bank Group and the Women in Climate Change (W.I.C.C.), the networking event will feature the Vice President for Sustainable Development of the World Bank, Laura Tuck, as the guest speaker. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. wants health merger to be implemented urgently

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has called for a drawn out merger of the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health to be implemented urgently. Tuilaepa has told Samoa FM radio his Cabinet has decided to go with recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the merger.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Nioia Sekone from Magiagi. Photos / (Misiona Simo).

Let the sewing lessons begin

The first day of sewing training for over 100 Samoan women started yesterday with an opening ceremony at the Moanalisa Hotel. Government representatives were joined by officials from the Embassy of China, including Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, for the opening.

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ENCOURAGING BETTER A LIFESTYLE: Australian High Commissioner HE, Sara Moriarty playing international cricket.

Healthy Nanas promote better living

A project being run by the Samoa International Cricket Association (S.I.C.A.) has loft goals. The Healthy Nana Project hopes to encourage the communities, especially the Nanas to teach themselves and their children ways to live healthy and longer. 

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Former Kiwi diplomat among 16 new Samoan citizens

Samoa has welcomed sixteen new citizens. Among them is former New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, David Campbell Nicholson, who told the Samoa Observer he feels honoured to have become a Samoan. “It gives both my wife and I the privilege of living in here freely,” he said. “Obviously she is a Samoan citizen and I have attained my citizenship through my marriage.”

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A PROMISING FUTURE: The first commercial shipment of export ready bananas to New Zealand yesterday. Photo / Supplied.

Banana breakthrough for Samoa

Samoa sent off its first shipment of export ready bananas to New Zealand yesterday, the first since Cyclone Gita ravaged plantations across the country. The Banana Growers Association gathered its crops to fill two containers, or 500 boxes of bananas for the New Zealand ripe banana market.

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Malietoa Fa'amausili Moli (second from left) is embraced by relatives outside the District Court, October 3.

Malietoa and Malie chiefs plead not guilty to contempt

Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli and 15 other chiefs from Malie have pleaded not guilty to the charge of contempt of court. The others include Maualaivao Pepe; Maualaivao Pat Ah Him; Auimatagi Sa’oloto; Auimatagi Fa’afetati; Auimatagi Afi Fa’amausili; Fa’amausili Siona; Fa’amausili Chris; Muagututi’a Peter; Muagututi’a Fa’alafi; Tulasunu’i Umutaua; Tulasunu’i Ulaese; Tulasunu’i Sanele; Tuatafu Iafetaa; Seiuli Ueligatone; and Salepo Fonoti.

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The theft took place at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Moto'otua.

Paracetamol thieves get two years

The Supreme Court has jailed two National Health Services (N.H.S.) employees for over two years for stealing 16 boxes of paracetamol valued at $10,560 tala. Pio Fesola’i and Amanono Mafualo – former pharmacy technicians in the Pharmacy Division of the National Health Services – appeared before by Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson yesterday for sentencing.

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Andrew Wheatley shows off his surf ski two days after the encounter that left his boat slightly short.

Australian paddler ecapes shark attack

The Australian paddler who lost the back end of his surf ski to a curious shark says he doesn’t want anyone to stop enjoying the ocean because of it. Andrew Wheatley was out paddling about 1.5 kilometres off of the south coast of Upolu when he was lifted into the air by a sudden impact on the back of his vessel.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Ministers still have business interests despite P.M.’s plea

Four Cabinet Ministers and three Associate Ministers still have business interests despite a plea from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi for them to offload their shares. According to Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) records, Ministers Papali’i Niko Lee Hang (Works Transport and Infrastructure), Afamasaga Rico Tupai (Communications and Information Technology), Sala Fata Pinati (Tourism) and Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u (Justice Courts and Administration) still have shares in private companies

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Samoa Police Service.

Police record drop in sex, homicide cases

The Ministry of Police has recorded a significant drop in sex offences and homicide cases, though there has been a dramatic increase in narcotics cases. This is according to the Ministry of Police 2017 financial year compared to the previous year. According to data released by the Ministry of Police’s Criminal Investigation Department, there is a reduction in crimes relating to sexual, homicide, assault, burglary/theft and public safety offences.

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Think a Minute

True colors

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last.


CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

Between the Lines


No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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