Honour your parents, Eric urges young Samoans

The greatest gift young people can give their parents is honour. So says Eric Osa, 21, who believes that when you honour your parents, you are doing what God wants you to do. Eric from Vaitele-Fou and Pesega is the youngest of eight siblings.

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DREAM BIG AND WORK HARD: Junior Tyrell of Faleula

Planter tells about hard work and having a heart for family

People often say when you’re down to nothing; God is always up to something. But you have to keep working hard because God helps those who help themselves. That is the opinion of Junior Tyrell of Faleula, who says faith goes together with work.

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Mother hunts for job to help her family

Miracles don’t just happen on their own. If we are desperate, a miracle will happen when we work hard and do the best we can. For Vala’auina Ioane, a mother of two, she’s hoping for a miracle as she seeks a job to help support her family.

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Man hits out at negligence over environment

“Humans are caretakers of this spaceship called earth and it is our responsibility to ensure Mother Nature is protected and preserved for generations to come. “Sadly, nowadays this is not the case. Our desire to become industrialised nations often leads to irrational decisions and actions without realising their consequences.”

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An evening at the Tanoa with Toa Samoa

The Toa Samoa team for the Rugby League World Cup was hosted by the government during a cocktail at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on Wednesday night. The team is in the country to get the nation’s blessings before the World Cup which kicks off in New Zealand next Saturday when Samoa takes on the mighty Kiwis at home.

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Rugged Men of Mulinuu Peninsula & superwoman Amanda Wheatly to compete in American Samoa Aunuu Island Regatta.

Laumei flies to Pago to tackle Aunu’u Challenge

The Laumei Outrigger Canoe Club is ready to take on the Aunu’u Island 25km iron Challenge in American Samoa tomorrow. The club is among clubs from Samoa heading across to the east for the regatta.

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ELECTORAL WORKSHOP: Samoa Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio (3rd from left) with other workshop participants at N.U.S

Electoral workshop comes to a close

Post-election assessment rounded off the final day of the Commonwealth Election Professionals (C.E.P) Pacific region workshop yesterday. Participants heard from electoral officers from Australia, Nauru and Vanuatu.

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Honeymooners: Lee and Georgina wait out the rain at Sheraton Aggie Greys.

Even the rain is beautiful

The morning started off with some warm rain showers and what better way to wait out the rain than to have some cold bevvies, Lee and Georgina from of New Zealand had the right idea when Dear Tourist met them by the pool at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s hotel.

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Jenny Weir returns to Samoa for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Samoa the place to relax and rejuvenate

Jenny Weir from New Zealand has had a love affair with Samoa for the past 20 years. She visits as often as two to three times a year for some relaxing and rejuvenation. Her first encounter with Samoa happened around a very challenging time of her life and coming here proved to be helpful to the healing process. 

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Last day in Samoa: Robyn and Jim Niho have enjoyed exploring Samoa.

Ngati Kuri meets Ngati Samoa

Robyn and Jim Niho paused on their walk through Taumeasina village to take one last shot with their camera phones to remember the view they have loved to look at for the past 10 days of their stay. The couple was due to leave that evening so they were making the most of the day.

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Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa with the Intake Class of 2017.

Deputy P.M. congratulates new class

Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, has congratulated the new class of the Leadership Samoa programme. At the T.A.T.T.E Building yesterday, the class of 2017 was officially announced and welcomed. 

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Executive Producer of Faafafine’s Got Talent Asia Alosio Stanley and members of Faafafine Association.

Get ready for ‘Fa’afafine’s Got Talent’

‘Fa’afafine’s Got Talent (F.G.T)’ is a new show under the umbrella of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association to showcase the fa’afafine’s talent this year. The theme for this year’s show is “I am in to own it”. “The theme is pretty straight forward,” said Asia Alosio Stanley.

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Samoan designers have arrived in Sydney, Australia getting ready to showcase their work at the Pacific International Runway show.

Samoan designers set to light up Australian runway

The stage is set for three Samoan fashion designers to showcase their unique talent among other well-renowned designers from around the Pacific in Australia this weekend. Cecilia’s Fashion House, Cecilia Keil; Pele Creations, Natalya Ah-Him and D.M.F’s, Dane Mulinu’u Fabricius are set to showcase their designs as part of the Pacific International Runway. 

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Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Sala’a Sale Sala’a

Driver charged over deadly hit and run

A bus driver has been charged and detained at Tafa’igata Prison following an incident that led to the death of a 75-year-old man in Fugalei earlier this week. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

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AMERICAN SAMOA: Governor Lolo Moliga. SAMOA: P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Samoa’s land in Pago has tenants

A piece of land in American Samoa that belongs to the Samoan government has been allocated for the use of the American Samoa Taxi Owners Association (T.O.A). This is according to the public notice by the Board and trustees of Taxi Owners Association in American Samoa. The land is located in Petesa, in the Tualauta District.

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THIRD PHASE WORK: L.T.A Chief Executive Officer, Leasi Ioane Galuvao (inset) says the work is part of Phase III of the drainage project. Photo: Misiona Simo.

L.T.A. Chief downplays questions over $1.55m works

Fugalei Street, one of the busiest streets in the Apia Township, has been dug up once again. But the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A), Leasi Ioane Galuvao, has downplayed questions concerning the need for the continual digging of the road.

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GOING PLACES: Semurana Nouata from Saleilua Falealili.

Obedience key to prosperous future

Obedience is an essential stepping stone for one who dreams of a successful and prosperous life. The words of the Bible say so, we must respect and obey our parents so we can live long lives. Lives filled with happy and successful stories.

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WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL WITH THESE NEW THINGS: Tanielu Satiu from Salimu Fagaloa.

A child’s right is wrong

A man from Salimu Fagaloa, Tanielu Satiu, has poured cold water on the movement to promote the rights of children. Speaking to the Village Voice, he said these new ideas are responsible for a growing population of rebellious young people who think they know best.

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COMMITTED FATHER: Ete Toala from the village of Papauta.

Fatherhood not an easy role

The roles and responsibilities of being a father require a lot of hard work and commitment physically, spiritually and mentally. It requires unconditional love towards your family, your children.

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HARD WORK IS THE KEY: Atonio Pati of Moamoa.

Help Atonio Pati find a job

The answer to addressing the high cost of living nowadays is to work hard. For Atonio Pati of Moamoa, he is diligently looking for work. He knows nothing can be achieved by doing nothing and expecting life to turn out merrier in the end.

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Think a Minute

Fight by the rules

Think a minute…28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.


Poverty holds more secrets than you think

Waking up at dawn to the sound of roosters calling each other, the small birds chirping from below the window, and the rustle of leaves in the breeze is perhaps like the waking up of a “nemo” fish in the coral reef. I love the sound of nature, as it not only soothes me, but it takes me away to a dreamy place

Between the Lines


Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

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