The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama trying out the new equipment from Japan.

Dental care help from Japan

The Japanese Embassy donated 46 variety of dental equipment to the Dental Clinic at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital yesterday.

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Peni was sentenced to 16 years and 6 months in jail.

Granduncle jailed for niece’s rape

A 60-year-old granduncle has been sentenced to 16 years and six months imprisonment for raping his 13-year-old niece. This followed an assessors’ trial last month. Ioane Peni of Apolima was charged with two counts of rape and three counts of sexual connection. 

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THE BOAT IN PAGO: The fishing vessel drifted for a few days and ended up in American Samoa. Photo: Samoa News.

Crew of fishing alia from Poutasi surface in Pago

The crew of a fishing vessel from Samoa are safe and well in American Samoa. The vessel owned by Luafutu Fa’amoana, of Poutasi, Falealili, was discovered at the Pago Pago dock area behind the Taoa building.

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TOUGH LIFE: Emosi Leasi Tufu'e can do with some help.

Tough life for 66-year-old wheelchair-bound man 

Hardship, struggles and poverty has left a father of four worried about his family’s future. Emosi Leasi Tufu’e is especially concerned about the condition of his home. 

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The General Manager says that they have repeatedly advised landowners and families to refrain from planting trees close to the power poles to no avail.

E.P.C. cracks down on landowners

Landowners will be prosecuted if they plant trees not less than 10 meters from electricity poles.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff.

Silence on P.M.’s order

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, is remaining tightlipped about being ordered by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to take action against people whom the government suspect are behind the Ole Palemia blog. Repeated attempts to get an interview – including a visit to his Office – have not been responded to. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Missing seven-year-old girl found

A seven-year-old girl who has been missing since Wednesday has been found. This has just been confirmed by the Police in a statement. “The Samoa Police Service would like to inform the general public that the 7 year old that was missing from her family since Wednesday is now being found and reunited with her family today, the 23rd of February 2018,” the statement said.

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MORE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Training Participants at Fa’asaleleaga District from Saloga to Pu’apu’a .

Climate finance talks in Savai’i

Since the launch of the Pacific-American Climate Fund (P.A.C.A.M.) project in July 2016, the Project Management Unit has conducted six trainings already, four in Upolu and two in Savai’i. 

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AMAZED BY SAMOA: Bevan Trethowen and Clair Cherry at the Fugalei Market.

Perth couple loving spectacular Samoa

Admiring the lavalavas at the Fugalei Market was Bevan Trethowen yesterday. When Dear Tourist approached him, he gladly agreed to be interviewed with his wife, Clair Cherry, joining in a few seconds later to share their experience of Samoa. 

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WORK AND PLEASURE: Raoul Borley and Ian Magee at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

Kiwi duo to return for Samoa

Work and a bit of pleasure. That’s what brought Ian Magee and Raoul Borley of Auckland, New Zealand to Samoa. 

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IN SAMOA: Gord and Sharon Marano of Canada loving Samoa.

Canadian tourist delivers on 2011 World Cup promise

Gord and Sharon Marano are a long way from home. The couple from Winfield, British Columbia, Canada, found themselves in the South Pacific region for the first time, stumbling on Samoa as their first choice of a vacation destination.

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CONGRATULATIONS: The new couple with the bridesmaids.

Love in the air for Blessing and Logologo

Love knows no boundaries. Not even a tropical cyclone could stop love. And so it was when Cyclone Gita was not able to stop Blessing Matauiau, 26, from saying I do to Logologo Asotasi Va’afuti, 27.

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PIGS HAVE LANDED: The consignment of 23 pigs imported from Hamilton New Zealand touches down at Faleolo. International Airport.

N.Z. pigs flown over to boost Samoa’s stocks

The Livestock Division under the umbrella of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is topping up its pig stocks with the arrival on new genetics imported from Hamilton New Zealand.

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THANK YOU FOR HELPING: Mother of five Fa'atuvale Leiataualesa Tunu of Vaitele Tai. Her home was destroyed by Cyclone Gita when a breadfruit fell on it.

Help where most needed

More than 100 families affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita have a reason to smile. 

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Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo calls on removal of Prisons management

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to remove the management of the Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services. “It has been three months since prisoner escapee, Uili Manuleleua remains on the run," he said.

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CALM NOW: The Vaisigano river behind the Wilex compound is shallower than it should be due to sand deposits and tree debris.

Sand build up alarming

Sand buildup is causing blockage and shallowness in the Vaisigano River, which during natural disasters can cause catastrophic flooding and damage to the residents who live along the riverbank.

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The uniforms were provided by the Australian Defence Force, under the Defence Cooperation Programme between Australia and the Samoan Government through the Ministry of Police.

Australia kits up Nafanua crew

READY FOR WORK: Acting Australian High Commissioner, Amanda Jewell, presented new and improved operational uniforms to Samoa’s Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, for the crew of the Nafanua Patrol Boat, during a brief ceremony on board the vessel, yesterday.

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Central Bank of Samoa.

Organised Criminals Alert

The Central Bank of Samoa has issued a warning to members of the public to be on the look out “organised criminals” that who use social media to rob them of their money.

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THIS IS HOME: A look at Asofa Uoli's home she shares with her husband and their six children. The floor is not cemented.

Mother desperate for better home

When your live an unfortunate life, you are grateful for all the little blessings that comes your way. That is how Asofa Uoli tackles each day. She told the Samoa Observer her one wish is a proper home for her six children. 

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Tafa’igata Prison.

Prisoner claims brutal, inhumane treatment

Alleged brutality and inhumane treatment inside the Prisons are some of the reasons prisoners escape from Tafa’igata. This is according to a letter penned by a prisoner and passed on to the Samoa Observer. Fearing for his safety, the Prisoner has asked to withhold his name.

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Think a Minute

“Bread and butter”

Think a minute…There was a baker who bought his butter from a local farmer. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter. He was surprised that the farmer had been giving him less butter but still charging him the same price.


HEALTHY LIVING: Christina Robert switches to a plant based diet for a healthier lifestyle.

Changing lives: Reversing heart diseases in Samoa

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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