The view of Tauinaola Samito’a Faaletonu’s home from the road at Siumu.

Family appeals for a water tank

Tauinaola Samito’a Faaletonu of Siumu and his family live a simple life and depend on the plantation for their daily sustenance.

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INSPIRED: Kenna Whitnall with her first ever wild breadfruit trees, here in Samoa to meet her beauty product suppliers for the first time.

“The first time I saw a breadfruit tree, I cried”

The humble breadfruit flower is the key ingredient in a new line of beauty products by 22-year-old Kenna Whitnell, here in Samoa to meet her suppliers for the first time.

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NOW AVAILABLE IN SAVAII: Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Purcell, Reverend Elder Ioane Viliamu and guests at the opening. Photos / Supplied.

Federal Pacific Group consolidates Savai’i interests

Local financial services provider Federal Pacific Group has consolidated its operations in Savai’i by getting its insurance, finance and money transfer services under one roof. 

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HEAD OF PACIFIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE: Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai from Satupa’itea, Sataua, Vaisala, Fogasavaii in Savai’i and Sa’anapu in Upolu.

Samoan theologian takes over at Pacific Theological College

Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai from Satupa’itea, Sataua, Vaisala, Fogasavaii in Savai’i and Sa’anapu in Upolu, has been appointed the head of the Pacific Theological College (P.T.C.). 

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BACK IN SAMOA: Nico Panagio who will host Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets. Photo / Instagram.

“Survivor South Africa: Island of Secrets”

The popular reality television show Survivors is back in Samoa. Though, this time it is the South African installment of the international franchise, and is hosted by South African actor and businessman, Nico Panagio. 

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TRIPLE PROMOTION WINNERS: The lucky winners of the Back to School joint promotion.

Triple promotion ends with prize giving

The Back to School joint promotion by SSAB, Digicel and Farmer Joes ended ended on a high note yesterday with a prize giving ceremony hosted by Farmer Joes at Vaitele.

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Water Flow Meter.

Water Authority silent on $2.60 million water bill

The Samoa Water Authority has remained silent on the status of $2.60 million water bills that they proposed to be written off.

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Associate Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure Seiuli Ueligitone Seuli.

Ti’avea airport works underway – Associate Minister

The Associate Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Seiuli Ueligitone Seuli, has refuted reports that work at the proposed Ti’avea airport is on halt.

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Madam Tong Xin and Mr. Wang Xuefeng at Vailima. Photo: Talaia Mika

Diplomat praises newspaper for building people-to-people relationships

Departing Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, has praised the Samoa Observer newspaper for building people-to-people relationships. Speaking as a supporter of literary excellence, which is promoted through the Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition, he said the partnership was important in promoting and exchanging information and building the relationship between Samoa and China. 

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Pacific A.C.P.-E.U. Conference set for Tuesday

Samoa will be hosting the Pacific ACP-European Union High-Level Political Dialogue on Post-Cotonou negotiations this week.  

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LTA Chief Executive Officer Galumalemana Ta'atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger.

L.T.A. instructs contractor to remove first layer of gravelling

The Land Transport Authority has instructed the contractor fixing the Malie access road to remove material that it says is non-compliant with their guidelines. This was confirmed by, LTA Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Ta'atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger in response to questions from the Sunday Samoan. 

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C.E.O. of the Ministry of Finance, Leasiosio Oscar Malielegaoi.

Cost of running Govt. continues to increase

The average annual Government budget is $890 million tala of which $645 million tala was utilised to run Government for the past three years. This is according to the CEO of the Ministry of Finance, Leasiosio Oscar Malielegaoi, who was responding to questions sent to him by the Sunday Samoan on the cost of operating Government.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi.

Church reps meet with P.M. to discuss tax policy

National Council of Churches members and the Congregational Christian Church (CCCS) of Samoa chairman Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara met with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi recently to discuss the Government’s controversial tax policy targeting church ministers. 

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Apia City Samoa.

Samoa’s economy cannot function without remittances, says expert

The economy of Samoa cannot function without remittances or money sent by Samoans living abroad. So says economist Peniamina Muliaina, who is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship, at the National University of Samoa. 

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Madam Tong Xin and Mr. Wang Xuefeng.

Samoa Observer says thank you Mr Ambassador Xuefeng, Madam Xing

Let me begin by saying, this is a very special day for us all, here the Samoa Observer. It is special, since today, we are celebrating history being made, right here at the Samoa Observer, premises. 

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Rugby tourists enjoyed the experience

First time visitor to Samoa, Steve Salton was not only a tourist but a referee manager for the 31st International Marist Sevens Tournament.

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IMPRESSED WITH SAMOAN TALENT: Llyr Rowlands, Revaz Ghlighvashvili and Alexander Didbaridze.

European tourists impressed with rugby talent

The array of talent on display during the recent Vailima International Marist Sevens tournament has impressed tourists Revaz Ghlighvashvili, Alexander Didbaridze and Llyr Rowlands.

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Tafai Fata Kolao of Afega.

Afega village devastation caused by king tides

The Samoa Meteorology Office is yet to run outreach awareness programs to alert coastal families to the dangers of king tides.

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 The final report of the Office of the Ombudsman’s two-year inquiry was released in September last year and it revealed shocking statistics into the realities of family violence in Samoa.

Ombudsman’s violence report gets Committee approval

A Parliamentary Committee has recommended the Legislative Assembly approve the Office of the Ombudsman’s Report on the National Inquiry into Family Violence in Samoa.

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National Kidney Foundation of Samoa (NKFS).

Agreement to introduce new life-saving surgery procedures

The National Kidney Foundation of Samoa (NKFS) will benefit from an agreement between the Government of Samoa and the Apollo Group from India. 

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Think a Minute

Discipline dominates

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.


Scammers of the internet and tourism

Who would think less of stupidity given the fiasco of the overtly expressive on the internet being held against their will though it was their strong will that put them there?

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

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