FAMILY HOME BURNT: The second floor was burnt of the two-storey home of Former Member of Parliament, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau.

Firemen save former Cabinet Minister's home

Former Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Tuisugaleataua Sofara Aveau, looked on in horror yesterday afternoon as fire gutted his family home at Fagalii. The two-storey building had already lost the second floor to the blaze. But quick action by officers from the Fire and Emergency Service Authority (FESA) enabled them to save the ground floor of the family home.

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“What corruption?”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi yesterday rejected allegations of corruption within the Government and the public service. “Where is the proof? What corruption are you talking about?” Tuilaepa demanded. The Prime Minister was speaking in Parliament during the discussion of the Supplementary Budget at the T.A.T.T.E. Building. He was responding to the claim made by Salega M.P., Olo Fiti Va’ai, who said one of the biggest problems in the Government today is corruption.

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LOVING SAMOA: Brisbane resident, Kyle Walters enjoying his vacation at Taumeasina Island Resort.

Brisbane resident finds Samoa relaxing

First impressions are always important for first time visitors to Samoa and Australian Kyle Walters is in that class.

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NEW CHIEFS: The new  titleholders during the bestowal ceremony at Gataivai Savai’i.

“Such a tremendous blessing”

Seventeen members of the Aoto’a family in Gataivai Savaii have been bestowed the Tiatia chiefly title.

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HOSPITALITY AND RESPECT REMAINS: Myra Mowman and Candice Mowman at Taumeasina Island Resort.

Visitors praise Samoan hospitality and respect

Nothing has changed in Samoa for Australian visitor Candice Mowman – the hospitality and respect of Samoans remains.

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INNOVATIVE VENTURE: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Fiona Ey.

New online school shows submarine Cable benefits

The Prime Minister has applauded an “innovative venture” combining education and technology, Samoa’s brand new Apia International School.

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Teachers from all over the country during yesterday's session. (Photo: Misiona Simo/Samoa Observer)

School Principal points to family problems

A school principal from Savai’i has raised concerns that family problems faced by some teachers contribute to their poor performance inside the classroom. 

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Representative for the lead organization for the project, Ms. Katarzyna Reyes Czechowicz.

Delegates get a taste of Samoa

The Samoa Victim Support Group Juniors treated their guests from Spain, Netherlands and India to a taste of Samoa with an ava ceremony yesterday.

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Moe Lei Sam.

Minister slammed for comments

Businesswoman Moe Lei Sam has criticised Minister Lautafi Fio Purcell for disrespecting asthma sufferers in Samoa.

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REST IN PEACE: A wreath was left at Pa’u Sefo Pau’s chair when Parliament convened yesterday.

Parliament observes moment of silence

Parliament observed a moment of silence yesterday in honour of Fa’asaleleaga No. II Member of Parliament, Pa’u Sefo Pa’u.

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Fiji's Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta

New service can address violence

The Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (R.E.A.C.H.) mobile service delivery is another avenue that will help Samoa address violence against women.

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COMBATING TAX EVASION: The government officials involved in a three day review of laws to address tax evasion.

Govt. targets tax evasion

The Government is zeroing in on tax evasion. That’s why several government agencies working together towards combating tax evasion in Samoa, gathered at the Ministry for Revenue’s Conference Room last week.

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DIRECTOR OF EMANCIPATOR: Jens van Tricht from Netherlands.

Changing masculinity views can address problem

Violence in general can be prevented by changing mindsets in men about masculinity and getting them to become part of the solution.

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GOING PLACES: A group comprised of child vendors and Samoa Victim Support Group, Juniors visiting police headquarters. Photo - Aufa'i Areta Areta.

Glimpse of hope for child vendors

A programme called “Buddy Up” is giving some of Samoa’s child vendors a glimpse of hope this week. Organised by the Samoa Victim Support Group Juniors and their partners, the programme is to get the country’s child vendors to appreciate the importance of education and get back to school.

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Help for Samoa’s first responders

The Samoa Fire Emergency and Service Authorities (S.F.E.S.A.) and the Ministry of Police, known as Samoa’s first responders to emergencies, will benefit from a $10,000 tala donation.

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SALARIES INCREASE QUESTIONED: M.P. Sulamanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa.

M.P. queries salary increases

Member of Parliament for Vaimauga Sasae, Sulamanaia Tauiliili Tuivasa, yesterday questioned why salary increase for public servants has been included in the Supplementary Budget. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Sulamanaia called on the Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti to explain why the increase was not part of the main budget.

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NEW LOCATION: M.P. Gatoloaifaana Amataga Alesana-Gidlow at T.A.T.T.E. where Parliament is held.

Parliament moved again

Parliament convened at the Tui Atua Tupu Tamasese Efi Building in Sogi, yesterday, for its first Parliament session of 2019. This is to allow renovations of the gymnasium at Tuana’imato, which Parliament had been using as their temporary headquarters, in preparation for the Pacific Games in July.

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Minister of Justice Faaolesa Katopau Ainu’u.

Bill proposes new three tier Court

A bill, to be tabled in Parliament this week called the Land and Titles Bill 2019, is seeking to repeal the Land and Titles Act 1981. It also proposes the establishment of a new three tier Court comprising of “the Court of First Instance, Court of First Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.”

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A 53-year-old father, Samoa Tinoifili who lives close to the Tafaigata prison. Photo Adele Fruean.

Families live in fear

Families living opposite the Tafaigata Prison gate are living in fear as the manhunt continues for prisoners Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee. The duo – who were convicted on charges of burglary, robbery and armed with a dangerous weapon – dashed for freedom in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

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GAGAIFOMAUGA NO 2 M.P.: Fa'aso'otauloa Pati Taulapapa in Parliament yesterday.

Village petitions Parliament

Parliament has been petitioned to consider the “far-reaching adverse consequences” of the Government’s Electoral Constituencies Bill 2018. The call is made in a petition lodged by Ali’i ma Faipule of Saleaula and Salamumu tabled in Parliament yesterday. 

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Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 2)

Think a minute…”The reason some people are successful is that they put their plan and work together for a plan that truly works.” Yesterday we started a plan for success both in our job and career, as well as in our personal life, so today we will complete the course.


Attendants present to witness the generous handover supported by Tupuola Sione and Sissy Vuki.

Thank you for your generosity

Today we are gathered here in the Faleata Fire Station to witness another milestone for the National Emergency Call Centre, Ministry of Police and the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

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A simple sign will do Samoans who support their national airline, Samoa Airways, want the management to know something.

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