TREE PLANTING TO END THE YEAR: Some of the staff of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) taking part in the tree planting at the Vailima Reserve. Photo: SPREP.

Regional organisation takes action on loss of biodiversity

The staff of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) conducted a tree planting at the Vailima Reserve last Friday as one of its final activities to finish off the year.  

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FLY HIGH TEVI: The late Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa.

In memory of Laeimau Oketevi

Laeimau Oketevi Tanusava was born to hold court. From infant, primary, intermediate and college school years, her leadership qualities spoke volumes and even during her last days, Tevi’s resolve to lead by example did not waiver.

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Out of the five Pacific Island nations, Samoan diplomats owed the highest in parking fines with AU$3071 ($5,516.44 tala).

Samoan diplomats incur over $5000 parking fines

Samoan diplomats based in Canberra, Australia owe the Australian Capital Territory government over $5000 tala in parking fines, reports the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

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Prof. Umar was responding to claims raised by an alumnus on the declining passing rate of students undertaking agriculture courses AG213 and AG373, resulting in students having to settle for diplomas.

Don’t blame low pass rate on teaching experience

A student’s low pass rate should not be blamed on a teacher’s several years of experience, says University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus Director, Professor Mohammed Umar. Prof. Umar was responding to claims raised by an alumnus on the declining passing rate of students undertaking agriculture courses AG213 and AG373, resulting in students having to settle for diplomas. 

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Professor Mohammaed Umar.

University responds to allegations

There is a clear demarcation of duties and responsibilities of the Head of School and Campus Director at the University of the South Pacific Alafua Campus. This is according to Campus Director and Head of School Professor Mohammaed Umar, who took over as Head of School in 2012 and the role of Campus Director in 2018. 

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SPONSORSHIP: S.C.B. Managing Director Lemalu Ray Ah Liki, Minister of Sports, Loau Keneti Sio and Pacific Games C.E.O. Falefata Hele Matatia.

Pacific Games lands $2 million sponsorship

In “going local,” the Pacific Games has signed a $2 million sponsorship deal with Samoa Commercial Bank. Managing director, Lemalu Ray Ah Liki, and senior manager Tauiliili Ruth Penaia signed the memorandum of understanding with games chairperson, Loau Keneti Sio and chief executive Falefata Hele Matatia.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Savai’inaea remains in Police custody, mention date set for next Monday

One of two men facing a charge of manslaughter over the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili will remain in Police custody until next Monday. Suapaina Savai’inaea appeared before Chief Justice, his Honour Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu yesterday where the decision was made.

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Viliamu Samu

Government concerned about alleged slavery and human trafficking allegations

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, is concerned about the events involving a Samoan man who is facing charges of human trafficking in New Zealand. Viliamu Samu, also known as Joe Matamata, has been charged with human trafficking and slavery after he allegedly took Samoans from here to New Zealand to work illegally in the horticultural industry as far back as the early 1990s.

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SRCS secretary general, Namulauulu Tautala Mauala with Red Cross team and UNFPA facilitator, Rania Abuelhassan.

“A guide will cater for victims’ needs in emergency”

A guideline to assist service providers to cater for the needs of gender-based violence victims is essential, especially in times of emergency.

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Keresepi Vincent Meredith Talisau, 2nd to dux of Avele college.

Talisau has his eyes on the tourism sector

Kesepi Vincent Meredith Talisau has only completed Year 13 at Avele College but has his eyes set on Samoa’s tourism sector.

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PROVIDING A SECURE ENVIRONMENT: A few of the local restaurants and bars are gearing up to ensure a safe festive season.

Restaurant and Bars gear up for festive period

Three Restaurants and Bars in Apia have upped their game during the festive period to ensure patrons have a good time in a secured environment.

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Sagaga College performing on the fifth night of the 13 Days of Christmas.

Sagaga College rocks 13 Days of Christmas

Sagaga College rocked the stage at the 13 Days of Christmas programme last night. 

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SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS: CI Samoa Programme Director, Schannel van Dijken, during his past tagging work with the friendly whale shark.

Humans need Sharks

Layers of razor sharp teeth, carnivorous nature, and known as the oceans top predator – it’s not hard to understand why sharks are so misunderstood and feared.

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The family of Ne’etia Tapuai from Tapatapao grateful for Island Rock donation.

Tapatapao family touched by gesture

Christmas has come early for Ne’etia Tapuai from Tapatapao and her family. The mother-of-five was the recipient of a food hamper courtesy of local company Island Rock, as part of its 25 Days of the Spirit of Christmas Campaign. 

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A father of eleven, Seti Taleni thanked Island Rock for their Christmas gifts.

No act of kindness is wasted, says Seti

No act of kindness—no matter how small or big—is ever wasted.

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Members of the Samoa Performing Arts and Creative Excellence (SPACE) in one of their performances last month.

“Samoan children deserve same opportunities”

Twenty-seven-year-old Valentino Maliko has a mission for the young people of Samoa. With limited resources, the Creative Director of Samoa Performing Arts and Creative Excellence (S.P.A.C.E.) center believes with the help of organisations, he can provide opportunities for talented youngsters in Samoa.

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The man has been regularly taking Samoan nationals to work for him in the horticultural industry in the Hawke's Bay since the 1990s.

Samoan man arrested, accused of human trafficking and slavery

A Samoan man has been arrested in New Zealand for human trafficking and slavery. The 64-year-old man has yet to be identified but Radio New Zealand reports that his arrest follows a two-year investigation by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the police.

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2018 top Foundation Commerce student, Valasi Talosaga alongside Cathlinn Domenica Chrichton receiving the Digicel Company Limited’s Trophy for Top equal Foundation Marketing student. Photo / Supplied

Aspiring economist tops commerce

The top student in the National University of Samoa Foundation Commerce stream, Valasi Talosaga, wants to help grow Samoa’s economy by becoming an economist.

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Skyeye chief executive Faasootauloa Sam Saili with Afamasaga Rico Tupai minister for communications information and technology.

Find it with Maua – how it works

Skyeye’s latest innovation, which won T $320,000 (not $230,000 as previously reported) in funding from the largest international mobile association, will also be able to make money.

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The Methodist Church choir from Alafua performed on the fourth night of 13 Days of Christmas.

Alafua Methodist Church start the countdown

On the fourth night of the 13 Days of Christmas programme, the stage was filled with white and gold uniforms by the Alafua Methodist Church as they performed 10 Christmas songs.

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Think a Minute

Finding a lost masterpiece

Think a minute… you are not one person but three: the person you think you are, the person others think you are, and the person you truly are.


Opinions. They are wretched things. World is full of them.

It’s late night. Three a.m. Times like these are sacred. Except for the swirling fan, the sound of rain and darkness outside is revolving.

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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