IMPRESSED: Tom McGovern and Fidelma Berkery loving Samoa. Photo: Anina Kazaz.

First impressions leave couple wanting more

First impressions last. For first time visitors, couple, Fidelma Berkery and Tom McGovern said the impressions they have of Samoa will remain with them for life. With both of them having Irish roots, they met in Australia and for eight years have lived in New Zealand. 

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Papalii Sonja Hunter, Chairwoman of S.P.T.O. and C.E.O. of S.T.A.

Challenging traditional views of travel, tourism in the Pacific

The second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (P.T.I.C.) brought together 157 delegates from 95 organizations and 16 destinations to influence change and share their thoughts and ideas on the future of tourism in the Pacific.

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Caleb Lloyd and Jeanne Dennehy are biking around Samoa and would recommend it to anyone. Photo: Anina Kazaz.

On your bike… couple ride around Samoa

While some people enjoy sightseeing in cars, Kiwi couple Jeanne Dennehy and Caleb Lloyd prefer their bikes. They flew into Samoa with their bikes and so far have travelled Savai’i and now Upolu. Caleb and Jeanne, who live together in Taranaki, were on their way to the culture show at the Samoa Tourism Authority when the Dear Tourist team met them. 

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Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Purcell during the Cable Depot opening.

Minister says Cable Depot means more jobs for Samoans

When new businesses spring up, the question has to be asked: who will benefit from this? The question was put to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, following the opening of the $5 million submarine Cable depot at the Matautu Wharf.

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GOING PINK FOR CANCER: Some of the guests at the luncheon yesterday.

Prevention message preached at Pinktober luncheon

Breast cancer is still the highest killer among women, says Samoa Cancer Society Vice President, Tauiliili Alise Stunnenberg. Tauiliili was speaking during the Cancer Society’s Pinktober Luncheon at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

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PEACE KEEPERS: Senior Sergeant Misipele Fiatau, Sergeant Mose Lotomau, Corporal Leone Filemu, Corporal Eliu Iakopo, Corporal Ainea Uiese with Assistant Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Keti and Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil.

Samoa sends five peacekeepers

Five police officers from the Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) have been deployed to South Sudan on a one-year peacekeeping mission under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (U.N.M.I.S.S.).

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The only female amongst the new holders of the Aiono title, Aiono Saini, during the ava ceremony.

Aiono chiefly titles bestowed

The village of Fasito’o-uta welcomed nine new holders of the Aiono chiefly title yesterday morning. The titleholders from the heirs of Aiono Aipovi and Aiono Sapeki were blessed during an elaborate and traditional ceremony attended by families and villagers. Prior to the traditional formalities, the titleholders were blessed by Reverend Uta Muaulu of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Fasitoo uta. 

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RIGHT ON TRACK: Pacific Games C.E.O., Falefata Hele Matatia and Pacific Games Council Executive Director, Andrew Minogue. Photo: Government.

Games Executive lauds Samoa’s preparations

Samoa’s preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games in July are on track. So assured Pacific Games Council Executive Director, Andrew Minogue, during a press conference yesterday. In his three-day visit, the fifth he made to Samoa this year, Mr. Minogue said he is content with the progress Samoa has made, and is also adamant that the Games organising committee will complete their work in time for the Games. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Expand your horizons, P.M. tells B.A.T. Samoa on 40th Anniversary

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has challenged British American Tobacco (B.A.T.) Samoa Limited to expand its horizons to Samoa’s Pacific neighbours and beyond. Tuilaepa issued the challenge during the celebration of the company’s 40th Anniversary held at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum on Thursday night. The celebration was closed to the media.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police investigate three deaths

The Police are investigating three separate deaths. They involve a three-month-old baby, 11-month-old toddler and a 24-year-old man. This was confirmed by the Police yesterday. On 10 October 2018, the Police said they received a call from the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital regarding a three-month-old boy.

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Former Manu Samoa Head Coach: Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Sacked Coach threatens Union, demands apology

Former Manu Samoa Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, whose services as coach were unexpectedly terminated in August this year, has threatened to sue the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.). Fuimaono’s intentions are revealed in a letter he wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the S.R.U., Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, dated 28 September 2018, where he is also demanding a public apology from the Union. 

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World Bank Vice President (Sustainable Development), Laura Tuck, is leaving Samoa impressed with the progress made in projects to mitigate the effects of climate change.

World Bank official impressed with Samoa’s progress

World Bank Vice President (Sustainable Development), Laura Tuck, is leaving Samoa impressed with the progress made in projects to mitigate the effects of climate change. Ms. Tuck made the point on Thursday night during a meeting with women working to mitigate the effects of climate change, commending them for driving real change.

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Fight at Robert Louis Stevenson school surfaces online

A video of an incident which sees at least six boys at Robert Louis Stevenson School at Tafa’igata gang up to beat one student has surfaced online. The fight is said to have taken place at the school’s field on Thursday 18 October. 

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ENJOYING A PACIFIC DREAM: Samoa fulfilled Annette and Robert Baillie’s expectations of their trip to the island.

Cruise ship visit sparks couple’s interest to return

Meet Annette and Robert Baillie from Nowra, Australia. It was about four years ago when they first came to Samoa on a cruise ship, learning much of the local culture and its history. This time they returned for more. 

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EXPERIENCING THE PEOPLE AND CULTURE: Katharina Schumann, 25 years old, travels to learn about the country and enjoys her stay in Samoa living with a local family.

From Germany to experience Samoa

Travelling and visiting new places means living and experiencing the local culture. So says 25-year-old Katharina Schumann, who left her homeland, Germany, after completing her studies in culture and anthropology. 

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BIODIVERSITY DISCUSSION: The Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismarck Crawley was among the speakers at the workshop yesterday.

Biodiversity on agenda at Tanoa Tusitala

A workshop on Samoa Sixth National Report (6NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (C.B.D.) was held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday.

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STUDY TOUR: Geography undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales, Australia visit F.A.O office in Samoa.

Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa

A group of Geography undergraduate students from from the University of New South Wales, Australia, is in Samoa. They visited the Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) Subregional office while on a study tour to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa.

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PALLIATIVE CARE: Nurses Fuamatala Tofilua and Alice Every work in patient outreach and palliative care, treating cancer patients with dignity and respect towards the end of their lives.

Alice talks about her years in palliative care

Alice Every is a patient support advisor working with the Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.), and has been on a 12-month assignment with the Australian Volunteers for International Development (A.V.I.). In her last weeks with the Society, she took time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences with the Samoa Observer.

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ECO-TOURISM PLANS: Gagaifolevao Village Mayor Iputau Letupu Felise, in front of spare Marine Protected Area poles which demarcate the area outlined as a No Take Zone to conserve the coral reef below.

Lefaga Bay could be an eco-tourism hub

Nestled between Savaia and her giant clams, and Matautu’s Return to Paradise resort is the village of Gagaifolevao, a village planning on becoming an eco-tourism hot spot. Gagaifolevao is one of six Lefaga district villages intent on regenerating and protecting coral reefs for the sake of their children, but also in a money making venture to uplift the community at large.

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It started with one small lump

In 2009, Afatia Pala’amo noticed a small, pea sized lump on her left breast. After a few months, it grew, so she went to a doctor, who said her bra might be causing some problems. Nearly ten years later, Afatia is still suffering the consequences of two bouts of cancer, and is sharing her story in honour of Pinktober, and the late Manamea Schwalger who inspired the annual cancer awareness month at a Pink Luncheon at the Sheraton today.

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Think a Minute

True colors

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last.


CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

Between the Lines


No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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