Reg and Carolyne Schwenke.

Samoan business couple announce two “World firsts”

Rukutai International Pty Ltd., a Queensland-based China product sourcing company owned by Samoans, Carolyne and Reg Schwenke, has just announced two new “world firsts” on its new web site – www.Rukutai.com.au.

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Antone C. “Tony” Greubel, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Apia.

New Head of U.S. Embassy in Samoa arrives

Tony Greubel assumed his position as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Apia, Samoa in August 2017. Previously Tony was the Senior Pacific Islands Desk Officer in the East Asia Pacific Bureau’s Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands Affairs. 

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WATER FRUSTRATIONS: Tifitifi Ioelu from Fasito’o uta.

Fetching water daily reality

Tifitifi Ioelu of Fasito’o uta is tired of having no water. Besides the rain; the 53-year-old and her children are always fetching water from other sources.

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A FARMER: Fa’atoina Leusoni.

Fa’atoina shares his goals

A hundred tala might not seem like much to many people but to others, that amount can contribute a lot to their basic needs. In Fa’atoina Leusoni’s case, he needs two hundred tala to get his water installed.

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IT’S NOT MUCH: Su’e Epati’s current home.

Mother dreams of comfortable home

They say home is a place where you can feel comfortable. It’s a sanctuary that keeps one safe. Sadly that’s not how Su’e Epati from Faleasi’u uta sees her home.

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No water, no electricity

No water, no electricity. In 2017 when you’d think people would no longer have this problem, Fili Fale, 57-years-old of Leulumoega-uta begs to differ.

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Dr Patricia O’Brien and former Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Samoa celebrates launch of historical book

The nation came together to celebrate the life of the late Ta’isi O.F. Nelson last weekend with the launch of his life story in a book called: Samoa history and life of Taisi O.F Nelson. 

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ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: Members of the community who attended the 2017 Robert Louis Stevenson Museum Garden Party held last week.

Historical Trust recognised at R.L.S. Memorial Garden Party

The 2017 R.L.S. Memorial Garden Party was held at Villa Vailima last Thursday. Invited guests were treated to an evening of entertainment and a report from the General Manager, Margaret Silva, on the significant events that have occurred in the past year.  

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FUTURE PLANS: Patricia O’Brien, Ta’isi’s granddaughter, Papali’i Dr. Viopapa Viopapa Annandale and students at S.S.A.B yesterday. The students were told that the book could be turned into a movie and that it also needs to be translated into Samoan.

Tautai book could become movie

Students, teachers and Principals from different colleges in Upolu had the chance to meet the author of, Tautai, Dr. Patricia O’Brien yesterday. The meeting was held inside the Samoa Stationery and Books Conference Room. S.S.A.B is the exclusive seller of the book.

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LEADER: Kamala Chandrakirana.

What U.N. Human Rights mission found about Samoa

The United Nations Human Rights Council Independent expert group recently visited Samoa to assess the country’s performance on the issue of discrimination against women. 

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Court President explains

The President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Attila Ropati, has denied any wrong doing in relation to questions raised against him in the dispute over the title of Faumuina in Lepea.

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Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a.

Missing $50,000 investigation continues, workers suspended

The Police investigation into the theft of $50,000 from the Samoa Land Corporation’s (S.L.C.) money safe is continuing. This was confirmed by the Acting Police Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

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THE LAND: The beginning stage of a Eunike’s plantation.

Eunike shares about what her family needs

Eunike Va’afa’i Finau from Afega tai needs help. Not only does she need it for the welfare of her family but also for the plantation which is her main source of income.  

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A MAN OF SERVICE: Vini Tapuvae, 50, of Fasito’- uta.

Samoa’s life of faith, love and culture

Samoa is founded on God. And that’s why despite all the problems, life remains okay. 

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NEEDING A WATER TANK: Akenese Ah – Sam from Fasito’o uta.

Mother tells of struggles to find water

There are people who can afford to waste a drop of water. But not for Akenese Ah – Sam of Fasito’o uta. Every drop of water matters.

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LIFE CHALLENGES: Fa’agafa Luafalealo from Fasito’o uta.

Man calls on govt. to help with water, roads

Life without water is no life at all. So says Fa’agafa Luafalealo, a resident of Fasito’o uta.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Members of the Iwaki City delegation with students of St. Mary’s College. (picture below) Students of Leiififi College.

Iwaki City and Samoa build momentum

As part of Japan’s hosting responsibilities for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Iwaki City in the Fukushima Prefecture was assigned to host Samoa’s Olympic team and the Manu Samoa Rugby team during the preliminary training camps for each event. 

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S.U.N.G.O. PRESIDENT: Roina Vavatau.

Samoa cautioned about deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining is on the agenda for a five-day National Focus Group Dialogue hosted by the Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organizations (S.U.N.G.O.) which starts today.

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Malamal Iati with parents, Rev. Lukulaelae Iati and Tuasivi.

Twenty two Samoan students China bound

The Chinese Embassy hosted a farewell reception for 22 students who have been awarded scholarships to study in China. Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng congratulated the students, reminding them that the opportunity to study in China is critical to Samoa’s development aspirations.

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HUMAN RIGHTS VISIT: United Nation Working Group Experts on discrimination against women in Samoa for their fact finding mission.

Group reports findings on their Samoa visit

The women need to change their mind-sets about themselves. This is one way to ensure their rights to equality within the family are respected. This is according to the preliminary report of the Working Group of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

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Think a Minute

A brother like that

Think a minute…This is a true story about a man named Paul whose brother gave him an early Christmas present. It was a brand new car! A few days later, Paul was leaving work to go home on Christmas Eve.


The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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