DONATION TO LOTO TAUMAFAI SOCIETY: C.E.O, Leata’a Devoe, Mataafa Saeni Leatupue, Solomona Lio, Mai Kohno and Fa’amatuainu Atapana Vaa.

Happy 25th birthday, Betham Brothers Enterprises!

Betham Brothers Enterprises (B.B.E) celebrated their 25th years of service to Samoa by giving back to their customers and supporting societies such as Nuanua o le Alofa, Disability Advocacy Organization in Samoa and Loto Taumafai Society. 

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Father’s tells of struggle to pay water bill

If water is life, how can living people survive without it?

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IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY: Kirita Kenese of Malie.

Mother talks about life

Kirita Kenese of Malie knows this much. Without money, life can be pretty miserable.

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MOTHER OF THREE: Saua Pio, age 23.

Mother dreams of water

Running water is something one family at Aele can only dream of.

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THANK YOU: Timothy’s mother Makelita, her kids, General Manager of Taumeasina, Nathan Bucknall and some of his staff members at Salelesi yesterday.

Family says thank you Taumeasina Island Resort

“Love can mean many different things but the Christian love that Jesus talked about means treating others with kindness and respect and helping them when they need it.” 

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Members of the C.C.C.S at the Meeting.

Thursday smiles at Malua conference

Our reporter Sei’a Soloi was at Malua on Thursday for the continuation of the annual conference of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa. 

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INTRODUCING FLEXIBLE STUDY: The staff members of the N.U.S.

University to develop Open Distance learning

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S) is looking at making Open Distance Learning (O.D.L) available to students. 

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SPEAKER: Year 8 student Galoiolalealofa Long. (Inset) REST IN LOVE: Moanalei.

“Memories of Moanalei” standout at speech comp

Vaiala Beach School (V.B.S) hosted their annual speech competition final this week. Sixteen students competed, after getting through their class competition and the semi-finals.

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GO THE BLUES: Taupau Emanuele Tauapau uplifts her prizes from Eveni. She is pictured with her friend she is taking to the breakfast and Eveni’s representative.

Winners choose their dream players

The countdown continues towards the historical first Super Rugby game in Apia between the Blues and the Reds next Friday.

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(L-R) 1.President, Tupa'i Saleimoa Vaai. 2. Olaf Weinhold. 3.Treasurer, Dr. Nola Gidlow. 4.Secretary, Elisabeth Siaosi. 5.General member, Keith Martin 6.Vice President, Leota Kuki Retzlaff. (Not in photo, 7.General member, Mapusua Sesilia Schwalger)

Tupa’i returns as President

“One of the many challenges as alluded to by Tupa’i was the remoteness of Savai’i and thereby limited communications, exchanges and subsequently funding assistance for our Savaii members at times” – Savai’i Samoa Tourism Association  

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Leone Bridge is a one span designed bridge consisting of eight beams (six inner beams and two outer beams) in total,” said Drummoyne Pepe Meki.

$10.9million Leone Bridge re-opens

Traffic congestions on the east side of the Apia Township have been lessened a great deal thanks to the multimillion tala Leone Bridge reopening.

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CHURCH LEADERSHIP: Deputy Chairman, Rev. Elder Tautiaga Senara, Olita Senara, Susana Tunumoso and Chairman, Rev. Elder Tunumoso Iosia.

Rev. Iosia takes over Church Chairmanship

All is well that ends well. And after two weeks of meetings, the 2017 annual conference of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S) at Malua ended yesterday. The last activity was the selection of leaders to drive the church for the next year.

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SAMOA MIRRORS NEW ZEALAND'S ELECTION PROCESS: Panelists during the discussion on Electoral Boundaries proposed changes.

Proposed change to vote boundaries raise eyebrows

A suggestion for Samoa to mirror New Zealand’s election process was met by an interesting response during the Democracy and Development in Samoa National conference this week.

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REINSTATED AND INNOCENT: Reverend Dr. Afereti Uili.

Former Secretary General gets money from church

The former Secretary General of the C.C.C.S., Reverend Dr. Afereti Uili, has been reinstated as a pastor with a monetary gift of $150,000. The decision was made during at the Church’s annual meeting yesterday.

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The bridge was officially opened for public use this morning.

Leone Bridge reopens to the public

Traffic congestions on the east side of the Apia Township has been lessened a great deal thanks to the multimillion tala Leone Bridge reopening. The bridge was officially opened for public use this morning. 

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All Smiles: Students from Avele College rally for National Voter's Day.

Participation encouraged on National Voter’s Day

The Office of the Electoral Commission celebrated National Voter’s Day yesterday. A parade led by the Police band kick-started the celebration guided by the theme “To empower youth participation in elections.”

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MAKING GOOD USE OF BASIC SKILLS: Esikia Uimaitua from Afega.

Making and selling fa’alifu is a job

Employment is not just about getting a job at a company. It’s about using the skills you already have to make a living.

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FLOODING ANXIETY: Iafeta Tenari from the village of Eva.

Living in fear of heavy rainfall and flooding

For some families in Samoa, when bad weather strikes they fear for their lives. They don’t have any guarantee that they will always be safe; especially for those living around the coastal areas or near rivers.

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LAND AND SEA: Futivanu Paeali’i of Solosolo.

Living in Samoa is a blessing

Samoa is blessed. Futivanu Paeali’i believes when a person doesn’t have money, they can always live off the land or the sea.

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WE NEED HELP: Simati Tia’i with his son Tito.

Father desperate for help

The definition of poverty differs from person to person. If you ask Simati Tia’i, he believes poverty can be defined as the lack of money and sometimes the absence of food.

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Think a Minute

The juggler

Think a minute…There was a young man who moved from his home in Italy to live in America. He studied juggling and soon became famous all over the world. Later in his life, after years of success as a juggler and performer, he decided to return home to Italy and retire.


WELCOME TO SAMOA: LIFE CON Explosion welcomes former Miss Samoa and Miss South Pacific, Janine Tuivaiti to Samoa.

Beyond treatment

Nothing holds more true for someone like myself than an old saying, Time is not measured by clocks, but by moments.

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GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

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