Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil and Deputy Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Tiai-Keti at the opening of the carport.

Police open new carport

The Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) has officially opened a multifunction carport at its Apia headquarters.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Delegates attending this week’s Central Banks Governor’s conference being held in Samoa this week. Photo/Aufa’i Areta Areta

Maiava welcomes Central Bank Governors

With the theme “Strengthening collaboration”, Central Bank of Samoa Governor, Maiava Ainuu-Enari has welcomed participants of the 33rd Annual Pacific Central Bank Governors meeting.

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Top MasterChef judge and chef Monica Galetti speaking at the Pacific Aotearoa Summit in Auckland. Photo / Supplied

Report shows strong contribution by Pacific people to New Zealand

A study in New Zealand suggests Pacific people contribute at least $21.5 billion to the annual GDP, or close to three percent of a national GDP of $652 billion. New Zealand Treasury in partnership with the Pacific Business Network has released the New Zealand Pacific Economy report, which outlines the impact Pacific peoples have on NZ’s economy.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Sixty-year-old father jailed for sex acts against young girl

A 60-year-old man has been jailed for unlawful sexual connection with a 12-year-old girl. Logoimamao Seve was found guilty of sexual connection and indecent acts following a trial before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson. Justice Vui suppressed all details that could lead to the identification of the 12-year-old victim, who is a neighbour of the 60-year-old defendant. 

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Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.).

Samoa Business Network appeals for unity

The Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) held their first business trip symposium at the Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday. Twenty local and Samoan businesses overseas are attending the three-day event to network and build relations, on top of finding ways of giving back to the local communities. 

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Parliamentarians and members of the public participating within the forum.

Govt. reviews community plan

The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development has begun consultations to review the Government’s Community Sector Plan 2016 – 2021. Government officials, development partners, non-government organisation representatives, and parliamentarians converge on the TATTE Building conference room on Wednesday to discuss the roadmap. 

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Ministry of Police.

Police maintenance, hire cost high

The Ministry of Police spent close to half a million tala on vehicle maintenance and hire in 2013-2014. The expenditure was highlighted in an audit report of the Ministry of Police by the Audit Office. The audit covered the financial year 2013-2014.

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ASPIRE TO CHANGE: Leadership Samoa graduates at the completion of their program where they learnt how to address workplace sexual harrassment.  Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

Leadership Samoa class graduates

Samoa’s finest graduated from this year’s Leadership Samoa program yesterday, in the presence of their families, colleagues, friends and government ministers. The class of 2017/18 have completed a year of research and planning into some of the issues that affect Samoa, like tourism, blood donations, the electoral system and even sexual harassment.

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FIRST AID: Government Ministries staff undergo life-saving training.  Photo: Misiona Simo

Red Cross continues training

Samoa Red Cross has continued its second week of training with another group of participants from Samoa Government Ministries. The training was held at Samoa Red Cross in Tuanaimato recently, and was facilitated by the Red Cross health coordinator and full-time Pacific first aid instructor, Aiolupotea Goretti Wulf.

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Cash at least is costly to hold and transfer because it’s risky, it takes room, it takes space, and the digital currency doesn’t. So central banks probably wouldn’t want to do that.

Digital currency has vulnerabilities

There are important factors such as anonymity to consider for central banks that wish to develop a digital currency, because it could open doors to illegal activities. This is according to the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) Deputy Division Chief (Monetary and Capital Markets Department), Tommaso Mancini Griffoli, who told the Samoa Observer that it all comes down to how the central bank digital currency is designed. 

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Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi announces that the Blues Super Rugby Team will play The Reds in Apia, Samoa on June 2, 2017. Samoa House, Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, January 30, 2017. Copyright photo: David Rowland / www.photos

Attempt to attack PM Tuilaepa during Samoa Airways launch

A video has surfaced of an attempt to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia. The video, shared online by ET Live, surfaced overnight from the official launching of Samoa Airway’s Faleolo to Brisbane flights, marking the airline’s first birthday.

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“I could easily live here”

Samoa has had a nostalgic effect on Rebekah Hobson since she flew in from Brisbane, Australia. They say time flies when you are having fun and, that is exactly how Rebekah felt when the Samoa Observer caught up with her.

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Shemeah Poloai.

Dream comes true for daughter

It is a birthday present she is unlikely to forget in a long while—a return ticket to beautiful Samoa. For Shemeah Poloai, whose New Zealand-born father has Samoan heritage, the trip to the island between New Zealand and Hawaii is a dream come true for her.

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HELPING SAMOA: Dr. Helena Va’a Fuimaono, Sara Moriarty and Dr. Anthony Hall.

Aussie Dermatologist helps Samoa

The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital housed clinical dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Hall, who visited from 5 to 10 November to assist with meeting priority needs in service delivery, capacity building and systems strengthening.

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Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.

N.Z. recognises need for new Pacific vision

In a national summit held at Eden Park in Auckland yesterday, the New Zealand Ministry for Pacific Peoples gathered the community to launch the Pacific Vision and Reflections report.

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S.T.A. C.E.O. Papali’i Sonja Hunter and Pacific Games C.E.O. Falefata Hele Matatia address the accomodation providers at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

Hoteliers sign up for Games

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed yesterday between the Government of Samoa and the hotel/accommodation owners for their hosting of some 4,000 athletes and officials at next year’s Pacific Games. nder the MoA, hotels are expected to commit 100% of their capacity for the duration of the Games - 6th to 22nd of July.

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The Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo cutting the ribon to unveil the monument.

Lauli’i village dedicates memorial

A memorial dedicated to the lives of those lost during the 1918 Influenza epidemic was unveiled in Lauli’i yesterday. The unveiling of the memorial was part of the village’s 100 years anniversary since the establishment of their church service on November 13, 1918. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malilelegaoi said the annual event had great historical significance.

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The journey from being unemployed to becoming breadwinners of families is possible.

Going from unemployed to breadwinners

The journey from being unemployed to becoming breadwinners of families is possible.

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INTRODUCING VACCINES: The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

New vaccine funding welcomed

A massive boost to vaccination funding has been welcomed by the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) and the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.). This week the Asia Development Bank (A.D.B.) approved T$7.4 million to introduce new vaccines in Samoa, as part of a larger project including Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 

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 Ms. Stuart said the I.M.F. is very proactive in addressing issues related to the Pacific, especially in maintaining correspondent banking, which is important for Pacific countries that rely on remittances.

Remittance cost high, says International Monetary Fund

While some countries in the region, including Samoa, enjoy remittances as their largest financial inflows, the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) says the cost of sending money back is very high. 

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Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part II)

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.” In other words, he was saying it is not luck but his character, choices and true beliefs in his heart that guide and protect him.


Tribute to a leader, visionary and intellectual

Eulogy at Memorial Service of Sir Ngatata Love 28 October, 2018 Pipitea Marae, Wellington

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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