Youth Co:Lab prepares young leader for Queen’s Awards

Coming back on a high from The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards in June, a young Samoan woman is putting her learning into action.

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10th BIRTHDAY SMILES: Galumalemana Faiesea Lei Sam-Matafeo, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Lesaisaea Reupena Matafeo.

Happy 10th birthday, TV1!

The Samoa Quality Broadcasting Corporation, which runs TV1, celebrated its 10th birthday during the weekend. To mark the occasion, the Managing Director Galumalemana Faiesea Matafeo and the Management of TV1 hosted a Ball at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. 

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Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell.

Airline sales office to stay open

The Samoa Airways sales office will remain open to the public despite criticisms that the national airline was undercutting airfares. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi celebrates the 10th anniversary since TV Samoa.

P.M. reveals Govt.-run Digital TV plan

Cabinet has approved the establishment of a Government-owned Digital TV.

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SALELOLOGA WHARF LAND CLAIM: Matamua Samuela on the land in question at the Salelologa Wharf in Savai'i.

Govt. awaits investigation outcome

The Government has a moral obligation to do what is right. And if the family of Matamua Samuela, of Salelologa, caught up in the Salelologa wharf extension should be compensated, so be it. This is what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. threatens Olo

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has threatened to remove Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, from Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee. He issued the threat during his weekly media programme where he accused of Olo of playing “dirty politics.”

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After Baby Tovanse was taken to the hospital and injected to determine if he had meningitis.

Hospital blamed for paralysed toddler

The family of a one-year-old toddler is blaming the country’s public health system for negligence resulting in their son’s paralysis. Tovanse Meni of A’ufaga was born healthy last year until he became ill and was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to the Moto’otua Hospital. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Police announce coronial inquest

A coronial inquest will be done on July 25 into the deaths of two toddlers from Safotu, the Ministry of Police has announced. “On 12th July, a post-mortem examination was conducted at Moto’otua Hospital for the two babies from Safotu, Savaii. The post-mortem examination was conducted by a pathologist from Australia. Further inquiries with samples obtained from the two babies have been taken overseas for analysis,” stated the statement.

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Elderly father sets great example

“I am an old man now, but God gave me a gift to share with my community.” Taueva sets a great example for those that surround him. Although he has entered his seventies, he still works very hard to gain an income, and because of this, his children can go to school.

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Luatala Auvaa.

An empowered family of Vaimoso

Luatala is a mother of two beautiful children from the village of Lepa. She lives with her family at her husband’s family at Vaimoso and she is therefore what you would refer to in Samoa as a nofotane. 

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade C.E.O. Peseta Noumea Simi.

Samoa, P.N.G. get the nod

Samoa and Papua New Guinea will represent the Pacific at the Ministerial level central negotiating for the post-Cotonou agreement. This is according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade C.E.O. Peseta Noumea Simi, who added that Samoa is in the technical negotiating team for pillar two on development cooperation. 

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Adelaide Nafoi, Helena Rokeni, Sonja Matalavea and Natalia Iosefo.

‘Daughters of the King’ celebrate with a banquet

The Daughters of the King women’s conference 2018 ended with a royal banquet on Friday night. It was a four-day conference where mothers and young ladies gathered in the house of God to hear the Word and be empowered.

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“Overwhelmed and so grateful”

After serving the church faithfully as a teacher and a Church Minister for many years, Reverend Masunu Utumapu, is calling it a day. He was among two Elders of the Church whose life of service was recognised yesterday. Rev. Masunu and Reverend Halefoti Seloti’s services was celebrated as they retire (malōlō manumalo).

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Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane, His Honour Chief Justice Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu and Fepulea’i Attila Ropati.

Court queries A.G.’s request for an overseas Judge

The Office of the Attorney General has appealed the decision by District Court Judge, Alalatoa Rosella Papali’i, to discharge the President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepuleai Atilla Ropati, without conviction. Fepulea’i had pleaded guilty to the assault of a Security Officer who was drinking alcohol on the job.

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TRY TIME: Manu Samoa halfback, Melani Matavao

Mission accomplished: Samoa qualifies for Rugby World Cup

The Manu Samoa has qualified for the Rugby World Cup (R.W.C.) in Japan next year. The Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua-coached team defeated Germany, 42-28, in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier in Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark, Heidelberg, yesterday morning.

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PAY YOUR TAXES: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. delves into taxes and ‘decline’ of E.F.K.S. Church members

Prime Minister, the Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, (C.C.C.S.) has recently expressed publicly through the media strong views opposing the PAYE tax reform which  requires the clergy to pay their PAYE tax. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

“That’s what a fa’afafine would say,” Tuilaepa hits back

The claim by the General Secretary of the E.F.K.S. Church, Reverend Vavatau Taufao, about the Government bringing back the colonialism mentality sounds like something a fa’afafine would say. That’s what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said, hitting back at the General Secretary over the ongoing tax dispute between the Government and the E.F.K.S. Church.

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Lucky to be alive

The driver of a sedan is lucky to be alive after his vehicle rolled several times and fell into a storm water drain in Tuanaimato. Eyewitnesses at the scene of the accident told Samoa Observer that the vehicle rolled a couple of times before ending up in the drain.

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LIFE IS CHALLENGING: Ana Sio and her children at their home.

At the mercy of nature

The dilapidated condition of their house means they are always at the mercy of the forces of nature.

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HOUSING ISSUES: Tuluina Tavita’s family home with some of the children in front. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Ten is a crowd and a challenge

Ten can be a crowd for a family living in a shack in Vaitele and Tuluina Tavita’s challenges are compounded by her lack of employment.

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Think a Minute

Mr. Nice Guy

Think a minute…Bram Stoker was a successful theatre manager in England during Queen Victoria’s reign. Everybody who knew him said he was one of the most easy-going, kindest men they knew.


Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Three is a crowd One Minister with three Secretaries? A colleague of BTL walked into the office of one Cabinet Minister.

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