Ms. Young spoke on being a victim of online abuse on Facebook, and her efforts to report abusive content, to seek help from Netsafe and also from the New Zealand Police.

Facebook opens door to abuse of women

Facebook’s community standards allow women to be abused and threatened, especially when that abuse is not in English.  This is according to Lani Wendt Young, a Samoan writer, editor, publisher and journalist, who was invited by Netsafe NZ to speak at the 2018 Trans-Tasman Netsafe Crossroads Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand recently.  

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Lani Wendt-Young, one of the most prolific Samoan writers of this generation.

Samoan hits back at New Zealand’s Netsafe

Samoan Lani Wendt Young says New Zealand’s independent non-profit online safety organisation Netsafe is useless as it does not have regulatory powers. Speaking at the 2018 Trans-Tasman Netsafe Crossroads Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand recently, she said internet giants such as Facebook did not recognise it as an equal partner in building safe online spaces.

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I.T. UPGRADE: School principal, Ana Latu Failauga.

China donates school computers

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Samoa donated computers and sports equipment to Falefitu Primary School. The school was the first to be established in the Vaimauga district and students still lacked access to computer studies, but the donation changes everything. 

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The International Children’s Peace Prize trophy.

Two Samoan girls vie for top children’s prize

Two Samoan girls are on the list of nominees for the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2018, which will be awarded next month in Cape Town, South Africa. The profiles of the nominees for this year’s awards are on the website of KidsRights Foundation, a Netherlands-based children’s aid and advocacy organisation, and two of them are Samoans.

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Sa'u Fiapaipai Justina Sa'u Lam.

Police investigate Govt. official’s death

The Government has lost a senior bureaucrat with the passing of Sa'u Fiapaipai Justina Sa'u Lam, the Unit Trust of Samoa Chief Executive Officer. The Police have confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the death of the senior government official. Sa'u had been the Chief Executive Officer of Unit Trust of Samoa since 2011 and was only reappointed last year to another three-year term. 

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WATER STRUGGLES: Nine-year-old Osa Mikaele from Aleisa pouring water into a bowl to wash their dishes.

Mother says life without water tough

A mother of six yesterday shed light on the struggles she encounters daily with the lack of consistent water supply to her home. Viena Mikaele, 40, of Aleisa said their water problem has become a part and parcel of their lives and continues to be a worry for her family members.

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Palauli i Sisifo College students who were the Winners of School Category for the Agriculture Show and World Food Day 2018.

Youth win big in Savai’i agriculture competition

Students from Palauli i Sisifo College in Savai’i were among the winners of an agriculture competition, which was part of the Agriculture Show and World Food Day 2018 celebrations, held in Savai’i this week.

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CHOSEN TO LEAD: The title bestowment ceremony of five new matai title holders at Leulumoega village yesterday morning.

Ailao, Sulufau titles bestowed

The village of Leulumoega welcomed five new matai title holders yesterday morning. The paramount chiefly title Ailao and four chiefly titles Sulufau were bestowed during a traditional and colourful ceremony.

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Haris Jacob and Ropeti Tiafau.

Schools welcome mobile dental checks

Students of Loto Taumafai Inclusive Education in Vaitele were the first to receive dental checks last Friday using a new mobile dental clinic donated by the government of Japan.     

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CONGRATULATIONS: Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with colleagues in Hawaii with the award.

Global recognition for Samoa’s kava man

Tagaloa Eddie Wilson’s work in the kava industry has received global recognition. As the Chair of the international Kava Executive Council and President of the Pacific Kava Association, Tagaloa has been honoured for leading the lifting of the 2001 ban on Pacific kava and restoring regional kava exports globally

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ON THE ISSUE OF WASTE: Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai with guests of the Women in Climate Change and World Bank evening.

Women lead fight against waste

The waste stream needs more money injected into it, say two women walking the talk in waste management. Addressing the Women in Climate Change (W.I.C.C.) network and a delegation of the World Bank on Thursday evening, members of the Samoa Recycling Waste Management Association (S.W.R.M.A.), Tuigamala Marina Keil and Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai said waste management development is acutely necessary.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

“Writing-off water bills nothing new”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says there is “nothing new” in writing off outstanding water bills, which include $2.6 million in arrears. He said the policy to write-off water bills has been in place since the beginning of the Samoa Government, but the authority to accept or write-off the bills ultimately rests with the Parliament.

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THE CONTAINER: Tagiilima and Irene Elia claim the container they leased had been allegedly tampered with.

The truth must prevail!

A couple, Tagiilima and Irene Elia, is eager to find out what has become of the “$23,800 tala” worth of personal effects, some of which they claimed had gone missing or damaged, in a container in the Apia Wharf, and the matter is now the subject of a Police investigation. 

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HARD WORK AND DEDICATION: Y.C.A.N. members planting mangroves after cleaning rubbish from the site in March last year in Faleata.

Samoa’s youth honoured with international wetlands prize

In May this year, Samoa’s Youth in Climate Action Network (Y.C.A.N.) learned they had won a Ramsar Wetland Conservation award of US$10,000 (T$26,609). President Samantha Kwan, still very much taken aback by the win, travelled to Dubai yesterday to accept the prize.

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Mata'afa Faatino Utumapu.

The blind to seek Govt. assistance

The Samoa Blind People’s Association (S.B.P.A.) is considering asking the Government to import canes into Samoa for blind citizens. A member of the association, Fa’aolo Utumapu, told Samoa Observer that the association receives canes under an arrangement with a Danish citizen.

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Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.

“It is within his rights to sue S.R.U.”

Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, yesterday said it was within the rights of former Manu Samoa Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, to go to Court. Fuimaono, whose contract as the head coach was terminated in August this year, has threatened to sue the Samoa Rugby Union and wants a public apology.

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Some local farmers during a training in Samoa to deal with the rhinoceros beetle.

Training targets pests in coconut industry

A regional training on the identification, prevention and control of pests and diseases in Coconut Plantations will be held at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, starting next Monday.

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Some of the children from the Vaiusu S.D.A. made White Sunday extra special.

Vaiusu S.D.A. makes White Sunday extra special

White Sunday this year was extra special for the abused and abandoned children at the Campus of Hope, as it was celebrated together with the children from the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Vaiusu. 

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GIFT FROM THE HEART: Pink seis handmade by children of Campus of Hope presented to the Samoa Cancer Society.

A donation of a hundred pink seis

Hundred of pink seis, hand made by the children residence of the Campus of Hope have been presented to the Samoa Cancer Society. The pink sei donation made last week was the children of hope’s contribution towards breast cancer awareness currently underway, as per the Pinktober 2018.

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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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Think a Minute

The real winners

Think a minute…In a U.S. national spelling contest, an 11-year-old girl was asked to spell a certain word. With her soft voice the judges were not sure if she spelled the word with the letter A or E.


TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters. Photo / (Samoa Observer).

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

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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