DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: Participants of the Samoa Tokelau Mission office moratorium with the Chief Executive Officer of Origin Gas, Felise Sam Chong (in white).

Vision, mission on agenda

The Samoa Tokelau Mission Office of the Seventh Day Adventist Church met last week.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Winners of Category Two after the prize giving on Friday.

Global Money week winners

Twenty students from various primary and secondary schools in Samoa were awarded prizes by the Central Bank of Samoa on Friday. 

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CONCERNED CITIZENS: The public march in December 2017, against the new reform of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 regarding alienation of customary land in Samoa.

Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land

The Samoa Law Reform Commission has disputed claims that Section 32 of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 will alienate customary lands.

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ADDRESSING DEVELOPMENT ISSUES: The specialist sub-committee conducting regional policy consultations across the region including Samoa.

Forum to discuss Blue Pacific with Samoa

How to improve the Blue Pacific region is the focus of a consultation between the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Samoa this week.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Pope Paul VI’s (middle) visit to Samoa in 1970.

Pope’s historical Samoa trip revisited and the late Cardinal Pio Taofinu’u

Listen to Our Voice is also a celebration and tribute to the courageous and devoted service of the Marist Brothers and Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary who came to Western Samoa in the middle of the 19th century.

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Practice makes perfect: Food and Beverage Manager, Douglas Nansen, brought to you by Laupele Café, Oka isa is the new oka i’a.

Oka with a twist at Laupele Cafe

Locals who have converted to a plant-based diet for health and wellbeing have a reason to rejoice.

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GM for Pro-Form, Philip Butler visits Fero Samoa facilities with GM Sam Fulton.

Company bringing in new business

Fero Samoa is diversifying its range of manufacturing capabilities and attracting more business for its Samoan branch.

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Taula Beverages opens new warehouse

Customer's convenience is the reason behind the Taula Beverages opting to open a warehouse in the heart of Apia. The three-storey building comprises offices and storage area and will be open for business tomorrow morning. Established in 2012, Taula Beverages Company Limited is owned by Taimalie Charlie Westerlund, who is also the Managing Director. 

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

All news that are published in Samoa “are not real news”, Prime Minister Tuilaepa says

During an interview with the Savali Newspaper last week, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, apparently made known his view that the news being published in Samoa’s newspapers today, “are not real news”.

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A copy of the petition has been leaked to the Sunday Samoan.

Nurses petition emerges

Nurses and midwives are calling on the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, to maintain the Nursing and Midwifery division under the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) and National Health Services (N.H.S.) merge structure. The call is revealed in a petition signed by the nurses of Samoa.

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TEACHER CHARGED: A school teacher who allegedly assaulted a student from Robert Louis Stevenson Senior School is terminated from the school and awaiting his court appearance on 27 March 2018.

Robert Louis teacher sacked, charged over alleged assault

A graduate student of Malua Theological College who was teaching at Robert Louis Stevenson Senior School has been sacked for the alleged assault of a student. The teacher, whose name has been withheld by Police, has been charged with assault. 

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Simona Marinescu, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Samoa.

P.M. welcomes new United Nations Resident Coordinator

The United Nations has a new Resident Coordinator and U.N.D.P. Resident Representative in Samoa. Simona Marinescu begins her term having presented her credentials to Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, during their first official meeting. 

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G’DAY: Alumni members of the Australian Universities with potential students during the Roadshow.

Aussie Universities promote educational opportunities

A delegation from a number of top Australian universities was in Samoa this week. They were here for the first Australia Future Unlimited Education Roadshow held at Taumeasina Island Resort.

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ENJOYING SAMOA’S PACE: Thomas Double and Jessica Kuo find out more about each other in Samoa.

Pace of life in Samoa the perfect rhythm

Jessica Kuo and Thomas Double found their perfect rhythm in Samoa. Coming from New Zealand, they chose Samoa to find peace and get away from the busy life.

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NEW FAN OF SAMOA: Ashley Richardson, has enjoyed her first time in Samoa.

Savai’i leaves first time visitor in awe

Life is good in Samoa for Ashley Richardson. Ashley was reading a book by the Taumeasina Island Resort poolside and just soaking in the sun when the Dear Tourist met her. 

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HONEYMOON HOLIDAY: Danielle Davies has had a fabulous time with her husband in Samoa.

Seeing is believing

Meet Danielle Davies, from North Auckland, New Zealand. She’s in the country with her husband, Gideon, for their honeymoon. This is their first time in Samoa.

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HELPING HAND: Teen Challenge members and the staff of the M.W.C.S.D. and One U.N. Youth Employment Programme.

Teen Challenge empowered with tools to make a difference

The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D.) and the Samoa One UN Youth Employment Programme have teamed up to help Teen Challenge Samoa.

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Theresa Finau takes a selfie with the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi who is wearing a Manaia *1 ula lopa for men. Collection of TEPA i TUA Samoa fashionable lopa jewelries. 

From humble beginnings, Tepa i Tua takes roots

Adding extra to the ordinary is Theresa Finau, a solo entrepreneur from Malololelei. 

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Farewell Lotu was held at the Resort when all the staff prayed for the Maeva Band before they left for the airport.

Return to Paradise’s Maeva Band gets their big break

The Maeva String Band which performs hugely popular dinner concerts at Return to Paradise Resort every Saturday night has caught the attention of House of Travel Managing Director Chris Paulsen. 

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Airport’s $3 million facility opened

The Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) celebrated the opening of its new Training and Emergency Operations Center yesterday. The ceremony was held at the Faleolo International Airport with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi launching the new facility that includes the Samoa Airport Authority Mechanical Workshop. 

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Think a Minute

Twenty-two million candles

Think a minute…Ann Scheiber lived alone in her small apartment in New York City having never married. She did not own a car, so she walked everywhere wearing the same old black coat.


The rise of Samoan women in conservation - by culture, merit

About a month ago, we were in a meeting with three village Mayors (male Chiefs) to discuss the implementation of the first carbon offsetting project for Samoa by replanting more than 12,000 native trees in the O le Pupu Pue national Park.

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THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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