MOANA DISCOVERY: Robin Ton, keen to learn more about Samoa.

Moana lures Vietnamese tourist to remote Samoa

Most visitors to Samoa find out about the place through different means. For most of them, they would have heard about Samoa in relation to Manu Samoa rugby, Seiuli the Rock Johnson and of course our world heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker. 

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WELCOME BACK: Kathryn Delaney and Leonia Sands return to their roots in Samoa.

Special trip to the motherland

Kathryn Delaney and Leonia Sands are no strangers to the shores of Samoa. And it’s not just because they have blood connection to the land, they genuinely love the place.“My mother is from here and even though she has passed away I still come over because I’ve got families here,” said Ms. Delaney.

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ALL THE WAY FROM POLAND: Adam and Anna Jaynisiow say the long trip has been worth it.

Polish couple loving their holiday

Despite the distance of some 15,654 kilometers, this Polish couple were really keen to experience Samoa. So they took the long flight or flights for that matter. A few days after they left their home, they arrive.

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REST IN PEACE: Tanuvasa's children and family move his body for his burial yesterday.

Rest in love, Tanuvasa Isitolo!

The life of a long serving public servant and former Electoral Commissioner, Tanuvasa Meleisea Matauitaua Isitolo Lemisio, was celebrated during his final service yesterday at St. Theresa Lepea Parish. Tanuvasa passed away on 9 October 2017. He was 69.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Attempted murder not proven

An attempted murder charge against a man accused of using an electric wire to strangle his wife, when he became enraged over a suspected extra marital affair, has been dismissed. A panel of five assessors in the Supreme Court dismissed the charge citing the lack of evidence.

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HELPING HAND: Samoa Housing Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Mata’utia Rula Levi, presenting their donation to the Samoa Cancer Society to assist with the early detection to cure cancer public awareness campaign.

Housing Corp. becomes cancer awareness advocate for life

The Samoa Housing Corporation (S.H.C) has pledged to donate annually to help the Samoa Cancer Society with her public awareness promotions for the early detection as a means for early prevention of Cancer in particular Breast Cancer.

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Roache Family photo after our Temple Endowment and Sealing. DirgNoel O’Redyna (baby) Ingrid (mother) ReeNada (eldest) and Leon Roache.

Family love sealed at Temple

Nearly five years after they exchanged vows at their local chapel, young couple Ingrid and Leon Roache took an important step in their lives this week. They wanted to have their vows sealed at the L.D.S Temple in Pesega. This time, the couple was joined by their children ReeNada and DirgNoel Roache for the occasion.

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WHERE IT IS HAPPENING: The mother Temple of the Pacific, Tiapapata.

Celebrations of Baha’is Prophet Founder 200th birthday begins tonight

Members of the Bahai Faith in Samoa will gather tonight at the grounds of the Mother Temple of the Pacific, at Tiapapata, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet Founder of their Faith. The service will start with a Prayer Service at 8pm followed by an address from the government of Samoa.

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REFUGEES ON THE AGENDA: Participants at the meeting held at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

Training looks at pros and cons of accepting refugees

It is vital that Pacific Island countries understand the pros and cons of allowing refugees to settle in their their countries. But first of all understanding the term refugee, their background and reasons of migrating are crucial to island nations in the Pacific region. 

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SAMOA MEETING: Election officials from all over the Commonwealth countries gathering in Samoa this week.

Judge highlights critical role of election observers

The role of election observers in running any election is critical. The point was highlighted by Justice Lei’ataualesa Daryl Clarke yesterday. He was speaking about Election Observation on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Election Professionals (C.E.P) Initiative Pacific workshop being held this week at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in Apia.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Professor Leigh Robinson University of Stirling Scotland, Salā Stella Siale-Vaea Tangitau, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee [I.O.C].

Sala strives for excellence

“Excellence is to excel in those fields where you can really make a difference, so that when you move on, you shall have left behind a better world for those who follow.” The words above from Eva Lantsought inspired Salā Stella Siale –Vaea Tangitau, General Manager of Samoa International Cricket to aim high.

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“We cannot do anything unless an official complaint is filed with the Police,” said Sala’a.

Customs must lodge complaint first- Police

In order for the Police to launch an investigation into anything, an official complaint has to be filed with Ministry of Police. That’s the response from Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, to questions as to what action the Police have taken after the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, confirmed that Customs had confiscated a container allegedly smuggled into the country using falsified documents. 

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IN RUSSIA WITH A MESSAGE: Lenatai Victor Tamapua.

M.P. takes climate change fight to Russia

World leaders must do more to address climate change and its impact on Samoa and other small island states. That’s the message from Member of Parliament, Lenatai Victor Tamapua, to world leaders. Lenatai is attending the Inter-Parliamentary Union (I.P.U) General Assembly being held in St Petersburg, Russia. 

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WHO IS THE TOA?: The Toa Samoa 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad assembling in Apia this week.

Govt. shows Toa Samoa support

The government has thrown its full support behind Toa Samoa’s bid to secure the holy grail of rugby league. Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, expressed the nation’s well wishes to coach, Matt Parish, captain Frank Pritchard and the rest of the team.

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AVA CEREMONY: Commonwealth Secretariat’s Head of Asia, Caribbean, Pacific, Leulua’iali’i Albert Mariner during the ava ceremony with Acting Prime Minister Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

Officials tackle election challenges

A week-long workshop to support the Election Management Bodies is being held at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel this week.

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RURAL LIFE IS BEST: “In Savai’i there’s no pollution from factories and the environment is fresh all the time, even though we have heaps of village obligations to deal with everyday but we still have a happy life all the time and we’re surely safe as well

Why Puisatu prefers Savai’i life

Everyone has their own favourite taste of life. Or you can be a person living the best of both worlds – rural and urban life. However, this is different for 55-year-old father and grandfather, Puisatu Talosaga from Papa Palauli, who favours rural life where the village council is the paramount ruling body.

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FEAR OF DRUNKARDS: Lufi Samu, 41, from Nu’u and Asau Savai’i.

A mother’s fear with drunks

Being drunk and disorderly is not only is a disgrace to one’s self but also the community and family. Living in an environment full of alcoholics can affect a person’s or even a child’s growth and development, especially when they’re exposed to the same kind of environment almost every day.

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DREAM BIG, ACHIEVE BIG: Sefulu Puepuemai Meki.

From Samata-uta to Venice, Italy

There is always light at the end of the tunnel. All it takes to get there is a little faith in God and the passion to achieve your dream. This is how Sefulu Puepuemai Meki describes his life journey.

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TACKLING HIGH COST: Rosa Asalemo of Leauva’a and Nu’u Fou

Family planning one way to tackle cost of living

The impact of the high cost of living in Samoa is not a laughing matter. So says Rosa Asalemo of Leauva’a and Nu’u Fou, who thinks it is high time the leaders address the cost of living.“It is really hard to cope with the situation right now because some families like ours really can’t afford it, and it is no joke at all,” the 27-year-old said.

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It is a global solution to a global problem.

Health tackles illicit tobacco products

The Ministry of Health has embarked on an initiative aimed at eliminating illicit trade in tobacco products in Samoa. The Ministry conducted a stakeholders’ consultation on the Protocol to eradicate illicit trade in tobacco products yesterday.

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Think a Minute

Fight by the rules

Think a minute…28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.


Poverty holds more secrets than you think

Waking up at dawn to the sound of roosters calling each other, the small birds chirping from below the window, and the rustle of leaves in the breeze is perhaps like the waking up of a “nemo” fish in the coral reef. I love the sound of nature, as it not only soothes me, but it takes me away to a dreamy place

Between the Lines


Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

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