Digital farming has potential in Samoa

The digital farmhand is a developing science technology that could revolutionise the profitability and sustainability of small-scale row crop farming in Samoa. A field trial was carried out yesterday by a group of engineers from the University of Sydney, Australia at Charlie Ah Liki’s commercial farm in Tapatapao. 

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The audit report was submitted to the Legislative Assembly last December and was recently tabled.

Loan applications lacked bank statements

The Development Bank of Samoa (D.B.S.) gave loans to clients who did not submit bank statements and did not have bank accounts.

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Counsellor Embassy of Japan, Isao Kishi; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki; ACEO Bilateral Relations Divisions MFAT, Tagaloa Sharon Aiafi; Hon. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Govt. signs $4.5 million medical help with Japan

Samoa stands to benefit from $4.5 million ((US$1.8 million) in terms of medical equipment courtesy of the Government of Japan. It follows notes signed and exchanged between the Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi yesterday. 

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Suitupe Misa.

$1 m. lawsuit against armed Police in Court

A hearing date has been set for the matter between Suitupe Misa and the Office of the Attorney General. Misa is a member of the public who was arrested at gunpoint by a contingent of armed Police officers in 2015. He is suing the Ministry of Police for $1million tala.

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DIFFERENT CULTURES JOINED IN MARRIAGE: Bonnie and Grey surrounded by family and friends after the ceremony.

A wedding fusion of Assyria and Samoa

In what may have been a nation first, Apia was witness to a wedding combining two diverse cultures – Assyrian and Samoan. The couple, Bonnie and Grey Viane, tied the knot last Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral followed by a reception at Taumeasina Resort in a mix of cultural traditions.

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Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u and C.E.O. Papali'i John Taimalelagi.

Inquiry to scrutinise staff use of assets

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) Inquiry looking at allegations that Court files were removed from the vicinity of Court and taken to the Office of the Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u, has a wider scope.

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Discrepancies with passport and permit receipting uncovered in an audit report.

Audit discovers duplicate receipt numbers

The Immigration Passport System has identified duplicate receipt numbers for different applications used in the passport and permit systems. The discrepancies are outlined in the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet Audit (M.P.M.C.) Report for financial year ending June 30, 2014. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Second nurse faces manslaughter charge over vaccination deaths

A second nurse has been charged in relation to the deaths of two babies in Savai’i who died after they were administered the MMR vaccination. The charge against an unnamed nurse was confirmed by the Police.

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CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY: Faimanu Toesea, Afualo Mulivai, Rev. Apelu Semu, Tautua Enosa, Afualo Tavita, Afualo Apelu, Poutoa Tautele, Matuu Vaa.

Critical role played by fathers acknowledged

Fathers play a critical role in the families. This was highlighted across the country last Sunday when the nation paused to celebrate Father’s Day.

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Cheri Robinson Moors.

Former Miss South Pacific heads A.P.T.C. in Samoa

The Australian Pacific Training Coalition (A.P.T.C.), formerly known as the Australian Pacific Training College, has a new Director. She is former Miss South Pacific and Miss Samoa, Cheri Robinson Moors.

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N.Z. PRIME MINISTER: Jacinda Arden.

Visa free travel up for discussion

Discussions on visa free travel to New Zealand may be on the table, says Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters. The New Zealand Foreign Minister was in Apia recently to attend the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police follow lead in search of suspect

The Ministry of Police are following up on a lead in connection to a vehicle that killed a 79 year old mother of Nofoalii. According to a statement issued by the police, a side mirror belonging to a vehicle was left at the scene of the hit-and-run incident and provides them the only lead into the fatal incident. 

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AT TO SUA: Police vehicles at To Sua Trench where a Chinese man went missing two Sundays ago. Photo / (Misiona Simo).

Search for missing Chinese called off

The search for the body of a missing Chinese national has been called off after a week of searching by authorities. 

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Deputy Commissioner, Papali'i Monalisa Keti.

Police take over investigation

The Ministry of Police has taken over the case of former Assistant C.E.O. of the M.W.T.I. Faleniu Mark Alesana, whose services was terminated last month on allegations of impropriety over his connection to an Indian company. The criminal investigation was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Papali’i Monalisa Keti in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

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Unit set up for whistle blowers.

Unit set up for whistle blowers

A special audit unit has been set up within the Audit Office for whistleblowers in the public sector who want to report fraud and other irregularities. The establishment of the unit comes on the back of laws enacted in 2014, which recommended that the Audit Office facilitate voluntary reporting of fraud and other irregularities, and ensure there is legal protection for whistleblowers.

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FINDING COMMONALITIES: Senior New Zealand woman army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Esther Harrop with the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil.

New Zealand’s top woman Soldier praises Samoa

A senior New Zealand woman Army Officer whose tour of duties included South Sudan has commended Samoa for appointing women to senior positions in government.

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Director General of the Ministry of Health, Tole’afoa Dr. Take Naseri.

Human error suspected in deaths

The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Tole’afoa Dr. Take Naseri, says human error is suspected over the deaths of two toddlers who died after they were administered the MMR vaccine in Savai’i.

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OBESITY CHALLENGE: The Pacific island countries are already struggling with N.C.D.’s mostly caused by lifestyle choices.

Vaovasa warns of diabetes “tsunami”

New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters, has described the issue of obesity in the region as a “tsunami”. Speaking on the sidelines of the recently concluded Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Samoa, Vaovasa said education and diet have to change in order to defend the Pacific against this growing problem.

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Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Audit Office refuses to comment on Inquiry

The Audit Office has declined to comment on the investigation they have begun into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele. Audit Office Director of Legal Services, Vaipou Fetuliai Lagaaia said: “At this stage that in our line or work we are mandated by law to answer first to the Parliament.” 

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Papali'i John Taimalelagi.

Inquiry launched into alleged removal of Court files

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) has launched an inquiry into allegations that Land and Titles Court files had been removed from the vicinity of the Court. The P.S.C. Chairman, Aiono Mose Su’a, confirmed the setting up of the inquiry in response to questions from Samoa Observer. 

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Think a Minute

“A bad teacher”

Think a Minute … Do you sometimes feel that the only way your kids will listen and obey you is if you get angry with them?


Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

Between the Lines


Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

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