Honourable Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio.

Methodist Church answers Games call

The Pacific Games Office has confirmed that the Methodist Church of Samoa’s Faleula compound will be used to accommodate athletes and team officials for the XVI Pacific Games.

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Professor Rajesh Chandra.

University promotes Pacific regionalism

A lot has been said about what denotes successful regionalism in the Pacific, and more often the University of the South Pacific has been at the forefront of it. 

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Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai.

Industry brainstorms in first Tourism, Travel night

The tourism and hospitality industry in Samoa gathered last week to brainstorm on ideas to improve the industry.

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Island Rock general manager, Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork.

Local firm gives to Mapufagalele nursing home

Local company Island Rock has donated a brand new washing machine to the elderly residents of the Mapufagalele nursing home.

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Vilfred Crawley (brother), Jean Viliamu Kupa (aunt), Gebra Crawley and  Apia Primary school principal, Tagiilima Lino Tagiilima.

Gebra Crawley is dux of Apia Primary

The Year 8 Dux of Apia Primary is Gebra Crawley of Malua.

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Sark Lee, Co-founder of Benefarm from South Korea.

South Korean firm confident in Samoan nonu

South Korean businessman Sark Lee has expressed confidence in his business partner Wilex Samoa and its nonu products making an impact in the South Korean market despite stiff competition.

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Christmas has begun at Ululoloa with the Craig family opening up their lights display to the public.

Goshen Trust staff to pamper three residents

As families across Samoa gather singing Christmas carols with their families, three residents of the Goshen Trust Mental Health residency won’t be. But with the help of their staff, volunteers and a smattering of fairy lights, Goshen will try to have a special Christmas anyway.

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Paula Whetu Jones third from left with of the women directors.

Maori movie opens human rights week

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights yesterday, Samoa screened the film Waru at the Apollo theatre last night. Waru is a film directed by eight Maori women and comprises eight different life changing stories surrounding the death of a boy at the hands of his family. 

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Samoa Land Transport Authority deployed a caterpillar yesterday to clear a landslide triggered by the rain at Fagaloa.

Heavy rains are expected, says Meteorological Division

The Samoa Meteorological Division says heavy rains are expected this time of the year, as another heavy downpour in Apia yesterday threatened to unleash flooding in parts of the capital. Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Samoa Meteorology Division’s Director, Tainau Mulipola Titimaea, said a convergence zone within the vicinity of Samoa and a low pressure system south of the islands—is leading to moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

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The spot on which this hotel is located on Beach Road used to be the site of Aggie Grey's Hotel. Today it is the Sheraton Hotel.

Govt. will act on $50m in two months, says Minister of Finance

The forecast that the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, had made about two months ago in connection with the changeover of ownership of Aggie Grey’s Hotel on Beach Road, is somewhat disturbing. He said that if repayments on the hotel were not up to date by January 2019, the Samoan Government would start seizing assets from the Aggie Grey family, to repay the $50 million loan the family had borrowed.

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Passing on traditional skills and knowledge to the young children of Samoa. Photo: Supplied.

Guardian Campaign lessons to be imbedded within school curriculum

Through various meetings and discussions with the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (MESC), the Va’a based environmental education program “Guardians – Tausi Lou Fa’asinomaga” campaign—which is led and coordinated by Conservation International Samoa (CI Samoa)—will have its interactive environmental lessons and approach incorporated into Samoa’s national curriculum.

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Alamu Selu with the president and CEO of SSAB, Tofilau Fiti Lafaele-Leung Wai.

SSAB recognises 18 employees for their loyalty

Eighteen Samoa Stationaries and Book (SSAB) staff have been recognised for their service as part of the company’s 10 years anniversary celebrations. Each awardee got a trophy and a Tahitian ring.

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Sister Emanuela Betham celebrates 60 years of service within the Missionaries Sisters of the Society of Mary.

Family and friends join Sister Emanuela’s celebrations

Families and friends of Sister Emanuela Betham gathered on Saturday evening to commemorate her 60 years of service in the order of Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM). Sister Emanuela, 88, dedicated her life to being an educator and Sister of the order of SMSM at the age of 19 and entered the convent in 1955. 

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Lotofaga resident, Kiose Lauina holding up the final product of the nonu she collects.

Nonu company gives villagers extra income

The arrival of nonu-exporting company Wilex Samoa has opened up income-generation opportunities for families in Lotofaga. And more families from other areas are set to join in the financial bonanza as word goes around to areas such as Aleipata, Samusu and Lalomanu.

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The 25th Chancellor of USP, His Excellency Taneti Maamau, President of Kiribati and Top Samoan Law student of the year, Fuamata Fuatino Sialaoa. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Fuamata is top Samoan law graduate

The University of South Pacific’s Telefoni Retzlaff Memorial Prize, for the top Samoan law student of the year, has been awarded to Fuamata Fuatino Sialaoa. Fuamata, 25, works as a law clerk in the Office of the Attorney General’s commercial and international division, and graduated last Friday with a bachelor degree in law from the USP Alafua Campus.

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Julie Bright and Family.

Meet a few volunteers currently in Samoa

Volunteers come from far and wide to immerse themselves in Samoa and its culture. They give their time and energy, and in return are rewarded with a lifelong experience, deep connections and new skills. 

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Dressed up in either their traditional Japanese clothing, or their newly acquired Samoan wear, volunteers showed off their outfits in a fashion show for volunteers’ day celebrations.

Volunteers celebrate with games, fashion parade

With the formalities done on Wednesday, International Volunteers Day took on another flavour yesterday at One U.N House in Tuanaimato. Volunteers from Japan, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and other far flung places gathered to be pampered with speeches, good food, and sports out on the field.

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The taxi that crashed into the BBQ restaurant after bumping the pedestrians.

Speeding taxi lands three in hospital

Speeding has allegedly led to another vehicle crash and injuries to three pedestrians, including a three-year-old girl, who is in a critical condition at the Moto’otua hospital. The traffic accident at around 2pm yesterday occurred when a speeding taxi—which according to eyewitnesses was in a race with another vehicle—hit three pedestrians on Levili road and landed in a nearby restaurant.

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Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Court says resort’s land lease binding, Land Titles Court has no jurisdiction

The Supreme Court has ruled that the customary land lease at Matautu Lefaga, which is currently home to the Return to Paradise Resort, is valid. The Court also ruled that the Land and Titles Court (LTC) and the Lands and Titles Appellate Court (LTCA) did not have the powers to revoke land leases over public land, which is the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. 

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Popular Apia night club Edge Marina View has been temporarily closed.

Edge Marina View closed

Popular Apia night club Edge Marina View has been temporarily closed. A manager of the club, who asked not to be named, told Samoa Observer that the club has been closed for staff safety reasons. The closing of the club comes a week after the death of 24-year-old Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili, who was allegedly assaulted on the premises on November 30 and went into coma, before he died five days later.

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Think a Minute

Maid to sing

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.


Spare a thought for the Samoan delegation at Poland Climate Talks

As we fast approach the end of 2018 and envelop ourselves in the spirit of the festive season on Christmas and New Year celebrations, we need to spare a thought or two for the Samoa delegation these two weeks in Katowice Poland in the collective pursuit by developing countries for a climate package of decisions that ‘leaves no climate related issues behind’.

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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