PROUD OF HIS VILLAGE: Malaeola Alama from Vailoa, Aleipata.

He’s one proud villager

Samoa is known for its tropical weather, beautiful beaches around the island and the many different villages.

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TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT! Sagapolutele Talosaga of Si’upapa, Saleapaga.

Keep our country clean

The environment we live in reflects who we are to the outside world.

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A ROLE MODEL TO HIS CHILDREN: Father of two from Leusoali’i, Tanielu Taua’ifaga.

Parenting, farming and setting great examples

Tanielu Taua’ifaga from Leusoali’i believes that the best gift a father can give his children is to be a good role model for them.

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LOVING SAMOA: Kym and Phillip Rob of Hamilton, New Zealand.

Beautiful Samoa is number one

Hands down Samoa is the most beautiful of the Pacific Islands. So insists Kym Rob while her husband Phillip nodded in agreement.

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WORK AND PLEASURE: Sky Fankhauser and Joey Brand.

Working holiday for U.S. humanitarians

Sky Frankhauser and Joey Brand of Utah, U.S.A, are part of a visiting Humanitarian group. They caught up with the Samoa Observer while browsing through the Savalalo market yesterday. 

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THE SHACKLETONS: John and Shelley Shackleton.

Gentle Samoans divine in tourists’ eyes

The Shackleton family know what they want.  After arriving in Samoa last weekend, John and Shelley were straight off the plane and onto the ferry to Savai’i to begin the first part of their holiday.

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Report on Samoa International Finance Authority for Financial 

Year 2016 - 2017

Cabinet has approved the report on Samoa International Finance Authority for Financial Year 2016 - 2017.

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Digicel completes deal for Tonga Cable

Complete communications and entertainment provider, Digicel Tonga Limited, in February this year entered into a Share Purchase Agreement (‘S.P.A’) with the Government of Tonga for the sale of Shares in Tonga Cable Limited (‘T.C.L’), a strategic Government asset. 

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HISTORICAL OCCASSION: Guests at the launch in Auckland.

Auckland launch for book of German/Samoa history

Two hundred people attended the Auckland book launch of Tony Brunt’s first volume of, “To Walk Under Palm Trees – The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums.”

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Minister of Health Tuitama Dr. Tuitama, N.Z. High Commissioner David Nicholson, China’s Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, Deputy P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Mata’afa Keni Lesa, Eriko Hibi, UN Resident Coordinator Lizbeth Cullity and Japan’s Ambassador Shinya Aoki.

Boerma Award celebrated at Sails

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O) of the United Nations hosted a cocktail at Sails Restaurant on Wednesday evening.

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Through the Samoa frozen concept, markets in Sydney and Brisbane Australia have been secured for Samoa’s frozen agro produce.

Govt. looks to expand frozen exports market

Frozen taro is not the only export agro commodity on demand overseas.

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Real Tonga Airlines Deputy CEO Tele Faletau and the Polynesian Airlines CEO Seiuli Alvin Tuala with officials of the two airlines.

Real Tonga Airlines touches down

A test flight from Real Tonga Airlines touched down at Faleolo International Airport as it looks to formalise a working relationship with Polynesian Airlines. The 1 hour and 20 minutes flight from Vava’u brought to Samoa a delegation of more than 20 employees including the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Commercial, Tele Faletau.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. in Noumea for 70th anniversary

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is among country representatives and high-level officials in Noumea this week.

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Samoa Under 18 Sevens Team with the Minister of Education Sports and Culture Loau Keneti Sio, Minister of Communication, Infrastructure and Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, C.E.O of S.R.U. Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

Home are our champions

Samoa’s Commonwealth Youth Games heroes are home. The Under 18 team which won gold after beating England arrived yesterday and was a given a fitting welcome by the Samoa Rugby Union at Tuanaimato yesterday afternoon.

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A new beginning for Samoa and the U.S.A.

His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II performed one of his first official duties as the Head of State yesterday. A week after his inauguration, he and the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo, accepted the credentials of the new Ambassador of the United States of America to Samoa, Scott Brown.

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With 70per cent of beef currently being imported into Samoa, there is a huge opportunity for local farmers to enter the market as commercial sellers.

Chicken shortage prompts govt. action

The recent and unexpected shortage of imported chicken on commercial shelves may have lasted less than a week. But it was enough for the Minister of Agriculture, La’aulilalemalietoa Leuatea Fosi, also in charge of livestock to remain firm on the government’s conviction to start a meat import substitution strategy

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Chief Justice Patu Falefatu Sapolu.

C.J. cites media for adverse reporting

Chief Justice Patu Falefatu Sapolu has taken issue with what he said are adverse media reports regarding the court granting legal aid to criminal offenders. 

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Collecting beach stones, Tupu Su’a of Luatuanu’u and Matatufu.

If you have the heart to work, do it

No matter how old you become, if you have the heart to work, you can still do it. That’s according to Tupu Su’a of Luatuanuu and Matatufu.

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 Above, Fereti Tavina of Leusoali’i and below, harvesting in his tilapia pond.

Peace, prosperity in this family

It is the responsibility of a father to maintain peace and harmony in the family. This is what Fereti Tavina of Leusoali’i said to the Village Voice yesterday.

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Francis Ah-Ken is from the village of Fagalii.

Francis talks of family

Meet Francis Ah-Ken of Fagalii. A 20 year old who is doing his best to take care of his family.

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Think a Minute

Your biggest bank account

Think a minute…Imagine every morning that somebody put $86,400 in your bank account; then every night, whatever you did not spend that day was taken out of your account and burned. I’m quite certain you would spend every cent of your $86,400 every single day—so none of it is thrown away and destroyed!


Remarks from the Commonwealth Broadband Pacific forum

The Chief Guest, Her Excellency Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Acting Prime Minister of Samoa; Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni; Hon. Ministers; Dr. Shola Taylor, Secretary General of CTO; Mr. Sione Veikoso, President of PITA; Excellencies and members of the diplomatic corps; Distinguished speakers; participants; ladies and gentlemen.

Between the Lines


LEARNING FROM OTHERS Oh no! First we got a lesson in rugby success from the visiting Flying Fijians and now we have to swallow our pride and learn from their successful airline, Fiji Airways.

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