LEARNING AND SHARING: The Walton’s say there needs to be more activities where tourists can interact with locals.

Friendly Samoans a highlight for Aussie couple

On their way to have breakfast in Apia yesterday were Dallas and Elaine Walton of Melbourne, Australia. It was a gloomy and cloudy day in the central part of Upolu when Dear Tourist bumped into the happy couple who are in Samoa for an eight-day holiday. 

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Dianne and Mark from New Zealand.

Diane and Mark not your ordinary tourists

Meet Diane and Mark from Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. They like to refer to themselves as “tourists who don’t like to be tourists”. 

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Pip and Lucy enjoying their working holiday.

Work, pleasure all found in Samoa

Travelling for work is one of the greatest perks a job can offer you for many different reasons. For Pip of Wellington, New Zealand, coming to a tropical island gave her a little teaser of what Samoa had to offer. 

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Attorney General posts up his Samoa Airways boarding pass

Samoa’s flag carrier, Samoa Airways, appears to have sorted out a teething problem with their boarding passes. That’s according to Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff on a Facebook post today.

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Leausa Dr. Take Naseri Director General of Health Remarks at closing of Drugs training

Dealing with drug addiction in Samoa

I am privileged today to give comments on behalf of our government and our leaders especially on a topic that has a big impact on health if we are not to address it now. 

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Moana Solomona and Leuluaialiiotumua Faagutu Vaalotu.

Drugs training forges united effort

The number of cases handled by the Alcohol and Drugs Court has increased to 400. And about 100 drug addict cases that have been dealt with in Court have been transferred to rehabilitation programmes.

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BATON RELAY TALK: President Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i and Nynette Sass of S.A.S.N.O.C.

Excitement builds ahead of Baton arrival

The Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Games next year is scheduled to arrive on our shores next Thursday. This was confirmed by the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) during a press conference.

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CHECKING OUT RETURN TO PARADISE: Members of the business community at Return to Paradise.

Why Return to Paradise an option for Christmas

Leaders in business, government and the community were invited to a special pre-Christmas party at Return to Paradise on Thursday, and they showed up in droves. The Resort was highlighting all the special venues and activity options available for Christmas parties, meetings, and conferences.

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Dead body found on side of road in Savai’i

A man's body was discovered at Sapapali’i last week. Police Media Spokesperson, Superintendent Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo told the Samoa Observer he was found dead on the side of the access road (auala galue) of the village.

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AT THE LAUNCH: Prime Minister Tuilaepa and delegates from Samoa at the Auckland launch.

Samoa Airways a winner at Mangere

The government’s latest foray into the world of international airlines through the newly launched Samoa Airways is a winner with Samoans in New Zealand. It was certainly well received by the Samoan community at the Fale o Samoa in Mangere where the Airline’s New Zealand operation was launched on Tuesday night.

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Ben Te’o during his Toa Samoa days.

Former Toa Samoa star Ben Te’o invited to North Korea

As Toa Samoa prepares for one of their biggest games in the Rugby League World Cup tonight, a former member of the team, Ben Te’o, is making headlines on the other side of the world for a different reason.

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Dr Audrey Aumua Deputy Dircetor General South Pacific Community.

Deputy P.M. tackles food security

Food security in Samoa was at the forefront of a panel discussion attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (C.O.P 23) in Bonn, Germany yesterday.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Fiavaai Dimitri Tiatia with her proud family at their graduation yesterday.

Congratulations, Dimitri Tiatia!

Fiavaai Dimitri Tiatia has turned a new chapter in her life. She is no longer a mother who stays at home, but a mother with a promising career ahead of her.

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Police confirm double drowning

A 38-year-old father of two is the latest drowning victim at Tufutafoe, Savai’i. This was confirmed by Police Media Spokesperson, Superintendent Au’apa’au Logoitino Filipo, during an interview with the Samoa Observer.

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SALAMASINA COLLECTION: Model Leilana Meredith wears the Petra two piece from the Salamasina Collection which will be available in-store early December. Photo: Supplied.

Fashion giants join forces for Christmas collection

In an ever changing and dynamic retail environment, two of Samoa’s high profile and longstanding family businesses, MENA and Eveni - Koko Pacific, have joined forces to give their customers the best Christmas experience.

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Wife calls for investigation into husband’s death

The wife of a prisoner who died at the Moto'otua Hospital last month has dismissed Police claims her husband died of a heart attack. And Jackie Tasi is asking the relevant authorities to investigate his death. She has also threatened to take legal action against the Prison, Police and the hospital over the handling of his case.

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CYCLONES ON THEIR MINDS: Leota Kosi Latu (far left) among officials at the C.O.P.23 in Bonn, Germany.

Stronger cyclones ‘new normal’

Island countries are experiencing an increase in the intensity of tropical cyclones, and this will become the new normal. This was the key message during yesterday’s joint side event between Climate Analytics, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.), held during the Twenty-third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (U.N.F.C.C.) in Bonn, Germany this week.

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Thank God for natural resources

Samoa is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Malosi Ioane, a father of four from the village of Aele told the Village Voice team yesterday that his work made him realise how blessed our country was.

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A HELPING HAND: Tupa’i Klaus Stunzner, Laulu Tuugatiti Leauanae and Tuala Siaki Tuala.

$50,000 boost for Toa Samoa

The Toa Samoa rugby league team has received a $50,000 boost ahead of their Rugby League World Cup quarterfinal against Australia tomorrow night. The Samoa National Sports Lotto presented $50,000 to the Rugby League yesterday.

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FIGHTING FIRE: One of the many firemen called to try and put out the blaze which killed a man who was working on the tank.

Deadly fuel tank explosion prompts govt. action

An explosion at one of the diesel fuel storage tanks on the wharf at Matautu-tai, which killed a worker last year, has prompted the government to make changes to the law in a bid to ensure the tragedy is not repeated.

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Think a Minute

The gifts that count

Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.



Changing lives: Hinauri Petana’s life saving transformation

The Whole Foods, Plant-Based (W.F.P.B.) nutrition that M.E.T.I. is promoting is recommended for the prevention or the reversal of various chronic degenerative diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout.

Between the Lines


SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

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