ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROGRAMME TAKES IT TO THE PRISONS: Working together for a change and a better future, the 25 prisoners and the AVP Facilitators.

Empowering inmates to make a positive difference

The Alternatives to Violence Programme (A.V.P.) workshop has ended. A first of its kind in Samoa, the three-day workshop provides 25 prisoners at Tafa’igata the help to better use self-directive learning to develop positive change, self-esteem, conflict resolution and community building.

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NO SUCH THING: Tofete Lafaua Tofete.

Village rejects Police ‘toilet bowl’ claim

Luatuanu’u spokesperson, Tofete Lafaua Tofete, has rubbished claims by the Ministry of Police about another roadblock incident at their village during the early hours of Wednesday. “There was nothing on the road,” he said, “I don’t know what the Police are trying to do here. 

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Georgina Lui: Retail stores in Saleufi now offering late night shopping.

Late night shopping begins at Saleufi

Retail stores in Saleufi are now offering the option for late night shopping every Thursday of the week. The group of business owners behind the effort want to cater to those busy professionals trying to strike a balance between work, family and leisure.

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Tafilitiamalie with granddaughter, Pauline.

102 and still going strong

At 102 years old, Tafilitiamalie Taufafo Tu'i is thankful to God for life. Whe he was just three years old, he witnessed the devastation caused by the spread of influenza, the flu epidemic that took the lives of many Samoans in 1918. "It was a very sad scene if I can recall,” he said. “People died on their beds, mothers bodies were lifted onto trucks to be dumped while still breastfeeding their babies."

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LOVING THE ISLAND LIFE:  Lynne Cole created so many fond memories in Samoa and plans to return if time permits.

A special place for Lynne Cole

Samoa has a special place in Lynne Cole’s heart. A seven-day trip turned into a vacation of a lifetime with memories that would last a lifetime.

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Nick Feast and Rhianna Laybourn are enjoying the beginning of their almost honeymoon on the terrace of the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Couple celebrate honeymoon in Samoa

Newly-weds Nick Feast and Rhianna Laybourn are celebrating their honeymoon in Samoa. They’ve been courting for 10 years and were lucky enough to win a trip to Samoa, allowing them a chance for a romantic getaway. 

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The Siva Afi show.

Jack Tai Laban wins latest round of Faletalimalo Challenge

The first challenge of round two of the Siva Afi kick started last night and what a night it turned out to be. 

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Mr and Mrs Vuki with family as they present their financial gift of over $15,000 to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

A loving heart for Samoa

The following is penned by Faalogo Situtuila Sissy Vaa Vuki telling their story with husband Tupuola Sione Vuki behind their Samaritan mission to assist Samoa where possible.  In recent weeks, coupled spearheaded a fundraising drive in the hometown in St. George Utah U.S.A to raise over $15,000 for the National Emergency Call Center:

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Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

“Where is love?” Former Head of State asks

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, was assured by the Office of the Attorney General that the Land Titles Registration Bill (L.T.R.) 2008 would not alienate customary lands.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi talks about the Asau Harbour Development in Savai’i.

P.M. talks up Asau Harbour development

If pieces of the puzzle fall together, Asau Savai’i will be Samoa’s newest International Port of entry in two years from now.

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SMILES: Roger Warren Former Manu Samoa Player, Asomua Anastasia Stanley, Theodore McFarland and Alema Pisa.

Samoa’s Wild Knight ready

Affording the chance for better future opportunities for young Samoans is an approach that C.E.O. and President of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, is keen on. 

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Meditation and mindfulness Guru: Dr Sharn Rocco at Sinalei Reef Resort.

Mindful and meditation retreat

Being mindful and taking time to meditate is a good way to live and truly appreciate life at any given moment.

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Tuvalu Ombudsman visits Samoa

There is a lot to learn from peer-to-peer exchanges among National Human Rights Institutions in the Pacific. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Police issue Luatuanu’u road advisory

The Police issued this media statement last night. It is published below verbatim:

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Fepulea'i Attila Ropati.

Court President leave with pay

The President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati’s “special leave” has its perks. It includes the Court’s vehicle assigned to him and his pay. 

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MEN AT WORK: Landslide between Lauli’i and Luatuanu’u.

Landslide scare, man tells of close encounter

A landslide on the East Coast of Upolu interrupted traffic yesterday morning. The landslide occurred between the villages of Lauli’i and Luatuanu’u. Eyewitness, Tuia Faletau from Afulilo Aleipata told Samoa Observer the landslide could’ve cost someone’s life if it wasn’t for God.

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A DREAM COME TRUE: Charles Leicester Dean ready to explore the world of law and giving back to the Samoan community.

A dream come true

Charles Leicester Dean is one of the newest lawyers to be admitted to the Bar in Samoa. He was admitted before Chief Justice Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu last week.

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FUN AND FISHING: The crew on board Yellow Fin helping Angie Wetzell put the ANZ team on the board at the eleventh hour with this catch during the Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament.

Ladies reel in the fun

Lady Anglers are no delicate flowers at sea when it comes to rigging their own baits or catching fish that weigh more than they do. It was not exception for the ladies competing in the Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament when they kicked off on Wednesday showing an array of different skills ranging from the serious to the social but nonetheless making their presence known.

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SUSPENDED BARRISTOR: Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo is fighting his case before the Samoa Law Society.

Lawyer fights suspension

The decision by the Samoa Law Society to suspend the practicing certificate of lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo, “was too severe”. So says Unasa Iunu Sapolu in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. Pa’u’s suspension was confirmed in a letter by the S.L.S. Secretary, Rebecca Schuster, where he’s accused of breaching the Lawyers and Legal Practitioners Act.

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Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Former Head of State to break his silence

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, will break his long held silence over fears about the alienation of customary lands today. He will do this during a press conference at his Tuaefu residence where he will deliver a paper on the issue. The press conference was confirmed in a letter from his Office earlier this week.

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Think a Minute

Your family tree

Think a minute...We’ve all heard the expressions: “Like father, like son” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is because they are so often true. Two families in America were studied for many generations.


A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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