Samoan film-maker Galumalemana Steven Percival discussing his gender-based violence documentary.

Tackling violence through partnerships

An international effort to address gender violence in the Pacific Islands through film-making ended in Apia with partners calling for more collaboration and partnerships.

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U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown.

U.S. Ambassador touts plastic ban ‘forward thinking”

United States Ambassador to Samoa, Scott Brown, has praised the Guardians Environmental Education Campaign and commended Samoa on their legislative move to ban single use plastics. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Mr. Brown welcomed the recent announcement by the Samoa government.

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NEW AIRPORT: The new airport is still being managed by Shanghai Construction Group.

Airport Authority washes hands clean

Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) has washed its hands clean of any responsibility over an incident at the Faleolo International Airport where passengers were locked out of the terminal. Over 100 passengers were forced to enter the terminal through the airport’s old departure lounge, as the door into the new terminal was locked and airport staff could not find a contractor with the spare keys.

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General Secretary, Reverend Vavatau Taufao of the E.F.K.S Church.

Control spending, E.F.K.S. advises Govt.

The General Secretary of the E.F.K.S. Church, Reverend Vavatau Taufao, has challenged Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to rein in expenditure and admit that Government finances are in a poor state. He said the Government should ask the Church for help if it is in desperate need of funding instead of pushing a taxation policy targeting church ministers’ alofa

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ADMISSION JOY: Maureen E. Tuimaleali’ifano (centre) with her relatives at the admission. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Take pride in your legal work, Chief Justice urges

Six new lawyers were admitted to the bar on Tuesday.

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SAY NO TO PLASTICS: Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Oceans and Climate Change Manager, Conservation International Pacific Islands.

Plastic ban draws praise

A conservationist has praised the Samoan Government for banning the use of plastic and straws from January 2019.

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A SAD SIGHT: The crash that killed a teenager in Apia. File photo.

Police crack down on speeding

The Police have launched an operation to crack down on drivers who speed on the streets of Apia. Called the “Speed Racers Operation,” the campaign aims to reduce the number of lives wasted through crashes caused by speeding and in some cases boy racing in Samoa.

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Falealili Bus that ended up in a plantation at Vaoala yesterday morning.

Lucky to be alive

Passengers on a Falealili bus are lucky to be alive after its gearbox jammed, forcing it to reverse into a 15-seater bus before ending up in a banana plantation at Vaoala. The impact of the reverse smashed the 15-seater bus’ lights and ripped off the engine cover, on top of leaving a big dent below the windscreen. 

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FINALLY IN SAMOA: Briar Davies and Oscar Mardell managed to visit the place of their both interest. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Interest in Samoan culture brings couple to Samoa

Interest in the local culture is what brought Briar Davies and Oscar Mardell to Samoa. 

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CLASS OF 1998: In celebrating 20 years since graduating from Year 13 from Catholic Senior School, the class reunited during a three-day event.

A trip down memory lane for class of 1998

A reunion that started from casual Facebook conversations became a reality two weekends ago. 

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ENJOYING THE SUN: Shirley Raymond is happy to have the opportunity to company her husband with the kids for a relaxed stay in Samoa. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Perfect getaway for young families

A Kiwi mother finds Samoa a perfect family getaway, especially for families with young children. 

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JUSTICE TRAINING: M.J.CA. staff and C.E.O. who attended the training with their facilitators.

Training strengthens legal policy development skills

The staff of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) are a lot better prepared for their roles today, thanks to a training on legal policy development held last week.

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READY FOR THE SHOW: Representing Krissy is Sam Yip of Mellow Foods, the Krissy Company’s Auckland agent and distributor.

Samoan coconut cream, Palusami at Food show

Samoa’s Krissy Company is taking four of its food products to the Auckland Food Show. 

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Colombo training empowers Savai’i woman

A young Samoan woman has won a scholarship to attend a gender equality training workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

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“DANCING IS CULTURE, IDENTITY AND BIRTHRIGHT”: Gagaeolo Palepua Manu Aoete Apelu - one of the founding members of the Samoa Teachers’ Cultural Group in 1972.

Samoan cultural identity in danger

Indigenous Samoan cultural identity expressed through dance is in danger of being lost due to the lack of commitment and pride by its current practitioners.

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Yonita Mary Aiga Tuia with her mother and grandmother.

Six lawyers admitted to the bar

Hard work, perseverance and good character can lead to success in Samoa’s legal profession. Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, said this yesterday at the admission of six new lawyers to the bar.

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CHEERS: Members of the Diplomatic Corp and guests enjoyed the novelty of the new bamboo straws which will become a common thing in Samoa.

Voyaging Society launches environmental campaign

A campaign targeting behavioural change when it comes to the environment was launched at the Apia Yacht Club yesterday. The Va’a Environmental Education Campaign, follows the success of the pilot campaign, Sa Moana Folauga Campaign implemented in 2017. 

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A MISSION TO HELP: Children of Lelepa and Pacific Heart Team ready to give back to the primary schools in Savaii.

Group returns to complete mission

The founders of not-for-profit group Pacific Heart are back in Samoa to finish what they started. In February this year, Michelle Simmons from Hawaii and Tili Young Yen from New Zealand were in Samoa to distribute stationeries and sports equipment to schools in Savai’i. 

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Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismark Crawley.

Reclaimed land belongs to Govt

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) says all reclaimed land belongs to the state and that position is clear under the law.  Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismark Crawley, said this when confirming the dispute with Salelologa resident Matamua Samuela over land possessed using provisions of the Taking of Land Act to extend the Salelologa wharf. 

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A look at the seafarers’ book issued with the Government if Samoa seal under the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure. A booklet the M.W.T.I. Minister claims is an illegal document.

Inquiry into Bangkok seafarer’s book

A seafarer’s book issued in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016 and bearing the seal of the Samoan Government is now under investigation by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I). Minister of M.W.T.I, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, in an interview with Samoa Observer, said his Ministry does not have the authority to issue such a document. 

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Think a Minute

The End of the World

Think a minute…Not long ago the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Watching the world’s news is sometimes like watching a horror film. The 20th century had far more people killed in wars than any century in history.


Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

Between the Lines


Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.

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