Kaylarina continues proud family tradition

Dr. Kaylarina Fuata’i is a third generation graduate doctor from Otago University. She follows her grand uncle Dr. Ailao Imo senior (1958) and  her uncle Dr. Sirovai Fuata’i (1981) of Moataa village, Vaimauga.  

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IN NEED OF HELP: The home of Manu’a Fetineiai from Falevao.

Accessing clean drinking water a challenge

Manu’a Fetineia’i and her family of Falevao have never had access to clean drinking water for over 20 years. The mother of two lives with her husband, their two children, her grandmother, and her four brothers in a dilapidated small house.

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THANK YOU: The happy and grateful faces of students and teachers at Pata Falelatai Study centre with officers of the Australian High Commission’s Office.

Pata Falelatai Study Centre gets Australian support

The Australian High Commission has donated books and education resources valued at $15,000 to the Pata Falelatai Study Centre.

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AN INSPIRATION: The Incredible Malala in Melbourne.

Nobel Prize laureate inspires Samoan women

The recent visit of world-renowned education activist and Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, to Australia has inspired many Samoan women.

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The Asian Development Bank headquarters in Philippines.

Samoa’s “fiscal buffers” growing, but could be better

The Asia Development Bank’s latest Pacific Economic Report says Samoa’s first marginal fiscal surplus since 2009 shows it’s on its way to achieving higher development outcomes.

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Rev. Naseri and Pastor Setefano blessing the titleholders during the ceremony.

Matai titles bestowed in Apia

The village of Apia welcomed 16 new matai titleholders on Friday. Among the titles conferred were: Sailimalo, Saveatama, Laloataata, Sagauga, Vaigalepa, Va-i-ao and Leapai.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Peace Chapel dux with parents La’asaga and Fa’alafi.

Aspiring teacher tops Peace Chapel Primary

Fa’asagafa’aifomanumailelagi Fa’alafi from Malie and Falelatai is the 2018 Dux of Peace Chapel Primary School. The 12-year-old, who dreams of becoming a school principal, topped his Year 8 class in social science, mathematics and Samoan studies. 

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Kurene Endermann with Asiata Alex Brunt of Ah Liki Wholesale.

Customers share in $20,000 Christmas gifts

The Ah Liki Wholesale and Chef Choice Tuna have announced the winners of their Christmas promotion. The promotion attracted over 30,000 entries from around the nation with 16 winners announced yesterday.

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THANK YOU AUSAID: The gratified smiles of students and staff of the Divine Mercy Primary School after the handover ceremony.

Australia AID gives support to school

The Australian Direct Aid Program (D.A.P.) donated 150 desks and chairs worth $30,000 to Divine Mercy Primary School on Thursday.

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WOMAN BEHIND EVENI'S INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS: Lisa Vaai of Eveni and a customer in their Apia shop.

How U.S. programme helped Eveni

Meet the woman behind Eveni’s international success. Lisa Vaai has been part of the company since 2010, and now she is responsible for the designs, creativity and marketing side of Eveni. 

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Senior lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

March participants condemn 2008 law

Protecting and reclaiming customary land was at the heart of a peaceful protest march yesterday by members and supporters of the Samoa Solidarity International Group. A small crowd of people, number just over 100, gathered in Apia early yesterday morning to protest and call for the repealing of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 and mark Black Saturday.

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PEACEFUL PROTEST MARCH: Different messages from yesterday's march on Beach Road.

Protest march calls on Govt. to repeal land law

Members of the Samoa Solidarity International Group held a peaceful protest march yesterday to call on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and his Government to repeal the Land Titles Registration Act 2008.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

Law Society stays mum on P.M’s challenge

The Samoa Law Society is yet to respond to a call from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for it to crack down on lawyers who were de-registered overseas for professional misconduct. The Prime Minister made the appeal in a speech at a function to mark the 10 years anniversary of the Samoa Law Reform Commission.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS SAMOA: Safata College during their performance at the Thirteen Days of Christmas.

Safata College spreads Christmas spirit

On the third night of Thirteen Days of Christmas, Safata College took to the podium and continued the countdown to Christmas at Vaitele Uta. Prior to the performances, school principal, Tu’ave Titi To’a commenced the night with a prayer.

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IMPRESSED WITH LOCAL HOSPITALITY: Joseph and Louise Ousby of Brisbane, Australia.

Best part about Samoa is people’s friendly nature

Australian couple, Louise and Joseph Ousby, couldn’t have been happier with their decision to visit Samoa.

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FAMILY VACATION: (L-R) Terry Doyle, Jordan Wood, Courtney, Cameron, Sue and Bernard Graeber.

Family celebrates in Samoa

It’s time to relax and be jolly and what better place to do that than in Samoa where the pace of life is laid back and island time rules. 

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SWEET SUCCESS: Sialofi Mamea dedicates degree to parents.

Family motivates Sialofi Mamea

People find motivation in different places.

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The private sector is calling on all business people in Samoa to increase their commitment to stop the harassment of women in the workplace.

Private sector takes the lead

The private sector is calling on all business people in Samoa to increase their commitment to stop the harassment of women in the workplace.

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20 YEARS IS A PARTY: The Samoa Cancer Society and its supporters celebrate 20 years with guests at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

From humble beginnings, Cancer Society turns 20

The Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.) marked its 20th anniversary this week with a gathering, reflecting on the Society’s humble beginnings and achievements.

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Family gets early Christmas surprise

Local company Island Rock reached out to the family of Muga Aukuso from Savaia Lefaga on Thursday with an early Christmas surprise. 

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Think a Minute

Make Yourself a Success (Part 2)

Think a minute… The first, most important ingredient for success is motivating yourself to act. You must believe every day that your choices and actions are moving you closer to your goal. You are the one who makes or breaks your own success.


The end of one chapter and the beginning of another

A muamua le viiga o le Atua, auā o le fa’amoemoe ua taunu’u o le lā’au lea o le soifua. Ua savinifaapunuomanu ai lagona o lenei aso auā o lea ua a’e i fanua le faiva o le manusina sa ta’atiu I ā’au mamao ma ua tepa ai nei i ‘ula, ua taga’i i ‘ula, ua tago foi i ‘ula le asō. Ia tumau pea lona vi’iga e lē aunoa.

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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