Samoa Police Service.

New twist as stepfather charged over young girl’s disappearance

Assault charges have been filed against the step father of the seven-year-old girl who went missing for two nights in Falelauniu. Va’aiga Amosa, who had been missing since Wednesday, has been found but in an interesting twist, her step father faces allegations to assault and abuse.

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SADLY MISSED: The late Robert Geoffrey Marfleet. Photo: Supplied.

Rest in love, Robert Geoffrey Marfleet!

The life of a prominent businessman who has made a huge difference in Samoa, Robert Geoffrey Marfleet, was celebrated during a special gathering at Taumeasina Island Resort last night. Mr. Marfleet passed away peacefully on Friday 16 February 2018 at North Shore Hospital, in Auckland New Zealand. 

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Teleia’i Dr. Mulitalo among guest speakers at last week’s conference.

Why the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 is incapable of alienating customany land

By letter of 13 November 2017, Telei’ai Lagipoiva Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa was invited to be an expert panellist at the Conference ‘Pacific Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: A Three Part Series: Conference 1: Aotearoa NZ and Samoa in Dialogue: Law Reforms in Customary Land Tenure, Religious Rights and Traditional Leadership” Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, 12-14 February 2018.

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Executive Director, Telei’ai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa.

Alienation of customary lands fears dismissed

The Executive Director of the Samoa Law Reform Commission (S.L.R.C.), Telei’ai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa, is absolutely steadfast. She is adamant that the much maligned Lands and Titles Registration Act (L.T.R.A.) 2008 is "incapable of alienating" Samoa’s customary lands. 

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The flooding comes as a heavy rain warning has been put in place for Samoa’s low lying and vulnerable areas.

Apia flooded again as heavy rainfall warning enforced

After half a day of heavy downpours, the areas in the Apia Township that are vulnerable to flooding are under water once more. Starting from Pesega, if you are heading to town, roads have been flooded and families living nearby rivers and streams are urged to be prepared.

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The work has been ongoing for the past 18 months.

Working towards a safer Samoa

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.) has been working with the Melbourne Fire Brigade (M.F.B.) to develop a Fire Investigation Programme for Samoa.

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FRIENDS: Baron and Miri Gold and Kaye and Myer Zamek of Sydney in Australia enjoy Samoa.

Friends vouch for cleaner Samoa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Apia town were friends Miri Gold and Kaye Zamek. 

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SPECIAL VISIT: Amina is discovering the land her ancestor walked on a hundred years ago and is captivated by Samoa as he was.

Walking her ancestor’s steps

Walking the seawall in search of a beach, Amina Kluge instead found something else uniquely Samoan, one of our brightly coloured buses sporting the two clashing figures of Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua.

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FALEOLO AIRPORT: Terminal construction work coming to an end with plans for reconstructing the pavement underway.

Airport Authority gears up for major works programme

The Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) is preparing for major airport pavement and drainage improvement works to key aeronautical infrastructure assets in the coming months.

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Su’a Hellene Wallwork and Travis Lamb with the President of the S.D.A. Tokelau and Samoan mission Pastor Kenneth Fuliese and Principal of School Eteuati Koria in front of the new toilet blocks that will be used by the students in Primary School.

Improved facilities for students

The Seventh Day Adventist Primary and Secondary school students have a lot to be thankful for.

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Anaseini Tupou Mafo’e.

Thank you God for hundred years

Age and life is a gift from God. And he should be acknowledged for the gift of life. The message was loud and clear during the celebration of Anaseini Tupou Mafo’e’s 100th birthday at the Maota o Samoa this week.

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The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama trying out the new equipment from Japan.

Dental care help from Japan

The Japanese Embassy donated 46 variety of dental equipment to the Dental Clinic at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital yesterday.

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Peni was sentenced to 16 years and 6 months in jail.

Granduncle jailed for niece’s rape

A 60-year-old granduncle has been sentenced to 16 years and six months imprisonment for raping his 13-year-old niece. This followed an assessors’ trial last month. Ioane Peni of Apolima was charged with two counts of rape and three counts of sexual connection. 

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THE BOAT IN PAGO: The fishing vessel drifted for a few days and ended up in American Samoa. Photo: Samoa News.

Crew of fishing alia from Poutasi surface in Pago

The crew of a fishing vessel from Samoa are safe and well in American Samoa. The vessel owned by Luafutu Fa’amoana, of Poutasi, Falealili, was discovered at the Pago Pago dock area behind the Taoa building.

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TOUGH LIFE: Emosi Leasi Tufu'e can do with some help.

Tough life for 66-year-old wheelchair-bound man 

Hardship, struggles and poverty has left a father of four worried about his family’s future. Emosi Leasi Tufu’e is especially concerned about the condition of his home. 

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The General Manager says that they have repeatedly advised landowners and families to refrain from planting trees close to the power poles to no avail.

E.P.C. cracks down on landowners

Landowners will be prosecuted if they plant trees not less than 10 meters from electricity poles.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff.

Silence on P.M.’s order

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, is remaining tightlipped about being ordered by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to take action against people whom the government suspect are behind the Ole Palemia blog. Repeated attempts to get an interview – including a visit to his Office – have not been responded to. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Missing seven-year-old girl found

A seven-year-old girl who has been missing since Wednesday has been found. This has just been confirmed by the Police in a statement. “The Samoa Police Service would like to inform the general public that the 7 year old that was missing from her family since Wednesday is now being found and reunited with her family today, the 23rd of February 2018,” the statement said.

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MORE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Training Participants at Fa’asaleleaga District from Saloga to Pu’apu’a .

Climate finance talks in Savai’i

Since the launch of the Pacific-American Climate Fund (P.A.C.A.M.) project in July 2016, the Project Management Unit has conducted six trainings already, four in Upolu and two in Savai’i. 

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AMAZED BY SAMOA: Bevan Trethowen and Clair Cherry at the Fugalei Market.

Perth couple loving spectacular Samoa

Admiring the lavalavas at the Fugalei Market was Bevan Trethowen yesterday. When Dear Tourist approached him, he gladly agreed to be interviewed with his wife, Clair Cherry, joining in a few seconds later to share their experience of Samoa. 

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Think a Minute

“Getting fit”

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.


HEALTHY LIVING: Christina Robert switches to a plant based diet for a healthier lifestyle.

Changing lives: Reversing heart diseases in Samoa

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.

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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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