The idea is that training and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding - breaking down stereotypes, empowering and engaging with individuals through the power of sports and the promotion of an inclusive society.

Special Olympics unite all abilities

More than 700 students took part in the Special Olympics Samoa Unified Sports Day at Marist Primary School on Thursday.

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Project rallies cocoa industry to target big exports market

The Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative (S.C.I.D.I) project exists to help cocoa farmers in Samoa. 

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IT’S ALL ABOUT TEAM WORK: Anneliese Harris, Steve Mowle and Andy Harris.

Andy conquers Upolu run test

Andy Harris believed he could it and so he did. The man from the United Kingdom took five days to run around Upolu and having conquered the challenge, he’s happy to have ticked the box.

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FAREWELL: Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi addresses Cabinet during a farewell dinner hosted at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows on Beach Road on Wednesday night.

P.M. rejects claims, defends decision

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has scoffed at claims that he alone made the decision to change the Head of State. He has also dismissed calls for the appointment to be put to a public vote, saying Members of Parliament were chosen by voters and it is their prerogative to make decisions that benefit the country. 

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Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II is congratulated by His Honour Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu yesterday

New Head of State addresses Parliament

The new Head of State, His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II delivered his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday after he took his oath. This is what he said in Samoan:  

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A new chapter in the history of Samoa started yesterday at Tuana’imato. It began with the changing of the guard in terms of the Head of State when His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II took his oath as the new Head of State. By his side was the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo. 

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New Head of State takes his oath

The new Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II the second has taken his oath. He was sworn in this afternoon at Parliament’s makeshift complex at Tuanaimato. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of people who immediately headed to Gym 3 for traditional formalities and a feast that followed.

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PREPARATIONS: Government officials under the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet meets to finalise the agenda for the upcoming Inter-island Samoa talks with American Samoa.

Govt. gears up for two-Samoa talks

Samoa will host the 2017 Inter-island Samoa talks in Apia with American Samoa in early October.

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IT’S A WORKING LIFE: Faasauala Mosi from Faleula

Work and earn your living

The cost of living doesn’t feel expensive if you’re someone who works hard for what you want. That is something believed by Faasauala Mosi of Faleula.

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BE HAPPY NO MATTER WHAT: Itagia Samuelu Leautuilagi, 70, from Maninoa Siumu and Vaiusu.

Gratefulness equals happiness

Being grateful and happiness go together.

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Peleti Tau a happy man with his new job offer.

Village Voice man offered a job

Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. And Peleti Tau has finally found what he has been looking for; a job.

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WE WILL BE BACK: Anthony and Thea Watkins.

Watkins loving tropical Samoa

Anthony Watkins and his family are not at all fazed with the hot weather in Samoa.

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WE TELL THE WORLD ABOUT SAMOA: Shelly, Abby, Olivia and Allan Heathcote.

Heathcote family vow to return

The Heathcote family from Wellington, New Zealand, have found holiday heaven.  

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FAMILY ADVENTURES: Charlie, Jack, Jeremy and Rachel Savage.

Savai’i vacation on bikes

“We wouldn’t change a thing about Samoa.” So says Rachel Savage, a kindergarten teacher from Ashburton New Zealand. When she caught up with the Dear Tourist yesterday, she was asked if there was something she would like to see improved in Samoa for tourists. 

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SPOT THE SHARK: If you happen to see a shark running along the Samoan roadside, be sure to give Kat a thumbs up! Photo: J.Ward/S.P.R.E.P

Kat the Shark wins five kilometre Lalomanu race

There was something distinctly fishy about the winner of the five kilometre Lalomanu half marathon last weekend. The winner – Kat Riley – ran the race dressed in a shark suit!

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Apia Lions Club welcomes new Lions

WELCOME ABOARD: The Apia Lions Club has welcomed new members.

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Cabinet has approved the report on the Prime Minister’s trip to New Zealand on 16 June 2017. The trip included meetings with the Rugby New Zealand; the Manukau Institute of Technology and the launching of the Manu Samoa Old Boys Association.

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A DAY TO REMEMBER: Maulupe Kirisimasi and Toaganamua Betty Pitovao.

Wedding bells for Kirisi and Betty

The E.F.K.S Vaimoso church was packed with families and friends on Saturday from all over the world to celebrate the marriage of Maulupe Kirisimasi Pitovao and Toaganamua Betty Tofa. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

National ID in the pipeline

 Samoa is on her way to having her very own National Identification Card, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has revealed.

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A YOUNG PHILANTHROPIC: Epifania Tusani brought smiles to more than a hundred students at Savaia Primary School yesterday when she gave them shoes for school.

Young Epi’s gift from the heart

Big smiles and hearts filled with joy were witnessed yesterday afternoon at the Savaia Primary School in the constituency of Lefaga.

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Think a Minute

How to right wrongs

Think a minute…Edwin Thomas was one of the greatest actors in the 1800’s. He became world-famous for his acting performances in Shakespeare’s plays. Edwin’s two brothers, John and Junius, were also actors, but they were not as talented as Edwin.


Minister La’auli Leuatea Schmidt.

Such partnership is essential

Did the Minister of Agriculture just realize that it is “essential” for both to work together?

Between the Lines

Between The Lines

7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

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