LE MOANA'S CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tupe Lualua leads her cast of AUMAGA.

Samoa to host Pacific artists

Samoa will once again play host to another conference in November. This event will see Pacific artists and academics from around the world descending on Apia, prepared to take on this year’s theme of “Making the invisible, visible.”

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FACE OF CANCER AWARENESS: Manamea Apelu Schwalger with family and supporters during the Pinktober march.

Pinktober takes cancer fight to Savai’i

Cancer is a life changer, not just for the individual who has it, but for the whole family who walk with them into battle knowing their life hangs between a plan and a prayer. The community on the big Island of Savai’i is coming together in honour of those families who are weary from the relentless fight against this insidious disease.

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Toa Samoa cooled down at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel with Samoa’s version of the palagi’s energy drinks.

Toa Samoa chillaxing

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: After a hard training session in Apia’s heat and humidity, the Toa Samoa cooled down at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel with Samoa’s version of the palagi’s energy drinks.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. back Sunday, Parliament delayed

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is expected to return home this Sunday. This was confirmed by Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, who spoke briefly about the status of the Prime Minister’s health yesterday.

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SON OF SAMOA FOR SAMOA: Lupesoliai La'auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker with his uncles, Su'a Henry Fruean and Rudy Baice show off W.B.O. heavyweight title which now belongs to Samoa.

World champion Samoa’s Global Ambassador

The path up to Su’a Henry Fruean’s house at Moto’otua felt familiar the moment I headed into the direction of the family house and there was an overwhelming sensation that one had been there before.

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OUT TO SEA: A total of 69 Seafarers secured jobs on M.S.C. Cruise and Cargo Ships and are bound to work overseas.

Seafarers ready for work overseas

The Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has given the country’s blessings to sixty-nine local seafarers who are bound for work overseas. Papali’i wished them all the best during a ceremony held at the T.A.T.T.E. Building on Monday.

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DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE: Paulo Pisa from Sala’ilua, Savaii.

Man from Sala’ilua, Savai’i ready to see the world

Don’t ever stop dreaming in life. What you wish for may one day come true, even if you think it’s impossible. It surely worked for 19-year-old Paulo Pisa whose childhood dreams just came true.

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HARDWORKING MOTHER: Serisa Mavaega from Vailu’utai.

A mother’s sacrifice for her family

A saying goes what you do as a mother matters, and it is valuable and precious in God’s eyes. For 45-year-old mother, Serisa Mavaega from Vailu’utai, sacrificing her life for her family is the greatest gift she can give them. Serisa is a hardworking mother who runs a stall to sell ice cake at her village.

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FAMILY MAN: Toleafoa Sanerivi from Utuali’i.

Family survives off fishing

Be patient and calm. No one can catch fish in anger. That’s one of the number one rules for 57-year-old Toleafoa Sanerivi from Utuali’i. The Village Voice met him while on his way to fish on the other side of his village.

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HARD LIFE: Pelesasa Mano, of Utuali’i.

It’s a hard life in Samoa

The sea, for Pelesasa Mano of Utuali’i, is a source of sustenance for his family. Not only does the sea provide food, it also helps generate income when he sells his catches. Pelesasa is used to his daily routine. First he ensures the kids are ready to attend school before going out fishing.

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CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF PARADISE: Debbie and Jack having a great time in Samoa.

Family returns for unfinished business

The Graham  family was   leisurely awaiting their tour guide inside the lobby of Taumeasina Island Resort when discussion among the four ensued over a spread of brochures and tourism flyers. Dear Tourist was curious as to where they planned to head out to and so enquired with mother, Debbie, who chatted to us about their holiday so far.

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CELEBRATION IN SAMOA: Caitlin accompanying her friend Henry to Samoa to celebrate University graduation.

Students celebrate graduation in Samoa

It may have been 10am in Samoa but it was after 5pm for New Zealand University students, Henry and Caitlin. The students were enjoying some nice cold Vailimas by the pool at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel when Dear Tourist joined them for a chat. The pair are friends from New Zealand.

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TALOFA LAVA: Nico and Gabi Mana from Argentina.

Hola: From Argentina to Samoa

Meet Nico and Gabi Mana from Argentina and New Zealand. Dear Tourist caught them in Apia exploring the city before heading to the big island today. Mr. and Mrs. Mana are originally from Argentina, however, they have moved to New Zealand for work purposes.

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THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.

$4.2million headquarters falling apart

The $4.2 million tala three-story headquarters of the Samoa Land Corporation is in no condition to be occupied because of the unhygienic status of the building. This is according to an official who took the liberty of snapping these photos. 

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SAMOA RUGBY UNION CHAIR: Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Rugby Union struggles with over $1m debt

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) had a tough year in 2016 as it attempted to deal with a debt of over $1million from the previous financial year. The figure is revealed in the report by the S.R.U. Chairman, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, from their Annual Report. 

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Pictured here is Mualavau with her children, grand children and great-grand children.

Happy 92nd birthday, Mualavau!

The journey of a humble mother who overcame the odds to raise a very successful family was celebrated at the Maota o Fogāseuga at Pu’apu’a Savai’i on Monday night. The occasion was the 92nd birthday celebrations for Mualavau Sealiimalietoa Peseta Taofiga.

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‘TO SUPPORT, LEARN AND FURTHER FRIENDSHIP’: Maualaivao Seiuli Pepe, Misa Peter Boshier (NZ Chief Ombudsman) and Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

Ombudsman Misa Boshier in Samoa for historic visit

Samoa is hosting a very special visitor this week. More specifically, the Office of the Ombudsman is hosting New Zealand’s Chief Ombudsman, Misa Peter Boshier, who is in Samoa for the first time. Misa, a former Chief Judge of the New Zealand Family Court, arrived in Samoa on Monday.

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SAMOA’s DELEGATION: Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Francella Strickland, Deputy P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and Anne Rasmussen.

Deputy P.M. attends C.O.P. meeting in Fiji

Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, is in Fiji this week. She is leading Samoa’s Delegation at the 2017 Ministerial Dialogue, Pre-C.O.P. in Nadi.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Lealofiamoa Mamaia has achieved her dream of being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Samoa.

Young lawyer realises dream

Lealofioamoa Mamaia, 24, of Tauese and Vaiala, has become the newest lawyer to be admitted to the bar. She was admitted before Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson yesterday. Families, friends and colleagues were present to witness the special moment.

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GO TOA SAMOA: The Toa Samoa team with representatives of Pacific Ezy Money Transfer.

Pacific Ezy gets behind Toa Samoa

Pacific Ezy Money Transfer has offered a much-needed financial injection to the Toa Samoa’s Rugby League World Cup campaign. The company donated $10,000 to the team on Monday evening at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

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Think a Minute

From Russia with love

Think a minute...This is a true Russian love story. Nadya von Meck was the wealthiest woman in Moscow. But all of her money and fortune could not comfort her after her husband died. She then escaped inside her luxurious home and tried to heal her broken heart by playing the music she loved on her piano.


Chinese influence is everywhere

If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.

Between the Lines


Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

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