IT’S NOT ABOUT THE JOURNEY BUT RATHER, THE END RESULT: Fuatino A. Afato-Fatiaki with her proud father, Afa Afato.

Hurdle after hurdle, she made it

At some point in every person’s life, they come to realize that it is not so much about the journey but rather it’s about the end result that matters most.

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SUPREME COURT JUSTICE: Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Prison for accused in sex case

Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren, has served a jail sentence on a 26-year-old man who had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl who later gave birth.

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FATHER'S ROLE: Ivo Pesamino.

Father gives his all for future of his family

Tasks and responsibilities that come with fatherhood require a lot of hard work and commitment.

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THE CHANGES: Matua Uili.

Chief details changes in Samoa over the years

Samoa has changed a lot. That’s the observation of 58-year-old Matua Uili from the village of Salamumu. 

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Planter looking for job

Farming is a good source of income but a steady job that pays on a weekly basis will be even better.

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WORKING HARD: Lotu Palauni from Lotofaga.

Family survives on fa’ausi sales

Lotu Palauni from Lotofaga is a hardworking mother. At the age of 51, Lotu and her children sell fa’ausi every Saturday in her village to provide for her family.

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IT WASN’T EASY, BUT I MADE IT: Bruce Mathew Williams with his proud family Apele and Jonah Williams.

U.S.P. graduation: Determination and will to succeed celebrated

Being away from home is never easy, but with the right mindset and a goal to strive for, nothing is impossible.

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Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, with the students of Lalomanu Primary School during their fun run activity. PC: U.N.D.P./Gerard Anapu.

Samoa taking action to achieve zero tolerance for gender-based violence

Samoa has been very active in advocating for ending violence against women, girls and children in the recent years. 

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Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama.

Future of health services in Samoa on agenda

The National Health Service’s third and final annual symposium concluded on Friday at the N.H.S. conference room.

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STYLISH AND HAPPY: Mr. and Mrs. Wilson with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Friday wedding at Pesega

The L.D.S. Church at Pesega was packed with families, friends and loved ones on Friday morning to celebrate the marriage of Kesi Wilson and Pitoau Sikotilani.

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Archbishop Alapati Mataeliga led the procession.

10th anniversary of the consecration celebrated

With a few days to go until the end of 2017 and with the Church stepping into the Advent season effective from last Sunday 3rd December 2017, the Catholic Church on Thursday night celebrated the 10th anniversary and renewed the Consecration of Samoa and the Archdiocese of Samoa to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Parliament ground Tiafau. 

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A MILESTONE: The South Pacific Business Development staff in Samoa.

$240million help for low income women

S.P.B.D. Microfinance surpasses US$100million (T$240million) in loans for hardworking, low-income women entrepreneurs

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AWARD WINNERS: Staff members at the N.U.S. being rewarded for their hard work.

Excellence rewarded at University

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) annual Vice Chancellor’s Awards was cause for great celebration on Friday night at Le Papaigalagala.

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REAPING FROM HIS HARD WORK: Dr. John Bosco Sulifoa with his proud children.

Achieving greatness away from home

It is said that a person is only limited by his willingness to work hard for his goals and that is exactly what Dr. John Bosco Sulifoa, aged 39, from the Solomon Islands believes as he was handed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Agriculture.

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Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

Permit granted for protest march

The green light has been given for the Samoa Solidarity International (S.S.I.) protest march scheduled this Saturday. Senior Lawyer and member of the S.S.I., Unasa Iuni Sapolu, confirmed to the Sunday Samoan that the Ministry of Police has granted the permit. 

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Daughter follows father’s footsteps

A PROUD FAMILY MOMENT: Dr. Ulufaleituafalesina Tiresa Alana Vaai has graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

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WELL DONE: Emily Fruean with her proud parents, Ruby and Su'a Henry Fruean.

Head girl leads by example

Samoa College’s Head girl, Emily Fuean, leads by example. And when it comes to service to others and her studies, her commitment and dedication paid off on Friday when she was named the school’s 2017 Dux.

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Polynesian Airlines.

P.M. says Poly debt is paid

Polynesian Airlines' debt that nearly “bankrupted” the government has been paid off. That’s the response from Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, to questions from the Sunday Samoan. Asked about the status of old Polynesian Airlines debt, he said: “It has been paid off. There is nothing (left).”

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P.M.: Tuilaepa S. Malielegaoi.

Govt. reacts to shameful E.U. tax haven blacklist

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has taken a diplomatic approach to the European Union’s (E.U.) decision to “shame” Samoa and 16 other countries on its tax havens blacklist.

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Attorney General: Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff.

A.G. rejects land threat

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, has reassured Samoa that customary lands are not under any legal threat. The reassurance was delivered last night by Lemalu.

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Think a Minute

A brother like that

Think a minute…This is a true story about a man named Paul whose brother gave him an early Christmas present. It was a brand new car! A few days later, Paul was leaving work to go home on Christmas Eve.


Where is our dignity?

When I read poetry, in my solitude, I often think of my love for my country and yours too. I think of the beauty of it, and how the essence of it all is a sweet caress on a troubled mankind’s forehead.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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