REGULATOR AND ROLE MODEL: Lefaoali’i Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti.

Regulator a role model to survivors at S.V.S.G.

Lefaoali’i Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti is not just a Regulator.

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VOYAGERS RETURN: Gaualofa docks at Vaisigano and crew is officially welcomed after 5 months at sea. Photos: Amanda Wheatley Facebook.

Welcome back to Samoa, Gaualofa!

Samoa welcomed back the Gaualofa crew yesterday after five months of voyaging in New Zealand.

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SALVATION ARMY: Lt Colonel’s Rod and Jenny Carey, Regional Officers and Pastors and Miriama Simanu.

12 steps coming to Samoa

A drug and alcohol treatment programme is set to arrive in Samoa thanks to New Zealand government funding.

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I.P.E.S. Samoa President Matamu James Moeono, Deputy Vice –Chancellor Peseta Dr Desmond Lee Hang and recipients of the IPES scholarships.

I.P.E.S. awards Scholarships for N.U.S. students

President of the Institution for Professional Engineers (I.P.E.S.) Samoa, Matamu James Moeono, presented a $10,000 cheque for 10 science students of the National University of Samoa. 

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HONEYBEES: Leicester Dean and his brother-in-law Fa'alele Siaki show the tray from one of the hives at their farm in Saleimoa.

Honey bee 'must be preserved'

The honeybee is biodiversity in itself and must be preserved at all cost. Leicester Dean, a beekeeper from Saleimoa, knows this. 

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BEEKEEPERS: Raymond Voigt and Leceister Dean speak to the business team about the shortage of honey in Samoa.

Honey shortage in Samoa

Since the introduction of beekeeping in Samoa as a potentially viable commercial industry in the 1970s, the local demand for honey has increased drastically. With the collapse of the first beekeeping company – Samoa Bee & Honey Co. Ltd (S.A.B.H.O.) – in 1989, efforts to try and maintain the supply and demand chain for honey has always been a challenge for beekeepers. 

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Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara.

Rev. Elder Tautiaga Senara new Chairman

Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara is the new Chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.). He succeeds Reverend Elder Tunumoso Iosia. He was elected yesterday, at the end of the two-week General Conference at Malua. The last activity was the election of leaders to drive the church for the next year.

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Apollo Hospital specialist doctors are keen to provide medical services to Samoans and assist the Ministry of Health in creating better health care for this country: Dr Kausik Bhattacharya, Dr D. Vijaya Rajakumari and Dr Harinder Singh Sidhu.

India’s healthcare group visits

Doctors and business personnel for the largest healthcare group in Asia, Apollo Hospitals, visited the Ministry of Health yesterday. Head of International Business for Apollo Hospitals, Dr. Harinder Singh Sidhu spoke with the media about their visit following a memorandum of understanding with the Samoa Government, which covers providing specialist healthcare as well as plans to develop Samoa’s medical personnel.

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GENERAL SECRETARY: Reverend Vavatau Taufao. (Inset) P.M. Tuilaepa S. Malielegaoi.

Church defiant, rejects Govt. law

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) is standing its ground in the ongoing dispute with the Government over the law requiring the Head of State and Church Ministers to pay taxes on their alofa. “The decision from the Fonotele remains the same as in 2017 and that is to reject the law requiring Church Ministers to pay taxes,” said the C.C.C.S. General Secretary, Reverend Vavatau Taufao.

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‘Samoa Fou’ impresses P.M.

Manamea’s art exhibition “ The New Samoa: Samoa Fou” officially opened yesterday evening to the public at their studio in Vaigaga. A principal painting in the collection by artist Lalovai Peseta, features a portrait of Prime Minister Tuilaepa. 

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HAVING THEIR RELAXING TIME: Steve and Tania Davies having a rest before their flight back home to Hamilton, New Zealand.

Samoa deserves more attention as a tourism destination

Meet Tania and Steve Davies from Hamilton, New Zealand. Since their arrival last week Saturday, they have been enjoying the local culture and the island vibes. They are originally from Wales but moved to New Zealand 30 years ago. 

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ENJOYING THE WEATHER AND POOLS: The couple Paul and Jaisha Trebilcock on their last day in the Taumeasina Island Resort

Couple escapes freezing winter in warm and friendly Samoa

Samoa’s weather is why Paul and his wife, Jaisha Trebilcock, came to the islands. For the couple, it’s a good relaxing getaway from their busy schedules back at their home in Christchurch, New Zealand. For one thing, it is a nice break from the freezing weather of New Zealand at the moment.

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Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.

Health Ombudsman proposed

A Health Ombudsman should be set up to deal with complaints and grievances at the Ministry of Health. This is what the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, told the Health Commission Inquiry hearing.

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SUPERINTENDENT: Pastor Joe Amosa at the conference yesterday.

Assemblies of God church gather in Samoa

The Assemblies of God (A.O.G.) in Samoa is holding its 49th District Conference this week. The conference, which started at the beginning of the week, highlighted the Feast of Restoration.

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LIFE CON: Lotuao Apaau, Rebecca Schuster, Kevin Schuster, Shelly Burich and Miss Samoa, Papali'i Alexandra Iakopo

L.I.F.E.-Con expo continues Think Pink 2018

Le Independence Fashion Expo Convention (L.I.F.E – Con) brought to you by E.M.D. is ready to kick off next week during the Samoa Independence Day celebrations. The two-day event, which opens on 1st June with a business expo, will be held at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. 

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The Samoa Law Society new Officers and Council Members: FR: Su’a Hellene Wallwork, Leiataualesa Komisi, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff. BR: Diana Roma, Rebecca Schuster and Edelma Niumata.

New President for Samoa Law Society

Leiataualesa Komisi Koria is the Samoa Law Society’s (S.L.S.) new President. A Partner at Clarke Ey Koria Lawyers, Leiataualesa specialises in Court litigation and advisory work across a wide range of sectors including tourism, manufacturing and financial services.

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Court House

Father guilty of daughter’s rape

A 40-year-old father has admitted raping his 16-year-old biological daughter twice. The matter was presented before Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren. She issued a suppression order on the name of the defendant. 

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Tafa’igata Prison.

More drugs found in prison

More drugs have been found at Tafa’igata Prison. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. It happened last week when Police officers were at the prison compound investigating a separate case.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

P.M. stands firm: Pay your taxes or face consequences

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is firm. If Ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) – or any other Church Minister for that matter – continue to refuse to pay their taxes, they will face the full brunt of the law.

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How not to sing the Samoa Tula’i national anthem

An undated video of how a Fijian singer butchered the Samoan national anthem during an netball game between Samoa and Silver Ferns is going viral among the Samoan community.

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Think a Minute

“The wealthy poor”

Think a minute…Imagine this rich, successful young man. He’s well educated and owns a big, beautiful house. He lives and travels first class! Yet even with all his success he still goes to church and is a humble, good person. Of course, he’s not perfect.


The fastest way to find a job

As we all very much know, having a job is or must be an integral part of our everyday life. We all yearn for one. That is for sure. What we don’t know is, how do we go about getting “our” job. Period. That is the purpose of this article.

Between the Lines


Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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