Director of Climate Change Resilience Programme (S.P.R.E.P.), Tagaloa Cooper Halo.

Regional management of climate change information goes online

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (S.P.R.E.P.) has launched their new online decision support tools for climate change during the I.M.P.A.C.T. Regional Workshop at Vailima.

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Lenny Solomona’s One Touch Ministries runs bootcamps in Samoa, one of many initiatives to fight the country’s obesity epidemic.

Pacific nations ready for fight with sugar giants

Mr Solomona, a pastor, is the head of One Touch Ministries, an organisation that runs boot camps across Samoa to help people get into exercise, as well as education programmes to preach healthy eating in schools and workplaces.

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Sensei Yorie guiding student Foliga Metzger at last year’s showdown for beginners.

Ikebana flower art training on

Informal Gardeners Group (I.G.G.) will carry out its third cultural and learning exchange programme in Samoa. Supported by Samoa’s Ambassador to Japan, Fa’alavaau Perina Sila-Tualaulelei, the group is once again engaging the National University of Samoa’s (N.U.S.) Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education. 

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Quentin Sauaga of  Vaiusu and Fagafau of Savai’i.

Lawyer gives credit to parents for success

A lawyer who was recently admitted to the bar in Samoa has credited his parents for pushing him to succeed. Sauaga, 25, of Vaiusu and Fagafau of Savai’i, was the sole male lawyer to be admitted to the bar recently before His Honour, Chief Justice Patu Tiavasu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

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Faimalotoa Kika Stowers-Ah Kau with Faumuina Tauatamaniulaita Tuaaitoa Aviata.

76-year-old advocate recognised

A 76-year-old man has been recognised for being the oldest advocate of the Nofotane Project. Faumuina Tauatamaniulaita Tuaaitoa Aviata was among the 20 star earners honoured during the closing ceremony of the Nofotane Project in front of the government building on Friday. 

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Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale, chairman of the Poutasi Development Trust and Papua New Guinean film-maker Llane Munau in Poutasi where Llane talked to the community about her work.

Use smartphones to shoot movies

Smartphone phones can now be used by Pacific Islanders to shoot movies to tell their stories, says award-winning Papua New Guinean film-maker Llane Munau.

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Maria Leota, the founder and owner of Kuki Natural Remedies.

Natural remedies laid foundation

A mother’s belief in the power of Samoan natural remedies laid the foundations for a successful skincare company. Maria Leota, the founder and owner of Kuki Natural Remedies, said her preference for natural remedies to treat her son’s injuries and the high cost of medicine led to the establishment of her company.

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The E.P.C. C.E.O. Tologata Tile Tuimalealiifano.

Airport lockout caused by power outage

Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) Chief Executive Officer, Tologata Tile Tuimalealiifano has cleared the air on why some passengers of Samoa Airways were locked out at the Faleolo International airport terminal. Tologata said the container truck that ran into the concrete power pole at Tuanaimato caused a power outage within the Siusega and Vaitele vicinities last week Wednesday, knocking out the power supply in the western side, including the airport. 

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YOU ARE SORELY MISSED ORLANDO his sister Zoey and father Joesph Manulelia.

Cherish and value your children

Elaine Manulelia has asked parents in Samoa to cherish and value their children. She is the mother of 17-year-old Orlando Paulo Manulelia, who was killed in a recent car crash at Saleufi. Fighting back tears after farewelling her son at the Lepea Catholic Parish on Saturday, Elaine urged parents to take action and value every moment with their children.

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GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: Su’a June Ryan of Island Rock with happy customer, Kalais Jade Stanley-Chewlit.

Families cash in on promo

Tausisi Tuilimu of Alafua has cashed in on a promotion connected with the sale of TCL air-conditioning units. Island Rock, TCL Company in partnership with Farmer Joe are running a promotion where any customer purchasing a TCL air conditioning unit will get a $100 shopping voucher to spend at any Farmer Joe around Samoa.

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Garden attracts celebrity visitor

A garden at Moamoa Fou is becoming the new classroom for learning the old ways of gardening and caught the eye of an international culinary guru. The garden and the property that it sits in is always abuzz with guests staying at their accommodation, or primary school children and local growers taking tours, through a large lifestyle block and gardens.

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Israeli bananas boosting Samoa’s export drive

For the first time in more than twenty years, green bananas from Samoa will return to retail and supermarket shelves in New Zealand by the end of the year.

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EMPOWERING WOMEN FARMERS: Samoa’s women farmers and entrepreneurs discussing Pacific farming as a way to develop competition in the Pacific.

P.M. hails women agriculture initiative

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has hailed the inaugural National Forum for Women in Agriculture, Floriculture and Agri-Business as a step in the right direction.

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SUPPORTING THE ROLE OF WOMEN: Some of the women agri-business entrepreneurs whom joined the two-day event at the Orator Hotel lastweek.

Women in agriculture, floriculture and agri-business widely supported

More than 200 women attended the inaugural forum for Samoa’s women farmers, flower growers and agri-business entrepreneurs on Thursday and Friday this week. 

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THANK YOU CHINA: Ambassador Wang Xuefeng with P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi after the signing ceremony.

Samoa’s export drive

Samoa and China have signed the agreements for the construction of the China-Samoa Friendship Park and the Arts and Culture Centre. The signing took place at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday.

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L-R:Paul Karalus, General Manager, Airport Terminal Services (ATS-Tonga), Fa’asoo Sam, Daniel Henson, General Manager of BSP Branch in Tonga.

Skyeye expands to Tonga

Samoa’s geospatial and vehicle tracking company Skyeye Ltd has expanded its presence to the Kingdom of Tonga. Skyeye Tonga is headed by managing director Kisione Tupou with the support of two local staff when it opened its doors.

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MEDIA LAUNCH: Members of the media showcasing the Media Code of Practise pocket book launching.

Media Code in pocket-size book

The Journalist Association of Western Samoa (J.A.W.S.) has commissioned the Samoa Media Code of Practise booklet. The pocket-size guidelines will be distributed to all the media outlets and the National University of Samoa for their use. 

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CHECKING FOR HONEY: Members of I.G.G. took advantage of the demo.

Local growers get beekeeping skills

Australian beekeepers and horticulturalists are in the country to share their knowledge and skills with women’s groups and local farmers.

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RED TOWN CLOCK: A look at the iconic Apia Town Clock that has been painted red.

Iconic Town Clock turns red

To mark the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Samoa (S.O.S.) painted the iconic Town Clock in the heart of Apia red. Established in 1968, S.O.S. Board Chairman, Leta’a Maiava Daniel Devoe said this is a milestone achievement for Special Olympics because it recognises its achievements over the past five decades. 

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THE LUCKY WINNER: Lisa Keil and her new ride.

Ford Ranger goes to Lisa Keil

The hunt for the winner of the Bluesky Ford Ranger is finally over - Lisa Keil of Moto’otua has won the vehicle. The texting competition was open to Bluesky customers, who were invited to text the word “MANU” and drive home in a brand new Ford Ranger on the day of the Super Nine Finals.

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Think a Minute

Complain or change

Think a minute…A young woman named Cherie was telling about her childhood. Both her parents worked outside their home from the time she was a little girl. Her mother was an ambitious actress and only interested in her own career, so she spent very little time with her kids.


Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

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Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.

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