WHO HAS WON THE TENDER?:The former Desico Samoa factory at Vaitele could have new local tenant says anonymous source.

Hopes raised for lease of former Desico factory

A ‘local company’ has won the tender to lease the ‘abandoned multimillion tala’ former Desico Samoa factory at Vaitele. This was confirmed by a senior officer of the National Provident Fund who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity, yesterday.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BEACHES IN SAMOA: Roze Leclerc and Emily Chichalon from France.

Life is a beach

Life is a beach for Roze Leclerc, 27, and Emily Chichalon, 25, all the way from Southern France. Roze and Emily were touring the Cultural Village when Samoa Observer approached them for an interview.

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Samoa has what it takes for Pacific Games 2019

Samoa, as one of the three countries that submitted bids to host the Pacific Games 2019 after Tonga’s withdrawal earlier this year, is looking like a front runner. Samoa, along with Guam and Tahiti, has expressed interest in the hosting role, with less than two years to go.

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TOA GAMES: Cross fit members during the second Toa Games 2017 tournament.

Barbell Wolves rule Toa Games 2017

Barbell Wolves are the undisputed champions of the Toa Games 2017 organised by CrossFit FatuToa last Saturday.

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DREAM FOR DAUGHTER TO GET AN EDUCATION: Junior Fa’alupega at his farm.

Young father sees value in education

Young kids who have the opportunity to get a good education should make the most of it. When that chance passes by, it will be hard to get it back.

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HARD WORKING MAN: Val Felise says it’s time the government deal with people who are wasting water through leakages and  refuse to fix.

Val tells of his struggles

Val Felise can handle most things – including the tough job of looking after his family and tending to daily chores around the house.

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A GRATEFUL MOTHER: Lina Tauailoto with one of her children, Alofa with the money from an anonymous helper.

Grateful family says thank you

A family whose plight about water and electricity featured in the Village Voice last week is extremely grateful.

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LOOKING FOR THE BASICS: Petaia Talalima and his daughter Faith at Tiavea uta.

Petaia’s plea for water, electricity

Who said gone are the days when water and electricity were considered luxury items? For some families, they continue to live without them.

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90th birthday celebration for Bella Hellesoe

90th birthday celebration for Bella Hellesoe

90th BIRTHDAY PARTY: Last Saturday night was an evening of grand celebration for Bella Hellesoe, her family and friends at Lotopa.

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CLIMATE TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE OFFICER: Siosina taking part in discussions during the Pacific Island Climate Outlook Forum, 2016. Photo / S.P.R.E.P.

Siosina Lui: The role of traditional knowledge in Pacific Meteorology

This week, all Pacific Meteorological Services, donors, development partners and stakeholders are gathering for the Fourth Pacific Meteorological Council meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

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A SALUTE TO THE FATHERS: Members of the Pilipino In Samoa Organization (P.I.S.O.).

Filipinos celebrate in Samoa

They might be far from home but the Filipino community in Samoa under the umbrella of the Pilipino in Samoa Organization (P.I.S.O.) made sure the fathers felt right at home when the nation paused to honour fathers last weekend.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Officials from the Pacific who received awards at the closing of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association.

Samoa wins at Water conference

Samoa won a number of awards at the conclusion of the 10th Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (P.W.W.A.) Conference held in Apia last week.

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SADLY MISSED: The late Siliva Auali’itia.

Date set for inquest in case of dead prisoner

A date has been set for an inquest into the death of prisoner Siliva Auali’itia who was found dead at Tafaigata Prison two weeks ago. The hearing is scheduled for 30 August 2017.

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Nightclubs, gas stations targeted

Counterfeit money is a growing problem and the people behind them are targeting nightclubs and gas stations. This was confirmed by the Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari, during an interview with the Samoa Observer.

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To date, its unclear whether the Attorney General’s office has completed its review of the Investigation File.

Authorities mum on Cabinet Minister probe

The relevant authorities have gone quiet on the progress of a criminal investigation involving a Cabinet Minister accused of forgery.

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SUPREME COURT JUDGE: Justice Lei’ataualesa Daryl Clarke.

Court rules against claims Police fired gunshots at vehicle

The Supreme Court has rejected claims that the Police had fired gunshots towards a vehicle driven by a man who then crashed into the Police cars during an incident in 2015. In the Supreme Court yesterday, Justice Lei’ataualesa Daryl Clarke, rejected the claims made by Laki Jr. Nauer. 

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Miss Samoa NSW Australia, Fasi Faitafa Talimatasi Liolevave.

Nine vie for Miss Samoa 2017

COUNTDOWN: Nine contestants will vie for the 2017/2018 Miss Samoa crown next month. Among them is Miss Samoa NSW Australia, Fasi Faitafa Talimatasi Liolevave.

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McDonald’s donate $100,000 for Miss Samoa, secures naming rights

The McDonald’s Family Restaurant has secured the naming rights for the Miss Samoa Pageant 2017. The $100,000 deal was announced during a press conference at McDonald’s in Apia yesterday. 

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FIRST PROFESSION: Sister Anne Mary at Vailima during her first profession’s ceremony.

Sister Anne marks first profession’s ceremony

Family, friends and relatives of Sister Anne Mary of the Assumption from Tonga and Samoa gathered at the Carmelites Monastery Chapel at Vailima to witness her first profession’s ceremony on Monday. Archbishop Fr. Alapati Mataeliga conducted the service. 

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The Samoa Institute of Sport celebrated the success of their Netball Academy athletes during a retreat last week.

Making light work

Supporting local athlete development through collaboration

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Think a Minute

Life’s surprises

Think a minute…Remember Christopher Columbus? The bold explorer from Europe who intended to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to find Asia but failed. Well, he didn’t fail completely.


The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines


LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

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