G’DAY: Alumni members of the Australian Universities with potential students during the Roadshow.

Aussie Universities promote educational opportunities

A delegation from a number of top Australian universities was in Samoa this week. They were here for the first Australia Future Unlimited Education Roadshow held at Taumeasina Island Resort.

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ENJOYING SAMOA’S PACE: Thomas Double and Jessica Kuo find out more about each other in Samoa.

Pace of life in Samoa the perfect rhythm

Jessica Kuo and Thomas Double found their perfect rhythm in Samoa. Coming from New Zealand, they chose Samoa to find peace and get away from the busy life.

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NEW FAN OF SAMOA: Ashley Richardson, has enjoyed her first time in Samoa.

Savai’i leaves first time visitor in awe

Life is good in Samoa for Ashley Richardson. Ashley was reading a book by the Taumeasina Island Resort poolside and just soaking in the sun when the Dear Tourist met her. 

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HONEYMOON HOLIDAY: Danielle Davies has had a fabulous time with her husband in Samoa.

Seeing is believing

Meet Danielle Davies, from North Auckland, New Zealand. She’s in the country with her husband, Gideon, for their honeymoon. This is their first time in Samoa.

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HELPING HAND: Teen Challenge members and the staff of the M.W.C.S.D. and One U.N. Youth Employment Programme.

Teen Challenge empowered with tools to make a difference

The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D.) and the Samoa One UN Youth Employment Programme have teamed up to help Teen Challenge Samoa.

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Theresa Finau takes a selfie with the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi who is wearing a Manaia *1 ula lopa for men. Collection of TEPA i TUA Samoa fashionable lopa jewelries. 

From humble beginnings, Tepa i Tua takes roots

Adding extra to the ordinary is Theresa Finau, a solo entrepreneur from Malololelei. 

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Farewell Lotu was held at the Resort when all the staff prayed for the Maeva Band before they left for the airport.

Return to Paradise’s Maeva Band gets their big break

The Maeva String Band which performs hugely popular dinner concerts at Return to Paradise Resort every Saturday night has caught the attention of House of Travel Managing Director Chris Paulsen. 

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Airport’s $3 million facility opened

The Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) celebrated the opening of its new Training and Emergency Operations Center yesterday. The ceremony was held at the Faleolo International Airport with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi launching the new facility that includes the Samoa Airport Authority Mechanical Workshop. 

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TACKLING WASTE MANAGEMENT: Director General of S.P.R.E.P., Leota Kosi Latu.

Samoa needs to convert to ‘circular economy’

Waste management is an issue facing almost all of the Pacific Islands. 

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Court victory for Vailima. (inset) Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Court awards $778,009 to Samoa Breweries

Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren, has awarded Samoa Breweries Limited (S.B.L.) $778,009 in a civil claim. This is in connection to a breach of contractual obligations. According to the ruling, S.B.L. and Queen Maggie Transport Limited entered into a Product Distribution Agreement in May 2009. 

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Civil Society Support Programme Project Manager, Theresa Masoe Taimalelagi.

Water tanks alarm raised

The management of the Civil Society Support Programme (C.S.S.P.) is alarmed about reports some families are looking to take advantage of the generosity of others. Speaking to the Weekend Observer, the C.S.S.P. Project Manager, Theresa Masoe Taimalelagi, said water tanks donated to families, who requested them in the first place, cannot be sold for profit. 

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Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama and Chief Executive Officer Palanitina Tupuimatagi Toelupe.

N.H.S. Chief dares Minister

The Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of the National Health Services (N.H.S.), Palanitina Tupuimatagi Toelupe, has dared the Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, to reveal who is spreading “false rumours” in relation to the merge. Mrs. Toelupe would not speak to the Weekend Observer.

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Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

Patient concerned about antibiotics shortage

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama has assured that they’re working on procurement measures to avoid another shortage of antibiotics at the national hospital.

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Samoa Police Service.

Suspended Police Officer in Court

A suspended Police Office accused of indecent assault appeared in the District Court on Tuesday.

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TOFA SOIFUA: Frank Chopin.

F.A.O. farewells long-serving officer

Frank Chopin is retiring after eleven years of service for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (F.A.O.). Mr. Chopin joined the Subregional office in Apia in August 2015 as Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer following eight years in F.A.O. Rome where he was Chief of the Fishing Operations and Technology Service.

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Terri Loimata Mau speaks about her scholarship experience in Australia.

Aussie scholarship opportunity chance to take on life lessons

There are opportunities in every challenge. For Terri Loimata Mau, she saw just that when she was given a scholarship by the Australian government to study at the Monash University in Australia.

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Samoa taught me “real richness of the mind”

Samoa is not only rich in natural resources but culture and respect as well. Such is the thought expressed by Kuniyoshi Watanabe (Kuni) to the Dear Tourist team. Mr. Watanabe is from Japan and he’s been in Samoa since 2016.

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are you not entertained?: Mystic Movers bring in the guests as Wednesday Ladies’ Night at Taumeasina gain popularity with tourists and locals.

Mystic Movers shake up Ladies’ Night

The Ladies’ Night hosted by the Taumeasina Island Resort staff was filled with loads of fun and laughter. 

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Scribe. Vodafone Music Awards, Vector Arena, Auckland, Thursday 7th October 2010.

Scribe found guilty of methamphetamine possession

Popular Samoan rapper Scribe, whose real name is Malo Ioane Luafutu, has been found guilty of methamphetamine possession. The verdict was delivered at the Christchurch District Court on Thursday, according to reports

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From Chicago to Samoa, Kendall loving her time here

Kendall Arslanian may be far away from Chicago, America where she is originally from but she feels at home in Samoa. She’s been here for more than six months and so far she loves her stay.

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Think a Minute

“Create Your Own Luck”

Think a minute.Do you know some people who just have all the luck? They seem to get all the breaks. And you ask yourself: “Why don’t I get lucky? Why don’t I get a great education? A great job or business?


The rise of Samoan women in conservation - by culture, merit

About a month ago, we were in a meeting with three village Mayors (male Chiefs) to discuss the implementation of the first carbon offsetting project for Samoa by replanting more than 12,000 native trees in the O le Pupu Pue national Park.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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