CONGRATULATIONS: Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with colleagues in Hawaii with the award.

Global recognition for Samoa’s kava man

Tagaloa Eddie Wilson’s work in the kava industry has received global recognition. As the Chair of the international Kava Executive Council and President of the Pacific Kava Association, Tagaloa has been honoured for leading the lifting of the 2001 ban on Pacific kava and restoring regional kava exports globally

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ON THE ISSUE OF WASTE: Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai with guests of the Women in Climate Change and World Bank evening.

Women lead fight against waste

The waste stream needs more money injected into it, say two women walking the talk in waste management. Addressing the Women in Climate Change (W.I.C.C.) network and a delegation of the World Bank on Thursday evening, members of the Samoa Recycling Waste Management Association (S.W.R.M.A.), Tuigamala Marina Keil and Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai said waste management development is acutely necessary.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

“Writing-off water bills nothing new”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says there is “nothing new” in writing off outstanding water bills, which include $2.6 million in arrears. He said the policy to write-off water bills has been in place since the beginning of the Samoa Government, but the authority to accept or write-off the bills ultimately rests with the Parliament.

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THE CONTAINER: Tagiilima and Irene Elia claim the container they leased had been allegedly tampered with.

The truth must prevail!

A couple, Tagiilima and Irene Elia, is eager to find out what has become of the “$23,800 tala” worth of personal effects, some of which they claimed had gone missing or damaged, in a container in the Apia Wharf, and the matter is now the subject of a Police investigation. 

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HARD WORK AND DEDICATION: Y.C.A.N. members planting mangroves after cleaning rubbish from the site in March last year in Faleata.

Samoa’s youth honoured with international wetlands prize

In May this year, Samoa’s Youth in Climate Action Network (Y.C.A.N.) learned they had won a Ramsar Wetland Conservation award of US$10,000 (T$26,609). President Samantha Kwan, still very much taken aback by the win, travelled to Dubai yesterday to accept the prize.

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Mata'afa Faatino Utumapu.

The blind to seek Govt. assistance

The Samoa Blind People’s Association (S.B.P.A.) is considering asking the Government to import canes into Samoa for blind citizens. A member of the association, Fa’aolo Utumapu, told Samoa Observer that the association receives canes under an arrangement with a Danish citizen.

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Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.

“It is within his rights to sue S.R.U.”

Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, yesterday said it was within the rights of former Manu Samoa Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, to go to Court. Fuimaono, whose contract as the head coach was terminated in August this year, has threatened to sue the Samoa Rugby Union and wants a public apology.

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Some local farmers during a training in Samoa to deal with the rhinoceros beetle.

Training targets pests in coconut industry

A regional training on the identification, prevention and control of pests and diseases in Coconut Plantations will be held at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, starting next Monday.

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Some of the children from the Vaiusu S.D.A. made White Sunday extra special.

Vaiusu S.D.A. makes White Sunday extra special

White Sunday this year was extra special for the abused and abandoned children at the Campus of Hope, as it was celebrated together with the children from the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Vaiusu. 

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GIFT FROM THE HEART: Pink seis handmade by children of Campus of Hope presented to the Samoa Cancer Society.

A donation of a hundred pink seis

Hundred of pink seis, hand made by the children residence of the Campus of Hope have been presented to the Samoa Cancer Society. The pink sei donation made last week was the children of hope’s contribution towards breast cancer awareness currently underway, as per the Pinktober 2018.

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IMPRESSED: Tom McGovern and Fidelma Berkery loving Samoa. Photo: Anina Kazaz.

First impressions leave couple wanting more

First impressions last. For first time visitors, couple, Fidelma Berkery and Tom McGovern said the impressions they have of Samoa will remain with them for life. With both of them having Irish roots, they met in Australia and for eight years have lived in New Zealand. 

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Papalii Sonja Hunter, Chairwoman of S.P.T.O. and C.E.O. of S.T.A.

Challenging traditional views of travel, tourism in the Pacific

The second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (P.T.I.C.) brought together 157 delegates from 95 organizations and 16 destinations to influence change and share their thoughts and ideas on the future of tourism in the Pacific.

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Caleb Lloyd and Jeanne Dennehy are biking around Samoa and would recommend it to anyone. Photo: Anina Kazaz.

On your bike… couple ride around Samoa

While some people enjoy sightseeing in cars, Kiwi couple Jeanne Dennehy and Caleb Lloyd prefer their bikes. They flew into Samoa with their bikes and so far have travelled Savai’i and now Upolu. Caleb and Jeanne, who live together in Taranaki, were on their way to the culture show at the Samoa Tourism Authority when the Dear Tourist team met them. 

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Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Purcell during the Cable Depot opening.

Minister says Cable Depot means more jobs for Samoans

When new businesses spring up, the question has to be asked: who will benefit from this? The question was put to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, following the opening of the $5 million submarine Cable depot at the Matautu Wharf.

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GOING PINK FOR CANCER: Some of the guests at the luncheon yesterday.

Prevention message preached at Pinktober luncheon

Breast cancer is still the highest killer among women, says Samoa Cancer Society Vice President, Tauiliili Alise Stunnenberg. Tauiliili was speaking during the Cancer Society’s Pinktober Luncheon at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

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PEACE KEEPERS: Senior Sergeant Misipele Fiatau, Sergeant Mose Lotomau, Corporal Leone Filemu, Corporal Eliu Iakopo, Corporal Ainea Uiese with Assistant Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Keti and Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil.

Samoa sends five peacekeepers

Five police officers from the Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) have been deployed to South Sudan on a one-year peacekeeping mission under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (U.N.M.I.S.S.).

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The only female amongst the new holders of the Aiono title, Aiono Saini, during the ava ceremony.

Aiono chiefly titles bestowed

The village of Fasito’o-uta welcomed nine new holders of the Aiono chiefly title yesterday morning. The titleholders from the heirs of Aiono Aipovi and Aiono Sapeki were blessed during an elaborate and traditional ceremony attended by families and villagers. Prior to the traditional formalities, the titleholders were blessed by Reverend Uta Muaulu of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Fasitoo uta. 

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RIGHT ON TRACK: Pacific Games C.E.O., Falefata Hele Matatia and Pacific Games Council Executive Director, Andrew Minogue. Photo: Government.

Games Executive lauds Samoa’s preparations

Samoa’s preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games in July are on track. So assured Pacific Games Council Executive Director, Andrew Minogue, during a press conference yesterday. In his three-day visit, the fifth he made to Samoa this year, Mr. Minogue said he is content with the progress Samoa has made, and is also adamant that the Games organising committee will complete their work in time for the Games. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Expand your horizons, P.M. tells B.A.T. Samoa on 40th Anniversary

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has challenged British American Tobacco (B.A.T.) Samoa Limited to expand its horizons to Samoa’s Pacific neighbours and beyond. Tuilaepa issued the challenge during the celebration of the company’s 40th Anniversary held at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum on Thursday night. The celebration was closed to the media.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police investigate three deaths

The Police are investigating three separate deaths. They involve a three-month-old baby, 11-month-old toddler and a 24-year-old man. This was confirmed by the Police yesterday. On 10 October 2018, the Police said they received a call from the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital regarding a three-month-old boy.

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Think a Minute

Silence is golden

Think a minute…The famous scientist Albert Einstein did not always follow social customs. One evening the president of a university hosted a dinner to honor Einstein and give him an award. Einstein was not scheduled to speak at the dinner, but after he received the award the audience began cheering and calling for him to give a speech


CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

Between the Lines


No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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