PUNIALAVA’A: (l-r) Nanai Viellani Peteru, Melody Peteru, Leulua’ipouomalo Punialavaa and wife Kelcey Peteru at Robert Louis Stevenson College during one of the stops of their school tours last week. Photo / (OneLook Communications).

Punialava’a and Samoa Airways – flying the Samoan flag with pride

When Punialava’a flew on Samoa Airways to return home last month, they were very much aware of the parallels between their band and the national carrier. For starters, both are ambassadors for Samoa, carrying the Samoan flag wherever they go.

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A woman on a mission

Kasia Renae Cook.  Remember that name if you live in Samoa and are of German descent. She is a remarkable woman, an educated woman, and she is on a mission. No. Not the kind of mission you might be thinking.

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DEVELOPING BETTER INTEGRITY OF DATA: Mandria Sua and Minerva Ta’avao, N.U.S. staff behind the report.

University data to inform decision makers

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S) is continuing to use data to inform decision making, with the recent release of its second statistical digest and the promise of another one in December.

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A FIRST STEP: The Samoan delegation is led by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i.

Moves afoot to make Samoa regional innovation hub

A Government delegation is currently in America meeting with technology companies and public officials as a first step towards making Samoa a regional innovation hub.

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Road incident kills boy at Samatau

The family of a young boy from Samatau is mourning his death following a tragic incident involving a bus on Friday night. The death was confirmed by a member of the extended family yesterday, who requested for the names to be withheld as they have yet to inform all their relatives about the tragedy.

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NEW HOUSE: The residence of C.C.C.S. Magiagi Pastor which was officially dedicated yesterday.

Magiagi Church dedicates $500,000 Pastor’s house

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) at Magiagi celebrated a milestone with the official opening of their Pastor’s residence yesterday. The total cost of the project is estimated to be more than $500,000. In an interview with Sunday Samoan, Church Secretary Tupuivao Dr. Titi Lamese, said they do not owe anything to the banks.

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U.S. JUDGE: Emeritus John C. Wallace.

Judiciary’s independence critical, says visiting U.S. Senior Judge

The three branches of government – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary – exist to protect people’s rights but there are times when the Judiciary becomes the weakest branch of Government. The point was made by a United States Court of Appeals Senior Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus, John Clifford Wallace, during an interview with the Sunday Samoan yesterday.

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VAITELE SMASH: The vehicles involved in the collision which also knocked out electricity in the area.

Vehicles in head on collision at Vaitele

Two vehicles were involved in a head on collision at the front of the METEK building in Vaitele on Friday. According to an eyewitness, Juliana Tuitea, a vehicle coming down from Maota o Samoa was driven by a woman and was allegedly speeding when her vehicle collided with an oncoming vehicle.

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HAPPY TO BE BACK: Pan and Peter Clydesdale remember the good times on their stay back in their “second home”.

Samoa gives couple good memories

Returning to Samoa brought back a lot of good memories for couple Pan and Peter Clydesdale.

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Ambassador Wang Xuefeng (front row, 4th from left) with Cabinet members, members of diplomatic core and N.U.S Vice Chancellor Fui Asofou So’o (far right).

Confucius Institute opens its doors

The Confucius Institute has officially opened its doors at the main campus of the National University of Samoa.

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GOING GREEN: Peace Chapel Primary School students above their bottle camp mural.

What kids have to say about going green

Six schools across Samoa beautified their schools this term, competing in BSP’s Go Green campaign competition. For the children, making the school attractive was only the beginning. They also spent the term learning about gardening, taking care of plants, recycling and pollution.

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About 50 men, women and children converged on Every Home for Christ premises at Vaigaga on Sunday and were treated to a night of worship and singing in commemoration of the day.

Papua New Guineans celebrate 43rd Independence

The Papua New Guinea community in Samoa celebrated the country’s 43rd independence anniversary in Apia last Sunday. About 50 men, women and children converged on Every Home for Christ premises at Vaigaga on Sunday and were treated to a night of worship and singing in commemoration of the day.

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ENERGY ON THE AGENDA: Dr. Adam Warren addresses a group in Apia.

Policy models not enough to reach 2025 goal

Technology, policy and business models are not enough to get Samoa to its goal of being 100 percent renewable by 2025. Dr. Adam Warren, a director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (N.R.E.L) in the United States, is in the country to hold discussions with stakeholders in the energy sector when he made this statement. 

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Electric Power Corporation.

Tariff changes for electricity

Commencing October 1, 2018, domestic and non-domestic electricity users will be charged with a new set of tariff. 

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Owners George and Margaret Feesago.

Big & Small opens newly renovated store

Big & Small of Samoa opened its newly renovated store at the ground floor of ACC Building yesterday. The more than $20,000 tala renovated store houses a wide range of American cosmetics and makeup kits to suit any skin colour and body type. 

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Students from St. Joseph’s College.

Leadership conference targets student athletes

Samoa Institute of Sports (S.I.S.) is on a mission to mould young people to become leaders who can make a difference in all aspects of life. 

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ELECTION MOVE: Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio and App Developer and I.T Manager, Mailo Henry Mailo check out their Palota Samoa app.

Election app to increase voter turnout

The Office of the Electoral Commissioner is launching an app they hope will increase voter turnout at the next general election in 2021. Following the 2016 elections, the office decided an app can provide better access to the information and the systems that make up elections here in Samoa.

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Members of the liquor board present at the public consultation.

Cabinet approves alcohol bill without consultation

A meeting between the Ministry of Revenue (M.O.R.) and the private sector over the Alcohol Control Bill has been cancelled after Cabinet approved the legislation behind closed doors a week ago. The consultation was scheduled for September 21 (yesterday) after business representatives told M.O.R. officials in a public consultation early this month that their feedback and concerns should be considered before the bill went to the Parliament. 

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SAD SCENE: Police officers in the area to try and resolve the situation. Photo: Facebook.

Chaotic scenes as students clash

There were chaotic scenes in town next to the seawall bus stop when a brawl broke out between some students of Leifiifi College and Maluafou College yesterday afternoon. 

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Chanel College uses culture to promote identity

The St. Peter Chanel College in Moamoa held their cultural day yesterday and used the occasion to promote identity and values through Samoan culture. The performances were led by students comprising four groups, which each had 30 students from Years 9-13, and were marked by the colours yellow, blue, red and green. 

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Think a Minute

No greater love

Think a minute…A four-year-old girl was terribly hurt in a car accident and going to die—unless the doctors quickly found a person with her same rare blood type who was willing to give her their blood. Then they discovered the girl’s seven-year-old brother had the same blood type as her.


Climate justice denied. Part II

Let me now share my personal assessment of the Bangkok meetings ‘watching’ it all from the comforts of home in Samoa.

Between the Lines


An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

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