LIFE CON: Lotuao Apaau, Rebecca Schuster, Kevin Schuster, Shelly Burich and Miss Samoa, Papali'i Alexandra Iakopo

L.I.F.E.-Con expo continues Think Pink 2018

Le Independence Fashion Expo Convention (L.I.F.E – Con) brought to you by E.M.D. is ready to kick off next week during the Samoa Independence Day celebrations. The two-day event, which opens on 1st June with a business expo, will be held at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. 

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The Samoa Law Society new Officers and Council Members: FR: Su’a Hellene Wallwork, Leiataualesa Komisi, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff. BR: Diana Roma, Rebecca Schuster and Edelma Niumata.

New President for Samoa Law Society

Leiataualesa Komisi Koria is the Samoa Law Society’s (S.L.S.) new President. A Partner at Clarke Ey Koria Lawyers, Leiataualesa specialises in Court litigation and advisory work across a wide range of sectors including tourism, manufacturing and financial services.

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Court House

Father guilty of daughter’s rape

A 40-year-old father has admitted raping his 16-year-old biological daughter twice. The matter was presented before Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren. She issued a suppression order on the name of the defendant. 

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Tafa’igata Prison.

More drugs found in prison

More drugs have been found at Tafa’igata Prison. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. It happened last week when Police officers were at the prison compound investigating a separate case.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

P.M. stands firm: Pay your taxes or face consequences

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is firm. If Ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) – or any other Church Minister for that matter – continue to refuse to pay their taxes, they will face the full brunt of the law.

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How not to sing the Samoa Tula’i national anthem

An undated video of how a Fijian singer butchered the Samoan national anthem during an netball game between Samoa and Silver Ferns is going viral among the Samoan community.

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Sustainable farming practices

Farming has been a source of hope for a father from Tanugamanono to provide for his family. Foemua Faiilagi Saili Tanu’s farm was showcased during the strengthening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscapes (S.M.S.M.C.L.) for Samoa project. 

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Galuefa Leilua, Lama Milford, Amosa Vaefou.

The 2018 Malua Conference is well underway

The Malua Theological College compound is perhaps the busiest place in Samoa this week.

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SAMOA WELL REPRESENTED: Among the participants present for the P.A.L.M. 8 was the Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and wife, Gillian Malielegaoi.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa ends successful visit to Japan

Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has concluded a successful visit to Japan. 

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INSPIRING: The five workers at the garden in Moamoa Seia Mikaele Maiava, Pueata Tili, Filo Ake, Faamanatu Mavaega Matulino and Niuula Fiu.

Keyhole garden technique can make huge difference

Land is the most important part of culture. This is according to Mikaele Maiava, who is the Manager for Pope Benedict XVI Hostel in Moamoa, which hosts Tokelauan students during their stay in Samoa. 

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Senior Government officials at the consultation.

Managing soil resources

The consultation for sustainable management of soil resources in Samoa was held at the Samoa Conference Convention Center, T.A.T.T.E. building yesterday. The consultation was to highlight the celebration of soil resources as the physical cornerstone of life on earth. 

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THE BUILDING: John Williams Building in Apia.

$2 million more to complete John Williams Building works

The Komiti o Feau Eseese has asked the General Assembly of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa for an additional $2million to complete the renovations of the John Williams building. This is according a copy of its report for the 2018 Conference, which is held in Malua this week.

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Maryann Talia Pau.

A Samoan woman’s global influence

The One Million Stars to end violence project by Samoan master weaver, Maryann Talia Pau, was one of the most talked about public art installation in the world this year. The record breaking public installation at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was the end point for a project that started out in 2012 when the exhibiting artist found an outlet to respond to a tragic event.

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The Jubilee church Malua.

Church pays $1.7 million annually for loan

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa’s annual payment of $1.7 million to the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) for their $15.11 million loan should be reconsidered. That is the recommendation by the Komiti o Feau Eseese in their report leaked to the media. The loan from the S.N.P.F. was to assist with the building of the Jubilee Church project and other developments. 

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THE COMMISSION: Faamausili Dr. Matagialofi, Taulapapa Brenda Latu and Professor Fui Asofou So'o.

Inquiry told of health woes

There was no consultation between the National Health Services and Ministry of Health prior to submitting the merge proposal to Cabinet for their review. That is what the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri told the Commission of Inquiry appointed by Cabinet to consider the proposed organisational structure for the re-merge of the National Health Services and Ministry of Health. 

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It’s all about realising one’s dream

You don’t have to earn big bucks to make a difference. Ask Suega Fata Fisaga, a chief and farmer, and he will tell you why. 

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Court House Mulinuu

Bail denied for murder accused

Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren has denied the bail application for the 18-year-old murder defendant. Ietitaia Misialofa of Fogasavai’i is accused in the murder of a man from Vailoa last month. The deceased was found dead on the side of the road with severe injuries to his head. 

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L – R :Mr. Mahmoud Riad (3R +Return Expert - JICA), Ms. Lita Lui (ACEO Aid Coordination Div, MOF), Ms. Yoshida Ayako (JICA Expert) and Mr. Toshiaki Tanaka (Resident Representative, JICA Samoa Office)

Farewell to a friend of Samoa

A J.I.C.A. volunteer and expert, Mahmoud Riad is leaving tomorrow after six years working in Samoa and the Pacific Island countries. 

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“SEKI A SAMOA WEEK”: Speech contestants of Vaiala Beach Primary School.

Gagana Samoa features at Vaiala Beach School speech competition

Samoan Language was a category featured for the first time in the annual speech competition at Vaiala Beach School.

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IDENTIFYING DATA GAPS AS OPPORTUNITIES: In localizing the Ocean Health Index (OHI), relevant stakeholders during a three-day workshop are identifying Samoa’s opportunities for domesticating this approach.

Samoa localises Ocean Health Index to monitor progress on ocean targets

This week, Samoa will be localizing the Ocean Health Index (OHI) – a framework and tool for assessing the benefits people derive from the ocean – in partnership with Conservation International (CI), the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Think a Minute

“Chance or choice”

Think a minute…There was a man who was the owner of the only hair salon in his little town. He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody in town and his business was quite successful.


The fastest way to find a job

As we all very much know, having a job is or must be an integral part of our everyday life. We all yearn for one. That is for sure. What we don’t know is, how do we go about getting “our” job. Period. That is the purpose of this article.

Between the Lines


Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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