Deputy Commissioner, Papali'i Monalisa Keti.

Police take over investigation

The Ministry of Police has taken over the case of former Assistant C.E.O. of the M.W.T.I. Faleniu Mark Alesana, whose services was terminated last month on allegations of impropriety over his connection to an Indian company. The criminal investigation was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Papali’i Monalisa Keti in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

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Unit set up for whistle blowers.

Unit set up for whistle blowers

A special audit unit has been set up within the Audit Office for whistleblowers in the public sector who want to report fraud and other irregularities. The establishment of the unit comes on the back of laws enacted in 2014, which recommended that the Audit Office facilitate voluntary reporting of fraud and other irregularities, and ensure there is legal protection for whistleblowers.

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FINDING COMMONALITIES: Senior New Zealand woman army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Esther Harrop with the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil.

New Zealand’s top woman Soldier praises Samoa

A senior New Zealand woman Army Officer whose tour of duties included South Sudan has commended Samoa for appointing women to senior positions in government.

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Director General of the Ministry of Health, Tole’afoa Dr. Take Naseri.

Human error suspected in deaths

The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Tole’afoa Dr. Take Naseri, says human error is suspected over the deaths of two toddlers who died after they were administered the MMR vaccine in Savai’i.

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OBESITY CHALLENGE: The Pacific island countries are already struggling with N.C.D.’s mostly caused by lifestyle choices.

Vaovasa warns of diabetes “tsunami”

New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters, has described the issue of obesity in the region as a “tsunami”. Speaking on the sidelines of the recently concluded Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Samoa, Vaovasa said education and diet have to change in order to defend the Pacific against this growing problem.

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Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Audit Office refuses to comment on Inquiry

The Audit Office has declined to comment on the investigation they have begun into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele. Audit Office Director of Legal Services, Vaipou Fetuliai Lagaaia said: “At this stage that in our line or work we are mandated by law to answer first to the Parliament.” 

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Papali'i John Taimalelagi.

Inquiry launched into alleged removal of Court files

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) has launched an inquiry into allegations that Land and Titles Court files had been removed from the vicinity of the Court. The P.S.C. Chairman, Aiono Mose Su’a, confirmed the setting up of the inquiry in response to questions from Samoa Observer. 

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Samoa welcomes Squash athletes. Photo/Misiona Simo

Samoa welcomes Squash athletes

The Samoa Tourism Authority’s Cultural village came alive with dancing and music yesterday evening to welcome international guests. Over 50 squash players from across the Pacific arrived in Apia to compete in the 2018 Samoa Squash Open.

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GOOD EXPERIENCE: Alexandra and Trevor Goodwin from New Zealand are enjoying their first days in Samoa at the Taumeasina Island Resorts. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Destination Samoa’s many unique attractions

Samoa is a unique destination that offers many attractions. So says Kiwi couple, Alexandra and Trevor Goodwin.

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IT’S THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE PEOPLE: Gary West and his brother-in-law Rod Burnett are fortunate surprised by the locals and the way of living on the island. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Quiet, relaxing win the hearts of Aussie tourists

Meet Gary West and Rod Burnett from Brisbane and Sydney, Australia.

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CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY: Taula Aperila and his lovely wife Faagata.

Elderly father values gift of life

Taula Aperila couldn’t have been more grateful for the opportunity to celebrate another Fathers’ Day in Faletagaloa, Safune, last weekend.

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Of particular interest to the audience were questions about the current state of affairs in Israel and the challenges of evangelical Christianity in a modern world.

Messianic Jews meet with leaders

The visiting family of messianic Jews from Israel met business leaders and ministers yesterday morning to share the Gospel.

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Lady Samoa III ferry to Savaii.

Lack of contracts worry auditors

An audit of the Samoa Shipping Corporation (S.S.C.) has exposed the lack of employment contracts for the Chief Executive Officer and the Assistant Chief Executive Officers.

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Family of Nanai Tokuma at the Court House, Mulinu’u.

Family to appeal Sogi land court decision

The family of Nanai Tokuma is appealing the decision by the Supreme Court Justice to dismiss claims that the land at Sogi is their inheritance.

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DEVELOPING PATROL STANDARDS: High Commissioner Sara Moriarty and the Commanding Officer of the Police Maritime Wing Superintendent Sefo Faafoi Hunt.

Maritime police get $113,535 boost

Samoa’s seas will be better protected thanks to a donation from the Australian High Commission.

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Minister of Communication and Informational Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i.

Fiber optic cable debt unknown

The debt owed by the Government to the American Samoa government for the American Samoa Hawaii Cable (A.S.H.) contract that was signed in 2009 remains unknown with officials refusing to divulge more information. 

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Ex-Manu Samoa Captain, Daniel Leo and S.R.U. C.E.O., Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai.

Social media campaign worries Union

Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) are concerned that a recent social media campaign by former Manu Samoa captain Daniel Leo, could potentially damage what it describes as the hard work they have undertaken for a seat on the World Rugby Council. 

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Anoanoai Pepe Lafai and Mataafa Sepelini.

Suspended top bureaucrats plead not guilty

Two suspended Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Lands Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have pleaded not guilty to the charges laid against them.

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Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital located at Moto'otua.

Auditors eye health workers’ overtime

The Auditors have expressed concern at the “out-of-control situation in the management of overtime hours” at the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.). The Audit reports for Financial Years 2014-2015 expressed concern as it noticed a significant increase in payment of salary of a particular employee which was raised in previous audits.  

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Ministry of Police has added a manslaughter charge against senior nursing officer Luse Emo Tauvale.

Nurse gets manslaughter charge

The Ministry of Police has added a manslaughter charge against senior nursing officer Luse Emo Tauvale. She has also been charged with negligence causing death and perverting the course of justice. Tauvale, 58, of Lefagaoalii, Savai’i is now scheduled to appear for mention in the Supreme Court on August 27.

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Think a Minute

“A bad teacher”

Think a Minute … Do you sometimes feel that the only way your kids will listen and obey you is if you get angry with them?


Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

Between the Lines


Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

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