ORIENTATION BEGINS: U.S.P welcomes new students at Salelologa campus in Savaii.

Savai’i students orientation success

The University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Samoa’s Savai’i Centre welcomed new students at Salelologa recently. The new students are enrolled in Foundation and degree studies, and will be studying primarily via the Online and Print modes from the Centre.

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Mau leaders and Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III in front of Mau office 1929.

Book to uncover 'Mau hidden truths'

It has been more than 30 years since the book “Mau: Samoa’s struggle against New Zealand Oppression” by Michael Field was published.

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SMILES AT SINALEI: Honoured guests who viewed the ‘Alice in Wonderland Island Style’ under the stars at Sinalei Reef Resort.

Sinalei’s “Alice in Wonderland” evening for a great cause

Any anniversary is all about celebrating achievements. For the Sinalei Reef Resort, their 22nd birthday celebrated last weekend at the resort was exactly that and more. It was an occasion to raise funds for charity.

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Mushroom head (pulouaitu).

Reform zeroes in on pulouaitu and tagamimi

The Samoa Law Reform Commission is seeking to include synthetic drugs such as mushroom head (pulouaitu), logo (daturas) as illegal drugs in the new drugs framework they recommend to be implemented. 

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CYCLONE RECOVERY WORK: E.P.C. workers working hard to restore electricity after Cyclone Gita.

Gita slaps E.P.C. with $10m bill

The damage done by Tropical Cyclone Gita to Samoa’s electricity infrastructure is estimated to have cost up to $10million. 

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CRIMINAL: Lauititi Tualima.

Notorious criminal defies Court Order

A notorious prison escapee and convicted rapist, Lauititi Tualima, who brought much shame to Samoa when his offending attracted the attention of 60 Minutes last year, has refused to cooperate with the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

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WE NEED HELP: Iuni Iuni in need of help for a water tank.

Family’s daily struggle for water

Consider this. Think of spending thousands of tala every year to collect water given today’s ever-increasing cost of living? For 20 years, this has been the reality for Iuni Iuni and his family from the village of Satapuala-uta. 

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Digicel Samoa signs up

Digicel customers can soon expect faster, reliable and affordable internet services. It follows the signing of a seven-year contract between Digicel Samoa and the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (S.S.C.C.) yesterday. This contract can be extended to 15 years.

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LIVING HER DREAM: Bella Maiava is living her best life by taking her passion for food to the next level. She is pictured with Michael Maiava.

Bella’s gypsy food trailer dream and stir fry noodles

Bella Maiava’s signature dish of stir fry noodles have gained a popular following here in Apia and the young “mumpreneur” took orders from her noodle box fans on a casual basis over the past two years to a growing number of customers.

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Mapuifagalele Home for the Elderly.

A moment to remember

The champions of Marist Sevens Women’s competition, Auckland Samoa Women’s, have returned home but not without leaving a mark on Samoa.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will deliver the opening keynote address of the Pacific Climate Change Conference held this week in the Te Papa National Museum.

P.M. Tuilaepa to open high-powered Pacific climate conference

Prime Minister and climate change action advocate Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is among the high-profile experts presenting at the Pacific Climate Change Conference this week at Te Papa National Museum.

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“SAMOA IS PERFECT THE WAY IT IS”: Warren Meyers of Florida, U.S.A. in Samoa.

‘Samoa like Hawaii 75 years ago’

Meet Warren Meyers. Warren is from Florida, U.S.A, and it’s his second time in Samoa. 

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SPECIAL GUEST FEELS AT HOME: Tony Lane loving each moment on the island.

Kiwi a Samoan at heart

Tony Lane may have been born into a different family, but he is a Samoan at heart. After so many stories he heard about Samoa, he finally gets to see the heart of the Pacific for the first time. 

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LOVING SAMOA: Emma Kwaczynski of Australia says Samoa must preserve its culture.

Culture brings the dollars

Samoa’s culture is what brings in the tourist dollars. Emma Kwaczynski from Jervis Bay, Australia, was walking to the bank under Samoa’s hot sun when the Dear Tourist team met her.

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THANK YOU: Siai Misa is extremely grateful to C.S.S.P. and all the donors for their help.

Vulnerable families at Faleasi’u get help*

Imagine not having access to a consistent water supply for the family’s everyday use. 

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AVA STANDARD AWARENESS REQUIRED: The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) confirm the need for more consultations and awareness programes for the public regarding the safe trade of ava and ava products.

More awareness needed on ava regulation, standard

There is a need for more awareness among ava (kava) growers and the general public on the Samoa Ava Regulations and Ava Standard.

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Kris Faafoi, Samoa’s M.C.I.L. Minister, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell and New Zealand’s Minister of Pacific People and Associate Minister for Courts and Justice, Aupito Su’a Sio.

Minister Lautafi eyes N.Z. permanent residence status for R.S.E. workers

Informal talks have started which could see Samoa’s Recognized Seasonal Employees (R.S.E.) receiving automatic permanent residence in New Zealand.

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ENCOURAGING LOCAL TALENT: Faletalimalo Siva Afi Competition 2018.

More than just a fire knife contest

Siva Afi Entertainment’s new contest called “Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge” is back.

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Bring on 2018: S.B.N. Executive members with special guest speaker Tofilau Esther Tofilau (second from right).

Business Network sets the tone

The Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) kicked off 2018 with their first networking event of the year at the Tusitala Tanoa Hotel on Tuesday evening. 

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COPS ON SITE: The Police officers at Tafaigata Prison on the day when the country was bracing for Cyclone Gita.

Minister looks into alleged Prison plot

The Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said he is reviewing the case of prisoners who have been removed from Tafa’igata Prison and placed under Police custody in Apia.

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Think a Minute

“Getting fit”

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.


“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

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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