GENDER EQUALITY PUSH: The project aims to remove barriers to women participating in sport.

New project offers exciting opportunity

The Samoa Gymnastics Federation (S.G.F.) and National University Samoa (N.U.S.) have launched a new Australian Government Pacific Sports Partnerships (P.S.P.) innovation fund initiative.

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Avele College was among the schools that visited Netvo’s booth. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Netvo promotes digital learning

Digital learning is important in this day and age. For Netvo Samoa, they have a mission of supporting students in their studies. 

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SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE: The Tui Samoa Cable is a welcome addition to Bluesky’s coverage.

Bluesky’s Superior Coverage on Tui Cable

Since April 2018, Bluesky has connected to the Tui Cable which has been a welcome addition to its existing Superior Coverage and Network. 

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CONSERVATION MILESTONE: Leota Kosi Latu Director General of S.P.R.E.P., Ulu Bismarck Crawley, C.E.O. of M.N.R.E. and Mason Smith Regional Director of I.U.C.N. Photo courtesy of I.U.C.N. O.R.O.

Celebrating conservation milestones

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.) celebrated their respective anniversaries last week.

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Students experience life at University. Photo/Misiona Simo

Students experience life at University

Students from more than ten schools around Upolu took part in the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Open day at Alafua Campus last Friday. 

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NEW BRANCH: Taituuga Maryanne Lameko-Vaai and her team at B.S.P.

Bank South Pacific takes banking ‘everywhere’

In a testament to the Bank of South Pacific’s (B.S.P.) commitment to provide convenient banking ‘everywhere’, the bank has added a new sub-branch and A.T.M. to its growing number of electronic and retail banking channels in Samoa. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa centre flanked by contestants vying for the title in 2017. Alexandra Iakopo claimed the crown with her reign to end in September.

Historical moment for Savai’i

It’s not by accident that Savai’i will host the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant in September as the Teuila Festival finale this year.

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THANK YOU EVENI: Team Samoa with their Eveni gear are ready for the Junior Golf World Champs.

Eveni Sports backs Team Samoa for World Champs

For the first time this year, Samoa will have five golfers flying Samoa’s flag at the biggest junior golf tournament in the world.

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HEADING TO GENEVA: Faamanu Kelemete.

Young Samoan woman Geneva bound

A young Samoan woman, Faamanu Kelemete, is heading to Geneva. The Board member of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Samoa (Y.M.C.A.) has been chosen to attend a UN Human Rights Committee meeting in there.

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SHALOM: Chief Reporter, Joyetter Luamanu.

Samoa Observer invited to Israel

Samoa Observer’s Chief Reporter, Joyetter Luamanu, is in Israel this week. She is among 13 journalists who are part of a Pacific Tour to Tel Aviv, Israel, at the invitation of the Israeli government.

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VA'A SMILES: S.O.C.A. representatives with I.V.F. president Lara Collins and Oceania Canoe Kayak Federation Maree Burnett.

International partnership for Va’a

It has been a massive week for Samoa sport with the Launching of the Pacific Games logo for 2019 during the weekend. It’s been great to see all the support from all the national and international federations. 

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NOT MOVING: Logolelei Su’a.

Land dispute deadlock

Families the Government had threated to evict from land at Satapuala continue to remain there as talks over a dispute regarding land ownership appear to have hit a deadlock. Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get a comment from the Samoa Trust Estate Corporation (S.T.E.C.) on the status of the matter has been unsuccessful.

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COCOA WORK: The operation involves the whole family.

Savai’i woman’s cocoa break

A cocoa farmer and producer in Salailua, Savai’i, Faialofa Uelese Tupa’i, is cultivating her own land to find financial independence for her and her extended family. Faialofa has been growing coconut and cocoa on her two-acre farm and last year committed to supplying Women In Business Development Incorporated (W.I.B.D.I) with koko malu to provide organic cocoa for New Zealand business, C1 Expresso.

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Australian sailors, soldiers share knowledge with Samoa

As part of a four-day visit to Samoa, the Royal Australian Navy ship H.M.A.S. Success demonstrated to the Samoa Police Force how to control and fix electrical equipment during the weekend. The crew was working with the Samoa Police Service to do maintenance work on the Pacific Patrol Boat SPB Nafanua, combined with small boat training exercises, boarding and ship damage control demonstrations.

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Rev. Vaiao Eteuati, Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuatai and Loau Keneti Sio.

Book tells Samoan tales

The volume eight of Samoa Ne’i Galo was launched on Friday. Held at the Fale Samoa of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.), the book was compiled by the Ministry’s Culture division over many years.

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PLEA TO GOVERNMENT: Kelikupa Ah Wa who is 68 years old from Tanumapua.

Call to review cost of living

Sixty-eight-year-old Kelikupa Ah Wa of Tanumapua is urging the Government to reconsider the high cost of living. Village Voice team met Mr. Ah Wa heading home yesterday. He said the people are suffering from the high cost of living.

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FINANCIAL CRISIS: Samitioata Afamasaga Vavao, unemployed mother from Fasitoo-Tai and Falealili showing the Village Voice the buckets they use to collect water.

Unemployed mother seeks assistance

Samitioata Afamasaga Vavao has a lot on her plate. The unemployed mother of three from the village of Falealii and Fasitoo-Tai spoke of her daily challenges from having no water tank and living in a small hut. On top of that, nobody in her family works and she is also tasked with looking after her mother who lives with them.

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A BOOST TO S.A.S.N.O.C. STATUS: S.A.S.N.O.C. C.E.O. Matthew Vaea, S.A.S.N.O.C. President Patrick Fepuleai, O.N.O.C. Executive Director Dennis Miller and O.S.E.P. Doordinator Sainimili Saukuru yesterday at the Taumeasina Island Resort during the assignment

Agreement boost for S.A.S.N.O.C.

The Oceania National Olympic Community (O.N.O.C.) signed an agreement with Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Community (S.A.S.N.O.C.) yesterday. The agreement improves S.A.S.N.O.C’s status as the training providers for the Oceania sports education programme in Samoa.

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BEHIND THE UNIVERSITY’S SUCCESS: Mohammed Umar speaks of the journey of U.S.P.

U.S.P. student number increase ‘remarkable’

Over the years, the numbers of students at the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) have increased and the many developments are one of the reasons the university is successful. “We have a very clear job description that is very easy to see through. 

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‘THE JOURNEY TO SUCCESS IS NEVER EASY’: Loau Keneti Sio shares his experience.

Minister overcomes challenges to graduate

Success is the result of hard work. Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Kineti Sio, knows this. Loau was part of the 18 Samoan Parliamentarians who graduated with a Certificate in Civil Law from the University of the South Pacific on Thursday as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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Think a Minute

“Good directions”

Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”


“Oi auē, ua maumau le vasa!” “What a pity, such a waste of ocean!”: Idiosyncrasy and wisdom in Samoan creation and funeral chants

June the 8th last week was World Ocean’s Day. I would like to dedicate this address to all those who have and are working tirelessly to protect our oceans. The ocean is family and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we protect and nurture it like family.

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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