Lucky to be alive

The driver of a sedan is lucky to be alive after his vehicle rolled several times and fell into a storm water drain in Tuanaimato.

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LIFE IS CHALLENGING: Ana Sio and her children at their home.

At the mercy of nature

The dilapidated condition of their house means they are always at the mercy of the forces of nature.

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HOUSING ISSUES: Tuluina Tavita’s family home with some of the children in front. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Ten is a crowd and a challenge

Ten can be a crowd for a family living in a shack in Vaitele and Tuluina Tavita’s challenges are compounded by her lack of employment.

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DEAF EMPOWERMENT OFFICERS AT WORK: Koaiata Afualo, Tuiala Aii and Simona Simati.

Role models work to empower

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

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Youth Co:Lab Participants with representatives from the UNDP and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce.

Youth Co:Lab participants acknowledged

In early June 2018, the first Youth Co:Lab Workshop for the Pacific was held in Samoa.

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ROADBLOCK CONTROVERSY: The fight at the rugby led to the roadblock where Police were called. Photo/Misiona Simo.

Luatuanu’u ten in Court

Ten people from the village of Luatuanu’u, who are accused of being involved in a rugby fight that broke out in March this year, appeared in the District Court this week.

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BEING ‘CHINA READY’: Tourism operators will have the chance to learn more about China’s outbound travel market in a workshop in early August.

Getting tourism industry ‘China ready’

Samoa’s tourism operators will be given insights on the characteristics of Chinese tourists and their expectations in a workshop next month.

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Susana Tunumoso Iosia unveils a monument to mark the occasion.

E.F.K.S. Vaigaga turns 150

The Vaigaga Congregational Christian Church of Samoa celebrated its 150th anniversary on Friday. The church acknowledged the vision of Papali’i Viliamu Cowley who started it in his rundown house at Lotoā 1865-1868.

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AT WORK: Iain McGregor working with the staff of the Samoa Observer at their Vaitele office.

Top N.Z. Photojournalist works with Samoa Observer

In journalism, photographs have long been championed for their distinct ability to convey the truth and highlight important issues. Within media, a skilled photojournalist (equipped with a camera and an incredibly strict code of conduct) will enter a news event not just to snap a few staged group photos, but more importantly their goal is to visually tell the story. 

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Minister Lautafi Selafi Purcell.

Minister Lautafi defends Board appointments

Minister of Public Enterprises Lautafi Selafi Purcell has rubbished claims that board members’ lack of expertise is costing taxpayers a lot of money. “The comments which were uttered without any facts are insulting, unfair and untrue to the board members and the Government who placed their trust in the system we currently have in the hiring of board members,” he said.

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General Manager Papali'i Willie Nansen.

Decision yet to be made on Shipping hotel

Samoa Shipping Corporation has denied they are planning to set up a hotel and claimed the facility will be a ‘bed-and-breakfast' type of accommodation.

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Dr. Tanyamarie Petaia.

Medical Association expresses concern

The Samoa Medical Association (S.M.A.) has expressed its grave concern with regards to the deaths of two babies in Savai’i who died after they were administered M.M.R. vaccination.

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TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES: Jamie-Ray and his sister, Alana-Rae had both been given MMR vaccine. Photos: Supplied.

Distraught parents want answers to help save lives

While Samoa mourns the deaths of two babies who died in Savai’i after they were vaccinated last week, parents of two children who died after being immunised in Samoa have come forward to share their story in the hope that it could save someone’s life. 

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U.S. FREEDOM CELEBRATION IN SAMOA: Maryanne Savai'inaea was the star of the evening who sang the national anthems.

Mary Savai’inaea stars at U.S. celebrations in Samoa

The United States Embassy in Apia hosted an official reception of its 242nd Independence celebrations on Friday. It was a time for invited guests to experience the spirit of the 4th of July with drinks brought from the U.S. for its citizens who now live in Samoa. 

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Samoa Airways.

Airline asks for $12 million loan

Samoa Airways has asked the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) for a $12 million loan. The Government has in recent months denied that the national airline has been operating at a loss with the Minister of Public Enterprise, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, again dismissing reports that the loan is a financial assistance package to rescue the airline.

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MISSING: A photo of Ioapo Toetu released in the bid to find him.

Boy missing since Wednesday

A 11-year-old boy has been reported missing since last Wednesday by his family at Faleas’iu. Ioapo Toetu was last seen wearing black shorts without a shirt and the matter has been brought to the attention of the police. 

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LOVING SAMOA: Kate King and Peter King..

Forest and sunshine woos tourists

Samoa’s luscious rainforest and sunshine is proving to be a winner with tourists flying in from nations in the middle of a winter chill.

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A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: Robert Harwood and Patricia Harwood.

The heart of the Pacific

Patricia Harwood had to come to the ‘heart of the Pacific’ to celebrate her 70th birthday.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR GRANTS: Community group discussions on issues, queries, questions for further improvements on proposals.

Small grants workshop held

The United Nations has convened a workshop for communities in Upolu to bring them up to speed on how to apply for small grants.

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Miriama Alenepi

Cultural group honoured with exhibition

The Samoa Teachers Cultural Group was honoured with an exhibition titled “Se’i toe seu le ata sina manaia nai Malifa” yesterday. Organised by the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) at the Museum of Samoa at Malifa yesterday, the exhibition showcased the history of the Samoa Teachers Cultural Group or the Ausiva a Faiaoga, which was established in 1972. 

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Think a Minute

“Decide Your Destiny”

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl who had been watching him said, “My daddy has a brush like that to clean his car too.” “Really!” said the man. “What kind of car does your daddy have?”


Why Bananas

Well, how does the morning break for you besides prayers? I am at a crossroads with words and waking up with birds chirping.

Between the Lines


Of ‘Papa Stui’ and fa’afafines Well it looks like some customers have kicked up a big stink about McDonald’s Unisex toilet.

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