LEADERSHIP GRADUATE: Akeli Tuuano, senior finance officer at D.B.S.

Leadership graduates tackle sexual harassment at work

Researching the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace shows the need for training, documentation and no tolerance policies, a Leadership Samoa graduate believes.

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FREQUENT VISITORS: Elane Wisely says she and her husband will continue to spend their holidays in Samoa.

Samoa a favourite destination

Elane Wisely is on the verge of becoming “local”—she and her husband travel to Samoa every two years for holidays. Hailing from Pirongia, a small town in the Waipa District of the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island, the 66-year-old woman has over the years travelled frequently to Samoa for holidays.

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FIRST TIME IN SAMOA: Tomas Nilsson enjoys Samoa and tells of the unique reason behind his visit.

Act of kindness brings Swede to Samoa

A simple act of kindness 15 years ago has brought a Swedish tourist to the shores of Samoa. Tomas Nilsson told Dear Tourist yesterday that it was his first visit to the country. 

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A look at the interior set-up, still in construction.

A sneak peak inside the new Maota Fono

The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly has given members of the public a sneak peak inside the new Maota Fono.

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Diwali is a five-day festival of lights which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.

Apia’s first Diwali buffet a success

Restaurant owner Sabreen Ali says their first Diwali buffet was a success and she will now make it a permanent fixture.

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New Zealand Visa.

N.Z. Immigration explains visa fee increase

Increasing cost pressures on Immigration New Zealand resulted in the price hike on visa applications earlier this month, a spokesperson has confirmed. Notices circulated locally informed citizens it now costs T$305 for a visitor visa to New Zealand, up from $285 just last month.

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Faumuina: Learning from failure a path to success

In business and life there are so many similarities, you learn when you embrace your failures, says former rugby league star Sione Faumuina. Sione played professional rugby league in New Zealand for nine years, and is now a successful publisher author, coach, trainer and motivational speaker. 

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Verona Parker, Samoa Cancer Society C.E.O., Shelley Burich, C.E.O. of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, and Asomua Anastasia Stanley Stanley.

S.S.A.B. gives to Cancer Society

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, presented a $2,000 cheque to the Samoa Cancer Society. The Society’s C.E.O., Shelley Burich, received the donation at the S.S.A.B. conference room yesterday.

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Former Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai.

Former Attorney General files strike out motion

Former Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, has moved to remove his name from a lawsuit filed by Samoa Solidarity International Group Global (S.S.I.G.G.). The Group has gone to the Supreme Court and is questioning the legality and the constitutionality of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 and seeking $5 million tala in damages from the Government. 

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The Tupua Tamasese Meaola Hospital at Motootua.

Two new cases of H.I.V. detected

The Ministry of Health has advised that for the first time since 2012 two new cases of the H.I.V. virus has been detected in Samoa. The two patients who tested positive to the virus—which over time can lead to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (A.I.D.S.)—have begun treatment. 

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CHARGED: Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli.

Malietoa Moli charged for being armed with weapon

Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli has been charged with unregistered firearm and discharged of an unregistered firearm. This is in connection to an incident that occurred at his residence at Fagali’i last month, where a gun was allegedly discharged.

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Samoa Nursing Association president Solialofi Papalii Pisimaka.

Nurses say they take on board criticisms

The President of the Samoa Nurses Association Solialofi Papalii Pisimaka yesterday said they will take on board criticisms by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Solialofi said the comments by the Prime Minister have been taken on board and they continue to strive to improve their services.

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BUSINESS AS USUAL: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in an interview with SBS Television’s Stefan Armbruster in Brisbane before leaving for Port Moresby, P.N.G. yesterday where he will join other Pacific Island leaders to observe the A.P.E.

Australian Police investigate attack on P.M. Tuilaepa

The Queensland Police has launched an investigation into an attempt to attack Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in Brisbane, Australia. The attack took place during the official launching of Samoa Airway’s Faleolo to Brisbane flights at the Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Parish, Logan City, marking the airline’s first birthday, on Wednesday night.

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The financial irregularities were highlighted in an audit report on the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the financial year 2012-2013.

“Lack of control over money a worry”

The lack of control over the collection and receipting of monies at the Immigration Office has come under the scrutiny of the Audit Office. The financial irregularities were highlighted in an audit report on the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the financial year 2012-2013.

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INSPIRING: Tusiga Peseta Taofiga among participants at the leadership seminar. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

Youth make their mark on Leadership Samoa

Leadership Samoa participants are often from high-level management positions, with seniority and many years of experience. But this year, a new initiative to include youth was started, and the program welcomed three young participants who don’t typically fit the bill.

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Harold Guida checks out the panelling on the Parliament building with the team during a routine inspection this week.

Parliament to be ready next month

By the time the festive season is over, Parliament will be having their sessions in a brand new hall, built by their own people. Head architects Harold Guida and Willam Gardner visited the site this week and they are pleased with the progress.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. says he’s not “micromanaging”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi has denied that he is “micromanaging” the Audit Office. He was responding to an article in the November 11, 2018 edition of the Sunday Samoan titled “P.M. writes to Minister of Audit Office”, which was based on a letter he wrote early this month to the Minister of Audit, Sala Fata Pinati.

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Masoe Norman Wetzel with Prof. Fui Leapai Ilaoa Asofou Soo at Taputo'i Building N.U.S.

Foundation ends N.U.S. support

The Hachiya Foundation has donated $27,983.83 to the National University of Samoa and announced the end of its support as it will disband. Magele Mauiliu Magele, Afioga Masoe Norman Wetzel, and Hideno Kobayashi—who are members of the foundation’s committee—made the announcement yesterday, and said the $27,983.83 is the remaining balance of the scholarship fund and it was only proper that they gave it to the university.

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Villagers in disaster training

The death and destruction caused by the 2009 tsunami is compelling a group of villages to embrace disaster management training. The villages of Salelesi, Eva and Fusi located on the north coast of Upolu yesterday participated in a disaster management training program, where they were given awareness on natural disasters and trained on how to prepare themselves in the event of a natural disaster. 

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Samoa Solidarity International Group Global (S.S.I.G.G.).

Attorney General applies to remove Ministry

The Attorney General’s Office has filed a motion to strike out a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Samoa Solidarity International Group Global (S.S.I.G.G.). The Group is asking the Supreme Court to rule on the legality and the constitutionality of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 and is seeking $5 million tala in damages from the Government. 

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Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part II)

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.” In other words, he was saying it is not luck but his character, choices and true beliefs in his heart that guide and protect him.


Tribute to a leader, visionary and intellectual

Eulogy at Memorial Service of Sir Ngatata Love 28 October, 2018 Pipitea Marae, Wellington

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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