Wedding and leisure brings Sydney family

A family wedding in Samoa gave first time visitor, Daniel Pac, and his family a great reason to visit Samoa.

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IMPRESSED WITH SAMOAN LIFESTYLE: Vahid Ameripour and Tara Duffin

“It’s very nice and a really beautiful place”

The family-oriented nature of Samoans and the closely-knit communities are parts of Samoa that two visitors have found extremely impressive. 

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Mrs and Mr Senel happily married.

Love, family and marriage for Denise and Adam Senel

Different cultures in Turkish, Spanish and Samoan combined to witness the happy marriage of Denise Pologa Senel and Adam Senel at Taumeasina Island Resort this week.

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One of the newly bestowed Matai title holders, Papali’i Namulauulu Leota Sami Leota with his family in Sapapali’i.

Papali’i and Taimalelagi titles bestowed at Sapapali’i

The General Manager of Federal Pacific Insurance Ltd and the President of the Samoa Rugby Union, Namulauulu Leota Sami Leota, has been bestowed the Papali’i title of Sapapali’i.

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A total of 17 newly bestowed matai title holders being blessed during the church service.

Sa Si’a family celebrates

The Sa Si’a family from Malie yesterday welcomed 17 newly bestowed matai title holders which included two women.

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Tahere Talaina Si'isi'ialafia at the Samoa National Youth Council Annual General Meeting.

Youth can become leaders outside politics

Young people can become good leaders in their community without entering politics, says university lecturer Tahere Talaina Si'isi'ialafia.

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Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, president of the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters said increasing the minimum wage is important but comes with other responsibilities.

Increase Minimum wage with staff upskilling

Members of the private sector agree that the minimum wage needs to increase, with all due care. But capacity building, and the wider business context need to be considered too, they say.

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REUNITED: Members and supporters of the Palolomua online group hold their second reunion.

Palolomua hold reunion and promote culture

Palolomua held it's second reunion yesterday at the Human Rights Protection Party headquarters at Sogi. The reunion included members of the Palolomua online group who were also invited to participate. The reunion was led by Australian-based Nese Uelese and included members from around the world. 

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DETERMINED GROUP: United Uso aiming for the best.

Dance crew determined to be the best

The United Uso dance crew will not throw in the towel in their strive to be Samoa’s top dance group. 

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Businesses support higher minimum wage.

Businesses support higher minimum wage

Business leaders say Samoan people deserve a higher minimum wage, and applaud moves to discuss it in consultations next week. Ray Hunt, financial controller for Frankie Company Limited said while any increase in minimum wages would cost the company, it would not affect their prices. 

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Defendant Motu Taula and his lawyer Maiava Visekota Peteru outside of the Court.

Court adjourns vehicular manslaughter trial

The three-day Supreme Court trial of a man who faces one count of vehicular manslaughter was postponed yesterday, after the defense said it was not ready to proceed. Motu Taula is facing the charge of one count of vehicular manslaughter, in connection to the death of 17-year-old Orlando Manulelia. 

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WORD OF CAUTION: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the village leaders and representatives during meeting.

“Don’t be easily fooled,” P.M. tells Village leaders

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has cautioned leaders and representatives of the Government in villages not to be “easily fooled” by people making claims that Samoa’s land has been “taken by China.” He also warned against being misled by people who claim that they are legal experts and know-it all when it comes to matters of customary lands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa did not name anyone in particular and he wasn’t immediately available to elaborate.

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Peter Tulaga Eliesa of Vailoa facing an attempted murder charge in connection with a shooting incident. Photo: Facebook

Man charged with attempted murder in shooting incident

The man charged with attempted murder in connection to an incident where a woman was allegedly shot in the face has been identified as Peter Tulaga Eliesa, of Vailoa. This was confirmed by the Deputy Registrar of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Ve'atauia Fa’atasi Puleiata, who said he is scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court on 4th February 2019 for criminal mention. 

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Samoa’s new Multisport Complex takes shape

These shots taken by the Pacific Games Office shows the progress at the site for the brand new MultiSport Complex.

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Lydia Sosene.

New laws to improve Samoan lives

New legislation in New Zealand will hopefully improve the lives of Samoan families across the country, said chairperson of the Auckland Council Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board Lemauga Lydia Sosene.

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OPENING OF THE 2019 SAMOA POLICE SERVICE NEW RECRUITS COURSE: The management of the Police with the new recruits.

Be agents of change, Police recruits told

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, has welcomed the Police Recruit class of 2019. 

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President Donald Trump.

Shutdown not affecting U.S. Embassy in Samoa

The operations of the U.S Embassy in Samoa will not be affected by the U.S. Federal Government shutdown, which is now into its 25th day. 

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C.O.P.24 PRESIDENT: Michal Kurtyka.

Govt. delegates optimistic about C.O.P.24 outcomes

Facing developed countries and asserting the needs of small island developing states at the 24th Conference of the Parties (C.O.P.24) in Poland last month was an emotional experience for government delegates.

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HARMLESS: The Pacific Boa poses no threat to humans and S.P.R.E.P environmental monitoring and reporting officer, Mr Paul Anderson (pictured right) advises that you enjoy the experience of seeing the snake and then leave it in peace.

Snakes important for biodiversity, food chain

Snakes are an important part of Samoa’s biodiversity and play an important role in the animal food chain. 

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A STEP FORWARD: Chief Executive Officer of Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.), Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano.

Savai’i hydro plant set for commissioning

The Chief Executive Officer of Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.), Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano has confirmed that the commissioning of Savai’i’s first ever hydro power plant at Vailoa Palauli will be done tomorrow. 

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Think a Minute

Grace to Change

Think a minute… The statesman and financer Cecil Rhodes who started his world-famous Rhodes Scholarships was also known for being a fine dresser. He once invited a young man to his home for dinner.


Invasive species for biomass threatens palusami and food security

In Tuesday’s Samoa Observer, 15 January 2019, I read with interest a report by Alexander Rheeney titled “Biomass plant progresses to next stage” referring to the proposed development of a biomass gasification plant at Mulifanua!

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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