BASIC STRUCTURE: The home of Soolefai Faalogo at Falefa.

“It would help if we had a water tank”

It has only been five months since 52-year-old Soolefai Faalogo from Falefa moved into the area and built a house. It is not much of a structure and is in fact an incomplete traditional Samoan-styled house, which he shares with his son and daughter-in-law.

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Taitai Tufuga handing over the keys of the new building to the church minister

Church celebrates building projects

Members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) at Ululoloa and Si’usega celebrated the completion of two building projects on Friday.

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Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Nick Hurley and his Good lady, Christine, Minister Afamasaga Rico Tupai with New Zealand business owners, Eli and Wyndi Tagi

“Lay out red carpet for our people”

Put Samoa first. That’s the message from the Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) Samoa chairperson, Afamasaga Jackie Curry.

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CELEBRATION: Seiuli family members who were bestowed with their titles recently.

Seiuli family members bestowed titles

Vaea Vaiaoga was among the 29 men and women from the Seiuli family who were bestowed chiefly titles recently in Falelima Savai’i. 

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WARRIORS: Fighting against climate change through tree planting project.

Villagers address climate change

Villagers of Malaela have taken the fight against climate change to the next level—planting over 600 coastal tree species of leva, fetau, futu and pua.

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From a street vendor to a business woman - Salome Suliveta Leone.

Salome’s evolution as a street vendor

Salome Suliveta Leone has come a long way—to evolve from a street vendor to a business woman. She was invited to speak recently at the annual review process of the Community Development Sector Plan 2016 – 2021, which was facilitated by the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development recently at the TATTE Building.

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Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Lopa'o Natanielu Mua. Photo: Misiona Simo.

What is the “Agri-Tourism Park?”

The Agri-Tourism park will be a green space to relax in, Lopao’o said, with the added attraction of showcasing the fruits and vegetables Samoa grows well.

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“Let us flourish and create and develop:” Floris Niu says farmers can be tour agents with enough help, instead of government trying to do it themselves.

Don’t reinvent the wheel, says farmer

An agri-tourism park would be inauthentic and “half-baked,” a cacao farmer and tour guide believes. Next year, Samoa’s ministries of Tourism and Agriculture and Fisheries intended to open a ten acre park in Nu’u to showcase the agricultural produce of Samoa to tourists. 

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Visitors to the 2018 Agriculture and Fisheries show check out the Ministries herb and vegetable seedlings.

Private sector should put hands up

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries said he is keen to see private sector take over government projects going forward.

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Afamasaga Afamasaga Tole’afoa hopes government will continue to help farmers on the technical front, but leave the running of businesses to the private sector

Govt. shouldn’t run businesses

The private sector must take the lead in agritourism, not the government, the chairman of the Samoa Farmer’s Association has said.

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Samoa Police

Police investigate death of 30-year-old

The Ministry of Police is investigating the death of a 30-year-old male of Sa’asa’ai. Last Sunday the police responded to a homicide case at Pu’apu’a where it was confirmed that the deceased is a male of Sa’asa’ai.

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Seasonal workers. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Seasonal scheme defines N.Z. ties

The recognised seasonal employer (R.S.E.) scheme in New Zealand will stay, and it will be the culture of the New Zealand workforce. 

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CBS Building

Banks working on new payment system

The World Bank is working with the Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.) on a real time payment system that would address any need for having a digital currency. This is according to C.B.S. Governor, Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enar, who was responding to the question on whether the Central Bank will consider issuing a digital currency for Samoa in the future. 

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An audit has revealed the Samoa Ports Authority operated above its $1.3 million overdraft limit in the 2013-2014 financial year.

Port Authority went above overdraft

An audit has revealed the Samoa Ports Authority operated above its $1.3 million overdraft limit in the 2013-2014 financial year. The Authority’s cash flow crisis was highlighted in an audit report on the financial year 2013-2014 compiled by the Audit Office and submitted to the Parliament.

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Court House

Official investigated over alleged $100,000 misuse

A senior official in the Ministry of Justice Courts and Administration is being investigated over the alleged misappropriation of $100,000. The investigation was confirmed by the Ministry’s Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Ve’atauia Fa’atasi Puleiata. 

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Malielegaoi in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on Nov. 16, 2018. Xi met here on Friday with leaders of Pacific island countries that have diplomatic relations with China.

P.M. Tuilaepa and President Xi in talks

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Meeting on the sidelines of the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit, the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral ties and pragmatic cooperation.

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Governor Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari.

Online transactions can be hacked

Anything that is computer generated can be easily hacked and that’s a worry for the Central Bank of Samoa, says Governor Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari.

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ILLEGAL: A OneCoin promoter, Penman Kamran in the U.K. making the sign with his finger. OneCoin headquarters in Bulgaria was raided by police early this year. Photo: The Mirror

Bank aware of “local” investors

The Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.) is aware of people involved in the cryptocurrency scheme, especially OneCoin, who have received false promises from agents promoting the crypto asset. C.B.S. Governor Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari told Sunday Samoan these are high profile people, including business people, who call their office asking for assistance in tracking their money. 

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GHC Reid Team.

Vailima celebrates special milestone in American Samoa

Vailima, Samoa’s Own Beer, celebrated an exciting milestone, its 40th anniversary since it was established in Samoa and 35 years in American Samoa.  

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Sione Faumuina.

Faumuina sees huge potential

International rugby franchises see the value of Pacific nations in lifting the standard of the sport through the display of stylish rugby skills possessed by Pacific Islanders. This is according to former New Zealand rugby league star, Sione Faumuina, who is in Samoa as part of the first Samoa Business Network business trip where he facilitated in a session on “Entrepreneurial mindset” as a keynote speaker. 

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Think a Minute

True colors

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last. In fact, neither did Mary’s second marriage, nor even her third.


It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

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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