Family Violence Survey - explore it yourself

The office of the ombudsman surveyed 1500 people to understand the extent of family violence. In this visualisation, readers can get an in-depth look at the kinds of people surveyed, and who reported to have experienced abuse in the six months before they were surveyed.

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Graham Seddon and Sue Pope enjoying the authentic atmosphere on their favourite island in the Pacific.

Kiwi couple choose Samoa over others

Samoa is the preferred holiday destination for Sue Pope and Graham Seddon from Waiheke Island, New Zealand. It’s their third trip to Samoa and they are already planning another one next year.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: First group with their certificates in report writing.

Government workers trained to write reports

Forty-one participants from Government ministries and state-owned enterprises have undergone a two-week training in report writing. 

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COMMONWEALTH’S SAMOAN CONNECTION: Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC with the Commonwealth Head of Asia, Caribbean, Pacific: Political Section, PGD, Leulua’iali’i Albert Mariner, in Apia for the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting.

Opportunity for Samoans in Commonwealth awards

Samoan residents are encouraged to apply for the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards. The awards have been launched to celebrate the most outstanding innovators and innovations from any of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Samoa is a member of the Commonwealth.

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Students in their special costumes.

Ah Mu Academy marks 10-year anniversary

Private school Ah Mu Academy yesterday marked its 10th anniversary with its students leading the celebrations through dance, song and drama. Parents braved the early morning rain and converged on the school in Lotopa to see their children in grades 1-8 lead the commemoration, through the performance of various dance, song and drama items as well as a debate.

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Aleipata College holds fashion exhibition

The Technical Vocational Educational Training Programme (T.V.E.T.) at Aleipata College held a fashion exhibition yesterday morning. The exhibition was themed “the colourfulness of creativity” and attracted parents, teachers, relatives and residents of Aleipata district, who turned out in numbers to witness the creative talents showcased by students through their artworks, clothes and prints.  

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Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School staff meets Samoa College teachers and students for a welcoming banquet.

Teachers and students looking forward to programme

A group of students and teachers from Samoa College are currently on an education exchange programme in China and are looking forward to their 12-day programme. They flew into Guangdong Province in central China on Wednesday as part of an education exchange programme from September 18-29 and were met at the airport by teachers from Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School.  

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SAMOA AND CHINA: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Samoa, China agree to further cooperation

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday. Tuilaepa is leading a Samoan delegation in China to attend the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018, also known as Summer Davos.

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Malele Paulo also known as “King Faipopo”.

A.G. Office yet to indicate if extradition is on

The Attorney General’s Office is yet to indicate whether it has acted on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s directive to begin the process to extradite Malele Paulo or “King Faipopo”. Last month the Prime Minister outlined, in a press release issued by the Press and Communications Division of his office, that he has given instructions for the extradition process to begin to bring Malele Paulo to Samoa to be charged under the Criminal Libel Act. 

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Court Officer, Mane Junior Su’a gets a suspended sentence.

Court Officer gets 12-month suspended sentence

The District Court has given a Court Officer a 12-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the possession of utensils under the Narcotics Act. The Court heard that in April this year the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building Manager discovered that he had lost his personal cheque book and found out that the defendant had been using it to purchase goods. 

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Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo and Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

“I was wrong,” Minister admits error in reading of Public Works C.E.O. decision

The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.), Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has admitted making a mistake when he told the Samoa Observer the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) had terminated the services of the Chief Executive Officer of M.W.T.I., Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo.

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Samoa College teachers and students explore Red Flower Lake.

Samoa College group begins tour of China

A group of students and teachers from Samoa College have arrived in Huizhou city in China’s central Guangdong province to begin a 12-day education exchange programme. The programme will run from September 18-29 and is themed “Discover Huizhou: A tour of Friendship between Chinese and Samoan Youngsters”.

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Two locally manufactured liquor, Boom Vodka and Rice Vodka are selling under the required excise tax cost.

Alcohol Bill could lead to local business losses

The Government’s proposed alcohol excise rates will result in local liquor manufacturers making losses as the excise will be higher than the retail price of each liquor bottle. Businessman Va’atuitui Meredith sounded the warning recently in a consultative forum, which the Ministry of Revenue (M.O.R.) organised with the business community, in order to get feedback on the Alcohol Bill 2018.

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Representatives gathered to review the results of A.C.P multilateral environmental agreements.

Pacific countries discuss progress of environmental agreements at Vailima

A regional meeting being held in Samoa this week is reviewing the results of the A.C.P. Multilateral Environmental Agreements (M.E.As) capacity building project and it also serves as the first review meeting of the Inform project.

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The Helicopter currently in the possession of the Ministry of Revenue.

About the helicopter V.H.-V.W.A.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Revenue, Matafeo Avalisa Viali-Fautua’alii, has explained their position in relation to a helicopter that has been in their possession since 2016. Below is the letter she wrote in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. It is published in full:

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Samoa Police Service.

British man found dead inside hotel room

A guest was found dead inside his hotel room last Saturday. This was confirmed by the Police in their weekly update.

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The two-day conference aims to increase the amount of high performing student-athletes in Samoa, and raise awareness about the benefits of sport on academic performance.

First student-Athlete Leadership Conference at Tanoa Hotel today

The first Student-Athlete Leadership Conference will be held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel tomorrow. The conference will be opened by the Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Samoa, Tony Gruebel.

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Chamber of Commerce CEO Hobart Vaai with September members meeting speakers; Letuimanu'asina Dr Emma Kruse Vaai and Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai.

Tofilau shares secrets to business success

A workplace with high ‘meaning quotient’ is imperative for any business to prosper. It’s one of the key ingredients in the recipe for success, says the Managing Director of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai.

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AT ITS WORST: The raging Maliolio river in Savai’i. Photo: Tausivaatele Peter.

China Railway withdraws, Ah Liki awarded contract

The Tenders Board has awarded the contract for Mali’oli’o River to Ah Liki Construction. This was confirmed in a statement from the Land Transport Authority yesterday. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Father charged with murder in son’s death

The Police are investigating the death of a man who allegedly died after he was beaten by his 58-year-old father. The incident was confirmed in a Police weekly update posted on their Facebook page. The 35-year-old man is from Vaitele fou and Safotu, Savai’i.

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Think a Minute

Make feelings follow

Think a minute…Do we sing because we’re happy? Or are we happy because we sing? A wise teacher said that it is singing which makes you feel like singing, and it is dancing which makes you feel like dancing.


Climate justice denied. Part II

Let me now share my personal assessment of the Bangkok meetings ‘watching’ it all from the comforts of home in Samoa.

Between the Lines


An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

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