Arrianna Princess Haserota Auva’a.

Transwoman shares her story

The battle of being a transwoman sworn to serve in the U.S. Army was a challenge for Arrianna Princess Haserota Auva’a. S.P.C. Auva’a is from Vaoala, Falealupo and Malaeloa in American Samoa. Auva’a is based in Fort Stewart Georgia, South Carolina

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Father fined $250 for marijuana

A 46-year-old father has been convicted and ordered to pay $250 to Court before 12:30pm today. Tanielu Tui was charged with one count of possession of a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana, one count of bringing in a glass pipe into the country and one count of making a false statement at the Faleolo International Airport.

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NOT HAPPY: Taxi Operator, Fa’asavalu Soane, of Faleata.

Frustrated taxi operator queries Government law

Taxi operators are frustrated with the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.). They are unhappy claiming that contrary to assurance the policy to disregard vehicles older than 2003 for commercial transport has been delayed, many of them have already been affected.

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Main faciltator of the Doping Control Training Executive officer of the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization (O.R.A.D.O.) Natanya Potoi-Ulia.

Doping under the microscope

Local officials will be a lot better prepared to deal with doping cases when the Pacific Games come around next year. That’s after local Doping Control Officers (D.C.O.) complete a three-day training workshop at the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) headquarters.

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Police injured in Luatuanu’u road block, arrests confirmed

Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil, has confirmed that several untitled men from Luatuanu’u have been arrested. He did not have the exact numbers. The arrests were made when more than 50 Police Officers descended upon Luatuanu’u to try and calm a situation there where angry villagers had taken to block the road.

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Temukisa and her three girls Tupe Cheryldaina Ieremia, Naomi Ieremia and Eileen Redjallie Ieremia.

Mother’s home-made success

Recycled Handicrafts is a new home-made business. It provides eye catching handbags, bowls, table mats and Bible bags made from coffee sachets. They also supply r products to well-known local businesses.

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HISTORY OF SAMOA: A.F.C.P. student researchers from N.U.S standing on the starmound at Vailoa.

Samoa’s first archeological, historical places database

Samoa now possesses a central database of archeological sites or historic places thanks to the work of archeology students from the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.).

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The Samoa Chamber of Commerce President Tuala Pat Leota acknowledged the team at the Australian High Commission for their hard work in looking for opportunities for the private sector of Samoa.

Study opportunities for private sector

The Australian High Commission in collaboration with the Samoa Chamber of Commerce hosted a special Education Roadshow for the private sector on Wednesday at the Hotel Elisa conference room. 

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The desexing clinics will continue this week at a new set of villages each day this week between the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Howler: S.I.F.A. sponsors clinics

Samoa’s Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) held desexing clinics this week in villages all around Upolu. 

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SEEKING EMPLOYMENT: Dana Siatuu smiling despite the odds.

Dana Siatuu is desperate for a job

Dana Siatuu needs a job. She is desperate to help support her two daughters and her partner’s family who she normally visits at Falefa village.

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LIVING A HAPPY LIFE: Valema Sagisagi a happy man with everything that is before him.

Valema, 64, finds peace in simplicity

Life is beautiful for Valema Sagisagi. This is despite living in a small shack in the village of Falefa. 

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SEEKING A NEW HOME: Vai Tavete in need of a home.

Need for proper shelter

Vai Tavete is in need of proper a shelter. He lives in a rundown house in the village of Falefa. 

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FOUND: Iunita Sautupe.

Girl, 15, missing since Wednesday found

A girl, Iunita Sautupe, who had been missing for four days has been found. She was found last night.

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DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: Participants of the Samoa Tokelau Mission office moratorium with the Chief Executive Officer of Origin Gas, Felise Sam Chong (in white).

Vision, mission on agenda

The Samoa Tokelau Mission Office of the Seventh Day Adventist Church met last week.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Winners of Category Two after the prize giving on Friday.

Global Money week winners

Twenty students from various primary and secondary schools in Samoa were awarded prizes by the Central Bank of Samoa on Friday. 

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CONCERNED CITIZENS: The public march in December 2017, against the new reform of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 regarding alienation of customary land in Samoa.

Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land

The Samoa Law Reform Commission has disputed claims that Section 32 of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 will alienate customary lands.

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ADDRESSING DEVELOPMENT ISSUES: The specialist sub-committee conducting regional policy consultations across the region including Samoa.

Forum to discuss Blue Pacific with Samoa

How to improve the Blue Pacific region is the focus of a consultation between the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Samoa this week.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Pope Paul VI’s (middle) visit to Samoa in 1970.

Pope’s historical Samoa trip revisited and the late Cardinal Pio Taofinu’u

Listen to Our Voice is also a celebration and tribute to the courageous and devoted service of the Marist Brothers and Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary who came to Western Samoa in the middle of the 19th century.

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Practice makes perfect: Food and Beverage Manager, Douglas Nansen, brought to you by Laupele Café, Oka isa is the new oka i’a.

Oka with a twist at Laupele Cafe

Locals who have converted to a plant-based diet for health and wellbeing have a reason to rejoice.

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GM for Pro-Form, Philip Butler visits Fero Samoa facilities with GM Sam Fulton.

Company bringing in new business

Fero Samoa is diversifying its range of manufacturing capabilities and attracting more business for its Samoan branch.

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Think a Minute

It Takes One to Make One (Part 1)

Think a minute…John is smart and well educated, but he does not keep a job and support his family. Ian is married with children, but he continues to go out nights partying and being unfaithful to his wife. Sadly, fewer boys than ever are becoming true men who live up to their adult responsibilities.


About avoiding those mistakes

If you concern yourself with backing away from or avoiding repeated mistakes, you are not likely to find yourself “backing –up” into achievement or success. It has been traditional to believe that the avoidance of mistakes will result in progress.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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