Passing on traditional skills and knowledge to the young children of Samoa. Photo: Supplied.

Guardian Campaign lessons to be imbedded within school curriculum

Through various meetings and discussions with the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (MESC), the Va’a based environmental education program “Guardians – Tausi Lou Fa’asinomaga” campaign—which is led and coordinated by Conservation International Samoa (CI Samoa)—will have its interactive environmental lessons and approach incorporated into Samoa’s national curriculum.

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Alamu Selu with the president and CEO of SSAB, Tofilau Fiti Lafaele-Leung Wai.

SSAB recognises 18 employees for their loyalty

Eighteen Samoa Stationaries and Book (SSAB) staff have been recognised for their service as part of the company’s 10 years anniversary celebrations. Each awardee got a trophy and a Tahitian ring.

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Sister Emanuela Betham celebrates 60 years of service within the Missionaries Sisters of the Society of Mary.

Family and friends join Sister Emanuela’s celebrations

Families and friends of Sister Emanuela Betham gathered on Saturday evening to commemorate her 60 years of service in the order of Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM). Sister Emanuela, 88, dedicated her life to being an educator and Sister of the order of SMSM at the age of 19 and entered the convent in 1955. 

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Lotofaga resident, Kiose Lauina holding up the final product of the nonu she collects.

Nonu company gives villagers extra income

The arrival of nonu-exporting company Wilex Samoa has opened up income-generation opportunities for families in Lotofaga. And more families from other areas are set to join in the financial bonanza as word goes around to areas such as Aleipata, Samusu and Lalomanu.

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The 25th Chancellor of USP, His Excellency Taneti Maamau, President of Kiribati and Top Samoan Law student of the year, Fuamata Fuatino Sialaoa. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Fuamata is top Samoan law graduate

The University of South Pacific’s Telefoni Retzlaff Memorial Prize, for the top Samoan law student of the year, has been awarded to Fuamata Fuatino Sialaoa. Fuamata, 25, works as a law clerk in the Office of the Attorney General’s commercial and international division, and graduated last Friday with a bachelor degree in law from the USP Alafua Campus.

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Julie Bright and Family.

Meet a few volunteers currently in Samoa

Volunteers come from far and wide to immerse themselves in Samoa and its culture. They give their time and energy, and in return are rewarded with a lifelong experience, deep connections and new skills. 

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Dressed up in either their traditional Japanese clothing, or their newly acquired Samoan wear, volunteers showed off their outfits in a fashion show for volunteers’ day celebrations.

Volunteers celebrate with games, fashion parade

With the formalities done on Wednesday, International Volunteers Day took on another flavour yesterday at One U.N House in Tuanaimato. Volunteers from Japan, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and other far flung places gathered to be pampered with speeches, good food, and sports out on the field.

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The taxi that crashed into the BBQ restaurant after bumping the pedestrians.

Speeding taxi lands three in hospital

Speeding has allegedly led to another vehicle crash and injuries to three pedestrians, including a three-year-old girl, who is in a critical condition at the Moto’otua hospital. The traffic accident at around 2pm yesterday occurred when a speeding taxi—which according to eyewitnesses was in a race with another vehicle—hit three pedestrians on Levili road and landed in a nearby restaurant.

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Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Court says resort’s land lease binding, Land Titles Court has no jurisdiction

The Supreme Court has ruled that the customary land lease at Matautu Lefaga, which is currently home to the Return to Paradise Resort, is valid. The Court also ruled that the Land and Titles Court (LTC) and the Lands and Titles Appellate Court (LTCA) did not have the powers to revoke land leases over public land, which is the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. 

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Popular Apia night club Edge Marina View has been temporarily closed.

Edge Marina View closed

Popular Apia night club Edge Marina View has been temporarily closed. A manager of the club, who asked not to be named, told Samoa Observer that the club has been closed for staff safety reasons. The closing of the club comes a week after the death of 24-year-old Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili, who was allegedly assaulted on the premises on November 30 and went into coma, before he died five days later.

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“I WANT A BETTER LIFE FOR MY SON”: The home of Sio Sula from Falefa seeking assistance.

“Water and a house are my main challenges”

Sio Sula dreams of providing a better home for his son.

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Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Faimalotoa Iemaima Kika Stowers.

Districts launch development plans

The plans for 13 districts in Samoa were launched recently during the National Beautification awards prize-giving at Tooa Salamasina Hall.

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Professor Rajesh Chandra.

Literacy a challenge in the region

When it comes to literacy among students in tertiary education around the Pacific region, there is a lack of competency, says outgoing University of the South Pacific Vice Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra. 

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HELPING THE COMMUNITY: Olivier Adam (second from right) and his United Nations Volunteer Program colleagues visited Savaia chief Tusani Lefaia’ao Iosefatu Reti to witness resilience building volunteerism in action.

“Samoa’s volunteerism is deeply ingrained”

Samoa hosted International Volunteers Day this week, with none other than the executive director of the United Nations Volunteers Program Olivier Adam, and the Asia Pacific regional manager Shalina Miah.

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SAMOA COLLEGE TOP ENGLISH AWARD: Larissa-lynn Soli Eteuati receives the Samoa Observer award for topping English in Year 13 level.

Larissa gets award from Samoa Observer

Larissa-lynn Soli Eteuati received the Samoa Observer Award for topping English in the Year 13 level at Samoa College. 

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WELL DONE: The 2018 Graduates of Vaiola College after the graduating ceremony last week Wednesday.

Claudia is Vaiola College’s top student

Claudia Muagututia has made her family extremely proud this year.

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CELEBRATING A MILESTONE: Tofilau Fiti Lafaele-Leung Wai shares her business success story and inspiration ten years later.

Samoa’s largest book, stationery shop marks 10 years

Promoting education through a bookshop was the inspiration behind the establishment of the Samoa Stationery and Books on December 8, 2008.

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CONGRATULATIONS: The graduating students of the Malua Theological College are flanked and congratulated by families and friends after the graduating ceremony yesterday.

Twenty one graduate from Malua Theological College

The Malua Theological College yesterday saw the passing out of 21 graduates with diplomas and bachelors in theology and divinity. Rev. Elder Tavita Anesone led the celebration with a service at the Jubilee Church at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa headquarters in Malua. 

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The opera group, Shades with members Manase Latu, Ipu Laga’aia, Taka Vuni and Samson Setu.

Auckland opera quartet serenade crowd

Auckland-based group The Shades serenaded the audience with their voices in their first-ever performance in Samoa last Friday.

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Men charged identified

The Deputy Registrar of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Ve'atauia Fa'atasi Puleiata, has identified the three men charged in connection to the Police investigation into the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili. Responding to questions from the Sunday Samoan yesterday, Ve'atauia said Robert Ash is facing an assault charge while Suapaina Savai’inaea and Herman Westerlund have been charged with manslaughter. 

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Think a Minute

The Will to Win

Think a minute…A father was trying to get his little boy to drink a glass of milk, but the son kept refusing, so the battle of wills was on. The father then poured himself a glass of milk and challenged his son to a race to see who could drink their milk the fastest. When the son had finished drinking his entire glass of milk, he said: “Let’s race again!”


Spare a thought for the Samoan delegation at Poland Climate Talks

As we fast approach the end of 2018 and envelop ourselves in the spirit of the festive season on Christmas and New Year celebrations, we need to spare a thought or two for the Samoa delegation these two weeks in Katowice Poland in the collective pursuit by developing countries for a climate package of decisions that ‘leaves no climate related issues behind’.

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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