“Even at daytime, many market vendors see them attacking people and thank God the Police are always around to stop them, except in the night,” Fau said.

Crime wave alarms vendor

A market vendor at the Savalalo Flea Market has raised his concerns over the growing number of crime around the market area. The vendor, who only wants to be identified as Fau, told the Samoa Observer that there’s a growing fear among the vendors at the market from day to day.

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WELCOME BACK TO SAMOA: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker with some of his family enjoying a bowl of ava.

There’s always next time - Lupesoliai

Give him another round and he will show you how it’s done. As humble as he is, Lupesoliai La’auli Joseph Parker, shared with Samoa Observer what he could have done differently if he had another chance to fight Anthony Joshua, only this time he would knock him out. 

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NEEDING A MIRACLE:  Time is running out for Diana as she hangs on to life in order to care for her critically ill and premature little girl.

Double tragedy: Mother with terminal cancer fights for baby

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in this world. But what if the mother’s life is in danger too? That’s precisely the predicament Diana Seveali’i, a Samoan based in Wellington, New Zealand, has found herself in. 

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Farewell, Manamea!

A brave warrior, hero, a princess and more. These were just some of the words used by many mourners to describe a modern Samoan warrior, Manamea Apelu Schwalger, who during the past few years has become the face of Samoa’s Pinktober and the fight against cancer.

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SAMOAN ENTREPRENEUR:  Angelica Salele won for her venture producing reusable cotton feminine hygiene products.

How four Pacific-Asia entrepreneurs are cashing in by going plastic free

Samoan national Angelica Salele won for her venture producing reusable cotton feminine hygiene products. Disposable feminine sanitary pads contribute to household waste across the globe and put a strain on the Pacific island’s waste management systems. 

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Time management critical

Time Management was the focus of a training held at the Public Service Commission(P.S.C.) for the public sector last week.

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SPECIAL CATCH: Sean Rasmussen with his fish. PHOTO: James Abrahim/Salt and Glass.

In memory of ‘Uncle Max’

The ocean may have led our ancestors to places – including the land we call home today - but for Sean Rasmussen, it is a connection of the human heart to heaven.

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Free Spirit Boat Team Diggabits.

On to Savai’i, looking back at a great fishing tourney

All is well that ends well. And so it was when anglers gathered for a fisherman’s farewell at the Samoa International Game Fishing Association base at Mulinu’u to close the 2018 Samoa International Game Fishing tournament.

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(third from left) with his Team mates onboard Boat Free Spirit who finished strong on the final day of tournament: Mr Buck ticks one of the bucket list as he lands the catch of the day.

Aussie ticks one off on bucket list

Anything can happen in a fishing tournament. Which is exactly what unfolded for the crew of Free Spirit, whose Angler, Ian Buck, secured the catch of the day with his 53.8kg Yellow fish tuna on Friday.

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PARTICIPANTS:  The participants focussed on developing an understanding of social dialogue, its processes and benefits.

Samoa Workers Union tackles the challenges

The Samoa Workers Congress (S.W.C.) is on the move to make a difference. It has just completed a successful Leadership in Union and Social Dialogue workshop.

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Rudy Bartley.

Media Forum to debate challenges of online era

Challenges faced by the media in Samoa – with the onset of internet technology – will be the focus of a National Forum on Freedom of Expression Online.

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THERE IS HOPE IN THE STORM: Ueni Fonoti shares his journey.

How a good Samoan man ended in a downward spiral

The scars of the past will never determine the future. Nonu Ueni Fonoti tells us why.  

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FORMER HEAD OF STATE, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi. Photo: Misiona Simo.

The letter that made a former Head of State cry

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has delivered a passionate plea for all Samoans to make a public stand to address what he describes as an “ambiguity” in article 102 of the Constitution, which could endanger Samoa’s customary lands.

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Chief Executive Officer of M.J.C.A, Papali’i John Taimalelagi.

Police, Justice evidence mystery

The mystery of the whereabouts of a gun submitted as evidence during the hearing of a Police officer remains an unsolved puzzle for the Court and the Police. The gun was stolen from the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building and up until now; no one seems to know where it went and who took it.

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DRUG RAID: Pea Lesatele (in red putting his hands on the Police van) as he was being searched.

Man cries foul over drug raid

A father of four from Leone has revealed his “embarrassing” experience at the Savalalo Fish Market where the Police allegedly manhandled him while they were searching for drugs. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Pea Lesatele, said the Police must treat people with respect, even if they suspect them of a crime.

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LABOUR OF LOVE PROJECT: Greg and Kim Fisk of City Mutual Group, Sydney Australia who financially sponsored all shipments costs of the container.

From Sydney to Samoa: Labour of love for Loto Taumafai Society

The learning environment at Loto Taumafai Society (L.T.S.) has just received a major boost thanks to a series of genuine “Acts of Kindness” by a number of wonderful people in Sydney, Australia.

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Former Miss South Pacific, cancer advocate Manamea laid to rest

Manamea Apelu-Schwalger, the face of Samoa’s Pinktober and the fight against cancer, has passed away. She died peacefully on Sunday. Manamea, a former Miss Samoa and Miss South Pacific, is being laid to rest this morning at her family’s homestead at Tanumapua. It is a private ceremony attended only by family members.

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IN NEED OF A WATER TANK:  Malia Palauni shares her journey and her family struggles.

Mother dreams of running water

For ten years, Malia Palauni has never experienced the joy of seeing tap water inside her home. The mother of 10 from Faleasi’u lives very far in the highlands and the water supply does not reach their home.

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NEEDS HELP: Sei Ulufale’s home at Falelauniu, the house that she has been living in for 10 years now.

Family up against the odds

There are many challenges in life for Sei Ulufale. The unemployed mother of four from Falelauniu lives in a rundown shack and is struggling financially. Speaking to the Village Voice team, she says the welfare of her children is the reason they have relocated from Falealili to Falelauniu. 

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INSURANCE HELP: Aiolupo Raymond Tonumaipe’a (N.P.I. Claims Manager); Faumuinā Faalepo Solofa- Isitolo (N.P.I. Sales Manager); Lavea Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea (C.E.O. – Ministry of Finance); Stephen Fepulea’i (Principal Officer – Ministry of Finance).

National Pacific Insurance payment helps school rebuild

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) recently settled an insurance claim for almost $340,000 with the Ministry of Finance for a devastating school fire. The fire destroyed buildings at Palalaua College, a government school in Siumu.

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Think a Minute

“Friendship on Fire”

Think a minute…A wise teacher said: “Marriage is a friendship on fire.” A couple who had been married over 30 years was telling a younger couple how happy they were. The older couple said how much fun they were having together, and that their physical passion was hotter than ever!


A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

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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