WORK, WORK, WORK: Elia Sala from the village of Falefa.

How do we tackle life’s challenges? Work harder

Life will always be hard and that’s why we must work. Elia Sala, 46, of Falefa believes this.

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HARD WORKER: Wayne Savea of Faleasi’u-uta.

Blessed are those who work

Work is work; it doesn’t matter what you do or where you work. That is something Wayne Savea of Faleasiu-uta believes in.

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WATER PROBLEM: Elisapeta Toesoliga wants answers from the Samoa Water Authority.

Water restrictions interrupt family life

It was the end of the week and almost the end of the working day.

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The side of the garden set aside for tomatoes.

Fastest way to make money for the family

Fofoa Tafaoga is a green thumb. The family of the 50-year-from Faleasi’u-uta depends on their land for their daily upkeep.

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ENVIRONMENT FORUM: S.P.R.E.P. Director General, Leota Kosi Latu, speaks to open the Pacific Environment Forum. Photo: S.P.R.E.P.

Right information at right time, Forum told

Pacific countries gathered at the 2017 Pacific Environment Forum, an annual meeting for environment officials, in Apia on Monday.

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ACTING PRIME MINISTER: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt has reminded about the importance of the protection of the precious Blue Pacific Ocean.

Acting P.M. Tialavea on Blue Pacific

Acting Prime Minister Tialavea Fea Hunt has reminded about the importance of the protection of the precious Blue Pacific Ocean. Tialavea made the point when he opened the 28th S.P.R.E.P. Meeting in Samoa this week.

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Former Miss American Samoa 2016 – 2017 Antonina Lilomaiava, Marlene Mulipola, Aoge Moto, President of M.A.S.I. Simeafou Imo, President of S.S.A.B. Fiti Leung Wai, Matesina Willis and Assistant Director of H.R.D. of LBJ Hospital Dr. Akenese Nikolao.

S.S.A.B. helps make Miss American Samoa’s dream possible

Former Miss American Samoa, Antonina Lilomaiava, joined forces with S.S.A.B. Pago Inc. and Miss American Samoa Inc. (M.A.S.I.) to donate more than $8,000 worth of reading books, toys, educational games, puzzles, book shelves, kid’s desk and chairs to the LBJ Tropical Medical Center last week Friday.

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LOVE OF ART: Pele Loi loves what he does; painting.

Pele finds way back to Art

Art not only makes the artist happy, the joy and emotions are also shared by people who see it. It is the reason Pele Loi loves what he does; painting. 

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Samoa Cancer Society

A.D.B. training visits Cancer Society

Thanks to the Samoa Civil Society Support Programme, the Samoa Cancer Society was chosen as the site visit for the Asia Development Bank (A.D.B.) training participants from around the Pacific region.

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Samoa Airways set for Auckland to Faleolo Airport maiden flight

Samoa Airways will make her international debut to Auckland from Faleolo on 14 November 2017, the Minister responsible for Polynesian Airlines, Lautafi Fio Purcell, has confirmed.

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MISS SAMOA 2017-2018: Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo is flanked by students of Palauli College.

Miss Samoa reaches out to Savai’i students

The Miss Samoa, Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo is using her new role to encourage students in Savai’i to explore various career pathways. 

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SAMOA’S MA’OI GAINS ATTENTION:  Mona Mato, Export Manager PTI Australia with Ma’oi founder Cedric Holz and Eseta Mapusaga at Fine Food Australia, Sydney, Australia.

Samoa’s finest tantalizing international taste buds

Australian’s have fallen in love with Ma’oi; Samoa’s own boutique range of traditional jams, spreads and puree’s handcrafted in the village of Poutasi.

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DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONS: Minister of Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt and M.P. Olo Fiti Va'ai at Parliament.

M.P. blasts Minister

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, did not mince words. He said tips opens the door to bribery and eventually corruption. And he believes the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, who is also the Acting Prime Minister, should be ashamed of encouraging Customs officers to accept tips.

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Members of the Commission: Professor Malama Meleisea, Falenaoti Ailuai Oloialii, Chairperson Maiava Iulai Toma, Deputy Chairman Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua.

Courage needed to stop sexual abuse epidemic

Lets talk about sex. And do so openly without the shame, secrecy and silence around our bodies in Samoa and effectively we can take back our power of autonomy and end the epidemic of sexual abuse.

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Health alarm false, baseless Tui Cable Chairman says

The Chairman of Samoa Submarine Cable Company (S.S.C.C.), Pepe Fia'ailetoa Fruean, has reassured members of the public there is absolutely nothing to worry about in terms of health in connection to the Tui Samoa Cable.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Kenape Lesa (right) with his older brother Peniamina Lesa who also graduated together with him as a Civil Engineer.

Kenape makes his family proud

A young man has made his family in Samoa, American Samoa, United States of America and all over the world proud. Kenape Lesa who holds a Masters in Accounting from Brigham Young University recently became a Certified Public Accountant in the United States of America.

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REACHING OUT IN SAVAI’I: Members of the community and representatives from M.C.I.L.

Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour promotes in work in Savai’i

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour continued its national awareness progamme in Asau Savai’i, last Friday.

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Atana Taiulu of Nonoa Saleimoa.

Being your own boss attracts Atana to farming life

If what you do helps your family to survive, that is more than enough. Such is the philosophy of 41-year-old Atana Taiulu, of Nonoa Saleimoa, about life and work.

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Liaina Tuluauau of Avano Fasito’o uta.

Grandma embraces the changes in Samoa

Change is inevitable. Whether we are ready or not, it happens. 

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Lagomau-i-tumua Vena Laititi of Auala wouldnt live anywhere else.

Equal opportunities needed for Savai’i farmers to survive and thrive

Lagomau-i-tumua Vena Laititi returned to his home village of Auala Savai’i from Idaho, U.S.A in 2009. Since then, he has seen the rise and fall of village living noting that things have improved somewhat since he and his late wife returned home. 

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Think a Minute

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Think a minute…Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does that kind, honest person who does the right thing get fired from his job? And why does that evil crook become rich and get away with lying and cheating?


New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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