Kurene Endermann with Asiata Alex Brunt of Ah Liki Wholesale.

Customers share in $20,000 Christmas gifts

The Ah Liki Wholesale and Chef Choice Tuna have announced the winners of their Christmas promotion. The promotion attracted over 30,000 entries from around the nation with 16 winners announced yesterday.

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THANK YOU AUSAID: The gratified smiles of students and staff of the Divine Mercy Primary School after the handover ceremony.

Australia AID gives support to school

The Australian Direct Aid Program (D.A.P.) donated 150 desks and chairs worth $30,000 to Divine Mercy Primary School on Thursday.

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WOMAN BEHIND EVENI'S INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS: Lisa Vaai of Eveni and a customer in their Apia shop.

How U.S. programme helped Eveni

Meet the woman behind Eveni’s international success. Lisa Vaai has been part of the company since 2010, and now she is responsible for the designs, creativity and marketing side of Eveni. 

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Senior lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

March participants condemn 2008 law

Protecting and reclaiming customary land was at the heart of a peaceful protest march yesterday by members and supporters of the Samoa Solidarity International Group. A small crowd of people, number just over 100, gathered in Apia early yesterday morning to protest and call for the repealing of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 and mark Black Saturday.

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PEACEFUL PROTEST MARCH: Different messages from yesterday's march on Beach Road.

Protest march calls on Govt. to repeal land law

Members of the Samoa Solidarity International Group held a peaceful protest march yesterday to call on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and his Government to repeal the Land Titles Registration Act 2008.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

Law Society stays mum on P.M’s challenge

The Samoa Law Society is yet to respond to a call from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for it to crack down on lawyers who were de-registered overseas for professional misconduct. The Prime Minister made the appeal in a speech at a function to mark the 10 years anniversary of the Samoa Law Reform Commission.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS SAMOA: Safata College during their performance at the Thirteen Days of Christmas.

Safata College spreads Christmas spirit

On the third night of Thirteen Days of Christmas, Safata College took to the podium and continued the countdown to Christmas at Vaitele Uta. Prior to the performances, school principal, Tu’ave Titi To’a commenced the night with a prayer.

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IMPRESSED WITH LOCAL HOSPITALITY: Joseph and Louise Ousby of Brisbane, Australia.

Best part about Samoa is people’s friendly nature

Australian couple, Louise and Joseph Ousby, couldn’t have been happier with their decision to visit Samoa.

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FAMILY VACATION: (L-R) Terry Doyle, Jordan Wood, Courtney, Cameron, Sue and Bernard Graeber.

Family celebrates in Samoa

It’s time to relax and be jolly and what better place to do that than in Samoa where the pace of life is laid back and island time rules. 

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SWEET SUCCESS: Sialofi Mamea dedicates degree to parents.

Family motivates Sialofi Mamea

People find motivation in different places.

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The private sector is calling on all business people in Samoa to increase their commitment to stop the harassment of women in the workplace.

Private sector takes the lead

The private sector is calling on all business people in Samoa to increase their commitment to stop the harassment of women in the workplace.

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20 YEARS IS A PARTY: The Samoa Cancer Society and its supporters celebrate 20 years with guests at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

From humble beginnings, Cancer Society turns 20

The Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.) marked its 20th anniversary this week with a gathering, reflecting on the Society’s humble beginnings and achievements.

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Family gets early Christmas surprise

Local company Island Rock reached out to the family of Muga Aukuso from Savaia Lefaga on Thursday with an early Christmas surprise. 

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WELL DONE: Grandmother Talaitua Bell and Easter Koneselata Bell.

Easter Bell tops Fusi School

A young girl who wants to become a doctor is the top student at Fusi Safata Primary School.

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Lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

Police grants permit for S.S.I.G. peaceful march

The Samoa Solidarity International Group (S.S.I.G.) is celebrating its first anniversary today with a peaceful march from Vaisigano to Mulinu’u. And the Ministry of Police has granted them a permit for the event. The permit has been granted with conditions, in an agreement signed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil and lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, who is the organiser. 

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Dominic Lino together with proud parents and family members.

Year Seven student Dominic qualifies for Samoa College

Falefitu Primary School is celebrating a special achievement this year.

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FAMILY SUPPORT: Aniora Jasmine Faatoafe with her parents Nora Nofoaiga and Faatoafe Sooalo.

Head girl Aniora tops Leifiifi College

Leifiifi College Head girl, Aniora Jasmine Fa’atoafe, is the dux of the school for 2018. She received various prizes for the subjects and leadership in the school and came first in Year 13 for Biology, Science, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. 

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Samoa Roy Lee new owner of Helicopter

Local businessman, Samoa Roy Lee, is the new owner of a helicopter sold by the Ministry of Revenue in an attempt to recover alleged unpaid taxes. The sale was confirmed by the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. The Minister could not divulge how much the helicopter was sold for, citing a confidentiality agreement.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police investigate pedestrian incidents

The Police are investigating two separate incidents involving pedestrians in Savai’i and Upolu.

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Acting Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Amanda Jewell hands over a scholarship pack to Helen Lei Sam yesterday.

Samoans benefit from Australia awards

Fifty-six Samoans will have the opportunity to further their studies and acquire new skills in Australia and Fiji in 2019. The Australia Awards is a prestigious international scholarship funded by the Government of Australia. 

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Think a Minute

Buzzards and Bees

Think a minute… Buzzards and bees are very different in their eating habits. Buzzards fly circling above looking for animals that are either hurt or dead. Then they swoop down to tear and feast on it until it is gone.


The end of one chapter and the beginning of another

A muamua le viiga o le Atua, auā o le fa’amoemoe ua taunu’u o le lā’au lea o le soifua. Ua savinifaapunuomanu ai lagona o lenei aso auā o lea ua a’e i fanua le faiva o le manusina sa ta’atiu I ā’au mamao ma ua tepa ai nei i ‘ula, ua taga’i i ‘ula, ua tago foi i ‘ula le asō. Ia tumau pea lona vi’iga e lē aunoa.

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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