FINALLY IN SAMOA: Briar Davies and Oscar Mardell managed to visit the place of their both interest. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Interest in Samoan culture brings couple to Samoa

Interest in the local culture is what brought Briar Davies and Oscar Mardell to Samoa. 

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CLASS OF 1998: In celebrating 20 years since graduating from Year 13 from Catholic Senior School, the class reunited during a three-day event.

A trip down memory lane for class of 1998

A reunion that started from casual Facebook conversations became a reality two weekends ago. 

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ENJOYING THE SUN: Shirley Raymond is happy to have the opportunity to company her husband with the kids for a relaxed stay in Samoa. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Perfect getaway for young families

A Kiwi mother finds Samoa a perfect family getaway, especially for families with young children. 

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JUSTICE TRAINING: M.J.CA. staff and C.E.O. who attended the training with their facilitators.

Training strengthens legal policy development skills

The staff of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) are a lot better prepared for their roles today, thanks to a training on legal policy development held last week.

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READY FOR THE SHOW: Representing Krissy is Sam Yip of Mellow Foods, the Krissy Company’s Auckland agent and distributor.

Samoan coconut cream, Palusami at Food show

Samoa’s Krissy Company is taking four of its food products to the Auckland Food Show. 

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Colombo training empowers Savai’i woman

A young Samoan woman has won a scholarship to attend a gender equality training workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

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“DANCING IS CULTURE, IDENTITY AND BIRTHRIGHT”: Gagaeolo Palepua Manu Aoete Apelu - one of the founding members of the Samoa Teachers’ Cultural Group in 1972.

Samoan cultural identity in danger

Indigenous Samoan cultural identity expressed through dance is in danger of being lost due to the lack of commitment and pride by its current practitioners.

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Yonita Mary Aiga Tuia with her mother and grandmother.

Six lawyers admitted to the bar

Hard work, perseverance and good character can lead to success in Samoa’s legal profession. Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, said this yesterday at the admission of six new lawyers to the bar.

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CHEERS: Members of the Diplomatic Corp and guests enjoyed the novelty of the new bamboo straws which will become a common thing in Samoa.

Voyaging Society launches environmental campaign

A campaign targeting behavioural change when it comes to the environment was launched at the Apia Yacht Club yesterday. The Va’a Environmental Education Campaign, follows the success of the pilot campaign, Sa Moana Folauga Campaign implemented in 2017. 

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A MISSION TO HELP: Children of Lelepa and Pacific Heart Team ready to give back to the primary schools in Savaii.

Group returns to complete mission

The founders of not-for-profit group Pacific Heart are back in Samoa to finish what they started. In February this year, Michelle Simmons from Hawaii and Tili Young Yen from New Zealand were in Samoa to distribute stationeries and sports equipment to schools in Savai’i. 

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Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismark Crawley.

Reclaimed land belongs to Govt

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) says all reclaimed land belongs to the state and that position is clear under the law.  Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismark Crawley, said this when confirming the dispute with Salelologa resident Matamua Samuela over land possessed using provisions of the Taking of Land Act to extend the Salelologa wharf. 

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A look at the seafarers’ book issued with the Government if Samoa seal under the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure. A booklet the M.W.T.I. Minister claims is an illegal document.

Inquiry into Bangkok seafarer’s book

A seafarer’s book issued in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016 and bearing the seal of the Samoan Government is now under investigation by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I). Minister of M.W.T.I, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, in an interview with Samoa Observer, said his Ministry does not have the authority to issue such a document. 

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GOING TO COURT: Former Cabinet Minister La'auli Polata'ivao Schmidt is suing Peseta Vaifou Tevaga.

Politician files $10 million lawsuit

Member of Parliament La’aulialemalietoa Polataivao Schmidt has filed a $10 million lawsuit against his former business colleague and politician Peseta Vaifou Tevaga. Former Cabinet Minister, La’auli is suing the Associate Minister of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet for loss of profits and tarnishing of the reputation of nonu-producing company, Local Partners and Associates Limited (L.P.A.) in a legal wrangle dating back to 2015.

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FAMILY HEALTH CLAIM: Baby Tovanse of Aufaga.

Child paralysis case referred to N.H.S.

The case of a one-year-old Tovanse Meni, who has been paralysed since last year, has been referred to the National Health Services (N.H.S.). This was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri. “I don’t have the information in regards to that matter,” he said.

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LIFE HAS BEEN HARD: Faatonu Afemai’s house together with his nephews and son.

A 16-year challenge for family

For 16 years, a family in Saleimoa tried to use plastic wrappings as tarpaulins to protect their home during heavy rain and they continue to live with that challenge.  

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IN NEED OF A WATER TANK : Seti Saofaiga’s son and niece at their home at Saleimoa.

Water supply vital for survival

The lack of water supply is a concern for Seti Saofaiga from Saleimoa. Fifty-five-year-old Seti and his family do not have water gallons or a water tank. Despite living in a shack, for him water is the most vital need any human being needs to survive. 

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YOUNG SINGING STAR: Maryann Savaiinaea.

When I sing, I feel so free

Music liberates the soul. Young singer Maryann Victoria To’uika Savaiinaea knows this well. 

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ALL FOR INCLUSIVENESS: Participants of the two-day forum for youth with disabilities at Moanalisa Hotel.

“Youth with disabilities are a blessing”

Nuanua O Le Alofa (N.O.L.A.) held a two-day forum for young people with disabilities at the Moanalisa Hotel conference room earlier this month. 

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AT THE LAUNCH: Toleafoa Ken Poutoa, Lefaga and Faleaseela’s Member of Parliament.

District development plan launched

The development of any community focuses on the social, economic and religious growth of its people. 

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NEWLYWEDS: Lucymaria Titiuatoa Sio and Marcus Fiso Ofoia Sr.

Love in the air as Lucy and Marcus tie the knot

Lucymaria Titiuatoa Sio and Marcus Fiso Ofoia Sr exchanged vows before families and friends at the Catholic Parish in Vaimoso during the weekend. 

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Think a Minute

Mr. Nice Guy

Think a minute…Bram Stoker was a successful theatre manager in England during Queen Victoria’s reign. Everybody who knew him said he was one of the most easy-going, kindest men they knew.


Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

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Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Three is a crowd One Minister with three Secretaries? A colleague of BTL walked into the office of one Cabinet Minister.

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