EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS: The 2009 tsunami damaged a huge proportion of land and businesses, and killed hundreds. Caritas was one of many organisations that stepped up to help in the aftermath.

Caritas highlights environment issues

Caritas Samoa celebrated ten years this week, and to commemorate released its 5th State of the Environment for Oceania report.

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SAMOA MEMORY: Central Bank Governors and delegates who attended last week’s meeting.

Central Bank Governors make Samoa commitment

The Central Bank Governors of the South Pacific region met in Samoa last week. The occasion was the 33rd Pacific Central Bank Governors’ meeting, based on the theme “Strengthening Collaboration”, with the objective of promoting the prosperity and economic welfare of our member nations. 

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SAILING: Linda and John Parrish arrive in Samoa for Race Management Training with Samoa Sailing - in preparation for Pacific Games 2019.

Minister opens sailing clinic

The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, took opened the Samoa Sailing Association’s Race Management Clinic at the Apia Yacht Club. The four-day event will serve to train the officials and others involved in running sailing at the Pacific Games in Samoa next year.

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Cabinet Ministers Sili Epa Tuioti, Lautafi Fio Purcell, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Erin Noelani Taefu and Gillian Malielegaoi at the launch.

Miss Samoa Australia roots for Samoa Airways

The reigning Miss Samoa Australia, Erin Noelani Taefu, has put her weight behind the Faleolo-Brisbane-Faleolo bi-weekly flights saying it’s the answer to prayers by many Samoans residing Queensland. 

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Japan presents refurbished school building

The Government of Japan has presented a refurbished school building which included extra classrooms to the Solosolo Primary School. Japan’s ambassador to Samoa, Shinya Aoki, made the presentation recently on behalf of his government to the Solosolo village community.

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This app will give our customers the ability to easily transfer money.

A.N.Z. digital transactions to improve

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (A.N.Z.) customers can expect an improved digital transaction system next month. The bank’s Regional Executive, Tessa Price said A.N.Z. is the first bank in the Pacific that will launch a Pacific wide app with enhanced features to make payment easier for their customers. 

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ANZ FINANCIAL INCLUSION: ANZ Bank’s Regional Executive, Tessa Price, talks about the money minded course.

Bank highlights benefits of financial inclusion

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited’s (A.N.Z.) financial inclusion strategy has benefited the Pacific in numerous ways, including Samoans. This is according to the bank’s Regional Executive, Tessa Price, who was referring to their Money Minded course and how it has economically transformed the lives of Pacific peoples. 

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Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.)

Bank South Pacific gets return on investment

The Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) is the most profitable organisation in the Pacific region, says the Group Chief Operating Officer, Robert Loggia. “I know that in the non-mineral extraction business, we are the largest tax payer in Papua New Guinea.

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JOB SEARCH HELP: William Curry is the man behind the new website.

New job vacancies website launched

It’s probably not the first online job advertising website in Samoa, but it definitely will be the best that Samoa has ever had. That is the assurance of 33-year-old William Curry who was referring to his newly launched website – Samoa Vacancies, a platform for employers and business to advertise vacant positions. 

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E.P.C'S NEW TRUCK: The bucket truck is being put to the test in Samoa.

E.P.C. gets new bucket ruck from Auckland

Samoa Electrical Power Corporation has received their first Bucket Truck—also known as a cherry picker—from New Zealand. E.P.C. staff underwent training last Friday at Vaitele to enable them to use the equipment safely and effectively. The Corporation’s chief engineer (distribution and utilisation), Tafu Salevao, ran the training for the staff. 

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Samoa: after the 2009 tsunami

"The spirit of giving, spirit of volunteering"

When Caritas Samoa, a small new Catholic organisation, launched in 2008, they did not expect to be building houses in the wake of a storm. But in 2009, just days after a tsunami simulation exercise, the real thing hit.

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CARITAS REPORT LAUNCH: The celebration yesterday included the launch of a key report (see story page 10). In this picture are Tuala Puletini, Monica Sio, Karen Anaya.

Caritas Samoa celebrates 10 years

Caritas Samoa celebrated their 10th year anniversary at the Tu’utu’uileloloto Hall with speeches highlighting their triumphs, performances for entertainment and food. The National Director of Caritas Samoa, Monica Sio said the future of the organization is looking up for the next ten years. 

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Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr Leao Tuitama.

Govt. lifts vaccines moratorium

The moratorium imposed on the administration of the Mumps, Measles and Rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine in hospitals in Samoa has been lifted. This was confirmed by Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr Leao Tuitama in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. “We have a new rigorous approach to assure the mistakes of the past will not be repeated. 

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Auseugaefa Va’asatia Poloma Komiti and Manogiamanu Etuale Fonoti.

Auseugaefa in, Manogiamanu out

Auseugaefa Va’asatia Poloma Komiti has a new role. He is Samoa’s new Consul heading the country’s Consulate Office in Sydney, the Government Press Secretariat confirmed yesterday. His appointment was announced at the launching of the Samoa Airways inaugural bi-weekly services to Brisbane in Logan last week.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man jailed for planting marijuana

A man has been sentenced to three years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to planting 71 marijuana plants. Ulugia Sala Suivai, 41, of Vaiusu appeared before Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson last Friday and was found guilty, with the presiding Judge emphasising that the penalties for drug sellers in Samoa should be severe.

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Kolani Junior Lam.

Murder suspect applies for bail

A man who was taken into custody in connection with the death of his wife has filed a bail application in the Supreme Court. Kolani Junior Lam made the application before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, through his counsel Leiataualesa Komisi Koria. He was scheduled to appear in Court next Monday, but the bail application saw his appearance brought forward to yesterday. 

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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. calls attackers “rascals, pipsqueaks”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says the attack on him by two men in Brisbane, Australia, last week was a “storm in a teacup” with a “political element.” He made the comment in an interview released by the Press Secretariat yesterday, where he also called the attackers “rascals” and “pipsqueaks.”

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FIELD VISITS: One of the hands-on components of the training course, field visits and restorations activities.

Grooming new environmental champions

They say that the first step towards true change is through effective awareness – and what better way to increase environmental awareness than to build the environmental capacity of local youth so that they may grow and be the change their communities need.

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Vice President of S.V.S.G. Juniors, Franziska Sione, S.V.S.G. Juniors, President Carmenita Solaese, communication officer for S.V.S.G Juniors, Marieta Ilalio.

Christmas Concert targets $10,000 for S.V.S.G.

The Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) Juniors are gearing up for a pre-Christmas Hope concert. President, Carmenita Solaese, announced the plan last Friday.

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SAMOAN DELEGATION: Namulauulu Tautala Maualaivao, Deborah Koon Wai You and Leiataualesa Jerry Brunt.

Samoa at Red Cross conference

Samoa is being represented at the 10th Asia Pacific Red Cross Presidents Regional a conference in Manila, Philippines. Leading the delegation is President of the Red Cross, Leiataua Jerry Brunt. He is accompanied by the Secretary General Namulauulu Tautala Maualaivao and a Youth Delegate and Board Member, Deborah Koon Wai You.

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Think a Minute

Silence is golden

Think a minute…The famous scientist Albert Einstein did not always follow social customs. One evening the president of a university hosted a dinner to honor Einstein and give him an award.


It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

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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