Malagamali’i Kolia.

Our environment mirrors us

Sixty-nine-year-old father, Malagamali’i Kolia from Satuimalufilufi, admits there is a major issue that is shared across Samoa.

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Ti’afau Tau.

Asking for a pay rise

It’s not collecting food that’s hard; it is looking for money. And in Samoa today, almost everyone deals with money. These were the sentiments of Ti’afau Tau, 47, from the village of Faleula, who works at the Ministry of Agriculture in Nu’u.

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Meafou Mariota.

Children model their parents’ actions

Meet Meafou Mariota from Pata, Falelatai. Meafou is a mother of four and she believes hard work is the real essence of great things. And to spread that belief to ensure that when her children grow up, they will not take the wrong path in life, she is setting a good example for them.

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WE NEED HELP: Tala Lealali with her father and daughter at home yesterday

The struggle of poverty

For those people still unconvinced, poverty really does exist in Samoa. Take Tala Lealali, 43 years of age from the village of Lano, who is currently residing in Satui. 

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DAME MEG: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretary General and FORUM CHAIR: P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoaoi.

Forum calls for submissions to improve business opportunities

The Pacific Islands Forum is committed to a regional policy agenda that is inclusive, transparent, and owned by its constituents. Earlier this month the Forum Chair and Prime Minster of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoaoi, launched the Forum’s Regional Policy Consultations and called on the “people, communities, and organisations of the region to come forward and share their insights and ideas”.

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ADDRESSING INCREASED TRANSNATIONAL CRIME: Key figures in the regional workshop held this week.

Regional workshop tackles increased crime

Tackling the increasing transnational crime around the Pacific region was at the forefront of a three-day workshop hosted this week by the Ministry of Police. 

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U.T.O.S. Total assets have reached $128 million compared with $122 million in the previous financial year.

P.M. urges increased investment in U.T.O.S.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Unitholders of the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) was held at the Samoa Conference Centre at Sogi on Monday morning.

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FUN DAY: S.V.S.G. children celebrating World Children’s Day.

A day for the world’s children

Children are gifts from God. Parents are seen as the protectors of children in this world. Yet some children are no longer safe with their own parents and within their own homes. 

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THE REALITY OF KIRIBATI: When Teaoraereke flooded, the seawater picked up human and animal waste and tainted the wells that provide local drinking water.

Kiribati calls for positive action

Actions with impact are a critical task of the Climate Change Conference of Parties (C.O.P. 23). Kiribati President, Beretitenti Taneti Manama made this statement during the Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany. 

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END OF YEAR FESTIVITIES: Youngsters from 32 pre-schools had the time of their lives at a 'Day of Fun' at the Samoa Football Federation Field, Tuanaimato.

Pre-schoolers having a ball

Despite the rain yesterday, children from 32 pre-schools turned out in numbers for a ‘Day in the Sun. The event, supported by the Sinaupualofa Trust, was held at the Samoa Football Federation Field at Tuanaimato. Director of Sinaupualofa Trust, Kuinimeri Tamati said the idea behind Day in the Sun was to create an opportunity for children to gather and enjoy a day of fun. 

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Samoa Airways.

Samoa Airways clarifies fare structure

Samoa Airways has moved to clarify that they still issue the lowest airfares in the country and the 599 tala roundtrip was just for their Christmas specials. This is according to Samoa Airways Marketing Manager, Dwayne Bentley, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

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JAIL: Vitale Iakopo saying goodbye to his wife yesterday after receiving a 15 year sentence for raping his wife’s younger sisters.

Rapist gets 15 years

“A breach of trust is unacceptable and the court will take a tough stand against this type of offending in the efforts to eradicate it. "There is a Samoan saying, ‘A malu i fale, e malu foi i fafo’ which means: ‘If you are safe in your family, you will also be safe outside’. “I sincerely hope that young girls of Samoa are safe.”

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A LEGEND AT LEGENDS CAFE: Internationally-renowned, contemporary, Pacific artist, Papalii Fatu Feu'u plans to talk about the role of Arts in Samoan society.

'Making the Invisible Visible' - The Pacific Arts Association Conference

This year’s Pacific Arts Association Conference which opens next Monday 27th promises to be rich in selections not just for the arts enthusiasts, but for those interested in tapping into their creative sides.

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Pulotuila Taililino Pulotu (top-middle) with members of her family displaying her awards at the Samoa Observer premises.

Delighted dux honours father

Thirteen-year-old Pulotuila Taililino Topeni was announced the 2017 dux of St Joseph’s Primary School at Le’auva’a yesterday. She is the daughter of Tipeni Topeni and the Late Samuelu Topeni from the village of Vaitele-Uta.

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GOOD FRIENDS: Retired Manu Samoa Vili Alalatoa (right) with Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff.

Retired Manu Samoa backs Samoa Airways

Retired Manu Samoa Vili Alalatoa is two hundred per cent behind the resurrection of the national pride, Samoa Airways. Enjoying his retirement in Sydney Australia, Alalatoa who played for his country of birth in 53 internationals from 1988 until the 1991 World Cup, is travelling to Apia for a family reunion later this month on Samoa Airways.

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PRESENTATION:  Kevin Schuster of EMD presents.

Raising awareness about cyber bullying

The cyber bullying workshop organised by the Samoa Fa’afafine Association (S.F.A.) has been hailed a success. Held last week Saturday, the workshop was considered a milestone achievement for S.F.A. because it brought out in numbers the young members of the association between the ages of16 and 40.

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HARD WORKING FATHER: Sani Howard of Palisi.

It’s all about my children, Father of three says

Nothing worth having comes easy. And we all have to do what’s best for us and our families no matter what. This is the very reason Sani Howard works hard every day.

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Samoa first celebrated World Toilet Day in 2011.

Samoa Celebrates World Toilet Day

Samoa yesterday celebrated World Toilet Day with the theme “Water and Sanitation in a changing Environment”.  The celebration was held at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Conference centre in Apia.

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Avamu’a Mata’u, from the village of Faleula.

Hard work and attitude key to life, says elderly father

Life is not that hard if we change our attitude about work. This is the belief of Avamu’a Mata’u, 70, from the village of Faleula. He said for a country like Samoa, you just have to work hard so you could provide for your family.

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HARD TIMES: Legalo Fetaia’i

‘We used to stretch $10 for three days’

The Samoa of decades ago is not the same today. It’s easy enough to see, says 49-year-old Legalo Fetaia’i from the village of Faleula-Uta. Over the years, he has seen how things have changed.

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Think a Minute

I hope you dance (Part 2)

Think a minute…In 1972 Life magazine published a story about the true adventures of John Goddard. When he was 15-years-old John heard his grandmother sadly say: “If only I had done that when I was young…” At that moment, John determined not to have regrets at the end of his life, so he wrote down 127 goals for his life.


FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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