Faanati Talaia’s house at Moata’a-Uta.

Water and electricity problems for family

Living in a rundown house with no water connection and electricity are the everyday struggles of a family at Moata’a-uta.

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John Totua Faifailoa standing next to his house.

John needs help to improve home

Everyone has their own stories of daily struggles to tell. For John Totua Faifailoa, 51, he is an unemployed father of three from the village of Moata’a-Uta. He needs help with his house.

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Samoa’s Parliamentarian delegation with the hosts from the Fujian Province, China.

Members of Parliament impressed

As the hometown of the Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Fujian Province has a lot to be proud of.

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Lana Komiti Schwalger with her husband Timothy Jesse Devoe, the Maid of Honour Faapisa Aiono and the Best Man Vatafaitoa Komiti Schwalger.

Lana and Timothy exchange vows

The Light Life Pentecostal Church, Vaitele Uta, was filled with the aroma of love last week. 

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Virginia Toalepai.

Daughter of Samoa sees opportunities

After a twenty years, Virginia Toalepai, returns to her homeland – Samoa. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: The S.S.A.B. Samoa Toa Dance Crew.

Dance Crew writes history

The S.S.A.B. Samoa Toa Dance Crew created history by winning the Hip Hop International South Pacific Islands competition in Auckland, New Zealand, during the weekend.

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THE DELEGATION: Ili Taateo Tafili, Tole'afoa Ken Va'afusuaga, Nafoi Keti Talaimanu, Seiuli Ueligitone Seiuli and Faaulusau Rosa Stowers.

Fujian to help Samoa

As a long lasting true friend, China’s Fujian Province is willing to support Samoa in sustainable development. 

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Habitat for Humanity at work in Samoa.

Home help for Samoans

An international charity is behind the build of 286 new homes around Apia.

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Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo calls out P.M. Tuilaepa

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, to act like a leader and keep the peace in Samoa. 

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“Even at daytime, many market vendors see them attacking people and thank God the Police are always around to stop them, except in the night,” Fau said.

Crime wave alarms vendor

A market vendor at the Savalalo Flea Market has raised his concerns over the growing number of crime around the market area. The vendor, who only wants to be identified as Fau, told the Samoa Observer that there’s a growing fear among the vendors at the market from day to day.

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WELCOME BACK TO SAMOA: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker with some of his family enjoying a bowl of ava.

There’s always next time - Lupesoliai

Give him another round and he will show you how it’s done. As humble as he is, Lupesoliai La’auli Joseph Parker, shared with Samoa Observer what he could have done differently if he had another chance to fight Anthony Joshua, only this time he would knock him out. 

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NEEDING A MIRACLE:  Time is running out for Diana as she hangs on to life in order to care for her critically ill and premature little girl.

Double tragedy: Mother with terminal cancer fights for baby

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in this world. But what if the mother’s life is in danger too? That’s precisely the predicament Diana Seveali’i, a Samoan based in Wellington, New Zealand, has found herself in. 

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Farewell, Manamea!

A brave warrior, hero, a princess and more. These were just some of the words used by many mourners to describe a modern Samoan warrior, Manamea Apelu Schwalger, who during the past few years has become the face of Samoa’s Pinktober and the fight against cancer.

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SAMOAN ENTREPRENEUR:  Angelica Salele won for her venture producing reusable cotton feminine hygiene products.

How four Pacific-Asia entrepreneurs are cashing in by going plastic free

Samoan national Angelica Salele won for her venture producing reusable cotton feminine hygiene products. Disposable feminine sanitary pads contribute to household waste across the globe and put a strain on the Pacific island’s waste management systems. 

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Time management critical

Time Management was the focus of a training held at the Public Service Commission(P.S.C.) for the public sector last week.

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SPECIAL CATCH: Sean Rasmussen with his fish. PHOTO: James Abrahim/Salt and Glass.

In memory of ‘Uncle Max’

The ocean may have led our ancestors to places – including the land we call home today - but for Sean Rasmussen, it is a connection of the human heart to heaven.

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Free Spirit Boat Team Diggabits.

On to Savai’i, looking back at a great fishing tourney

All is well that ends well. And so it was when anglers gathered for a fisherman’s farewell at the Samoa International Game Fishing Association base at Mulinu’u to close the 2018 Samoa International Game Fishing tournament.

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(third from left) with his Team mates onboard Boat Free Spirit who finished strong on the final day of tournament: Mr Buck ticks one of the bucket list as he lands the catch of the day.

Aussie ticks one off on bucket list

Anything can happen in a fishing tournament. Which is exactly what unfolded for the crew of Free Spirit, whose Angler, Ian Buck, secured the catch of the day with his 53.8kg Yellow fish tuna on Friday.

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PARTICIPANTS:  The participants focussed on developing an understanding of social dialogue, its processes and benefits.

Samoa Workers Union tackles the challenges

The Samoa Workers Congress (S.W.C.) is on the move to make a difference. It has just completed a successful Leadership in Union and Social Dialogue workshop.

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Rudy Bartley.

Media Forum to debate challenges of online era

Challenges faced by the media in Samoa – with the onset of internet technology – will be the focus of a National Forum on Freedom of Expression Online.

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Think a Minute

“Don’t Be Crabby”

Think a minute…Crabs are very interesting creatures. If you put several of them in a bucket, the moment one of them starts crawling out of the bucket, the other crabs will pull him back down. So not one of the crabs ever succeeds in getting out.


A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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