SWEET SUCCESS: Taumeasina Island Resort Manager, Nathan Bucknall (far left) and staff, the overall winners of the S.T.A Tourism Excellence Awards and Best Hygiene award.

Great vibes at Taumeasina Resort

It’s been a great week for Taumeasina Island Resort. Last week, the Resort and their staff celebrated sweet success during the S.T.A Tourism Excellence Awards.

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EDUCATION ON THE TABLE: The participants of the  Annual Teachers Conference yesterday with P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. Tuilaepa calls for change

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi challenged more than 50 participants of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture’s Annual Teachers Conference to make a change for 2018.

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PRISON PROJECT: Government officials during a visit to the Tanumalala Prison project last week.

King Construction secures Prison Tank project

Cabinet has approved the construction of the Tanumalala prison tank and reservoir installation by King Construction Ltd for $505,252.50.   

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Cabinet has yet to finalise the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Pacific Games Organizing Committee.

Cabinet still undecided on Pacific Games chief

Cabinet has yet to finalise the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Pacific Games Organizing Committee. This was confirmed by the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) Team Samoa Chef de Mission, Nynette Sass.

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M.J.C.A. Assistant C.E.O. Tuiloma Lopez Williams.

Malietoa appeal extension granted

Chief Justice, his Honour Patu Tiava'asu’e Falefatu Sapolu has granted the request for an extension to file an appeal by four parties of the Malietoa family. This was confirmed by M.J.C.A. Assistant C.E.O., Tuiloma Lopez Williams, during an interview with the Samoa Observer at his office. 

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SADLY MISSED: Inspector Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona.

Police mourn sudden passing of Inspector

The sudden passing of Police Inspector, Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona, while on duty yesterday, has left the Ministry of Police in shock. A father and a husband, Maotaoali’i will be missed, said Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. 

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IN COURT: Former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine and his lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu after Court yesterday morning.

Ex-Immigration officer faces 32 criminal charges

The Attorney General’s Office has filed 32 criminal charges against former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine. The charges include forgery, corruption, bribery, improper issue of Samoan travel documents, unlawful recording of information from passport database and false representation.

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REST IN PEACE: Among many tributes for Dr. Ueta came from the Samoa Teachers Training College (T.T.I.) now the Faculty of Education (F.O.E.).

Nation pays tribute to legendary musician

Samoa paused yesterday to to pay tribute to the life of a great music composer, also known as a Music Master, Dr. Ueta Matautia Peni Solomona. At the All Saints Anglican Church at Leifiifi, hundreds gathered to pay their last respects. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and a host of Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials were present.

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KEEP WORKING HARD: Potoi Va’atiuola.

Don’t settle keep working, Potoi says

Hard work leads to prosperity. So says Potoi Va’atiuola, 45, from the village of Mulifanua. Mr. Va’atiuola said even though he has a regular job, that doesn’t stop him from working on his plantation.

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Lio talks about changes

Life has changed considerably in Samoa today compared to the past. At 51 years of age, Lio Sasagi from the village of Fasito’o-tai knows. Mr. Sasagi was on his way home from the plantation last weekend when the Village Voice team met him.

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Evo Maiki.

Mother needs help with back to school costs

They say education is the key to success. But nothing can be accomplished without money. With school to start soon, Evo Maiki, is seeking help for her two children.

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WATER TANK NEED: Tutasi Tavita of Lalovi, Mulifanua.

Tutasi Tavita’s basic dream

Tutasi Tavita for so long has been longing a supply of running water. For 14 years, Mrs. Tavita has never experienced the joy of turning on a tap since she settled at Lalovi Mulifanua. The mother of six shared that they fetch water from her in-laws. Every day.

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ENJOYING THE NIGHT: Iliganoa Spolu, Matautia Rula Levi, Dr. Satupaitea and his wife Sialei Viali.

Staff the secret to tourism success

“Keep it real; keep it beautiful.” That was the theme of Friday night’s extravaganza, celebrating excellence in the Tourism industry with the Samoa Tourism Authority Awards. From hoteliers to restauranteurs and transport services, recognition was given to those businesses in the hospitality industry that showed excellence in six categories.

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Aquatic Centre in good shape for 2019 Games

Samoa’s Aquatic Center is ready to cater for swimming participants and spectators in the 2019 Pacific Games. Since the 2007 Pacific Games, the Chinese government has been financing the maintenance of the facilities at a cost of about $2 million per year.

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China driving agricultural development in Samoa

Samoa’s annual import value of processed food, animal products and vegetables accounts for one-fourth of the total import in the country during recent years. In making this statement, China-Samoa Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project head, Jim Liu, says the implementation of the Phase four project aims to decrease Samoa’s reliance on imported vegetables.

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SADLY MISSED: Sooalo Roger Stanley.

In memory of So’oalo Roger Stanley!

A staunch figure in the Samoa Fa’afafine community has passed away. So’oalo To’oto’oali’i Roger Stanley died on Friday night. He was featured in the list of Samoa Observer’s People of the Year for 2017. The article is reprinted in full by popular demand to honour his memory: Enhancing the standard of living, extending a helping hand and building the capacity of others is no foreign concept for the Samoa Fa’afaine Association (S.F.A.).

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Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Committee members visiting the Tanumalala Prison construction site.

Tanumalala Prison to be opened October

The new Tanumalala Prison should be dedicated by October or early November. So announced the Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, following an inspection of the site last week. 

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Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama

Health moves on system to address complaints

Complaints against the delivery of health services in Samoa are not new. The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, says they receive complaints on a daily basis. “My office is full of complaints,” he said. “People are not satisfied with the service. They come to me, they go their M.P, and they go to the Prime Minister. 

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N.U.S. MOVES: Professor Leapai Asofou So'o and Tauvaga Vaai with officials at the N.U.S.

University moves to tackle youth unemployment

Students can now register for the Preliminary Certificate in Technical Vocational Educational and Training (P.C.T.V.E.T.) at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.). N.U.S. Vice Chancellor, Professor Asofou So’o Leapa’i, made the announcement during a press conference at the Oloamanu Center on Friday.

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Fire Emergency Services Authority Assistant Commissioner, Aufa’i Petaia Tausanimaiomanu.

Emergency calls claim dismissed

Digicel Samoa has dismissed reports that 911 calls from their numbers are delayed. “We have not received any official complaints from F.E.S.A. (Fire Emergency Services Authority) and neither from any of our customers about any delayed calls issue,” the company said in a statement.

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Think a Minute

More is caught than taught

Think a minute…A man told about an experience his family had visiting a museum. The tour guide led them through all the rooms and then returned to her desk. As the family was leaving, she said: “I must tell you that I’ve never seen such well-mannered children.”


The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

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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