EXAMS TALK: Students at the Samoa College. Photo: Aufa'i Areta Areta.

Students talk about exam challenges

As the school examination period draws to a close to mark the end of another academic year, there was a mixed reaction from students on how they performed and the exams they sat for. Speaking to Samoa Observer after their exams, Seventh Day Adventist College year 13 student Daniel Koria said the exams were helpful in terms of assessment.

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The launching of a “Climate Change Adaptation Project Design and Management Handbook” in September this year was one of many SUNGO projects this year.

S.U.N.G.O. elects new executives

 New executive members of the Samoa Umbrella Non-Government Organization (S.U.N.G.O.) were elected during the organisation’s annual general meeting at Hotel Millenia yesterday. 

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The late Sa’u Justina Sa’u.

Directors remember Sau Justina Sau

The life and contribution of the late Sau Justina Sau to Samoa was honoured recently at a directors’ luncheon at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. A minute of silence was observed by chairpersons, members of government boards and directors—who stood up to pay their respects—to one of Samoa’s top government bureaucrats. 

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Reverend Motu Mauga speaks during the the session on the topic “Engaging with Religion and Faith-Based actors to address Family Violence” held at TATTE Building yesterday.

Partners in roundtable address violence

A national day of prayer, a fast, village committees, a new theology: these were all suggestions made by church members at a roundtable on ending violence against women, held yesterday in Apia. U.N Women and the office of the ombudsman gathered church leaders and members, academics and the government to address the issue of religion and family violence.

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Kipisi Mamapa, 60, has been on dialysis for five years after being diagnosed with kidney failure. He said he welcomes the move to the new space, as it’s clear there is a need for expansion.

Kidney dialysis services to expand

The National Kidney Foundation (N.K.F) will expand to 60 dialysis units next year to cater for the growing number of patients with late stage kidney failures. Minister for Health Tuitama Dr Leao Talalelei Tuitama announced that the Government has approved the move from the current site to another building.

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L.T.A Chief Executive Officer Galumalemana Ta’atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger. Photo: Misiona Simo.

IT officer testifies in L.T.A. trial

The year of manufacture for a taxi allegedly owned by suspended Land Transport Authority manager, Anoanoai Pepe Lafai, was changed from 2003 to 2006 as per her instructions. This was the testimony of L.T.A IT officer Semo Siaosi during the trial of former and suspended Assistant Chief Executive Officers Mata’afa Sepelini and Anoanoa’i Pepe Lafai.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Fealofani Bruun, 35, is listed as number 15 in the list released yesterday.

Samoan woman Fealofani Bruun makes BBC’s 100 Women list

A leading Samoan woman has made the BBC’s 100 Women 2018 list. Fealofani Bruun, 35, is listed as number 15 in the list released yesterday.

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 Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell and P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

“Reports blown out of proportion”

Reports on the alleged attack on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane recently have been “blown out of proportion”. This is the response of Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, in response to questions on whether the safety of the Prime Minister was compromised during the launch of Samoa Airways’ Apia-Brisbane service recently. 

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Churches still in denial, says Theologian

Following a roundtable discussion on religion’s role in ending family violence, Dr. Mercy Ah Siu Maliko believes some church leaders are still in denial. The office of the Ombudsman alongside UN Women facilitated a panel-led public discussion on the matter, where following presentations by the panellists the public were invited to have their say.

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OUTSIDE COURT: Former Land Transport Authority senior officers Anoanoai Pepe Lafai and Mata’afa Sepelini outside Court yesterday. Photos: Misiona Simo.

Trial of former and suspended L.T.A. Managers underway

The trial of former and suspended Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) senior officers, Mata’afa Sepelini and Anoanoai Pepe Lafai started in the Supreme Court yesterday. The two appeared before Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa with their lawyer, Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i. The prosecution was represented by senior prosecutor, Lucymaria Sio-Ofoia, of the Attorney General’s Office. 

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Minister Lautafi slams public companies

Public trading bodies have failed the Government in generating new capital and investment, says Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell. Speaking at a gathering of directors at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on Tuesday, Lautafi said Government reduced the percentage of dividend from 50 to 35 per cent so that public trading bodies can meet some of their obligations, but the return is still not profitable. 

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Danny Jo and girlfriend Juliette Bonga.

We ran out of petrol but had fun

It was probably an anti-climax to what the Singapore couple had hoped for—to do a round trip around the island of Upolu.

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Enjoying the pools at Taumeasina Island Resort couple Mr Mrs. Stewart.

Samoa ideal for birthday celebrations

They are not the first couple to fly to Samoa to celebrate a birthday and will not be the last. Auckland couple Malcom and Kathy Stewart have never been Samoa and if it was not for Malcolm turning 60 recently, they would not be here.

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Courtrey Sanft, Andrew Pogot, Rebekah Chambers and David Bertot.

Six days of adventure and bliss

It has been an exciting four days for Auckland residents Rebekah Chambers, David Berto, Courtney Sanft and Andrew Pogot. They flew into Samoa last Saturday and have already visited the island of Namau and went to the Sliding Rocks of Papaseea.

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Police Superintendent, Soloi Iosefo and Police Officer Sione Sione.

Improving the capacity of Police

Fourty Police officers are in a better position to perform their roles more effectively following three separate training on Operational Safety, Defensive Driving and Road Safety.

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CONTINUING SUPPORT: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki with the Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Hon. Tuitama Dr. Leao Talalelei Tuitama.

Solosolo gets new school facilities

The Solosolo Primary School has received a new school building funded by Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.

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The eighth National Water and Sanitation Sector forum.

Research to boost resilience

The water and sanitation sector hopes to move forward by investing more on research to boost resilience to climate change and natural disaster. This was according to the Water and Sanitation Sector Coordinator, Ruth Ueselani, during the Eighth National Water and Sanitation Sector Forum at the Samoa Convention Center, T.A.T.T.E. Building yesterday.

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Tuilaepa Eti Faolotoi receives his certificate from Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell.

Directors get competency certificate

Nine of 15 Directors who successfully completed the professional programme for Directors’ course were awarded certificates of competence in directorship yesterday. 

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Students from Lepea Primary School looking at the Garden toilet model.

Government marks Toilet Day

Samoa marked National Toilet Day by launching two garden toilets at Lepa and Saleaula. The toilets make up 10 garden toilets already launched in Upolu and Savai’i.

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Aquatic Center.

Authority under spotlight

The Samoa Sports Facilities Authority (S.S.F.A.) is in the spotlight following an assessment by the Ministry for Public Enterprise. An assessment of the facilities under the care of the S.S.F.A. has revealed “poor management”, which led to the authority using a bank overdraft to fund its daily operations.

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Think a Minute

“Finish Well”

Think a minute...Watching the Olympics can be both inspiring and heartbreaking. It’s easy to get caught up with “the thrill of victory” as well as “the agony of defeat.” This is especially true when the world’s greatest athletes, who have worked so hard their entire lives, lose by only a fraction of a second!


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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