HAPPIER TIMES: Marina and La’auli Alan Grey during the opening of the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in 2016.

La’auli Alan Grey passes away

A prominent businessman La’auli Alan Grey has passed away. La’auli, the Hotelier who played an instrumental role in the development of Samoan rugby and tourism in Samoa, passed away peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital this morning.

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CREATING AWARENESS: Participants at the S.Q.A Foreign Qualification Recognition Services workshop.

Foreign qualifications on the agenda

The Samoa Qualifications Authority has completed an awareness workshop on the Foreign Qualifications Recognition Service (FQRS) at the Development Bank of Samoa conference room yesterday.

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ONE FOR THE FAMILY ALBUM: Eden, Annabell with her brother Tommy and Greg Baker. Enjoying their first hours in Samoa.

Culture lures family to the islands

Culture is what brought Greg and his family to Samoa. While some come for relaxation, Greg and his wife, Eden Baker came to Samoa with the intention of showing their kids, Annabelle, 4, and Tommy, 3, Samoa’s beautiful culture.

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Myla Aberjaron from Melbourne Australia, loving Samoa.

Weather, people simply beautiful!

Meet Myla Abejaron, from Melbourne, Australia. The young woman and her partner arrived in Samoa last week Saturday. “I’ve always wanted to come to this island because my boyfriend is half Samoan,” she said.

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Ursula Lightowler enjoying every moment she spent in Samoa.

One day trip not enough when in Samoa

A one-day trip turned into a mind-blowing experience for Ursula and Bob Lightowler. They have been travelling on a cruise ship for 11 weeks. In one of their stops, they found themselves in a small island they were never aware of - Samoa.

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Haruki Ume

Thank you so much, Samoa!

It has been four weeks already! As I type this, memories of the great time I had in Samoa started to flash across my mind. I swear I could almost get teary and weep like a child because it breaks my heart to leave Samoa - a place I called home for a month.

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LEARNING HISTORY: Students visit the Museum of Samoa.

Day of discovery at Museum

The Museum of Samoa hosted a Museum Discovery Trip for local school children this week. The discovery trip will continue until the first week of April. 

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The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama.

Eye Clinic gets helping hand

The Eye Clinic Unit at Moto’otua Hospital received a timely donation from the Latter Day Saints (L.D.S.) Charities-Vision Initiative. On Thursday, L.D.S. donated a variety of new equipment worth more than NZD$100,000 (T$183,358).

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LEADERS FOR A T.B. FREE WORLD: Faleata College setting awareness for T.B. Day.

Tuberculosis Day targets schools

World Tuberculosis (T.B.) Day was commemorated at Faleata College yesterday. The rain did not deter the spirit of students who carried out awareness activities reflecting this year’s theme:  “Wanted: Leader for a free world”. 

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Fellow Rotarians Cheri R Moors (N.U.S.) and Ronna Lee (U.S.P.) handing out laptop to Rotary scholarship student attending U.S.P. Alafua.

Tertiary students receive Rotary scholarships

The Rotary Club of Apia, with the mission “making a difference”, is walking the talk through lending a helping hand to improve the education of Samoan youth through offering scholarships to tertiary students who are most in need of financial assistance.

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Participants of the World Meteorology Day.

Career Day marks World Meteorological Day

The Samoa Meteorology Division hosted a Career Day yesterday to mark World Meteorological Day at their office in Mulinu’u. More than 50 students and teachers from various schools in Apia and invited guests attended.

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Tofilau Malu Faalaaitaua with his proud family.

Court Assessors take oath

Twenty-one new assessors for the Land and Titles Court were sworn in yesterday morning before Chief Justice, His Honour, Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu at Mulinu’u. Of the 21 assessors, four are women, including media veteran To’alepai Rula Su’a-Vaai.

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Former CABINET MINISTER: Faumuina Tiatia Liuga.

M.P. blames noodles for new illness

A new sickness where people have become mentally slow and forgetful was identified in Parliament yesterday. The illness was identified by Member of Parliament, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, who squarely blamed the heavy consumption of ramen noodles.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

P.M: I’m not the ‘Father of Nation’

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi set the record straight in Parliament yesterday. He made it absolutely clear that he is not the Father of the Nation, as people often address him as.

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EIGHT DAYS AWAY: Anthony Joshua and Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker. Photo: Photosport.

Joshua media snub angers Parker camp

Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, has called on Anthony Joshua to get off his “high horse” and treat everyone with respect ahead of their heavyweight boxing clash next Sunday.

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Govt. moves to amend the Constitution

The Government is seeking to amend the Constitution to add three new members to the Judicial Service Commission (J.S.C.). Currently J.S.C. comprises the Chief Justice, the Attorney General and a representative of the Ministry of Justice. 

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SIGNED: Director General of S.P.R.E.P., Leota Kosi Latu signs that Memorandum of Understanding that tackles the critical waste management issue in the Pacific.

“Moana Taka Partnership” signed

The China Navigation Company (C.N.C.) and the Vailima-based Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (S.P.R.E.P.) have signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U.) to address critical waste management issue in the Pacific islands.

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AWARENESS WORKSHOP: Held at the Development Bank of Samoa conference room, this workshop raised awareness on current Foreign Qualification Recognition services.

Authority consults stakeholders on reviewed Foreign Qualifications Recognition Service

The Samoa Qualifications Authority held its second awareness workshop on the Foreign Qualifications Recognition Service (F.Q.R.S.) at the Development Bank of Samoa conference room yesterday.

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READY TO PADDLE: Laumei Outrigger Canoe Club for the first time is fielding both Open Mens and an Open Mix (two men four ladies) team for the regatta today paddling 33 km Sheraton to Sheraton.

Laumei ready to tackle Sheraton to Sheraton

Tomorrow is shaping up to be an exciting day for the Outrigger Canoe Paddling community in Samoa. The excitement is particularly evident for one local who is set to tackle the 33km Sheraton to Sheraton regatta. 

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LOST IN PARADISE: Nicky Mary Put from New Zealand shares her impression of Samoa.

Samoa great family destination

Nicky Mary from Palmerston North, New Zealand, chose Samoa to escape her busy life. She’s in Samoa with her husband and her two kids aged 10 and 7 just to get a prefect family time. And Samoa for her has delivered just that and more.

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Think a Minute

Extremely Poor and Successful

Think a minute…In 2012 an unknown hero was discovered and honored in China’s news media. She was a woman who had spent her life saving helpless, abandoned babies. Together with her husband who died in 1995, 88-year-old Lou Xiaoying rescued more than 30 babies who were left to die on the streets of Jinhua, China.


Nikolao Patu attests to the value of the plant based diet.

Changing lives: Tackling diabetes

Talofa Samoa! Over the past few months this column has printed testimonies of people that followed the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet and in a matter of weeks turned around (or as we say ‘reversed’) their Type 2 diabetes.

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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