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START OF A NEW ERA: His Highness Tui Aana Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II as Head of State of Samoa.

New Head of State takes Office

Samoa’s 4th Head of State since it became Independent le His Highness Tui Aana Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II spent his first in the office yesterday.

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Prime Minister reading from the Holy Bible at his office.

Prayers keep Samoa peaceful – P.M.

There is no secret to maintaining peace in Samoa. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has told the Sunday Samoan that everyone contributes a peaceful country – and that is the secret. He credited the work of the Village Councils and the thousands of prayer warriors in Samoa.

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ON ITS WAY HERE: The loading of the cable for the journey to this part of the world.

Tui Cable loading underway

The Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (S.S.C.C) and Alcatel Submarine Networks (A.S.N) have begun the loading of the 1,470 km Tui-Samoa Cable. 

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LIFE ISSUES: Vaitimu Levika from Afega and Tuanai.

Working with family is key

Whether you’re rich or poor don’t depend on anyone else to give you what you want.

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WATER CONCERNS: Senetenari Faalelei of Fasito’o and Sapapalii Savaii.

Senetenari tells of his struggles

 “I’m a human being and I need water; it’s as simple as that.”

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PROUD FATHER: Saega Samuelu of Faleasiu and Tuanai.

The joy of having your first child

No one understands the shift in priorities until you actually have a child.

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WATER TANK DREAM: Filipo Egelagi of Fasito’o tai and Pu’apu’a Savaii

Filipo’s water tank wish

Water connects every living thing in this world but how can it not be available to all?

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Herbert and Sina Wittlund.

Intrepid travelers tie the knot in Samoa

When Herbert of Sweden met Sina of Samoa on a hike in the mountains of Nepal seven years ago– he never imagined that he would find himself in Samoa making another life changing trek.

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RETURN TO SAMOA: Shannon Maumasi, Auckland New Zealand.

Return to Paradise for Samoan teenager

All year round, Samoans abroad flock back to the homeland to celebrate the treasured tradition of the extended family reunion.

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CHEERS: Grant and Liz Walker of Te Anau, New Zealand.

Samoa an escape from harsh realities of the world

In the bustling market place at Savalalo, we came across a dynamic duo.

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The idea is that training and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding - breaking down stereotypes, empowering and engaging with individuals through the power of sports and the promotion of an inclusive society.

Special Olympics unite all abilities

More than 700 students took part in the Special Olympics Samoa Unified Sports Day at Marist Primary School on Thursday. The memorable day used sports to bring people, with and without intellectual disabilities, together in a fun and informal way. 

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Project rallies cocoa industry to target big exports market

The Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative (S.C.I.D.I) project exists to help cocoa farmers in Samoa. 

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IT’S ALL ABOUT TEAM WORK: Anneliese Harris, Steve Mowle and Andy Harris.

Andy conquers Upolu test run

Andy Harris believed he could do it and so he did. The man from the United Kingdom took five days to run around Upolu and having conquered the challenge, he’s happy to have ticked the box.

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FAREWELL: Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi addresses Cabinet during a farewell dinner hosted at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows on Beach Road on Wednesday night.

P.M. rejects claims, defends decision

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has scoffed at claims that he alone made the decision to change the Head of State. He has also dismissed calls for the appointment to be put to a public vote, saying Members of Parliament were chosen by voters and it is their prerogative to make decisions that benefit the country. 

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Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II is congratulated by His Honour Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu yesterday

New Head of State addresses Parliament

The new Head of State, His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II delivered his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday after he took his oath. This is what he said in Samoan:  

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CHANGE OF GUARD

A new chapter in the history of Samoa started yesterday at Tuana’imato. It began with the changing of the guard in terms of the Head of State when His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II took his oath as the new Head of State. By his side was the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo. 

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New Head of State takes his oath

The new Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II the second has taken his oath. He was sworn in this afternoon at Parliament’s makeshift complex at Tuanaimato. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of people who immediately headed to Gym 3 for traditional formalities and a feast that followed.

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PREPARATIONS: Government officials under the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet meets to finalise the agenda for the upcoming Inter-island Samoa talks with American Samoa.

Govt. gears up for two-Samoa talks

Samoa will host the 2017 Inter-island Samoa talks in Apia with American Samoa in early October.

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IT’S A WORKING LIFE: Faasauala Mosi from Faleula

Work and earn your living

The cost of living doesn’t feel expensive if you’re someone who works hard for what you want. That is something believed by Faasauala Mosi of Faleula.

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BE HAPPY NO MATTER WHAT: Itagia Samuelu Leautuilagi, 70, from Maninoa Siumu and Vaiusu.

Gratefulness equals happiness

Being grateful and happiness go together.

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Think a Minute

Let go

Think a minute…When 2 wolves fight over a place and territory, they end their fight in a very unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he can’t win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking out his neck to the teeth of the other wolf.

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Minister La’auli Leuatea Schmidt.

Such partnership is essential

Did the Minister of Agriculture just realize that it is “essential” for both to work together?

Between the Lines

Between The Lines

7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

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