GOOD EXPERIENCE: Alexandra and Trevor Goodwin from New Zealand are enjoying their first days in Samoa at the Taumeasina Island Resorts. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Destination Samoa’s many unique attractions

Samoa is a unique destination that offers many attractions. So says Kiwi couple, Alexandra and Trevor Goodwin.

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IT’S THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE PEOPLE: Gary West and his brother-in-law Rod Burnett are fortunate surprised by the locals and the way of living on the island. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Quiet, relaxing win the hearts of Aussie tourists

Meet Gary West and Rod Burnett from Brisbane and Sydney, Australia.

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CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY: Taula Aperila and his lovely wife Faagata.

Elderly father values gift of life

Taula Aperila couldn’t have been more grateful for the opportunity to celebrate another Fathers’ Day in Faletagaloa, Safune, last weekend.

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Of particular interest to the audience were questions about the current state of affairs in Israel and the challenges of evangelical Christianity in a modern world.

Messianic Jews meet with leaders

The visiting family of messianic Jews from Israel met business leaders and ministers yesterday morning to share the Gospel.

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Lady Samoa III ferry to Savaii.

Lack of contracts worry auditors

An audit of the Samoa Shipping Corporation (S.S.C.) has exposed the lack of employment contracts for the Chief Executive Officer and the Assistant Chief Executive Officers.

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Family of Nanai Tokuma at the Court House, Mulinu’u.

Family to appeal Sogi land court decision

The family of Nanai Tokuma is appealing the decision by the Supreme Court Justice to dismiss claims that the land at Sogi is their inheritance.

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DEVELOPING PATROL STANDARDS: High Commissioner Sara Moriarty and the Commanding Officer of the Police Maritime Wing Superintendent Sefo Faafoi Hunt.

Maritime police get $113,535 boost

Samoa’s seas will be better protected thanks to a donation from the Australian High Commission.

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Minister of Communication and Informational Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i.

Fiber optic cable debt unknown

The debt owed by the Government to the American Samoa government for the American Samoa Hawaii Cable (A.S.H.) contract that was signed in 2009 remains unknown with officials refusing to divulge more information. 

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Ex-Manu Samoa Captain, Daniel Leo and S.R.U. C.E.O., Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai.

Social media campaign worries Union

Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) are concerned that a recent social media campaign by former Manu Samoa captain Daniel Leo, could potentially damage what it describes as the hard work they have undertaken for a seat on the World Rugby Council. 

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Anoanoai Pepe Lafai and Mataafa Sepelini.

Suspended top bureaucrats plead not guilty

Two suspended Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Lands Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have pleaded not guilty to the charges laid against them.

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Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital located at Moto'otua.

Auditors eye health workers’ overtime

The Auditors have expressed concern at the “out-of-control situation in the management of overtime hours” at the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.). The Audit reports for Financial Years 2014-2015 expressed concern as it noticed a significant increase in payment of salary of a particular employee which was raised in previous audits.  

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Ministry of Police has added a manslaughter charge against senior nursing officer Luse Emo Tauvale.

Nurse gets manslaughter charge

The Ministry of Police has added a manslaughter charge against senior nursing officer Luse Emo Tauvale. She has also been charged with negligence causing death and perverting the course of justice. Tauvale, 58, of Lefagaoalii, Savai’i is now scheduled to appear for mention in the Supreme Court on August 27.

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CLERK OF LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY: Sefuiva Charlene Malele (left). Photo / (Parliament of Samoa).

Audit Office investigates Clerk of the Legislative Assembly

The Audit Office has launched an investigation into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele. This was confirmed by the Speaker of Parliament, Leaupepe Tole'afoa Fa’afisi, who said “minor issues” led to the investigation by the Audit Office. He refused to give more details when pressed. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Two men wanted for Main’s assault

The Ministry of Police is searching for two men responsible for assaulting business personality David Main during the weekend. Assistant Police Commissioner Monalisa Tiai-Keti, in an interview with Samoa Observer, said their investigations are continuing and they are yet to find the two men responsible. 

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Pastor Avi Mizrachi.

More Christians should visit Israel

A visiting Israeli pastor said he would like to see more Christians from Samoa visiting Israel.

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Bus ends up in Toamua ditch

BUS IN THE DITCH: Police were called to this bus crash at Toamua yesterday afternoon. It appeared that the driver lost control of the vehicle and ended up on the ditch. There were no serious injuries.

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David Main. Photo/Monica Jain/Nationalgeographic.org

I am lucky to be alive, says David Main

A member of the business community is lucky to be alive after he was brutally beaten by two men opposite McDonalds in early hours of Saturday morning. In an interview with the Samoa Observer yesterday David Main said he is thankful he is still alive. “I’ve been here for 20 years and I have never had a problem in my life, even with my children.

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Savea Ali.

Fathers enjoy a game of billiard

Fathers deserve to be spoiled every once in a while and why not let them enjoy a game of billiard.

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Lilomaiava Sam Ieremia with his brother Su’a Hesed Ieremia.

Bowling tournament honors fathers

An annual bowling tournament to honor fathers was held recently in Apia. Held at the Bowling Compound at Apia Park, the event was sponsored by the late Reverend Ieremia Le’atulī Sili Samuelu.

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S.V.S.G. Advocacy Program celebrates Father’s Day.

Fathers condemn violence

A group of fathers have united and condemned violence in families and homes as they gathered to mark Father’s Day celebrations in Samoa.

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Think a Minute

“The Unlocked Door”

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own.


Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

Between the Lines


Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

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