Samoa Police Service.

Second nurse faces manslaughter charge over vaccination deaths

A second nurse has been charged in relation to the deaths of two babies in Savai’i who died after they were administered the MMR vaccination. The charge against an unnamed nurse was confirmed by the Police.

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CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY: Faimanu Toesea, Afualo Mulivai, Rev. Apelu Semu, Tautua Enosa, Afualo Tavita, Afualo Apelu, Poutoa Tautele, Matuu Vaa.

Critical role played by fathers acknowledged

Fathers play a critical role in the families. This was highlighted across the country last Sunday when the nation paused to celebrate Father’s Day.

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Cheri Robinson Moors.

Former Miss South Pacific heads A.P.T.C. in Samoa

The Australian Pacific Training Coalition (A.P.T.C.), formerly known as the Australian Pacific Training College, has a new Director. She is former Miss South Pacific and Miss Samoa, Cheri Robinson Moors.

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N.Z. PRIME MINISTER: Jacinda Arden.

Visa free travel up for discussion

Discussions on visa free travel to New Zealand may be on the table, says Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters. The New Zealand Foreign Minister was in Apia recently to attend the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference.

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TALKING DEBT: Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters speaks to the Samoa Observer at Taumeasina Island Resort.

Address debt at leadership level

The level of debts that Pacific Island nations owe to the Chinese government should be addressed at the leadership level, says Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police follow lead in search of suspect

The Ministry of Police are following up on a lead in connection to a vehicle that killed a 79 year old mother of Nofoalii. According to a statement issued by the police, a side mirror belonging to a vehicle was left at the scene of the hit-and-run incident and provides them the only lead into the fatal incident. 

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AT TO SUA: Police vehicles at To Sua Trench where a Chinese man went missing two Sundays ago. Photo / (Misiona Simo).

Search for missing Chinese called off

The search for the body of a missing Chinese national has been called off after a week of searching by authorities. 

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Deputy Commissioner, Papali'i Monalisa Keti.

Police take over investigation

The Ministry of Police has taken over the case of former Assistant C.E.O. of the M.W.T.I. Faleniu Mark Alesana, whose services was terminated last month on allegations of impropriety over his connection to an Indian company. The criminal investigation was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Papali’i Monalisa Keti in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

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Unit set up for whistle blowers.

Unit set up for whistle blowers

A special audit unit has been set up within the Audit Office for whistleblowers in the public sector who want to report fraud and other irregularities. The establishment of the unit comes on the back of laws enacted in 2014, which recommended that the Audit Office facilitate voluntary reporting of fraud and other irregularities, and ensure there is legal protection for whistleblowers.

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FINDING COMMONALITIES: Senior New Zealand woman army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Esther Harrop with the Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil.

New Zealand’s top woman Soldier praises Samoa

A senior New Zealand woman Army Officer whose tour of duties included South Sudan has commended Samoa for appointing women to senior positions in government.

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Director General of the Ministry of Health, Tole’afoa Dr. Take Naseri.

Human error suspected in deaths

The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Tole’afoa Dr. Take Naseri, says human error is suspected over the deaths of two toddlers who died after they were administered the MMR vaccine in Savai’i.

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OBESITY CHALLENGE: The Pacific island countries are already struggling with N.C.D.’s mostly caused by lifestyle choices.

Vaovasa warns of diabetes “tsunami”

New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters, has described the issue of obesity in the region as a “tsunami”. Speaking on the sidelines of the recently concluded Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Samoa, Vaovasa said education and diet have to change in order to defend the Pacific against this growing problem.

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Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Audit Office refuses to comment on Inquiry

The Audit Office has declined to comment on the investigation they have begun into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele. Audit Office Director of Legal Services, Vaipou Fetuliai Lagaaia said: “At this stage that in our line or work we are mandated by law to answer first to the Parliament.” 

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Papali'i John Taimalelagi.

Inquiry launched into alleged removal of Court files

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) has launched an inquiry into allegations that Land and Titles Court files had been removed from the vicinity of the Court. The P.S.C. Chairman, Aiono Mose Su’a, confirmed the setting up of the inquiry in response to questions from Samoa Observer. 

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Samoa welcomes Squash athletes. Photo/Misiona Simo

Samoa welcomes Squash athletes

The Samoa Tourism Authority’s Cultural village came alive with dancing and music yesterday evening to welcome international guests. Over 50 squash players from across the Pacific arrived in Apia to compete in the 2018 Samoa Squash Open.

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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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Think a Minute

“The End of the World”

Think a minute…Recently the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Sometimes watching the world’s news is like watching a horror movie, isn’t it? You know that the 20th century had more people killed in wars than all the other centuries of history combined!


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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