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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YOU CAN HAVE FOR MINIMUM BID OF $60,000: Company Founder and Principal Rodger McCutcheon in front of the helicopter that will be put up for sale.

Helicopter auction back on

The auction for a helicopter, held by the Ministry of Revenue over alleged unpaid taxes, is back on again. This time the sale, scheduled for Saturday 1 December 2018, is certain. The helicopter - Model AS350VA manufactured in 1981 – could be sold for as low as $60,000 tala. 

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Galumalemana Arthur Nanai.

Head of Security talks about attack

The man who owns the security firm on duty at the launch of Samoa Airways flights in Brisbane last week, when two men attempted to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has spoken out about the ordeal. Galumalemana Aurthur Nanai said he chased the men after they stormed the building and threw a pig’s head at the Prime Minister.

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SUCH A CRUCIAL ROLE: Minister Lautafi Selafi Purcell with Board Member, Ulu Vaomalo Kini, who was among the recipients of certificates of competence presented by the Minister.

Minister calls for better management

The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, yesterday emphasised the important role state owned enterprises play in maximising profits for the Government. Lautafi also called for better management of assets, management of finance and the management of human resources.

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Aveau Niko Palamo.

Games Director quits

The Director of the 2019 Pacific Games Committee, Aveau Niko Palamo, has resigned. The resignation comes nine months before the opening ceremony of the Games scheduled for 7 July 2019. Aveau’s resignation was confirmed by the Chairman of the Pacific Games Committee and Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

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EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS: The 2009 tsunami damaged a huge proportion of land and businesses, and killed hundreds. Caritas was one of many organisations that stepped up to help in the aftermath.

Caritas highlights environment issues

Caritas Samoa celebrated ten years this week, and to commemorate released its 5th State of the Environment for Oceania report.

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SAMOA MEMORY: Central Bank Governors and delegates who attended last week’s meeting.

Central Bank Governors make Samoa commitment

The Central Bank Governors of the South Pacific region met in Samoa last week. The occasion was the 33rd Pacific Central Bank Governors’ meeting, based on the theme “Strengthening Collaboration”, with the objective of promoting the prosperity and economic welfare of our member nations. 

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SAILING: Linda and John Parrish arrive in Samoa for Race Management Training with Samoa Sailing - in preparation for Pacific Games 2019.

Minister opens sailing clinic

The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, took opened the Samoa Sailing Association’s Race Management Clinic at the Apia Yacht Club. The four-day event will serve to train the officials and others involved in running sailing at the Pacific Games in Samoa next year.

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Cabinet Ministers Sili Epa Tuioti, Lautafi Fio Purcell, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Erin Noelani Taefu and Gillian Malielegaoi at the launch.

Miss Samoa Australia roots for Samoa Airways

The reigning Miss Samoa Australia, Erin Noelani Taefu, has put her weight behind the Faleolo-Brisbane-Faleolo bi-weekly flights saying it’s the answer to prayers by many Samoans residing Queensland. 

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Japan presents refurbished school building

The Government of Japan has presented a refurbished school building which included extra classrooms to the Solosolo Primary School. Japan’s ambassador to Samoa, Shinya Aoki, made the presentation recently on behalf of his government to the Solosolo village community.

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This app will give our customers the ability to easily transfer money.

A.N.Z. digital transactions to improve

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (A.N.Z.) customers can expect an improved digital transaction system next month. The bank’s Regional Executive, Tessa Price said A.N.Z. is the first bank in the Pacific that will launch a Pacific wide app with enhanced features to make payment easier for their customers. 

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ANZ FINANCIAL INCLUSION: ANZ Bank’s Regional Executive, Tessa Price, talks about the money minded course.

Bank highlights benefits of financial inclusion

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited’s (A.N.Z.) financial inclusion strategy has benefited the Pacific in numerous ways, including Samoans. This is according to the bank’s Regional Executive, Tessa Price, who was referring to their Money Minded course and how it has economically transformed the lives of Pacific peoples. 

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Think a Minute

“Fight by the Rules”

Think a minute…28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous “Bite Fight” between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear!


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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