LIFE IS HARD: Filauia Hunt’s humble home.

Family needs help with tarpaulins

Filauia Hunt of Alaoa lives in struggle. For 21 years, the unemployed mother of six has lived in a small house with unstable water supply and no proper kitchen.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi speaks during the conference.

Forging a path for digital Samoa

In an effort to forge the path for a digitised, tech-savvy Samoa, the Digital Samoa national conference was held at the T.A.T.T.E. building last week.   

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Eti Alapae found guilty.

Men in Court for stealing

Three men accused of stealing from the Auto Spare Parts at Matautu appeared before Supreme Court Justice, Niava Mata Tuatagaloa on Monday afternoon.

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GREAT NEWS FOR CONTRIBUTORS: C.E.O. of S.N.P.F. Pauli Prince Suhren.

S.N.P.F. declares 10 percent interest

There is great news for members of the Samoa National Provident Fund.

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Samoa Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Ula-Fruean with the UN Resident Coordinator Simona Marinescu after the signing of the MOU.

Chamber signs M.O.U. with U.N.D.P.

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Development Programme have entered into an agreement through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that serves to enhance development activities in accelerating and incubating the ideas and businesses of youth entrepreneurs.

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Elei Print artists, Vaioleti Uili, Momoe Malietoa Von Reiche and Viragocha Papalii are exhibiting their work at MADD Gallery.

“Drape” a fabric exhibition at M.A.D.D. Gallery

South-east Asia meets South Pacific at M.A.D.D. Gallery in Moto’otua for a five-day “Drape” Exhibition.

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Launch of Rise 2025 at Sinalei Resort, hosted by the New Zealand High Commissioner.  Rise 2025 Founder Rachel Petero and Rise 2025 Director Hinemoa Key.

Leadership programme for indigenous women launched in Samoa

The Rise Retreat at the Sinalei Resort comes to an end today after five days as a way to introduce and launch the Rise 2025 Samoa programme.

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Minister supports call for Govt. to pay salaries of mission school teachers

The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, supports the call for the Government to pay the salaries of teachers at Mission Schools. 

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Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Govt. quashes conflict of interest claim

The controversy surrounding the decision by the Tenders Board, to award the contract for the building of Tanumalala Prison to a company owned by the brother of the Minister of Prisons, resurfaced in Parliament yesterday. And when it happened, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi immediately leapt to the defense of the Tenders Board, the Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt and the Contractor, Alai’asa Schwarz Hunt.

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BE FAIR: Member of Parliament for Salega, Olo Fiti Vaai. Photo: Misiona Simo.

M.P. Olo queries status of Hotel’s debt with D.B.S.

The Member of Parliament for Salega, Olo Fiti Vaai, questioned the status of a $50million loan approved by the Development Bank of Samoa (D.B.S.) to fund the reconstruction of the Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows after Cyclone Evan demolished it in 2012.

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Pacific Games Sports Director Lepale Aveau Niko Palamo.

Samoa to host close to 4,000 athletes

Close to 4,000 athletes will gather in Samoa for the Pacific Games 2019. This was announced during a press conference at the Samoa Sports Facilities Authority on Tuesday where it was also said that all athletes will be staying in hotels.

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Moefaauo Salale Moananu, Falefata Hele Matatia and Lepale Niko Palamo.

Man in charge of Games facilities optimistic

Samoa Sports Facilities Authority C.E.O., Moefaauo Polailevao Salale Moananu, says the Pacific Games facilities are in good condition. 

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Pacific Games Council President, Vidhya Lakhan.

Pacific Games Council President expresses confidence in Samoa

Samoa is ready to host next year’s Pacific Games. Pacific Games Council President, Vidhya Lakhan made this statement saying there is no secret behind Samoa hosting the Games because the venue and accommodation for all athletes have been finalised. 

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Falealili East M.P. Fuimaono Te'o Samuelu.

M.P. calls for increase in minimum wage

Falealili East Member of Parliament, Fuimaono Te’o Samuelu, has urged the Government to increase the minimum wage. He made the point in Parliament, during the discussion of the 2018/2019 Budget. “I know that the cost for chicken as well as frozen food have increased, but the question is isn’t it time for the minimum wage to be increased too,” said Fuimaono.

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COLLECTING FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE MARKETS: Joey Diamond and Brandy Cochane visiting the market in Apia.

The time of their lives

Couple, Brandy Cochane and Joey Diamond, is having the time of their life in Samoa. 

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Tag rugby competitors and supporters – including the crew of the HMAS Success, staff from the New Zealand High Commission and the Taufusi Warriors and NRL in Samoa tag rugby teams.

Australian Warship completes successful Samoa visit

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Success has enjoyed a deeply meaningful port visit to Apia, with the ship’s company spending the past four days conducting training and engagement activities with the Samoa Police Service and rolling up their sleeves to assist with community projects. 

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CORONERS CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOP: New Zealand Coroner, Gordan Matenga discusses media responsibility in reporting suicide.

New Coroners Act highlight lack of communication between four pillars

New provisions in the Samoa Coroners Act 2017 seek to re-address and regulate the reporting of suicide but lacks input from the relevant parties affected.

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ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR S.P.R.E.P.: Roger Cornforth. Photo/ Supplied.

S.P.R.E.P. open its doors

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.) held their annual open day its headquarters in Vailima yesterday. 

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HEADING BACK TO NEW ZEALAND: Dion and his wife Renee Cameron infront of the Taumeasina Island Resort to tank the last bit of warm sunshine before returning home.

Renee and Dion back for Samoa

Everything about Samoa is why Renee and Dion Cameron keep coming back to the islands. This time, they came to Samoa attend Renee’s little sister’s wedding.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man jailed 16 years for rape of niece

A man convicted of raping his niece has been jailed for 16 years. The sentencing for Pulemau Sione was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala.

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Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part I)

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken.


Recognise, encourage and stimulate exports

I am honored and humbled to present the opening remarks at this very important event, the Samoa Exports Awards 2018.

Between the Lines


Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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