Attorney General Office’s appeal before Court

A hearing of an appeal against the Court’s decision to acquit the President of Land and Titles Court, Fepuleai Atilla Ropati, of charges against him, has been re-set for Monday morning. The matter was brought before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

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LIFE IS HARD: The home belonging to Peleitala Saleifi and her eight children cannot properly shelther for them when it rains. She is need for a proper shelter.

Plea for proper home

Meet Peleitala Saleifi from Saanapu. She is in need of a proper shelter. The unemployed mother of eight shared her main concern is the welfare of her children.

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OPPORTUNITIES AWAITING PACIFIC ENGAGEMENT: Israel’s General Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yuval Rotem and Nanai Tuiletufuga Press Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Israel pushes for more Pacific engagement

Samoa and the Pacific should do more to benefit from the Israeli government’s  US$480 million (T$1.2 billion) international aid for food security, water and other basic utilities.

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AT THE LAUNCH EVENT: The Office of the Pacific Games launched the Official Games Logo for the 16th Pacific Games that Samoa will host in 2019. Photo/Misiona Simo

“Sport is what we do, it’s in our D.N.A”

The Office of the Pacific Games launched the Official Games Logo for the 2019 Pacific Games at Tanoa Tusitala Conference Room.

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Forum opportunity on the radar

The Israeli Government is looking at playing a more active role in the Pacific region. It is seriously considering a role in the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum meeting to be held in Nauru in September.  This is according to the Deputy Director General of the Israel Cooperation Center, Gil Haskel.

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DISCOVERING JERUSALEM: The Pacific Journalists’ tour to the Yad Vashem.

Pacific media delegation visits World Holocaust Remembrance Centre

The Pacific journalists’ tour to the Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center - was quite difficult, hearing first-hand how six million Jews were murdered, including children by the Nazi’s.  According to the tour guide, Iris Rosenberg, while the Nazi persecution of the Jews began in 1933, the mass murder was committed during World War II. 

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CAUGHT: Pati Sonny Chong Nee.

Police capture Pati Chong Nee

One of Samoa’s most wanted men has been captured. The Police has confirmed that Pati Chong Nee, who was wanted by the Police as a suspect in a series of criminal activities, was caught this morning. “The Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) wishes to inform the public that PATI CHONG NEE who was wanted by police has been captured this morning as a result of the information relay by the public to police,” a statement said.

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The crash happened at Tuana’imato, in front of the Maota Samoa Supermarket

Lucky escape at Tuana’imato

The driver of this right hand drive van is lucky to be alive after his vehicle crashed into an electricity pole and flipped. The crash happened at Tuana’imato, in front of the Maota Samoa Supermarket today. The driver was the only person in the van.

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Court House Mulinuu

Charges against former lecturer dismissed

Charges against former National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) lecturer, Christopher Gounder, were dismissed and withdrawn yesterday. The decision was handed down by His Honour, Chief Justice Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu during the criminal mention hearing.

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS: U.S.P. hosts culture night. Photo/Samo Kakadi

Culture night marks end of U.S.P.’s celebration

A culture night was held at the University of the South Pacific’s (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus on Friday to mark the closing of the university’s 50th year anniversary. Eight pacific countries performed on the night, showcasing various cultural dances. They were from Tonga, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tokelau, Cook Islands and Solomon Islands. 

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CORONERS DEVELOP WIDER JURISDICTION: Participants of a workshop discussing the relevance of developing coroners authority pursuant to the new Coroners Act 2017.

Comparative analysis of Samoa, New Zealand Coroners Act 2017

Samoa Coroners Act 2017 grants coroners wider jurisdiction over the media reporting of deaths by suicide. Last Friday at the Coroners Continuing Education programme, New Zealand Coroner, Gordan Matenga delivered a session on the comparative analysis of New Zealand and Samoa Coroners Act 2017 to members of the Samoa judiciary.

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THE VOICE OF RADIO 2AP: Veteran Broadcaster Va’asiliega Iupati Lagaaia.

Veteran Broadcaster turns off the mic

After serving 38 years as the voice of the national Broadcaster, Radio 2AP, Va’asiliega Iupati Lagaaia, is calling it a day. Va’asiliega’s service as a Radio Announcer included air time with the Prime Minister, which us one of Radio 2AP’s most popular shows. Looking back at his long career, Va’asiliega, 60, told the Samoa Observer that Samoa’s National Radio has come a long way.  

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P.M. IS WRONG: Vui Sione Masinamua and Namulauulu Albert Ainu’u. Photos Facebook / Supplied.

‘There is no proof’

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi should have taken more care to check his facts before he leapt to name two members of the public as suspects in the Government’s search for the Ole Palemia (O.L.P.) blogger. So said Vui Seigafolava Sione Masinamua, one of two people identified by Prime Minister Tuilaepa as O.L.P. during an interview with Talamua Media last week.

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CHURCH TAX PLEA:  E.F.K.S. Chairman, Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara and General Secretary Reverend Vavatau Taufao.  Photos/Samoa Observer

Church implores Govt. to reconsider tax law

The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. 

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FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Moli Maurice Sapatū, 11 years old is the youngerst person to register for the head shave event.

Young boy steps up to do his bit to fight cancer

At the tender age of 11, Moli Maurice Sapatū has registered for Samoa Cancer Society’s BlueSky “Shave, Save or Dye it” scheduled for this month. 

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HELP: Lufo Ioane with her husband Patolo Fa’asavalu seeking for help to fund their trip to India for Ms. Ioane’s operation.

Family seeks help

Forty-seven-year-old Lufo Ioane is in need of assistance. Ms. Ioane suffers from colorectal cancer (C.R.C.), also known as bowel cancer or colon cancer, which is the development of cancer from the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine).     

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PROCUREMENT FORGERY: The issue was uncovered at the Ministry of Police.

Police official forged invalid quotation

An official working at the Ministry of Police “forged” a quotation, which was later uncovered as “invalid”. This is one of the irregularities, which set off a special investigation at the Police in 2015. The irregularity is highlighted in the Samoa Audit Office Report on Irregularities for the financial year 2015-2016, available on their website.

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GENDER EQUALITY PUSH: The project aims to remove barriers to women participating in sport.

New project offers exciting opportunity

The Samoa Gymnastics Federation (S.G.F.) and National University Samoa (N.U.S.) have launched a new Australian Government Pacific Sports Partnerships (P.S.P.) innovation fund initiative.

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Avele College was among the schools that visited Netvo’s booth. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Netvo promotes digital learning

Digital learning is important in this day and age. For Netvo Samoa, they have a mission of supporting students in their studies. 

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SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE: The Tui Samoa Cable is a welcome addition to Bluesky’s coverage.

Bluesky’s Superior Coverage on Tui Cable

Since April 2018, Bluesky has connected to the Tui Cable which has been a welcome addition to its existing Superior Coverage and Network. 

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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. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out.


FIRST IN HISTORY: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has declared that the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 will be held in Savaii.

‘History in the making’

This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.

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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