SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS: CI Samoa Programme Director, Schannel van Dijken, during his past tagging work with the friendly whale shark.

Humans need Sharks

Layers of razor sharp teeth, carnivorous nature, and known as the oceans top predator – it’s not hard to understand why sharks are so misunderstood and feared.

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The family of Ne’etia Tapuai from Tapatapao grateful for Island Rock donation.

Tapatapao family touched by gesture

Christmas has come early for Ne’etia Tapuai from Tapatapao and her family. The mother-of-five was the recipient of a food hamper courtesy of local company Island Rock, as part of its 25 Days of the Spirit of Christmas Campaign. 

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A father of eleven, Seti Taleni thanked Island Rock for their Christmas gifts.

No act of kindness is wasted, says Seti

No act of kindness—no matter how small or big—is ever wasted.

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Members of the Samoa Performing Arts and Creative Excellence (SPACE) in one of their performances last month.

“Samoan children deserve same opportunities”

Twenty-seven-year-old Valentino Maliko has a mission for the young people of Samoa. With limited resources, the Creative Director of Samoa Performing Arts and Creative Excellence (S.P.A.C.E.) center believes with the help of organisations, he can provide opportunities for talented youngsters in Samoa.

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The man has been regularly taking Samoan nationals to work for him in the horticultural industry in the Hawke's Bay since the 1990s.

Samoan man arrested, accused of human trafficking and slavery

A Samoan man has been arrested in New Zealand for human trafficking and slavery. The 64-year-old man has yet to be identified but Radio New Zealand reports that his arrest follows a two-year investigation by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the police.

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2018 top Foundation Commerce student, Valasi Talosaga alongside Cathlinn Domenica Chrichton receiving the Digicel Company Limited’s Trophy for Top equal Foundation Marketing student. Photo / Supplied

Aspiring economist tops commerce

The top student in the National University of Samoa Foundation Commerce stream, Valasi Talosaga, wants to help grow Samoa’s economy by becoming an economist.

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Skyeye chief executive Faasootauloa Sam Saili with Afamasaga Rico Tupai minister for communications information and technology.

Find it with Maua – how it works

Skyeye’s latest innovation, which won T $320,000 (not $230,000 as previously reported) in funding from the largest international mobile association, will also be able to make money.

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The Methodist Church choir from Alafua performed on the fourth night of 13 Days of Christmas.

Alafua Methodist Church start the countdown

On the fourth night of the 13 Days of Christmas programme, the stage was filled with white and gold uniforms by the Alafua Methodist Church as they performed 10 Christmas songs.

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Samoa’s trademark membership lodged

The Samoa Government has lodged official documentation with the Madrid Protocol secretariat in Spain to formalise its membership of the international trademark system. The Minister for Commerce Industry and Labor, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, flew to Spain and deposited the instrument of accession on December 4.

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Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. Photo/Samoa Observer.

Juvenile detention center to be relocated

The Ministry of Prison and Correction Services will relocate the juvenile detention center to Tanumalala, despite spending $9.6 million on land in Oloamanu.

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Chief Executive Officer of Computer Services Limited, Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa-Savea. File photo.

Govt. loses another top female C.E.O.

The Government has been rocked by the death of another senior female bureaucrat, Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa-Savea. Laeimau was until her passing over the weekend the Chief Executive Officer of Computer Services Limited, an IT firm partly-owned by the Samoa Government.

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Oscar Thomas Malielegaoi.

Son of P.M. is C.E.O. of Finance Ministry

Cabinet has approved the appointment of Oscar Thomas Malielegaoi as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Finance. He is the son of Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and will assume the role on January 1, 2019, replacing Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea, who has been the C.E.O. the last nine years and is retiring.

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Minister for Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

I won’t write-off unpaid taxes, says Minister Tialavea

Minister for Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt has vowed not to write-off taxes owed by private companies, which has accumulated to over $80 million. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Tialavea said his Ministry still intends to go after the debtors and a write-off will not happen under his watch. 

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Kaylarina continues proud family tradition

Dr. Kaylarina Fuata’i is a third generation graduate doctor from Otago University. She follows her grand uncle Dr. Ailao Imo senior (1958) and  her uncle Dr. Sirovai Fuata’i (1981) of Moataa village, Vaimauga.  

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IN NEED OF HELP: The home of Manu’a Fetineiai from Falevao.

Accessing clean drinking water a challenge

Manu’a Fetineia’i and her family of Falevao have never had access to clean drinking water for over 20 years. The mother of two lives with her husband, their two children, her grandmother, and her four brothers in a dilapidated small house.

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THANK YOU: The happy and grateful faces of students and teachers at Pata Falelatai Study centre with officers of the Australian High Commission’s Office.

Pata Falelatai Study Centre gets Australian support

The Australian High Commission has donated books and education resources valued at $15,000 to the Pata Falelatai Study Centre.

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AN INSPIRATION: The Incredible Malala in Melbourne.

Nobel Prize laureate inspires Samoan women

The recent visit of world-renowned education activist and Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, to Australia has inspired many Samoan women.

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The Asian Development Bank headquarters in Philippines.

Samoa’s “fiscal buffers” growing, but could be better

The Asia Development Bank’s latest Pacific Economic Report says Samoa’s first marginal fiscal surplus since 2009 shows it’s on its way to achieving higher development outcomes.

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Rev. Naseri and Pastor Setefano blessing the titleholders during the ceremony.

Matai titles bestowed in Apia

The village of Apia welcomed 16 new matai titleholders on Friday. Among the titles conferred were: Sailimalo, Saveatama, Laloataata, Sagauga, Vaigalepa, Va-i-ao and Leapai.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Peace Chapel dux with parents La’asaga and Fa’alafi.

Aspiring teacher tops Peace Chapel Primary

Fa’asagafa’aifomanumailelagi Fa’alafi from Malie and Falelatai is the 2018 Dux of Peace Chapel Primary School. The 12-year-old, who dreams of becoming a school principal, topped his Year 8 class in social science, mathematics and Samoan studies. 

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Think a Minute

Buzzards and Bees

Think a minute… Buzzards and bees are very different in their eating habits. Buzzards fly circling above looking for animals that are either hurt or dead. Then they swoop down to tear and feast on it until it is gone.


The end of one chapter and the beginning of another

A muamua le viiga o le Atua, auā o le fa’amoemoe ua taunu’u o le lā’au lea o le soifua. Ua savinifaapunuomanu ai lagona o lenei aso auā o lea ua a’e i fanua le faiva o le manusina sa ta’atiu I ā’au mamao ma ua tepa ai nei i ‘ula, ua taga’i i ‘ula, ua tago foi i ‘ula le asō. Ia tumau pea lona vi’iga e lē aunoa.

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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