Mapuifagalele Home for the Elderly.

A moment to remember

The champions of Marist Sevens Women’s competition, Auckland Samoa Women’s, have returned home but not without leaving a mark on Samoa.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will deliver the opening keynote address of the Pacific Climate Change Conference held this week in the Te Papa National Museum.

P.M. Tuilaepa to open high-powered Pacific climate conference

Prime Minister and climate change action advocate Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is among the high-profile experts presenting at the Pacific Climate Change Conference this week at Te Papa National Museum.

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“SAMOA IS PERFECT THE WAY IT IS”: Warren Meyers of Florida, U.S.A. in Samoa.

‘Samoa like Hawaii 75 years ago’

Meet Warren Meyers. Warren is from Florida, U.S.A, and it’s his second time in Samoa. 

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SPECIAL GUEST FEELS AT HOME: Tony Lane loving each moment on the island.

Kiwi a Samoan at heart

Tony Lane may have been born into a different family, but he is a Samoan at heart. After so many stories he heard about Samoa, he finally gets to see the heart of the Pacific for the first time. 

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LOVING SAMOA: Emma Kwaczynski of Australia says Samoa must preserve its culture.

Culture brings the dollars

Samoa’s culture is what brings in the tourist dollars. Emma Kwaczynski from Jervis Bay, Australia, was walking to the bank under Samoa’s hot sun when the Dear Tourist team met her.

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THANK YOU: Siai Misa is extremely grateful to C.S.S.P. and all the donors for their help.

Vulnerable families at Faleasi’u get help*

Imagine not having access to a consistent water supply for the family’s everyday use. 

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AVA STANDARD AWARENESS REQUIRED: The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) confirm the need for more consultations and awareness programes for the public regarding the safe trade of ava and ava products.

More awareness needed on ava regulation, standard

There is a need for more awareness among ava (kava) growers and the general public on the Samoa Ava Regulations and Ava Standard.

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Kris Faafoi, Samoa’s M.C.I.L. Minister, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell and New Zealand’s Minister of Pacific People and Associate Minister for Courts and Justice, Aupito Su’a Sio.

Minister Lautafi eyes N.Z. permanent residence status for R.S.E. workers

Informal talks have started which could see Samoa’s Recognized Seasonal Employees (R.S.E.) receiving automatic permanent residence in New Zealand.

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ENCOURAGING LOCAL TALENT: Faletalimalo Siva Afi Competition 2018.

More than just a fire knife contest

Siva Afi Entertainment’s new contest called “Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge” is back.

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Bring on 2018: S.B.N. Executive members with special guest speaker Tofilau Esther Tofilau (second from right).

Business Network sets the tone

The Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) kicked off 2018 with their first networking event of the year at the Tusitala Tanoa Hotel on Tuesday evening. 

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COPS ON SITE: The Police officers at Tafaigata Prison on the day when the country was bracing for Cyclone Gita.

Minister looks into alleged Prison plot

The Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said he is reviewing the case of prisoners who have been removed from Tafa’igata Prison and placed under Police custody in Apia.

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DISAPPOINTED SISTERS ARE STANDING THEIR GROUND: Tuaato Tauvalau Salaus and her sister Aiava Johnson claim the government has ripped them off by offering $34,000 for their family land.

Family demands $1million

The Government has given the Tauvalaau family of Satapuala an ultimatum. They have a week, Wednesday 28 February 2018, to move. The order was confirmed by Tuaato Tauvalau Salausa, of Satapuala. But the family is not moving. She said that unless the Government pays them $1million, they are not going anywhere.

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Samoa’s smiling Centenarian

Not many people in Samoa reach the ripe old age of a hundred years. Yet today at Saina in Upolu, centenarian Anaseini ‘Tupou’ Mafo’e, is celebrating her 100th birthday. The matriarch of the family, Tupou, is joined by close to 200 relatives from all over the world, comprising her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, for a weeklong celebration.

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Police sources say the investigation started last week when investigating officers started interviewing family members of the deceased.

Police investigate death of mother buried two weeks ago

The Ministry of Police has launched an investigation into the death of a 29-year-old mother of three, who was buried two weeks ago. This was confirmed by the Media Spokesperson and Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. “There is an investigation ongoing right,” he said.

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SORTING OUT GIFTS: Caritas Samoa staff members working on the distribution of products to those in need.

Caritas Samoa lends hand

Caritas Samoa is one of the many humanitarian organisations and agencies who have been lending a helping hand to families affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

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WE ARE STILL WAITING: Fili Iosefa and her children at Satapuala.

‘Ten years and we’re still waiting for water’

The Government has failed to do its part to ensure clean drinking water reaches every family in Samoa. Fili Iosefa, a mother of three who lives at Satapuala-uta, says she has been waiting for about 10 years for the Government’s water supply. 

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PLEASE HELP: Sau Lui is in dire need of a water tank.

Tiavi family seeks water tank help

Storing rainwater for food, drinking and other needs has been a long-standing chore for Sau Lui of Tiavi. 

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MOTHER PLEADS: For a decent house to raise her three daughters.

A family’s humble home

Having daughters mean parents have to be on protective mode all the time. 

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Harry Ah-Sui gives up his education to support his mother.

Young man makes sacrifice for his mother, family

The bond between a mother and a son is unbreakable. Twenty-year-old Harry Ah-Sui knows this because he would do anything for his mother.

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Uilelea and his son Malopito infront of their home.

How you can help Uilelea’s family

Uilelea Akuino Tuiā is in need of adequate shelter. The unemployed father of four, dreams of nothing more than a stable home for his children, clothes and food.

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Think a Minute

Love for All Seasons (Part 2)

Think a minute…Recently a couple who had been married 72 years died together in the hospital. After a car accident they were put in beds beside each other, so they continually held each other’s hand.


“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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