Port Master for the Samoa Ports Authority, Tomane L. Tomane gave a tour of the new improvements to the Port of Apia made possible through the J.I.C.A. grant assistance.

$80 million wharf project on track for June completion

Improvements to the wharf at Matautu should be completed in June 2018. Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A.), $80 million project started two years ago. The renovations will include a new wharf extension by 137 meters for the safe mooring of cruise ships.

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SWEET SUCCESS: Tiaseu Meripa Eleitino Siaosi Samoa fulfills her dream of attaining a Master in Science International Cooperation Policy. Photo supplied.

Sweet success for Tiaseu

Hard work and faith in God has seen Tiaseu Meripa Eleitino Siaosi Samoa achieve her dream. This week, she graduated with a Master in Science International Cooperation Policy at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.

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HAPPIER TIMES: Mr and Mrs Grey with some of the guests during the opening of the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in 2016.

Legacy of love, a life of giving

Samoa has lost an icon with the passing away of La’auli Alan Grey. The businessman, hotelier, “Good Samaritan” to countless people, La’auli died peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, Moto’otua, yesterday morning. He was 82.

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NEW VICE PRESIDENTS OF LANDS AND TITLES: Moananu Tuasivi Setu and Mulipola Iosefo.

Court Vice Presidents take oath

The Land and Titles Court has two new Vice Presidents. They are Moananu Tuasivi Setu and Mulipola Iosefo. They took their oath before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu last week.

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BIG PROBLEM: The Tuialamu landslide at Aleipata. (inset) Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

Govt. moves on landslide

Members of the public might have to wait a while for the Tuialamu landslide to be cleared. This is according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.), Ulu Bismark Crawley.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. reinforces scam warning

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is calling on members of the public to heed the warning issued by the Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.). This is in relation to the rising number of cryptocurrency promotions in Samoa.

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Lauofo Meredith.

Fonotoe issues reassurance

Former Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Lauofo Meredith has reassured the nation that they should not have to worry about the mortgaging of leases of customary lands. The reassurance was issued by the Member of Parliament during an interview with the Sunday Samoan on the Alienation of Customary Land Amendment Bill 2017, discussed in Parliament this week.

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HAPPIER TIMES: Marina and La’auli Alan Grey during the opening of the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in 2016.

La’auli Alan Grey passes away

A prominent businessman La’auli Alan Grey has passed away. La’auli, the Hotelier who played an instrumental role in the development of Samoan rugby and tourism in Samoa, passed away peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital this morning.

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CREATING AWARENESS: Participants at the S.Q.A Foreign Qualification Recognition Services workshop.

Foreign qualifications on the agenda

The Samoa Qualifications Authority has completed an awareness workshop on the Foreign Qualifications Recognition Service (FQRS) at the Development Bank of Samoa conference room yesterday.

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ONE FOR THE FAMILY ALBUM: Eden, Annabell with her brother Tommy and Greg Baker. Enjoying their first hours in Samoa.

Culture lures family to the islands

Culture is what brought Greg and his family to Samoa. While some come for relaxation, Greg and his wife, Eden Baker came to Samoa with the intention of showing their kids, Annabelle, 4, and Tommy, 3, Samoa’s beautiful culture.

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Myla Aberjaron from Melbourne Australia, loving Samoa.

Weather, people simply beautiful!

Meet Myla Abejaron, from Melbourne, Australia. The young woman and her partner arrived in Samoa last week Saturday. “I’ve always wanted to come to this island because my boyfriend is half Samoan,” she said.

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Ursula Lightowler enjoying every moment she spent in Samoa.

One day trip not enough when in Samoa

A one-day trip turned into a mind-blowing experience for Ursula and Bob Lightowler. They have been travelling on a cruise ship for 11 weeks. In one of their stops, they found themselves in a small island they were never aware of - Samoa.

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Haruki Ume

Thank you so much, Samoa!

It has been four weeks already! As I type this, memories of the great time I had in Samoa started to flash across my mind. I swear I could almost get teary and weep like a child because it breaks my heart to leave Samoa - a place I called home for a month.

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LEARNING HISTORY: Students visit the Museum of Samoa.

Day of discovery at Museum

The Museum of Samoa hosted a Museum Discovery Trip for local school children this week. The discovery trip will continue until the first week of April. 

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The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama.

Eye Clinic gets helping hand

The Eye Clinic Unit at Moto’otua Hospital received a timely donation from the Latter Day Saints (L.D.S.) Charities-Vision Initiative. On Thursday, L.D.S. donated a variety of new equipment worth more than NZD$100,000 (T$183,358).

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LEADERS FOR A T.B. FREE WORLD: Faleata College setting awareness for T.B. Day.

Tuberculosis Day targets schools

World Tuberculosis (T.B.) Day was commemorated at Faleata College yesterday. The rain did not deter the spirit of students who carried out awareness activities reflecting this year’s theme:  “Wanted: Leader for a free world”. 

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Fellow Rotarians Cheri R Moors (N.U.S.) and Ronna Lee (U.S.P.) handing out laptop to Rotary scholarship student attending U.S.P. Alafua.

Tertiary students receive Rotary scholarships

The Rotary Club of Apia, with the mission “making a difference”, is walking the talk through lending a helping hand to improve the education of Samoan youth through offering scholarships to tertiary students who are most in need of financial assistance.

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Participants of the World Meteorology Day.

Career Day marks World Meteorological Day

The Samoa Meteorology Division hosted a Career Day yesterday to mark World Meteorological Day at their office in Mulinu’u. More than 50 students and teachers from various schools in Apia and invited guests attended.

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Tofilau Malu Faalaaitaua with his proud family.

Court Assessors take oath

Twenty-one new assessors for the Land and Titles Court were sworn in yesterday morning before Chief Justice, His Honour, Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu at Mulinu’u. Of the 21 assessors, four are women, including media veteran To’alepai Rula Su’a-Vaai.

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Former CABINET MINISTER: Faumuina Tiatia Liuga.

M.P. blames noodles for new illness

A new sickness where people have become mentally slow and forgetful was identified in Parliament yesterday. The illness was identified by Member of Parliament, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, who squarely blamed the heavy consumption of ramen noodles.

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Think a Minute

The best shortcut (Part 1)

Think a minute…We all like to save time—especially since life is so short. So the sooner we learn good shortcuts to living well, the sooner we will enjoy life at its best.


Nikolao Patu attests to the value of the plant based diet.

Changing lives: Tackling diabetes

Talofa Samoa! Over the past few months this column has printed testimonies of people that followed the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet and in a matter of weeks turned around (or as we say ‘reversed’) their Type 2 diabetes.

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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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