PROTECT OUR SOIL: Float parade competition based on the theme, 'Sustain me to feed you'. Photo/Misiona Simo

Govt. highlights importance of soil

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) opened the commemoration of Land and Soil week at Malaefatu, Sogi yesterday. Based on the theme “Sustainable Management of Land Degradation in Samoa: Sustain me to feed you”, the day started with an early morning float parade competition for farmers and schools.  

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BAIL: The accused has been in Police custody since he was arrested and he wants to be released.

Murder accused fights for bail

An 18-year-old boy accused in a murder case has asked the Supreme Court for permission to be released on bail. Ietitaia Misialofa of Fogasavai’i appeared in Court yesterday. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and being armed with a dangerous weapon. 

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Empowering women of Lano, Savai’i

A great sense of excitement summed up one of the packed livelihood training sessions for the Nofotane Project, hosted by the village of Lano Savaii for the Faasaleleaga No. 4 constituency.

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Here are some more photos from Saturday.

Ordination signals official start of Malua conference

The annual conference for the biggest denomination in Samoa, the E.F.K.S. Church, officially begins today. Hundreds of church members from all over the world are gathering at the Malua Theological College compound for the annual pilgrimage where church leaders discuss future plans for the church.

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LOGISTICS TRAINING: The participants of the Disaster Management Office (D.M.O.) and World Foods Program (W.F.P.) National Logistic Unit workshop.

Govt. Ministry works on response to emergencies

The Disaster Management Office (D.M.O.) and World Foods Program (W.F.P.) has concluded a National Logistic Unit workshop.

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FARMING LIFE: Peter Tulaga Eliesa at his farm.

The business and challenges of taro farming in Samoa

Revenue from Agriculture makes up only seven percent of Samoa’s Gross Domestic product with taro being a major export. Efforts have been made to assist farmers of our major export crops such as cocoa, coconut and taro but there are some challenges that are out of the control of local farmers.

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ONE FOR THE BOOKS: Their Highnesses Tuimaleali'ifano Sualauvi II and Fa'amausili Leinafo with guests and members of the National Orchestra. Photo: Steve Percival.

National Orchestra impresses

The heavenly harmonious sound of the National Orchestra of Samoa and Chamber Opera Choir rung out beautifully at Taumeasina Island Resort on Friday night. The chamber ensemble concert was well attended by guests, including the Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvī II and the Masiofo, Her Highness Faamausili Leinafo.

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Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Warren.

Justice dismisses lawsuit over use of Stowers name

A defamation lawsuit over the use of the name Stowers has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. The decision was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren in the defamation lawsuit filed against one Julieanne Stowers and TV1.

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Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama.

$30million on health separation under gun

The Government spent $30 million tala in 2007 to separate the Health services to form the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health. Ten years later, the state of the health services in Samoa doesn’t appear to have changed at all. And the Government’s decision to re-merge them has hit a snag.

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Principal Pelenato Liufau display his art alongside his students at the School of Fine Arts exhibition at E.F.K.S museum during the Malua Conference.

Principal aims for High Art in Samoa

Assuming the role of the quietly observing figure at the Leulemoega School of Fine Arts exhibition is the Principal and Artist, Pelenato Liufau. He glides through the gallery taking in the reactions of the viewing public.

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Prof. Fui Asofou So’o.

Professor Fui returns as Vice Chancellor

Prof. Fui Asofou So’o has been re-appointed as the Vice Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.). 

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A SELFESS OUTREACH PROJECT: EA Members, Nuns at Mapuifagalele and the Elders at the opening.

Emerging Artists launch ‘Project Cinderella 2018’

The Emerging Artists (EA) association has launched ‘Project Cinderella 2018’ – an initiative that will run for six months as part of the Association Charity affiliation. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN: Ministers Advisory Committee during its inspection visits for Upolu and Savaii.

Ministers Advisory Committee completes assessments for Upolu and Savai’i

The Ministers Advisory Committee has concluded its site inspection visits for the islands of Upolu and Savaii. 

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JOB WELL DONE: K9 dog inspector, Inspector Flynn and Dog Handler, Mr. Hugo Tauauvea.

Ministry of Revenue rewards Employee of the Month

Ministry of Revenue’s Customs Officer and dog handler, Hugo Tauauvea and K9 dog Inspector Flynn, were recipients of the Employee of the Month Award (E.O.M.) for the month of April. 

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LUCKY WINNERS: While Mother’s day might be finished, these winners are all smiles today for good reason.

Winners with Anchor and Ah Liki Wholesale

Mother’s day weekend might have ended last Monday but it is still bringing smiles to lucky members of the community.

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THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM IN LANGUAGES: Fascinated by facial composition and carving out their unique painting techniques. Pictured here are third year students 23 year old Kolio Pita and 20 year old Heber Maulalo Fesolai.

Showcasing best of fine arts

The School of Fine Arts showcased their end of semester exhibition of art works by Year 1 – 3 students at the E.F.K.S. Museum in Malua on Friday.

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Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang at his office.

Minister blames management

The alleged manipulation of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) system where information was altered falls squarely on the management of the Authority. 

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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

Tribute in Japan brings back painful memories

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and leaders attending the 8th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M.) in Japan have paid tribute to the lives lost during the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The disaster struck Iwaki City where the summit is held. 

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“I can confirm the matter has been referred to Police for an investigation. However due to the sensitivity of this matter, the Police will not provide any further comments until the investigation is completed” – Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo

Police take over L.T.A. probe

The Ministry of Police has taken over the investigation involving suspended Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) Assistant C.E.O Anoanoai Pepe Lafai and former A.C.E.O. Mata'afa Sepelini Poufa. They are alleged to have altered information to allow vehicles belonging to them to be registered. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is being conferred the “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun” by Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in Iwaki. Photo / (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan).

Japan pledges $4.6 million aid for Samoa

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi is heading home from Japan having accomplished a number of goals. First he has successfully co-chaired the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M.) with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. 

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Think a Minute

Agree with your critics

Think a minute…Do you usually agree with people when they criticize you? Probably not. But just for fun, try it sometime. Agree with the criticism that people might give you. At first, it won’t feel natural or fun because when people criticize us, our natural reaction is just the opposite.


P.A.L.M. an unbroken stream that flows

My friends, the PALM8 Summit has now begun. May I ask the leaders of New Caledonia and French Polynesia to stand up?

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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