LIFE STRUGGLES: Semu Tuato is facing many challenges and the biggest is to fix his home.

“We just want a place we could live in”

Many of us take having a home for granted. It’s a feeling Semu Tuato wants to have. 

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NEED HELP: Leti Ioane is seeking for assistance to rebuild their house damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Mother shares her fears

A mother of three from Falelauniu lives in fear for the lives of her children. How so? According to Leti Ioane, their home is unsafe.

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TALENT SHOWCASE: Some of Siva Afi dancers and Walter Leota (winner).

Walter Leota prevails, books ticket to Hawaii

The Le Manumea Hotel and Return to Paradise Beach Villas brought fire to the table with their unquestionable skills during the latest round of the Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge this week.

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Wyong at the Samoa Victim Support Group Junior Walkathon.

A partnership based on love

For six years now, the Wyong Christian Community School from New South Wales Australia has been fostering a parternship with the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) to love and support the children. 

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Associate Minister, Lenatai Victor Tamapua.

Liquor Board identifies issues after Savai’i inspection

The Liquor Board has completed its final Savai’i inspection for this financial year.  

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE: Marketing Manager for the Samoa Cancer Society, Leilani Jackson.

Report praises Samoa

The Samoan Government was highlighted on the global level with the Union for International Cancer Control (U.I.C.C.) in making a positive difference in the lives and health of their people. 

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END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: The UN Officials made it Orange Day at the Office to raise awareness and create educational opportunities about women struggles.

U.N. unites under orange banner

And once again the United Nations got dolled up in orange yesterday to remember work still to be done to end violence against women. U.N. Women’s Project UNiTE use the bright colour to raise awareness and create educational opportunities about struggles women face every day.

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Captain Shaun Fogarty.

New Zealand Navy honours Anzacs in Apia

A visitor to Samoa says he’s grateful Samoans honour ANZAC Day. Captain Shaun Fogarty travelled to Samoa to participate in the Returned Services Association dawn service yesterday.

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President of the Returned Services Association (R.S.A.), Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio.

President of Returned Services Association raises ANZAC issues

The President of the Returned Services Association (R.S.A.), Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio, has demanded more respect towards the R.S.A. 

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Customary land lease a “matter of choice”

Member of Parliament for Vaisigano No. 1, Lopao’o Natanielu Mua, says the issue of customary land lease is a matter of choice for the families to make.

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Talofa Airways C.E.O. clears air on fiery landing

Talofa Airways C.E.O., Toleafoa Jeffrey Hunter, has assured there was no fire on board their airline that landed at the Faleolo International Airport on Tuesday. In fact, he said the wheel brakes had overheated and caught fire when the plane landed. “There was no engine fire nor was it engine failure,” he said. 

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POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.

Police commend Village Councils

A healthy working relationship with the Village Council is paramount to the Ministry of Police. So says, Police Superintendent Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, who has commended the Village Councils of Afega and Luatuanu’u. 

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TEAM PARKER ALL THE WAY: Deepak Khanna, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker, Farid Mohammed, Pepe Fiaailetoa Fruean, John Paker and Joseph's mother, Sala Parker.

Parker continues as Digicel Ambassador

Digicel Samoa has extended their agreement with Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker as their brand ambassador. Digicel Samoa Chief Customer Officer, Deepak Khanna, made the announcement at the Digicel headquarters yesterday. He said they have extended Lupesoliai’s two-year agreement for another 12 months. 

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

Minister rejects claims

The Minister of Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has rubbished reports the Government is not doing anything about the state of Cross Island Road. “There are Government processes that we go through to assure that once we start working on this project there are no hurdles,” he said. 

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Lest we forget! Samoa marks ANZAC Day

We will remember them. Before the break of dawn yesterday, the sacrifice of the fallen and returning ANZAC soldiers who served in the great world wars was remembered and honoured at the Apia Town Clock.

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MJCA Tuasivi.

Justice Office to relocate from Tuasivi to Salelologa

The Ministry of Justice, Courts & Administration (M.J.C.A.) office in Tuasivi will relocate to Salelologa once their proposed new compound is complete. This was confirmed by Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu, after a Ministerial inspection in the big island of Savaii last week.

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ENJOYING THEIR GETAWAY: Neil and his wife Annette Donaldson at the Puila Caves.

Samoa perfect ‘time out’

Neil Donaldson from Newcastle, Australia, finds peace in Samoa. The busy Australian needed a rest from his stressful life back at home and he found just that place in the islands. Mr. Donaldson is traveling with his wife, Annette. The couple arrived on Saturday and will leave today.

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PARADISE AND PEACE OF MIND: Son Sam, Sharon her husband Gary and daughter Harli Booth enjoying the sun and beach near the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Samoa place of happiness for visiting Aussie

Meet Sharon booth from central Queensland, Australia. She came with her husband and her two children to Samoa. To escape from their busy and stressful life back at home, her husband surprised the family with a trip to the islands.

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LOVING SAMOA: Aldo, Susan and their 17-year-old son Michael Franckan having a good time at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Special relation with this place

Susan Franckan feels a special connection to Samoa. Not only is she a tourist visiting the islands, she also has links here through her adopted son, who is Samoan. She is from Auckland, New Zealand and they are staying at the Taumeasina Island Resort with her husband, Aldo and their 17-year-old son, Michael.

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WINNERS OF THE TV3 CHEER FOR JOSEPH PARKER CAMPAIGN: Don Bosco students meet the former World Champ, Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker.

Students meet their champ

It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Team Leader Joseph Iosefo and representative students of Don Bosco Alafua to meet the former World Champion, Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker. 

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Think a Minute

The Greatest Job

Think a minute…A Greek philosopher said that when a son behaves wrongly it is the father who should be punished, since he is the one who failed to do his job. When the wealthy man Friedrich Flick died, he had built a fortune of $1½ billion (worth much more today)! He owned 300 companies and was respected as one of the world’s smartest businessmen.


The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

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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