About 50 men, women and children converged on Every Home for Christ premises at Vaigaga on Sunday and were treated to a night of worship and singing in commemoration of the day.

Papua New Guineans celebrate 43rd Independence

The Papua New Guinea community in Samoa celebrated the country’s 43rd independence anniversary in Apia last Sunday. About 50 men, women and children converged on Every Home for Christ premises at Vaigaga on Sunday and were treated to a night of worship and singing in commemoration of the day.

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ENERGY ON THE AGENDA: Dr. Adam Warren addresses a group in Apia.

Policy models not enough to reach 2025 goal

Technology, policy and business models are not enough to get Samoa to its goal of being 100 percent renewable by 2025. Dr. Adam Warren, a director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (N.R.E.L) in the United States, is in the country to hold discussions with stakeholders in the energy sector when he made this statement. 

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Electric Power Corporation.

Tariff changes for electricity

Commencing October 1, 2018, domestic and non-domestic electricity users will be charged with a new set of tariff. 

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Owners George and Margaret Feesago.

Big & Small opens newly renovated store

Big & Small of Samoa opened its newly renovated store at the ground floor of ACC Building yesterday. The more than $20,000 tala renovated store houses a wide range of American cosmetics and makeup kits to suit any skin colour and body type. 

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Students from St. Joseph’s College.

Leadership conference targets student athletes

Samoa Institute of Sports (S.I.S.) is on a mission to mould young people to become leaders who can make a difference in all aspects of life. 

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ELECTION MOVE: Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio and App Developer and I.T Manager, Mailo Henry Mailo check out their Palota Samoa app.

Election app to increase voter turnout

The Office of the Electoral Commissioner is launching an app they hope will increase voter turnout at the next general election in 2021. Following the 2016 elections, the office decided an app can provide better access to the information and the systems that make up elections here in Samoa.

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Members of the liquor board present at the public consultation.

Cabinet approves alcohol bill without consultation

A meeting between the Ministry of Revenue (M.O.R.) and the private sector over the Alcohol Control Bill has been cancelled after Cabinet approved the legislation behind closed doors a week ago. The consultation was scheduled for September 21 (yesterday) after business representatives told M.O.R. officials in a public consultation early this month that their feedback and concerns should be considered before the bill went to the Parliament. 

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SAD SCENE: Police officers in the area to try and resolve the situation. Photo: Facebook.

Chaotic scenes as students clash

There were chaotic scenes in town next to the seawall bus stop when a brawl broke out between some students of Leifiifi College and Maluafou College yesterday afternoon. 

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Chanel College uses culture to promote identity

The St. Peter Chanel College in Moamoa held their cultural day yesterday and used the occasion to promote identity and values through Samoan culture. The performances were led by students comprising four groups, which each had 30 students from Years 9-13, and were marked by the colours yellow, blue, red and green. 

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The landslide at Tuialamu, Lalomanu. (Photo: Ivamere Nataro)

Work to clear landslide yet to start

Eight months after a massive landslide cut off the road access at Tuialamu, Saleapaga the Government is yet to start work to clear the debris and fix the road. Motorists driving to Lalomanu Beach are currently using a temporary access, which was created by authorities closer to the seashore and further away from the high risk area, following the landslide in February this year.

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Family Violence Survey - explore it yourself

The office of the ombudsman surveyed 1500 people to understand the extent of family violence. In this visualisation, readers can get an in-depth look at the kinds of people surveyed, and who reported to have experienced abuse in the six months before they were surveyed.

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Graham Seddon and Sue Pope enjoying the authentic atmosphere on their favourite island in the Pacific.

Kiwi couple choose Samoa over others

Samoa is the preferred holiday destination for Sue Pope and Graham Seddon from Waiheke Island, New Zealand. It’s their third trip to Samoa and they are already planning another one next year.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: First group with their certificates in report writing.

Government workers trained to write reports

Forty-one participants from Government ministries and state-owned enterprises have undergone a two-week training in report writing. 

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COMMONWEALTH’S SAMOAN CONNECTION: Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC with the Commonwealth Head of Asia, Caribbean, Pacific: Political Section, PGD, Leulua’iali’i Albert Mariner, in Apia for the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting.

Opportunity for Samoans in Commonwealth awards

Samoan residents are encouraged to apply for the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards. The awards have been launched to celebrate the most outstanding innovators and innovations from any of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Samoa is a member of the Commonwealth.

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Students in their special costumes.

Ah Mu Academy marks 10-year anniversary

Private school Ah Mu Academy yesterday marked its 10th anniversary with its students leading the celebrations through dance, song and drama. Parents braved the early morning rain and converged on the school in Lotopa to see their children in grades 1-8 lead the commemoration, through the performance of various dance, song and drama items as well as a debate.

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Aleipata College holds fashion exhibition

The Technical Vocational Educational Training Programme (T.V.E.T.) at Aleipata College held a fashion exhibition yesterday morning. The exhibition was themed “the colourfulness of creativity” and attracted parents, teachers, relatives and residents of Aleipata district, who turned out in numbers to witness the creative talents showcased by students through their artworks, clothes and prints.  

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Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School staff meets Samoa College teachers and students for a welcoming banquet.

Teachers and students looking forward to programme

A group of students and teachers from Samoa College are currently on an education exchange programme in China and are looking forward to their 12-day programme. They flew into Guangdong Province in central China on Wednesday as part of an education exchange programme from September 18-29 and were met at the airport by teachers from Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School.  

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SAMOA AND CHINA: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Samoa, China agree to further cooperation

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday. Tuilaepa is leading a Samoan delegation in China to attend the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018, also known as Summer Davos.

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Malele Paulo also known as “King Faipopo”.

A.G. Office yet to indicate if extradition is on

The Attorney General’s Office is yet to indicate whether it has acted on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s directive to begin the process to extradite Malele Paulo or “King Faipopo”. Last month the Prime Minister outlined, in a press release issued by the Press and Communications Division of his office, that he has given instructions for the extradition process to begin to bring Malele Paulo to Samoa to be charged under the Criminal Libel Act. 

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Court Officer, Mane Junior Su’a gets a suspended sentence.

Court Officer gets 12-month suspended sentence

The District Court has given a Court Officer a 12-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the possession of utensils under the Narcotics Act. The Court heard that in April this year the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building Manager discovered that he had lost his personal cheque book and found out that the defendant had been using it to purchase goods. 

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Think a Minute

Best friends forever

Think a minute…This is a true story about two teenage boys named Kyle and David. Kyle had no friends at school. One Friday afternoon David saw Kyle walking home carrying all his books when some bullies pushed Kyle down in the dirt and his books fell all over the ground.


Climate justice denied. Part II

Let me now share my personal assessment of the Bangkok meetings ‘watching’ it all from the comforts of home in Samoa.

Between the Lines


An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

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