Women can champion industry

Women farmers and entrepreneurs have been encouraged to champion Samoa’s farming industry.

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Intrigued by Samoan culture: Scott Doddrell from New Zealand.

Kiwis amazed by cultural bond

Samoa’s strong cultural bond is what makes it unique from other tourist destinations around the world. Scott Doddrell, who is visiting Samoa for the fourth time, said this when he spoke to the Dear Tourist team yesterday. 

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The Gaualofa to become Samoa’s floating classroom

The Gaualofa, Samoa’s traditional canoe is transforming into a floating classroom over the next two weeks as the initial phase of Guardians a Va’a Based Environmental Education Campaign was launched yesterday in Samoa. 

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Seuli Vaifou Temese.

Local solutions best

Solutions to the Pacific region’s development challenges are within the impacted communities. Seuli Vaifou Temese, the head of the Centre for Samoan Studies (C.S.S.) at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), said this in an interview with the Samoa Observer.

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WORKING AS A TEAM: Tuala Methew Vaea and Sala Stella Siale Vaea.

Building up Team Samoa

Samoa’s preparations for the Pacific Games next year are well underway. At the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) Office on Wednesday, a Road to Gold workshop was conducted.

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National University of Samoa (N.U.S.).

Inaugural film competition launched by university

The Centre for Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) has launched its inaugural short film competition.

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PAPUA NEW GUINEAN FILM-MAKER: Llane Munau in an interview with a TV-1 news crew at the Centre for Samoan Studies, N.U.S.

Films promote engagement

Samoan film-maker Galumalemana Steven Percival has praised the power of documentaries, saying films enabled viewers to become fully engaged.

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Vaccine expert urges parents to be cautious

A vaccinologist has raised concerns regarding parents who refuse to take their children for their immunisation shots.

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Baby case under scrutiny

The case of a toddler who became paralysed after he was admitted in hospital for suspected meningitis is being checked by the National Health Service (N.H.S.).

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Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava'asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

Chief Justice Patu's contract extended

The Government has extended the contract of the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava'asu’e Falefatu Sapolu. This was confirmed by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi yesterday. He said the decision was based on ‘common sense’ since the Chief Justice has cases he alone needs to deal with.

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LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT ORLANDO: John Gary Maulelia, Orlando's youngest brother, sitting next to where his brother will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Father shares grief over son’s passing

The father of 16-year-old Orlando Maulelia, who died when the car he drove smashed into an electric pole on Vaea Street, has spoken of his grief over the loss of his beloved son. Joseph Maulelia and his family are preparing to farewell Orlando today, more than two weeks after the crash that claimed his life.

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Aunty Tala is in town

Samoa’s world famous comedian Tofiga Sefo Fepulea’i is in the country. Tofiga, also known as Aunty Tala, is no stranger to most and will be having his show tonight at the Taumeasina Island Resort. The father of three from the villages of Papa Sataua, Falealupo, Sagone, Fasitoo-Uta, Fusi Safotulafai and Saleaula will always be a proud Samoan.

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TAX DISCUSSIONS: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

“Leave politics to politicians” - P.M.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has cautioned the General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.), Reverend Vavatau Taufao, to leave politics to politicians. Prime Minister Tuilaepa offered the warning during his weekly media conference yesterday, responding to a call by Rev. Vavatau on the Government to cut spending. 

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Warwick audiologist Peta Monley volunteered to help fit hearing aids in Samoa.

“Hearing impairment serious issue in Samoa”

An Australian Audiologist from Warwick recently visited Samoa to help fit free hearing aids for more than 300 people with hearing impairments, the Joondalup Times reports.

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FOUND: Ioapo Toetu.

Missing boy found

A 11-year-old boy who went missing from his family home at Faleasi’u last Wednesday has been found. 

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Fala Masi from Faleapuna featured in Pacifica Trade Festival Auckland New Zealand.

Growth in Fala Masi revival

The pilot project in Faleapuna to revive the art craft of Fala Masi is working. So says Petronilla Molio’o Mataeliga from Faleapuna who has been leading the Fala Masi revival project for the last two years.

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To’omata Te’o leading the offering of thanksgiving yesterday morning.

Samatau Church gives thanks

Members of the Samatau Catholic Church gathered for a unique celebration yesterday. No it wasn’t the opening of a new building or the launch of a project.

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Samoan film-maker Galumalemana Steven Percival discussing his gender-based violence documentary.

Tackling violence through partnerships

An international effort to address gender violence in the Pacific Islands through film-making ended in Apia with partners calling for more collaboration and partnerships.

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U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown.

U.S. Ambassador touts plastic ban ‘forward thinking”

United States Ambassador to Samoa, Scott Brown, has praised the Guardians Environmental Education Campaign and commended Samoa on their legislative move to ban single use plastics. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Mr. Brown welcomed the recent announcement by the Samoa government.

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NEW AIRPORT: The new airport is still being managed by Shanghai Construction Group.

Airport Authority washes hands clean

Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) has washed its hands clean of any responsibility over an incident at the Faleolo International Airport where passengers were locked out of the terminal. Over 100 passengers were forced to enter the terminal through the airport’s old departure lounge, as the door into the new terminal was locked and airport staff could not find a contractor with the spare keys.

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Think a Minute

The End of the World

Think a minute…Not long ago the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Watching the world’s news is sometimes like watching a horror film. The 20th century had far more people killed in wars than any century in history.


Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

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Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.

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