Skyeye chief executive Faasootauloa Sam Saili with Afamasaga Rico Tupai, Minister for communications and information technology.

Village commerce boosted with new app

A touch of innovation and a generous fund from the international mobile association giant GSMA, has put Samoan owned and operated Skyeye in prime position to enable rural communities to participate in the national marketplace.

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The one-week workshop brought together stakeholders and members of the various community sectors, where they were presented information on how to best prepare themselves for a drought.

Govt. and partners prepare for drought

A workshop centered on drought was conducted by the Samoa Meteorological Office recently in partnership with the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the International Federation of Red Cross. 

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Allienaiah and grandmother Elenoa shared tears of happiness.

Allienaiah Penaia is Dux of Vaigaga Primary

Allienaiah Penaia is the dux of Vaigaga Primary School in the 2018 academic year.

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PROUD MOMENT: Vaimoso primary Dux, Mere Junior Atanoa with her family holding out her awards.

Aspiring doctor tops Vaimoso Primary

A 13-year-old from Nu’u who dreams of becoming a doctor is the dux of Vaimoso Primary School.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Aana No.2 College Dux, Filifiliga Siaosi with his family.

Filifiliga Siaosi tops Year 13 and thanks God and family

Year 13 student Filifiliga Siaosi is the 2018 valedictorian of Aana No. 2 College.

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Ben Percival, Branhan Kupa, Letoa Hughes, Maika Walsh, Goswein Van Heeswyk, Sammy Brown, Badi Siisiialafia, Lars Bell are members of Original Samoan Krump Kingz (O.S.K.K) and O.G.B.

Samoa’s young rappers get a chance to shine

Two up-and-coming hip hop crews will take over Platinum Lounge tomorrow night in the first ever Phat Hip Hop night, especially designed for young talent.

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The choir from the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development opened the second night of 13 Days of Christmas programme. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

21st annual 13 Days of Christmas

The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development choir performed last night as part of the 21st annual 13 Days of Christmas television programme.

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Flooding in Apia.

Bureaucrat laments climate change impact

Born and raised in the village of Moata’a, Tile Tofaeono has seen firsthand the impacts of climate change. 

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The Edge Marina View night club in Matautu now shut down.

Edge Marina View shut, loses license

Popular night club Edge Marina View has been shutdown after the Liquor Board stripped it of its liquor and beverage license. Minister for Revenue and Liquor Board chairman, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, told the Samoa Observer that the decision of the Board has been conveyed to the club’s owners. 

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Visa met with representative of BSP, ANZ, Bank of Baroda, Bred Bank, ABIF and HFC on Tuesday in Suva for the launch of the South Pacific Security Roadmap.

Visa to focus on tourism, tackling fraud

With at least half of all tourists arriving in Samoa used to making contactless card payments, Samoa needs to catch up. Visa is rolling out plans to improve payment security, and the standard of card terminals across the South Pacific.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

“Include oceans in climate change agenda”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has used the Katowice Climate Change Conference to again call for oceans to become an integral part of the continuing climate change agenda. The Prime Minister made the appeal recently at a side event on the sidelines of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC in Poland.

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Herman Westerlund gets out of a Police van.

Court grants bail to Herman Westerlund

The Supreme Court has granted bail to manslaughter suspect, Herman Westerlund. But the defendant— who together with Suapaina Savai’inaea have been charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili — has strict bail conditions while awaiting trial.

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Dux of Faatuatua Christian College -Lanulelei Harmony Uliate together with grandparents  Lafainatau Tuitama and Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama.

Make right choices, says student dux

Fa’atuatua Christian College’s top student for 2018, Lanulelei Harmony Uliate, has reminded her peers of the need to make the right choices. She has also urged them to put God first in one’s life to help navigate the challenges that face a lot of young people.

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ADDRESSING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN SAMOA: Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama with Rev. Iese and Siaea Uele together with U.N.F.P.A. facilitator Raina, S.R.C.A. National Society and representatives from other sectors.

Samoa Red Cross and U.N. agencies partner against violence

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Samoa Red Cross Association (SRCA) and the Ministry of Health have agreed to partner to address gender-based violence in Samoa. 

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RUGBY LEAGUE STAR: Martin Taupau with staff of the Office of Australian High Commission in Samoa.

“Culture is the core of who I am”

Rugby league star, Martin Taupau, says the Samoan culture is at the core of what he does.

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THANK YOU JAPAN: Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki with Mulipola Leiataualetaua Laki after signing of the contract.

Manono-uta Primary gets $394,434 help from Japan

Students at Manono-uta Primary School can look forward to better learning facilities next year, thanks to Japan.

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DOCUMENTING REAL LIFE: Maori filmaker, Paula Whetu Jones (third from right), with guests at the celebration of the UN Human Rights Declaration.

Film director slams culture suppression

The Maori culture, like many other indigenous cultures around the world, have been suppressed and branded “wrong” by foreigners.

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SIVA MAI: Students at Vaimauga College celebrate the end of the 2018 academic year.

Suiamaiseterite Sua tops Vaimauga College

Suiamaiseterite Sua is the 2018 Dux for Vaimauga College.

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SAMOA OMBUDSMAN: Maiava Iulai Toma awarding Henry Kovati with the second place adult’s video category.

Disability Week a success

The Samoa celebration of the International Disability Week has been a success, says the disability advocacy organisation, Nuanua o le Alofa (NOLA).

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The incident occurred in Tanugamanono at around 7pm last night.

Truck crashes at Tanugamanono

A family is still trying to come to terms with an incident, which led to this Toyota pick up truck on their lawn, next to the office of their car wash business.

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Think a Minute

Power Shortage

Think a minute…Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to break a bad habit? You determined to finally make that needed change, but after just a few weeks you were back to your same old habits. So you think to yourself: “I know what I should have done, but I did not do it!”


“We are our own enemy in this respect”

I’ve been asked to shed light on the emerging challenges of Human Rights in Samoa/ and the approach of the country in addressing them/ in approximately four to five minutes. ---I know you are keen to see the movie, so I will aim for three minutes.

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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