THANK YOU: Staff members of E.P.C. and S.W.A. who attended the thank you function on Friday night at Ooh La La.

Hard work acknowledged

The Cyclone Gita response by Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.), and Samoa Water Authority (S.W.A.) ground crews was acknowledged Friday evening at the Ooh la la Ice Cream Bar at Matautu.

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Asomua Asia Stanley, Gaseimaninoa Pelenato, Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai and Nancy Vito – Alefosio.

S.S.A.B. celebrates success

The Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.) Meka Silver HP Promotion came to an end on Friday last week. And to commemorate their first Meka Silver HP Promotion, the staff as well as the management, held a competition among the staff members.

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NEED HELP: Baratisa Gaupule shares her struggles. She is in need of a water tank.

No water, no electricity

Financial hardship has taken its toll on Baratisa Gaupule. Ms. Gaupule is an unemployed foster guardian of three children. They live in a small shack in Tanumapua. 

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Niuteu Mapuleolo holding his bag of taros that he is selling to earn a living.

Family grateful for rainwater

Nuiteu Mapuleolo from Samatau is grateful for rain water. That’s because it is their only source of drinking water. The water from the tap, he said, is not clean. Today, the unemployed father of two told the Village Voice they desperately need a water tank.

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CALLING FOR HELP: Kilino Ioane is asking Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi for help.

Father calls on P.M. for water help

Kilino Ioane’s family has been living without a stable water supply for more than 30 years. The 56-year-old father is appealing to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to instruct the Samoa Water Authority (S.W.A.) to invest in installing water pipes for Tapatapao residents. 

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Vaelaa Iloa (top left) representing S.W.A. and Alema Alema (main picture) will be S.W.A’s flag carrier at the 26th annual World Fire Knife Championships in Hawaii later this month.

Samoa to take world stage

The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) and Samoa Water Authority (S.W.A.) will take the global center stage later this month in Hawaii at the World Fire Knife Dancing Championships.

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N.B.S and Digicel partner to offer remittance linked savings product.

New digital financial service announced

Customers of the National Bank of Samoa (N.B.S.) and Digicel Samoa can expect a new cost-effective and easy mobile banking and remittance service. The service was announced in a joint press statement by the two companies, which states that Digicel would work with N.B.S. to integrate its Mobile Money platform with N.B.S. banking systems.

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Members of the G.E.F.-S.G.P. National Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Group at the Opening of the Joint Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation at the Rosalote Guest house in Sapapalii, Savaii.

Savai’i in small grants programme discussion

As part of its 2018 workplan and in preparation for the 6th Operational Phase (OP6) core funds grant allocation call for proposals, the National Steering Committee (N.S.C.) and Technical Advisory Group (T.A.G.) of the G.E.F. Small Grants Programme held its first annual joint workshop and monitoring of projects in Savai’i last week.

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THE EXPLOSION: The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.) will now issue permits for any hot works operation.

Govt. to issue hot works permits

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.) will now issue permits for any hot works operation. The measure was approved during Parliament last week. The Bill was put in place following an explosion at one of the diesel fuel storage tanks on the wharf at Matautu-tai, which killed a worker.

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NEW OWNERSHIP: Coffee Bean café Manager and co-owner Andrew Padrana with his chef, Alofaifo Ah Chong and staff.

Return to paradise for new Café owner

Setting a high standard for coffee making will never change at The Coffee Bean in Taimaligi. But if you have noticed a slight change in the vibe and menu at the hot spot, then you would not be mistaken because the café is under new management and ownership.

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Port Master for the Samoa Ports Authority, Tomane L. Tomane gave a tour of the new improvements to the Port of Apia made possible through the J.I.C.A. grant assistance.

$80 million wharf project on track for June completion

Improvements to the wharf at Matautu should be completed in June 2018. Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A.), $80 million project started two years ago. The renovations will include a new wharf extension by 137 meters for the safe mooring of cruise ships.

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SWEET SUCCESS: Tiaseu Meripa Eleitino Siaosi Samoa fulfills her dream of attaining a Master in Science International Cooperation Policy. Photo supplied.

Sweet success for Tiaseu

Hard work and faith in God has seen Tiaseu Meripa Eleitino Siaosi Samoa achieve her dream. This week, she graduated with a Master in Science International Cooperation Policy at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.

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HAPPIER TIMES: Mr and Mrs Grey with some of the guests during the opening of the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in 2016.

Legacy of love, a life of giving

Samoa has lost an icon with the passing away of La’auli Alan Grey. The businessman, hotelier, “Good Samaritan” to countless people, La’auli died peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, Moto’otua, yesterday morning. He was 82.

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NEW VICE PRESIDENTS OF LANDS AND TITLES: Moananu Tuasivi Setu and Mulipola Iosefo.

Court Vice Presidents take oath

The Land and Titles Court has two new Vice Presidents. They are Moananu Tuasivi Setu and Mulipola Iosefo. They took their oath before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu last week.

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BIG PROBLEM: The Tuialamu landslide at Aleipata. (inset) Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

Govt. moves on landslide

Members of the public might have to wait a while for the Tuialamu landslide to be cleared. This is according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.), Ulu Bismark Crawley.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. reinforces scam warning

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is calling on members of the public to heed the warning issued by the Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.). This is in relation to the rising number of cryptocurrency promotions in Samoa.

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Lauofo Meredith.

Fonotoe issues reassurance

Former Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Lauofo Meredith has reassured the nation that they should not have to worry about the mortgaging of leases of customary lands. The reassurance was issued by the Member of Parliament during an interview with the Sunday Samoan on the Alienation of Customary Land Amendment Bill 2017, discussed in Parliament this week.

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HAPPIER TIMES: Marina and La’auli Alan Grey during the opening of the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in 2016.

La’auli Alan Grey passes away

A prominent businessman La’auli Alan Grey has passed away. La’auli, the Hotelier who played an instrumental role in the development of Samoan rugby and tourism in Samoa, passed away peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital this morning.

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CREATING AWARENESS: Participants at the S.Q.A Foreign Qualification Recognition Services workshop.

Foreign qualifications on the agenda

The Samoa Qualifications Authority has completed an awareness workshop on the Foreign Qualifications Recognition Service (FQRS) at the Development Bank of Samoa conference room yesterday.

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ONE FOR THE FAMILY ALBUM: Eden, Annabell with her brother Tommy and Greg Baker. Enjoying their first hours in Samoa.

Culture lures family to the islands

Culture is what brought Greg and his family to Samoa. While some come for relaxation, Greg and his wife, Eden Baker came to Samoa with the intention of showing their kids, Annabelle, 4, and Tommy, 3, Samoa’s beautiful culture.

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Think a Minute

The best shortcut (Part 1)

Think a minute…We all like to save time—especially since life is so short. So the sooner we learn good shortcuts to living well, the sooner we will enjoy life at its best.


Taxes, the Church and Government. Part IV

We continue our comment on “Taxes, the Church and Government” with a response to Ned Netterville’s “Distorting the truth” Letter of Friday, 16 March.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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