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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General Secretary, Reverend Vavatau Taufao of the E.F.K.S Church.

Control spending, E.F.K.S. advises Govt.

The General Secretary of the E.F.K.S. Church, Reverend Vavatau Taufao, has challenged Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to rein in expenditure and admit that Government finances are in a poor state. He said the Government should ask the Church for help if it is in desperate need of funding instead of pushing a taxation policy targeting church ministers’ alofa

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ADMISSION JOY: Maureen E. Tuimaleali’ifano (centre) with her relatives at the admission. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Take pride in your legal work, Chief Justice urges

Six new lawyers were admitted to the bar on Tuesday.

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SAY NO TO PLASTICS: Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Oceans and Climate Change Manager, Conservation International Pacific Islands.

Plastic ban draws praise

A conservationist has praised the Samoan Government for banning the use of plastic and straws from January 2019.

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A SAD SIGHT: The crash that killed a teenager in Apia. File photo.

Police crack down on speeding

The Police have launched an operation to crack down on drivers who speed on the streets of Apia. Called the “Speed Racers Operation,” the campaign aims to reduce the number of lives wasted through crashes caused by speeding and in some cases boy racing in Samoa.

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Falealili Bus that ended up in a plantation at Vaoala yesterday morning.

Lucky to be alive

Passengers on a Falealili bus are lucky to be alive after its gearbox jammed, forcing it to reverse into a 15-seater bus before ending up in a banana plantation at Vaoala. The impact of the reverse smashed the 15-seater bus’ lights and ripped off the engine cover, on top of leaving a big dent below the windscreen. 

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FINALLY IN SAMOA: Briar Davies and Oscar Mardell managed to visit the place of their both interest. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Interest in Samoan culture brings couple to Samoa

Interest in the local culture is what brought Briar Davies and Oscar Mardell to Samoa. 

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CLASS OF 1998: In celebrating 20 years since graduating from Year 13 from Catholic Senior School, the class reunited during a three-day event.

A trip down memory lane for class of 1998

A reunion that started from casual Facebook conversations became a reality two weekends ago. 

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ENJOYING THE SUN: Shirley Raymond is happy to have the opportunity to company her husband with the kids for a relaxed stay in Samoa. Photo / (Anina Kazaz).

Perfect getaway for young families

A Kiwi mother finds Samoa a perfect family getaway, especially for families with young children. 

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JUSTICE TRAINING: M.J.CA. staff and C.E.O. who attended the training with their facilitators.

Training strengthens legal policy development skills

The staff of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) are a lot better prepared for their roles today, thanks to a training on legal policy development held last week.

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READY FOR THE SHOW: Representing Krissy is Sam Yip of Mellow Foods, the Krissy Company’s Auckland agent and distributor.

Samoan coconut cream, Palusami at Food show

Samoa’s Krissy Company is taking four of its food products to the Auckland Food Show. 

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Colombo training empowers Savai’i woman

A young Samoan woman has won a scholarship to attend a gender equality training workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

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“DANCING IS CULTURE, IDENTITY AND BIRTHRIGHT”: Gagaeolo Palepua Manu Aoete Apelu - one of the founding members of the Samoa Teachers’ Cultural Group in 1972.

Samoan cultural identity in danger

Indigenous Samoan cultural identity expressed through dance is in danger of being lost due to the lack of commitment and pride by its current practitioners.

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Yonita Mary Aiga Tuia with her mother and grandmother.

Six lawyers admitted to the bar

Hard work, perseverance and good character can lead to success in Samoa’s legal profession. Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, said this yesterday at the admission of six new lawyers to the bar.

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Think a Minute

Live and Learn

Think a minute…You’ve heard the expression, “Live and learn.” Sadly, some of us just live. But we don’t learn much. “We all make mistakes, but it’s the wise person who learns not to repeat them.”


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.

Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Jammed doors at Faleolo Airport This is a true story. So apparently a Samoa Airways Flight, OL 732, arrived last week and the auto doors at the Faleolo Airport’s arrival area were jammed.

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