Fight at Robert Louis Stevenson school surfaces online

A video of an incident which sees at least six boys at Robert Louis Stevenson School at Tafa’igata gang up to beat one student has surfaced online. The fight is said to have taken place at the school’s field on Thursday 18 October. 

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ENJOYING A PACIFIC DREAM: Samoa fulfilled Annette and Robert Baillie’s expectations of their trip to the island.

Cruise ship visit sparks couple’s interest to return

Meet Annette and Robert Baillie from Nowra, Australia. It was about four years ago when they first came to Samoa on a cruise ship, learning much of the local culture and its history. This time they returned for more. 

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EXPERIENCING THE PEOPLE AND CULTURE: Katharina Schumann, 25 years old, travels to learn about the country and enjoys her stay in Samoa living with a local family.

From Germany to experience Samoa

Travelling and visiting new places means living and experiencing the local culture. So says 25-year-old Katharina Schumann, who left her homeland, Germany, after completing her studies in culture and anthropology. 

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BIODIVERSITY DISCUSSION: The Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismarck Crawley was among the speakers at the workshop yesterday.

Biodiversity on agenda at Tanoa Tusitala

A workshop on Samoa Sixth National Report (6NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (C.B.D.) was held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday.

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STUDY TOUR: Geography undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales, Australia visit F.A.O office in Samoa.

Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa

A group of Geography undergraduate students from from the University of New South Wales, Australia, is in Samoa. They visited the Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) Subregional office while on a study tour to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa.

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PALLIATIVE CARE: Nurses Fuamatala Tofilua and Alice Every work in patient outreach and palliative care, treating cancer patients with dignity and respect towards the end of their lives.

Alice talks about her years in palliative care

Alice Every is a patient support advisor working with the Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.), and has been on a 12-month assignment with the Australian Volunteers for International Development (A.V.I.). In her last weeks with the Society, she took time out of her busy schedule to share her experiences with the Samoa Observer.

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ECO-TOURISM PLANS: Gagaifolevao Village Mayor Iputau Letupu Felise, in front of spare Marine Protected Area poles which demarcate the area outlined as a No Take Zone to conserve the coral reef below.

Lefaga Bay could be an eco-tourism hub

Nestled between Savaia and her giant clams, and Matautu’s Return to Paradise resort is the village of Gagaifolevao, a village planning on becoming an eco-tourism hot spot. Gagaifolevao is one of six Lefaga district villages intent on regenerating and protecting coral reefs for the sake of their children, but also in a money making venture to uplift the community at large.

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It started with one small lump

In 2009, Afatia Pala’amo noticed a small, pea sized lump on her left breast. After a few months, it grew, so she went to a doctor, who said her bra might be causing some problems. Nearly ten years later, Afatia is still suffering the consequences of two bouts of cancer, and is sharing her story in honour of Pinktober, and the late Manamea Schwalger who inspired the annual cancer awareness month at a Pink Luncheon at the Sheraton today.

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THANK YOU: Village Representative Siligatusa Pa’ipa’i with Island Rock IT Manager, Seali’i Faiga’a.

Island Rock supports village curfew

A business house has stepped in to support a village council restore order amongst its youth through a daily curfew. 

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Lima supports Manu Samoa vs Samoa A match

Samoa A Head Coach Muliagatele Brian Limā yesterday said he is open to the idea of his team taking on the Manu Samoa in order to select the best squad for the 2019 World Cup. Speaking to the Samoa Observer after his team was recently crowned the 2018 America's Pacific Challenge champion, the former Manu Samoa player said a match in Apia between Manu Samoa and Samoa A would be good for the game and ensures Samoa puts together a strong squad for the Rugby World Cup.

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SIVA AFI RISE: Saipele Semo is preparing to fly to Australia for his first international performance.

From match box seller to international fire dancer

Two years ago, Saipele Semo was spotted selling boxes of matches on the streets of Apia. Fast forward to today he is preparing to fly to Brisbane for his first international fire dance performance. His rise from the backstreets of Samoa’s capital to a recognised fire dancer has been phenomenal, thanks to the owner of the Siva Afi dance crew, Leota Lene Leota. 

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This is according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Annual Report for Financial Years 2016-2017.

Ministerial vehicle bought with “savings”

Personnel savings of $145,000 tala from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F) was used to procure “needed capital items” including a new Toyota Landcruiser Prado for the Minister. This is according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Annual Report for Financial Years 2016-2017.

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EXPORT WORK: Ah Liki farmhands sponge and wash hundreds of bananas under the careful eyes of Ministry of Agriculture quarantine experts.

What it takes to export bananas to New Zealand

Months of practice, hours of cleaning and a whole day of packing bananas have resulted in Samoa’s first shipment of export ready bananas in 50 years. Member of the Banana Growers Association, Taimalie Charlie Westerlund, Ututa’aloga Charlie Ulia and Tuisuga Sofara Aveau together sent 500 boxes of their best green bananas to New Zealand on Wednesday, hoping to break into the market there. 

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Motiana Siaosi makes the most of this opportunity.

Young woman sees her future in sewing

A 21-year-old is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn a valuable life skill in sewing. It’s a skill she hopes will not only benefit her but everyone in her family and the village. 

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Top World Bank official visits

An event at the Orator Hotel tonight will highlight the link between sustainability and climate resilience. To be hosted by the World Bank Group and the Women in Climate Change (W.I.C.C.), the networking event will feature the Vice President for Sustainable Development of the World Bank, Laura Tuck, as the guest speaker. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. wants health merger to be implemented urgently

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has called for a drawn out merger of the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health to be implemented urgently. Tuilaepa has told Samoa FM radio his Cabinet has decided to go with recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the merger.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Nioia Sekone from Magiagi. Photos / (Misiona Simo).

Let the sewing lessons begin

The first day of sewing training for over 100 Samoan women started yesterday with an opening ceremony at the Moanalisa Hotel. Government representatives were joined by officials from the Embassy of China, including Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, for the opening.

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ENCOURAGING BETTER A LIFESTYLE: Australian High Commissioner HE, Sara Moriarty playing international cricket.

Healthy Nanas promote better living

A project being run by the Samoa International Cricket Association (S.I.C.A.) has loft goals. The Healthy Nana Project hopes to encourage the communities, especially the Nanas to teach themselves and their children ways to live healthy and longer. 

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Former Kiwi diplomat among 16 new Samoan citizens

Samoa has welcomed sixteen new citizens. Among them is former New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, David Campbell Nicholson, who told the Samoa Observer he feels honoured to have become a Samoan. “It gives both my wife and I the privilege of living in here freely,” he said. “Obviously she is a Samoan citizen and I have attained my citizenship through my marriage.”

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A PROMISING FUTURE: The first commercial shipment of export ready bananas to New Zealand yesterday. Photo / Supplied.

Banana breakthrough for Samoa

Samoa sent off its first shipment of export ready bananas to New Zealand yesterday, the first since Cyclone Gita ravaged plantations across the country. The Banana Growers Association gathered its crops to fill two containers, or 500 boxes of bananas for the New Zealand ripe banana market.

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Think a Minute

Family Fallout

Think a minute…Today’s world, from its large companies to entire countries, runs on the speed and power of computers. But when the computer breaks down, it causes serious loss, damage, even destruction.


CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

Between the Lines


No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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