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Wedding wishes from Samoa
18-05 My name is Giulia Mazzeti and I am a 22 years old Italian student in London. On the 23th of June I am going to married with the love of my live and as a surprise present for my fiancé on our ... More
Why do corrupt politicians get to enjoy theft and enjoy public respect?
20-11 With the damage they do, shouldn't they be pulled down from their high offices, ripped from their luxury cars and thrown into the streets without their shoes and made to face the victims of t... More
Samoa gets first female deputy police chief
4-05-2018 - RNZI. Monalisa Tia'i Nafo'i is the first woman to be appointed as the deputy police chief in Samoa. Her appointment to second in command comes after 14 years in the force. She was ap... More
A Samoan view of Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker
30-03-2018 - Samoa’s Seti Afoa is the only broadcaster from his country in Wales for the big heavyweight championship unification bout. He spoke to BBC Sport about the country’s ... More
110 more dengue cases in Samoa over holidays
23 jan 2018 - RNZI. Samoa's health ministry says 110 cases of dengue fever were confirmed over the Christmas and New Year period, but there have been no further deaths. The government said the c... More
Samoa govt says it could bring back corporal punishment
5 dec. 2017 - RNZI. The Samoan government has again raised the prospect of making corporal punishment legal again. Corporal punishment was abolished many years ago in Samoa but the government ha... More
Another village in Samoa bans Chinese shops
4 nov. 2017 - RNZI. The Samoan village of Iva has joined the list of villages, banning Chinese-owned shops from operating within their area. Three village councils this year have banned Chinese ... More
Samoa opposition MP claims the govt is broke
29 sept 2017 - RNZI. Olo told the Samoa Observer recent increases in immigration related fees, such as passport costs and visitor permits, are clear signs the government needs revenue. Earlier t... More
Samoa police chief says time to put differences aside
23 march 2017 - RNZI. There was tight security today at the venue for a reconciliation between Fuiavailili and other senior police staff as the formerly suspended commander returned to work. The... More
Children as young as 7 working in Samoa, report claims
11-03-2017 - RNZI. Children as young as 7 are working on the streets of Samoa's capital, according to the International Labour Organisation. Its study found children are working on the streets o... More
Live streaming exploration of deepwater areas of Samoa
19 feb. 2017 - On February 16, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship Okeanos Explorer will begin its 2017 American Samoa Expedition to explore unknown and poorly known... More
School results in Samoa under scrutiny
16-01-2017 RadioNZ. Hundreds of final year students in Samoa are waiting for a recount of their exam marks. Most of the Year 13 students scored zero for their internal assessments which could le... More
Ia manuia le Kilisimasi ma le tausaga fou
The WSAMOA-Team wishes all visitors and all Samoans around the world a Merry Christmas and Happy Newjaar 2017, Johanni, Maurice and Tim More
Miss Samoa vows to make country proud
1 dec 2016 - SamoaObserver Miss Samoa Priscilla Paleagaese Olano is ready to do her best to make Samoa proud tomorrow night during the grand finale of the 2016 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. As... More
Tesla and SolarCity Offer a Glimpse of the Future in American Samoa
1 dec. 2016 - triplepundit. Life in the South Pacific is rife with challenges: isolation, volatile weather, scarce economic opportunities and expensive energy. Such factors contribute to American S... More
New Zealand’s latest earthquake could trigger a mega-quake
14 nov. 2016 - New Zealand is continuing to shake after being hit by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, and there are fears the underground stress could set off even bigger tremors nearb... More
American Samoa to upgrade immigration system
3-nov.2016 - RNZ. American Samoa is upgrading its immigration data system that will, among other things, help track overstayers. The upgrade is funded by $US250,000 in bonds from the American Sa... More
Elegi, a millionaire’s meal back in the days
20 oct. 2016 - SamoaObserver. Peleiupu Soifuaga still smiles. At 89 years old, her life is one well lived. Originally from the village of Patamea, Savai’i, she now resides at Vaitele-Uta. ... More
National bird of Samoa threatened with extinction
6-oct.2016 - Scientists in Samoa have issued a dire warning about the fate of the national bird, which features on the country’s bank notes and coins. Acccording to ABC New... More
Samoa hit by hail storm so rare residents thought it was a hoax
19 sept. 2016 - amoa has been hit by a hail storm so rare that it was believed to be a hoax by many of the island’s inhabitants. The tropical nation of Samoa lies in the Pacific... More
Making it big, plantation style
15 sept. 2016 - SamoaObserver. Working from dawn till dusk, the couple grow a variety of crops on their land before selling them at their road-side market. “My husband works really hard in the p... More
Pacific police get NZ training
22-08-2016 - RNZI. A recent leadership programme held in Auckland will be beneficial for police in Pacific island nations. Senior officers from around the Pacific explored effective leadership s... More
Samoa police cracking down on youth gangs
29-07-2016 - RNZI. The police in Samoa have kicked off a Safe City Operation by investigating dozens of youths thought to be involved in gangs. They say the youths are threatening the safety of ... More
Samoan villages to benefit from climate change grant
13-07-2016 - RNZI. 120 Samoan villages will be shown capacity building skills for climate change as part of a 242 thousand US dollar grant awarded to Samoa's umbrella group for non governmental org... More
Samoa newspaper coverage of death found disrespectful
30-06-2016 - RNZI. The Samoa Ombudsman says the Samoa Observer's coverage of the death of transgender woman Jeanine Tuivaiki was disrespectful. Maiava Iulai Toma cited Article 1 of the UN Declar... More
Former netballer and mum of four selected to represent Manu Sina Samoa
17-06-2016 - Remarkable is the only way to describe the sporting achievements of Gene Solia-Gibb. The Wainuiomata mother of four boys has had a distinguished netball career, represe... More
The changing face of the Samoa language
05-06-2016 - RNZI. The arrival of missionaries and consuls, foreign diplomats, to Samoa in the mid-18th and early 19th centuries amplified the Samoan language and cultural contact with Western civi... More
400th anniversary of first European contact with Tonga
24-05-2016 - RNZI. It's 400 years since Tonga had its first contact with European explorers. In 1615, an expedition led by two explorers, Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire, set off from The Net... More
P.M. pushes ahead with Constitution amendment
21-05-2016 - SamoaObserver. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has reaffirmed his government’s intention to amend the Constitution to make Christianity the official religion of Samoa. ... More
Panama Papers investigation: 'NZ absolutely, conclusively is a tax haven'
09-05-2016 - Tens of thousands of Panama Papers documents reveal how New Zealand, Niue, The Cook Islands and Samoa have become prime destinations for the rich to hide their financial se... More
Samoa police charge 22 students over brawls
06-05-2016 - RNZI. The police in Samoa have charged 22 students over recent fights involving several schools. The students are from Avele and Malua Fou College as well as the USP Alafua Campus a... More
Tropical Cyclone Amos Rapidly Intensifying; Will Impact Samoa, American Samoa This Weekend
22 april 2016 - Rapidly intensifying Tropical Cyclone Amos will make a close pass to Samoa and American Samoa this weekend and may be the strongest tropical cyclone to brush the island... More
Samoa women's participation in election encouraging
24-02-2016 - RNZI. Of the 171 candidates in the March 4 general election, 24 are women. In the previous 2011 election, there were just 9 women candidates. In 2013 the constitution was changed t... More
Samoa launches new alcohol and drug court
18-02-2016 - RNZI. Samoa has launched its Alcohol and Drugs Court with hope it will reduce the number of alcohol and drug related crimes. It will be headed by the first locally-appointed female ... More
Lack of zika awareness in American Samoa
01-02-2016 - RNZI. The mosquito-borne disease has been linked to thousands of severe birth defects in Brazil, although there is no definitive proof zika was the cause. Our American Samoa corresp... More
Samoa women trial parliament to debate same sex marriage
18-01-2016 - RNZI. Samoa's general election's females candidates will go into a mock parliament this Wednesday debating the issue of same sex marriage. A workshop organised by the Samoa Ala Mai ... More
Fire destroys flea market in Samoa's capital
17-01-2016 - RNZI. he main flea market in Samoa's capital, Apia, has been destroyed by fire. Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the market caught fire at about 6pm on Saturday nig... More
Mother, soldier, here to help students of Siumu, Afega
11-01-2016 - Samoaobserver. A Samoan mother and soldier currently serving in the United States Army is in Apia this week for a very special purpose. Mrs. Sorepa Thomas, “a product of Siumu and A... More
America’s Got Talent singer in Samoa
4-jan-2016 - Sobserver. America’s Got Talent semi finalist Paul Ieti had a lot to share while back in Samoa and visiting his father’s family in Sapini, Faga, Savai'i. Mr. Ieti said the last time... More
Ia manuia le Kilisimasi ma le tausaga fou
The WSAMOA-Team wishes all visitors and all Samoans around the world a Merry Christmas and Happy Newjaar More
American Samoa's status hangover of 'Jim Crow' laws - lawyer
24-12-2015 - RNZI. A lawyer representing a group of five American Samoans hoping to take their case for United States citizenship to the Supreme Court says it's time for the territory to be treated... More
Samoa encouraged by dengue fever vaccine
10-dec.-2015 - RNZI. Samoa's Ministry of Health says it's encouraging to hear the world's first vaccine against dengue fever has been approved for use in Mexico. The French pharmaceutical compan... More
Fa'a Samoa – island families come together to combat NCDs
29-oct. 2015 - n a creative new initiative to improve health and save lives in villages across Samoa, women's groups are mobilizing their communities to prevent and control noncommunicable... More
Kiwi man dies saving children in Samoa
16-10-2015 - A New Zealander sacrificed his life to save a group of children in Samoa, shoving them out of the path of a car, a friend says. Auckland man Christopher Limu was killed... More
Urgent attention demanded
6-oct.-2015 - SamoaObserver. A Norwegian woman who was attacked by an escaped prisoner has called on the government to act now without delay to address the string of crimes including rape that are ... More
Samoa police not planning charges over boy's death
22-09-2015 - RNZI. Police are investigating the incident in Siumu where the boy was shot in the head by his 10-year-old cousin. Egon Keil says the 12-gauge shotgun was unregistered and there wer... More
Tragedy before trip to Samoa for young athletes
10 september 2015 - Personal tragedy rocked a team of young Wellington throwers two weeks before a major competition. After months of training at a converted horse paddock in Woburn... More
Samoan report clarifies rights confusion
25-10-2015 - RNZI. The acting head of the United Nations Human Rights Office in the Pacific says Samoa's first Human Rights Review may help the people realise that culture can take human rights int... More
18th Airborne Corps gets new command sergeant major
17 aug. 2015 - Fayobserver. Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia Vimoto is moving on from Fort Bragg, but officials said he'll leave a lasting impression on the post. Vimoto relinquished his responsibilities i... More
Daughter honours her late father in a very unique way
10-aug. 2015 - SamoaObserver. In remembrance of her late father, Tautualeau, on Fathers’ Day, Ulu had her malu done in his memory. She is dedicating the malu to him, saying it compliments her dad’s... More
Samoa hopes for new sevens coach by end of week
1 august 2015 - RNZI. Eight people were interviewed by an independant panel, with 29 having initially applied for the vacancy. Among the candidates is interim coach Fata'ali'i Milovale, former F... More
Memorable scenes from Samoa created by the All Blacks' visit must be repeated
13-07-2015 - Stuff.Co.NZ. Along the bumpy 40-minute drive from Apia to Faleolo Airport, rugby games are taking place in more than 20 village front yards. Hundreds of shirtless men and boys make... More
Samoa to amend Village Fono Act
6 july 2015 - Radionz. The Samoan government is proposing a change to village by-laws to help curb rising levels of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse in village communities. Prime Min... More
Here’s your captain, Samoa!
29-june-2015 - SamoaObserver. fisa Treviranus is the new captain of the Manu Samoa. He will lead the men in blue out on to Apia Park on Wednesday 8 July when Manu Samoa takes on the All Blacks f... More
Samoa on high alert from deadly virus ahead of All Blacks Test
18 june 2015 - TVNZ. Samoa is on high alert for a fatal strain of dengue that has hit neighbouring American Samoa. Thousands of visitors are expected to visit the island nation in three weeks wh... More
American Samoa citizenship ruling welcomed
10-07-2015 - RNZI. Aumua says now that a federal court has ruled, it is up to American Samoans living in the islands to decide the issue of citizenship. The congresswoman says Friday's historic de... More
Samoa celebrates 53 years of Independence
1 june 2015 - RNZI. The Prime Minister of Tonga, the Ulu of Tokelau and the Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa are among the dignatories attending today's celebrations. The traditional malae ... More
Rugby Maestro urges children to eat healthy
27-05-2015 - SamoaObserver. Rugby Maestro, Waisale Serevi, urged children of Samoa Primary School at Vailele to live a healthy life. “That was how I survived 21 years of international rugby,” he... More
How Can Tiny Samoa Dominate The NFL?
22-05-2015 - Forbes. When University of Washington Defensive Tackle Danny Shelton arrived for the NFL Draft in Chicago wearing traditional Samoan dress and almost choked the life out of Commissione... More
American Samoa citizenship ruling welcomed
10-07-2015 - RNZI. Aumua says now that a federal court has ruled, it is up to American Samoans living in the islands to decide the issue of citizenship. The congresswoman says Friday's historic de... More
Pure Samoa score win, keep their volleyball finals hopes alive
18-05-2015 - Pure Samoa kept themselves in contention for a finals berth and the Woodbourne Cannons extended their lead at the top of the standings in premier grade volleyball, played ... More
Nine jailed in Samoa over compensation
13-05-2015 - RNZI. The nine from Tanugamanono village, including several village matais, have been locked up at Tafaigata prison because they have not paid 350,000 US dollar of damages and compensa... More
Samoa defends entry fees for American Samoans
06-05-2015 - RNZI. The Samoan Government has defended its entry fee process for visiting American Samoans. Samoa's new Consul General in Pago Pago, Auseugaefa Va'asatia Poloma Komiti, was blamed... More
A wave of support to Samoa from Nelson
15-04-2015 - A final gift from the Nelson community has brought closure to a heartfelt campaign to help Samoa. While the 2009 tsunami that killed more than 140 people, injured hundr... More
Earthquakes rattle Samoa, Tonga
30-03-2015 - Strong earthquakes have struck off the South Pacific nations of Tonga and Samoa, but there have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning has ... More
'Samoa China's best friend in Pacific' says Samoan deputy PM
25-03-2015 - RadioAustralia. As China has grown in wealth and power over the past two decades it has been playing a bigger role in the Pacific, giving countries new options for aid, trade and inves... More
Samoa Observer editor talks of 'dictatorship' (PMC)
23-03-2015 - YouTube. The editor of the Samoa Observer says that media in the country needs to "do what they're supposed to do, and that is to be watchdogs of the government, not lapdogs of the gov... More
Vanuatu an 'absolute catastrophe' following Cyclone Pam
16-03-2015 - Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale says climate change is a key factor in the devastation wrought on the Pacific nation by Super Cyclone Pam. The category five system h... More
Monster cyclone brewing
11-03-2015 - SamoaObserver. Weather watchers across the Pacific are keeping a close eye on a ‘monster' cyclone brewing north of Vanuatu which, at this stage, is expected to track east of New Zealan... More
American Samoans are the only people born on US soil but denied birthright citizenship.
24-feb.- 2015 - Well, this is awkward. This month, five people from American Samoa—the only place in the world where babies born on US soil are denied US citizenship—argued in fede... More
Samoa moves against truancy
20-02-2015 - RNZI. The police in Samoa have used for the first time the Compulsory Education law against the parents of children found selling goods during school hours. Police and Ministry of Edu... More
Samoa PM downplays foreign fishing vessel concerns
16-02-2015 - FBC News. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says the more licences issued to foreign companies the better, saying it’s not important how many licences are issued because the fish don’t belo... More
Samoa recorded clear increase in taro production
11 feb. 2015 - RNZI. Samoa taro production is slowly on the increase again as a taro breeding programme introduced there is starting to bear fruit. The original Samoa taro was devastated by leaf... More
‘We have not surrendered’
3 feb. 2015 - SamoaObserver. he fight for justice in relation to corrupt practises exposed within certain government bodies is not over. That’s the declaration from Associate Ministers, Papali’i... More
New bill to stop Samoa child labour
29 jan. 2015 - RNZI. A senior Samoa government offical is hoping a new bill will help stop children working illegally as street traders and on farms. Currently, it is illegal for anyone under th... More
Chikungunya on decrease in Samoa
22 jan. 2015 - RNZI. The latest health report released by Samoa's Ministry of Health shows the country is finally seeing a decrease in the number of Chikungunya virus infections. Since the outbr... More
Samoa opposition against citizenship sale
19 jan. 2015 - RNZI. The opposition Tautua Samoa party says it rejects proposed legislation which offers citizenship to foreign investors who can provide two million US dollars to the country. T... More
2014 Samoa's hottest year since 1958
15-jan-2014 - RNZI. The Head of the Meterology Division in Samoa says 2014 was the hottest year in nearly 60 years for the islands. Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea says preliminary findings show the... More
Looking for Cecilia Faleniko - SPECIAL REQUEST FOUND!!!!! It must be a Christmas Miracle!
Underneath message was posted beginning of December. The person has been found thanks to this post, according to Mary it was a Christmas Miracle! WSAMOA wishes Mary a wonderful Christmas togethe... More
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Samoa PM gets backing over women comment
18-12-2014 - RNZI. At the final sitting of Parliament for the year, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told women thinking of running for parliament that they should not neglect their families. Tuilae... More
Warning over turtle eating in Samoa
15 dec. 2014 - RNZI. Authorities in Samoa are reminding people it is illegal to sell turtles after a 30 year old turtle was rescued from a roadside stall. The Ministry of Natural Resources and E... More
Time to reflect, give thanks and celebrate
8-dec-2014 - SamoaObserver. Now and then, it’s nice to be able to get away from all the sad issues of life and celebrate sweet and wonderful achievements. So the arrival of the prize-giving fever, ... More
The strange case of Robert Louis Stevenson
4 dec-2014 - Sequels to much-loved novels that are more than a century old are apt to disturb those who have a very clear and cherished picture in their minds of the characters, pic... More
Samoa is on its way to cutting reliance on imported goods and increasing its capacity for export.
3-dec-2014 - The Samoa Association of Manufacturers & Exporters (SAME) launched its Food Safety System Training and International (HACCP) Certification programmes at the Hotel Elisa... More
Showdown expected in Samoa over tuna
1-dec-2014 - RNZI. A showdown between Pacific islands and distant water fishing nations over the management of the world's largest tuna fishery is expected at a major fisheries summit in Samoa this... More
England players show solidarity with Samoa
27-nov-2014 - SamoaObserver. The Samoan players wore blue wristbands during the game as a protest against how rugby is run in Samoa The England and Samoan players joined arms in a huddle in a wo... More
Samoa policemen demoted for jailing 3 year-old
26-nov-2014 - RNZI. Tree policemen in Samoa have been demoted and a fourth has received a final warning as punishment for holding a 3 year-old in jail. The child's father was taken into custody ... More
Baby dumped down drain: mother reportedly allowed to name son
25-nov-2014 - A mother accused of dumping her newborn baby boy down a drain has reportedly been allowed to name him, as a new picture emerged purporting to show his rescue. The baby i... More
Coconuts again threatened by beetles
20-nov-2014 - SamoaObserver. Samoa’s coconut trees are again under attack by a plague of beetles, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F.) has confirmed. Speaking to the Samoa Observer... More
Prematurity bulk of baby deaths in Samoa
17-nov-2014 -RNZI. A doctor at Samoa's baby unit says women need to seek medical care early in their pregnancies to avoid the risks of premature delivery. The World Health Organisation says pret... More
Samoa prime minister hits back at rebellious rugby players
14-nov.2014 - winnipegfreepress. Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has blasted national rugby players who threatened to boycott next week's test against England as "little kids" wh... More
Toa Samoa V Kiwis Post Match Fan Singing
10-11-2014 - Go to the link, downhere :-) More
Small choices, big consequences
6-nov-2014 - SamoaObserver. It has been a busy week in sleepy Samoa. Whether it’s poor planning, perhaps not having enough weeks during the year or merely a coincidence, the Health Week and the ... More
In Samoa, a fight to save historic German courthouse
5-nov-2014 - RNZI. A Samoan architect in New Zealand is rallying support to save one of Samoa's most historically valued buildings. This year marks a hundred years since New Zealand overthrew th... More
Samoa village turns down Chinese tourism venture
4-nov-2014 - RNZI. Village leaders of Sale'aula village in Samoa have turned down a proposal by a Chinese company for a tourism development project in fear of losing their land. Sale'aula's Member... More
Samoa needs help from the heavens to beat Kiwis
31-0ct-2014 - The Samoan league team say their Kiwi counterparts are the strongest they have been in years and "only the wind or the weather" will stop them at Toll Stadium tomorrow ni... More
Unhappy hotelier calls for help
30-oct-2014 - Samoa Observer. “We are not ants or leeches and we provide income for people. We need to work together because there won’t be a business or country or place for people to come to if t... More
Culture must be considered in approaches to disaster risk reduction – UN-backed report
29 -oct-2014 - Disaster risk reduction approaches must recognize why people live with risks and how their behaviour and attitudes related to culture affect their exposure and sensitivity to... More
Samoa PM says Samoa media like News of the World
28-oct-2014 -RNZI. Samoa's Prime Minister has compared some of the tactics used by Samoa's media to the now-defunct British tabloid, News of the World, in an address to Parliament. At the second... More
A Samoa and Pac nations threatened by US Tuna Treaty ructions
27 oct-2014 - Kiribati's decision to dramatically reduce the fishing days it offers the United States has put the future of American Samoa's tuna industry and the sustainabil... More
Samoa offers clues to early Earth
24-oct-2014 - SamoaObserver. Samoan volcanoes have yielded evidence of the planet’s early formation still trapped inside the Earth. Known as hotspots, volcanic island chains such as Samoa can h... More
Samoa Education CEO upset with teachers leaving
22 oct-2014 - RNZI. The chief executive of Samoa's Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture is upset with the 25 teachers from Samoa who have migrated to teach. Matafeo Falanaipupu Aiafi told S... More
Former Samoa doctor escapes jail for stealing a bull and cow
21-oct-2014 - RNZI. A former prominent doctor, Le Mamea Emosi Puni, has escaped jail after being convicted for one count of stealing a bull and a cow. The crimes carry a maximum jail sentence of... More
Chinese govt takes distance from tuna fishing firm
16-0ct-2014 - Authorities in China have decided to distance themselves from the firm China Tuna Industry Group Holdings (CTI), since it is deemed as ‘incompatible’ with China's conservation... More
Samoa defends locking up 3-year-old
14 0ct. -2014 - Samoa's police, already in strife over the death of a New Zealander in custody, are now defending themselves after locking up a three-year-old boy. The Samoa Observe... More
Fiji exports latest batch of sheep to Samoa
13-oct.-2014 - Shanghaidaily. Fiji's Ministry of Agriculture has organized the latest shipment of Fiji-bred sheep to its Pacific neighbor Samoa, the Fijian government said Monday. Bred at a pri... More
Samoan chiefs warn A.D.B. about ‘social unrest, conflict and violence’
6-10-2014 - Samoa Observer. “We wish to highlight that the A.D.B.-backed reforms appear to be in breach of constitutional protections of customary land. Article 102 of the Constitution prohibits th... More
Samoa remembers five police officers who passed away
1-10-2014 - RNZI. The families of five Samoan police officers who died in service have been presented with certificates of honour in appreciation of their service to the islands. The Acting Poli... More
Missing fishermen found by police boat from Samoa — tired, hungry — alive
24 sept. 2014 - SamoaNews. “We are thankful for our Heavenly Father’s guidance and protection upon us, we are safe,” said Tauaveave Lagai of Ofu Manu’a, one of the four fishermen who was lost at se... More
Land Corporation relocates
23 sept. 2014 - SamoaObserver. The staff of the Samoa Land Corporation is scheduled to relocate to the Vaitele market tomorrow. The relocation will allow its $4.25million Faleata headquarters to be... More
Global commitments, local actions
17-09-2014 - SamoaObserver. On this day two weeks ago, the President of the S.I.D.S Conference, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, issued a very important reminder to the leaders of the world who were ... More
Samoa works to save its forests
16 sept. 2014 - RNZI. The Samoan government is working with villages to protect their forests from increasing threats of climate change, unsustainable land use and invasive species. Supported by... More
Getting back to our roots.
15 sept. 2014 - SamoaObserver. The Alo Paopao Regatta Festival, kicking off tomorrow, is more than just an event. It’s about boosting the country’s economy, drawing tourists to get a taste of w... More
Date set for All Blacks test in Samoa
10 sept. 2014 - RNZI. The New Zealand and Samoa Rugby Unions have confirmed details on an historic test match between the All Blacks and Manu Samoa to be staged in Apia next July. The match on W... More
Women invest 90% back into communities
9 sept. 2014 - Women put back 90 per cent of their earnings into the community compared to 40 per cent with men. It’s a statistic that shows why investing in women is not j... More
‘Protect tuna or face poverty
8 sept. 2014 - Samoa Observer. As Samoa enjoys a long weekend and farewells the last of the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference delegates, it is already gearing up to host another b... More
American Samoa revises virus death
3 sept. 2014 - RNZI. Health officials in American Samoa have confirmed that a man who died from suspected chikungunya virus died from leptospirosis. The 28-year-old man died last month and healt... More
Samoa conference opens
2 sept. 2014 - Seychelles President James Michel has presented 4 major proposals for the sustainable development of small island developing states, in his address at the o... More
Mystery virus affects nearly 100 in Samoa
12 aug. 2014 - Samoa's Ministry of Health says nearly 100 people have now been affected by a mystery virus. Two people have also died from but authorities still aren't exactly sure wh... More
Thank you so much for giving
11-aug.-2014 - SamoaObserver. In June, a mother of five walked into the Samoa Victim Support Group’s office seeking financial assistance to enable her eldest daughter to undergo medical treatment i... More
American Samoa reeling from floods
4 august 2014 - RNZI. The American Samoa Government is submitting a request for a disaster declaration in areas worst it by severe weather last week. The declaration would pave the way for assis... More
Top Samoan musician at Sails' Jazz night
29-07-2014 - SamoaObserver. He was the first Samoan and Pasifika person to conduct the N.Z. Symphony Orchestra and the Manukau Symphony Orchestra. Popular Samoan musician, Matatumua Opeloge Ah S... More
Coast Guard suspends search for missing Plainfield man after plane crash
28-07-2014 - Fox59. The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing Plainfield man. Crews have been looking for Babar Suleman after his plane went down in the Pacific Ocean near American Samo... More
American Samoa warns about illness outbreak
23-07-2014 - TheGardenIsland,com. PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa is issuing a health alert after about 100 people went to the territory's only hospital with symptoms similar to Den... More
Author inspires her readers
16-07-2014 - SamoaObserver. Students of Saint Mary’s College welcomed a very special visitor last week. She is short story author and journalist, Sara Vui Talitu, the woman behind popular book... More
Team spirit shines through
14-07-2014 - SamoaObserver. Good sportsmanship was the highlight of the Special Olympics Samoa Football Day, hosted by Football Federation Samoa (FFS) at Apia Park yesterday. Thirteen teams put ... More
Starkist Samoa given stop order for harbor pollution
9-07-2014 - undercurrentnews. The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) has issued a stop order notice to Dongwon-owned Starkist Samoa Inc., Samoa News reported. The administra... More
Tanoalei’a community backs Literacy Week
4-07-2014 - SamoaObserver. The Tanoalei’a Community at Vaivase-Uta, under the stewardship of Reverend Enefatu Lesā had some of its parents, adults, youth members and college students reading t... More
Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Samoa Islands region, NO tsunami threat
30-06-2014 - Kohn2. Tsunami Information Statement Number 1 NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Ewa Beach HI 726 am HST Sun Jun 29 2014 To – Civil Defense in the State of Hawaii Subject – Tsu... More
Jobs 'on the nose' in Apia tuna processing
25-06-2014 - RadioAustralia. There are fears that a proposed tuna loining plant in Apia will destroy the beauty of the Samoan capital. The American company Bumble Bee wants to set up a loining o... More
Future leaders address women’s rights
23-06-2014 - SamoaOBbserver. More than 20 of Samoa’s future leaders discussed concepts of gender, equality, women’s human rights and gender mainstreaming at a workshop that began yesterday. The ... More
Dog registration now law in Samoa
18-06-2014 - RNZI. Dog owners in Samoa are now required to have their dogs registered with police, under new laws that came into effect on Tuesday to try and combat a problem with stray dogs. More
Kiwi chef: Moving from Samoa to NZ was the saddest time of my life
NZ Herald 17-06-2014 Having worked as senior sous chef at London culinary institution Le Gavroche since 1999, Monica Galetti is one of the country's greatest culinary exports. She reveals her ans... More
Samoa PM now opposed to vendors on footpath
16-06-2014 - RNZI. The Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has admitted he was wrong to support street vendors selling along the footpath in Apia, and now wants them to move elsewhe... More
The Member of Parliament for Gagaifomauga No. 1, Tuilo’a Toeulu Anitele’a Tuilo’a, has passed away
12-06-2014 - SamoaObserver. The Member of Parliament for Gagaifomauga No. 1, Tuilo’a Toeulu Anitele’a Tuilo’a, has passed away after a long battle with kidney failure. He was 62. Tuilo’a died at... More
Regatta controversy forces rules change
11-06-2014 - SamoaObserver. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said all crews should obey the rules. Tuilaepa also suggested that bad behaviour from the crews could result in the captain ... More
New Zealand needs to prove its mutual respect and make a Pacific test happen
10-06-2014 - NZHerald. Hold fast to your cultural treasures, "Taofi mau i au measina" was this year's Samoan Language Week theme and it's good advice. Because the measina or treasure we need to hol... More
Samoa ratifies landmark arms treaty
5-06-2014 - RNZI. Regional campaigners against the global arms trade say Pacific Island countries should follow Samoa's lead and ratify a landmark international treaty. Samoa is the first among ... More
NZ to invest $1m in Samoa tourism industry
3-06-2014 - TVNZ. The Government has today announced it will invest $1 million to help boost Samoa's tourism industry. Prime Minister John Key is currently in Samoa as part of a tour of the Paci... More
Labour: Immigration changes won't affect Samoa
02-06-2014 - NZHerald. Labour's immigration spokesman Trevor Mallard says Samoa is unlikely to be affected by any potential restrictions to migrants under a Labour Government. Samoa's Prime Mini... More
NZ government defends Samoa Language Week
28-05-2014 - RNZI. New Zealand's Minister of Pacific Island Affairs is defending Samoan Language Week, saying it is a very popular initiative. New Zealand's Minister of Pacific Island Affairs is... More
Samoa prison officer jailed for corruption
26-05-2014 - RNZI. A Samoan judge has convicted a former prison police inspector, Uelese Lolo, after he admitted to official corruption. Judge Mata Tuatagaloa sentenced Mr Lolo to 18 months pris... More
Samoa cookbook a recipe for success
22-05-2014 - RNZI. A cookbook that celebrates Samoan cuisine has won a top international award. New Zealand chef Robert Oliver's Mea'ai Samoa - Recipes from the Heart of Polynesia won the Gourma... More
Samoa completes sale of Pacific Forum Line
21-05-2014 - RNZI. The Government of Samoa has completed the sale of a fifty percent stake in the Pacific Forum Line to Neptune Pacific. The deal is expected to improve shipping to Samoa, with 4... More
Government gave away land
20-05-2014 - SamoaObserver. government gave away 18,500 acres of land to the Samoa Trust Estates Corporation (S.T.E.C.), which it should not have done. That’s what a Parliamentary Committee has ... More
Government of Germany and partners assist Samoa Fisheries
19-05-2014 - The German Government is supporting Pacific Island countries to increase their resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of the impacts of climate change. The suppor... More
Mothers in Samoa – time for some facts
14-05-2014 -SamoaObserver. Now that Mothers Day weekend is over, and families have been free to treat their mothers well, it’s time to get back to business. When the day itself is swamped in... More
How a Dutch coach and a transgender defender turned things around for American Samoa's soccer team
13-05-2014 - It's a month-long contest, pitting the best soccer teams on Earth, all with their eyes on the title of world champion. The next men's tournament, in Brazil, starts June 12t... More
Mother works harder on Mother’s day
12-05-2014 - SamoaObserver. Many mothers know all too well that they end up cleaning the toilets at home, with many fathers either too blind or lazy to do their part. But imagine cleaning toilet... More
Big Names Win in Pacific Music’s Biggest Night
9-05-2014 - The platinum-selling operatic trio Sol3 Mio and hip hop artist David Dallas were the big winners at tonights 10th annual Vodafone Pacific Music Awards More
Samoa's Lima defends himself in court
8-05-2014 - RNZI. A former Samoan rugby star took the stand on Wednesday in his trial in Apia on seven charges including assault, threatening and being armed with a dangerous weapon. More
Passionate Samoans wave their colours
07-05-2012 - SamoaObserver. Samoan pride reached an all time high for thousands of Samoans in Australia who gathered at Penrith last Saturday to support Toa Samoa. Passionate Samoans wave t... More
First transgender FIFA player stars in American Samoa documentary
05-05-2014 - RNZI. The first transgender or fa'afafine to play in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier says the world can learn from American Samoa's acceptance of the third gender. Johnny, or Jaiyah, Sae..... More
China donates cars and buses to Samoa
2-05-2014 - RNZI. China has given Samoa 4.6 million US dollars worth of vehicles for use during the Small Island Developing States conference in September. Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'i... More
Samoa at the Hague
1-05-2014 - SamoaObserver. The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, attended the Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth recently held in The Hague, N... More
Lion heart not enough for brave Leapai
28-04-2014 - Everyone in the business said big-hitting Aussie Alex Leapai was a "puncher's chance" of lifting the unified world heavyweight boxing title off Ukrainian colossus ... More
EU opens new office in Samoa
24-04=2014 - RNZI. The European Union says the opening of its new office in Samoa shows its commitment to the country and the Pacific region. It says the office is in the grounds of the Tanoa Tu... More
Pacific's largest solar power plant planned for Samoa
23-04-2012 - GlobalTimes.CN. A number of international organizations are to support the construction of the Pacific's largest solar energy array in Samoa, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCull... More
Attitude shift to domestic violence needed in Samoa - British High Commissioner
22-04-2014 -RNZI. The outgoing British High Commissioner to Samoa says more work needs to be done to change attitudes torwards domestic violence. Vicki Treadell, who is based in Wellington, is m... More
Leapai trainer says win would cause ripples
18-04-2014 - Radionz. Alex Leapai's trainer believes if the Samoa-born boxer can win the world heavyweight title, it will be as big an upset as when James "Buster" Douglas defeated Mike Tyson. ... More
Rest in peace, Savae Petana!
17-04-2014 - SamoaObserver. The President of the Oceania Football Confederation (O.F.C), David Chung, who also spoke on behalf of FIFA, said Savae was always supportive and loyal. He paid tribut... More
Court finds Samoa deputy PM and Associate Minister guilty
15-04-2014 - Samoa’s deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo and Associate Minister Muagututagata Peter Ah Him have been found guilty by the District Court this m... More
Saving Samoa's rarest bird
14-04-2014 - In an age when the piercing light of scientific endeavour shines brightly on the world's mysteries and magic, Samoa's national bird remains an enigma. Reflecting the de... More
Samoa's version of cricket, kilikiti, on display in Melbourne tournament
10-04-2014 - Melbourne's Samoan community has held a tournament for their own unique version of cricket, known as kilikiti. Melbourne's Samoan community has held a tournam... More
N.F.L. stars at Apia Park
7-april-2014 - SamoaObserver. Many children and parents were seen yesterday at Apia Park with N.F.L stars, visiting Samoa to promote healthy living. “Teaching us skills of how to handle the ball... More
Heart disease warning
3-04-2014 - SamoaObserver. Cardiologist, Dr. Satupaitea Viali, has warned that Samoa is facing rising costs of rheumatic heart disease – one that is already using up a big part of the country’s $10... More
Samoa For Real group defends its actions amid claims of 'sabotage'
2-04-2014 -RNZI. A tourism industry group in Samoa says it's disappointing that the Hotels Association has called it rebels. The President of the Samoa Hotels Association, Tuala Oli Ah Him, says... More
Samoa Animal Protection Society calls for help with stray dogs
01-04-2014 -RNZI. The Samoa Animal Protection Society says it continues to do all it can to help with the stray dog problem in the country, but it needs more help from government ministries. Pre... More
Just another slap in the face of Samoa
28-03-2014 - SamoaObserver. Another day, another assault case. The latest one, in today’s paper, involves a teacher slapping a student. This seems a relatively minor incident after what seems... More
Pink eye drama raises eyebrows
27-03-2014 - SamoaObserver. The pink eye epidemic obviously doesn't care that Parliament is in session with a “mountain of work” to get through. Yesterday, Speaker of the House, La’auli Leau... More
Samoan PM's health improving after NZ hospital visit
26-03-2014 - RNZI. A spokesperson for Samoa's Prime Minister says his health is improving after hospital treatment in New Zealand. The CEO for the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet says Tui... More
Lauano title bestowed at Leauva’a
24-03-2014 - SamoaObserver. Twelve new titleholders have been bestowed the chiefly title of Lauano yesterday at Leauva’a. One of the high chiefs of the family, Va’ailalo Tauā reminded the ... More
Samoa considering school closures as 'pink eye' spreads
20-03-2014 - RNZI. The Ministry of Education in Samoa is considering closing all goverment schools in response to an outbreak of pink eye disease. Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, ... More
New Samoan film in production
19-03-2014 - SamoaObserver. A new Samoan feature length film is on its way. Titled "Liliu le Taimi", it is written and directed by a 25 year old Samoan, Jordan P. Kwan. "We're excited about c... More
Samoa: The festival islands that time forgot
18-03-2014 - When Samoa Air recently announced it would start charging passengers by weight rather than seat, it was deemed fairly controversial. Not least because Samoa has battled o... More
Samoans treated as "slaves" by relatives
17-03-2014 - SamoaObserver. American Samoa's Deputy Attorney General, Mitzie Jessop, says the majority of human trafficking victims in the territory are citizens from Samoa. She claims they are ... More
Machete attack leaves two men dead in Samoa
13-03-2014 - RNZI. A man is in custody in Samoa after two men were attacked and killed with a machete while they were sleeping early on Tuesday morning. Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagav... More
Some Samoa tourist accommodation providers doing no business
10-03-2014 - RNZI. Almost a quarter of accommodation providers in Samoa did not have any tourists stay at their properties over a 12-month period. That's according to the Samoa International Vis... More
Tua rejects offer in favour of “Samoan brother”
7-03-2014. SamoaObserver. Samoa’s greatest boxer, To’aletai David Tua, has shown that blood is more important than money by refusing to help world heavyweight champ, Wladimir Klitschko beat Lauli’i... More
Samoa reports dengue case, health alert issued
6-03-2014 - The Samoan Health Ministry has issued a health alert after confirming a dengue fever case in an expatriate, according to an Island Business report Wednesday. D... More
Turtle believed to have come from Samoa found dead
5-03-2014 - A green sea turtle was found dead by La Union fishermen on Friday after it was believed to have swum 8,000 kilometers from Samoa. The fishermen of Taboc villa... More
$300,000 for Afega market
3-03-2014 - SamoaObserver. Japan signed over $300, 000 to the Afega village council yesterday to assist in the construction of a market place for people residing on the north western side of Upolu.... More
Samoa police tribunal fine constable for leaking report
28-02-2014 - RNZI. The Samoan police officer who accused an associate minister last year of driving away from him during a blood-alcohol test has been fined for leaking his report to the media. ... More
New political party is being formed in Samoa - Tuu'u
27-02-2014 - Siumu’s Member of Parliament, Tuu’u Anasi’i Leota, has confirmed moves to set up a new political party in Samoa. And, the Samoan Associate Minister of Education... More
Tourism earnings drop $2m
26-02-2014 - SamoaObserver. The Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.) reports visitor spending decreased by $2.2 million tala last November due to “large drop” in earnings from genuine holidaymakers. A... More
Walking trails to boost tourism in Samoa
24-02-2014 - RadioAustralia. Should Samoa develop a network of national trails, similar to the walking tracks in New Zealand and Australian national parks? Seti Afoa, a well known sports entreprene... More
Samoa’s fish quantity at lowest in five years
21-02-2014 - Islands Monitoring from Samoa’s Fisheries Division has confirmed that the volume of fish caught in its waters during this time of the year has dropped tremendously, the l... More
American Samoa assures China on human rights issues
20-02-2014 - RNZI. The American Samoa governor Lolo Moliga has given assurances to China's consul general in Los Angeles, Liu Jian, that the human rights of Chinese citizens in American Samoa will ... More
Youth leader calls for “critical thinking”
19-02-2014 - SamoaObserver. If you turn on the radio these days, you can easily stumble upon song lyrics that in no way matches the economical, cultural ambitions and traditions of Samoa. “Do wh... More
Romance and relaxation in Samoa
18-02-2014 - "Pretentious and Samoa simply don't mix, and there's good reason for it. The country isn't rich and locals still do most things the same way they have for generations... More
Samoans Were Obese Before It Was Fashionable - But Why?
18-02-2014 - If we want to see worldwide trends in public health, look to the South Pacific archipelago of Samoa and American Samoa. About 75 percent of the U.S. territory's adult... More
Tautua party wants new probe of New Zealander death in Samoa
17-02-2014 - RNZI. The leader of the opposition Tautua Party in Samoa is calling for the case of a New Zealander who died in a prison cell there to be reopened. Staff at Tafaigata prison found 3... More
Toyota gone by 2017, Yazaki?
13-02-2014 - SamoaObserver. Yazaki Samoa General Manager Funefeai Oliver Va’ai says the company still has a contract with Toyota until 2022 – but is not sure what Monday’s news from Australia means... More
Should American Samoans be citizens?
12-02-2014 - CNN. The United States laid claim to these eastern islands of a South Pacific archipelago in 1900, and since that time, American Samoans have served in the U.S. military, including the... More
Peseta shows his art in Sydney
11-02-2014 - SamoaObserver. An artist from Savai’i Samoa is among Pacific artists on centre stage in Sydney. Lalovai Peseta is among artists who come from cities as well as remote atolls and mounta... More
Coral nurseries to help restoration of reefs in American Samoa
10-02-2014 - RNZI. A world specialist in coral reef restoration is teaching American Samoan villagers how to restore their coral reefs by building numerous coral nurseries using recyclable material... More
Could this be the biggest fish caught off the rocks in Samoa?
7-02-2014 - SamoaObserver. A Japanese man visiting Samoa, Makoto Omura, holds up what is believed to be one of the biggest fish to have been caught off the rocks in Samoa. Weighing 27kgs, the gi... More
Kiwi connection to take on Wladimir Klitschko
6-2-2014 STUFF NZ Alex Leapai is talking a good fight after officially signing to fight world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, bringing another Kiwi connection to one of sport's gre... More
Samoa Judge overturns guilty verdict against murder suspect of NZ man
05-02-2014 - RNZI. Supreme Court Judge in Samoa has acquitted a murder suspect, Jonathan Patrick Crichton, who was charged after the death of a New Zealand man at Tafaigata prison in December 2012.... More
Douglas teen lives with Samoan family
04-02-2014 - There might have been more system than culture shock for Minden resident Dominique Groffman, who spent her holidays with a Samoan family as part of a U.S. State Depa... More
Samoa cooked breadfruit on export trial in Australia
03-02-2014 - RNZI. Cooked breadfruit from Samoa is still banned from entering New Zealand but the first trial of export cooked breadfruit to Australia has had positive responses from retailers ther... More
Netherlands hands Samoa monetary gift for SIDS
Island business 01-02-2014 The Ambassador of Netherlands, Arie Cornells Van Der Wiel announced that a gift of €50,000 ($170,000 tala) from the Dutch Government would be given to the Government of ... More
Chinese companies make use of Samoa tax haven
RNZI Updated at 2:12 pm on 29 January 2014 Chinese companies registered under Samoa's tax haven status are among those pouring billions back into China. Roughly 1 billion US dollars in forei... More
Samoa government makes moves to preserve language
RadioNZ 29-01-2014 AUTAGAVAIA TIPI AUTAGAVAIA: From the education side of the issue, to find out how come the students in Samoa are [getting] very low marks in Samoan language. So they see there i... More
Samoa health ministry concerned about unsafe infant products
Radio NZ Updated at 6:29 pm on 27 January 2014 The Ministry of Health in Samoa has called on shop and supermarket owners and managers to stop the sale of unsafe infant food products. This co... More
Samoa's Lima quits in shame
sport24 25-01-2014 The Samoa Observer newspaper said Samoa Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi confirmed receiving a letter in which Lima resigned from "all active roles." The ne... More
Pigeon feared extinct found in Samoa
Stuff 25-01-2014 A bird cousin of the long lost dodo has been found in Samoa a decade after it was feared they were extinct. Samoan scientists re-discovered the manumea or tooth-billed pigeon ... More
She kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson's heart
21-01-2014 - USAToday. With her best-selling 2007 novel Loving Frank — about architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his scandalous affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney in the early 20th century — Nancy Hor... More
American Samoa starts immigration amnesty program
20-01-2014 - Gmanetwork. The immigration amnesty program is intended to help provide a more accurate count of the island's population, which showed a 3.1 percent drop during the 2010 U.S. Census, s... More
Samoa talks development with China
17-01-2014 - SamoaObserver. honour of cutting the ribbon at an offi cial road opening. PHOTO / Deidre Fanene Cabinet has approved the report on the China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Developm... More
Pacific Islanders make up half our foreign prisoners
16-01-2014 - Hundreds of foreign citizens are being held in prisons across New Zealand, with an overwhelming majority hailing from the Pacific. Figures provided by the Department ... More
New airlines to boost American Samoa tourism industry
15-01-2014 - RNZI. The American Samoa visitors Bureau says the possibility of new airlines flying to the territory is part of plans to develop the tourism industry. The governor Lolo Matalasi Mo... More
Samoa ministers plead not guilty in court
14-01-2014 - RNZI. Two Samoan politicians have pleaded not guilty to charges relating to an incident where the deputy prime minister allegedly instructed an associate minister to drive away from po... More
Charges against Sili boy to be reviewed
13-01-2014 - Samoa Observer. See comments: The Police will not withdraw the charge ... More
Joseph Parker assaulted in Samoan nightclub
10-01-2014 - Promising New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker was assaulted at a nightclub while holidaying in Samoa. Parker was attacked by two men and a woman who punched hi... More
Punishment for ridicule of Samoan PM
10-01-2014 - The family of a boy who made a video ridiculing Samoa's prime minister has been ordered to pay a fine of WST$10,000 (NZ$5200), 30 cartons of tinned fish and two cows. ... More
Bad weather halts Samoa police search for missing couple
8-1-2014 - RNZI. Poor weather is hampering a police search in Samoa for two missing people following a car accident last week. The man and woman, who are both over 60, were part of a group of se... More
Samoa's Lima quits in shame
7-1-2014 - The Samoa Observer newspaper said Samoa Rugby Union chairman Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi confirmed receiving a letter in which Lima resigned from "all active roles." ... More
Fugalei all washed out
6-1-2014 - SamoaObserver. Apia was the victim of flash flooding again with farmers losing their produce to the heavy rain during the past two days. On Thursday, the Samoa Observer visited the Fu... More
Ia manuia le Tausaga Fou
The WSAMOA team wishes you and your family in Samoa and overseas the best for 2014 ! Joani - Mo - Tim, Susuga from Lufilufi and Europe/ Netherlands/ New Zealand. More
Chiefs fight for land
30 dec. 2013 - SamoaObserver. The group, spearheaded by Lilomaiava Ken Lameta, of Vaimoso and Safotu, has filed a letter of complaint against the ADB over a project they say “could alienate 80 per ... More
Samoa College celebrates an era of education
27 dec. 2013 - The SAMOA COLLGE 60th Anniversary weekend in Auckland was an opportunity to pay tribute to the vision of our forefathers to have educated men and women to manage its own... More
Ia manuia le Kerisimasi ma le Tausaga Fou
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the WSamoa Team More
Samoan international Lima facing assault charge
24 dec. 2013 - Former Samoa rugby international Brian Lima has been charged with assaulting a former wife, the Samoa Observer reports. Police Assistant Commissioner Fauono Talalele... More
Public servants in Samoa to get a pay rise
18 dec. - RNZI. The Samoa government has proposed a 3 percent pay rise for all public servants to become effective next month. The salary increase is proposed in the first supplementary budget f... More
Saying No to fraud and corruption in Samoa
17 dec. 2013 - The Governments of Samoa and Australia have issued a joint statement on zero tolerance to fraud in Australia’s aid program to Samoa. During the annual develo... More
Samoa applauded for national human rights institution
16 dec. 2013 - Forum Secretariat applauds Samoa for establishing a national human rights institution 13th December 2013The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat applauds the Government ... More
Time to put up or shut up
12 dec. 2013 - SamoaObserver. Let’s get this straight. This nonsense about whether deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo and Associate Minister Muagututagata Peter Ah Him broke the law or no... More
Manu Samoa rugby player combats violence against women
11 dec. 2013 - Top Samoan rugby player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu says more men need to take a stand to stop violence against women. He says the problem has reached epidemic p... More
Samoa Air says charging passengers by weight has been successful
11 dec. 2013 - Nearly a year since Samoa Air started charging passengers by weight, the airline says the experiment has been a huge success. Samoa Air made headlines when it became t... More
American Samoa Govt may ban fishing of sea cucumber
5 dec. 2013 - RNZI. There’s been a noticeable increase in sea cucumber fishing activities in American Samoa and the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is taking action to control it. Ov... More
Fighting corruption – learning from our neighbours
4 dec. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Is Samoa corrupt? Short answer: no. For the whole country to be written off as corrupt, the problems would have to be much bigger, and much more pervasive – heal... More
Starwood enters Samoa with two hotels
3 dec. 2013 - Sheraton to become first international brand in the country in 2014 Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows will be rebranded as a SheratonStarwood Hotels & Resorts ha... More
Samoa national trails are a possible dream
2 dec. 2013 - SamoaObserver. A few weeks ago, I found myself in the great city of Denver, Colorado. I was enthralled by the place. Colorado, the state, is world renowned for its mountains and out... More
Miss South Pacific Pageant 2013 Officially Starts
2 dec. 2013 - The 'Carpenters Miss South Pacific Pageant 2013' officially started today, Sunday 01st December 2013, in the Solomon Islands. The reigning Miss South Pacific, Janine T... More
Exports to New Zealand drop by 24 per cent
28 nov. 2013 - SamoaObserver. Samoan exports to New Zealand have dropped by 24 per cent from the same 2012 period according to the CBS. In its latest Foreign Trade Report form for August this ye... More
American Samoa parents cautioned on sore throats
27 nov. 2013 - RNZI. Visiting medical specialists in American Samoa are warning parents to be vigilant about seeking health care for their children’s sore throats in an attempt to prevent heart dis... More
China: potential new source market for tourism in Samoa
26 nov. 2013 - Plans are underway to increase Chinese arrivals as a new source market for Samoa. The first official familiarisation visit of Chinese tour operators landed in Apia... More
Samoa to push for better labour deal at NZ PACER talks
25 nov. 2013 - RNZI. Samoa is preparing for tough negotiations with New Zealand this week, signalling that commitments to PACER Plus agreements may be on hold if better labour mobility can’t be set... More
Town welcomes Samoan-language church
22 nov. 2013 - churches now congregate in the brightly painted church room in the basement of Whittier’s Begich Towers. At 9 a.m. on Sundays the room fills with richly layered B... More
Samoan exhibition on sailing culture highlights rich past
22 nov. 2013 - The National Museum of Samoa has launched a new exhibition called "Folauga a Samoa: the art of Samoan canoes, voyaging and navigation". The exhibition, organised by th... More
Marsden Fund to reveal two-hundred years of Samoan history
21 nov. 2013 - Professor’s Marsden Fund to reveal two-hundred years of Samoan history Samoa has a vast history and yet many aspects of its past have surprisingly little written abou... More
Samoa court jails bus driver for 11 years over children’s deaths
21 nov. 2013 - RNZI. In Samoa a 47 year old bus driver, Moe Iosua, has been convicted and sentenced to eleven years jail over the deaths of two children who were passengers when he drove his bus in... More
There is no shame in surviving
20 nov. 2013 - SamoaObserver. Last week, His Honour Justice Vui Clarence Nelson said something that chilled me – that sex crimes against young girls were becoming an “epidemic” here in Samoa. Ho... More
Robert Louis Stevenson ‘may have fathered Samoan’
20 nov. 2013 - DNA results will be revealed tomorrow which could solve the mystery of whether Robert Louis Stevenson, who was believed to have died childless, fathered a daughter whil... More
The Little Dodo of Samoa
18 nov. 2013 - The Mauritian dodo is the iconic emblem for both island conservation and extinction, sadly one of the birds lost from the Mascarene archipelago. One might oft... More
Samoa Trade Minister looking to form new business council in NZ
18 nov. 2013 - RNZI. The Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa says he will push to form a new Samoa-New Zealand Business Council. Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo says an improved trade relationship be... More
Speaker of parliament in Samoa warns media over breach of parliament privileges
15 nov. 2013 - RNZI. The Speaker of parliament in Samoa has warned local media over breach of parliament privileges after the publication of the government chief auditor’s report by the only daily ... More
Lawyer Susana makes history in Samoa
13 nov. 2013 - Leao-o-Salafai Susana Leota has made history in Samoa. On Friday, she became the first person with special needs to be admitted to the bar in Samoa. ... More
Samoa remains a top secret
12 nov. 2013 - Samoa Observer See: Samoa remains the world’s most top secret tax haven, according to... More
Samoa PM asked to explain suspension of associate minister
12 nov. 2013 - RNZI. Samoa’s opposition leader has again called on the prime minister to explain to the public why he has suspended an associate minister, Lafaitele Patrick Leiatauale, for a year. ... More
1500 farewell Fatialofa
12 nov. 2013 - An estimated 1500 people have gathered in south Auckland this evening to remember Samoan rugby great Peter Fatialofa, who died last week aged 54. The Vodafone Events Cen... More
The Veteran: Learning to live
11 nov. 2013 - “I don’t know if everyone knows your story, but you all are fortunate—because this is a hero,” a woman is saying about Tausolo Aieti. The woman, a psychologist, is standi... More
Samoa health ministry critical of poor health standards in schools
11 nov. 2012 - RNZI. Many schools in Samoa have been found in a recent inspection to have very poor health standards. The inspection by the Ministry of Health found only 28 percent of schools ha... More
Acting police commissioner in Samoa denies earlier comments on ministers
8 nov. RNZI. Samoa’s acting Police Commissioner has retracted his confirmation that charges will be laid against the Deputy Prime Minister and an Associate Minister. On Wednesday, Leiataua Aviga... More
Fairtrade the business strategy in Samoa
8 nov. 2013 - NZHerald. A young Samoan organisation with a small membership, the Savai'i Coconut Farmers Association has adopted Fairtrade certification as a business strategy to increase members' ... More
Helping communities adapt to climate change by reducing disaster risks in Samoa
7 nov. 2013 - Just 20 minutes’ drive into the hills from the Samoan capital lies the village of Falemauga, home to 67 year-old Ale Tuiletufuga who runs a small farm with his family. The a... More
Samoan rugby legend Peter Fatialofa dies
6 nov. 2013 - NZHerald. Auckland and Samoan rugby is in mourning after the loss of the one of the game's "larger than life" personalities. Papali'itele Peter Fatialofa died suddenly this morning... More
Samoan minister under police investigation complains against officers
4 nov. 2013 - The Samoan Associate Minister of Trade, Commerce and Industries has lodged a complaint against a police officer who breath-tested him. According to the Samoa Observer, Mua... More
Landless in Apia?
1 nov. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Giving money to the Church is more important than paying for a child’s education for most Samoans. That's what a new study published in the Singapore Journal of Topica... More
Tuilaepa’s Cabinet Ministers
31 oct. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Last week, two Cabinet Ministers wrote to the Samoa Observer. First, we received a press statement from the Associate Minister of Trade, Commerce and Industries, M... More
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Kiwis V Samoa, Rugby League World Cup 2013
29 oct. 2013 - Hello and welcome to Warrington for the Kiwis opening game of the Rugby League World Cup against Samoa. Well the Kiwis thrashed the Cook Islands in their warmup match... More
Transforming Piu with biogas
25 oct. 2013 - Samoa Observer. The solution is a simple technology. By feeding the vine leaves into a small biodigester, this problem vine can be turned into biogas, which can be used for cookin... More
Samoa head of state highlights importance of language
25 oct. 2013 - RNZI. Samoa’s Head of State Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi is advocating for a return of glottal marks for the Samoan language. In his keynot speech at the opening of the American Sam... More
Police report tells
23 oct. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Details about a traffic stop on Beach Road involving deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, Associate Minister Muagututagata Peter Ah Him and five Police office... More
Kiwis targeting an improved performance
23 oct. 2013 - New Zealand fullback Kevin Locke says the team have pored over the footage of their 50-0 warm-up win over the Cook Islands and is sure that they can improve their game. ... More
University health clinic re-opens
21 oct. 2013 - Samoa Observer. After several months of planning and negotiations, the University Health Clinic Centre Service based at the National University of Samoa campus has reopened with a pr... More
15 year old charged in American Samoa over stone throwing incident
15 oct. 2013 - RNZI. A 15-year-old student in American Samoa has been charged in connection with the stoning incident at a school sports game last month. The fifteen year old male is accused of ... More
In Samoan churches, White Sunday is a day for children to shine
13 oct. 2013 - ADN com. On Sunday morning, the pews of Anchorage's New Testament Church were full of jittery boys in ivory satin suits and girls in flower crowns and frilly dresses. Babies wore tux... More
Desperation knows no end
9 oct 2013 - SamoaObserver. Desperation knows no end. When it comes to scams promising millions of dollars, it’s the one quality the people who fall for these dubious schemes and the person res... More
Businesswoman on the move
8 oct. 2013 - SamoaObserver. One of Samoa’s renowned business matriarchs is Iliganoa Sapolu. She returned to Samoa in 1979 after living in America and set up her businesses, Daphne’s, a restaura... More
Samoa wins the Oceania Sevens rugby title
7 sept. 2013 - RadioAustralia. Samoa now holds the Oceania Sevens Rugby title after beating Fiji 31-17 in the final held in Suva. And in the womens competition, Australia won the Oceania championsh... More
Samoan PM says big is beautiful
Stuff NZ 05-10 Samoa's prime minister has called for his nation's women to stay away from international beauty contests because they favour skinny and scrawny-looking women. Miss Samoa 2012/201... More
Police deny claims
3 okt. 2013 - SamoaObserver. A letter alleging that Police sometimes use prisoners to do work for them has been denied. Asked for a comment, Acting Commissioner and Spokesperson, Fauono Talalelei T... More
Millions of aid where?
2 oct. 2013 - SamoaObserver. Isn’t it sad that after four years since the tsunami struck the south coast of Upolu with such deadly force yet it seems nothing much has improved in terms of evacuatio... More
Samoa and American Samoa met offices disagree on warning and watch
2 oct. 2013 - SamoaNews. There’s been disagreement at the annual meeting of the National Weather Service in American Samoa and Samoa’s Meteorological Service over the issuance of warnings for tropi... More
Samoa’s national bird feared near extinction
1 oct. 2013 - RNZI. The manumea bird, which is endemic to Samoa and its national bird, is feared near extinction after a 10-day survey of the Savai’i uplands by a group of scientists resulted in ju... More
All Black Ma'a Nonu lends Samoa helping hand
30 sept. 2013 - Ma'a Nonu's chequered history leaves him persona-non-grata with New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises but he made a fine first impression when New South Wales' State of ... More
Thirty-six species of snails which are new to science have been found in the uplands of Samoa’s Savai’i Island.
30 sept. 2013 - SamoaObserver. A New Zealand Department of Conservation entomologist, Eric Edwards, was part of a large team of researchers who spent 10 days exploring the bird, plant, lizard and i... More
Building back better involves ancient architecture
26 sept. 2013 - SamoaObserver. Architect Anne Godinet-Milbank believes that in terms of housing, Samoans had it right from the beginning of time. As the first Samoan student studying for her PhD... More
Samoa ban won't hurt RSE scheme
26 sept. 2013 - A punishment to rural Samoan villages for the behaviour of its residents while in New Zealand will not have a big impact on New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer s... More
Australia to face Samoa, Argentina and Scotland on opening day of Gold Coast Sevens
26 sept. 2013 - HeraldSun. A PHYSICAL clash with Samoa and an encounter with the dangerous Argentina loom for Australia at the Gold Coast Sevens next month. Gold Coast's Skilled Park will host 16... More
Samoan villages face bans for bad behaviour : PM Tuilaepa
25 sept. 2013 - IslandsBuisiness. Samoa's rural villages will be punished if their residents misbehave while in New Zealand for seasonal work, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele says. Hund... More
RNZAF tests post-disaster radio communications in Samoa
25 sept. 2013 - RadioAustralia. Samoa has just played host to a group of Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel who were there to put their Kiwi ingenuity to work, practising how to set up communica... More
Museum of Samoa online photo exhibition breaks new ground
24 sept. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Curated by Auckland researcher and writer Tony Brunt in collaboration with the Museum, it tells the story of German-Samoan families and individuals in the turbulent ... More
Voyagers partner with ministry
23 sept. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Traditional voyaging took a step closer to mainstream acceptance with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Aiga Folau society and the Ministry of... More
Samoa conservation society established
23 sept. 2013 - RNZI. A new environmental organisation, the Samoa Conservation Society, has been set up to help increase awareness, and protection, of habitats unique to Samoa. The president of ... More
Motor 1 Samoa Runners for the Auckland Marathon
20 sept. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Fresh from their record-breaking efforts on Saturday in the 104km Perimeter Relay race, Motor 1 Samoa Runners are now aiming for their next challenge at the Auckland... More
Injuries after stones thrown at American Samoa school bus
20 sept. 2013 - RNZI. Three high school students have received hospital treatment in American Samoa after they were attacked on a school bus following an inter-school volleyball game. A departme... More
Tuilagi in bunny ears embarrassment
19 sept. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Manu Tuilagi has apologised for playing a prank on England’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, during the British and Irish Lions' visit to Downing Street on Monday aft... More
Small businesses restricted from selling at Fugalei market, Apia
19 sept. 2013 - RNZI. Samoa’s opposition party says the government has broken a promise to local businesses by making the soon-to-be rebuilt Fugalei market for farmers only. Original plans for a... More
Samoa brings in tough penalties for teachers who hit students
18 sept. 2013 - RadioAustralia. Education officials in Samoa say they're not backing away from tough new polices that end decades of strict physical discipline in schools. Under the new act on c... More
Women gather as Solosolo wins marching competition
17 sept. 2013 - Samoa Observer. More than a thousand women from 12 Catholic parishes gathered at Solosolo on Friday for their annual retreat. It is an event for women from different parishes to ... More
Samoa 7s addressing discipline issues ahead of Oceania and Gold Coast 7s tournaments
17 sept. 2013 - ur7s. com. Patrick Fa’apale is going to be pushed harder than usual at Samoa 7s training over the coming few days. Already suspended for two weeks for a retaliatory punch in the ... More
Samoa may open EEZ to foreign fishing vessels
17 sept. 2013 - Islandsbusiness com. A fish exporting company says the Samoan government is in talks with China to allow its heavily subsidised fishing vessels into Samoa’s Exclusive Economic Zone.... More
Samoan tree bark could help cure AIDS
17 sept. 2013 - Znews. Researchers have suggested that a tree bark that is used in Samoa to make medicinal tea, could help treat AIDS. Dr Paul Wender of Stanford University has said that an AIDS... More
Happy 6th birthday, Miracle-Tina Nanai!
16 sept. 2013 - Samoa Observer. In January 2008, we took you to America when you were only four months old, because you were a fighter and had proved to the world that you wanted to “live”! You ... More
American Samoa looking to attract longliners back to port
16 sept. 2013 - RNZI. The government-owned shipyard in American Samoa is focusing on attracting back to Pago Pago longliner fishing vessels now using other facilities in the Pacific region. The ... More
Samoa signs UN Arms Trade Treaty
16 sept. 2013 - Islandsbusiness com. Samoa has signed the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty which regulates the trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and wars... More
Samoa Observer editor talks of 'dictatorship' (PMC) .
12 sept. 2013 - You Tube. AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): The editor of the Samoa Observer says that media in the country needs to "do what they're supposed to do, and that is to be watchdogs of th... More
Health Dept continues crack downs
12 sept. 2013 - Samoa News com. The Department of Health inspectors have done it again, closing the doors of another downtown restaurant last Friday, after shutting down operations for Metro Enterp... More
Six cops in Court charged with assault
12 sept. 2013 - Samoa Observer. Six police officers appeared before the District Court yesterday accused of assault and actual bodily harm. All six defendants, whose name are being withheld by t... More
Samoa sells stake in Pacific shipping firm
12 sept. 2013 - Stuff Co Nz. Samoa has sold its 50 per cent stake in the Pacific Forum Line (PFL) just under a year after New Zealand gave Samoa its 23 per cent stake in the shipping company. N... More
Investigation into corruption at Samoan prison
12 sept. 2013 - ABC Net Au. A Commission of Inquiry investigating corruption at Samoa's Tafaigata prison will begin next week. Sine Lafaialii, counsel assisting in the investigations, says sexua... More
Could a tea drunk by Samoan tribes help eradicate AIDS? Scientists create antiviral drug from the bark of the mamala tree
11 sept. 2013 - DailyMail. Compound in prostratin has been isolated making it 100 more more potent Synthetic variants of prostratin, called analogs, are powerful antiviral drugs Scientists ho... More
Samoa win Gold in Rugby Sevens at Pacific Mini-Games with victory over Fiji in final
11 sept. 2013 - The Fiji sevens team -was made to realize that you need more than just prayers to win at an international meet as Samoa thumped Fiji 31-12 in the final of the rugby sevens... More
Doctor honoured
10 sept. 2013 - Samoa Observer. A son of Samoa has received a rare honour in his field of expertise during a gathering of the world’s top medical minds in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Professor Dr. S... More
Proposed human trafficking law in American Samoa draws reactions
10 sept. 2013 - RNZI. A new law in American Samoa has been introduced to the Fono to combat the growing problem of human trafficking. Authorities say there are many cases of young girls from nei... More
Contestants gather for one last time
9 sept 2013 - Samoa Observer. The gathering was an emotionally-charged event as the contestants bid farewell to each other, ending a period of their lives they would live to remember. The prize ... More
Negative tourist perceptions prompt calls for better dog control in Samoa
9 sept. 2013 - RNZI. A recent study by researchers at New Zealand’s Massey University has highlighted the potential impact that the bursting dog population could have on tourism in Samoa. Massey... More
Visitors get into 2013 Teuila Festival spirit
6 sept. 2013 - SamooaObserver. Stacking up a traditional umu, or earth oven. Graham Kortigast and family were among tourists enjoying their time in front of the government building yesterday morni... More
Land and Titles mediators ready to serve
6 sept. 2013 - SamooaObserver. Land and title disputes may not take years of legal battle and thousands of tala to settle, if new mediation services prove a success. Chief Justice, His Honour Pa... More
Samoa ready for Knights fixture
5 sept. 2013 - Eurosport com. The match will be played as a curtain-raiser to England's warm-up game against Italy at Salford City Stadium on Saturday, October 19, a week before the opening ceremon... More
Making a splash in Samoa
5 sept. 2013 - Stuff co nz. Nelson swimmer Michele Surcouf left behind Nelson's chilly waters for a festival of swimming in Samoa last month What a treat to swim in such beautiful, warm water i... More
New allegations of corruption at Samoa’s Tafaigata prison
4 sept. 2013 - RNZI. A Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption at Tafaigata prison in Samoa, has taken a new turn, with the attorney general’s office now stepping into assist with the ... More
People or profit at N.H.S?
26 aug. 2013 - SamoaObserver NHS General Manager Leota Laki Sio has confirmed rumours the National Health Service will become a fully corporate body. In an interview with the Samoa Observer on t... More
Goal projects boost Samoa
26 aug 2013 - Fifa. Samoa is the latest nation to benefit from FIFA’s Goal Progamme, with the opening of two facilities in the Pacific Island nation. The inauguration of the projects – a Region... More
Brothers, sister laid to rest
23 aug. 2013 - SamoaObserver Tears were aplenty among mourners as the hearses carrying the bodies of three brothers and their sister arrived at the St. Peter Chanel Catholic church yesterday, where... More
Samoa’s police commissioner and head of Tafaigata prison suspended
23 August, 2013 - RNZI Samoa’s Police Commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, and an assistant commissioner who heads Tafaigata prison, Seaga Uili Lafaele, have been suspended as a commission of inqu... More
Silamanino Part III ready to hit the screen
22 aug. 2013 - SamoaObserver. Fans of the popular local film series Silamanino have reason to look forward to next week. It is when the latest part of the film, Silamanino Part 3 will hit the sh... More
Where's our market?
22 aug. 2013 - Samoaobserver SUFFERING RAIN OR SHINE: These farmers have to brave the sun and the rain as well as the cars and fumes. Photo: Ramona Manu'a Frustrated farmers and vendors who ... More