Taekwondo trio earn black belts and spots on Samoan team for Pacific Games

Paul Raki, Theresa Magele and Asomua Saili have reached the top grade under the tutelage of Australian grandmaster Frank Frost.

It means they are eligible to compete at the Pacific Games which Samoa will host in its capital Apia between July 7 and 20.

"I'm thankful that Grandmaster Frost is here to do our grading for our black belt so we can qualify for the Pacific Games, and I'm happy to complete this phase," said 16-year-old Magele to the Samoa Observer.

Donations to Samoa church increase amid tax dispute

Samoa's largest church is currently in a bitter dispute with the government over its ministers' refusal to pay income tax, which has led to several pastors being brought before the courts.

However, church treasurer Rimoni Wright recently told its general conference that its finances continued to grow.

Reverend Wright said much of the extra revenue is earmarked for missionary work.


Samoa's King Faipopo faces new charges over social media rant

His lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, said her client is facing new charges of making a defamatory post on Facebook.

Unasa is accusing the police of abuse of power and she alleges the Prime Minister who is also the minister of police is behind the latest arrest of her client.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is overseas and was unable to respond to the allegation.

But Tuila'epa was involved in a previous case where it's alleged he was defamed in a social media video rant by King Faipopo, resulting in his arrest three months ago.

Australia supports Samoa’s Le’auva’a Primary School

The support was made available through Australia’s Direct Aid Programme.

Australian High Commission, Sara Moriarty officiated the opening together with school principal, Ada Uhrle-Mikaele, Sagaga district school inspector, Lafaitele Aiga Esera and school executive committee, member Mr Sala Lameko Thursday.

“The Government of Australia takes pride in working with local communities on projects such as these that aim to achieve sustainable development in Samoa,” Ms Moriarty said. 

IMF calls for minimum wage rise in Samoa

It said Samoa has the lowest minimum wage in the Pacific at 86 US cents an hour.

The IMF said this should increase to at least 3 tala per hour - or about $US1.13.

It said doing so could help more people cope with the high cost of living in Samoa.     

Samoan man found guilty of attempting to kill his defacto partner

The verdict was delivered by a five-member jury after a six-day trial which ended with a visit by the presiding judge, the jurors and lawyers to the crime scene.

The defendant has also been found guilty of one count each of possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of an unregistered firearm.

The 12-gauge pump action shot gun was used by the defendant to commit the offence which was the result of a domestic dispute.

During the trial the prosecution told the court the defendant shot her when she wanted to end their relationship.

CCCS Women’s Fellowship donates to Samoa’s MOH

The monetary gift of $70,000 was presented to Minister of Health, Faimalotoa Kika Stowers and MOH’s Chief Executive Officer Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.

The Dialysis Unit at the National Hospital Moto’otua is earmarked to receive $30,000 with the Tuasivi Hospital’s Dialysis Unit in Salelologa, Savai’i to receive $20,000. 

District hospitals in Savai’i and Upolu will receive a boost with $10,000 to be disbursed evenly on each island. 

Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa supports Samoa's ambitious tree planting goal

YPL is a network of Pacific leaders working together to address the global challenges impacting the region, and is supported by the US Embassy, Samoa; the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment, Samoa; and the Samoa Conservation Society.

The YPL carbon offsetting drive seeks to neutralise the CO2 gases emitted by the travel of all delegates who attended the YPL 2019 conference, raise the profile of environmental challenges affecting Samoa – and the world at large – and inspire support for the nation’s ambitious objective to plant two million trees by 2020.

Samoa former Electoral Commissioner faces fraud and forgery charges

The accused appeared in the supreme court on Monday but did not enter a plea because the prosecution charges have not been finalised.

Three years ago, Malietau's service was terminated as a result of a Public Service Commission's inquiry into breaches of his duties and misconduct.

Two months ago police launched an investigation.

The court has adjourned the matter for two weeks.


Samoa appoints first SWP Liaison Officer based in Australia


The position, which is the first of its kind, will be taken up by Fulisiailagitele Saleuesile.

Saleuesile is currently the Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the Trade Commerce and Manufacturing Sector with the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour, (MCIL).

His primary responsibility in the new role is to provide effective management and administration of supply and demand for seasonal employment.