Miss South Pacific, Miss Samoa returns home to help with measles recovery

Ms Seumanu was welcomed with an Ava ceremony held at Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) Tuesday.

She spoke of “promoting vaccination using my position as the Miss Pacific Islands and Miss Samoa.”

She plans to promote the health message as much as she can so not only the people of Samoa but the people of the Pacific will value it.

Ms. Seumanu is a registered nurse in New Zealand and during the measles crisis in Samoa, she assisted at the Ministry of Health and around the country and with the Mass Vaccination last year.

'Lessons to be learnt' from Samoa measles epidemic - Aupito William Sio

Counties Manukau and Samoa Doctors Worldwide are working on rotational cycles up to April as part of the regionwide response from Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Pacific.

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio who has just returned from Samoa says: "There are lessons to be learnt from this particularly for the wider region and both Winston Peters and I have been looking at how do we co-ordinate our response better."

Australia thanks Samoa for donation to bushfire response

Ms Moriarty said that Australia was very grateful for the outpouring of support from Samoa for Australia and the Australian people.

“Just as Australia supported Samoa’s response to the measles epidemic, it is comforting to know that Samoa is standing with Australia in our time of need,” she said. “I really appreciate all the kind words from people in the community who have expressed their condolences to me, as well as the efforts to raise funds.”

“This donation from the Government will help support bushfire response and recovery for those who have been badly impacted.

Samoa to launch new address system

Senior government officials announced the project this week.

They told local media the first part of the project would see work start from the iconic town clock in Apia as a central point, working out in a two kilometre radius.

The project will also ensure those streets already with names will be signposted and street numbers displayed.

Between 100 and 150 sign posts are being commissioned to go around the town area before the project moves further on.

MP calls for inquiry into Samoa's measles epidemic

Olo first made the call in December through local media, apologising on behalf of Parliament and telling the people of Samoa that the government had failed miserably.

This week he told Parliament the government did not have an epidemic plan in place before the outbreak in October.

Olo also mentioned the current coronavirus spreading in China and advised the ministry of health to take it seriously lest the country face another health crisis.

Samoa continues efforts to reduce cost of traditional gift giving

Currently cartons of canned fish contain 12 cans, while cartons of corned beef contain four three-pound cans, at a cost of $US10 and $US34 respectively.

The new cartons will contain only eight cans of fish and two cans of beef.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he expected that all wholesalers would have sold out of their old stock to make way for the new packaging requirements by the end of February.

Effective outbreak response reduces the risk of measles spread in the Pacific

For Samoa, the country experienced a widescale measles outbreak which had significant impact upon the country’s population and health system.

The disease has cost lives, with infants and young children being most affected.

In response to the identification of measles in the region, many Pacific countries and areas have made serious efforts to close immunity gaps in their population and strengthen infectious disease prevention, surveillance and response systems.

Samoa football team ready for OFC Champions League qualifier

The team meets Veitongo FC of Tonga in the opener at Ngahue Reserve in Auckland on Saturday.

Prior to their departure, Lupe Ole Soaga team members and management attended a special service at Magiagi Methodist Church in Samoa.

Reverend Faavae Sooalo inspired the players with the biblical story of Gideon and his soldiers who were surrounded by enemies.

Of the thousands of Gideon’s soldiers, only 300 returned who lapped water from the brook putting their hand to mouth.

Rev Sooalo said the soldiers who drank desperately failed.

90-year-old birthday girl shares her secret to long life

Mrs Tanuvasa of Nofoalii celebrated her birthday last Friday surrounded by her loved ones.

She turned 90 on 15 January and the party was a gift from her children both in Samoa and overseas.

The elated great grandmother of 99 great grand children shared some insights into her life.

“The years added in our lives are the greatest gifts God blesses us with. Valuing them and making life worth living is our way of giving back,” she said while fighting back tears.

Samoa names experienced side for Hamilton 7s

The line-up sees the return of last season’s captain, David Afamasaga, who has not put on the blue jersey due to injury since the Paris Sevens in June 2019. Afamasaga also missed the Pacific Games and crucial Oceania Sevens Olympic qualifier.

Playmaker Melani Matavao, who last played 7s for Samoa since last May, has been named in the non-travelling reserves alongside Phillip Luki and Pesamino Mikaele.

Currently in seventh place, Samoa will be playing against Fiji in their opening match this Saturday.