Samoa

Another HRRP MP in Samoa speaks out against govt bills

Afoa Fale'ulu Mauli has agreed with his Palauli West constituents and has come out against the government's suite of three bills before Parliament.

The MP, in a video on social media from the meeting with local matai, said he did not care if the party sacked him because of his stance on the bills.

A matai at the meeting said they wanted to hear the MP voicing their opposition in Parliament.

     

Ancient site in Samoa up for sale

The structure is located on a piece of land covering more than 1000 acres, the largest freehold property on Samoa, has now been put on the market either as a single block or as nine separate lots.

The Samoa Observer newspaper reported the Savaii property, owned by O.F. Nelson Properties Limited, had been listed on the open market since March with prospective buyers having until 1 June to make a bid.

Samoan airline helps ferry Kiribati MPs to parliament

Before the Covid-19 lockdown, Talofa Airways was flying between Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

According to the Samoa Observer newspaper, the Clerk of the Kiribati Parliament confirmed the chartered Talofa Airways plane had left Apia on Monday.

It was due to make at least four stops to pick up several MPs before Parliament sat.

Meanwhile 207 Kiribati citizens registered with their government as being stranded overseas and in need of repatriation.

They were registered in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, USA, New Zealand and Taiwan.

Samoa PM speaks out regarding dissenting MP

The government newspaper Savali reported Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi met with Faleata urban seat MP Faumuina Wayne Fong, where he urged to be supportive in caucus or quit the party.

Faumuina had been increasingly outspoken against planned constitutional reforms.

But Tuila'epa said none of the party's MPs were speaking out against the government because of policies and agreements they signed when they joined.

The prime minister also reminded Faumuina, during their meeting, that if he was an honest person he would make the right decision.

Repatriation flights from NZ to Samoa due next week

Samoa's government has confirmed that passenger services from Auckland to Apia will now begin Friday 29 May.

It is the first in a series of five fortnightly flights to return nationals and residents, although more are expected.

This week's flight will go ahead but with cargo only.

Government data showed there were over a thousand people waiting to return to Samoa.

Beyond New Zealand, Samoa's foreign office said there were nationals across Australia, Asia, North America and neighbouring Pacific countries.

Samoan court releases man on charges related to sea cucumbers

The defendant, Suikei Mayang, was released as the prosecution did not oppose his application for bail.

He was ordered to surrender his travel documents and to sign in twice a week at police headquarters in Apia.

The court heard the defendant was only charged with bribery as a result of the police investigation but a Customs inquiry was still underway.

He was reported to have offered a senior customs official a bribe worth around $US1800.

Mr Mayang will appear again in court on 11 June.

Suspended police sergeant in Samoa denies manslaughter charge

The accused is jointly charged with Ulugia Lomalasi Laufili, another man from the village of Vaiusu, where the 20 year-old deceased also lived.

A former Attorney General currently working in a private law firm, Taulapapa Brenda Heather Latū, is prosecuting the police case.

It comes after the Attorney-General's Office declared a conflict of interest because the suspended sergeant had worked with state lawyers in the prosecution division.

Samoa ruling party MP asked by PM to step down

Faumuina Wayne Fong has confirmed on social media that Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told him to resign because of a meeting he attended of his village of Gagaifo Lefaga last week.

At the meeting, the MP for the Faleata urban constituency voiced opposition to controversial government legislation currently before parliament.

Faumuina said the prime minister had no right to interfere with what has been discussed by the village.

Fijian midwife reflects on supporting Samoa during measles epidemic

With the International Midwives Day and International Nurses Day celebrated this week, Kelera Rabuka says she is proud of the group's achievements.

Ms Rabuka said in a day, they would help with around 12 deliveries per shift at Samoa's national and

district hospitals.

"For me being at home for almost a year without a job and to go back and give back to the community that was rewarding," she said.

Kelera Rabuka said that for her and others in the group the 10-week experience has left a lasting impression on them.

     

Workers on Samoa hotel project fired for working on Sunday

General manger of Zheng Construction, Peizheng Wang, said the men were fired for working on a Sunday.

The government said the company did not have a development consent to do work on a Sunday.

Mr Wang said the company's been warned if it's caught again, they will lose their permit.