Samoa pig head thrower admits immigration charge

He had been accused of making a false declaration on a passenger arrival card when he entered the country in January.

Pauga had wrongly claimed he had no criminal record.

Pauga threw a pig's head at Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane last year, in what he called a protest over the prime minister not listening to the people of Samoa on important issues facing the country.

Pauga was charged by Australian Police with disturbing the peace after the incident but was later discharged without conviction.


Samoa rules out leasing a new Boeing 737 max 9 aircraft

The Cabinet has decided to look for another Boeing 737-800 to continue its service once the lease of the current 737-800 aircraft from an Italian company expires at the end of the month.

Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi revealed the decision in his weekly radio interview, adding that the Minister responsible for Samoa Airways was negotiating whether the lease of the current aircraft can be extended while looking for another plane.

Samoa parliament debates amendments to prosecute road racers

Amendments to the Road Traffic Ordinance legislation were debated yesterday.

The amendments are aimed at stopping illegal practices on public roads at night in the town area.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, said if people wanted to race they could buy land but it should not be done on public roads.

The MP, Laauli Leuatea Polataivao, said some locals are keen to promote car racing as well as a car show.

Tuila'epa reminded legislators a young boy was killed last year as a result of a car race in town.



Samoa PM calls parliament media filming ban 'stupid'

Talamua Media reported a press release, from the Office of the Clerk, informed media all video and still cameras are prohibited inside the new Maota Fono during parliament sessions.

The new arrangement comes after the new parliament building was opened last week.

Tuilaepa told Talamua he was not aware of the ban, saying he would have stopped the notice if he'd known.

He expressed surprise at not seeing any journalists in parliament.

Samoa MMR programme to re-start this month

The MMR programme was halted last July following the death of two infants after they received the vaccination.

Two nurses have been charged with their manslaughter.

The World Health Organisation's representative to Samoa Rasul Baghirov said they will step-up the programme and aim to have all eligible children vaccinated by the end of April.

The potential for the measles outbreak in New Zealand to spread to Samoa has created an extra sense of urgency according to Dr Baghirov.

Restoring confidence in the programme remains a hurdle, he said.

Samoa RSE workers told to avoid extramarital affairs

The Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell told Newsline Samoa that his intentions are serious.

He said the government would not condone infidelity that would cause social upheavals at home.

He said there was only one end for any infidelity while on the scheme and that was a one-way ticket home.

Since the scheme started, acts of infidelity have been immortalised, albeit humorously, in song but it has taken on a more serious tone after formal complaints from spouses reached the ear of the prime minister.

Samoa journos unhappy over new camera rules at parliament

The Legislative Office informed local media of the new protocols before parliament resumed today.

It said the media could have access to video and photos of the sittings taken by designated staff.

But the Journalists Association of Samoa has warned against the move, describing it as a form of censorship.

Journalists have also expressed disappointment that the new parliament house has no media gallery as originally planned.

The association has urged the speaker, Leaupepe Toleafoa Faafisi, to reconsider the new protocols.


Defence lawyer in Samoa MMR case fails to attend court again

V1Samoa reported that this raised the ire of Chief Justice Patu TIavasue Falefatu Sapolu who asked the nurses if they still wanted lawyer Lefau Harry Schuster to represent them.

He said the court had the authority to make a change in their legal representative if needed.

The nurses, Leuatogi Te'o and Luse Emo Tauvale, told the Supreme Court they still wanted the former parliamentarian to represent them.

World Bank Group Pacific Hub opens in Suva

The office will serve as a regional hub for the development institution’s work across the region.

The new regional hub will be integral to the World Bank Group’s delivery of more than one billion Fiji dollars’ worth of projects across six countries (Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu) in a wide range of sectors including transport, aviation, information and communications technology, education, disaster resilience, fisheries, health and education, among others.

Samoa PM Tuilaepa condemns Christchurch attack

In a statement, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said, “That this happened to a close friend and neighbour in our Pacific region, again, is deplorable and unacceptable.”

“On behalf of my Government and people of Samoa, I convey to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and her Government and people of New Zealand our profound feelings of sorrow and sympathy, and our committed solidarity and support. To the families and friends of those whose lives were taken without warning – we extend our warm and heartfelt condolences.”