Film-maker 'poured his heart' into documentary about Samoan tatau

Legend has it the tatau was gifted to Samoa from goddesses, Taema and Tilafaiga, who taught the Samoan people the practice, entrusting the tatau would live on for centuries.

To this day the history of the Samoan tatau fascinates people.

But there were also failed attempts by early missionaries to have it prohibited as they came to accept that the tatau was a rite of passage.

While it is a breathtaking work of art, the tatau is a symbol of identity, heritage and service.


Samoa records increase in tourists

It says more than 40,000 people arrived during the first three months of the year.

In this period New Zealand still provided the highest number of visitors to Samoa, making up 46.1 per cent or 13,886 people.



Concerns raised about Fagalii Airport in Samoa

Samoa News reports several issues have been cited in the wake of the opening of the upgraded airport this week.

Samoa Airways landed there the day it opened; it said the trees and the telephone tower should be removed.

The Samoa Government it spent $2.6 million tala re-opening the airport.



Samoa’s Fagali'i Airport re-opens

Minister of Samoa Airport Authority Olo Fiti Vaai said the airport has met all the required standards, and the runway has been extended from 700 to 800 metres.

Other work needed for Fagali'i Airport included the runway and apron resurfacing, renovating the terminal and the VIP lounge, and fixing drainage and the car park.

Samoa Airways is now using the airport, and Talofa Airways said it planned to begin flying into Fagali'i in July.


Direct flight links China to Samoa

The aircraft operated by Hainan Airlines landed at Faleolo International Airport on Sunday evening.

The flight originated from the Haikou Meilan International Airport in Hakou in the Hainan Province.

According to the Samoa Government, there were more than 200 mainly business people from China in a major achievement that has been 10 years in the making.

The passengers on the direct flight will stay in Samoa for eight days before the next flight brings in another group of tourists.

The return flights from Samoa to China are available for travel and cargo.

Samoa Consumer Price Index increases for April

According to the latest CPI report issued by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics, the Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages index increased by 23.7 percent.

The Restaurants index increased 18.4 percent and the Communication index also increased by 14 percent.

The Bureau of Statistics reports the Average Annual Inflation for the year ended April 2023 was 11.7 percent.

The CPI went up by 1.6 percent from March 2023.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for April 2023 rose 12.4 percent compared to April 2022.

Samoa launches first ever 60 tālā bank note

According to the Samoa Observer, the note features the faces of two prime ministers, current PM Fiamē Naomi Mata'afa and her father, and first PM, Fiamē Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II.

The note also features all-female signatories on a Samoan banknote for the first time.

The commemorative note - which is also legal tender - includes enhanced security features and the note is carbon neutral.

It will be issued into circulation through the commercial banks from Wednesday.


Explainer: The cultural significance of the Samoan tatau

It holds deep cultural and historical significance in the Samoan culture. It is a traditional form of body art that has been practiced for centuries and continues to be a cherished part of Samoan culture.

The tatau represents not only a beautiful work of art but also serves as a symbol of identity, heritage, and personal achievements.

U.S. Coast Guard concludes Operation Tui Moana

The exercise was conducted with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of Police, Prisons and Corrections.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Noriko Horiuchi commended the efforts of the Samoa Government to enforce maritime security in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, as the U.S. is Samoa’s closest neighbor. Chargé Horiuchi also acknowledged the Australian government for their successful patrol and aerial surveillance earlier in the week.

Samoa village signs sister city pact with Hastings

The Samoa Observer reports this was signed off this week after Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazelhurst was bestowed with the matai title of To'osavili.

The two towns have had an agreement for 17 years for fruit pickers, but the new pact means Hastings will be able to help Poutasi in socio-economic projects, education and enable trade opportunities.

The formal signing of the protocol was done following a visit by a Hastings delegation to Samoa, for the Mana Trade Summit 2023.



Photo file ResearchGate   Caption: Waterfront at Poutasi Village