Ardern to lead delegation to Samoa for the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship

Prime Minister Ardern says the trip builds on Prime Minister of Samoa Fiame Naomi Mata'afa’s visit to New Zealand in June and provides another opportunity for us to reflect on our shared past and think ahead to a shared future.

In 1962 Samoa became the first Pacific nation to achieve independence after more than 50 years of New Zealand’s administration. Two months later the Treaty of Friendship was signed, committing both governments to working together to promote the welfare of the people of Samoa, and conduct the relationship in the spirit of close friendship. 

2Samoa Talks underway in American Samoa

The official opening ceremony of the ‘Atoa o Samoa’ Executive Meeting was held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 after the traditional ava ceremony.

Local media report the talks are focused on fostering and developing economic and social policies.

It is the first time since 2017 that both Governments under new leadership have officially met.

Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, said both countries were not spared the negative economic and social hardships.

Samoa’s Gataivai Primary School receives new building for students from Government of Japan

The new facility comprising eight classrooms, a staff room, principal’s office and library at a new location was handed over to the school by the Embassy of Japan.

The embassy said the project was funded under the Embassy's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project to the tune of USD$159,751 (approximately $410,800 tala).

Over 50 new Covid-19 cases in Samoa

The Ministry of Health confirmed that the new cases were from July 21 to 25.

The MOH also confirmed that of the 56 new cases, 54 are community cases and 2 are imported cases registered during this period.

The total number of cases (community and border) stands at 15,374.

Five patients are in managed isolation and one patient is admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at the Moto’otua Hospital.

Samoa journalist gets international role

Earlier this year the Association known as by its acronym JAWS nominated veteran Samoan journalist Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson to the IFJ Gender Council and she was subsequently appointed to the Council as the only Pacific island journalist.

Association president Lagi Keresoma said the presence of JAWS through one of its members on the Federation's Gender Council is a milestone for Samoa and also a broader recognition for Pacific women journalists.

The Gender Council has 37 representatives from journalists' unions and associations around the world.

Ardern to visit Samoa

Her visit will mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, at the time that Samoa was establishing its independence from New Zealand.

The Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has confirmed the visit, saying it will be Ardern's first visit since the FAST government came to power a year ago.

Ardern will be accompanied by members of her Cabinet and will meet with Samoan Cabinet Ministers.


Samoa begins campaign at the Commonwealth Games this week

The game between the two teams will kick off at 9pm (Local Time).

Later in the evening of the same day, Team Samoa will also be starting its campaign in aquatic swimming.

Next week Team Samoa will be represented in judo next Monday at 10pm (Local Time), athletics next Tuesday at 10pm (Local Time) and wrestling next Friday at 10.30pm (Local Time).

Team Samoa has 38 athletes competing in athletics, wrestling, judo, boxing, men’s rugby 7s, swimming and weightlifting.

Samoa to end Covid state of emergency ahead of reopening

Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa said Samoa's "journey with Covid-19 has been a long two years" and like all countries, Samoa has seen and felt the ravages of the virus across all sectors of the economy.

Fiame said Samoa's "norms" have changed including wearing masks, social distancing, and adapting to periodic nationwide lockdowns to minimise the rapid spread of the virus.

PACER Plus supports Samoan farmers increase exports with harvesting bins

The harvesting bins will assist farmers by minimizing post-harvest damage and loss of produce harvested for export.

Loss and damage of harvested commodities at the farm and during transportation to cleaning and processing facilities is one of the major challenges and prevailing issues for local produce prepared for export.

This is mainly due to lack of appropriate containers or bins used to transport produce from farm to processing and cleaning facilities.

38 athletes represent Samoa at Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Thirty-eight athletes are participating in athletics, wrestling, judo, boxing, men’s rugby 7s, swimming and weightlifting.

The team was farewelled on Monday, however not all the athletes were present due to precautionary measures taken by Team Samoa management to protect them from Covid-19 and the common flu.

Deputy Prime Minister, Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio said, "The last Commonwealth Games took place in Gold Coast, Australia back in 2018 [where] Samoa had topped the Oceania performances with 2 gold and 3 silver medals [with] Samoa ranked 17th out of the 71 countries."