China donates furniture to Samoa’s Mataaevave College

Ambassador of China to Samoa Chao Xiao Liang handed over the furniture to the school.

Member of Parliament for the Fa’asaleleaga No. 2 Electoral Constituency Magele Sekati Fiaui accepted the desks and chairs on behalf of the College.

He thanked the Chinese government for its long-term support for the development of Samoa, and also thanked the Chinese Embassy in Samoa for its help in improving local teaching conditions,

Women should be on equal parity to men - Samoan church minister

Rev. Dr. Marie Ropeti-Apisaloma says women should be ordained ministers in the church and be given leadership roles.

Ropeti-Apisaloma argues the early missionaries brought a patriarchal view with them that discouraged women. 

Her new book Nafanua Theology:  A Samoan-Christian argument for women in ordained ministry contests the traditional views on who gets ordained.

Fuel prices increase

Petrol has increased by 22.2 sene per litre from $3.03 to $3.26 per litre.

The price of diesel has increased by 3.6 sene from $3.52 to $3.56 per litre.

There has been a 9.2 sene increase in the price of kerosene.

Consumers are now paying $3.20 per litre.

The new prices came into effect yesterday (Wednesday)    


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SPC helps strengthen biosecurity to protect Samoa from emerging pests and diseases

Areas covered in the training included biosecurity risk mitigation, pest/import risk assessment, emerging threats, and plant health surveillance, including sample collection, processing and submission for identification and authentication.

Samoa moves away from fossil fuels

The project - part of a Japanese-funded regional climate programme - is looking at increasing the use of electric vehicles and exploring propulsion systems that use cleaner energy.

RNZ Pacific reports the $US36.8 million regional projects, with an allocation of $US15.5 million for Samoa, are scheduled for completion in March 2025.

According to Samoa's latest National Greenhouse Gas Inventory in 2020, the road transport sector, largely dependent on fossil fuels, is the country's largest emitter of carbon dioxide.


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Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show opens doors for Samoa tourism

The show is the USA's most prestigious travel event, enabling marketers to reach a large number of consumers and travel agents under one roof.

According to Samoa Tourism Authority, such a large-scale international event is crucial for Samoa given the huge potential to drive awareness amongst consumers and also create an abundance of opportunities to work with the U.S travel agents, tour operators and members of the press.

Preparations underway to launch Samsung’s innovative Solve for Tomorrow challenge in Samoa

STEAM subjects are Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Mathematics.

Samsung New Zealand President, Hyung Min Chun, met Peseta Noumea Simi, CEO of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as Aeau Chris Hazelman, Director of Education in MESC, to outline and present Samsung’s global programme, Solve for Tomorrow, which will be tailored for Samoan youths, a statement said.

Working to unleash the best future for Samoa - Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. New Zealand leadership visited Samoa on 21st – 22nd February, to discuss a collaboration with the Samoan Government with the aim of promoting technology design thinking and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Mathematics) subjects in Samoan secondary schools.

Samsung New Zealand President, Hyung Min Chun, met Ms. Peseta Noumea Simi, CEO of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to outline and present Samsung’s global programme, Solve for Tomorrow, which will be tailored for Samoan youths.

Samoa authorities encourage child immunisation for measles, mumps and rubella

The Ministry said there are still a significant number of children under five who have not yet completed their scheduled immunisations, especially the MMR shot, mostly from the Apia and north-west areas.

RNZ Pacific reports in 2019, the measles epidemic killed 83 people in Samoa, mostly children.

The Ministry said this is especially important as measles has recently been reported in Auckland and in Australia.


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FAST wins Vaimauga No. 3 by-election

According to preliminary count results, more than 2,700 votes were cast with the FAST party candidate Lautimuia Uelese Vaai gaining 1,425 to the HRPP's Samau Timani Samau's just over 1,000 votes.

The official results are expected to be announced today and if confirmed will see FAST secure 32 seats in the 51 seat parliament.