Savaii registers 47 candidates for upcoming General Elections

Electoral Commissioner Faimalo Mathew Lemisio says there were 24 HRPP and 16 FAST candidates at the close of registrations around 4pm yesterday afternoon.

“We had very minor issues on first day with canidates’ documentation but once those were clarified, everything went smoothly.”

Of the 47 Savaii candidates, there were seven women including 4 who are current Members of Parliament.

Four of Samoa’s five women MPs are all from Savaii.

Savaii benefits from NZ-Samoa Tourism partnership

The projects were funded by New Zealand government and was celebrated in a launch earlier this week in Salelologa, Savaii.

The event took place at Jetover Hotel in Salelologa and was attended by New Zealand High Commissioner Dr Trevor Matheson, the Associate Minister of Tourism Fagaivalu Kenrick Samu, STA CEO Faamatuainu Lenata’i Suifua, members of the Samoa Tourism Board, Samoa Hotel Association, and the Savaii Samoa Tourism Association.

Samoa Airways announce special airfare rates between Upolu and Savaii

Flights between Faleolo and Maota in Salelologa had been previously announced to begin today (Friday).

However, according the airline has taken to social media to announce that the services will now start on 11 September 2020.

Travellers should note, however, that the $89 tala one-way fare is for travel and bookings until 8 October or until seats run out.

Woman dies in fatal road accident

Aiganalupe Poai Tavita was in a vehicle that was being driven by her husband.

According to Police, the vehicle veered off the road and fell into a steep end of the Maliolio river in Patamea.

Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil said the incident happened at about 7pm on Monday.

He added that there is no evidence of alcohol and no other vehicle was on the road at the time of the incident.

Tavita is being remembered as a humble and gracious mother, who loved to work the land.

She was also employed at the Le Lagoto Resort and Spa.

Women of Samoa’s Asaga village enhance skills to generate income

The youth have also volunteered to be part of the project.

The village of Asaga celebrated the official closing of the project last week, where the village mayor Sui o le Nuu Lualua Tautu thanked the Programme Manager of the Civil Society Support Program (CSSP). 

Tautu said the participants were selected on a needs basis that targeted unemployed low-income families, not all of whom had any prior knowledge of sewing or elei printing.

Samoans grateful for easing of restrictions on inter-island ferry services

50 year-old Sione Hanunga said he was happy to be finally returning to his home in Savaii.

“I was so happy when I heard about the boat were allowed to go to Savaii, it is my chance of going back home. I came to Upolu to sell my crops and was stuck here. So I stayed with my daughter and her family, now I am able to go back to my home, I am so happy.”

Second year university student, Lorraine Tufele also shared the same experience.

Samoa Airways to begin new service between Upolu and Savai'i

As Polynesian Airlines, the Samoan carrier used to fly from Fagalii to Maota airports as well as Asau but the service was discontinued in the late 1990's.

At one time, there were also direct flights from American Samoa to Savai'i.

According to a press statement, the new flights aim to develop the tourism market on Savai'i.

Samoa Airways chief executive, Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala, said that it was a good time to make new routes and offer more options to their customers.

Samoa’s Savaii celebrates National Voters Day

National Voters Day commemorates, celebrates and recognizes the importance of raising awareness to vote in a democratic society.
The theme for this year’s National Voters Day is, “Know Your Elections”. 

The Office of the Electoral Commission in partnership with the Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project, WILS – a three-year joint project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women with funding from the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of Samoa.

New clinic opens for Matavai Maloloina Village

The clinic was officially handed over to the community by Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Samoa, Amanda Jewell last week.

The clinic will provide first aid, over the counter medication and basic health assistance for minor injuries for people living in the area.

It will also be a base for any visiting medical teams to conduct Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) screenings and other health services.

The building was partially funded by Australia through its Direct Aid Program which provided WST $21,137.33 for the purchase of building materials.

Samoa unveils more renewable power plans

Work on the first hydro power station on Savai'i is now underway.

RNZ reports it is being built in the village of Vailoa Palauli.

General Manager for the Electric Power Corporation, Tologatā Tile, said this was only the beginning for Savaii.