Young people

International interest in new programme teaching young people traditional Samoan ways

Aualuma and Aumaga a Malaeola is based in Auckland, and is the first programme of its kind catering to young people 11 years and older.

It teaches children the traditional ways of Samoan life dating back some 3,000 years.

PMN News reports the official launch of Aualuma and Aumaga a Malaeola will be on 24 June at the Malaeola Hall in Mangere.

To’aiga’otumua Musuiaiga Neil Tapu-Sitagata, the lead facilitator for the program, says in Samoan culture they can't go forward without the blessings of parents, the church and community leaders. 

PM concerned about increase in young Samoans requiring overseas medical treatment

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa says it is a reflection of the poor health of the citizens of Samoa reports Tala Fou.

She confirmed that Cabinet approved 13 patients for medical treatment in New Zealand last week.

The overseas medical treatment scheme is very costly for Samoa.

According to the Prime Minister, the Government may not be able to continue with the scheme if the number of patients requiring medical treatment overseas continues to increase.

So far the total cost of medical transferal scheme to New Zealand for this financial year alone is $16 million tala.