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The role women and community leaders and traditional village systems  should be acknowledged and considered in the discussion on peace and security for women in the Pacific region including Samoa.

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Women police officers are represented in all units of the Samoa Police and this is a huge step from the past.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Pacific Games boxing hero, Nuuuli Livai, is a free man except for the 300 hours of community work he must do for the Samoa Victim Support Group.

But the next time he is convicted of burglary and theft, he is going to do prison time at Tanumalala Prison.

A small landslip at Lalomanu last week attracted the attention of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), but not as much as the distress at the litter they stumbled into.

The Tuiolemu area was littered with mostly plastic rubbish that was a big disappointment for the MNRE Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

After the success of a ‘greening’ awareness campaign during the Pacific Games, the show of little regard for a cleaner environment, was a let down.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Visiting New Zealand Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni, reflected proudly on the forgiving Samoan heart at the memorial service on Friday for all who died during the 1918 flu epidemic.


An EPC power outage is to blame for the not-so-warm welcome received by 100 plus Samoa Airways passengers who arrived at Faleolo International Airport from New Zealand on the afternoon of Wednesday, 11 July, 2018.

Irate passengers called in to Newsline Samoa with complaints about being locked out of the new arrival area for more than an hour after disembarking the aircraft.

In response to Newsline inquiries, Samoa Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Magele Hoe Viali said it was an EPC power outage that caused the mishap.

Reverend Faulalo Leti is the new president of the Methodist Church. He will replace Reverend Apineru Lafai.

The Church has also elected a new Secretary. He is Reverend Eteuati Tuioti.

Rev Leti and Rev Tuioti will step into their new positions next year but they will continue with their current executive in place for this year.

Rev Leti is currently the Secretary of the Church while Rev Tuioti is the head of the America Synod.

Rev Ellice Soliola continues as the Church Treasurer.

Autopsies were done yesterday on the bodies of the babies who allegedly died from immunisation injections for measles, mumps and rubella. 

But more forensic tests are needed to conclusively establish the cause of death.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, who gave Newsline the update, added that it is still early days yet.

“It would be too ambitious to hope to determine the cause this week, there are lab tests that have to be done, “ Leausa said.

(The following is a press statement issued by the Director Genearl of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri on the death of two baby toddlers in Savai'i last Friday 6 July 2018)

Vaccine-related Deaths Samoa

Situational update
Two babies, both aged 12 months, died after receiving their first dose of the MMR vaccine at Safotu District Hospital in Savai’i, Samoa, on Friday 6 July 2018.

The death of these two babies is a tragedy for all concerned, and our thoughts and prayers are with their parents, families and communities. 

Health shockwaves washed across the country this week, at the death of two 1-year-old baby toddlers, a boy and a girl, shortly after a routine vaccination injection, to protect against measles, mumps and rubella.

The fatal incident occurred last Friday at a scheduled immunisation injection clinic at Safotu, as part of a routine exercise, underway at the same time also in other health centres and district hospitals in Savai’i.

Two church schools in Samoa received donations totalling $40,000 tala from South Queensland Seventh Day Adventist schools in Australia.

The Seventh Day Adventist School at Lalovaea was gifted with $30,000 and Siufaga Seventh Day Adventist School with $10,000, to assist with the development of their schools.

Several S.D.A Church schools in South Queensland, fundraised to assist the children in Samoa.

The donation was presented by a group of school principals with the Director of the South Queensland Seventh Day Adventist Schools Mr Jack Ryan.

The Ministry of Fisheries is on extra alert for the export of some of the popular seafood for commercial profits, to prevent from draining local marine food sources.

Worried concerns were raised as recent as the last session of Parliament at the rapid depletion rate the gau (sea hare), fugafuga and mama’o (sea cucumbers) are disappearing from our local waters.

A local exporter is facing court charges for the alleged shipment of the seafood despite the legal ban on export that is already in place.

An American group of young people were taken to heart by families at Magiagi Village for helping build a couple of ‘fale,’ as part of a humanitarian project for the less fortunate.

The 23-member group from 16 to 19 years old all members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, from the Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY), a non-Governmental organisation in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The boys and girls worked on building a family ‘fale’ in the village as a group project.

The main assembly for the annual Methodist Church Conference starts today.

Pre-assembly meeting for women delegates from Samoa and overseas had started last week.


Manu Samoa 7’s skipper Alatasi Tupou is back again with the national team for the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, US.

Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens named Tupou among a team of 14 players selected into the squad.

Tupou was sent back in disgrace from playing in the final series of the World Rugby International Circuit, in England and France to front up to drunk driving court charges at home.

He was also suspended for two weeks for breach of contract.

Seneuefa Foetuese
Samoa Basketball Association would like to play more games overseas in their preparations for the Pacific Games in Samoa next year.

This is one of the problems that the Association is facing. 

Pauga Tavu’i Talalelei Pauga the President of the Basketball Association said they would like to send their teams to overseas tournaments in Australia and New Zealand and other big countries to give them confidence. But they are limited by finance.

But they have however managed to send their three on three team to China to compete in the Asia Cup.


The majority of employers would like to see the graduates have work experience before taking jobs for it is advantageous for them as well as the graduates.

This is a finding of a survey done by the Samoa Qualification Authority SQA this year.

The Survey Report stated that employers would like graduates to have work experience and trainings or carry out practical exercises in a workplace before graduating or applying for a job. Doing this will benefit the graduate and also the employer.



Police have stepped up watch on speeding vehicles on the road inside central Apia, since the death of a teenage boy last Sunday allegedly for speed driving.

Police have already determined that the cause of the fatal accident was from speeding, but could not confirm if it was part of any planned ‘boy racing’ activities on the road.

Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil alleged that the accident was the result of a car race.

“According to investigators, there was a race but it wasn’t a car show or anything,” the Commissioner said.

A week or so from today, a group of delegates from the Asia and Pacific regions will decide whether or not Samoa is safe enough to be trusted with their new money laundering legislation.

The indications so far are the vote will favour full approval of our legislated promise to stand up against the criminal elements responsible.

We have as yet to convict anyone of re-cycling ill gained money through our banking system. 

Our amended money laundering act gives the power to the Central Bank to move in quickly and seize any funds that may look suspicious. 

Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil is in his comfort zone after a ‘dangerous rifle’ that went missing 5 years ago was recovered during a police search and is now kept in a safe place.

The gun was used as an exhibit in a district court hearing when it went missing and the police stumbled into it while on follow up investigations into other missing guns.

“The gun that we found is a Springfield 7.62 round rifle, a very dangerous rifle that was found in our investigation into other things,” Commissioner Fuiavailili told the local media.

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