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Gusting winds and heavy rains grounded ferry travels between the main islands today, Thursday 16 January 2020.

Safety concerns for the travelling public and the crew forced the Samoa Shipping Corporation to cancel all travels.

The 5.00am weather advisory from the Met Office for the day noted an  ‘….active convergence zone continues to remain within the vicinity of Samoa with heavy downpour and gusty activities.’

The Seventh Day Adventist Church College, Lalovaea, school dux award of 2019 went to 18-year-old Commerce student, Angellyn Fa’aleiua.

Her coveted academic award was presented at the school prize giving today at Lalovaea.

 The annual end of the year event was postponed from last year 2019 by the measles epidemic and it was combined from primary up to the college levels.

Samoa Rugby Union is determined to increase women’s participation in rugby around the country, in keeping with World Rugby edict of actively promoting and improving women’s rugby around the rugby playing world.

With that in mind, SRU rugby development division, has this week called for entries for its first women’s tournament for the start of the decade.

After twenty years, Brother Kevin O`Malley returns to Samoa. He has been appointed President of St. Joseph`s College, as well as the CEO of the College`s Governance Board.  Initially the positions will be on a part-time basis until his current contract with the Catholic Education Office in American Samoa is completed in early July, 2020.

A combined team of Samoan overseas general practitioners, surgeons and anesthetists, mostly from New Zealand, are rounding up their final week of a two weeks voluntary help out at the TTM Hospital to give the local staff a working break.

Consulting surgeon in Adelaide, Australia, Leafitaitu Dr Jimmy Eteuati is at the 7-member team

His team is the second to follow in on a two weeks voluntary work arrangement under the Samoan Doctors Worldwide Volunteer Service (SDWVS).


Events that shaped 2018

Fears of climate change struck home in February, with serious flooding and landslides mainly along the east coast of Upolu, from Cyclone Gita.

The flooding Vaisigano River halted traffic at two of only three main bridge crossings that makes travel into Apia from the east coast possible.

Rising water levels prevented traffic from crossing the Lelata and Vaisigano Bridges.

Events that shaped 2018

The Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme came under new management at the start of 2018.

The Office of the Prime Minister transferred the running of the scheme to the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour, MCIL.

As the new boss, MCIL Minister Lautafi Selafi Purcell, took up the challenge with a promise to be much tougher.  

Our Newsline Person of the Year for 2018 is the Samoa Airways fighting tag team of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fe’esago George Fepulea’i and CEO Seiuli Alvin Tuala.

The duo represents the dedicated commitment of the management and staff of the Samoa Airways to the efficient running of the national carrier in its first year of operation.

Government  authorities responsible for sending local workers to work as fruit pickers in New Zealand, are uncertain at the fall out from criminal charges of human trafficking and slavery against a Samoan in New Zealand, on the recognised employment scheme.

Complaints of foreign vessels illegally fishing in Samoa’s Economic Zone are denied by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Lopao’o Natanielu Mua.


By Tauva Lima-Tavae


It was a special moment for Fire Emergency Services Authority (FESA) firefighter, Eperu Maisa Tiatia from Gataivai Savaii and the the love of his life, Alei LeitualaTiatia of Aufaga Aleipata when they tied the knot last week.


By Tauva Lima-Tavae


The residents of the Mapuifagalele  Old People’s Home were in high spirits  during the Christmas performances and party put on for them by the Legion of Mary  from Mulivai.


Member of Parliament Toleafoa Ken Poutoa says the new Frankie Supermarket in Tanumalala will provide up to 100 jobs.

Toleafoa represents Lefaga and Faleseela. He helped to recruit workers for the new store and said the biggest benefit the supermarket brings to the area is the many jobs it provides for people within his constituency.



We were still trying to dry up after the February flooding when a very popular visitor brought more than much need ‘sunshine’ to Apia.

She was the popular New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The New Zealand leader was on her very first visit to Samoa since she took office.

The government needs to take action to encourage people to come forward and report exploitation of migrant workers and how to protect them, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the RNZ Auckland studio for Morning Report. 30 October 2017.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the government is looking at how it can help protect migrant workers from exploitation. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly



By Tauva Lima


Respected traditional master tattooist Su’a Suluape Alaiva’a has once again added his prominent weight behind the health aspects of the work they do to help keep everyone involved safe.  

The veteran of 44 years as a tattooist takes very seriously the commitment to protect against highly contagious diseases, by taking all health precautionary measures advised.

A woman’s got to do what a woman’s got to do.

For Australian High Commissioner HE Sara Moriarty, it means spending Christmas away from home without her family.

Moriarty is no stranger to being by herself on holidays all in the line of duty.


Sexual abuse experienced by the faafafine and faatama community in Samoa has been formalized in a new report that surveyed 120 respondents and was launched on Human Rights Day.

Samoa Faafafine Association President (SFA) Alex Su'a said he hopes the new research will spark conversations around the issue that is often kept hush hush.



Maota Tuipe’a was one of the students who graduated last Wednesday from the National University of Samoa Technical and Vocational Training Programme.


Class of 1998 at Pesega College marked their first ever reunion by donating prizes at the College end of year graduation last week.

Prizes worth two thousand tala were awarded to the students in the prize giving last week.

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