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Jaya Beach-Robertson and Aria Dehar are the talented team behind the New Zealand (and decidedly NSFW) web series PSUSY.  [Photo: Facebook]
FASHION GIANTS JOIN FORCES FOR CHRISTMAS COLLECTION — In an ever changing and dynamic retail environment, two of Samoa’s high profile and longstanding family businesses, MENA and Eveni- Koko Pacific, have joined forces to give their customers the best Christmas experience.   MENA and Eveni are...
CULTURE IS NOT THE ISSUE: Lua Pule. [photo: Samoa Observer]
solThe faasamoa (Samoan culture and way of life) has nothing to do with the struggles of today. The problem lies with us – the people. So says 65-year-old Lua Pule, a father and grandfather of Si’ufaga, Savai’i. Lua says we need to do away with the mentality that fa’alavelave contributes to our...
Samoa’s delegation receiving the traditional Maori welcome to Auckland.  Pictured are Prime Minister Tuilaepa  Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi with Cabinet Minister of Polynesian Airlines Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell and Board Chairman Feesago Fepuleai; Board Members - General Manager Seiuli Alvin Tuala, AG Lemalu Herman Retzlaff, CEOs Agafili Shem Leo Prime Minister and Cabinet,  Samoa Tourism Authority Papalii Sonya Hunter, STA Board Chairperson Adele Kruse, Samoa’s head of mission to New Zealand; and Hi
With the Auckland-Faleolo international route generating revenues in the neighborhood of NZ$50-to NZ $60 million a year, government is heedful that Samoa Airways has a fighting chance to survive the grueling dog eat dog international air services competition. The promising lucrative revenues...
CHURCH MINISTERS CONCERNED: The Church Ministers whom have queried the passing of the Act proposing that they should have been consulted before-hand and the government should have informed all Church Ministers that would have been likely affected. [Samoa Observer]
APIA, SAMOA — Church ministers who say the government’s move to explain the ramifications of new tax law governing their income is late, and they also have a message for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration — use the church tax money wisely! “There are countless families in...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi [SN file photo]
Splitting international match takings between host and visiting teams could solve the broke Samoa Rugby Union's financial woes, the country's Prime Minister and Rugby Union chair says. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also chairman of the union, said the move could fix its...
Miss American Samoa Matauaina Toomalatai shown recently with the cast of Twinderella.  [SN file photo]
Miss American Samoa Matauaina Toomalatai heads to the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant in Nadi, Fiji at the end of this month. Prayers and blessings will be offered for Matauaina at a church service at the Onenoa EFKAS which she attends before she leaves for Fiji. Executive Director of the American...
[photo: Meghan Kliewer / Daily Titan]
Large black strips of spearhead and turtle shell patterns, parallel lines, waves made out of negative space and other geometric shapes are only a few of the designs that cover the skin of many Pacific Islanders. “The Samoan tatau very intricately describes the philosophy of the Samoan people and...
 Tuimalealiifano Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II. [Photo: Supplied]
The Samoa Parliament has endorsed a constitutional amendment that may extend the term in office of the head of state from five to ten years. Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, said this came after the former head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, was not re-elected after two five...
Packaged ready to eat on the mainland. [photo: Mark Turnauckas, CC BY]
Intensive livestock farming is a huge global industry that serves up millions of tons of beef, pork and poultry every year. When I asked one producer recently to name something his industry thinks about that consumers don’t, he replied, “Beaks and butts.” This was his shorthand for animal parts...
Police speaking to a Samoa supporter in Ōtara last weekend.  [photo: RNZ]
SAMOA’S NEWEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE — Samoa Airways is ready for its Inaugural flight scheduled for the beginning of next week, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from Apia to Auckland, NZ. The Government’s vision of bringing back its own airline through the re-establishment of Polynesian Airlines’ jet...

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