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Apia, SAMOA — More than 2,000 students are expected to perform in the Opening Ceremony of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games today as organizers seek to showcase the country's culture. Local officials have worked to develop an Opening Ceremony around the Games slogan "One in Spirit". Students from 16...
Pacific Games logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is investing heavily to avoid the use of single-use plastics at the Pacific Games which starts this weekend. More than $US460,000 is being spent on the Greening of the Games initiative which will provide 250 water stations and more than 100 water dispensers at venues for the 12-...
The Apia waterfront
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's capital Apia has had a facelift which opened yesterday just in time for the Pacific Games which begins this weekend. Apia's waterfront and downtown area have had a $US4 million makeover which was jointly funded by the New Zealand government and the Global Climate Fund. The...
 Samoan PM, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's newly passed amendments of the 1965 Alienation of Customary Lands Act has cleared uncertainties raised by local and overseas based Samoans. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment responsible for the registration of lands says the changes to the Principal Act aimed...
Malele Atofu, aka King Faipopo, sitting in court
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man known on social media as King Faipopo is facing new charges of making defamatory post on Facebook. Malele Atofu was arrested and locked in police custody for the second time. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is alleged to have been defamed in the first social...
The Samoa police motorcade during the relocation of the prisoners to the new prison
Apia, SAMOA — Prisoners in Samoa have successfully been transferred from the old Tafa'igata facility to the new prison at Tanumalala. The $US6.8-million facility was opened by Samoa's prime minister on Friday and inmates were transferred on Saturday. The Samoa Observer reports that over 400...
A Samoan delegation led by Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour C.E.O. Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan delegation was part of the “Growing Our Food” trade show held recently at the Melbourne Convention Centre in Australia. The team is led by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) Chief Executive Officer Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, newly-appointed...
 ACEO of the Land Management Division with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MNRE Manumaleuga Filisita Heathe
Apia, SAMOA — The government of Samoa is in the process of claiming back unused leased land for re-allocation to others on the waiting list. Letters have already been served to people leasing government land at Aleisa but not using  all the land. These people applied to lease 50 acres of land but...
Stock photo of reef shark
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries says a recent spate of shark sightings in and around Samoan waters is a positive sign for the fishery. According to Newsline Samoa acting chief executive of the Fisheries division, Magele Eteuati Ropeti, said the increased sightings were...
 Pacific Islander diong seasonal work in Hawke's Bay
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan officials say the expulsion of misbehaving seasonal workers from New Zealand, and the blacklisting of their villages in Samoa, is a one-off. The Samoan government said this week 10 workers had been sent back for various reasons including theft, adultery and smoking marijuana....

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