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Roite Tinei of Toamua-Uta
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service has appealed to the public for assistance in locating a young girl. Roite Tinei of Toamua-Uta, 15, was last seen on Thursday and left her family home around 4.00 pm and is yet to return. The Samoa Police Service has appealed to the public for assistance in...
CHARGED: Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli
Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa Malietoa Fa'amausili Moli has been charged with carrying a dangerous weapon. The Samoa Observer said this followed an incident at his Fagali'i residence last month, when a gun was allegedly discharged. A Courts Administration official said Malietoa Fa'amausili had been...
Tupua Tamasese Meaola Hospital
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Health has advised that for the first time since 2012, two new cases of the H.I.V. virus have been detected in Samoa. The two patients who tested positive for the virus—which over time can lead to Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome (A.I.D.S.)—have begun treatment. ...
Village children walk past a cross planted at Faleula
Apia, SAMOA — The 29-year-old daughter of a Cabinet Minister, Rose Hope Ah Leong, who pleaded guilty to negligent driving causing death, has been given a 12 months probation sentence and a $1,000 fine. The decision was delivered by District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali'i yesterday....
Apia, SAMOA — The cutting of native trees and the existence of invasive species are increasingly putting a threat to the endemic manumea bird population in Samoa. With the manumea species declining in numbers, the Samoa Conservation Society Environmental and Geographic Information System Specialist...
Processing bananas for export in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan Ministry of Agriculture wants to free up government-owned land for commercial farming in a push to increase exports. Newsline Samoa reported farmers are being restricted by a lack of land. The ministry's chief executive, Tilafono David Hunter, said government land could be...
The steamship Talune at the Napier breakwater in 1908.
Apia, SAMOA — A public holiday has been declared for Wednesday in Samoa, to mark 100 years since the start of the influenza pandemic that killed about a fifth of the population. On 7 November, 1918, the SS Talune arrived in Apia with sick passengers on board. The New Zealand administrators allowed...
NZ visa
Apia, SAMOA — The New Zealand Government announced the increases in the new fees and levies in a public notice.  According to the notice issued by the local Immigrating office, circulating locally, the new fees are subject to change pending advice from Immigration of New Zealand’s Head Office. For...
  The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Lopaoo Natanielu Mua introducing the new whiskey product
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Whiskey was launched by the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) at the Taumeasina Island Resort on Friday. The whiskey is a unique product made out of taro and the first of its kind to be produced in Samoa and around the world.  Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’...
One of the parking meters already installed in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Parking meters installed in selected locations in Apia town will become operational next month. This has been confirmed by the L.T.A. Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Titi Tutuvanu-Schwalger, in an email to the Samoa Observer. She said the parking meters will be switched on from...

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