April 2014

Tuila’epa in NZ for treatment

Merita Huch

Days after being airlifted by the New Zealand Government for medical treatment in Auckland, aides of Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuila’epa Lupesoli’ai Sa’ilele Malielegaoi (pictured) were still playing down the extent of his illness. Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister Leilua Tavis Leota says the Prime ...

Court finds Samoa deputy PM and Associate Minister guilty

Mon 14 Apr 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Samoa’s deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo and Associate Minister Muagututagata Peter Ah Him have been found guilty by the District Court this morning.

Samoan football's top official defies critics to raise soccer's profile in rugby-mad Samoa

Mon 14 Apr 2014 -

APIA, Samoa -----Samoa is not a country generally recognised for its soccer prowess, but the country's top football official is not letting that stand in the way of her goal to see the so-called world game become Samoa's top game, too.

Samoan PM admitted in hospital

Fri 21 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been under medical observation at the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital, Moto’otua.

77 more skilled Samoans graduate from APTC

Wed 19 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Seventy seven students from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) were honoured at a graduation ceremony held at the Falesamoa at the National University of Samoa.

New CEO for Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Thu 13 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- A career public servant has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Two men killed in Samoa machete attack

Thu 13 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Two men from the village of Ulutogia in Samoa were killed in their sleep early Tuesday morning in an attack by a man with a machete.

Health alert in Samoa as dengue case confirmed

Wed 05 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----- Samoa's health ministry has issued an alert as the Pacific nation confirms a lab positive dengue fever case.

Fate of Samoa's finance minister to be known today

Wed 05 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----- The political future of Samoa's Finance Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga within the ruling Human Rights Protection Party will be announced today by the Prime Minister.

Pacific island states push for post-MDG pact on oceans

Tue 04 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----- Coastal and marine conservation efforts in the Pacific region will benefit from a “stand alone” Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to achieve “healthy, productive and resilient oceans and seas,” according to the Pacific SDG Working Group Troika.

Pregnant by choice, not by chance

Mon 03 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- The government must ensure in Samoa that people have unfettered access to contraceptives as this is one of their intrinsic rights.

Samoa addressing waste issues in preparation with UN SIDS

Mon 03 Mar 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Samoa will host the first United Nations Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference to be held in the Pacific region, estimated to bring over 3,000 delegates to Apia in six months time.

Breakaway Samoa MPs reminded of party hopping rule

Wed 26 Feb 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- The speaker of the legislative assembly in Samoa has warned that it is illegal for any MP to leave their party and join, or create, another party during a term.

Central Bank of Samoa tightens controls on foreign payments

Wed 26 Feb 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Dividends, land sale income, insurance payments, management fees and airline ticket payments over $1 million tala (US$425,800) are all to come under new exchange controls from next month.

Samoan PM to attend SIDS UN launch in New York

Mon 24 Feb 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Samoan Prime Minster, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is attending the high-level global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States in New York on 24 February 2014.

New political party is being formed in Samoa - Tuu'u

Mon 24 Feb 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Siumu’s Member of Parliament, Tuu’u Anasi’i Leota, has confirmed moves to set up a new political party in Samoa.

Pacific Test winner to compete in rugby league Four Nations

Thu 20 Feb 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ----- The prospect of playing the top three countries in international rugby league will be up for grabs in the second annual Pacific test in May.

Samoa’s fish quantity at lowest in five years

Thu 20 Feb 2014 -

Monitoring from Samoa’s Fisheries Division has confirmed that the volume of fish caught in its waters during this time of the year has dropped tremendously, the lowest experienced in five years.

Samoan MPs threaten to resign over Finance minister

Tue 18 Feb 2014 -

APIA, Samoa --- Chairman of the Samoa Officers of Parliament Committee Papali’i Niko Lee Hang has confirmed there are serious disagreements within the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) over “corrupt practices” in government.

Cruise ship could be needed for historic SIDS conference in Samoa

Mon 17 Feb 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- A cruise ship could be brought in if enough accommodation can not be found when Samoa hosts the Small Island Developing States conference in September.

Samoa joins United Nations heritage body

Fri 14 Feb 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Samoa has joined the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

February 2014

Yazaki Samoa cuts working hours

Merita Huch

The weekly 40 working hours for some 800 Yazaki Samoa factory workers will be reduced starting February to 32 hours.

PM confident Samoa will do well after LDC

Merita Huch

New Year’s Day 2014 will be remembered as the day that Samoa left the group of countries considered the least developed in the world.

Tattoo business takes off in Samoa

Merita Huch

When the gift of tattoo was given to Samoan twin girls in Fiji, they swam all the way to Samoa to perform the first tatau.

Samoan PM explains Constitutional amendment to Auditor Generals post

Fri 07 Feb 2014 -

APIA, SAMOA --- Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has explained why Parliament recently amended – albeit unanimously – the Constitution to extend the Chief Auditor’s term in office from 3 to 12 years – among other changes.