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Brisin Manu Retzlaff-Lima

Brisin 'Manu' is a Junior Reporter who attended the NUS Foundation Program in Samoa and took the Media & Journalism class offered in 2021. He is now studying at the University of Waikato and continues to write part-time for SGN.

Samoa’s Tupuola Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali is through to the Heavyweight Boxing Final in Birmingham

  Samoa’s heavyweight boxer, Tupuola Seua’i Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali has advanced to the final of the Commonwealth Games, after a dominant third round against Niue’s Duken Tutakitoa-Williams. Four out of five judges had ranked the Niuean marginally ahead of Tupuola in the first round, but the Samoan Olympian came back strong to take the second round […]

Taumeasina Island Resort’s 4-Step Policy under Samoa’s Level 2 Restrictions

29 January 2022, Apia Samoa. The popular ‘home away from home’ Taumeasina Island Resort is open for business with a four-step process aligned with Level 2 conditions imposed under Samoa’s latest State of Emergency orders. “We are open for business, and under the latest SOE orders, our management team have adopted four policies in particular […]

Samoa Police Respond to Control Vehicles on the Road – Unaware of Lockdown Extension

Samoa Police were seen trying to control vehicles that took to the road after 6pm, many unaware of the lockdown extension announced by the Prime Minister at a press conference this evening. At the Tuanaimato area, cars were seen traveling in all directions and a police checkpoint found that many had left home at 6pm, […]

Samoa Eagerly Awaits Prime Minister’s Announcement – Bakeries Have Hot Bread in the Oven

5:50pm Monday 24 January 2022, Apia Samoa.  Samoa is expected to come out of its 48-hour lockdown at 6pm Monday, however, sources say there will be an extension announced by the Prime Minister shortly. Meantime, shops and supermarkets had braced for the 6pm opening and are praying the announcement will still allow for a few […]

More Passengers from Brisbane Flight Test Positive, Samoa Braces for a Shift in Alert Levels

5am Saturday 22January 2022, Apia Samoa. Samoa awaits a Cabinet decision on a possible shift in alert level status following the confirmation of additional cases of Covid-19 amongst quarantined passengers of a repatriation flight from Brisbane that arrived into the country on Wednesday afternoon. Ten of the 73 passengers including an 11 month old baby […]

Intoxicated Driver Escapes Injury from Accident, but gets Knocked Out by his Brother

A youth in his 20’s speeding along the stretch of road near Faleolo International Airport on Saturday afternoon lost control of his vehicle and drove it into a ditch near the road. He walked out of the car having escaped serious injury, only to be knocked out cold by his older brother. He then regained […]

Samoa College Year 9 List of Students Offered Placings for 2022

11.30pm Saturday 27 November 2021. Samoa College School Principal Ms Karene Faasisila has issued the list of 190 students who have been offered a place for the Year 9 intake of 2022. The 190 successful students from 43 primary schools across Samoa have been selected by the results of two examinations – a two-hour English […]

A Samoan Marriage Proposal at the NRL Grand Final

Samoan International Brian To’o topped off the 2021 NRL premiership victory when he got down on one knee to surprise the beautiful Ms Sala Moesha Crichton-Ropati with a fairytale marriage proposal at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. The 23-year-old hard running Panthers winger had just put in another trademark performance running for over 230 metres in the […]


The University of the South Pacific’s Alafua Campus has been renamed, USP Samoa Campus.  (0)

Father Dies after Tragic Car Crash at Tuanaimato

The driver of a sedan, unsuspectingly hit by a truck that failed to stop at the Tuanaimato 4-corner intersection near Farmer Joe yesterday afternoon has died. Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil has confirmed the father of two never regained consciousness after the accident, and passed away at Motootua Hospital due to the seriousness of […]