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Preparations Underway for Government Honours and Awards Ceremony

By: Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga. After a five-year lapse due to the COVID pandemic on the heels of the measles outbreak, Government is resurrecting its Honours and Awards Ceremony. The initiative recognises and acknowledges impeccable service by Samoans who have shaped and transformed the country and contributed to Samoa’s development. The Honors and Awards Committee […]

MCIL Boss Warns Against Impersonators Fooling the Public and Charging Recruitment Fees

  The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) has received reports of individuals in the community impersonating government officials as recruiters for seasonal work opportunities in New Zealand and Australia. Chief Executive Officer Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling has confirmed that there are no new employment opportunities or recruitment currently underway. “The recruitment of new […]

Auckland International Airport is the Only Endorsed Departure Point for Samoa

Auckland International Airport is the only endorsed departure point for all arrivals into Samoa. Returning Samoans must travel to Auckland to transit home, and should take note of New Zealand’s compulsory transit window, requiring all repatriated passengers to leave Auckland within 24 hours of arrival. Unless otherwise endorsed by Cabinet, there shall be no immediate […]

Previously Blocked Container Vessel Given the Green Light Under Strict Conditions

The cargo freighter MV Island Chief postponed from entering Samoa following the positive COVID test results of two of its crew members in Fiji, has been given the green light to travel to Samoa. National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) Chairman Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo has given the approval under a strict set of conditions to be closely […]

MedCen to Reopen as a Specialist Referral Hospital

  The closed MedCen Hospital at Vailima will re-open as a specialist referral hospital, and regional hub for specialised medical treatment, through a partnership agreement with two private hospitals in India. The intention was confirmed and made known by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi who says the intention is to take full advantage of […]

More Funding for Non Government Schools including Persons with Disabilities

More education assistance for schools outside of Govt. System By Nanai Taofiga Laveitiga Tuiletufuga The $18 million One Government Grant, (OGG) dedicated to subsidise operational costs for private, mission, ECE and Schools for people with special needs is back on the Cabinet agenda and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi says Samoa should expect changes […]