Samoa Beat


Accessibility to affordable and effective health care service is a basic Right of every Samoan.

That is what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi said about the opening of a new hospital at Satupaitea in the previous week, in Savaii.

Tuilaepa emphasized that the goal is to ensure good health for the people of Samoa and that means having better and convenient access to healthcare treatment and hospital services.

“We committed to doing everything (we) can possibly do, to ensure every Samoan is provided with the highest level of health care they need and deserve.”

“Of course, as we are all aware, a healthy population will lead to a higher standard of living, more prosperity and peaceful coexistence,” he added.

It was only the official opening of phase one of the multifaceted plan by government for a standardized hospital to cater to three districts in Savai’I, including Palauli, Staupaitea and Palauli le Falefa.

“It is anticipated that following completion of phase two, more services will be available and gradually open up the facility to district hospital status,” he said.

At the moment there are five medical centres and hospital services in Savai’I including the main branch in Tuasivi.

Tuilaepa says more is needed to cater to the big island.

“The people of these districts and indeed all the people of south western Savaii will gradually no longer need to travel to Tuasivi for their health issues but come to this magnificent facility for all their health concerns,” he said.

The project is worth $530,000 tala and $330,000 tala was a gift from the people of Japan. The balance of 200,000 was contributed by the people of the three districts through land clearance, preparation, as well as earth fill and sand.

U.S. Embassy Apia is pleased to award the 2018 J. William Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship to Ms. Pilisita “Sita” Leota, who will be heading to Brandeis University this month

to study for a Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a highly competitive opportunity that brings citizens of other countries to the

United States for fully funded study at U.S. universities.

 Sita.jpgMs. Leota is currently serving as the Audit Director - Communications and Stakeholder Relationships at the Samoa Audit Office and has been a public servant for the Government of

Samoa for more than a decade. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Administrationfrom the University Of Wellington, New Zealand and is a chartered accountant and certified

Fraud Examiner.

“Ms. Leota will make an outstanding Fulbright Scholar and we are pleased to be able to support her studies in the United States,” said U.S. Embassy Apia Charge d’Affaires Tony Greubel. “Sita joins a list of other accomplished Samoans who have been awarded this prestigious scholarship over the past several decades. These scholars return to make remarkable contributions to their country and also strengthen ties between the United States and Samoa.”


Samoa’s first Fulbright candidate was recorded in the 1960s-1970s. Most recently prior to Ms. Leota was Mrs. Ramona Sulifoa who graduated with a PhD from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Natural Resources and Environmental Department (NREM). Ms. Anama Solofa also recently finished her master’s degree in Ocean Governance at the University of Maine.


Ms. Leota’s extensive background, work experience, and dedication to furthering her studies in International Studies in the Fulbright program has placed her at Brandeis University located in Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.


She is enrolled in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Graduate Program and will be working towards a Master of Arts Degree in

Sustainable International Development (SID). Ms. Leota is set to commence her studies in late


O lo o I ai se popolega I Tafua e I ai se taimi o I luma e ono toe a’afia ai le nu’u I se mauga o lo o masalomia e saeanisi o lo o ola pea.

O le ala lea ua I ai se fuafuaga a le afio’aga e fa’asaina ona toe so’ona la’u ma fa’atau atu le asuemu ma le ma’a o lo o I le mata’aga vanu o lo o I le afio’aga.

O se nofoaga ua silia ma le 2000 tausaga talu ona I ia I le afio’aga, ma o le la’uina o le ma’a ma le asuemu, o se tasi lea o alagatupe sa fesoasoani I lenu’u aemaise o le aiga e patino I ai lea fanua.

E ui la I le tele o tupe a le nu’u sa maua I le fa’atauina atu o le asuemu, aepeitai ua taofia le toe fa’atauina atu o le ma’a lenei ona o nei atugaluga I le saogalemu mai fa’alavelave fa’alenatura.

Na ta’ua e se tasi sa avea ma pulenu’u o le afio’aga o Tafua I tausaga ua mavae, Lefu Peniamina Asiata, le taua tele o lenei ma’a I le atina’eina o le afio’aga.

‘’Ua mafai ona fausia ai sima mo faleaoga o falesa ma nisi o maota ma laoa. Susuga ia Peniamina Asiata.Ua le o toe I ai nei se aia a le nu’u I le ma’a ona o le fa’aeteetega ina ne’I toe a’afia I se maugamu.

‘’I le taimi nei o lea ua tuu le avanoa I le aiga e ona le fanua e latou te teu ma faamama lea nofoaga.’’

O loo faaaogaina pea e le nuu le asuemu mo a latou fale,ae peitai, ua I ai le fa’aeteetega I le stoe so’ona Lauina o lea ma’a.

(Samoa Events Incorporated, SEI); As a little girl, Sonia Piva from Melbourne Australia has been visiting her mother Mrs Maria Piva's families at Fagalii and Salelesi every year.

But this time around, she has taken the quantum leap to live in Samoa.

And it's not just because she is one of the nine contestants vying for the Miss Samoa crown but to learn more about her Samoan family, our way of life and how the Samoan culture has nurtured her through her mother's teaching and scolding to become a responsible young adult.

And she is having the time of her life.

She admits that she is getting spoiled with a lot of attention from countless cousins, aunties and uncles. "There's no privacy but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else but here. Life is a lot more simple here compared to Melbourne," says the 21 year old who has landed a job as an Assistant Secretary to the Pacific Games Organising Committee Chief Executive since March this year.

"I have found her to be a very helpful and a cheerful individual who always presents herself in a professional manner and has become a valued asset to our office team," wrote Papalii-Ida Tifitifi Fuimaono from the Pacific Games Committee.

"Sonia is a peoples person who uses her initiative and not afraid to tackle new challenges. Most importantly, she has the heart for our country and our people which is reflected in her work and interactions," continued Papalii.

Representing Miss Susana o Samoa in the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant Sonia has an inspiring story to tell.

The youngest in a family of two, Sonia is not blinded by the attention and she has come to appreciate the pressure she is shouldering to rise to the occasion and meet the expectations of her huge Samoan family.

"Meeting the expectations of relatives and supporters is paramount to me," she says.

"While it's exciting, the contestant role also comes with a lot of responsibilities and demands."

Her pageant platform will be Education which comes as no great surprise as teaching is her passion. Sonia is presenting pursing Bachelor of Education, at the same time taking on-line courses on Health Care for the Disabilities.

"Education is the key to prosperity," she continued.

"I have always been passionate about teaching.

"Coming to Samoa I have volunteered to help the Peace Chapel Primary School and it has opened my eyes to how much more we could do as I am a firm believer that there is always room for improvements.

"Schools is where it all starts for everyone.

" And for Samoa an educated future generation will further see improvements in all facets of society."

"To be Miss Samoa would be an honour to be able to take part in making a difference in not only the educational system, but other aspects."

And she sees the Pageant as more than just a Beauty competition.

"Miss Samoa is a role model for young women and to win the crown would be a righteous step forward to contributing to our community and country," said the Australian born beauty contestant.

"Miss Samoa in a way is the spokes person for our country and the perfect vehicle to provide empowerment to every young Samoan girl," said Miss Susana o Samoa.

" I wasn’t born and raised in Samoa, but I have always felt a strong calling to be here. As I visit Samoa every year it has prompted me to move here and I’ve grown up to see that Samoa is constantly changing for the better.

"I have moved from Australia to dedicate the next couple of years to learn and appreciate my mother's birthplace and home here in Samoa, my home away from home.

"I have always seen myself living in Samoa as I see it as God's calling for me."

Her parents are heading to Samoa to support their only daughter.

The Miss Samoa Pageant for the first time in her 33 year old history will be staged in Salelologa Savaii at the Don Bosco Technical College on September 8th, 2018.

It will also be the first time that the Pageant will take place in the daytime starting at 10:00am.

Senior Curator for Te Papa Museum in Wellington New Zealand has emphasized the importance of personal inheritance in keeping Samoan culture and family history alive.

Sean Mallon is a senior curator in the Pacific Culture in Te-Papa Museum in Wellington New Zealand. He is a Samoan Heritage and Irish Heritage.

He was born in New Zealand and worked in Te-Papa in 1992.

Mr. Mallon mentioned the important object in Te-Papa Museum is the ‘’Tusi Fa’alupega o Samoa” this book was publish in 1915 by Misi Kirifi Le Mamea, Te’o Tuvale, T. E Faletoese, F.F.A and F.L. Kirisome.

This book involved all the history of Savaii, Upolu, Manono, and Apolima.

In the Pacific Culture Collection in Te-Papa Museum, more than four thousand objects are included, but most of these objects relate to Samoan heritage.

He also highlighted the importance of the ’Ie toga’ or fine mat in Samoan Culture.

Mr. Sean Mallon told the story of how the ‘ie toga’ sewed a relationship within a family back together.

A man left his family for New Zealand to find jobs to support his family in Samoa and would later elope with another woman. The tension between the two families, had led to a traditional way of amending wrongs.

The ‘wrongdoing’ as he said, was amended through the ‘ifoga’.

“That is the important of Ie toga on our culture,” he said.

Mallon says the even the simplest things such as the ‘umu’ being taken overseas represent a connection between Samoan families, calling it the box of alofa.

In spite the financial constraints in taking the pageant to Savaii, the Samoa Event Incorporation (SEI) is planning to make this year's event a smashing success.

The Samoa Event Incorporation (SEI) is the host for the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018. This is their last year to host it according to their 3 year contract which is why they will be taking the pageant to Savaii.

In an interview with president of the Samoa Events Incorporation, Nanai Lave Tuiletufuga, They believe the Pageant and it is the reason they have decided to take a leap and take the pageant to the big island.

The event will be in broad daylight at Don Bosco College in Salelologa.

This will also create an opportunity for the people living in the big island to watch it live. It will be televise but delay.

Bringing the pageant to Savaii is a chance to promote the big island to tourists, and the historical sites in the island.

The tourist will be given a chance to explore and to see all the sights.

One of the biggest changes in this year's pageant is that the contestants will not be staying in hotels but will be hosted by the women's organisations and communities.

9 contestants are vying for the title this year. There have also been some slight changes to this year’s pageant compared to previous years. The contestants won’t be staying in hotels like they use to instead the women committees will host them.

The idea is for them to experience what it’s like to be a village girl.

Leading up to pageant day there will be a parade, floats. There will also be opportunities for business communities to have food stalls,” says Mr Nanai Lavetiga Tuiletufuga.

A prize-giving ceremony for all the women committees that hosted the contestants will be conducted in the evening.

In terms of safety and security, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Constituency of Fa’asaleleaga No1 Sili Epa has reassured the constituency's support in providing security and safety for the contestants.

The police have pledge their support to the event.

This is the 33rd Miss Samoa Pageant. Our reigning Miss Samoa Papalii Alexandra Iakopo is from the big island as well. The pageant is on the 08th September 2018.

Dr. Salainaola Wilson from the Auckland University of Technology says cultural preservation takes practicing the normal Samoan things routinely, including the Samoan ‘lotu afiafi’.

She is here to share about the completion of her research on the maintenance and drill of Samoan language in overseas, specifically in New Zealand.

She was here four years ago to present her research at the beginning stages and is fortunate to be back today to extant where she is at with her study.

Dr. Wilson titled her thesis on the title “A malu I fale le gagana e malu foi I fafo” portraying how the Samoan language is maintained initially from within the Samoan families.

“We know that family is where we safeguard ourselves from and I believe the same goes for the language,” says Dr. Wilson.

One of the targets is the Kiwi-born Samoans who grew up to understand Samoan but the ability to speak the Samoan language.

Dr. Wilson has been working on a strategy of helping the Samoan families in New Zealand increase the maintenance of the Samoan language with the help of five chosen Samoan families.

This strategy comprises her involvement in their family events like evening services and so forth and speech recording that records their daily conversations.

She is still in the process with her strategy and hopes she can be able to help any Samoan families maintain our language.

“I believe that the health of the Samoan language and even any other language is mainly maintained from within our families,” says Dr. Wilson.

Samoa Conference continues at the National University of Samoa and will conclude on Thursday this week.


E ui i le i le mamao o Peretania ae ua mafai ona auina atu iai suauu popo o loo gaosia i le afioaga o Tafua Tai, Savaii.

Sa auala maiile i le faálapotopotoga a tina fai pisinisi poo le women in business lea fesoasoani.

Na ta’ua e le pule a le women in business , Salafai Gillian Stewart, o lona malaga atu i Savaii na ia vaaia ai le matagofie o faatoaga male tele o ituaiga oloa eseese ua mafai ona gaosia mai ai .

“E aoga tele mo tagata e leai ni malamalamaaga i faatoaga, a omai e matamata ma iloa ai nisi o metotia e faatino ai nei poloketi aua le tausiga o aiga.

“Na matou fesoasoani atu ia Lefu Peniamina Asiata ma lona aiga e faavae lana pisinisi suauupopo i le i le ono masina talu ai, o le taimi lenei ua mautu lelei lana poloketi ma ua faatau atu i le body shop o lo o i Peretania ma latou gaosia ai ni oloa anagata ua oo atu ini atunuu mamao”

Sa ia feiloai atu ai loa ia Lefu Peniamina Asiata ma lona aiga ma faatuina ai loa lea poloketi suauu popo ma latou auina atu ai loa ni masini vilipopo, e faafaigofieina ai le galuega.

Na faigata foi ia Asiata ona faaaooga lana fanau, o le ala lea na ia naunau ai e uunai lenei atinae.

”Ile taimi o ou pulenuu sa ou vaaia poloketi a isi nuu ma ou mafaufau ai loa e faatuina ai lau poloketi suauupopo."

Na saunoa Lefu, o le faáfitauli autu lava o le taimi e utiuti ai le popo me le lava ai le suauú e sapalai atu.

Sa faaaopopo mai Lefu ole a toe faalautele lana poloketi mole lumanai e fesoasoani atu ai i lona afioaga e ala lea i le i le mauaina o avanoa faigaluega.

“E 150 tala le tau o le paelo suauu e tasi lona uiga e ova ma male 10,000 tala le tupe e maua i le i le tausaga”