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NEWSROOM: 02 April - 08 April 2006

     
   
  Afioga Gatoloaifaana Amataga Alesana Gidlow, one of the two MPs for Fa'asaleleaga # 1 - Afioga Fuimaono Gaoia Tei One of the
two MPs for Falealili.

Apia, Samoa
(Photos: Lagi Keresoma - 08 April 2006)
 
 

Following in their fathers' foot steps into Samoa politics
08 April 2006 - Source: eventpolynesia.com

The new faces in the line up of new Members of Parliament to be sworn in later this month have some familiar features.

New MP for Fa'asaleleaga # 1 is afioga Gatoloaifaana Amataga Alesana Gidlow and daughter of the late Prime Minister Tofilau Eti Alesana. New MP for Gagaifomauga # 3 is afioga Laauli Leuatea Polataivao and son of the late Government Minister Polataivao Fosi Schmidt. New MP for Vaisigano # 1 is a former Government Minsiter and son of the late Prime Minister Vaai Kolone Vaai. Returning MP for Satupaitea is Asiata Saleimoa Vaai another son of the late Vaai Kolone Vaai. New MP for Falealili is Fuimaono Gaoia Tei and daughter of the late MP for Falealili Fuimaono Mimio.

The late Tofilau Eti Alesana is a founding member of the ruling political party, Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). His daughter Gatoloaifaana Amataga Alesana Gidlow is a successful hotelier and businesswoman in Savai and a HRPP MP.

Polataivao Fosi Schmidt is also a founding member of HRPP and fondly known by many as 'King Pola'. His son La'auli Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt is a successful businessman in the hospitality industry, now the newly appointed HRPP Whip.

Vaai Kolone Vaai was the first leader of the HRPP until he joined the then SNDP under Tui Atua, Tupua Tamasese Efi. His son Vaai Papu an Independent MP is a successful hotelier and businessman in Savaii and just last week his constituent wanted him to join the HRPP. The other son Asiata saleimoa is a lawyer by profession and deputy leader of the main opposition SDUP.

Fuimaono Mimio a founding member of the SNDP which later became the SDUP. His daughter Fuimaono Gaoia Tei is a successful businesswomen and one of the 10 SDUP MPs.

Many Samoans have fond memories of the old politicians like Tofilau Eti, Polataivao Fosi, Vaai Kolone and Fuimaono Mimio with their distinguished and colourful characteristics. Many will watch with interest the beginning of a new era with their children following in their fathers' foot steps."
 


Six new Australia youth ambassador welcomed
08 April 2006 - Source: eventpolynesia.com

Australia High Commissioner Phillip Allars welcomed six youth ambassadors from Australia, who will be serving in Samoa for one year.

The youths are here under the Australian Youth Ambassadors For Development (AYAD) They will serve at various Government Ministries and Non Government Organizations. The AYAD program is a very important program in the development of Australian youth. Since the establishment of AYAD, there has been an increase of youth interest to join the program

Samoa is one country utilizing the service provided by AYAD.

The new recruits are : Darren Thomas, will serve as a Basketball Federation development officer. Mary James will work at the Ministry of Women Community Strategy Development specialist. Jessica Reed will join MWCSD as a policy planning officer. Penny Taylor will work closely with MWCSD as a legal advisor on domesticating CRC and CEDAW. Nicole Doninson is a Strategic
Planner with PUMA. Jeniffer Ross is the new marketing and sponsorship officer with South Pacific Games Authority."
 


 
   
  Newly appointed HRPP Whip, La'auli Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt, a successful local businessman and new member of Parliament for Gagaifomauga District.
Apia, Samoa
(Photo: Lagi Keresoma - 07 April 2006)
 
 

Gagaifomauga # 3 MP Laauli Leuatea Polataivao appointed HRPP Whip
07 April 2006 - Source: eventpolynesia.com

Member of Parliament from Gagaifomauga # 3 constituency, La'auli Leuatea Polataivao has been appointed by the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) as their Whip.

Current Whip Mulitalo Sealiimalietoa Siafausa said, the appointment of La'auli will help share the responsibility of overseeing the party's activities and its well being.

Mulitalo and La'auli will also share the role of being the party'sspokesmen.

La'auli is a successful local businessman and is the son of the late Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, a HRPP cabinet minister known favorably as "King Pola."

HRPP had been camping at their headquarter at Mulinuu since Monday.

According to Mulitalo, the camp is an opportunity for members to acquaint themselves with other members. The camp will continue on until after the recount of ballots is completed within the next two weeks."
 


Sports Equipment handed over to Samata-tai youth
07 April 2006 - Source: Media Release - Food Agriculture Organization

The youth of Samata-tai has benefited from a collaborative initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

This project provided the youth of Samata-tai with a complete set of rugby gear, which included a set of rugby jerseys (22), a set of rugby shorts (22), a set of rugby boots (22), and four rugby balls, all to the value of about US$2,000.

The objective of this sports development initiative is to provide rural youth with some sports equipment and facilities, which will not only aim at curbing the rural to urban migration of the youth, but also to build a healthy youth generation, and at the same time assist the youth with farm enterprises

This Samata-tai youth group is also part of the FAO assisted project on "Capacity building in agribusiness, marketing of agricultural produce and farm management for young farmer groups" or also known as the Future Farmers of Samoa project, which is assisting ten pilot youth groups in Upolu and Savaii in the establishment of various farm enterprises. This project is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, and the Ministry of Women, Community & Social Development.

The sports equipment was handed over by Dr. Vili A. Fuavao, FAO Sub-Regional Representative for the Pacific and FAO Representative in Samoa at the FAO Office at Matautu-uta. The pastor of the Samata-tai CCCS church, Reverend Penaia Koro, and two members of the village council and youth group, received the sports equipment on behalf of the group and the village."
 


 
   
  Independent Member of Parliament Vaai Papu Vaai from Vaisigano # 1, a former Government Minister, was this week delivered by his constituent to join the HRPP.
Apia, Samoa
(Photo: Lagi Keresoma - 06 April 2006)
 
 

Vaisigano # 1 constituency wants newly elected MP to join HRPP camp
06 April 2006 - Source: eventpolynesia.com

The list of independents wanting to join the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) continues to grow when on Tuesday, Alii ma Faipule from Vaisigano # 1constituency arrived at the HRPP headquarter at Mulinuu with their Member of Parliament, Vaai Papu Vaai, with the intention of joining the HRPP party.

HRPP Whip Mulitalo Sealaiimalietoa Siafausa told eventpolynesia.com, "that the decision to accept or decline membership is up to the caucus. The executive has yet to meet to discuss Vaisigano's request."

Three independent MPs have joined HRPP, Solamalemalo Keneti Sio (Sagaga le Usoga), Muagututagata Peter Ah Him (Sagaga le Falefa) and Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa (Alataua West) guaranteeing HRPP 35 seats in Parliament.

According to Mulitalo, all the independent candidates were approached by HRPP before the election and were invited to join HRPP but still contest their constituency's seat as independents.

"They never got back to us and we respect that until Monday when we received a letter from Toluono Feti, asking if the independent group could join us. "

According to other independent members, Toluono had no "business to include the Independent group in his letter..if he wants to join HRPP. He is free to do so, but leave us out."
 


Argentina wins 10 - 8 Samoa in the IRB Under 19 at Dubai
 
06 April 2006 - Source: Media Release - John MacDonald

A drop goal in the dying stages clinched the win for Argentina and cruelly robbed the Samoans, who had looked set to pull off a result that earlier seemed highly unlikely.

The Division A encounter in the IRB Under 19 World Championship 2006 at Sharjah Wanderers was dominated by Argentina for most of the first half, but they were still trailing 3-0 to a 25th minute penalty by Ki Anufe until injury time.

Three minutes into injury time flanker Pablo Ruiz scored a try, converted by fly half Ignacio Mieres, and the second half seemed set for Argentina to convert their possession and territory into points.  However the Samoans had other ideas, soaking up relentless pressure and gradually asserting their own authority.

Adventurous running and handling created several forays into the opponents' 22-metre area for almost the first time in the match, and they were rewarded after 50 minutes when wing Silaumua Potifele crossed the line by the left corner flag.

Anufe missed the conversion and Argentina duly came storming back with wave after wave of attack threatening the try line, but still the Samoan defence held firm.

As the clock ticked down into injury time, Samoa seemed to have defied the odds to cling on to their one point advantage until the crucial drop goal from Agustin Vaccari dashed their hopes.

The ball broke from a ruck to the replacement centre standing just inside the 22-metre line, and with time and space to spare he coolly struck the ball between the posts to the relief of his team-mates and the strong Argentine contingent in the crowd.

Argentina will next face England at Sharjah Wanders on Sunday, while Samoa take on defending champions South Africa at the same venue.

QUOTES:

Samoa coach Niko Palamo: "This was our first outing in the A Division and one we should have won. We gave away a try in the closing seconds of the first half and then the drop goal at the death. But no complaints, we'll be back."

Samoa captain Mania Ieti: "Of course we're disappointed, losing so late in the game, but we played well and we're looking forward to taking on South Africa on Sunday."
 


 
   
  Election Day (clockwise): Voters at Savaia of the Lefaga & Faleseela district; voters at Pata of the Falelatai and Samatau district; voters at Tafitoala of the Safata district; voters being transported in at Manono of the Aiga-i-le-tai district.
Upolu, Samoa
(Photos: Lagi Keresoma - 05 April 2006)
 
 

HRPP turned down Independent members request to join
05 April 2006 - Source: eventpolynesia.com

A request by the Independent members to join the ruling party Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) has been turned down by the HRPP caucus at their meeting yesterday.

According to HRPP leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, priority is given to members who had supported and campaigned for HRPP prior to the election. In a letter addressed to Toluono Feti, the independent MP’s who had signed a Memorandum of Understanding before the election are being encouraged by HRPP to keep their commitment as per their MOU.

Six of the Independent candidates that signed the MOU have won seats which include Toluono Feti (Palauli), Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi (Faleata i Sisifo), Vaai Papu Vaai (Vaisigano # 1), Motuopuaa Aisoli Vaai (vaisigano # 2), and Lafaitele Patrick Leataualesa (Alataua i Sisifo).

Vaai is a former cabinet minister under the HRPP. Toluono and Lealailepule are former Chief Executive officers in the Public Service and Motuopuaa is a consultant doctor by profession.
 


Samoa Election preliminary results on Friday 31st March
05 April 2006 - Source: Website – Samoa Election 2006
 

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 1

WEB

VAIMAUGA SASAE
 

TUISUGALETAUA Sofara Aveau

751

HRPP

MAPOSUA Fealofani

727

Independent

TOFELE Lata Tavui

573

SDUP

TUPUANAI Avaioi Imoasina

29

SP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY  2

 

 

VAIMAUGA SISIFO

ANAULI Pofitu Fesili

1,345

HRPP

SILILOTO Tolo Tuaifaiva

1,255

SDUP

PATU  Ativalu Togi II

1,220

SDUP

TAUMANUPEPE Keleso

723

HRPP

SILIGATUSA Semi Lesa

584

HRPP

TAFEAMALII  Suluvale Alofoe

554

HRPP

LETAA Tanielu

400

SP

TUILETUFUGA Siaosi Tuiletufuga

269

HRPP

SAGAUGA Sabu Utaileuo

107

SCP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 3

 

 

FALEATA SASA'E

MANULELEUA Lalagofaatasi Falaniko Leleua

321

HRPP

LEPOU Petelo II

115

HRPP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY   4

 

 

FALEATA I SISIFO

LEALAILEPULE Rimoni Aiafi

750

Independent

ULU Vaomalo Ulu Kini 

610

HRPP

ALE Vena Ale

532

HRPP

PANOA Easter Ah Kuoi

248

SDUP

SEIULI Saoaumaga Lino 

119

Independent

ULUGIA Aukuso Ulugia

93

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY  5

 

 

SAGAGA LE FALEFA

SOLAMALEMALO Keneti Sio

718

Independent

PATEA Satini Epati

532

SDUP

LEATUPUE Pili 

361

HRPP

MUAIAVA Tuaitino Umu Toeava

338

HRPP

FAUMUINA Laneselota

252

HRPP

POLUTELE Solomona Matiu

72

HRPP

MOALA Samasoni Pomare

69

HRPP

TUPAI Kelly

36

SP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY  6

 

 

SAGAGA LE USOGA

MUAGUTUTAGATA Peter Ah Him

964

Independent

TALIAOA Pita Ulia

636

HRPP

FATA Saifoloi

408

SDUP

LUAFATASAGA Maanaima Sega

248

Independent

SAENA Tialino Penaia II

90

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY  7

 

 

AANA ALOFI NU.1

TOLEAFOA APULU Fa’afisi

632

HRPP

AIONO Tile Gafa

507

HRPP

MAIAVA Visekota Peteru

454

SDUP

SUEMALO Lipa Vaoga

413

SDUP

LEAUPEPETELE Denis Leaupepetele

377

Independent

SAUVAO TAUEVA Sio Vaauli

355

Independent

SUAFOA Fuimaono Lautasi II

328

Independent

SEMAOA Feausi

317

SP

FESOLAI Logomalieimatagi Tepa Toloa

224

SCP

LEOFO Aipovi Aiono

184

SP

TALAMATAVAO Malua

44

HRPP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 8

 

 

AANA ALOFI NU.2

TOLOFUAIVALELEI Falemoe Leiataua

389

HRPP

TULILO Paulo Leutele

335

SDUP

AGASEATA Livi

110

Independent

LEMALUAFAITOAGA Sauni Felise

101

SP

AMIATU Sagato Amiatu

86

SDUP

SAMOA Pita

85

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY  9

 

 

AANA ALOFI NU.3

VAEOLENOFOAFIA Tapasu

632

HRPP

TOALEPAIALII Siu Pose Salesa III

498

SPPP

FAGAFAGAMANUALII Theresa McCarthy

241

SDUP

MANU Taialofa Tuitofa Naseri

230

HRPP

TALIMATASI Setu

180

SDUP

AANAMAAITU Pasitale Afamasaga

164

HRPP

LETELEMAAANA Talalelei

98

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 10

 

 

AIGA I LE TAI

MULIPOLA Oliva

806

SDUP

VAATIUOLA Lautolo Misi

651

Independent

LEVAA Sauaso

481

HRPP

LEIATAUALESA Vaiao

221

Independent

TAIMALELAGI Naotala

150

Independent

LESA Tominiko Lesa Niko

75

Independent

LEIATAUALESA Niko Fidow

26

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 11

 

 

FALELATAI & SAMATAU

Misa Telefoni

828

HRPP

Olomotu Salapu Asalele

261

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 12

 

 

LEFAGA & FALESEELA

LEMAMEA Ropati

1,072

SDUP

MASINALUPE Tusipa Masinalupe

552

HRPP

IPUTAU Sami Lemalu

293

HRPP

TUALOAINA Moana Tuala Tamalelagi

28

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 13

 

 

SAFATA

PALUSALUE Faapo II

985

HRPP

TUIA Pua Fuatogi Leota

870

SDUP

AUSEUGAEFA TUVAIFALE VAASATIA Poloma Komiti

859

HRPP

SEVE Sung Chan Chui

733

SDUP

LEOTA-SUATELE Manusegi Suatele

575

HRPP

TOETA Toafa

501

SP

SEVE Leu Ruta Tofaeono

215

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 14

 

 

SIUMU

TUUU Anasii Leota

655

HRPP

TUPUOLA TEVASEU MANO Sola Siaosi Hunt

468

Independent

AFOA Fetulima Nonu

33

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 15

 

 

FALEALILI

TUILOMA Lameko

1,142

HRPP

FUIMAONO Gaoia Tei

1,038

SDUP

FUIMAONO Puleimanufiu Faasopo

894

HRPP

TUSA Misi Tupuola

891

Independent

FUIMAONO Esera Rimoni

722

HRPP

ALAIMOANA Esau Ropati

472

SDUP

LEILUA Punivalu

215

Independent

TALAUEGA Lafi

103

SP

FUIMAONO Naoia Fereti Tupua

97

Independent

FONOTI Faagalu Taeao-o-alii

68

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 16

 

 

LOTOFAGA

FIAME Naomi Mataafa

469

HRPP

FATA Siaosi

252

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 17

 

 

LEPA

TUILAEPA LUPESOLIAI Sailele Malielegaoi

 

HRPP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 18

Special Votes: 0

 

ALEIPATA ITUPA LUGA

TAUA Tavaga Kitiona Seuala

627

HRPP

FUATAGA Kasimani

315

Independent

LAVATAI Mailagi

14

SCP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 19

 

 

ALEIPATA ITUPA LALO

PAEPAE Kapeli Sua

710

SDUP

TAUTOLOITUA Farani Posala

622

HRPP

UTUGA Faamanatu Faaaliga

260

HRPP

TAUILIILI Joe Kolose Fruean

60

SP

LETIU Elisapeta Tali Lee

21

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY  20

 

 

VAA O FONOTI

LEAO Talalelei Tuitama

440

HRPP / SCOPA

TOGIAI Fuatau Eteuati Faiilagi

394

SDUP

TAITO ALIIFAALOGO Faitele

356

Independent

LENIU FEA Tionisio Seinafolava Hunt

273

HRPP

LEILUA Tavas Leota

165

HRPP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 21

 

 

ANOAMAA SASAE

MOEFAAUO Lufilufi

615

HRPP / SCOPA

SAVEA Sione

607

HRPP

LEALAISALANOA Francis Hugo Siliva Nickel

305

SDUP

FOGAMOMI TOMANOGI Sapati Moeono

210

SP

FAAMATUAINU Tala Mailei

30

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 22

 

 

ANOAMAA SISIFO

FONOTOE NUAFESILI Pierre Lauofo

1,114

HRPP

LEOTA LEULUAIALII Ituau Ale

805

SDUP

MANU Falaula

98

SP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 23

 

 

FAASALELEAGA NU.1

GATOLOAIFAANA Amataga Alesana Gidlow

688

HRPP

TIATIA SILI Pulufana Saunoa

684

HRPP

TUILIMU Manuele Paletasala

592

SDUP

TOFILAU Tauvaga

437

SDUP

FIU Loimata II

379

HRPP

LEAUANAE Makiasi S

341

SDUP

LEAANA Sosaiete

299

Independent

PAULI Taavili

292

Independent

TOFILAU Saolele

260

Independent

PIPI Samasina

257

HRPP

SILI Alapati

175

Independent

LEOTA Semisi

162

HRPP

TOFILAU Semeli Sinai

116

Indepnedent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 24

 

 

FAASALELEAGA NU.2

PAU Sefo Taumata Pau

481

HRPP

LEANAPAPA Laki

419

SDUP

PAPALII Memea Samuelu Petaia

376

HRPP

TUILAGI Iakopo James Bartley

140

HRPP

NAMULAUULU Motutoa Vave Tuilagi

22

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 25

 

 

FAASALELEAGA NU.3

TOFA Eteuati Siitia

356

SDUP

UNASA Mesi Galo

356

HRPP

UNASA Felise Moors

271

Independent

SUA Ioelu

193

Independent

TOOALA Tulouna

161

HRPP

TOALA Tanielu

74

independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY  26

 

 

FAASALELEAGA NU. 4

MULITALO SEALIIMALIETOA Siafausa Vui

655

HRPP

SUA Rimoni D. Ah Chong

419

SP

PESETA Senio Lauvao

9

Independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 27

 

 

GAGAEMAUGA NU.1

SALA FATA Lisati Pinati

1,043

HRPP

SALA Vaimili II Uili Ioane

480

SP

TUALA Falenaoti Tiresa Malietoa

101

SCP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 28

 

 

GAGAEMAUGA NU. 2

LEVAOPOLO Talatonu

383

SDUP

FAASOOTAULOA Pati

375

HRPP

TOIAIVAO Faimafili Lauano

145

SP

SAOFIA Omeli Sealiimalietoa

5

independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 29

 

 

GAGAEMAUGA NU.3

LEOTA Lu II

437

HRPP

GALUVAO Viliamu

412

Independent

SEUAMULI Sapio Tooala

246

SDUP

MAIAVA Faafuata

88

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 30

Special Votes: 0

 

GAGAIFOMAUGA NU.1

PESETA TOLEAFOA Lua Nafoi

464

Independent

GAINA Aukusitino

391

HRPP

TUILOA Anitelea

254

 

GAONO Silino

149

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 31

 

 

GAGAIFOMAUGA NU.2

SAFUNEITUUGA Paaga Neri

381

HRPP

SOOALO Siliga

283

Independent

FAALAFEITELE ALOFIOTAOA Natuitasina Tugaga

266

Independent

MAMEA Minnie lofa Tumanuvao Matalavea

105

Independent

FEO Nemaia Esau

87

SP

MANUTA Lavamaile

68

SDUP

FUI Tifaga

45

independent

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 32

 

 

GAGAIFOMAUGA NU.3

LAAULI Leuatea Polataivao

581

HRPP

SEGI Usufono Tauanae

287

SDUP

POLATAIVAO Ila matagi

72

SP

POLATAIVAO Savelio

5

HRPP

TUPAIMANAIA Ioane

4

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 33

 

 

VAISIGANO NU.1

VAAI Papu Vailupe

1,054

Independent

MASOE Toga Potoi

802

HRPP

LEALIIFANOLEVALEVALE Iopu Tanielu

145

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 34

 

 

VAISIGANO NU. 2

MOTUOPUAA Aisoli

559

Independent

TOLEAFOA Mauteni Tamasone Metuli II Esera

303

HRPP

VALASI TOGAMAGA Tafito Selesele

275

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 35

 

 

FALEALUPO

AEAU Peniamina Leavaiseeta

621

SDUP

SOLIA Sefo Kalolo

166

HRPP

GISA Fuatai Purcell

64

HRPP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 36

 

 

ALATAUA SISIFO

LAFAITELE Patrick Leataualesa

410

Independent

SEUULA Ioane

369

SDUP

TUAIAUFAI Latu

248

HRPP

LOLOMATAUAMA Siuola

61

SDUP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 37

 

 

SALEGA

TAPUAI Sepulona Moananu

831

HRPP / SCOPA

TOOMATA Alapati Poese Toomata

765

HRPP

LEILUA Manuao

603

SDUP

TAPUAI Toese

403

SDUP

MUAGUTUTIA Mose

339

SP

AFUALO Pule Afualo

156

SP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 38

 

 

PALAULI SISIFO

TAUA Falaimo

666

SDUP

AFOA Faleulu Mauli

480

HRPP

AMITUANAI Tausisi

249

HRPP

TAMALA Uilisone Leuluaialii

204

HRPP

LEILUA Tutogi

146

HRPP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 39

 

 

SATUPAITEA

ASIATA Saleimoa Vaai

578

SDUP

SELESELE Tanielu Asiata

552

HRPP

TAVUI Iose Gray

197

HRPP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 40

 

PALAULI

TOLUONO Feti

573

Independent

LAULU Ianeta Tui Laulu

507

SDUP

LEITUALA Tuuaga II

335

HRPP

SEUMANUFAGAI Pueleo

85

HRPP

AUTAGAVAIA Lave

28

HRPP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 41

 

 

PALAULI LE FALEFA

FAUMUINA Tiatia Liuga

1,083

HRPP

LE TAGALOA Pita

472

SP

ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY 42

 

 

INDIVIDUAL VOTERS

LEE HANG Niko

988

HRPP

KEIL Hans Joachim

678

HRPP

WILSON Edward Lotasiano

395

Independent

JENSEN Taimang

368

SDUP

CRAIG Farell

340

SP

GODINET Hymel Joseph

271

SP

HUNT Michael Edward

95

SDUP

SILVA Meleane Elaine

92

SCP

 


 
   
  Election Day (clockwise): Vaimauga i Sasae voters awaiting their turn; voters at Vaitele of the Faleata i Sisifo district; voters waiting at Faleula of the Sagaga le Falefa; long queue of voters at Malie of the Sagaga
le Usoga district.

Upolu, Samoa
(Photos: Lagi Keresoma - 04 April 2006)
 
 

Post election casualties include one man shot and school burnt
04 April 2006 - Source: eventpolynesia.com

Despite a generally peaceful election, post election casualties have now started to emerge including a Sili man being shot and a school building at Puleia village being burnt, both incidents from the same district.

The aftermath of the election is yet unknown with many families fearing the wrath of their village councils and family 'matai' for voting against their wish. One voter told eventpolynesia.com that his family had been threatened to "loose everything if we vote for a certain candidate."

While the battle is over for some candidates, the war is still not over for many. For some of the districts with close results, anticipation is still high with the official count to come, especially in constituents where special votes are yet to be accounted for.

Information has come to eventpolynesia.com that a record number of candidates are now preparing to petition the results in court, citing bribery for many of the unfair results.
 


Three Samoans awarded Japanese Government Scholarships
04 April 2006 - Source: Media Release - JICA

Three recipients of Japanese Government Scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan, departed over the weekend.

Mr Johnwilliam Sala has been accepted to study civil engineering at the Syusei Technical College in Osaka. Mr Sala is a student at the National University of Samoa. His scholarship is for a period of three years.

Ms Venus Tupai also a student at the National University of Samoa has been accepted to study International Business Law at the Tokyo University of Foreign Languages as an undergraduate student. Her scholarship is for four years.

Mr Vaise Patu, an Electronics Lecturer at Samoa Polytechnic has been accepted as a research student at Ibaraki University in Tokyo. Mr Patu will be carrying out research in the area of Information Technology. His scholarship is for a period of two years.

Mr Sala and Ms Tupai will study Japanese language for one year before beginning their respective courses, while Mr Patu will study Japanese language for six months.

Every year two to three Samoan students are accepted for the MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship Scheme. There are presently six other Samoans studying on MEXT scholarships in Japan.

The application process for MEXT scholarships for next year, 2007, will begin in May this year. For undergraduate programs candidates must be between 17 and 21 years of age, whereas the post-graduate (research) program is up to 35 years of age.
 


 
   
  Election Day (clockwise): Family waiting for their turn at Maninoa, Siumu district; voters queue at Lufilufi; Anoamaa i Sasae district, Salani voters at Falealili district; Ulutogia voters at Aleipata all dressed up.
Upolu, Samoa
(Photos: Lagi Keresoma - 03 April 2006)
 
 

History repeats itself with HRPP winning the Samoa election
03 April 2006 - Source: eventpolynesia.com

With the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) winning 32 seats of the 49 seat Parliament, political history has again repeated itself, ending speculation of a change of Government before the election.

The win by HRPP also puts to rest predictions that were made based on the polls that were run by local newspapers and local radios. “Polls should be left to staticians....it’s not something journalists should play around with,” said Felise Va’a, a political analyst. However, a better interpretation of the polls based on the geographical sampling areas instead of being interpreted as a national indicator would have been more useful.

The election result is a shock to many people who “expected a close race.” Samoa Party being the biggest looser with none of its 21 members winning any seat. The other two small parties, Samoa Christian Party and Samoa Progressive Party, did not win any seat.

When Samoa went to the polls in 2001, there was a strong feeling that Samoa was ready for a change of Government. Instead HRPP returned to power. People in Samoa and abroad had been more daring, bold and vocal in calling for a change of Government leading up to last Friday’s election. Many people quoted their dislike of the Prime Minister’s arrogance and rudeness.

But come the day after election, history has once again repeated itself with HRPP has returning with a majority number of seats.

While many are conceding with the feeling that the election results speaks for Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and the HRPP’s popularity, others think otherwise.

A closer observation indicates that people voted for their candidate and not because of the party alliance. Unfortunately, most of the ‘people’s candidates were on the HRPP list.
 


Samoa U19 team named to play Argentina in Dubai
03 April 2006 - Source: Media Release – Samoa Rugby Union

Samoa Rugby Union announce Samoa U19 team to play Argentina U19 on Wednesday 05th April 2006 at 6pm (Dubai time) which is Wednesday 05th April at 3am (Samoan time).
 

POSITION

PLAYER

VILLAGE / CLUB

1.                      Prop

TALIAFERRO FAALOGO

Lotopa

2.                      Hooker

MANIA IETI    (CAPTAIN)   

Lotopa

3.                      Prop

NAAMA LELEIMALEFAGA

Vailoa, Palauli

4.                      Lock

LAVATAI TOFILAU  

Iva, Fa’asaleleaga

5.                      Lock

RUPERAKE PETAIA

Vaitele Fou

6.                      Loose Forward

MISIOKA TIMOTEO

Vaiala

7.                      Loose Forward

AFA TASIPALE

Leulumoega Tuai

8.                      Loose Forward

TALITONU FAAPUEA

Vaitele Fou

9.                      Half Back

ALATASI TUPOU

Vaiala

10.                  First Five

SALEVI LEOTA       

Avao

11.                  Wing

SILAUMUA POTIFELE       

Afega

12.                  Second Five

KI ANUFE

Lepea

13.                  Center

THRETTON PALAMO

Vaimoso

14.                  Wing

MORGAN SALESA 

Moataa

15.                  Full back

KARL SIEMSEN      

Alamagoto

16.                  Reserve Forward

STEVE FAATAU     

Tulaele, Lefaga

17.                  Reserve Forward

IETITAIA SANERIVI

Lefaga

18.                  Reserve Forward

SITANISILAO SATUI

Leulumoega Tuai

19.                  Reserve Forward

KOLOSE PJ LEMALU

Lefaga

20.                  Reserve Forward

RICHARD MUAGUTUTIA

Saleimoa

21.                  Reserve Backs

SESOLE SLADE    

Vaivase

22.                  Reserve Backs

TUPU ULUFALE

Falelauniu

23.                  Reserve Backs

MICHAEL TALITONU

Afega

24.                  Reserve Backs

ETUALE PITONE    

Falefa

25.                  Coach

Lepale Niko Palamo

 

26.                  Manager

Ryan Schuster

 

27.                  A / Coach

Fuiava Tuise Sefo

 

28.                  A / Coach

Leu Alani Ulia

 

29.                  Physio

Sarah Bullians

 

 


 
   
  Election Day (clockwise): Voters lining up at the Apia Court House, police
officer giving out ticket numbers at Aele Fou, voting closed at Vaimea
polling booth, votes being returned to Electoral Office at Fugalei.

Upolu, Samoa
(Photos: Lagi Keresoma - 02 April 2006)
 
 

New election system and process blamed for long queues
02 April 2006 - Source: eventpolynesia.com

While the new system has definitely reduced the chances of voters casting more than one vote by using different identities, instead, the voting process has been blamed for the long queues and delay in people casting their votes.

Much of the complaints were towards the “slow and slack” performance of returning officers, and in some cases the poor coordination of the voting process in some villages. According to the some of the voters, they expected things to be “easy and to finish early. “ Instead, the voters had to wait in the hot sun for hours.

Some of the people that turned up in the morning only cast their votes in the afternoon, while others went home and returned to find the booths closed. “The system only created headaches and empty stomachs," complained some of the voters. In some areas like Malifa, Vaimea and Aele, additional police were called in to control annoyed voters.

At one Aele polling booth, the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) was the center of voter’s anger, when he closed the polling booth before everyone present could cast their vote. eventpolynesia.com was told that the problem started when the duty police officer gave out ticket numbers to voters who were waiting their turns, before closing time at three o’clock. But when the police officer ran out of ticket numbers, he then told the rest of the votes who have been waiting since mid-day, that they could not vote.

Voters’ persistence paid off with the DRO placing a call to the Electoral Commissioner. According to returning MP Joachim Hans Keil, who was present during the dispute, "when closing time arrives for voting, only those people who were waiting their turns were allowed to vote, but anyone else that comes after three o’clock, will not vote." eventpolynesia.com was told, that the booth did not close until later in the evening.

The polling booth at the Apia Court house picked up voters (individual) who had already cast their votes at other booths, but turned up to cast more votes at a different booth.

Some of the returning officers also had their share of misfortune. “We got to our assigned polling booth, which was the church minister’s residence, only to be told by the ‘faifeau’ that he had not being informed of their home being used as a polling booth, except to have seen it on an announcement on SBC TV.” According to a returning officer who was based at Vaimoso, “I was so embarrassed when the ‘faifeau’ told us that.”

Despite the mainly minor hiccups in the voting process and electoral system, the 2006 general election will go down in history to be much more peaceful than the previous ones.
 


Petroleum prices move up once more
02 April 2006 - Source: Media Release – Government Press Secretariat

World oil prices have moved back up resulting increases in retail petrol prices of 9 sene per litre and in retail diesel prices of 9.8 sene per litre. The Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Misa Telefoni, commented that “with these prices increases, petrol prices are back where they were in November 2005 while diesel has hit a new record high.”

“There seems to be no single factor which has driven the petroleum products market up,” he said. The same very tight supply conditions in the face of continuing strong growth in Asian demand seem to have locked in high prices that are now moving up and down in a narrow band. In the case of petrol this is USD$65-$70 per barrel in Singapore. For diesel the recent range has been USD$68-$74 per barrel.”

“While we had hoped that spring in the northern hemisphere would lessen short term demand pressures in the world market, we now have another dark cloud on the horizon,” the Deputy PM said. “The recent sharp weakening in the NZ dollar to which the Samoan Tala is linked in our trade weighted basket of currencies will increase the tala costs of fuels.”

The new fuel prices for Samoa for the month of April are as follows:
 

FUEL

MARCH

APRIL

DIFFERENCE

PETROL

216.7 sene/litre

225.7 sene/litre

9 sene/litre

DIESEL

219.7 sene/litre

229.5 sene/litre

9.8 sene/litre

KEROSENE

219.9 sene/litre

221.2 sene/litre

1.3 sene/litre


 

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