• Samoa’s first female prime minister takes charge

    Kerryn Baker     |      September 10, 2021

    After a long political stand-off, Naomi Mata’afa Fiame has become the first woman prime minister of Samoa, and the second-ever woman head of government in the Pacific islands region.

  • Resolving Samoa’s democratic crisis

    Joanne Wallis     |      June 4, 2021

    Samoa is facing a political impasse as caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi faces off against his former deputy Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

  • Samoa’s constitutional crisis

    Kerryn Baker     |      May 30, 2021

    Samoa has elected its first woman prime minister. Now an ongoing constitutional crisis, ironically centred around competing interpretations of Samoa’s parliamentary gender quota provisions, is preventing her from taking power.

  • Learning from measles to fight coronavirus

    Valasi Iosefa     |      November 27, 2020

    The Samoan Government learned some sobering lessons about maintaining confidence in public health during the 2019 measles epidemic which have been applied to the fight against COVID-19.