Samoan Tala

Samoan Tala

Samoan Tala overview

The tālā is the currency of Samoa. It is divided into 100 sene. The terms tālā and sene are the equivalents or transliteration of the English words dollar and cent, in the Samoan language. The tālā was introduced on 10 July 1967, following the country's political independence from New Zealand in 1962. Until that time, Samoa had used the pound, with coins from New Zealand and its own banknotes. The tālā replaced the pound at a rate of 2 tālā = 1 pound, and was therefore equal to the New Zealand dollar. The tālā remained equal to the New Zealand dollar until 1975. The symbol WS$ is still used for the tālā, representing the country's previous name Western Samoa, used up to 1997, when the word Western was officially removed and the country became known as just Samoa. Therefore, the symbol SAT, ST and T appear to be in use as well. Sometimes figures are written with the dollar sign in front, followed by "tālā". e.g. $100 tālā.The Samoan currency is issued and regulated by the Central Bank of Samoa.

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Samoan Tala news

Chinese found dead on seawall

A Chinese national was found dead in the early hours of yesterday morning on the seawall at the back of the Government Building in Apia. The man had injuries to his head and face and has been identified as Charles Chao, who is a volunteer at the Anglican School at Leififi.

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Manu Samoa head coach position re-advertised

The coaching position for the Manu Samoa XV is vacant. The Samoa Rugby Union has decided to advertise the position following a Board meeting. This was confirmed in a statement issued today. It reads: The immediate future of the Manu Samoa XVs programme was decided in a Samoa Rugby Union meeting of the Board.

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U.S. Embassy honours organisations, individuals

The United States Embassy in Apia recognised 11 organisations and 10 individuals at a grantee ceremony at the embassy in Vailima yesterday.

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Digicel gives Christmas bonus

Digicel Samoa is giving its customers an extra seki head start to the Christmas holidays this year with the launch of their Kerisimasi Fiafia campaign.

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Govt. commissions new 600 kilowatt hydro power plant

The Government has commissioned the 600 kilowatt Tafitoala- Fausaga new hydro power plant in Safata District. Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, Cabinet Ministers, the diplomatic corps, and the village councils of Tafitoala and Fausaga witnessed the commissioning yesterday.

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Dux dedicates achievement to mum

Talalupelele Tolovaa is the Dux of the Chanel College. The 19-year-old topped her Year 13 arts class by coming first in English, geography, computer studies, history, and third in Samoan to come out the overall winner. She dedicated her academic success to her mother Juliana Tolovaa, during the school’s prize giving ceremony on Saturday, which was held at the Chanel College hall in Moamoa.

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Businesses warned of counterfeit notes

A famous Samoa eatery has warned local businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit notes.

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Savai’i Development wins Bluesky Iva Sevens

The Savai’i Sevens team are the champions of the 2018 Bluesky Iva Savaii 7’s Tournament. They defeated Lulu Mai Vini, 26-7, in the final played at Prince Edward Park last Saturday.

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Luxury lady sold for $1m

First Published: 21 October 1987 The government’s controversial luxury boat, Lady Samoa, has been sold for “just over a million Tala,” according to the general manager of the Western Samoa Shipping Corporation, Ray Bancroft.

25 days conditional neutral
Honey bee 'must be preserved'

The honeybee is biodiversity in itself and must be preserved at all cost. Leicester Dean, a beekeeper from Saleimoa, knows this.

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