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

A sneak peak inside the new Maota Fono

The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly has given members of the public a sneak peak inside the new Maota Fono.

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Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency

An independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, says cryptocurrency is real and is in Samoa to stay. Contrary to numerous warnings from the Government – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi - against any Samoan joining the scheme, Mr. Nkwilimba assured the scheme is legitimate.

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Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency

An independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, says cryptocurrency is real and is in Samoa to stay. Contrary to numerous warnings from the Government – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi - against any Samoan joining the scheme, Mr. Nkwilimba assured the scheme is legitimate.

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Sport: Japan's Iwaki City to host Samoan athletes

Iwaki City in Japan will host Samoan athletes and officials in the lead-up to 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Women happy with sewing training
Women happy with sewing training

What’s it like learning a brand new skill? For some women of Maagiagi, Faleapuna, Afega, and Safotu, it was tough, but they got there. Serita Tiauli is 22, and before last month, she had never tried to make her own clothes before. “I need to get a bit more experience, but it was really fun,” she said.

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Time to hire the right people

I read in the Samoa Observer recently that eight C.E.O positions are vacant. Fine. We need them to run the country; but this time let’s get the right ones by hiring them the right way. Those who have tasted the job should not reapply.

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Child protection and taking care of our vulnerable ones

It is perhaps not a coincidence that a non-government organisation recently held a workshop on child protection, as Samoa begins the countdown to White Sunday celebrations this weekend. The Wellbeing and Community Solutions (WCS) ran a workshop to introduce “child protection case management” systems.

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Climate and tourism women join forces
Climate and tourism women join forces

Developing sustainable tourism in the face of climate change was one reason women with background in tourism and conservation linked up recently. In a low-key networking event co-hosted by Women in Climate Change network (W.I.C.C.) of Samoa and the Women in Tourism International Alliance, women and some men had the opportunity to share their issues and discuss potential partnerships.

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Tialavea says ministers should divest shares

Cabinet Ministers should not have shares in any company. That is the view of the Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. He made the point during an interview with the Sunday Samoan. In doing so, he joined Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in expressing similar sentiments.

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Minister says Cable Depot means more jobs for Samoans

When new businesses spring up, the question has to be asked: who will benefit from this? The question was put to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, following the opening of the $5 million submarine Cable depot at the Matautu Wharf.

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