Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Committee members visiting the Tanumalala Prison construction site.

Tanumalala Prison to be opened October

The new Tanumalala Prison should be dedicated by October or early November. So announced the Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, following an inspection of the site last week. 

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Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama

Health moves on system to address complaints

Complaints against the delivery of health services in Samoa are not new. The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, says they receive complaints on a daily basis. “My office is full of complaints,” he said. “People are not satisfied with the service. They come to me, they go their M.P, and they go to the Prime Minister. 

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N.U.S. MOVES: Professor Leapai Asofou So'o and Tauvaga Vaai with officials at the N.U.S.

University moves to tackle youth unemployment

Students can now register for the Preliminary Certificate in Technical Vocational Educational and Training (P.C.T.V.E.T.) at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.). N.U.S. Vice Chancellor, Professor Asofou So’o Leapa’i, made the announcement during a press conference at the Oloamanu Center on Friday.

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Fire Emergency Services Authority Assistant Commissioner, Aufa’i Petaia Tausanimaiomanu.

Emergency calls claim dismissed

Digicel Samoa has dismissed reports that 911 calls from their numbers are delayed. “We have not received any official complaints from F.E.S.A. (Fire Emergency Services Authority) and neither from any of our customers about any delayed calls issue,” the company said in a statement.

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N.H.S. Palanitina Toelupe, Minister of Health Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama and M.O.H Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.

Govt. Health vision

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, says the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.), will lead to better primary health care services. It will also sharpen the focus and finances on services as opposed to the current situation where the “total expenditure for health is about 80 percent personnel and 20 percent on services.”

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Excellence in tourism rewarded

Taumeasina Island Resort has secured the ultimate award at the 2017/2018 Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards. The Taumeasina-based resort won the National Tourism Excellence Award, overcoming strong competition from two other finalists in Seabreeze and Return to Paradise.

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SEEKING HELP: Solo Si’ula’i, 34-year-old from Fasito'o-Tai.

Home help needed for Solo Si’ula’i

Home is where you find refuge. Unfortunately this is not the case for Solo Si’ula’i The 34-year-old lives in an overcrowded family house with his uncle and family. 

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WORKING AT THE FAMILY PLANTATION Tamaleaoa Talanoa Lilo, 25 years old, from the village of Pata Falelatai.

Free food and less headaches, man vouches for value of plantation

People living off the plantation believe it’s the best way to deal with the high cost of living today. One of them is a young father of two, Tamaleaoa Talanoa Lilo, 25, from the village of Pata Falelatai. Mr. Lilo says life is hard for him and his family, especially when there’s only one person who works.

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NEED ELECTICITY CONNECTION: Tiula Leituala from Samatau.

Father wants their own electricity connection

The expensive cost of living is the reason some families cannot afford to have their own electricity connection. Tiula Leituala from Samatau knows the feelingThe 44-year-old father told the Village Voice team that despite him and his wife being employed, their budget is not enough for the installation fee.

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NEED A JOB: Apelu Alaiva’a, 19, from the village of Lalovi Mulifanua.

Apelu looks for job to help his family

The best way to give back to your family is to support them. For Apelu Alaiva’a, 19, from the village of Lalovi Mulifanua, he knows that finding a job is on top of his priorities this year. Mr. Alaiva’a is the eldest of seven siblings and he is desperate for work.

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DEAL: Mayor Takahiro Sato and Ambassador Fa’alavaau Perina Sila-Tualaulelei.

Samoa inks pack with Yamagata City

Samoa’s preparation to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan took a major leapfrog this week. It follows the endorsement of an agreement between the government of Samoa and the city of Yamagata, Japan.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Happy winners of the Ah Liki Wholesale Anchor Promotion with Ah Liki staff members.

Timothy secures top prize in Ah Liki Anchor promotion

Timothy Francis Lino of Vaivase-uta is off to New Zealand with a person he’s yet to choose thanks to Ah Liki’s Anchor promotion. Mr. Lino is the winner of the promotion, announced by the Wholesale in a statement yesterday. 

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DEARLY MISSED: So’oalo To’oto’oali’i Roger Stanley.

So’oalo’s passing sad day for fa’afafine community

So’oalo To’oto’oali’i Roger Stanley, a strong pillar in the Samoa Fa’afafine Association, his family and church, has passed away. So'oalo died at the Moto’otua Hospital. The son of Niutea and Stanley of Siusega, So’oalo is a well-known leader in Samoa and the Pacific. 

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C.E.O. OF THE MINISTRY OF PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET: Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo (left). U.S. Charge D’Affaires to Samoa, Antone Gruebel (right).

Govt. responds to U.S. visa decision

The government has assured Samoans their travel plans to the United States should not be interrupted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas to the United States.

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Chairman Pepe Christian Fruean.

Decision on E.P.C. Chairman not final

The decision to remove Pepe Christian Fruean as the Chairman of the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.)  has not yet been finalised. This is according to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

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CHINA SAMOA RELATIONS: Ambassador Wang Xuefeng with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Loan fears quashed

China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, has moved to assuage fears over Samoa’s debt to China, assuring a number of projects under their aid programme are funded by grants. In fact, according to the Ambassador, the Chinese aid to Samoa for the past two and a half years has been in the form of grants.

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Setefano Sosopo living the good life because of hardwork.

Stop complaining and work, says Setefano

Those who never sweat will never have anything good in their life. Setefano Sosopo from the village of Faleula is certain that nothing in life is earned easily, it requires hard work.

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Hard work is key to an easy life in Samoa these days, Iosefa Fonotoe says.

Hard work the key to survival

While life is not easy, complaining about it won’t be able to help you out. This is the belief of a father of three, Iosefa Fonotoe. The 46-year-old hails from the village of Luatuanu’u. Mr. Fonotoe said the only good way to tackle this hard life is through hard work.

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THE TRAINER: Dr. Tafa Esther Cowley conducted the first A.V.P. programme in a N.Z. prison at Paremoremo High Security Prison about 30 years ago.

Samoa hosts Alternatives to Violence programme training

The Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust and Alternatives to Violence Program Whakatane / Bay of Plenty, will be conducting Training of Trainers at the Millennia Hotel conference room (second storey), from Monday 22 - Tuesday 30 January. 

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Apaula Maoga says money is the root cause of some problems in families.

Money woes the biggest challenge

The biggest struggle people are facing today in Samoa is the lack of money. Apaula Maoga, 58, from the village of Leusoali’i attributes this to the lack of jobs and the low incomes people make when they do find work.

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Think a Minute

Workplace checkup (Part 2)

Think a minute…Since we spend so much of our life at our workplace, it is important to see what unhealthy conditions we can start changing to improve our daily lives on the job. Let’s complete our checkup we started yesterday.


The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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