KEEP WORKING HARD: Potoi Va’atiuola.

Don’t settle keep working, Potoi says

Hard work leads to prosperity. So says Potoi Va’atiuola, 45, from the village of Mulifanua. Mr. Va’atiuola said even though he has a regular job, that doesn’t stop him from working on his plantation.

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Lio talks about changes

Life has changed considerably in Samoa today compared to the past. At 51 years of age, Lio Sasagi from the village of Fasito’o-tai knows. Mr. Sasagi was on his way home from the plantation last weekend when the Village Voice team met him.

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Evo Maiki.

Mother needs help with back to school costs

They say education is the key to success. But nothing can be accomplished without money. With school to start soon, Evo Maiki, is seeking help for her two children.

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WATER TANK NEED: Tutasi Tavita of Lalovi, Mulifanua.

Tutasi Tavita’s basic dream

Tutasi Tavita for so long has been longing a supply of running water. For 14 years, Mrs. Tavita has never experienced the joy of turning on a tap since she settled at Lalovi Mulifanua. The mother of six shared that they fetch water from her in-laws. Every day.

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ENJOYING THE NIGHT: Iliganoa Spolu, Matautia Rula Levi, Dr. Satupaitea and his wife Sialei Viali.

Staff the secret to tourism success

“Keep it real; keep it beautiful.” That was the theme of Friday night’s extravaganza, celebrating excellence in the Tourism industry with the Samoa Tourism Authority Awards. From hoteliers to restauranteurs and transport services, recognition was given to those businesses in the hospitality industry that showed excellence in six categories.

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Aquatic Centre in good shape for 2019 Games

Samoa’s Aquatic Center is ready to cater for swimming participants and spectators in the 2019 Pacific Games. Since the 2007 Pacific Games, the Chinese government has been financing the maintenance of the facilities at a cost of about $2 million per year.

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China driving agricultural development in Samoa

Samoa’s annual import value of processed food, animal products and vegetables accounts for one-fourth of the total import in the country during recent years. In making this statement, China-Samoa Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project head, Jim Liu, says the implementation of the Phase four project aims to decrease Samoa’s reliance on imported vegetables.

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SADLY MISSED: Sooalo Roger Stanley.

In memory of So’oalo Roger Stanley!

A staunch figure in the Samoa Fa’afafine community has passed away. So’oalo To’oto’oali’i Roger Stanley died on Friday night. He was featured in the list of Samoa Observer’s People of the Year for 2017. The article is reprinted in full by popular demand to honour his memory: Enhancing the standard of living, extending a helping hand and building the capacity of others is no foreign concept for the Samoa Fa’afaine Association (S.F.A.).

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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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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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