The S.P.S. (Samoa Police Services)

Police issue festive season warning

The Ministry of Police has issued a warning to members of the public to be aware that they will be cracking down on people who are driving under the influence of alcohol. This is according to a public notice issued by the Samoa Police Service as the country switches to the festive season mode. 

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GOD AND CHURCH: Sa Mataena From Si’usega.

Foundation of a happy family

The church is the foundation of a happy family.  That’s the belief of mother of two, Sa Mataena, from the village of Si’usega. The 55-year-old says problems occur in our families nowadays because we forget that we are founded in Christ through the church.

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LIVING LIFE RUNNING WITHOUT WATER: Gigi Lafaele from the village of Leulumoega-uta.

No running water a daily struggle

Doing chores and going about your day without a proper supply of water is something that no person wants. Unfortunately that is the reality for Gigi Lafaele and his family residing in the village of Leulumoega-uta.

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STILL WORKING HARD AT 69: Akenese Tuitea from the village of Tuana’i.

Age is only a number

Living alone and working on a large plantation may seem like a burden for many people, especially when they have reached the ripe old age of 69. But not for Akenese Tuitea from the village of Tuana’i.

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NEED OF HELP: Satini Vaogogo.

No shame in life of hardship

There is no shame when you are desperate. So shared a father of six Satini Vaogogo, 31, from the village of Nofoali’i. Mr. Vaogogo was preparing a umu with his brother in-law yesterday morning when Village Voice met up with him at his place. 

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IN LOVE WITH SAMOA: Minna Karvonen.

Minna Karvonen returns for more

Minna Karvonen just can’t get enough of Samoa’s beautiful white sand and the scenery during her first visit to our shores in November. The 36-year-old is from Finland, Europe.

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Friendship and people best part about island paradise

It was never our sandy beaches or the perfect painted blue skies that startled Julia Paschal; it was the value of friendship she found here in Samoa.

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GRADUATION JOY: Graduates and their proud relatives celebrate the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

Tears of joy, gladness as students begin new journey

Families, friends and supporters of students at the National University of Samoa’s (N.U.S.) Foundation class gathered at Le Papaigalagala to celebrate sweet success earlier this week. Tears of joy and gladness were aplenty as parents and students shared the elation of completing another part of their education journey.

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BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL: The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture impressed the audience with their Christmas carols.

Sapapali’i brings Savai’i flavour to 13 Days of Christmas

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa from Sapapali’i performed on the second night of the popular 13 Days of Christmas programme last Wednesday night.

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Dux Raymond Pelike with his father Pelike and mother Feagai.

Father motivates Faleula’s top student

Raymond Pelike is the Dux of Faleula Primary School. It was the struggles that he witnessed his father go through that motivated him to do his best at school.

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Officials with the ovens that will soon be distributed.

Locally made ovens early Christmas gift

Sixteen new made in Samoa pot belly stoves will soon be making their way to families around the country affected by Cyclone Evan. The ovens have been presented to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (A.D.R.A.) Samoa by the Australia-Pacific Technical College (A.P.T.C.).

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Silia Ama’ama and mother, Toeafualetaeao.

Through struggles and hardship, Silia makes her parents proud

Silia Ama’ama’s dream has come true after she scooped the Dux prize and five other awards at A’ana No. 2 College’s prize giving this week. It was a moment of joy for the 18-year-old because it was always a dream of hers to achieve such high recognition in her education.

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DUX - Filiorosa Ailama with aunty, Sa.

Hard work pays off for Sagaga’s top student

Studying for hours in the night and working extra hours during the weekends has paid off for Sagaga College Dux, Filiorosa Ailama. The Year 13 student said she had sacrificed a lot throughout the year.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Miss Samoa Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo

You’re still a winner, P.M. congratulates Miss Samoa

 “In my eyes and in the eyes of your country, you are still a winner in our book.” That’s what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi told the Miss Pacific Islands first runner up and reigning Miss Samoa Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo when she paid him a courtesy visit this week.

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Vaitulia Tafatoa Salua Sa Taupa’ū Dux of Vaigaga Primary School.

A day to remember for Vaitulia

Wednesday was a day to remember for Vaitulia Tafatoa Salua Sa Taupa’ū. It was the day when she was announced the Dux of Vaigaga Primary School during their prize giving.

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Christmas lights in front of the government building.

Let there be light: L.D.S. lights up Apia

Christmas lights returned to the front of the government last night, thanks to the Latter-day Saints 'Light the World' initiative.

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READY AND REARING: Students awarded by the Australian Scholarship Programme with a scholarship to Australia with The Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford.

Academic excellence rewarded

Fourty eight Samoan students are heading for university studies in Australia and Fiji thanks to the generosity of the Australian government.The students met with Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, yesterday.

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Cop threatens divorce to satisfy P.M.’s Order

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s order for couples working within the Police Force has left several officers angry. They say the decision is unfair. In fact, one of them is considering divorcing his wife to keep his job so he can continue to look after his children and family.

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PROUD FAMILY: Liliu Ulisa and Ronald Ulisa with their daughter Rachael Ulisa. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Head Girl tops Faleata College

Faleata College Head Girl, Rachael Uisa, brought smiles and happiness to her parents yesterday when she was announced the Dux of the school. The Pesega College Hall was packed with families and friends who came to witness the special event to honour the students’ dedication throughout the year.

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The statement confirmed that four deaths are related to dengue.

Dengue fever claims four lives

Contrary to denials from senior public health officials, dengue fever has already claimed four lives. This was confirmed in a media release isssued by the government’s Press and Communications division yesterday on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

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Think a Minute

Character Worth Copying

Think a minute…A man named Cliff Streigling told about an older man, Bud Abbot, who changed his life. This is Cliff’s story and testimony.


Why are you unemployed?

If you are unemployed, blame yourself. Nobody else. Almost. Let me explain. People say I need a job. Doesn’t anybody? Unfortunately, those who proclaim that way, and I don’t blame them, do not know, with all certainty, what kind of a job they want.

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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