IN PARTNERSHIP: (L) N.P.I. Branch Manager Tumua Saueleele Ah Wong, (R) N.P.I.-Business Development Manager Lesa Taupati Mamea together with S.N.P.F.-C.E.O. Pauli Prince Suhren (middle)

National Pacific Insurance pays S.N.P.F’s commission

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) has paid its insurance alliance partner, Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.), insurance commission of $15,355.

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HARD WORK: Sefo and Casey Togia carrying buckets of water that they had to fetch from Matatufu.

Life without water is tough

A life without water is tough for 67-year-old Lesina Togia of Lotofaga, Aleipata. When the Village Voice team met her yesterday, she said: “What is life without water?”

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M.B.O.P.A’s PRESIDENT: Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai presenting the Principal of Saint Joseph’s College, Susitina Maletino with a cash donation worth $50,000.

Marist Old Pupils Association present $50,000 to St. Joseph’s College

The Marist Old Pupils Association (M.B.O.P.A.) donated $50,000 to Saint Joseph’s College, Alafua on Friday. A large part of the proceeds for this donation were collected during the Marist Excellence Service Awards Ball, which was held during their recent 130th year anniversary celebrations. 

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NATIONAL BANK OF SAMOA MOVE: C.E.O. Tu’u’u Amaramo Sialaoa says the plan is to deliver better services for their customers.

Service to reach the “unbanked”

The National Bank of Samoa’s newest product, EziBank, could play a key role in reducing the country’s “unbanked” population. The product connects Digicel’s mobile money platform to the bank accounts of N.B.S. customers. 

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C.E.D.A.W. MOCK SESSION: The officials who took part during the three-day preparatory session last week. Photos / Supplied.

Samoa ready for U.N. presentation

Samoa is ready to present to the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (C.E.D.A.W.) Committee later this month following a three-day preparatory session held in Apia last week.

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One of the winners who won the Chan Mow White Sunday Poem Competition.

White Sunday winners with Chan Mow

Chan Mow announced and rewarded the winners for its White Sunday Poem Competition yesterday. The poem competition entry started from August 22nd and ended on the 14th September. 

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THANK YOU BLUESKY: The lucky winners of the Bluesky Top-Up and Win promotion for their White Sunday promotion.

Bluesky brings the sunshine, offers surprise on White Sunday

Threats of rain did not stop Bluesky from bringing the Sunshine into over 40 family homes this White Sunday! Even as the country celebrates, the company is also promising something extra as a surprise today for their pre-paid customers.

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BUILDING BRIDGES: Samoa’s first bedding and mattress manufacturing company have imported its first foam mattress-making machine into Samoa.

Sleepwell hits another first for Samoa

Sleepwell International continues to build bridges across the bedding and mattress industry in Samoa. As Samoa’s first bedding and mattress manufacturing company, another important milestone was achieved this week with the first foam mattress-making machine hitting Samoa’s shores at Sleepwell International. 

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INTERNATIONAL CANE DAY IN SAMOA: Mata'afa Faatino Utumapu demonstrating the important of the White Cane.

Samoa to mark International White Cane Day

The Samoa Blind Persons Association will for the first time mark the International White Cane Day. The commemoration will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday and marks the first time Samoa will join other countries around the globe in giving significance to the cane and its impact on the lives of blind people. 

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EARNING FOR WHITE SUNDAY AND BEYOND: One the many street vendors going to work and hoping for ice cream today as Samoa marks White Sunday.

White Sunday is a time of giving

It is that time of the year again where children look forward to being indulged with gifts and special treats from their parents. As Samoa celebrates White Sunday today, some child vendors hope their wish for a new white attire and special food will be fulfilled with whatever their family earns. 

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WELL DONE: Dr. Guy Fiti Sinclair with family at the presentation: L-R: Aunty Mrs. Sadie Fiti, author, mother, Mrs. Ruta Fiti Sinclair and uncle Mr. Seti Fiti.

Samoan awarded prestigious European law publication prize

A Samoan with roots in Tiapapata, Satalo, and Sapapali’i has been awarded the prestigious 2018 European Society of International Law Book of the Year Prize. Dr. Guy Fiti Sinclair, the son of the late Peter Sinclair and Ruta Fiti Sinclair, is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law.

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WHITE SUNDAY AT THE HOSPITAL: Mother Sililoa and her son Elia Iosefa.

His first White Sunday away from family

It is Elia Iosefa’s first White Sunday away from family but the singing, the dancing and the Bible verse recitations would not have been far from his mind at the Moto’otua Hospital. The 11-year-old from Salamumu has been admitted in the hospital’s paediatric ward and suffers from rheumatic heart disease, which is a consequence of rheumatic fever. This time last year he participated in his family’s celebration of White Sunday. 

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The black Toyota Noah was coming from Aleisa heading to Apia and the black Hiace minivan was on its way to Siusega when the crash occurred.

Collision carnage at Si’usega

Two vehicles collided at the intersection at Siusega around 11 o’clock yesterday. The black Toyota Noah was coming from Aleisa heading to Apia and the black Hiace minivan was on its way to Siusega when the crash occurred. According to an eyewitness, Paulo, the Toyota Noah was driven by a man and was carrying a few passengers, including an elderly man. 

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Family violence.

Church Council says report “insulting”

The National Council of Churches has described as “insulting” an Office of the Ombudsman report that blamed them for exacerbating family violence. The report, based on a two-year national inquiry into family violence in Samoa, concluded that the churches continued to contribute to the impunity of family violence perpetrators.

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MATAUTU WHARF: Containers sitting at the wharf.

Govt. can assist cash-strapped firms

The Minister of Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt says cash-strapped businesses can pay their import duty after 30 days – but only if they pay 50 per cent of the tax upfront. Asked by the Sunday Samoan how many companies have already benefited from this arrangement, he said he is only aware of two construction firms that applied and were given the approval.

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The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

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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Falemavaega Vincent Fepulea'i.

S.R.U. boss disappointed with email leaks

Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, has expressed disappointment that Board members leaked confidential emails. He said the emails were confidential and should not have been made public. The emails were written by Namulauulu Sami Leota and Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun. 

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Darryn Bennett and Laura Mcaffer have a different perspective after their experience in Samoa. Photo: Anina Kazaz.

A new experience for Kiwis

Samoa has been an eye-opener for Darryn Bennet and Laura Mcaffer, especially on travel opportunities. The Kiwi pair usually enjoy a more comfortable and “luxurious” vacation, but this time it was different with what Samoa offered.

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Leah Gage, Vice President of W.I.T.I.A. at the networking event co-hosted by the Women in Climate Change network (W.I.C.C.) of Samoa as part of their educational meeting in the country. (Photo Areta Junior Areta)

Tourism group looks to promote Samoa as a unique destination

The Women in Tourism International Alliance (W.I.T.I.A.) based in Queensland, Australia are in Samoa with 35 international professionals from the global tourism industry. Among the visiting members are travel agents, property and hotel managers, travel writers, tour guides and a travel educator from America, Norway, China and Australia. 

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LOVING SAMOA: Terry Hudson and her mother Shannon Poole. Photo: Anina Kazaz.

Trip down memory lane for Terri Hudson

Coming to Samoa brought back romantic memories for Terri Hudson from New Zealand. 

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Think a Minute

Cool as a Corpse

Think a minute…I recently read about a teenage boy who was found hanging from a tree. Next to the tree was a suicide note he had written to his parents. He said: “I’ve never felt like a real person with real worth. What hurts most is that I don’t have any real relationships with my family or friends. Please don’t spend money on a casket to bury me in.”


A country almost one with the sea

To sit above the hills overlooking the majestic harmonist of a sea; you are the head and feet of imagination, free; and like the breeze on your skin, you linger. There is a self healing, prayer filled, somber sound coming from such a sea.

Between the Lines


Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

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