S.P.R.E.P’s Pollution Adviser, Anthony Talouli. Photo: S.P.R.E.P.

S.P.R.E.P. recognised as regional node for marine litter prevention

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P) has been recognised as the Pacific regional node for the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (G.P.M.L).

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Vaasili Piula of Lotopa.

Villager critical of increases

Forty-eight year old Vaasili Piula of Lotopa is urging the government to reassess the increase of fees with things such as passport, prizes of goods in shops as well as many other things.

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Brotherly love at Vailele

It was a hot day. But Toetu Sefo did not mind. The 38-year-old was selling strings of fish on the side of the road at Vailele.

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WORKING HARD: Tulua Samasoni and her daughter Senia Maiava of Vailele-uta.

Hard working mother shows the way

Meet Tulua Samasoni and her daughter Senia Maiava of Vailele-uta. They were walking on the Fagalii road delivering peanuts when the Village Voice met up with them. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: The prize winners in the Samoa Observer Schools Short Story competition.  Photo / Misiona Simo

Young writers awarded in Samoa Observer Short Story competition

The winners of the Samoa Observer Schools Short story competition were presented with their prizes on Thursday at S.S.A.B’s Conference room.

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Moira Falevaai, Luarrell Craig Silagan and Lily-Ann Papalii Eteuati.

Pesega ends term with Culture Day

“Oute mitamita i lo’u faasinomaga o le Samoa Moni.”  That was the theme of L.D.S Church College’s Culture day held on Thursday, which was a splendid way to bring term 3 to an end for students and teachers.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Max and Karen Orley at the Samoa Tourism Information Centre in Apia.

Couple share thoughts about Samoa, bus experience most memorable

Max and Karen Orley were on a mission. They were heading to the Information Centre in Apia to find what is there there to see in Upolu having just discovered that their accommodation was a little further out than they intended to be. 

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MILESTONES IN SAMOA: The Roa family spending some quality time together in Apia.

Roa family celebrates dual milestones

Channeling the Von Trapp family from the Sound of Music, the Roa family was a colourful bunch as they walked in a line behind their matriarch along Apia’s beach road when Dear Tourist met them.

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OUR SECOND HOME: Carolyn and Kevin on their seventh holiday at Stevensons in Manase, Savai’i.

Stevensons at Manase home for Kiwi couple

Carolyn and Kevin look very much at home lounging around the pool at Stevenson’s at Manase. The Dear Tourist finds out very quickly that the couple have a rental suite there and that this is their seventh time to Samoa.

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THANK YOU: Members of the Apia Hash House Harriers with the former Head of State and the Patron of the Goshen Trust, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Apia Hash Harriers raise $16,000 for Goshen Trust

Members of the Apia Hash House Harriers have presented $16,000 to the Patron of the Goshen Trust and former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

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IN NEW YORK: P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and some members of his delegation in New York.

P.M. addresses world leaders in New York

“The ocean and its resources continue to be critical to the livelihoods of our people and region. The impacts of Climate Change, Illegal Unregulated Unreported fishing and overfishing are threatening the sustainability of this crucial resource of our region” – Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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DUCK AND GIVE IT A MISS: Vaioleola Rene, of Iva, Savai’i.

Slow down and stop stressing

Life is too busy. And it’s killing so many people at an early age. So believes 38-year-old Vaioleola Rene, of Iva, Savai’i.

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LOVE IS THE KEY: Tavita Makeki, 53, from Tuana’i and Sagone.

Parents should make load lighter for working children

When you have love in your heart, struggles will fade away. For Tavita Makeki, 53, from Tuanai and Sagone, he believes love keeps us working even when you don’t feel like it. And love makes so many other things possible.

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Fiti Leao.

Father calls on govt. to help

The people of Samoa must be strong and stand up to tell the government that they are suffering and they need to help them.

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COST OF LIVING PAIN: Vaina Tuia, a 53-year-old-mother from the village of Utuali’i.

Expensive cost of living hurting so many people

The expensive cost of living is contributing to hardship and the rise of poverty in Samoa. This is the firm opinion of Vaina Tuia, a 53-year-old-mother from the village of Utuali’i.

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TRY THE LOCAL STUFF: Travel philosophers Glenn and Julie love the local food and people.

Travel Philosophers win bid for trip to Samoa

After successfully bidding for a prize at a charity auction in Canberra, self proclaimed travel philosophers, Glenn and Julie Hughes have found themselves heading to Samoa.

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COME TO NAURU: Nauru President Baron Waqa reassures Forum Chairman and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi that Nauru will see to it that that the media will be welcomed.

Nauru assures Forum Chair about visa for journalists

Nauru President Baron Waqa has indicated an $8,000 visa fee for journalists will be waived when his country hosts the Pacific Islands Forum next year. He was responding to questions raised by the regional media at the conclusion of the Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Apia earlier this month.

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Samoa Airways, is exploring the acquisition of the world’s largest twin jet airplane, the Boeing 777, as it’s next plane of choice.

Samoa Airways explores Boeing 777 option

Samoa’s new international airline, Samoa Airways, is exploring the acquisition of the world’s largest twin jet airplane, the Boeing 777, as it’s next plane of choice. In a press release, the Minister responsible for Polynesian Airlines, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell indicated the airline will introduce the state of the art aircraft within a couple of years.

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IMMIGRATION TALKS: M.P.M.C’s Chief Executive Agafili Shem Leo, (left) with Samoa’s consul general in American Samoa, Auseugaefa Poloma Komiti attending the recent Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Apia earlier this month.

C.E.O. clarifies delays in issuance on entry permits

The delayed in granting entry permits for Samoan nationals to travel to Amerika Samoa has led to complaints registered with the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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IN LOVE WITH SAVAI’I AND SAMOA: Elizabeth Siaosi believes that living in Savai’i is such a priviledge.

The sweetness of Savai’i

Walking into the entrance lobby of Amoa Resort at Siufaga Savai’i is like walking into a dreamy villa designed especially to take advantage of the sea breeze and the natural light that reflects off the white sands.

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Think a Minute

Buzzards and bees

Think a minute…Buzzards and bees are very different in their eating habits. Buzzards fly circling above looking for animals that are either hurt or dead. Then they swoop down to tear and feast on it until it is gone.


New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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