When you are old enough to make your own decisions, you don’t need anyone else to tell you what to do.
That is the opinion of Mina Tuivasa from the village of Lauli’i.
The 28 year old believes that people are not only responsible for their own actions, but also for their mistakes.
“I believe in working hard. I believe that this life is all about working hard to get what you want.
Village Voice caught up with Mina when he was clearing the land.
Mina is a single man who comes from a family of seven including his parents.
He is a carpenter and he does contractual work for the Tokelau Office.
He was on a three-week break which explained why he was using up his time to work in the plantation, and do other carpentry work in the village to help out.
“When I leave Samoa for work, it usually takes up about six months and that’s a long time to be away from my family.
“But I love working and I also love my family which is why I’m doing what I do.
“I don’t want to waste my time doing the wrong things.
“I’ve seen bad things happen to people especially our youth and I think that’s on them.
“When were little, our parents were always there to tell us what to do. When you get older, you should already know what to do; our parents’ job is done.
“So many accidents happen today and most people blame alcohol or something else when it’s the person’s fault.
“I think alcohol was set at such a price so as to discourage people from buying but that’s beside the point. The point is that alcohol is not the problem, the problem is the person consuming the alcohol for not knowing how to control his or her drinking.
“Drink responsibly; that should always be kept in mind.
“A word to the youth today; you are old enough to know what to do, please make use of your time and be smart.
“It is our time to help our families especially our dear parents.”