WORK IN PROGRESS: The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel in its full glory. The management hope they can return it to this state in July.

Works on Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s on track

The clean up at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows is making good progress and if all goes well, the iconic hotel could be back in business in July this year.

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GONE TOO SOON: Tiumalu Dylan Mika.

Samoa and New Zealand mourn “gentle giant” Tiumalu Dylan Mika

The rugby community in Samoa and New Zealand is mourning the loss of former Manu Samoa and All Black forward, Tiumalumanaia Dylan Mika. Described as a “warm, wonderful” and a “gentle giant” by families and friends, Tiumalu collapsed and died from a “suspected heart attack” at his home in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday. 

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WAITING GAME: Chiefs of Luatauanuu outside the Prime Minister's office yesterday.

Village Council seeks forgiveness from P.M.

About 20 elders of the Luatuanu’u Village Council headed to the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday to seek forgiveness. They were eagerly waiting for the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, only to be told half an hour later that he had a busy schedule. 

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Member of Parliament for Anoama’a West, Fonotoe Lauofo Meredith.

M.P. says sorry

The Member of Parliament for Anoama’a West, Fonotoe Lauofo Meredith, yesterday apologised in Parliament on behalf of the Luatuanu’u village. The apology follows an incident where young men from Luatuanu’u blocked the road, threw rocks at passing vehicles and attacked Police officers who had been called to end the roadblock.

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Villages reconcile, resolve issue

The Village Councils of Falefa, Lufilufi and Luatuanu’u, met yesterday to reconcile and reassure the Police Commissioner, Fuaiavailili Egon Keil, that there would be no more fights. Falefa Village Mayor, Fanualelei Purcell told the Samoa Observer that it’s not easy to reconcile when such a situation arises.

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FORMER MINISTER: Faumuina Tiatia Liuga.

Screw computers to the table, Govt. told

Former Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has rejected claims the Government lost millions during the last South Pacific Games hosted by Samoa. Faumuina issued the denial yesterday when Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Va’ai, called on the Government to screw the computers to the tables so that critical financial information about the Pacific Games next year, do not disappear. 

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Manu Taefu is in need of a water tank.

Plea for water tank

Manu Taefu has one wish this Easter. She dreams of a water tank – something that will make life much easier for her. She’s lived in Tanumapua for 14 years and there has been no steady water supply.

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NEED HELP FOR A HOME: Meaalofa Segi and his son seek assistance for their house.

Father of five seeks shelter assistance

A father of five is in need of proper shelter. Meaalofa Segi of Tanumapua has lived in a shack for nine years. This, he said, is a challenge. Speaking to the Village Voice team, the unemployed father states their house leaks heavily when it rains.

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LIFE IS A CHALLENGE: Ray in front of his home.

Father speaks of struggles

Ray Lesa has a lot on his plate. On a daily basis, he is without steady electricity and water supply, with only a pit toilet and a small shack as shelter. Currently, he is sourcing electricity from his neighbour’s house.

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CHINA HELP: Ambassador Wang Xuefeng with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Airport steps up to meet international standards

The Samoa Airport Authority has taken a step closer to reach its goals of meeting international airport standards with regards to emergency services. It happened last week when the Samoa Airport Authority opened their Training and Emergency Operation centre and their new Mechanical Workshop at Faleolo.

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From left: Louise Main, Rosita Brighouse-Slaven, Tuigamala Dr. Stanley Dean, Pearl Blakelock, Selesitina Ilimaleota, Leato Umu,  Matila Fa’apopo.

Rotary Club lends helping hand to Samoa’s Medical School

The School of Medicine of the National University of Samoa received an in kind donation this week from the Rotary Club of Apia. The donation is part of a community project by the Rotary Australia World Community Services (R.A.W.C.S.) in Northern Australia. 

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WELL DONE: Eight participants received their certification for Phase one of the Doping Control Officers training facilitated by Executive Officer of the (O.R.A.D.O), Natanya Potoi-Ulia and President S.A.S.N.O.C., Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i.

First step for Samoa’s Doping Control Officers

Local sports officials have completed Phase one of the accreditation process for Doping control Officers, as they gear up for the Pacific Games next year. 

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Participants at the training to address Substance Use Disorders (S.U.D) in their workplaces and communities.

Focus on substance abuse disorders

More than 20 participants from various government agencies and civil society organisations participated in the Universal Treatment Curricular Training for courses three and five of the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme.

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Mark Francis, General Manager- Sheraton Samoa, Louisa Jamoa, Sales and Marketing - Sheraton, Ulugia Jay  Ah Fook - Alo Paopao Chair of Events, Sherrilyn Charles - Director of Sales and Marketing complex - Sheraton Samoa and Faaasai Mulivai - Vailima Sales

Sheraton Race looks at culture

The 2018 Sheraton 2 Sheraton 33km Regatta was launched at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Beach Resort, yesterday. 

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BS.P.'s Chairman, Sir Kostas Constantinou and Group C.E.O., Robin Fleming host a luncheon for Women in Business which focused on leadership and climate change.

B.S.P. luncheon hosts Women in Business

Women leadership and climate change were the focus for a luncheon hosted by the Bank South Pacific at the Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday.

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“Dogs,” P.M. blasts attackers

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has compared the actions of the Luatuanu’u men who blocked the road, endangered lives of the public and attacked the Police to that of “dogs.” “There is only one outcome for such actions,” Tuilaepa, who is also the Minister of Police, said yesterday. “They should spend time in jail at Tafaigata Prison.

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Police defend giving village two options

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, is standing by their decision to give the village of Luatuanu’u two options yesterday, after Police officers were attacked out there. The first option was for the village to hand in the men responsible for the attack. The second one was that the Police would return to the village armed.

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Rugby fight sparks village dispute

A rugby fight during the weekend between Falefa and Luatuanu’u landed seven people in hospital. The uproar resulted in a roadblock near Solosolo and Police releasing their Tactical Unit squad to calm the situation and allow the flow of traffic. Village Mayor, Autu Lolesio Tauili’ili told the Samoa Observer that early on Monday morning, the Police Tactical Unit team arrived and tried to calm the situation. 

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JAIL: Alakoni Pinetuaoi Sio Tevaga has been jailed.

“Con woman” jailed for deception

A female described by her victims as a “con woman” has been jailed for two years and three months. Alakoni Pinetuaoi Sio Tevaga, from Samalaeulu, Vaitele Tai and Sa’anapu, had been accused of running an immigration scam that has cost a Fagamalo couple about $20,000.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Some of the winners at the Central Bank of Samoa’s Money Wise competition.

Money wise competition empowers young people

The Central Bank of Samoa congratulated the winners of their “Be Money Wise Poster Competition and Build Your Savings Piggy Bank/ Money Box Competition” last Friday.

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Think a Minute

It takes one to make one (Part 2)

Think a minute…A boy does not become a man automatically or alone. It takes a man to make a man. Boys always have heroes they look up to as the kind of man they want to be—and boys whose fathers live with them usually say their hero is their dad.


About avoiding those mistakes

If you concern yourself with backing away from or avoiding repeated mistakes, you are not likely to find yourself “backing –up” into achievement or success. It has been traditional to believe that the avoidance of mistakes will result in progress.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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