VA'A SMILES: S.O.C.A. representatives with I.V.F. president Lara Collins and Oceania Canoe Kayak Federation Maree Burnett.

International partnership for Va’a

It has been a massive week for Samoa sport with the Launching of the Pacific Games logo for 2019 during the weekend. It’s been great to see all the support from all the national and international federations. 

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NOT MOVING: Logolelei Su’a.

Land dispute deadlock

Families the Government had threated to evict from land at Satapuala continue to remain there as talks over a dispute regarding land ownership appear to have hit a deadlock. Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get a comment from the Samoa Trust Estate Corporation (S.T.E.C.) on the status of the matter has been unsuccessful.

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COCOA WORK: The operation involves the whole family.

Savai’i woman’s cocoa break

A cocoa farmer and producer in Salailua, Savai’i, Faialofa Uelese Tupa’i, is cultivating her own land to find financial independence for her and her extended family. Faialofa has been growing coconut and cocoa on her two-acre farm and last year committed to supplying Women In Business Development Incorporated (W.I.B.D.I) with koko malu to provide organic cocoa for New Zealand business, C1 Expresso.

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Australian sailors, soldiers share knowledge with Samoa

As part of a four-day visit to Samoa, the Royal Australian Navy ship H.M.A.S. Success demonstrated to the Samoa Police Force how to control and fix electrical equipment during the weekend. The crew was working with the Samoa Police Service to do maintenance work on the Pacific Patrol Boat SPB Nafanua, combined with small boat training exercises, boarding and ship damage control demonstrations.

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Rev. Vaiao Eteuati, Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuatai and Loau Keneti Sio.

Book tells Samoan tales

The volume eight of Samoa Ne’i Galo was launched on Friday. Held at the Fale Samoa of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.), the book was compiled by the Ministry’s Culture division over many years.

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PLEA TO GOVERNMENT: Kelikupa Ah Wa who is 68 years old from Tanumapua.

Call to review cost of living

Sixty-eight-year-old Kelikupa Ah Wa of Tanumapua is urging the Government to reconsider the high cost of living. Village Voice team met Mr. Ah Wa heading home yesterday. He said the people are suffering from the high cost of living.

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FINANCIAL CRISIS: Samitioata Afamasaga Vavao, unemployed mother from Fasitoo-Tai and Falealili showing the Village Voice the buckets they use to collect water.

Unemployed mother seeks assistance

Samitioata Afamasaga Vavao has a lot on her plate. The unemployed mother of three from the village of Falealii and Fasitoo-Tai spoke of her daily challenges from having no water tank and living in a small hut. On top of that, nobody in her family works and she is also tasked with looking after her mother who lives with them.

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A BOOST TO S.A.S.N.O.C. STATUS: S.A.S.N.O.C. C.E.O. Matthew Vaea, S.A.S.N.O.C. President Patrick Fepuleai, O.N.O.C. Executive Director Dennis Miller and O.S.E.P. Doordinator Sainimili Saukuru yesterday at the Taumeasina Island Resort during the assignment

Agreement boost for S.A.S.N.O.C.

The Oceania National Olympic Community (O.N.O.C.) signed an agreement with Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Community (S.A.S.N.O.C.) yesterday. The agreement improves S.A.S.N.O.C’s status as the training providers for the Oceania sports education programme in Samoa.

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BEHIND THE UNIVERSITY’S SUCCESS: Mohammed Umar speaks of the journey of U.S.P.

U.S.P. student number increase ‘remarkable’

Over the years, the numbers of students at the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) have increased and the many developments are one of the reasons the university is successful. “We have a very clear job description that is very easy to see through. 

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‘THE JOURNEY TO SUCCESS IS NEVER EASY’: Loau Keneti Sio shares his experience.

Minister overcomes challenges to graduate

Success is the result of hard work. Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Kineti Sio, knows this. Loau was part of the 18 Samoan Parliamentarians who graduated with a Certificate in Civil Law from the University of the South Pacific on Thursday as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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SAMOA EXPORT AWARDS: The best goods and services export in Samoa award ceremony took place on Friday evening, 15th June 2018.

Mailelani recognised at Samoa Export Awards

‘He creates all things beautiful in his time’ is a verse for Mailelani, whose 20-year business journey was recognized at the Samoa Exports Award on Friday evening.  Held at the Taumeasina Island Resort, the skincare company from Vailima won the Best in Innovation award and also the Woman Exporter of the year award. 

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Pacific Games logo revealed

The secret is out of the bag. The logo for the XVI Pacific Games has been revealed by the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio. In doing so, Loau declared that Samoa is ready for the Pacific Games next year. With the theme “Samoa welcomes the Pacific Games,” the logo was designed by Fresh Levin Kennar and Suivu Ma Yuen of Signs Studios.

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THE BLUEBIRD REVOLUTION CAMPAIGN: A new Bluebird Lumber and Hardware Company Limited, Saleufi Store.

Bluebird celebrates Saleufi store facelift

Bluebird Lumber and Hardware Company Limited, Saleufi Store, celebrated its new facelift and upgrade at their Saleufi store on Friday. The new added services to Bluebird Saleufi include the kitchen design and installation services, the swimming pools and pumps department and automotive paint mixing. 

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HELPING AND PAINTING: The crew of the HMS Success at Mapuifagalele.

Australian Navy visit Home of the elders

Navy members of the first lady of fleet, the Royal Australian Navy ship HMS Success, visited the Home of the elders at Mapuifagalele yesterday morning. The members met the Sisters who look after the place as well as the elders at the Little Sisters of the Poor. According to Chaplain Andrew Thorburn, his team was there to help the sisters in any way they can.

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WANTED MAN: Pati Sonny Chong Nee.

Criminal wanted for crime spree

The Police is continuing to ask members of the public for help to find one of Samoa’s most wanted men today. Pati Sonny Chong Nee, 24, is a suspect in an alleged crime spree where he broke into several houses at Ululoloa on Tuesday night. The Sunday Samoan understands that one of the houses he burgled was the Newton family’s house.

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Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Finance, Lavea Iulai Lavea

Former public servant implicated in forgery not with Ministry of Finance

A Government official, who produced falsified letters of approval by the Tenders Board to make a payment worth $212,000 to suppliers for services and goods that had not been supplied, does not work for the Ministry of Finance.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Asiata Alex Brunt (left) recieves the award.

Krissy Company takes Exporter of the Year Award

Krissy Company Ltd scooped the Overall Exporter of the Year Award at the 2018 Samoa Exports Award. Held at the Taumeasina Island Resort, the event was attended by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour Lautafi Fio Purcell, who were the patrons of the event.

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SAVAII TO HOST: Members of the Samoa Incorporated Events as well as the Savaii Samoa Tourism Association with Miss Samoa Papalii Alexandra Iakopo at the launching of the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 at Le Rosalote Guest Fale.

Savai’i to host the Miss Samoa Pageant

Savai’i will be hosting the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018. This was announced by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during his keynote speech at the launching of the event. Held at Le Rosalote Guest Fale, Tuilaepa said this will be the first time that the Miss Samoa Pageant will be staged in Savaii, reaffirming that the pageant is  the people’s pageant.

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HAVING A GOOD TIME TOGETHER: Cara and Luke Baddington are happy with their choice to come to Samoa.

Samoa impresses first timers

Meet Luke and Cara Baddington from Wellington, New Zealand. When the Dear Tourist met them, they shared it was their first time in Samoa. They arrived on Wednesday and according to them the main reason they chose Samoa to stay is to relax and escape from the cold weather and stress back home.

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LOVING SAMOA: Sue Pearson from New Zealand enjoys the sun at the pool of the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Lasting memories of Samoa

The beauty and atmosphere of Samoa lasts a lifetime. For Sue Pearson from Ohope Beach, New Zealand, her trip to Samoa with her husband is a memorable one. It is her first time to Samoa, but she has been to Fiji and Rarotonga for a few times. 

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Think a Minute

“Let it be”

Think a minute…There once was a village that had a very wise old man who gave the people answers to their problems. One day a farmer came to him and said: “Wise man, my donkey has died and I have no animal to help me in the fields.


“Oi auē, ua maumau le vasa!” “What a pity, such a waste of ocean!”: Idiosyncrasy and wisdom in Samoan creation and funeral chants

June the 8th last week was World Ocean’s Day. I would like to dedicate this address to all those who have and are working tirelessly to protect our oceans. The ocean is family and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we protect and nurture it like family.

Between the Lines


Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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