Ambassadors of Samoa, peacekeepers

The Samoa Police Service executive has bid farewell to six of its police officers who will be leaving for Sudan as part of a UN deployment mission for a period of 12 months.

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TEAM SAMOA:The Weightlifting Team scooped up 13 Gold Medals, 8 Silvers and 5 Bronze from the Mini Games 2017. Seen here with  with SASNOC President and coach Tuaopepe.

Weightlifting success in Vanuatu

With 13 gold medals, eight silvers and five bronze, President and Coach of Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Asiata Wallwork, is proud of his team’s performance at the Vanuatu Mini Games 2017.

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Foma’i Matale, 61, from the village of Satuiatua, Savaii.

Problem: Youths glued to their phones

With technology moving at such a fast pace and the attention of many young people focused on their devices, it leaves less room to realize what is important around them, their family. That is according to Foma’i Matale from the village of Satuiatua, Savaii, who expressed his concern to the Village Voice team yesterday.

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Samoa’s winner, Jenny Bennett.

Short Story winner pays tribute to Chief Editor

I am a writer.

That’s a belief, short story author, Jenny Bennett, winner of the 2017 Samoan category for the Samoa Observer Tusitala Story Competition, struggled in silence to affirm in herself as she battled with depression and low self- esteem during her teenage years.

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Uisese Pili, 25, from the village of Saina.

Money needed for family and future plans

There is no other way to cope with the expensive cost of living than to get a job to support your family. This is the belief of a young man Uisese Pili 25 years of age from the village of Saina and Tuana’i. 

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Silafau Professor Sina Va’ai.

Stories hit the head as well as the heart

Talofa and Pacific greetings to you all. 

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Pupumai Vaipapa, 57, from the village of Samata-uta.

Work hard to tackle life’s struggles

The basic strategy to tackle life’s struggles is to work hard and not complain. This is the belief of Pupumai Vaipapa, a 57-year-old father of six from the village of Samata-uta on the big island of Savai’i. 

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Faiesea Alesana, 51, from the village of Leauva’a-Uta.

High cost of living, a reality faced by all

When faced with such a high cost of living, having a few people with formal employment within a household will only take you so far. That is according to Faiesea Alesana from the village of Leauvaa-Uta.

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EPC Water energy projects

Water energy projects near completion

The Samoa Government, through the Electric Power Cooperation (E.P.C.), will soon launch some of its renewable energy projects. 

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Misiluki Spa Skincare Club launched

They say that aging is a fact of life, but looking your age isn’t. What many fear as they get older are those much-dreaded wrinkles, but what if you were told that your “young at heart” attitude can also be advertised through your skin by simply taking care of it?

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SOPHIA REPEATS 2016 SUCCESS: From left, Sophia’s sister Leina Tucker-Masters; Year 10 Dux, Sophia; her grandparents, John and Seulupe Elisapeta Tucker with proud parents, Natia Tucker and Moananu Tyrone Laurenson.

Continued success for student

For the second year in a row, Sophia Elisapeta Lupe Laurenson took out the top prize in her class when she was named dux of Year 10 at McAuley High School in Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Faletua and Tausi of Afega.

Farewelling the old, celebrating the new

With the end of the year fast approaching us, we need to pause with humble hearts and celebrate a great year of hard work. That’s why Faletua and Tausi of Afega gathered at Manumea last Saturday.

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PROUD MOMENT: Tufuga Liafaiva Imo (far left) with the family of  U.S. Air Force, Colonel Vasaga Tialavea Hunt Tilo (far right) pose for a photo following the ceremony of the completion of the tatau.

Grateful, proud Samoan

No matter where he travels on duty, Samoa is home, and what other way to show pride in who you are than getting the traditional tatau which signifies your roots. This is what led U.S. Air Force, Colonel Vasaga Tialavea Hunt Tilo back to Samoa to get his tatau. 

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MARCHING FOR SAMOA: A look at the peaceful protestors on Beach Road yesterday during Mau movement march. Photos: Misiona Simo.

March for land rights, honouring our past

Samoans marched along Apia Harbour to Mulin’u in a peaceful march organized by Samoa Solidarity International (S.S.I.) yesterday. The purpose of the march was twofold.

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AS FAMILY AND FRIENDS REMEMBER HIM: Bob, with a beer in hand.

A legacy and life of work

If you’re driving around Apia gazing at the many, multi-storeyed government and company buildings, chances are you’re looking at some of the work of well-known, local identity, Robert (Bob) Arthur Garner.

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Peaceful march “a success”

Close to 300 people attended the peaceful, protest march led by Samoa Solidarity International members, lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu, former Member of Parliament Leota Su’atele, and Papali’i Titiuatoa Malietoa.

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INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE: Tialavea said the allegations were made by a disgruntled employee who was dismissed.

“Unfounded allegations” says Prisons’ Minister

The investigation launched into the behavior of  certain members of the management of the Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services (S.P.C.S.) “amounted to nothing but unfounded allegations”.  

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Fed up with feeling unsafe while using public transport: Isabella Carruthers plans to provide another option.

All female transport service launched

Catching a taxi in Samoa, especially late at night if you’re a female, often has its unsavory moments. What should be a simple paid ride to your destination, can often be an ordeal for the female passenger, particularly if they are alone.

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The S.P.S. (Samoa Police Services)

Police issue festive season warning

The Ministry of Police has issued a warning to members of the public to be aware that they will be cracking down on people who are driving under the influence of alcohol. This is according to a public notice issued by the Samoa Police Service as the country switches to the festive season mode. 

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GOD AND CHURCH: Sa Mataena From Si’usega.

Foundation of a happy family

The church is the foundation of a happy family.  That’s the belief of mother of two, Sa Mataena, from the village of Si’usega. The 55-year-old says problems occur in our families nowadays because we forget that we are founded in Christ through the church.

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Think a Minute

Courageous compassion

Think a minute…In 2007 an amazing woman was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but sadly then died at the age of 98. Her name was Irena Sendler from Warsaw, Poland. During World War II Irena worked as a plumbing and sewer specialist in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw.


Why are you unemployed?

If you are unemployed, blame yourself. Nobody else. Almost. Let me explain. People say I need a job. Doesn’t anybody? Unfortunately, those who proclaim that way, and I don’t blame them, do not know, with all certainty, what kind of a job they want.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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