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VILLAGE GOVERNANCE IS THE KEY: Siaosi Muliaga.

Village laws exist for a reason

Every village has laws and regulations that villagers must abide by.

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DEDICATED SINGLE FATHER: Valentino Tumua.

Do not give up and you will reap the rewards

Hard work pays off. Here’s a fact though. You need to be patient to reap the fruit of your labour.

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LIVING COSTS ARE TOO HIGH: Ioane Lelevaga.

Farmer calls on govt. to reduce the cost of living

People of Samoa will continue to struggle if the government doesn’t do anything to address the expensive cost of living.

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Cousins Edward Faalili, 20 (left) and Julien Avia, 21, at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday.

Julien in Samoa to celebrate

Living young, wild and free is Julien Avia of Auckland New Zealand. Dear Tourist yesterday learned that Julien’s in the country to celebrate his 21st birthday with his cousins.

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The long and eventful trip to Samoa was worth the trouble: Lois and Lorraine doing a spot of shopping at Savalalo markets.

Samoa worth the time and distance

Leaving their husbands at home, Lois and Lorraine embarked on their tropical girls get away trip to our sunny shores via a very long and unexpected travelling route. 

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National Single Window Visioning workshop participants.

Samoa moves towards national single window system

The Samoa government is hoping to develop and implement an electronic national single window system with the assistance of the World Bank. 

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RELAXING IN SAMOA: Uini Purcell from Auckland, NZ.

The art of hairdressing: It’s about relationships

Hairdressing is not just about fixing hair for Uini Purcell. It is also a process of building unbreakable bonds. This week, Uini is in Samoa. She is relaxed.

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The United States-South Pacific Scholarship Programme is a competitive, merit-based scholarship managed by the East West Center and funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Samoan students eligible for U.S. scholarships

The U.S. Embassy in Apia has announced that Samoan students have an opportunity to apply for the United States-South Pacific Scholarship Programme, which supports Master’s and Bachelor’s degree study at the University of Hawaii.

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Tuvalu P.M. Enele Sosene Sopoaga calls for stronger collaborative action against climate change impact.

Tuvalu’s plea for survival

Tuvalu’s Prime Minister, Enele Sosene Sopoaga, did not mince words.

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Ulu Bismarck Crawley, M.N.R.E C.E.O (front middle) with other representatives.

Global talks help local plight, Environment chief

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, is optimistic. He is under no illusion that Samoa stands to benefit from international gatherings such as the 23rd meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (U.N.F.C.C.C. C.O.P.23), which is winding up in Bonn, Germany, this weekend.

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Atamamao Toleafoa with her husband Toleafoa Kuka and their children.

Amazing courage, awesome faith

Faith is essential when you want to get through any struggle in life, even when people tell you it’s not okay. And holding on to faith could be the ultimate hope of overcoming pain and sorrow. 

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Pay your taxes, P.M. tells Church Ministers

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is unrepentant over the government’s decision to tax the incomes and gratuities for church ministers. Amidst growing criticisms of his administration from the church and members of the public, Tuilaepa remains defiant. 

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One of the passengers for the airline’s Apia/Sydney flight, Lemalu posted: “Nothing handwritten here - except for the kind last minute upgrade :-)

A.G. shows off his Samoa Airway’s boarding pass

Samoa’s flag carrier, Samoa Airways, appears to have sorted out a teething problem with their boarding passes. That’s according to Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, on a Facebook post yesterday.

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General Manager Seiuli Alvin Tuala, A.G. Lemalu Herman Retzlaff, Minister Lautafi Fio Purcell, S.T.A. Chief Executive, Papali’i Sonja Hunter, P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Chief Executive Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo.

Team behind Samoa Airways

Ever doubted the government’s vision behind Samoa Airways? If yes, you are probably not the only one. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi knows this. But the government through its Press Secretary has countered this by releasing a statement revealing the key people involved in getting the airline off the ground.

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Seiuli Dwayne and Simone Johnson.

Seiuli’s daughter named Golden Globe Ambassador

Simone Johnson, the daughter of Samoa’s most famous Hollywood son, Seiuli Dwayne Johnson, has been selected as the Golden Globe Ambassador for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards.

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KEEP YOUTH HERE: Ulisese T. Ioane

Keep our youth here to work the land

Despite the challenges, Samoa is no doubt still the land of milk and honey. Talking to the Village Voice team yesterday, Ulisese T. Ioane, he is grateful to be living in Samoa.

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IT’S A HARD LIFE: Fetu Fetaia’i

Elderly mother says cost of living driving people overseas

This is what Fetu Fetaia’i, 77, from the village of Faleula-Uta, believes. Mrs. Fetaia’i spoke with the Village Voice team yesterday afternoon while doing some work at her plantation – a walking distance from her house.

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THANK YOU TO THE CHINESE: Iosefo Lili’a.

Give Chinese credit for reducing cost of living

The cost of living in Samoa is expensive. But it would be a lot worse it if weren’t for the existence of Chinese businesses who have helped eased the burden for many locals. Iosefo Lili’a, 56, from the village of Nu’u Fou accepts that the quality of products is not exactly the best.

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LEARNING FROM MISTAKES: Laina Ete.

Father shares his regret

There are consequences for every bad decision we make. For Laina Ete from Nu’u, his alcohol addiction cost him the most valuable treasure in life – his family. “My wife and my four children left me because I was not able to control my desire for alcohol,” he said.

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LEARNING AND SHARING: The Walton’s say there needs to be more activities where tourists can interact with locals.

Friendly Samoans a highlight for Aussie couple

On their way to have breakfast in Apia yesterday were Dallas and Elaine Walton of Melbourne, Australia. It was a gloomy and cloudy day in the central part of Upolu when Dear Tourist bumped into the happy couple who are in Samoa for an eight-day holiday. 

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Think a Minute

The gifts that count

Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.

Columns

FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

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