LOVE YOU MOM: Rupi and his mother, Fa’amomoi Taitu’uga Rokeni.

Mother first for top fashion designer

A top fashion designer, Rupi Taitu’uga Rokeni, has sacrificed the trip of a lifetime to China for his 73-year-old mother, Fa’amomoi. Today, Mr. Taitu’uga should have been among 32 members of the local fashion industry who are in China to learn from garment and fashion industry experts there.

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EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO CLAIM THEIR HEALTH BACK: Fagalima Mauletaua Faasoi ( Lifeskills Coach), Tagi Fa'alafitele Talele (PR and Marketing Manager) and Dr. Walter Vermeulen (Director).

M.E.T.I. Clinic opens new office in old hospital

“Let thy food be thy medicine”  In a move where holistic meets conventional medicine, the Matuaileoo Environment Trust Inc (M.E.T.I.) has moved their Sleep and Healthy Living Clinics to the old hospital at Moto’otua. 

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Global recognition for top local chef

CONGRATULATIONS JOE: A top local chef has been recognised with a global medal by the the President of the World Association of Chefs Societies (W.A.C.S.), Thomas Gugler.

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E.P.C. Chief coy on price hike fears

The Chief Executive Officer of Electric Power Corporation, Tologatā Tile Tuimalealiifano has refused to confirm or deny reports that electricity prices could soon increase. The fears about an increase have surfaced following public consultations – including with the business community – about a new “Multi-year Tariff Proposal 2017/2018” from the Corporation.

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According to police reports, the deceased is married with children.

Man found dead inside his home

The Police are investigating an incident where a 56-year-old male was found dead and hanging inside his house at Afega last week. This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, yesterday when he was contacted by the Samoa Observer.

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LIVE POSITIVELY: Tapu Timu of Gataivai and Salelavalu Savaii.

New beginnings are always challenging but exciting

The beginning of a new change in life is always the hardest so you have to be certain you’re in for the long run. 

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GOVERNMENT MUST DO ITS PART: Paepae Seumanutafa from Tiapapata and Falealupo Savai’i.

Farmer calls for more international markets

There are many areas where people need help from their government.

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SMILING AND WORKING HARD: Pese Siaosi from Leulumoega and Sa’anapu.

Young man sees future as a fruit picker in N.Z.

Most teenagers live life not knowing what they are called to do.  For Pese Siaosi, he says a dream is merely a wish if you don’t move towards achieving it.

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Tusitina Nuuvali, Taiaopo Rasmussen and Misty Blue.

P.M. talks about stability, tourism and future

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has congratulated the Bank of the South Pacific (B.S.P.) for its rapid growth in the region.

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S.P.C. INITIATIVE: S.P.C. Director General Dr. Colin Tukuitonga and S.P.C. Deputy Director of Social Development Division (Gender, Culture and Youth), Leituala Kuiniselani Tago Elisara, of Samoa.

Inspiring Pacific women campaign launched

Representatives of the 26 countries and territories that govern the Pacific Community (S.P.C) – including Samoa – have launched a regional campaign that celebrates the legacy of Pacific women.

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DEPUTY P.M.: The meeting will be opened today by Deputy P.M., Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

Samoa hosts Pacific Broadband Forum

More than 250 delegates are in the country to attend the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization (C.T.O) Pacific Broadband Forum 2017.

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Survey reveals young Samoans are becoming sexually active between ages 14 and 19.

Samoan youth sexually active at young age, report finds

Young Samoans are becoming sexually active as early as 14 years of age. So reveals a survey by the Samoa National Youth Council which has found evidence that a minority of young people between the ages of 14-19 are currently married or in defacto relationships. 

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Father dreams big for children but needs job to make it happen

Money is always the problem. That is the opinion of Jerry Ma’umaga of Maninoa Siumu and Mulifanua when he spoke with the Village Voice yesterday.

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A.G.: Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff.

A.G. hails 'brave' cops

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, has commended the “brave officers” who stood up for justice in the wake of the recommendations by a Cabinet-appointed Commission of Inquiry to terminate the services of two senior police officers.

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OFF TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW CALEDONIA: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. to open new High Commission Office in Canberra

Prime Minister travels to Australia and New Caledonia. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has left the country for Canberra Australia and New Caledonia.

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SIGNED AND SEALED: Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Fiji Airways, Andre Vilijoen and Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Alvin Tuala of Polynesia Airlines during the M.O.U. signing.

Deal signed as Samoa Airways takes shape

The government’s vision for Polynesian Airlines to return as a full international airline under the banner of Samoa Airways took a gigantic leap forward yesterday with the signing of a key agreement.

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Men accused over ice package in Court

The two men accused over a package intercepted by Customs Officers at the Fagali’i Airport, which contained ice, made their initial appearance in the Supreme Court yesterday. Scott Robert Barlow, of Samoa, and Fatu Vagana, of American Samoa, are facing drug charges.

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WE NEED TO VALUE WATER: Same Letoa with his daughter Sala.

Same needs water tank help

Water is a precious resource and we should do our best to preserve it. That is the opinion of 31-year-old Same Letoa from Solosolo.

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LOVING LIFE: Ene Tama of Solosolo.

Ene’s love of farming life

“Being a farmer is hard labor work but that is the end result for someone like me who did not complete education.” So is the opinion of Ene Tama of Solosolo. 

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This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, who said the alleged relationship dates back to 2015.

Mother, step son face sex crime charge

A mother and her step son have been charged with incest. This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, who said the alleged relationship dates back to 2015. “The incident started in 2015 when the family were staying at one of the villages at the Itu o Tane District in Savai’i,” said Sala’a.

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Think a Minute

Man of the house

Think a minute…Chris Spielman was a professional football player in the U.S. for 10 years. He was famous for his aggressive playing and tough tackling. But just before the 1998 professional football season, his wife discovered she had cancer.


Living with ghosts

A good friend, smart also, once told me I live with ghosts. By ghosts he was referring to my childhood days.

Between the Lines


LEARNING FROM OTHERS Oh no! First we got a lesson in rugby success from the visiting Flying Fijians and now we have to swallow our pride and learn from their successful airline, Fiji Airways.

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