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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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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Dianne and Mark from New Zealand.

Diane and Mark not your ordinary tourists

Meet Diane and Mark from Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. They like to refer to themselves as “tourists who don’t like to be tourists”. 

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Pip and Lucy enjoying their working holiday.

Work, pleasure all found in Samoa

Travelling for work is one of the greatest perks a job can offer you for many different reasons. For Pip of Wellington, New Zealand, coming to a tropical island gave her a little teaser of what Samoa had to offer. 

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Attorney General posts up his Samoa Airways 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 today.

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Leausa Dr. Take Naseri Director General of Health Remarks at closing of Drugs training

Dealing with drug addiction in Samoa

I am privileged today to give comments on behalf of our government and our leaders especially on a topic that has a big impact on health if we are not to address it now. 

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Moana Solomona and Leuluaialiiotumua Faagutu Vaalotu.

Drugs training forges united effort

The number of cases handled by the Alcohol and Drugs Court has increased to 400. And about 100 drug addict cases that have been dealt with in Court have been transferred to rehabilitation programmes.

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BATON RELAY TALK: President Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i and Nynette Sass of S.A.S.N.O.C.

Excitement builds ahead of Baton arrival

The Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Games next year is scheduled to arrive on our shores next Thursday. This was confirmed by the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) during a press conference.

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CHECKING OUT RETURN TO PARADISE: Members of the business community at Return to Paradise.

Why Return to Paradise an option for Christmas

Leaders in business, government and the community were invited to a special pre-Christmas party at Return to Paradise on Thursday, and they showed up in droves. The Resort was highlighting all the special venues and activity options available for Christmas parties, meetings, and conferences.

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Dead body found on side of road in Savai’i

A man's body was discovered at Sapapali’i last week. Police Media Spokesperson, Superintendent Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo told the Samoa Observer he was found dead on the side of the access road (auala galue) of the village.

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AT THE LAUNCH: Prime Minister Tuilaepa and delegates from Samoa at the Auckland launch.

Samoa Airways a winner at Mangere

The government’s latest foray into the world of international airlines through the newly launched Samoa Airways is a winner with Samoans in New Zealand. It was certainly well received by the Samoan community at the Fale o Samoa in Mangere where the Airline’s New Zealand operation was launched on Tuesday night.

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Ben Te’o during his Toa Samoa days.

Former Toa Samoa star Ben Te’o invited to North Korea

As Toa Samoa prepares for one of their biggest games in the Rugby League World Cup tonight, a former member of the team, Ben Te’o, is making headlines on the other side of the world for a different reason.

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Dr Audrey Aumua Deputy Dircetor General South Pacific Community.

Deputy P.M. tackles food security

Food security in Samoa was at the forefront of a panel discussion attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (C.O.P 23) in Bonn, Germany yesterday.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Fiavaai Dimitri Tiatia with her proud family at their graduation yesterday.

Congratulations, Dimitri Tiatia!

Fiavaai Dimitri Tiatia has turned a new chapter in her life. She is no longer a mother who stays at home, but a mother with a promising career ahead of her.

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Police confirm double drowning

A 38-year-old father of two is the latest drowning victim at Tufutafoe, Savai’i. This was confirmed by Police Media Spokesperson, Superintendent Au’apa’au Logoitino Filipo, during an interview with the Samoa Observer.

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SALAMASINA COLLECTION: Model Leilana Meredith wears the Petra two piece from the Salamasina Collection which will be available in-store early December. Photo: Supplied.

Fashion giants join forces for Christmas collection

In an ever changing and dynamic retail environment, two of Samoa’s high profile and longstanding family businesses, MENA and Eveni - Koko Pacific, have joined forces to give their customers the best Christmas experience.

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Think a Minute

Don’t burn yourself

Think a minute…It’s been said: “Hating people is like burning down your whole house to kill a rat.” You’ve also heard the expression, “Cutting your nose off to spite your face.”

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CELEBRATING A MILESTONE: Distinguished guests flying the first flight out on Samoa Airways departing from Faleolo Airport to Auckland, New Zealand yesterday are welcomed at the Airport.

Why we need Samoa Airways

Talofa Lava and Welcome to this important and historical occasion for our people and our country.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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

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