HOME IS BEST: Ah Fook Ah Fook.

Samoa still home despite hardships

Life in Samoa might be a struggle for many people but for Ah Fook Ah Fook of Samusu-tai, this is still paradise. The Village Voice caught up with Mr. Ah-Fook at Tafaigata yesterday, where he works.

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Father of six shares his struggles

Picture this. You have a budget of $300 for two weeks. You have six children to feed and put through school. And then you also have to worry about your parents.

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Struggles, money problems has father worrying about future

Niko Maiava, of Lotofaga Safata, is worried about the future of Samoa. Speaking to the Village Voice team yesterday, the father of four is especially concerned about how the high cost of living is hurting people. He doesn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel in this situation.

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NEED MORE JOBS IN SAVAII: Selulo Fa’aso’otauloa.

‘Poverty’ of jobs in Savai’i

The government needs to invest in factories in Savai’i to provide employment opportunities there. So says 24-year-old Selulo Fa’aso’otauloa from Sataua, Savai’i who believes the people on the big island deserve to have employment opportunities just like people in Upolu.

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Students, Instructor, Vice Chancellor and L.D.S. Humanitarian Missionary at N.U.S. Computer and Study Area.

University students get help with studies

Thanks to the labour of university students supervised by qualified instructors and materials donated by L.D.S Charities (a charitable arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), mathematics and literacy students at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) now have a beautiful new study facility.

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The quake struck at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers) shortly before 8 a.m. in American Samoa.

Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes off Samoa, American Samoa

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6 earthquake struck waters west of Samoa and American Samoa. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Primary Care Training at NHS Photo: N.H.S.

Training to save precious lives

PREPARING FOR THE WET SEASON: Samoa is vulnerable to natural disasters at this time of the year.

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Science conference targets sustainable development

A host of top speakers have been lined up for a Science conference organised by the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.).

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Rudy Bartley, Acting President, J.A.W.S. (inset) Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Govt’s criminal libel move ‘serious concern’

The Acting President of the Journalists Association of Western Samoa (J.A.W.S.), Rudy Bartley, is calling on the government to find “a more realistic” solution to track “ghost writers” who use fake social media pages to attack members of the public.

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PILOT AND SAMOA AIRWAYS CHIEF: Seiuli Alvin Tuala. Photo: Government

Samoa Airways $2.4b insurance cover revealed

The Chief Executive Officer of Samoa Airways, Seiuli Alvin Tuala, has assured the travelling public it is totally safe to fly with the nation’s new flag carrier. Seiuli issued the assurance in Sydney Australia where the airline was officially launched during the weekend.

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SAMOANS AT THE CONFERENCE: Aupito Sua Sio, Ulu Bismarck Tamati, Deputy P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and Peseta Noumea Simi.

Climate conference adopts gender action plan

At the 11th hour of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (C.O.P. 23), influential leaders have decided to adopt the Subsidiary Body for Implementation’s (S.B.I.) request to develop a gender action plan (G.A.P.) to support the implementation of gender-related decisions and mandates in the U.N.F.C.C.C. process.

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The Samoa Fa’afafine Association (S.F.A.) has moved to tackle the issue of cyber bullying.

Fa’afafine Association tackles cyber bullying

The Samoa Fa’afafine Association (S.F.A.) has moved to tackle the issue of cyber bullying.

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THANK YOU: Representatives Salelesi and church members ready to cut the ribbon.

Sewing machines bring ‘showers of blessings’ to Salelesi

The L.D.S. Charities recently partnered with the women’s committee of the Church of the Nazarene, called “Showers of Blessings,” to provide an area and equipment where women and young women in Salelesi village can learn to sew.

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U.N.D.P. GEF-Small Grants Programme Representative with Siumu Women’s Committee President and members of the Siumu Community. Photo Credit: UNDP/Gerard Anapu/2017

Women of Siumu think of the future

The Women’s Committee at Siumu is serious about conserving their environment and surrounding. It is for this reason that they have completed the first of its two-phase US$10,000 project funded by U.N.D.P. GEF-Small Grants Programme, which is in line with the United Nations SDG14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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SYDNEY LAUNCH: Samoa Airway’s Board Executive Tuia Paepae (left) networking with Rev. Siitia in Sydney, Australia during the airline’s launch last weekend.

Sydney Church Minister hails govt.'s airline vision

A senior Samoan Church Minister in Sydney, Australia, has welcomed the revival of international flights by Polynesian Airlines under Samoa Airways. Reverend Fa’auuga Si’itia of the Sydney-based Samoa Uniting Church, said the decision is a timely move.

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Afereti Talato Mapusua.

Father found guilty of manslaughter in son’s death

A father, who was accused of killing his own son, has been found guilty of manslaughter. After a trial before the Supreme Court, a panel of five assessors dismissed the murder charge against Afereti Talato Mapusua, of Falelauniu.

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DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEURS: Upolu participants in the social enterprise and business skills training under the One U.N Y.E.P and E.W.A.C.C project.

Every little step counts

“Every step counts and taking minimal strides will enable us to reach our dreams.” This is the view of one of the participants of the five-day training held at the Tooa Salamasina Hall for 26 participants from Upolu – on developing social enterprise business skills. 

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The Government of Italy and UN Climate Change have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a new Fellowship Programme.

Italy backs plan with T$7.5 million

A fellowship programme which focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity for the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) and the Least Developed Countries (L.D.C.s) to respond to the challenges arising from climate change was established yesterday. 

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Tai Ga’i.

Water and transport problems dominate

Water is essential for everyday needs especially for drinking. However a father of seven from Leusoalii shared his frustration about water scarcity in his area. Tai Ga’i said this was the biggest problem that his family faces.

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Onosa’i Talato.

Worker and boss

Life can be just a roller coaster ride, but we can change this if we work hard. Onosa’i Talato, a father of nine, believes that we as humans are created to work and not waste our valuable time.

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Think a Minute

A tricky problem

Think a minute.Have you ever stood by a fire when the smoke was so thick you almost thought you could grab it with your hands. But if you try, the smoke just disappears right through your fingers.


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.

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

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