Hard work pays off for Vensel Margraff

Vensel Julian Rapi Margraff has done it. The former Head Boy of Robert Louis Stevenson School was announced the Dux of the National University of Samoa Foundation Year out of the 500 graduates at yesterday’s prize giving.

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According to the Police report, the defendant had allegedly raped the victim three times between August 2014 and November 2014.

Dead man found floating in tank

The Police are investigating the death of a 38-year-old male who was found floating unconscious in one of the water tanks inside the Alaoa Power Plant at Vailima. The death was confirmed by Police spokesperson, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo. 

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Miss Samoa and first runner up of the 2017 Miss Pacific Islands, Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo, visited the Samoa Observer headquarters at Vaitele yesterday.

Miss Samoa says thank you

THANK YOU: Miss Samoa and first runner up of the 2017 Miss Pacific Islands, Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo, visited the Samoa Observer headquarters at Vaitele yesterday.

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Vaimauga College Dux: Hiroko Mose with her mother Tauaina Mose Eetau.

Girl from Savai’i tops Vaimauga

Seventeen-year-old Hiroko Mose of Aopo, Savaii, is Vaimauga College’s 2017 Dux. She is the fifth child of Tupa’i Mose and Tauaina Eetau’s eight children. Besides being the Dux of Vaimauga, she also scooped the top Commerce student, top in Samoan studies awards and second place in the J.I.C.A. Mathematics test.

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Lauone Amosa.

Fisherman father sees hope in education and not giving up

Nothing in life comes easy. Lauone Amosa, 40, a father of two from the village of Faleu Manono, believes that. Village Voice team met Mr. Amosa after the Aana College prize giving ceremony yesterday afternoon.

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SUPPORT OUR LOCAL PEOPLE: Filisi Sa’u from the village of Apolima

Man prefers locally-owned over foreign-owned stores

With more and more foreign-owned stores opening up in the country, there have been mixed opinions on whether this is good for the people or not. It’s an issue Filisi Sa’u, 27, from the village of Apolima is aware of.

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Hardships, struggles driving more Samoans to move out

More and more Samoan people are migrating overseas to find better prospects for their families. That’s because hardships and struggles in terms of the cost of living compared to the monies they earn is becoming more and more of a challenge.

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PROUD FATHER: Eti Heather.

The greatest gift for struggling parents

When a parent is forced to search high and low to try and secure a better future for their children, there is no greater gift for them than for the children to answer their struggles with good work.

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Sue from Sydney, Australia.

Family holiday to support grand daughter

Sue from Sydney, Australia, is the proud grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren of Samoan and Fijian descent and doubling as both babysitter and cheerleader, she has come to Samoa to attend a wedding where her eight-year-old granddaughter will be dancing a siva Samoa.

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OCEAN LOVER: Zoё Pfeiffer.

Love for the ocean, discovering Samoa

There is a certain embrace that is found in the heart of the ocean that can never be fathomed. And sometimes in life there are episodes where we find ourselves looking for an escape from it all, for Zoё Pfeiffer, she finds stillness in water that cannot be found anywhere.

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The women and children of Lepea.

Lepea says no to violence against women, children

The village of Lepea is adamant that there is no place for violence against women and children in our society. They made the point very clear last weekend when the Lepea Malae became a sea of orange with villagers decked out in orange t-shirts and banners to promote the message.

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MAKING THE MOST OF HER SHORT TIME IN SAMOA: Amelia Dewhurst, 22, from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Amelia returns for Samoa

After having a small taste of Samoa back in 2009 with her family, Amelia Dewhurst from Christchurch, New Zealand, just had to return.

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Y.E.C members with I.L.O. representatives at the official Y.E.C. launch.

Chamber empowers young entrepreneurs

A new platform has been created for young entrepreneurs and business owners, with the aim of empowering them to drive the business community in the future. This platform is called the Young Entrepreneurs Chamber (Y.E.C.) launched last Friday at Hotel Elisa. 

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Volunteer Service Abroad marks International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day last Monday was an opportunity to celebrate the many millions of people around the world who give their time and skills, both at home and overseas.

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REGULATOR: Lefaoali’i Unutoa Auelua-Fonoti.

Regulator rejects E.P.C rates proposal

A proposal by the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) to increase electricity fees has been denied by the Office of the Regulator. 

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St. Mary’s College prize giving.

St. Mary’s College explains

A concerned parent of a student attending St. Mary’s College has questioned the overall results of the Year 9 level at the school. This follows the school’s prize giving list published in the Samoa Observer where only the overall results in each level were published including Year 9.

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The rocky shore line and sea reserve area at their back door step is what Tapu and Lynne are trying to protect and sustain.

Revitalising marine life in Asau could boost tourism, employment

After many years of living in the U.S.A. with frequent trips back to Samoa, Tapu Tai and Lynne Ah-Hi finally decided to retire back to Tapu’s ancestral home of Auala.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Theft of eleven beers lands man in Court

A 30-year-old male, and a father of four, has learnt the hard way that a moment of indulgence may hold unfavourable consequences.

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The Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization (I.M.O.) Ki Tack Lim and the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.), Papali’i Niko Lee Hang with the signed Memorandum of Coorperation (M.O.C).

Minister signs Maritime Audit agreement in London

The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’itele Niko Lee Hang, is back in the country from an important mission in London last week.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Front row - Office Manager, Ratu Suliano Vakazoko, Operations Manager Edith Meredith, Managing Director Va’atu’itu’i Apete Meredith.

Global Award for Aga Reef Resort

Aga Reef Resort in Lalomanu, Aleipata, was recognised during the World Boutique Hotel Awards held in London, England, last month. 

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Think a Minute

The loneliest number (Part 1)

Think a minute…In June, 2009 people all over the world were in shock and grief over the sudden death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Yet even though Michael was loved by hundreds of millions of people, his lawyer said: “Michael Jackson was the loneliest person I’ve ever known.”


Where is our dignity?

When I read poetry, in my solitude, I often think of my love for my country and yours too. I think of the beauty of it, and how the essence of it all is a sweet caress on a troubled mankind’s forehead.

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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