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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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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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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.

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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.

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BETWEEN THE LINES

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

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