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Can we at least get water to ease our way of living?  Matu’u File of Savaia, Lefaga.

Low pay is bad, no water is worse

In the village of Savaia, Lefaga,  Matu’u File, 31 and his family struggle to get on with their lives.  

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Pasi Titania from Leauva’a believes we should all be strong.

It’s up to us, says Pasi

Pasi Titania from Leauva’a is a 49 year old mother of four who stays home and looks after her younger children while her husband and some of her children worked to earn money for their family

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A FATHER AND MOTHER TO HIS CHILDREN: Ioane Su’a Vise of Tanumapua.

Most things are provided by nature

“I think every family is doing the best they can to work the lands to get what they want and to make money.” - Ioane Su’a Vise

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CHILDREN ARE GOD’S GIFTS: Faau’uga Setefano from Leauva’a and Manase, Savaii.

New Zealand is our future

“As a mother, it is my job every day to make sure that my kid’s are attending school to learn new things for them in the future and also for them to know what is up ahead because it it’s our dream for our kids to have a better life.” - Faau’uga Setefano

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GENEROUS DONATION: The three water tanks worth 1,500 tala.

Good Samaritan moved to help the less fortunate

Three water tanks worth $500 each have gone to three lucky families. Their stories in the Village Voice feature of the Samoa Observer, described their need for help which has been generously answered.

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FOR OPERATIONAL COSTS: Mailo Potu  Leavasa with the owner of J&F Enterprises , Jack Huang  (centre) and his staff.

Business community helps build Samoan rugby

It’s no secret, Samoan Rugby is in the rebuilding stage. As the players continue to put their bodies on the line for the country, businesses in Samoa have stepped in to help on the financial side.  

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SAFETY ASSURED: The general public have a right to be driven by drivers who have up to date drivers' licences.

Crackdown on unlicensed drivers by L.T.A.

The days of buses being driven by unlicensed drivers are over, according to the Land Transport Authority. They are adamant that the general public can be assured of their safety on the roads.  

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C.C.C.S. former General Secretary: Dr. Afereti Uili.

Church members to call for reimbursement

Many parishes of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa are now ready to make a call at the Fonotele this year.

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Police Spokesperson Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu raised the suggestion that the blogger could be someone from within the Ministry.

Police still in the hunt for ‘O.L.P.’ blogger

The Ministry of Police is still in the hunt for a blogger known as ‘O le Palemia’ and they seem to have few leads to follow.

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Police Spokesperson Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu.

Four men in custody over possession of marijuana

Four men, all from Savaii were taken into custody for possession of narcotics last week. They were apprehended at the Mulifanua Wharf and are scheduled to appear in court next month on the 1st of May.

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Former Reverend Opapo and his wife Luisa Oeti sing on their last day as Ministers of the C.C.C.S. in Falelatai, after Opapo was stripped of his pastoral title last month, by the Elders.

Emotion and forgiveness at Opapo’s departure

Despite their undying love for their former Reverend Opapo Oeti, the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (C.C.C.S) in Falelatai is moving on. They will be looking for a replacement church minister over the next six months.  

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Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil says Samoa is not alone in being a gateway for drugs to bigger countries.

Samoa: a gateway for drugs to bigger countries

“When there are drugs, there are guns and when those two mix up, its always deadly and that’s why the TCU in the Pacific works day and night to stop these types of transactions,” - Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili

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Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko, right, and Britain's Tyson Fury exchange blows during a boxing bout in Duesseldorf, western Germany.

Klitschko admits what boxing fans always knew: he was boring

Wladimir Klitschko was never really embraced by the average boxing fan, despite dominating a lackluster heavyweight division for the better part of a decade.

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SAMOAN REPRESENTATIVE IN FIJI’S 10TH YEAR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARRY: Dane Mulinu’u Fabricius.

D.M.F. putting Samoa on map

“When I got the invitation from Fiji Fashion Week to represent Samoa for their 10th year Golden Anniversary,  I was stoked and overall excited,” - Dane Mulinu’u Fabricius.

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STILL WORKING: Tupuola Fa’alea, 62 years old from Siumu and Faleula.

It’s a tough life for hard working man

Tupuola Fa’alea’s life is no walk in the park. No thanks to the cost of living, he says we live at a time where every penny counts.   

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WANTING THE BEST FOR MY CHILDREN: Moe Tiafau of Faleula and Samalaeulu.

Mother prioritises daughter and family

The struggle that every parents face each day is providing for family especially children who are their first priority.

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ASKING FOR HELP: Tina’s home at Leauva’a.

New beginning for family from Savai’i

“It’s hard because my husband is the only one who works for our family. Once we clear up all the area then we will start making another move for our family.” - Tina Toma

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LAZINESS DOESN’T EXIST IN OUR FAMILY: Nive Afele of Faleula.

Laziness will not cut it

“We have no one currently employed in my family; we live here with my siblings and their children and we share the same water pipes and electricity.” - Nive Afele

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POUTASI VILLAGE MAYOR: Auseuga F. Meleisea and BISHOP-LDS CHURCH IN TAFATAFA: Apinati Fili

Never too old to learn

The participants to the 19th training session of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality project with Samoa Victim Support Group on the economic empowerment of nofotane women shared a feeling of appreciation for being empowered themselves through the project.

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COCOA INDUSTRY EXPANDS TO APIA: Samoan Cocoa to help with families financially.

Driving lucrative cocoa market

When it comes to the cocoa industry, the owners of Savai’i Koko, Tupa’i Sale’imoa and his wife Rosie Vaai have big plans. 

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Think a Minute

Above the law

Think a minute…Does a thief steal because he’s a thief? Or, is he a thief because he steals? Studies show that over 80% of criminals who have been in prison and then freed after serving their time are back in prison for the same crime in less than 1 year!

Columns

Moving on

Eyes closed Head on my pillow Mind racing

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

The righteous thing The Ministry of Revenue is not the most popular of government Ministries right now. That’s for sure.

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