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Sa’anapu Sua.

Grandmother has wise words

We must nurture our children. A 61-year-old mother and grandmother Sa’anapu Sua from the village of Faleasiu, believes this.

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Philip I’uomaga.

Balancing the books and the plantation

For any Samoan student, there is always another life after the books. This is the life of Philip I’uomaga, 24, from the village of Sa’anapu.

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Fa’ata Tautala.

Heavy responsibilities for mothers

Everything happening within families reflects the responsibilities of mothers. This is the belief of a 37-year-old mother, Fa’ata Tautala from the village of Matautu Lefaga.

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Tulia Tulia.

Only options, loans

Working hard to provide for his family is the life of Tulia Tulia, a 41- year-old father from the village of Safa’atoa Lefaga. “Life isn’t easy anymore, the high cost of living is killing us every day and that’s the truth,” Tulia told the Village Voice team.

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NATIONAL CONSULTANT: Afamasaga Jackie Curry-Maulolo.

50% of redundant workers secure jobs

A preliminary impact assessment on a response project to support redundant Yazaki E.D.S. workers has unearthed some great results. This was highlighted at the International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) supported national workshop on coping with disruptions in the global supply chain to reduce impact on youth employment in Apia.

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SHARING WHAT THEY LEARNED: Samoa Social Welfare Staff with the Funky Healthy Lifestyle Diabetes free Samoa.

Spreading the word on diabetes

More than 30 people last week completed a Samoa Social Welfare Diabetes Education programme. This project by the Samoa Social Welfare was interestingly called, “Funky, Healthy Lifestyle Free Diabetes Samoa”.

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Manager and Owner: Jackie and her son at Turtle and Shark South Seas Enterprise with Paula trying out Koko Loa for the first time.

Koko Loa launched in American Samoa

Wilex Samoa’s Koko Loa brand of Premium Chocolates (made with Samoan Cocoa) is now available in American Samoa. Since officially launching this new product line in November 2017, it has been struggling to keep up with demand from both locals in Upolu and Savaii and especially the demand from visiting tourists wanting to take something uniquely Samoan with them as a gift for their loved ones.

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Key Skills Recruitment: Tauranga branch manager, Ati Aaifou-Olive (far right) with C.E.O. Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Ministry of Education officials,  Manu Samoa players James and Lordan Lay and Liam.

N.Z. recruitment company seeks to attract local workers

The Bay of Plenty situated in the upper east coast of New Zealand is about to live up to its name because it is becoming one of the fastest growing areas in New Zealand with a noticeable influx of city slickers migrating there for job opportunities and lifestyle changes.

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BETTER WAY: Pa'u Tagaogalupe Mulitalo with students who graduated after taking a six week training programme in law.

Law education critical to prevent youth crimes

A community education and advocacy centre spearheaded by a local law practitioner, has graduated its first batch of 19 students after a six week training programme.

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IT’S NOT ABOUT THE JOURNEY BUT RATHER, THE END RESULT: Fuatino A. Afato-Fatiaki with her proud father, Afa Afato.

Hurdle after hurdle, she made it

At some point in every person’s life, they come to realize that it is not so much about the journey but rather it’s about the end result that matters most.

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SUPREME COURT JUSTICE: Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Prison for accused in sex case

Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren, has served a jail sentence on a 26-year-old man who had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl who later gave birth.

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FATHER'S ROLE: Ivo Pesamino.

Father gives his all for future of his family

Tasks and responsibilities that come with fatherhood require a lot of hard work and commitment.

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THE CHANGES: Matua Uili.

Chief details changes in Samoa over the years

Samoa has changed a lot. That’s the observation of 58-year-old Matua Uili from the village of Salamumu. 

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A JOB WOULD BE GREAT TO HELP FAMILY: Kuresa Uatea.

Planter looking for job

Farming is a good source of income but a steady job that pays on a weekly basis will be even better.

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WORKING HARD: Lotu Palauni from Lotofaga.

Family survives on fa’ausi sales

Lotu Palauni from Lotofaga is a hardworking mother. At the age of 51, Lotu and her children sell fa’ausi every Saturday in her village to provide for her family.

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IT WASN’T EASY, BUT I MADE IT: Bruce Mathew Williams with his proud family Apele and Jonah Williams.

U.S.P. graduation: Determination and will to succeed celebrated

Being away from home is never easy, but with the right mindset and a goal to strive for, nothing is impossible.

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Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, with the students of Lalomanu Primary School during their fun run activity. PC: U.N.D.P./Gerard Anapu.

Samoa taking action to achieve zero tolerance for gender-based violence

Samoa has been very active in advocating for ending violence against women, girls and children in the recent years. 

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Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama.

Future of health services in Samoa on agenda

The National Health Service’s third and final annual symposium concluded on Friday at the N.H.S. conference room.

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STYLISH AND HAPPY: Mr. and Mrs. Wilson with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Friday wedding at Pesega

The L.D.S. Church at Pesega was packed with families, friends and loved ones on Friday morning to celebrate the marriage of Kesi Wilson and Pitoau Sikotilani.

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Archbishop Alapati Mataeliga led the procession.

10th anniversary of the consecration celebrated

With a few days to go until the end of 2017 and with the Church stepping into the Advent season effective from last Sunday 3rd December 2017, the Catholic Church on Thursday night celebrated the 10th anniversary and renewed the Consecration of Samoa and the Archdiocese of Samoa to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Parliament ground Tiafau. 

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Think a Minute

The Real Competition

Think a minute…Did you have to compete with someone else to get the girl or guy you wanted? Whether we like it or not, competition is part of life.

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BREADFRUIT: Like the banana and plantain, the breadfruit may be eaten ripe as a fruit or under ripe as a vegetable.

Breadfruit tree has many uses

This article deals exclusively with the food uses of the breadfruit then and now. THEN. Back in the early Polynesian times, when the breadfruit reached these islands they used just about everything needed to survive.

Between the Lines

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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