DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE: Paulo Pisa from Sala’ilua, Savaii.

Man from Sala’ilua, Savai’i ready to see the world

Don’t ever stop dreaming in life. What you wish for may one day come true, even if you think it’s impossible. It surely worked for 19-year-old Paulo Pisa whose childhood dreams just came true.

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HARDWORKING MOTHER: Serisa Mavaega from Vailu’utai.

A mother’s sacrifice for her family

A saying goes what you do as a mother matters, and it is valuable and precious in God’s eyes. For 45-year-old mother, Serisa Mavaega from Vailu’utai, sacrificing her life for her family is the greatest gift she can give them. Serisa is a hardworking mother who runs a stall to sell ice cake at her village.

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FAMILY MAN: Toleafoa Sanerivi from Utuali’i.

Family survives off fishing

Be patient and calm. No one can catch fish in anger. That’s one of the number one rules for 57-year-old Toleafoa Sanerivi from Utuali’i. The Village Voice met him while on his way to fish on the other side of his village.

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HARD LIFE: Pelesasa Mano, of Utuali’i.

It’s a hard life in Samoa

The sea, for Pelesasa Mano of Utuali’i, is a source of sustenance for his family. Not only does the sea provide food, it also helps generate income when he sells his catches. Pelesasa is used to his daily routine. First he ensures the kids are ready to attend school before going out fishing.

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CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF PARADISE: Debbie and Jack having a great time in Samoa.

Family returns for unfinished business

The Graham  family was   leisurely awaiting their tour guide inside the lobby of Taumeasina Island Resort when discussion among the four ensued over a spread of brochures and tourism flyers. Dear Tourist was curious as to where they planned to head out to and so enquired with mother, Debbie, who chatted to us about their holiday so far.

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CELEBRATION IN SAMOA: Caitlin accompanying her friend Henry to Samoa to celebrate University graduation.

Students celebrate graduation in Samoa

It may have been 10am in Samoa but it was after 5pm for New Zealand University students, Henry and Caitlin. The students were enjoying some nice cold Vailimas by the pool at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel when Dear Tourist joined them for a chat. The pair are friends from New Zealand.

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TALOFA LAVA: Nico and Gabi Mana from Argentina.

Hola: From Argentina to Samoa

Meet Nico and Gabi Mana from Argentina and New Zealand. Dear Tourist caught them in Apia exploring the city before heading to the big island today. Mr. and Mrs. Mana are originally from Argentina, however, they have moved to New Zealand for work purposes.

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THE STATE OF THE BUILDING: The run down condition of the Samoa Land Corporation building situated in Tuana'imato. This cost taxpayers close to $5million to build.

$4.2million headquarters falling apart

The $4.2 million tala three-story headquarters of the Samoa Land Corporation is in no condition to be occupied because of the unhygienic status of the building. This is according to an official who took the liberty of snapping these photos. 

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SAMOA RUGBY UNION CHAIR: Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Rugby Union struggles with over $1m debt

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) had a tough year in 2016 as it attempted to deal with a debt of over $1million from the previous financial year. The figure is revealed in the report by the S.R.U. Chairman, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, from their Annual Report. 

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Pictured here is Mualavau with her children, grand children and great-grand children.

Happy 92nd birthday, Mualavau!

The journey of a humble mother who overcame the odds to raise a very successful family was celebrated at the Maota o Fogāseuga at Pu’apu’a Savai’i on Monday night. The occasion was the 92nd birthday celebrations for Mualavau Sealiimalietoa Peseta Taofiga.

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‘TO SUPPORT, LEARN AND FURTHER FRIENDSHIP’: Maualaivao Seiuli Pepe, Misa Peter Boshier (NZ Chief Ombudsman) and Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

Ombudsman Misa Boshier in Samoa for historic visit

Samoa is hosting a very special visitor this week. More specifically, the Office of the Ombudsman is hosting New Zealand’s Chief Ombudsman, Misa Peter Boshier, who is in Samoa for the first time. Misa, a former Chief Judge of the New Zealand Family Court, arrived in Samoa on Monday.

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SAMOA’s DELEGATION: Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Francella Strickland, Deputy P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and Anne Rasmussen.

Deputy P.M. attends C.O.P. meeting in Fiji

Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, is in Fiji this week. She is leading Samoa’s Delegation at the 2017 Ministerial Dialogue, Pre-C.O.P. in Nadi.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Lealofiamoa Mamaia has achieved her dream of being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Samoa.

Young lawyer realises dream

Lealofioamoa Mamaia, 24, of Tauese and Vaiala, has become the newest lawyer to be admitted to the bar. She was admitted before Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson yesterday. Families, friends and colleagues were present to witness the special moment.

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GO TOA SAMOA: The Toa Samoa team with representatives of Pacific Ezy Money Transfer.

Pacific Ezy gets behind Toa Samoa

Pacific Ezy Money Transfer has offered a much-needed financial injection to the Toa Samoa’s Rugby League World Cup campaign. The company donated $10,000 to the team on Monday evening at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

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The incident was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

Angry wife pours boiling water on sleeping husband

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" - said William Congreve. That’s what a man from Vaiusu who is fighting for his life at the Moto’otua Hospital found after his enraged wife poured hot water on him while he was sleeping. The man, whose name is withheld, sustained burns to a large part of his body.

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GO WELL AND REMEMBER YOUR FAMILIES: The seafarers with special guests at the farewell yesterday.

Seafarers get the nation’s blessings

Sixty-nine seafarers from Samoa are heading overseas to make money for their families as they look to advance their careers. A special ceremony was held yesterday at T.A.T.T.E Building to bid the men farewell. They have secured jobs on M.S.C. Cruise and Cargo ships.

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TRADE TALK: Tautaituasivi Eddie Wilson and Peseta Noumea Simi.

Exporters seek govt. help to “stop bleeding”

The Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (S.A.M.E.) have asked for government intervention to establish a bilateral free trade agreement with Japan. The request follows an alarming drop in Samoa’s exports to Japan from 6.5 percent in 2015 to 3.1percent this year. 

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IN MALTA: The Ocean Foundation President, Mr Mark J. Spalding, with S.P.R.E.P Director General, Mr Kosi Latu. Photo: Alexis Valauri Orton.

Deal signed to advance fight against ocean acidification

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P) and The Ocean Foundation (T.O.F) have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding to commit to co-host three workshops on ocean acidification to benefit 10 Pacific Islands.

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DATA COLLECTION: Conservation officers record essential spatial data with their G.P.S units. Photo: S.P.R.E.P.

M.N.R.E. workers get help with data collection and analysis

Staff members of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E), who deal with Protected Area management, are in a better position today to deal with data collection and analysis. This is thanks to a training in real-world data collection using Global Positioning System (G.P.S) and data analysis using Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S) held recently.

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Father speaks out about hard work and little pay

Overworked and underpaid. That’s a problem many people in Samoa experience. Tautele Apineru, a father of four, knows this. The man who works on a plantation shared his frustrations with the Village Voice yesterday.

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Think a Minute

Shortcuts to paradise

Think a minute…A man walked into a bar for a drink and said: “Bartender, I’m in trouble, so make it a double!” Many of us struggle with painful, real problems: no money, no job, unwanted pregnancies, family violence, unhappy marriages.


Chinese influence is everywhere

If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.

Between the Lines


Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

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