TOO MANY CRIMES IN SAMOA: Latū Faigata, 63 years old from Vaitele-Uta and Sale’aumua.

Greed blamed for crimes

Latū Faigata, 63 years old from the village of Sale’aumua, knows that nothing is impossible with God. Speaking to the Village Voice, he says this is the only way Samoa can address the issue of the deteriorating crime rate and social problems.

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LIFE ISNT EASY: Alofa Solofa with the youngest of her seven children baby Faina.

Family of eight make do with what they have

Small is beautiful. That can be said about Alofa Solofa’s house. The mother of seven from the village of Tanumapua lives in a humble fale with her family but to her, it’s a home. 

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RAIN OR SHINES, KEEP ON WORKING: Toma Fati, 24-years-old from the village of Tanumapua.

If it rains, we work harder

Toma Fati, from the village of Tanumapua understands very well that life isn’t easy. In order to survive one must be willing to work whether it rains or the sun shines.

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This photo was posted on Facebook two days ago by a concerned member of the public Jack Seumanutafa. He said this photo was taken in front of Frankie Supermarket at Matāutu at around 6pm it shows three young kids in the boot of a moving taxi.

Car law pushed back to April

The implementation of the government’s decision to limit the age of imported vehicles from twelve to eight years has been pushed back.

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LOOKING AFTER HIS FAMILY: Ioane Su’a from the village of Gagaifolevao-Lefaga.

Young man banks on blessings from elders

Meet Ioane Su’a from the village of Gagaifolevao-Lefaga. He is a rarity. Aged 23, Ioane is a strong believer that serving your elders is the most rewarding job on earth.

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LOVE FOR HOCKEY: Mataavave, Savai’i won gold in the Samoa Games.

Hockey goes inter-island

Samoa Hockey Federation has announced its intake for the Hockey Elites Programme 2017. 

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PRINCIPALS: Siapo Sioka and Laufou F. Manase.

Principal highlights teacher shortage

The annual teachers conference is a good opportunity for the education sector to come together to discuss the way forward for Samoa.

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S.M.O.G.A MEMBERS: Aiga, Arieta Teo-Viliamu (President), Telesia Faasavalu (Vice-Treasurer) and Iosefo Viliamu.

S.M.O.G.A welcomes new President

The St. Mary’s Old Girls Association (S.M.O.G.A) has a new President. She is Arieta Teo Viliamu who has taken over from outgoing President, Julia Schmidt Solofa.

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MINISTER REVENUE: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Minister of Revenue announces review of tariffs structure

The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, has announced a review of its existing tariffs and P.A.Y.E Income structure.

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SAMOA-JAPAN RELATIONS: P.M. Tuilaepa with former Japanese P.M., Taro Aso. Since 1997, Tuilaepa is the only Pacific leader not to have missed a P.A.L.M.

P.M. Tuilaepa in Japan

The meeting is one of several precursors to Japan’s eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M) to be held in 2018.

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JUDGE: Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma

Judge gives reasons for ruling

The decision was delivered by Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma. This is Judge Fepulea’i’s decision in full:

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Their Highnesses, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Masiofo, Filifilia Tamasese with the new High Commissioner of New Zealand to Samoa, David Campbell Nicholson with his wife, Dr. Suitafa Deborah Nicholson (second from the left) and their three children

The new face of New Zealand in Samoa

The relationship between Samoa and New Zealand continues to grow from strength to strength.

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COURT TIME: Satiu Simative Perese outside the Supreme Court.

Lawyer wasn’t aware, denies C.J. claim

A senior lawyer who is appealing the District Court’s decision in relation to the suspended Director of the National Prosecution Office has denied being disrespectful of the Supreme Court.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF MESC: Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuata’i.

Education chief reassures nation

The woman in charge of the education in Samoa has assured members of the public her Ministry is doing their very best to avoid any more problems with exam results.

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APIA MAYOR: Tuilatefuga Siaosi Tuiletufuga.

Apia Mayor sets record straight

The Mayor of Apia, Tuiletefuga Siaosi Tuiletufuga, wants to set the record straight. Tuiletufuga wanted to correct the misconception because some people have questioned the leadership of the village of Apia in relation to the growing problem.

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BACK AS A PASTOR: Reverend Dr. Afereti Uili.

Justice at last for Rev. Afereti Uili

The Elders Committee of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S) has reinstated Reverend Dr. Afereti Uili as a Pastor of the church.

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Ruta Falemoe and her two-year-old daughter.

The struggle is real in dealing with low income

We all struggle sometimes in life. In Samoa, a lot has been said and written about the struggles our people face on a daily basis. 

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Elena Niusila of Nu’u Fou.

Mother praises govt. decision to relocate the Tafa’igata Prison

Meet Elena Niusila from the village of Nu’u-Fou. She is 30-years-old and a mother of three children. 

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Lavea Iuni of Safotu, Savai’i.

A trip down memory lane

 “Life back then was easy, simple and safer.”  So says Lavea Iuni from the village of Safotu Savai’i. 

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Fa’alelei Eti from the village of Faleula.

Hardship, poverty is real in Samoa

Views and opinions vary on whether poverty exists in Samoa. Some argue that there is no such thing considering the lush and green environment we have, and the blue ocean where our people can get food and money.

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Think a Minute

Take your medicine

Think a minute…A successful writer named Norman Cousins became terminally ill. He was told he had only six months to live and that his chance of surviving was only 1 in 500. He felt that his past lifestyle of worry, fear and anger had partly caused his disease, so he wondered: “If sickness can be caused by negative, bad thinking and emotions, can good health be caused by positive ones?”



Alone, misplaced A stranger in unforgiving waters

Between the Lines


So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

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