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Ta’amilo Ta’avili.

Stick to your budget

Meet 45-year-old Ta’amilo Ta’avili. Ta’amilo says that life is all about budgeting well.

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Saula Ilalio.

Saula yearns for the old days

Sometimes taking a trip down memory lane brings back happy thoughts and the wishful desire to relive those days. “Life was much better in the past,” says 70-year-old father, Saula Ilalio, to the Village Voice team on Saturday.

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Sao Lio.

Take a measured approach to life

Choices are part of everyday life. And the decision we make either has a positive or negative outcome. 

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24-year-old Alauni Savea from Vailoa Palauli and Vaitele-Fou.

Youths need to make the right decisions

Youths play a key role in shaping the future of a family and a nation. 24-year-old Alauni Savea from Vailoa Palauli and Vaitele-Fou believes this and lives it as he looks after his grandmother and his family when everyone else is at work.

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BOOK PROMOTERS: S.S.A.B.’s Fiti Leung Wai, Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale; author Colin Chung; Samoa Culinary Association president, Joe Lam and the book’s publisher.

Cook book that could change lives

A cook book was officially launched at the Samoa Stationery and Books on Saturday. The book is called ‘Kana Vinaka Contemporary Island Cuisine’ by Colin Chung.

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Police Commissioner Fauiavailiili Egon Keil (left) discussing Police Academy plans with delegates from the Agency for International Economic Cooperation of China.

Samoa Police Academy planning underway

The Ministry of Police hosted a delegation from the Agency for International Economic Cooperation of China (M.O.F.C.O.M.) to expand discussions on the much-anticipated Samoa Police Academy schedule to be built in the near future. 

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The training was about working collaboratively and sharing skills  from all relevant agencies.

Police train for event coordination

Police Officers with the Ministry of Police underwent a Command, Control and Coordination course (C3) delivered by instructors from the Australia Federal Police and the Cook Island Police. 

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WORKING WARRIORS:The supporters worked together to paint banners featuring the distrinctive ‘Have your sei’ logo.

Climate Change warriors call for action

Climate Change Warriors and supporters gathered for a family fun and community building for the “Have Your Sei” campaign.

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Doris, (Samoa Cancer Society), Manamea (Miss Samoa Alumni and cancer survivor), Sanjeewa Perera (Chief Commercial Officer of Bluesky), Anita and Paul Caffarelli (Owners of Amoa Resort)

Bluesky continues its support for Pinktober in Savai’i

Bluesky continued its support of Pinktober in Savai’i with Amoa Resort hosting a first time high tea for the local and business community in support of Samoa Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Awareness. 

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“The show will feature 10 male and 20 female local models parading in 100 Rupi garments.

Strong vision and originality from Samoan designer

The stage is set for top fashion designer, Rupi Taitu’uga Rokeni, to showcase yet again, his latest, unique Rupi collection. Rupi needs no introduction to Samoa; he is a master of bold prints, bright colours and embellished designs.

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SOGA’IMITI: The start of the journey when the then 17 year old Imo Levi, was tattooed by Alai’ava’a Suluape in Faleasiu.

Tapping to fulfill his dreams

Passion knows no limits. That is the aphorism that Samoan traditional Tufuga, Li’aifaiva Salailefulu Magele Fesola’i Imo Lavea Levi, lives by. At the age of 17 and in the middle of university studies in New Zealand to be a civil engineer, Li’aifaiva knew he could not continue schooling because the reality was, he wanted to be a traditional Tufuga. 

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Boxing's Pound for Pound organisers last show for 2017 team up with Samoa Vailima Breweries, Island Rock, Hyundai and TV1 with a portion of the  takings going to the Samoa Cancer Society.

Knocking out cancer

It is never about the money; it is about giving back to Samoa and loved ones who are battling cancer. And the Pinktober season is still very much alive. That being said, the Pound for Pound promotions has taken a step further in supporting this worldwide campaign by hosting their last boxing show for this year on Saturday 27th.

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Saena Saena and chis hildren.

“I thought that no one cared”

Ten families, whose stories and lives have featured in the Samoa Observer Village Voice series, received food items on Saturday from an anonymous Good Samaritan. The Village Voice team was there to help give out the donations to the families and to witness their surprise, gratitude and joy for the unexpected support.

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Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa with Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil, Chief Executive of Foreign Affairs Peseta Naomi Simi and MPMC staff at the airport to welcome the Prime Minister home.

P.M. back in Samoa

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi arrived back in Samoa from Auckland, New Zealand last night on the 8.30pm flight. This was confirmed by the Government Press Secretary, Nanai Lavetiga Tuiletufuga.

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Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, Theresa Passi and Sir Gordon Tietjens.

M.P. slams Tietjens over Union, ex-Manager row

Member of Parliament, Faumuina Wayne Fong, says the decision by the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) to replace the Manager of the Manu Samoa Sevens three months into her contract is a sign they are not sure about what they are doing.

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STUNNING PROPERTY NOT FOR SALE: The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort and Spa at Mulifanua.

Board member rejects Resort sale reports

A Board Member of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Beach Resort in Mulifanua, Magele Hoe Viali, has dismissed reports that the resort is up for sale. The reports follow the confirmation of negotiations for the sale of the Resort’s sister property in Apia, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel, to an Asian group. 

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LOVING MOTHER: 21-year-old Filoi Pesamino from Toamua-Uta

Young mother’s duty of care

Nothing in this world can be compared to a mother’s love. Their dedication and sacrifice is a priceless jewel. Such is the love of 21-year-old Filoi Pesamino from Toamua-Uta for her and her husband’s baby.

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HARD WORKING FATHER: 33-year-old Auomala Auva’a

Young father picks up valuable life skills

To cope with the challenges of life requires a lot of hard work. Getting where we want to be and what we need is hard sometimes but when we do make it, it is always a beautiful scene. That’s how 33-year-old Auomala Auva’a views the challenges life throws at him and his utmost best to tackle them for the sake of his family.

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CHILDREN ARE FIRST PRIORITY: Forty-five-year-old mother of seven, Tai Molimau

Mother on law of sowing and reaping

Forty-five-year-old mother of seven, Tai Molimau, believes in sacrifice and hard work. The Village Voice team approached her while on her way home from work on Friday. “I work at one of the families at Nu’u Fou,” she said.

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ATTORNEY GENERALS: Lemalu Hermann P. Retzlaff (Samoa) and Aminiasi Kefu (Tonga), representing their respective countries at the P.I.L.O.N. A.G.M. in Marshall Islands.

Samoa remains P.I.L.O.N Secretariat.

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann P. Retzlaff, is returning home from the Marshall Islands with some great news for Samoa. Samoa has been affirmed as the host of the Pacific Island Legal Officer’s Network (P.I.L.O.N.)Secretariat base, to be housed in the office of the Attorney General.

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Think a Minute

Don’t follow your conscience

Think a minute…Some young children were asked this question: “What is a conscience?” A 6-year-old boy said he thought it was “the bad feeling you get when you kick girls and puppies.” A 9-year-old said your conscience is “a voice inside that says ‘No’ when you want to beat up your little brother.”

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The entire shoreline of the beach just a few feet before her, was completely sullied by fragments of rubbish.

The Sullied Coast

The tropical heart was unendurable. Beyond the seldom cloudy, blue horizon, the sun stood undeterred at the sky’s apex. For three Alaskan tourists, this was a whole new experience from the arctic climes they have adapted to since they were children.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

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