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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Incomes imbalance creating Samoan refugees

There is a huge imbalance between the cost of living and salaries in Samoa. And it is creating “Samoan refugees” who would rather take their families to do menial work in other places like New Zealand to earn a better living.

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Iosefa Fa’atoia, 59, of Falelauniu.

Fa’atoia sounds alarm about Chinese businesses

China’s growing influence in Samoa – especially their dominance in business – has not gone unnoticed among rural residents. With the increasing number of Chinese retail shops, some residents worry about what will become of Samoan-owned businesses in the future. 

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BUDGET WOES: Pasi Uini of Lefagaoali’i Savai’i.

Father’s budget dilemma

You are a father of two and you have less than a hundred tala to spend on your weekly budget. You’ve got to think of food, water, electricity and your traditional obligations. What do you do?

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BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS AT A GREAT LOCATION: Opeloge Ah Sam with the musicians.

Local companies support N.U.S. Music programme

Local companies came together to lend support to the National University of Samoa’s (N.U.S) Music Programme students during a one off performance last Saturday evening at Sails Restaurant and Bar, Mulinu’u.

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N.U.S and O.E.C teams collaborate to strengthen youth engagement in national elections.

Office of Electoral Commission leads push for youth engagement in voting

The Office of the Electoral Commission (O.E.C) is working with the National University of Samoa’s Student Association (N.U.S.S.A) to elect new officials for the upcoming school year 2018. The partnership is the first of its kind and it’s a move applauded by both the O.E.C and N.U.S.

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From left: Rebecca Minty, Carsten Staur, Maiava Iulai Toma, Marc Limon, Loukinikini Vili, Ashley Bowe.

Ombudsman calls for ratification of Convention Against Torture

Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma issued a rallying call to the government to ratify the Convention Against Torture as soon as practicable. The call follows a meeting between the Ombudsman’s team and a delegation from the Convention Against Torture Initiative last Thursday.

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His Highness Tui Aana Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and her Highness Faamausili Leinafo (fifth and sixth from the right) with Postgraduate History students from Fiji

History students meet Head of State

Postgraduate History students from the School of Social Sciences recently met the Head of State, His Highness Tui Ā’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, and his wife, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo, at their residence in Falelātai.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Images from Liza and Sauaso Sue’s beautiful wedding day Return to Paradise Resort.

Wedding bells for Liza and Sauaso in Paradise!

The bond of family and the love for Samoa was too great a pull for newlyweds Liza and Sauaso when they exchanged their vows in front of family and friends to make the ultimate lifetime commitment to each other at the beautiful south coast resort of Return to Paradise.

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This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, who emphasised that no one is above the law – including Police officers.

Drunk cop who drove off in govt. vehicle without permission sacked

A Police Officer who drove off in a Police vehicle under the influence of alcohol before crashing it has been sacked. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, who emphasised that no one is above the law – including Police officers.

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Faumuina Wayne Fong and Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi.

H.R.P.P. rift emerges over dirty politics claims

Faleata’s Member of Parliament, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has challenged a fellow Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P) member, Faumuina Wayne Fong. He wants him to cough up the names of the so-called members of the H.R.P.P who are conspiring to take over the Prime Ministership role – should something happen to incumbent Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

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DEFENDANTS AT COURT: The defendants and their lawyer outside the Court. File photo.

Former Cabinet Minister and co-accused plead not guilty

Former Cabinet Minister, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, has entered a not guilty plea to charges against him in the Supreme Court. La’auli, his wife Heather Tupea, business associates, Apulu Lance Polu, Martin Schwalger and Tuitui Aipulupo all pleaded not guilty when they appeared before Supreme Court Justice Lei’ataualesa Daryl Clarke yesterday. 

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HUMBLED AND BLESSED: Benjamin Tapusoa Roberts, back for his third Rugby League World Cup Campaign.

Selection an honour says Roberts

Ben Roberts is one of the seniors and a veteran who has played 12 tests for Toa Samoa including in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. He also played for Toa Samoa in the 2013 World Cup in Europe. But he is just as excited as he would be if this was his first time being selected to play for his country.

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Enosa Finau.

Sometimes, it’s just too hard

He was spotted by the Village Voice while having a rest after his normal household tasks on the side of the road. “The reality in Samoa nowadays, sometimes we (parents) have to understand that life isn’t easy anymore in terms of money,” Enosa said. 

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Foma’i Euta.

Parent’s love never fades

Family will never let you down, and you can count on that. For 17-year-old Foma’i Euta from Vaitele-Uta, life is not complete without his family. Foma’i told Village Voice yesterday that the family is an important unit and they exist to help us as individuals to walk through this life. 

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Mele Saulo.

Committed to church work

Everything in a life is a lesson. And for Mele Saulo of Levi Sale’imoa, she knows that no matter your age and if you’re an unemployed mother, something can be done out of nothing to support your family. Mele Saulo is a 61-year-old lady who is a dedicated mother to her church’s community work.

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Sio Gasio.

Climate Change is no joke

Climate change is the consequence of our actions as caretakers of this planet earth. Sio Gasio of Nofoali’i, 63, made this comment while referring to the sudden change in weather pattern. “And this is a threat to Samoa,” Sio said when the Village Voice team interviewed him yesterday.

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Agriculture Minister: Lopao’o Natanielu Mu’a (right) with Assistant Chief Executive- Livestock Division Aiolupotea Tony Aiolupotea after the opening ceremony.

Govt. targets chicken breeding

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries through its Animal Production and Health Division (A.P.H.D.) has launched its Chicken Breeding Facility at the Ministry’s Vaea location. The $190,000 facility is equipped to assist in running the breeding programme, which the Ministry expects will contribute significantly to the development of a sustainable poultry industry for Samoa.

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UNDER THE WELCOME BANNER: Lupesoliai at the hospital with the management team from Digicel.

Lupesoliai lights up the Children’s Ward

Lupesoliai Laaulialemalietoa Joseph Parker made a special visit to the Pediatric Ward on Friday afternoon. The visit was his way of thanking the people of Samoa for their support in providing gifts to the children who were at the Moto’otua Hospital.

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Cancer Society commends community initiatives

Matautia Rula Levi,  the C.E.O. of Samoa Housing Corporation, has taken Pinktober into her own hands, scheduling a number of breast cancer awareness initiatives within her organisation.

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Think a Minute

Win over worry (Part 2)

Think a minute…A woman worried for 40 years that she would die of cancer. She never got cancer and eventually died of old age. She wasted more than half of her life worrying about the wrong thing. Today we will continue our strategy for winning over worry.


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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