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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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