WELCOME BACK TO SAMOA: Louis Hamlin and partner Hilda Cross from Auckland, New Zealand.

Still the best tourism destination

Second time visitors to our shores believe that Samoa is the best tourism destination. Louis Hamlin, from Auckland, New Zealand is spending 10 days in Samoa with his partner, Hilda Cross.

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MR. & MRS. TEVAGA:  Barbara Fetuao Lufi Tyrell and Kapeli Jr. Tevaga

Wedding bells for Barbara and Kapeli Jnr.

After ten years of courting and expressing affection for each other, Barbara Fetuao Lufi Tyrell and Kapeli Jr. Tevaga, tied the knot last week. The couple exchanged vows in front of God, family and friends at the Methodist Church at Vaivase-Uta.

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CUSTOMERS: Lining up for the early bird specials.

Early bird “Meka” hit at S.S.A.B.

Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.) “Meka Silver HP Early Bird Special” was a hit on Wednesday morning.

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Cigarette butts and plastics thrown inside the concrete boxes are an eyesore.

Cigarette butts 'eyesore'

A business owner, Christa Szergedi, has raised concerns about  the cigarette butts along the Accident Compensation Corp. (A.C.C.) building pathway. 

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Magele Hoe Viali.

Airport Chief defends travel expenses hike

Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) Chief Executive Officer, Magele Hoe Viali, has strongly defended the $75,000 increase of travel expenses for the financial year 2016-2017, compared to the previous year.  

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Certification milestone for Ulia Construction Ltd.

One of Samoa’s Construction companies, Ulia Construction Limited and Ulia Certified Concrete, located at Fiaga Aleisa, yesterday celebrated a milestone becoming a certified ready mixed concrete plant. Terrence Batten, of Auditing Engineer Batten Limited, signed the one-year certification.

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FROM RIGHT: Tony Greubel, Marina Su'a-Keil, Minister Sili Epa Tuioti and other members of the diplomatic corps during the launch yesterday.

A first for the Pacific region

Samoa has taken the lead in the Pacific region in piloting the first recycling and waste management association. This follows the launch of the Samoa Recycling and Waste Management Association (S.R.W.M.A.) by the association’s Patron and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, at the Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday. 

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The developments were confirmed by Police Spokesperson, Auapaau Filipo Logoitino, yesterday.

Vice Principal and teacher charged

An incident at Avele College where a student attacked a teacher has taken an interesting twist. This time, the school’s Deputy Principal has been charged for being party to an offense. A teacher accused of beating a student has also been charged with assault.

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A FRIEND OF SAMOA: Tuimaugaoali’i Kazumasa Shibuta.

Ambassador Tuimauga departs

A friend of Samoa and former Ambassador of Japan in Samoa, Tuimaugaoali’i Kazumasa Shibuta, is leaving the country with many fond memories of his time here. Finishing up his five-year tenure in Samoa, the Japanese career diplomat was a popular figure among the international bureaucrats here in Samoa. 

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FAMILY HARDSHIPS AND STRUGGLES: Faatiga (left) and Keresoma Apulu inside their house at Faleasiu.

Keresoma speaks of family’s plight

A family of ten at Faleasiu is in dire need of financial support. And a job for one of the family members will do. Sharing his family’s plight to the Village Voice team, Keresoma Apulu said they live off the land.

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SEEKING HELP: The 65-year-old Filipo Salue is in need of a new home.

Family needs proper home

Filipo Salue, from Tapatapao, is in need of an adequate shelter. He lives in a small shack with his seven children and grandchildren. The 65-year-old fears for the life of his family because of their living condition.

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LIFE STRUGGLES: Ioane Tagaloa with his three children in front of their rundown house at Faleasiu.

A father’s struggles

Unemployment has taken its toll on Ioane Tagaloa. Having no steady water supply, living in a rundown house and having three children to support, are the daily realities of the 39-year-old. Added to his burdens is his family’s need for a proper toilet.

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HOUSE OF WORSHIP: Pastors of the Assemblies of God Church in American Samoa and Samoa during the opening service on Tuesday at the Apia Harvest Centre Church at Togafu’afu’a.

A.O.G. Pastors focus on ‘Pentecostal Distinctives’

A three-day seminar for Pastors of the Assemblies of God Church in Samoa and American Samoa started on Tuesday in Apia. Held at the Apia Harvest Centre Church at Togafu’afu’a, the seminar is guided by the theme of “Pentecostal Distinctives.”

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Samoa Police Service.

Accused in custody, faces attempted murder charge

A 23-year-old female is in custody on the charge of attempted murder. Police Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logotino Filipo, confirmed this yesterday.

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F.A.O VISIT: Students from Sauniatu Primary School at F.A.O.

Memorable day for Sauniatu students

A group of students from Sauniatu Primary School visited the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (F.A.O.) this week. They were there to learn more about the organization and what they do in the region.

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Samoa Police Service.

Woman charged for hit and run

A 37-year-old female, from the villages of Talimatau and Nu’u-fou, has been charged with negligent driving causing injury. 

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AIRBNB OWNERS: Meet the management team, day one partners in love and enterprise Justine Samu and Rockey Ata Matamua.

An exciting business opening

Airbnb has opened its doors to locals interested in being Airbnb hosts. 

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STAY FOCUSED AND MOTIVATED: Terri Loimata Mau and Rubylou Tuiloma with their friend Epi.

Victoria graduate shares her story

Passion drives one to succeed. That’s the belief of Rubylou Tuiloma, a Samoan graduate of Victoria University in Australia. 

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IMPROVING EDUCATION IN SAMOA: China have presented 16 sets of electronic teaching platforms and 20 Guangdong (Huizhou) Friendship Scholarship opportunities to Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.

China aids education in Samoa

The work of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) has received a tremendous boost thanks to the generosity of China. Last Friday, the Embassy of China presented 16 sets of electronic teaching platforms and 20 Guangdong (Huizhou) Friendship Scholarship opportunities to the Ministry.

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Digicel Samoa C.E.O. Farid Mohammed.

Digicel launches massive "Supa Seki" data plans

Digicel Samoa has announced ground-breaking data offer for its customers, offering exciting new Supa Seki data plans as low as $3 for 500MB valid for 3 days.

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Think a Minute

“Create Your Own Luck”

Think a minute.Do you know some people who just have all the luck? They seem to get all the breaks. And you ask yourself: “Why don’t I get lucky? Why don’t I get a great education? A great job or business?


The rise of Samoan women in conservation - by culture, merit

About a month ago, we were in a meeting with three village Mayors (male Chiefs) to discuss the implementation of the first carbon offsetting project for Samoa by replanting more than 12,000 native trees in the O le Pupu Pue national Park.

Between the Lines


THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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