Minister M.C.I.T, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, Minister M.W.T.I., Papali’itele Niko Lee Hang, C.E.O. Ministry of Works Su’a Pou Onesemo and Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri at Fagaloa Bay to inspect the damages left behind by Cyclone Gita.

Digicel, Bluesky impress Minister

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, is impressed with the swift response by telecommunication service providers such as Digicel and BlueSky.

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Some of the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Tropical Cyclone Gita update report

The following is update Report Number Two from the National Disaster Council and Disaster Advisory Committee following Tropical Cyclone Gita, which devastated the country last Friday. This report is dated 14 February 2018. It is published below:

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FAMILY SUPPORT: Pauli Prince Suhren is flanked by his relatives during his recent swearing in ceremony. Photo: Government.

Pauli’s ‘super natural appointment’

Pauli Prince Suhren has got huge responsibilities on his shoulders. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.), he is shouldering the interest and wellbeing of 33,000 plus members. 

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HELPING HAND: B.S.P assists 50 students with scholarships to study.

For a brighter future

The Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) continues to develop the children of Samoa through their scholarship scheme offered to selected students every year.

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Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papaliitele Unasa Niko Lee Hang and Minister of Communication, Information & Technology Afamasaga Rico Tupai with government officials visited Fagaloa.

New road, seawall for Fagaloa

Uafato and neighbouring villages in Fagaloa Bay can look forward to a brand new road and a seawall. Prior to Cyclone Gita last week, Cabinet had approved the Tender’s Board recommendation to award the $1.3 million contract to King Construction.

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Life saving gift from Japan

Japan has presented two firefighting trucks and an ambulance to the Samoa Fire Emergency Service Authority (S.F.E.S.A.). The project was made possible through Japan’s grant aid for Economic and Social Development Programme, signed in April 2016 between Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and former Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta.

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Supreme Court Justice, Mata Keli Tuatagaloa.

Justice Tuatagaloa jails man for stealing $28,000 from work

A man who stole $28,000 from his former employer has been jailed for a year and 10 months. Nevile Katopau’s sentencing was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Mata Keli Tuatagaloa.

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Participants of the two-day tourism forum at the Taumeasina Island Resort that concluded yesterday.

Industry targets ‘smart tourism’

Stakeholders from various tourism organisations in Samoa gathered at the Taumeasina Island Resort for the two-day Samoa Tourism Forum 2018 focusing on sustainable tourism. 

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Kei Ji Li's application has been denied by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Court denies application

In the interest of justice, Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren has denied the application by Kei Ji Li to depart Samoa until his criminal case is heard and determined by the Court of Appeal.

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Prisoner, Tagaloasa Filipaina and LAWYER: Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo.

Prisoners’ lawyer intervenes

The lawyer representing two prisoners accused of masterminding the failed mass prison break last week has called on the Police to treat his clients “as human beings". Lawyer Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo has asked the Police to give them “clothing and amenities for their state of wellbeing".

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SEEKING GOVERNMENT HELP: Lapi Luka of Samusu, hopes to live in a brick house.

Surviving in a leaky home, father dreams of a brick house

A father can only dream of waking up in a brick house. However that can not materialise for him because of financial constraints. Lapi Luka, of Samusu, a father of six, said while five of his children work, their salaries will never be enough to build a brick house.

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WATER PROBLEMS: Father of 10, Taipeau Leota of Saleaumua is happy to be featured on the Village Voice.

Water help needed at Saleaumua

Taipeau Leota of Saleaumua needs help with his water supply. That’s what the father of 10 told the Village Voice team. “After the tsunami, we moved inland and from then on, we have not had any stable water supply,” he said.

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PLEASE HELP: Siufaga Lusia Lui, 70 year old mother from Salamusu.

Mother shows where her family needs help

A 70-year-old mother can do with some help. She reluctantly shares that her family needs a modern toilet. “I am happy with the house that I have, I can live under this roof, so long as it shelters us from the rain and the sun,” said Si’ufaga Lusia Lui of Salamusu, Aleipata. 

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PLEA FOR WATERTANK: Tenisi Tinaina of Salamusu.

‘We’ve got this one gallon drum for water’

Tenisi Tinaina and her family are in dire need of a water tank. That is the plea from the Salamusu family yesterday when approached by the Village Voice team. 

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. Tuilaepa spearheads site visit

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led a group of Cabinet Ministers that visited some of the villages that were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita last week Friday and Saturday. This is one of the four tours that will be conducted by the Ministers this week.

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IN PERFECT SAMOA: From California, the U.S.A. to Samoa for some good waves.

From the States to check out our surf

Surfing brought six young men to the heart of the Pacific – Samoa. Dear Tourist found the men enjoying the sunshine and looking out to sea at the Lalomanu beach fales, probably hoping to catch a good wave.

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Culture Crew and Pacific Heart at a school in Pesega where they gave out school packs to children.

A visit for love and culture

Soul Reggae group, The Culture Crew, and non profit organization, Pacific Heart arrived in Samoa on schedule last Friday just as Cyclone Gita was about to make her solo debut wreaking havoc around the township of Apia.

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“I LOVE IT HERE MORE.”: Couple, Sammy and Graham from Sydney, Australia at Lalomanu.

Valentines in Samoa

Lovebirds, Sammy and Graham, have all the more reason to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Samoa. Not only is it their first time to the islands, Dear Tourist learned that it’s their first time together overseas. 

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TAKING FULL RESPONSIBILITY: The Leau’s elevated new home behind the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Apia survived the heavy floods from Cyclone Gita.

Why the Leaus are staying put

Tolovae Leau has no intention to relocate to higher grounds even if it means jeopardizing the safety of his family and his children. Leau and his family barely survived Cyclone Evans floods five years ago. 

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GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: B.S.P. spread good news to those in need.

B.S.P. offers Cyclone Gita help

The Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) has donated $20,000 worth of emergency supplies, hygienic products, clean drinking water and other items to the Samoa Red Cross.

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Think a Minute

What a world we live in (Part 2)

Think a minute…We live on a one-of-a-kind privileged planet. Earth has a greater variety of life, landscapes, and water than any planet ever discovered.


In response to the Samoa First Union

This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.

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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