Mother shares about poverty and money problems

Poverty is an issue faced by many families in Samoa today. For one Fuga Uelese, she is not ashamed to say it. The mother of six tells the Village Voice life has become so much harder especially with the lack of money.

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Sairah Walsh, Dylan Vernon and their one-and-half-year-old son, Eli.

Couple keen to find out more about Samoan way of life

The greatest part of any memorable adventure is spending it with family. And when you’re in Samoa with your loved ones, a cold niu at hand is the best way to celebrate and cherish those moments.

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Michael O’Neil

Samoan culture impresses visitor

Michael O’Neil has only been in Samoa for two days and he is already in love with beautiful Samoa. Talking to Dear Tourist yesterday, the 52-year-old said he was not here for a holiday but for work purpose.

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Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai.

M.P. queries Govt. over state of passport investigation

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, is worried. He is concerned that so far there has been no solid information as to what action the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (M.P.M.C.) has taken since evidence was provided that someone is “selling Samoan passports” online.

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GREAT MEMORIES: Geoff and Barbara Hodinnot’s wedding in Samoa.

Australian author of Samoan adventures returns to paradise

During the early stages of the Australian recession in the late 1980s, one Australian couple decided to live life to the fullest and set sail in search for the concept of paradise which led them to Samoa.

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Deacon Falaniko Tamiano, Reverend Taunimo Satoa, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe, Siliniu Lina Chang (President of SVSG) and Father Eteuati Vui from Siusega Parish.

Generous act out of love

The Catholic Church at Si’usega has generously presented clothes and agriculture produce to the Campus of Hope at Tuana’imato.

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Lauofo Pierre Lauofo.

Former deputy P.M. appeals conviction

The Supreme Court has reserved its decision regarding an appeal by the former deputy Prime Minister against his conviction, RNZ reported yesterday.

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THAT TIME OF YEAR: Students tackle end of year exams.

More than 4,000 students sit exams

More than 4,000 students from across the country have been sitting national assessment exams for the past week. According to the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, more than 2,400 students are sitting the School Certificate (S.S.C.) while another 2,000 students are taking on the Senior Secondary Leaving Certificate (S.S.L.C.) examinations.  

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The Curry House

Bigger, better: Curry House returns for business

If you follow the delicious spicy aromas of a unique fusion of the orient and the Pacific up the hill to Vailima, you will be directed to the old but newly-renovated Curry House. The restaurant had been operating for 10 years before it was closed for a year to undergo renovations.

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THE TEAM: Consultants from Aviation Solutions; Andrew Parle, Phil Earth and Leata Alaimoana working with Samoa Airways.

Air of confidence about Samoa’s new flag carrier

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, is confident Samoa is on to a winner with Samoa Airways working closely with Iceland Air. The A.G. fielded questions from the media around the lease arrangements of the Samoa Airways aircraft with Iceland at the airlines’ launch in Auckland.

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THE CAR: The car involved in the deadly hit and run on Sunday at Sapunaoa, Falealili. Photo: Facebook.

Police hunt finds wanted driver

The 26-year-old driver of a car who hit and killed a Mormon missionary on Sunday has been found and charged. This was confirmed by a senior Police Officer who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity yesterday.

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Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Faimalotoa Kika Stowers.

Cabinet Minister mum on Police complaint

The Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Faimalotoa Kika Stowers, is remaining tightlipped about an alleged domestic incident over which a family member has lodged a complaint with the Police against her.

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HOME IS BEST: Ah Fook Ah Fook.

Samoa still home despite hardships

Life in Samoa might be a struggle for many people but for Ah Fook Ah Fook of Samusu-tai, this is still paradise. The Village Voice caught up with Mr. Ah-Fook at Tafaigata yesterday, where he works.

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Father of six shares his struggles

Picture this. You have a budget of $300 for two weeks. You have six children to feed and put through school. And then you also have to worry about your parents.

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Struggles, money problems has father worrying about future

Niko Maiava, of Lotofaga Safata, is worried about the future of Samoa. Speaking to the Village Voice team yesterday, the father of four is especially concerned about how the high cost of living is hurting people. He doesn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel in this situation.

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NEED MORE JOBS IN SAVAII: Selulo Fa’aso’otauloa.

‘Poverty’ of jobs in Savai’i

The government needs to invest in factories in Savai’i to provide employment opportunities there. So says 24-year-old Selulo Fa’aso’otauloa from Sataua, Savai’i who believes the people on the big island deserve to have employment opportunities just like people in Upolu.

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Students, Instructor, Vice Chancellor and L.D.S. Humanitarian Missionary at N.U.S. Computer and Study Area.

University students get help with studies

Thanks to the labour of university students supervised by qualified instructors and materials donated by L.D.S Charities (a charitable arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), mathematics and literacy students at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) now have a beautiful new study facility.

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The quake struck at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers) shortly before 8 a.m. in American Samoa.

Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes off Samoa, American Samoa

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6 earthquake struck waters west of Samoa and American Samoa. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Primary Care Training at NHS Photo: N.H.S.

Training to save precious lives

PREPARING FOR THE WET SEASON: Samoa is vulnerable to natural disasters at this time of the year.

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Science conference targets sustainable development

A host of top speakers have been lined up for a Science conference organised by the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.).

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Think a Minute

I hope you dance (Part 2)

Think a minute…In 1972 Life magazine published a story about the true adventures of John Goddard. When he was 15-years-old John heard his grandmother sadly say: “If only I had done that when I was young…” At that moment, John determined not to have regrets at the end of his life, so he wrote down 127 goals for his life.


FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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