SOUVENIR SHOPPING: Joni Varga (right) and her children checking out stalls for souvenirs.

‘We will be back’

From San Diego to Samoa, Joni Varga will do all over again.

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Colin Grace from Australia.

Diver in Savai’i for snorkeling experience

Samoa can definitely make you fall in love with it at first sight.

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Linda Hendra and Christine Walker from New Zealand.

Tourists explore stunning Savai’i

Christine Walker and Linda Hendra from New Zealand have had the time of their lives in Savai’i. Although it was their first time on the big islandi, the ladies are definitely no strangers to Samoa as they have visited our shores before. This is their third visit.

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SIGN LANGUAGE: The theme of the celebration next week is “Full inclusion with Sign Language.”

Samoa to promote sign language during ‘Week of the Deaf’

SENESE is preparing to celebrate International Week of the Deaf (I.W.D) next week, from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 September 2017.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Akesa Rimoni Uesi.

A celebration of life

The life of a hardworking mother was celebrated at the T.A.T.T.E Building at Sogi last Saturday.

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START OF A NEW JOURNEY: Some of the new title holders. They are ready to serve their family in their new calling as high chiefs.

Heirs of Malietoa Moli bestowed titles at Sapapali’i

The Maota o Poutoā at Sapapali’i, Savai’i, was a place of great celebration last Saturday. It was where seventy-two family members of the family of Malietoa Moli were bestowed with three different chiefly titles.

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FAMILY SUPPORT: Alovao Mafua (left) with some of his relatives outside M&S Restaurant yesterday.

Local businessman expands operations

A young businessman is expanding his horizons with the opening of his newest venture at Mulifanua yesterday.

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THE GIRLS: St Mary's class of 1970 sisterhood re-unite in the spirit of

St. Mary’s Alumni reunion strengthens sisterhood

The St. Mary’s Class of 1970's reunion ended on Monday night with a ceremony at the Samoa Cultural Centre. 

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I called the wholesale up to clean their rubbish or I would call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E) and they said okay.

A great example: When no one else listens, you do it yourself!

A CONCERNED MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC AT VAITELE WRITES: I remember a lady across the road wrote a letter to the editor early this year about this Chinese Wholesale and their rubbish but nothing happened.

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THIS IS NOT ON: Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Justice warns of “stranger danger”

A Supreme Court Justice has called on the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture to encourage the education of students and parents alike about what she calls “stranger danger.”

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AMERICAN SAMOA A.G.: Talauega Eleasalo Ale.

American Samoa A.G. responds

The influx of illegal immigrants entering American Samoa with drugs and contrabands is the reason behind the stringent revision on entry permit waiver for certain countries, requiring an “OK to board” to enter the U.S. Territory. 

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IT'S SAFE: Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell.

Minister issues safety assurance

The Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell, has assured members of the public that the Accident Compensation Corporation (A.C.C) building is safe.

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COACH: Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua.

Man on a mission

Manu Samoa’s new coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, knows the odds are against him but the term “mission impossible” is not part of his vocabulary. That’s his attitude to his new role and the man who coached Samoa to one of her most famous rugby victories over Australia would need it. 

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THE DRILL: Villagers and officials involved in yesterday’s tsunami drill at Fasito’o-uta. Photo / Misiona Simo

Villagers prepared for natural disasters

In case of a natural disaster, especially a tsunami, residents of Fasito’o-uta would be well versed with what to do. That is the objective of a drill hosted by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (A.D.R.A.) The tsunami drill took place at the Matailiili residence yesterday.

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Jobs are scarce but Iosefa is happy he can provide for his family.

Being together with family the only thing that matters

The sun is high and at its hottest as young 18-year-old Iosefo makes the long walk back home to his family home in Taga Savaii. He takes a few minutes rest under the shade of the tree to talk with the Village Voice about his day.

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WATER STRUGGLES: Tupu Ioasa from Leulumoega.

Everything is good but we need water

Access to water continues to be an issue for several people in Samoa. Tupu Ioasa of Leulumoega knows this.

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NEED HELP WITH WATER: Utu Fa’aifo from Faleasi’u-uta.

Mother could do with water tank

Utu Fa’aifo, of Faleasi’u-uta, could do with some help. Speaking to the Village Voice team yesterday, the 49-year-old said a water tank would make a huge difference for her family.

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Ferina Tofā is passionate about fōfō and plans to one day have a business license.

Why the fōfō is so useful to the wellbeing of our people

Although jobs are practically non-existent in Auala and you would be lucky to have even just one member of your family working, Ferina Tofa is still smiling and optimistic about her future. 

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                             STOP THE POPS: S.P.R.E.P Planning and Capacity Adviser, Jope Davetanivalu, with Taefu Lemi, Associate Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Associate Minister drives clean air, land and sea campaign

Clean air, land and sea for healthy people is the focus of the new “Stop the POPs” Pacific campaign led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P), revealed this week at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forum on the Environment in Bangkok.

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Rotary District Governor Malini Raghwan cuts the ribbon to officially open the playground.

Rotary brings smiles as Moata’a Community Playground opens

Rotary President, Louise Main, and representatives from the Rotary Club of Apia gathered with members from the Moata’a Village’s Women’s Committee and Moata’a Village Matai to officially open the recently completed Moata’a Community Playground.

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Think a Minute

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Think a minute…Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does that kind, honest person who does the right thing get fired from his job? And why does that evil crook become rich and get away with lying and cheating?


New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

Between the Lines


NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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