WELL DONE: Staff members of Vaimea Primary School.

Vaimea honours teachers

Teachers routinely work beyond contractual obligations. Acknowledging this effort with a prize giving can have a replenishing effect on them in the long run.

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LOOKING BACK AT A SUCCESSFUL 2017: The Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association.

Bringing the paddles back to Samoa

It has been a successful year for the Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association (S.O.C.A.), with the sport taking great strides in 2017.

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U.N.D.P. G.E.F-S.G.P Sub Regional Coordinator, Lilomaiava Taumalaulu Filifilia Iosefa with members of the Magiagi Taumafai Sosaiete.

Financial support for villages

The United Nations Development Programme Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (U.N.D.P. GE.F-S.G.P) continues to support efforts to improve knowledge and technical expertise in sustainable agricultural practice, including organic farming and gardening, as well as the preservation and protection of spring water resources in Samoa.

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Founder of Koko Loa Tagaloa Eddie Wilson and wife Tiumalu Carol Wilson presents.

Koko Loa launches new look and product

Heaven sent with Alofa from Samoa is the Koko Loa promise with their newly-launched product of an assorted gift pack of chocolates. This pack was on display at their official press conference in the Wilex premises in Lelata.

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Agnes Chan, Andrew Chan, Maria Matilda Leota and her mother Maria Kalameli Leota.

Aroma of love in the air as Maria and Andrew unite

The aroma of love filled the Immaculate Conception Cathedral at Mulivai on Saturday when lovebirds, Maria Alosia Matilda Leota and Andrew Chan exchanged vows in front of God, families and friends. 

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Bachelor of Science joy for Eteuati

CONGRATULATIONS: A proud family after all their hard work pays off.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi reminds firefighters the need to use

Use common sense and get fit. P.M. tells firefighters

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has encouraged firefighters to use “common sense” in their line of duty. His comments were made at the Promotion ceremony of 15 firefighters who took another step forward in their career with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A.) last week. 

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Family joy in daughter’s graduation

PROUD FAMILY MOMENT: The family of Associate Minister, Lenatai Victor Tamapua, has one more reason to rejoice during this festive season.

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Auapaau Logoitino Filipo - Police Spokesperson.

Police call on public to think safety this week

The Ministry of Police want everyone to have a safe week as the nation prepares for Christmas next Monday. As such, they are advising the public to stay safe and make sure family members and loved ones are protected.

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RUTHLESS WITH HIS SON: Afereti Talato Mapusua.

Sad family tragedy

A heavily drunk man who struck his 15-year-old son on the neck with a machete, killing him instantly, has been jailed for 15 years after he was convicted of manslaughter. But it could have been his mother who would have copped the treatment. 

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Ambassadors of Samoa, peacekeepers

The Samoa Police Service executive has bid farewell to six of its police officers who will be leaving for Sudan as part of a UN deployment mission for a period of 12 months.

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TEAM SAMOA:The Weightlifting Team scooped up 13 Gold Medals, 8 Silvers and 5 Bronze from the Mini Games 2017. Seen here with  with SASNOC President and coach Tuaopepe.

Weightlifting success in Vanuatu

With 13 gold medals, eight silvers and five bronze, President and Coach of Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Asiata Wallwork, is proud of his team’s performance at the Vanuatu Mini Games 2017.

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Foma’i Matale, 61, from the village of Satuiatua, Savaii.

Problem: Youths glued to their phones

With technology moving at such a fast pace and the attention of many young people focused on their devices, it leaves less room to realize what is important around them, their family. That is according to Foma’i Matale from the village of Satuiatua, Savaii, who expressed his concern to the Village Voice team yesterday.

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Samoa’s winner, Jenny Bennett.

Short Story winner pays tribute to Chief Editor

I am a writer.

That’s a belief, short story author, Jenny Bennett, winner of the 2017 Samoan category for the Samoa Observer Tusitala Story Competition, struggled in silence to affirm in herself as she battled with depression and low self- esteem during her teenage years.

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Uisese Pili, 25, from the village of Saina.

Money needed for family and future plans

There is no other way to cope with the expensive cost of living than to get a job to support your family. This is the belief of a young man Uisese Pili 25 years of age from the village of Saina and Tuana’i. 

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Silafau Professor Sina Va’ai.

Stories hit the head as well as the heart

Talofa and Pacific greetings to you all. 

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Pupumai Vaipapa, 57, from the village of Samata-uta.

Work hard to tackle life’s struggles

The basic strategy to tackle life’s struggles is to work hard and not complain. This is the belief of Pupumai Vaipapa, a 57-year-old father of six from the village of Samata-uta on the big island of Savai’i. 

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Faiesea Alesana, 51, from the village of Leauva’a-Uta.

High cost of living, a reality faced by all

When faced with such a high cost of living, having a few people with formal employment within a household will only take you so far. That is according to Faiesea Alesana from the village of Leauvaa-Uta.

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EPC Water energy projects

Water energy projects near completion

The Samoa Government, through the Electric Power Cooperation (E.P.C.), will soon launch some of its renewable energy projects. 

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Misiluki Spa Skincare Club launched

They say that aging is a fact of life, but looking your age isn’t. What many fear as they get older are those much-dreaded wrinkles, but what if you were told that your “young at heart” attitude can also be advertised through your skin by simply taking care of it?

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Think a Minute

A better way

Think a minute…You know that all of the world’s progress has come from people who just weren’t satisfied to let well enough alone. Sir Francis Bacon said: “Acorns and nuts were good, until someone invented bread.”


Why are you unemployed?

If you are unemployed, blame yourself. Nobody else. Almost. Let me explain. People say I need a job. Doesn’t anybody? Unfortunately, those who proclaim that way, and I don’t blame them, do not know, with all certainty, what kind of a job they want.

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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