Singing in the Christmas spirit

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. At the Vaitele-uta E.F.K.S. compound, there is definitely no mistaking the season with the start of the popular 13 Days of Christmas television programme.

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Koama Seve: Budgeting after paying loans is a fortnightly worry.

$90 a fortnight for family of eight

Receiving $90 fortnightly to support six children is a struggle. That’s the reality for Koama Seve, 40, from the village of Alamagoto. Mrs. Seve said the cost of living in Samoa was expensive and life was really hard too.

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SO MUCH TO DO AND NO TIME TO WASTE: Dickelium Scout Malaki from the village of Fasito’o-Uta.

Picking up life skills away from the classroom

With many students now on school holiday, they have a lot more free time to spend. Some will find themselves relaxing at home, others socializing in town, but not Dickelium Scout Malaki from the village of Fasito’o-uta.

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WORKING TOGETHER: Volunteers with members of the public who helped with the activity. Photo / UNDP/Gerard Anapu.

Volunteers keeping Samoa clean

On the week that the world celebrated International Volunteer Day (I.V.D), United Nations Volunteers (U.N.Vs), volunteers from S.P.R.E.P, U.S. Peace Corps and United Nations (UN) staff “acted first” through a rubbish collecting activity sponsored by U.N.V. 

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THE SAMOAN DELEGATION: Minister Papali’i Niko Lee Hang with the delegation from Samoa and the team from the I.M.O. during the meeting in London.

Minister highlights importance of maritime partnerships

The  Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has acknowledged the work of the International Maritime Organisation (I.M.O.) in developing the Pacific Maritime Industry through Secretariat of the Pacific Community (S.P.C).

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CONGRATULATIONS: Some of the graduates at the Martin Hautus Institute of Learning’s prize giving last week.

Qualifications, jobs matter for Martin Hautus graduates

Students at Martin Hautus Institute of Learning Samoa (M.H.I.L.S.) celebrated sweet success with their families and friends last week. Twenty seven students were awarded with Samoa Certificates in Tourism Level Two.

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STAYING FOCUSSED: Tanugamanono Primary School Dux, Saipani wants to become a pastor after completing his education.

Tanugamanono’s top student wants to become a Pastor

Saipani Eti is the Dux of Tanugamanono Primary School this year. The award was announced during the school’s prize giving on Monday.

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VAIVASE PRIMARY SCHOOL DUX: Maria Ioane with her proud family.

Proud moment for Maria at Vaivase

Maria Ioane shed tears of joy and happiness when she was announced the 2017 Dux of Vaivase Primary School.

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WORK ETHICS AND SOFT SKILLS: Some of the participants at the training.

Chamber helps job seekers

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and the International Labour Organization, delivered a training on Work Ethics and Soft Skills two weeks ago for former Yazaki staff members.

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Lineta Tamanikaiyaroi: Director of the Oloamanu Centre.

Oloamanu to tackle youth unemployment

The Oloamanu Centre will introduce a vocational programme next year to help address the increasing number of youth unemployment.

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SAMOAN HEROES: The Principal of Lepa Secondary School receiving copies of ‘Samoan Heroes’ from Rotarian, Pam Keil. Photo: supplied, Rotary Club of Apia.

N.Z. High Commission and Rotary support Samoa Observer Tusitala Story competition

New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa and Rotarian, David Nicholson, will present the Samoan-based finalists of the Samoa Observer’s 2018 Tusitala Short Story Competition with copies of a new publication — Samoan Heroes —  at the competition’s prize giving, tonight.

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CELEBRATION TIME: Graduands of the Certificate in Adult Teaching.

Twenty seven graduate at Oloamanu

Twenty-seven have graduated with Certificates of Attainment from the Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education. 

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Supreme Court Justice.

Father jailed for sex acts against young relatives

A 50-year-old man who sexually abused his sister’s grandchildren has been jailed for six years.

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A BRAND NEW START: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is flanked by officials at the ceremony in Vaitele yesterday.

Dawn of a new era at Vaitele

The Samoa National Provident Fund facilities, where Yazaki Samoa had spent 25 years in, is under new leadership.

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Hard work pays off for Vensel Margraff

Vensel Julian Rapi Margraff has done it. The former Head Boy of Robert Louis Stevenson School was announced the Dux of the National University of Samoa Foundation Year out of the 500 graduates at yesterday’s prize giving.

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According to the Police report, the defendant had allegedly raped the victim three times between August 2014 and November 2014.

Dead man found floating in tank

The Police are investigating the death of a 38-year-old male who was found floating unconscious in one of the water tanks inside the Alaoa Power Plant at Vailima. The death was confirmed by Police spokesperson, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo. 

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Miss Samoa and first runner up of the 2017 Miss Pacific Islands, Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo, visited the Samoa Observer headquarters at Vaitele yesterday.

Miss Samoa says thank you

THANK YOU: Miss Samoa and first runner up of the 2017 Miss Pacific Islands, Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo, visited the Samoa Observer headquarters at Vaitele yesterday.

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Vaimauga College Dux: Hiroko Mose with her mother Tauaina Mose Eetau.

Girl from Savai’i tops Vaimauga

Seventeen-year-old Hiroko Mose of Aopo, Savaii, is Vaimauga College’s 2017 Dux. She is the fifth child of Tupa’i Mose and Tauaina Eetau’s eight children. Besides being the Dux of Vaimauga, she also scooped the top Commerce student, top in Samoan studies awards and second place in the J.I.C.A. Mathematics test.

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Lauone Amosa.

Fisherman father sees hope in education and not giving up

Nothing in life comes easy. Lauone Amosa, 40, a father of two from the village of Faleu Manono, believes that. Village Voice team met Mr. Amosa after the Aana College prize giving ceremony yesterday afternoon.

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SUPPORT OUR LOCAL PEOPLE: Filisi Sa’u from the village of Apolima

Man prefers locally-owned over foreign-owned stores

With more and more foreign-owned stores opening up in the country, there have been mixed opinions on whether this is good for the people or not. It’s an issue Filisi Sa’u, 27, from the village of Apolima is aware of.

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Think a Minute

The loneliest number (Part 1)

Think a minute…In June, 2009 people all over the world were in shock and grief over the sudden death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Yet even though Michael was loved by hundreds of millions of people, his lawyer said: “Michael Jackson was the loneliest person I’ve ever known.”


Sustaining economic growth and the future

For the best part of the last three decades this facility has contributed greatly to the economy of Samoa and its G.D.P.

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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