Sam Tau from the village of Leauva’a.

Sam knows truth about life

Nothing comes easy in life. Sam Tau, of Leauva’a, knows this is true. A 33-year-old farmer, Sam was spotted yesterday on his way to do some shopping for Sunday’s to’onai. 

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CULTURE ORIENTED MAN: A’ana Pio Tuimaseve from Itu-o-Tane Samalaeulu Savaii and Lotoso’a Saleimoa.

How to work towards a better Samoa

If we want a better Samoa, it’s up to us to make it happen. And A’ana Pio Tuimaseve believes everything counts and everyone has a role to play.

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SPECIAL SMILES: Special Olympics Samoa in cooperation with their Healthy Communities action on a great initiative to carry out a programme for the intellectual disable to have comprehensive oral health care assistance and information.

Bringing out those “special smiles”

Special Olympics Samoa began their Prevention Programme against Tooth Decay for Dental Health last week. They started at Aoga Fiamalamalama with assistance from the National Health Services Dental team. 

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CO-OWNER OF RIMANI SAMOA IS PASSIONATE ABOUT ELEI: Laureen Lees-Vaai with some of her new designs.

Rimani Samoa a journey for hardworking businesswoman

Samoa’s distinctive elei is something the passionate co-owner of Rimani Samoa, Laureen Lees-Vaai, cares deeply about. Established in 2007, Laureen shares the business load with her husband, Saleimoa Vaai, who is an international Pilot. 

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SAY NO TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in New York.

Samoa signs nuclear ban treaty

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has endorsed the “Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons”. Tuilaepa signed the treaty in New York where is for 72nd United Nations General Assembly meeting.

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Thief ransacks restaurant

The Owner of Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar at Maluafou, Manwell Kurene Endemann, is appealing to the public for help to find equipment stolen from his business ransacked by a thief of thieves yesterday morning.

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COMMONWEALTH COST: The hosting of the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015 cost more than $2million.

Govt. forks out $11.49m for ‘unforeseen expenditures’

A total of $11.49 million was spent on “unforeseen expenditures” for the financial year ended 30 June 2016. This was revealed by the Public Accounts of the financial year for 2015-2016 compiled by the Ministry of Finance. 

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SAMOA OBSERVER CHIEF REPORTER: Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu.

Samoa Observer Chief Reporter awarded first indigenous Internews climate fellowship for COP23

The Samoa Observer’s Chief Reporter, Joyetter Feagaimaali’i Luamanu, has been awarded the first Indigenous Climate Change Media Partnership (C.C.M.P.) Fellowship by Internews.

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Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford, Minister Afamasaga Rico Tupa'i, Asenati Tupa'i, Their Highnesses Fa’amausili Leinafo and Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II and China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefang.

China celebrates anniversary in Samoa

Samoa joined the Peoples Republic of China to celebrate the 68th anniversary of its founding on Friday night. The celebration was held at the Chinese Embassy, Vailima.

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Leulua’iali’i Olinda Woodroffe, Justice Fisher and Justice Mata Tuatagaloa.

Court dismisses lawyer’s appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld a Supreme Court decision in a lawsuit brought by prominent lawyer, Leuluaiali’i Olinda Woodroffe, against Justice Robert Lloyd Fisher.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi speaks in New York.

P.M. Tuilaepa addresses world leaders in New York

Samoa warmly welcomes your assumption of the Presidency of the 72nd session of our General Assembly, at a time when our organization is going through unprecedented volatile and difficult times. 

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NO NEED TO PANIC:  Acting Prime Minister Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Acting P.M. invokes divine weapons

The Acting Prime Minister, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, has appealed for calm and called on the nation to pray in light of a threat from North Korea to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific region.

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SAMOA'S CON ARTIST: Fata Fereti Fiti.

‘Professional’ con artist

Samoa has a “professional” con artist. Fata Fereti Fiti, of Mulifanua, has been given the title by District Court Judge, Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii, following a string of incidents where he conned different members of the community.

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S.P.R.E.P’s Pollution Adviser, Anthony Talouli. Photo: S.P.R.E.P.

S.P.R.E.P. recognised as regional node for marine litter prevention

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P) has been recognised as the Pacific regional node for the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (G.P.M.L).

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Vaasili Piula of Lotopa.

Villager critical of increases

Forty-eight year old Vaasili Piula of Lotopa is urging the government to reassess the increase of fees with things such as passport, prizes of goods in shops as well as many other things.

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Brotherly love at Vailele

It was a hot day. But Toetu Sefo did not mind. The 38-year-old was selling strings of fish on the side of the road at Vailele.

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WORKING HARD: Tulua Samasoni and her daughter Senia Maiava of Vailele-uta.

Hard working mother shows the way

Meet Tulua Samasoni and her daughter Senia Maiava of Vailele-uta. They were walking on the Fagalii road delivering peanuts when the Village Voice met up with them. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: The prize winners in the Samoa Observer Schools Short Story competition.  Photo / Misiona Simo

Young writers awarded in Samoa Observer Short Story competition

The winners of the Samoa Observer Schools Short story competition were presented with their prizes on Thursday at S.S.A.B’s Conference room.

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Moira Falevaai, Luarrell Craig Silagan and Lily-Ann Papalii Eteuati.

Pesega ends term with Culture Day

“Oute mitamita i lo’u faasinomaga o le Samoa Moni.”  That was the theme of L.D.S Church College’s Culture day held on Thursday, which was a splendid way to bring term 3 to an end for students and teachers.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Max and Karen Orley at the Samoa Tourism Information Centre in Apia.

Couple share thoughts about Samoa, bus experience most memorable

Max and Karen Orley were on a mission. They were heading to the Information Centre in Apia to find what is there there to see in Upolu having just discovered that their accommodation was a little further out than they intended to be. 

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Think a Minute

Talking to the dead

Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I.


Make a life so beautiful…

Have you watched closely the hand of a child holding your hand?

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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