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Chief Justice Patu Falefatu Sapolu.

C.J. cites media for adverse reporting

Chief Justice Patu Falefatu Sapolu has taken issue with what he said are adverse media reports regarding the court granting legal aid to criminal offenders. 

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Collecting beach stones, Tupu Su’a of Luatuanu’u and Matatufu.

If you have the heart to work, do it

No matter how old you become, if you have the heart to work, you can still do it. That’s according to Tupu Su’a of Luatuanuu and Matatufu.

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 Above, Fereti Tavina of Leusoali’i and below, harvesting in his tilapia pond.

Peace, prosperity in this family

It is the responsibility of a father to maintain peace and harmony in the family. This is what Fereti Tavina of Leusoali’i said to the Village Voice yesterday.

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Francis Ah-Ken is from the village of Fagalii.

Francis talks of family

Meet Francis Ah-Ken of Fagalii. A 20 year old who is doing his best to take care of his family.

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On Friday afternoon, the last ferry from Savaii brought over donations of food and other supplies from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Tapueleele Welfare Stake.

Savaii L.D.S. donates for children’s welfare

God continues to provide for us each day through the outpouring of love and support from the community,” says Siliniu Lina Chang, the president of the Samoa Victims Support Group (S.V.S.G.).

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Leading by example

A 38-year old father Ioane Tolu from Ti’avea says that exercise at home by doing chores really helps. Village Voice caught up with Ioane when he was on his way home from his plantation.

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Polynesian Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Tupuivao Alvin Tuala, said the drill was extremely important.

Polynesian Airlines conducts emergency drill

Polynesian Airlines conducted its Emergency Response Drill for Fagali’i Airport on Tuesday morning.

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PROUD MOTHER AND SONS: Zach, Donna and Zabian Fonoti.

Locals score N.Z. govt. internships

Scholarship students from Samoa were heavily represented on the list of 24 scholars from New Zealand University students, chosen to participate in the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) Summer Internship Initiative for 2017-2018. 

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THE ACCUSED: Catalin Razvan Veverita.

Court awaits Romanian’s plea

The Attorney General’s office has yet to finalise the criminal charges against the 33 year old Romanian, alleged to have stolen money from an A.T.M. of a local bank.

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Bank of South Pacific Limited Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Robin Fleming.

B.S.P. growth due to staff

The Bank of South Pacific Limited branch in Samoa has been most successful in growing its market share but they are not resting on their laurels. This is according to Bank of South Pacific Limited Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Robin Fleming. 

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Chief Executive Officer of Fiji Airways, Mr Andre Viljoen.

Fiji shares airlines success strategies

In the last 65 years, Fiji Airways has methodically climbed the right steps to building a successful and profitable airline. And they are now ready and more than willing to help their Pacific neighbour reach the same heights. 

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BAIL DENIED: Scott Robert Barlow.

Barlow denied bail application

A man accused over a package intercepted by Customs Officers at the Fagali’i Airport, which contained methamphetamine, has had his bail application denied yesterday in Supreme Court. The decision over the application by defence counsel Arthur Lesā was delivered by Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu yesterday.

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Samoa Airways Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Tupuivao Alvin Tuala.

Aircraft lease talks continue

Samoa Airways Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Tupuivao Alvin Tuala has squashed rumours they are leasing an aircraft from Fiji Airways. “No we are leasing our own aircraft, we’re working with Fiji Airways for engine support, maintenance and other important aspects of the airline. 

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Watercress Farmer: Tagiloa Eteuati from Vaoala.

A proud watercress farmer

Farming, in whatever form or shape, is a moneymaker.

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IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE: Faapaia Vili of Fusi Safata with her grandchild.

Cost of living too expensive

The high cost of living is something no one can escape. So it is only fair people make do with what they have.

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WE NEED TO START FROM FAMILIES: Rosa Mata’ia from Maninoa Siumu shares her opinion on domestic violence.

Solving family violence a nationwide priority

Domestic violence is not just a problem for men. Since some of the instigators are women, they too need help too.

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“PUT PEOPLE FIRST”: Asueru Asueru from Fagali’i.

Please have mercy and hear us out – Asueru

A resident of Fagali’i is calling members of Parliament to spend a day with them so they understand how the cost of living is having a detrimental impact on their daily struggles.

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A REGULAR VISITOR: Phillip Cook is here for business but is enjoying his short time in the warmth and the hospitality of the people of Samoa.

Hot weather and cold beer makes Samoa a winner

Phillip Cook of Auckland New Zealand is no stranger to Samoa. On the island for business, he has been travelling back and forth for years.

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I’M BRINGING BACK MY FAMILY: Blaire Newton enjoying the warm weather of Samoa.

First time visitor finds reason to return

Blaire Newton is from Auckland New Zealand. This is his first time in Samoa.

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REMINISCING AND CREATING CHERISED MOMENTS: Treasured family moments in the Big Island of Savaii.

Sang Yum family reunites in Samoa

“Blood is thicker than water.” This was the message at the opening of the Sang-Yum Family Reunion 2017 recently held at the St. Therese Retreat in Leauva’a.

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Think a Minute

Man of the house

Think a minute…Chris Spielman was a professional football player in the U.S. for 10 years. He was famous for his aggressive playing and tough tackling. But just before the 1998 professional football season, his wife discovered she had cancer.

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Remarks from the Commonwealth Broadband Pacific forum

The Chief Guest, Her Excellency Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Acting Prime Minister of Samoa; Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni; Hon. Ministers; Dr. Shola Taylor, Secretary General of CTO; Mr. Sione Veikoso, President of PITA; Excellencies and members of the diplomatic corps; Distinguished speakers; participants; ladies and gentlemen.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING FROM OTHERS Oh no! First we got a lesson in rugby success from the visiting Flying Fijians and now we have to swallow our pride and learn from their successful airline, Fiji Airways.

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