Service to parents is the greatest blessing: Moe Iafeta.

Fisherman does his best for his grandmother

One of the greatest blessings in life is to serve our parents. This is the belief of a young fisherman, Moe Iafeta, 23, from the village of Tufulele. Mr. Iafeta said the only reason he went out fishing was because of his grandmother.

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Developments reason for expensive cost of living: Ilalio Vaifale.

Cost of living and changes in Samoa

Just like the sides of a coin, there is always a good and bad side of life. And with the considerable changes in Samoa today, evading the negative impacts are inevitable. This is the belief of a 40-year-old father, Ilalio Vaifale, from the village of Leauva’a Uta.

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COMPARED TO MANY OTHERS IN SAMOA, I FEEL BLESSED: Felu Filiva’a, 26, from the village of Aele

Young man grateful to government for work

There will always be someone worse off than you. That is the philosophy that drives Felu Filiva’a from the village of Aele. Speaking to the Village Voice team yesterday, the 26-year-old explained how blessed he is to be working under a government ministry.

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LAZINESS LEADS YOU NOWHERE: Sione Iosefa, 40, from the village of Satupa’itea

There’s always a way out

Sione Iosefa from the village of Satupa’itea believes everyone has two options when it comes to struggles. You either sit around complaining which leads nowhere or you get up and work to improve your situation.

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Melvinas with her children including Apiliato Tulifao.

Proud moment for Apiliato’s family

Apiliato Tulifao has made his parents very proud. He was named the top student for the Year 7 level of Fagali’i Primary School. The 12-year-old dedicated his achievement to his parents for all that they have done for him.

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SKY IS THE LIMIT: Bluesky Samoa during one of their performances.

Choirs ring in Christmas message

The standard of performance has improved immensely at the 13 Days of Christmas programme held at the Congregational Christian Church at Vaitele-Uta.

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Business Systems takes 40th birthday celebration to Savai’i

Business Systems Limited (B.S.L.) continued the celebration of its 40th birthday in Savai’i last week. Owner Meilan Meredith, her staff and the company’s supporters all share the belief that what is good for Upolu is also great for the big island.

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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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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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