Centenary of Nursing in Samoa celebrated

At Beach Road yesterday morning, the Police Band led a parade of some 400 registered nurses as well as students studying at the Faculty of Health Science. The occasion was to commemorate 100 years of service of the Samoa Nurses Association Incorporated.

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World not turning for those with no money

Money, it is said, is what makes the world go round. But how about those who do not have money? Here is Sefo Sifo who could testify to the struggle of his world not turning because of the lack of money.

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Fa’aoloaga’s house at Faleasi’u Uta.

Family need a proper shelter

Home defines a person and it gives a sense of belonging. To call your place a home is to have proper shelter where you can enjoy every moment of your time with your family members. 

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TEACH OUR YOUTH: Isa’ako Isa’ako.

Behaviour of the young, concerning

Forty-three-year old father, Isa’ako Isa’ako is worried about the behaviour of the young people today. Isa’ako was spotted by the Village Voice team  while he was on his way home yesterday afternoon.

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LIFE ISN’T EASY: Ana Vaiolo during an interview with the Village Voice team yesterday

Mother pleads for help

Crying isn’t a sign of weakness but a sign of having tried hard to be strong and having the courage to carry on. That’s how a mother of three from Lealali’i, Ana Vaiolo, expressed her feelings when approached by the Village Voice team yesterday.

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ROMANTIC DESTINATION: Angela and Hayden Buckley.

No better place than Samoa

What better place to spend your honeymoon than on the beautiful sandy beaches of Samoa? Here are Mr. and Mrs. Buckley, the newly-wed couple from New Zealand.

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SAMOA IS HOME: Arno Gurau and Karin Reynolds.

Son returns home

There’s a saying that a bird may wander everywhere but it will always make its way back to its nest. It’s the same thing for Arno Gurau.

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GRATEFUL FOR SAMOAN HOSPITALITY: Angela Mcintosh and Carol Dowsey.

Prepare for an Aussie invasion

It is the beautiful, bright colours that make up the personalities of the Samoan people and Angela Mcintosh and Carol Dowsey say these colours also portray the hearts of Samoans. They have only been here for two days but they are just amazed by the brightness

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EXPORT DEVELOPMENT: Participants of the S.A.M.E session on enhancing private sector export competitiveness.

Mailelani looking to export to Europe

Mailelani, which makes natural beauty products, exists to make Samoa, a dot on the world map, a place known in international markets.

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Saisamoa and  the Chee Family.

High achiever reaches ultimate goal

It is said, “Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than words”. And why you may ask? Let Saisamoa F. Grey Price tell you her story.

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GOOD SAMARITAN REACHES OUT: Lealali family from Satui were gifted with groceries by an anonymous donor

Story of poverty touches reader

A Good Samaritan who wishes not to be named, has stepped up and donated food items and groceries worth $500 for Tala Lealali and her family. Tala Lealali was featured in yesterday’s Village Voice story  titled, ‘The Struggle of Poverty’.

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Ulafala Seufale, the author of Tusi Faalupega.

Launch of book of honorifics

A culturally important book of honorifics titled, ‘Tusi Faalupega’, was launched at the Samoa Tourism Authority fale yesterday. The author, Ulafale Seupule, from the village of Sapunaoa, Falealili, said the compilation of the book has taken seven years.

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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi

Criminal charges to be laid in passport scam

The Samoa Government will file criminal charges against one individual as a result of the criminal investigation into allegations for the issuing of false passports. And an employee at the Immigration Division has been issued a notice of termination of service.

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Malagamali’i Kolia.

Our environment mirrors us

Sixty-nine-year-old father, Malagamali’i Kolia from Satuimalufilufi, admits there is a major issue that is shared across Samoa.

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Ti’afau Tau.

Asking for a pay rise

It’s not collecting food that’s hard; it is looking for money. And in Samoa today, almost everyone deals with money. These were the sentiments of Ti’afau Tau, 47, from the village of Faleula, who works at the Ministry of Agriculture in Nu’u.

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Meafou Mariota.

Children model their parents’ actions

Meet Meafou Mariota from Pata, Falelatai. Meafou is a mother of four and she believes hard work is the real essence of great things. And to spread that belief to ensure that when her children grow up, they will not take the wrong path in life, she is setting a good example for them.

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WE NEED HELP: Tala Lealali with her father and daughter at home yesterday

The struggle of poverty

For those people still unconvinced, poverty really does exist in Samoa. Take Tala Lealali, 43 years of age from the village of Lano, who is currently residing in Satui. 

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DAME MEG: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretary General and FORUM CHAIR: P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoaoi.

Forum calls for submissions to improve business opportunities

The Pacific Islands Forum is committed to a regional policy agenda that is inclusive, transparent, and owned by its constituents. Earlier this month the Forum Chair and Prime Minster of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoaoi, launched the Forum’s Regional Policy Consultations and called on the “people, communities, and organisations of the region to come forward and share their insights and ideas”.

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ADDRESSING INCREASED TRANSNATIONAL CRIME: Key figures in the regional workshop held this week.

Regional workshop tackles increased crime

Tackling the increasing transnational crime around the Pacific region was at the forefront of a three-day workshop hosted this week by the Ministry of Police. 

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U.T.O.S. Total assets have reached $128 million compared with $122 million in the previous financial year.

P.M. urges increased investment in U.T.O.S.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Unitholders of the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) was held at the Samoa Conference Centre at Sogi on Monday morning.

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Think a Minute

Mothers and sons

Think a minute…Thomas Edison is one of history’s greatest inventors with more than 1,000 inventions and patents to his name. It is interesting that he gives much of the credit to his mother.


FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

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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