From farm boy to Avele’s Dux

Don’t try to just to make a living. aspire instead to make a difference. That’s the mantra which led Tuanofoaga Fa’avae to become the 2017 Dux of Avele College yesterday. The young boy saw the struggles that his family was going through which gave him the strength to keep on going even when times got tough.

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Fiu Mataese Elisara.

Advocate insists customary land under threat

The President of Ole Siosiomaga Society Inc. and customary land advocate, Fiu Mataese Elisara, is adamant. Contrary to assurances from the government, he warns that customary lands are not safe under the Lands and Titles Registration Act (L.T.R.A.) 2008.

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Parents a priority for Tala

Parents come first for Tala Tufuga, 31, of Aleisa. The Village Voice caught up with him at Falelauniu yesterday. “I’m on my way to see my parents and do some chores while I’m off from work today,” he said.

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WORK THE LAND: Taulamago Simone.

Solution to the cost of living

If life is tough, you have to be tougher. And for people who don’t have formal jobs, that means doing more with fertile land that is available in Samoa.

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Govt. criticised over poor condition of roads

Fifty- nine Pasi Lualua, of Tuanai, is a concerned villager. He is unhappy about poor state of their road and with the heavy rain continuing, he said it is unlikely to get better in a hurry.

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Farmer welcomes rain, fears cyclone season

Not many people like the wet season. But if you are a farmer like Sa Lauese, you will be rejoicing. “We had a long drought with no rain but this is really good,” he said yesterday.

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WITH APOLIMA IN MIND: Long Bay 10km swimmers in the Apolima Strait qualifier at Long Bay, Auckland on Saturday.

Apolima Strait qualifier at Long Bay

Three New Zealanders qualified for Apolima Strait 2018 at the Long Bay 10km swim on Saturday morning. One of the qualifiers is former Manu Samoa and H.P.U. rugby trainer Dave Edgar. 

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Maota Fono

Climate resilient Maota Fono in the making

As the construction of the new Maota Fono at Mulinu’u takes shape, there are many features that have been incorporated into the design to protect it from the environment. The location of the project was the first consideration. 

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Thanksgiving church service held in Salua Manono-Tai combining E.F.K.S., Methodist and Catholic churches to commemorate human rights day 2017.

Samoa marks Human Rights Day

The Human Rights Day 2017 theme “Faataua le isi ou uso a tagata” echoed across Manono-tai on Sunday.

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, Peace Corps Country Director Dr. Sherry Russell, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel, Peace Corps Training Manager Annetha Andersen, and M.E.S.C. C.E.O. Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuatai.

New Peace Corps ready to serve

Sixteen new United States Peace Corps Volunteers are in the country and took their oath last Friday to serve Samoa with honesty. It was the final step before moving into villages to begin their two-year assignments.  

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AT THE LAUNCH: Members of the community at the launch. Photos: Supplied.

Safe Haven launched at Falefa

A Safe Haven project in the village of Falefa has been officially launched. The project was funded through the Civil Society Support Programme (C.S.S.P.) under the Adaptation Fund Project currently being implemented by C.S.S.P., M.N.R.E. and U.N.D.P.

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RUGBY MATTERS: Ramsey Tomokino (left) with Lupesoliai Joseph Parker, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia and Jerome Kaino during the launch of Global 10s tournament.

Eligibility rule change ‘almost impossible’

A Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) official says the eligibility rule for World Rugby is going to be hard to change. 

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SHAKE ON IT: American Samoa A.G., Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Toleafoa Douglas Creevey of Bluesky.

Bluesky presents $4.1m to American Samoa govt.

The American Samoa government has received a US$1.6 million (T$4.1 million) from the Bluesky Pacific group of Companies through its first annual cash dividend. 

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NEW GROUP: Officials and the new participants of the Mediation Training at Orator Hotel.

New Mediators undergo training

The 4th Mediation Training was officially opened by the Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainu’u.  

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MAKE A WISH: Savali Fanene enjoys the celebration of her 70th birthday.

Happy 70th birthday, Sāvali!

The life of a hardworking mother was celebrated at Leloto, Leauva’a-uta last Saturday. The occasion was Sāvali Sagato Fanene’s 70th birthday.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Chloe Pereira with her parents and her proud family.

Power of positive words

Positive and encouraging words spoken over children have the power to transform their fortunes.

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FAMILY MOMENT: Mareta Malifa, Dux of Apia Primary School, with her proud family.

Apia Primary’s top student wants to become an Astronomer

A bright young girl whose goal is to become an Astronomer in the future has made her parents very proud. Mareta A’aone Malifa, 13, from Tanugamanono and Afega topped Apia Primary School.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Uncle jailed 13 years for raping sister’s kids

An uncle who has been convicted of sexual offenses against his sister’s children – including rape - has been jailed for 13 years. The sentence was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren, yesterday afternoon. 

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Aiono Dr. Alec Ekeroma.

New development in Medical Sector

A private specialist facility in Moto’otua is due to open its doors in the New Year under the patronage of New Zealand-based Aiono Dr. Alec Ekeroma. The Health Specialist Centre (H.S.C) on Salenesa Rd. is a social enterprise based on a unique model that has been developed by the doctor to provide not only health benefits for the people of Samoa but with room to grow the potential of medical tourism in this country.

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Controller and Auditor General Fuimaono Taimalelagi explains

The Controller and Auditor General, Fuimaono Mata’afa Papali’i C.G Afele Taimalelagi, has responded to questions raised by the Samoa Observer about his role and that of his office, Audit Office, in relation to audited reports. 

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Think a Minute

Determination dies hard

Think a minute…This is the true story of a young lady who told all of her friends she was going to be an actress. At the young age of 16 she went off to drama school in New York City. Unfortunately after only a short time the school sent a letter to her mother saying, “Please take your daughter home.


Where is our dignity?

When I read poetry, in my solitude, I often think of my love for my country and yours too. I think of the beauty of it, and how the essence of it all is a sweet caress on a troubled mankind’s forehead.

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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