WATER IS OUR BASIC NEED: Anovale Aiono at her house at Fasito’o uta.

A water tank will do

Anovale Aiono of Fasito’o uta has a simple need Water. The 56-year-old mother told the Village Voice that living without water is one of the hardest things their family puts up with every single day. 

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HARD WORKING MOTHER: Sa Tevaga, 37, of Aleisa.

Sa Tevaga’s daily struggles

Sa Tevaga, a mother of two needs help. The family from Aleisa has not had water and electricity for eight years and she knows the struggle of living without these basic utilities. 

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SEEKING HELP FOR MY LEAKING WATER TANK: Ario Sanalilo from Faleasi’u uta.

Mother needs help to repair concrete water tank

A concrete water tank is all Ario Sanalilo has for a water supply. The problem is that it is leaking. 

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A WATER TANK WILL DO: Dee Vaa, 45 Faleasiu.

Farmer says basic utilities will boost productivity

Lack of water is a daily struggle. So says Dee Vaa, 45, of Faleasiu uta. The farmer says their family owns two plantations and that is their main source of income. 

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McDonald’s Fagatogo Restaurant staff members.

McDonald’s has big plans for Samoa

The McDonald’s Samoa in central downtown Apia is up for an expensive facelift.

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Lack of data highlighted

The lack of data collection by the National Health Services Laboratory was highlighted in the first H.I.V, A.I.D.S, Sexual Transmitted Infection and Tuberculosis Reference Manual launched by the Ministry of Health. 

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SHERATON MEETING: Samoa Chamber of Commerce C.E.O, Lemauga Hobart Vaai, Sheraton Samoa’s Director of Rooms, Mark Wendt and Samoa Chamber of Commerce President, Tuala Pat Leota.

Linking businesses with Sheraton Samoa

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel has become one of the more popular venues to host national and regional conferences in Samoa. On Monday, members of Samoa Chamber of Commerce were invited to see why. 

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THE NEWLYWED: Mr. and Mrs. Fualaau with their daughter Neriah.

A new beginning for Mr. and Mrs. Fuala’au

Love is a progression. For Leata Tauofaga and Alatise Fualaau, they have taken their love to another level by pledging to be lifetime partners last week. 

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Tonga-Samoa ties re-established

Competition is expected to heat up before the end of the month on the inter-island flight route between Fagalii and Vavau in Tonga.

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Samoa Airways to take off in November

The airline does not own any aircraft. Instead, Virgin Australia operates services on behalf of the joint-venture airline. However, one Boeing 737-800 has been painted in a special Virgin Samoa livery.

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Manu Samoa perform the Siva Tau.

More than 30 vie for Manu coaching job

Between 30 and 40 applicants have expressed interest in the vacant Manu Samoa coaching role following Namulauulu Alama Ieremia’s resignation. This was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, yesterday.

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MINISTER OF FINANCE: Sili Epa Tuioti and MINISTER REVENUE: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Tender process delays new prison project

The government’s plans to build a new prison at Tanugamalala has been delayed as the Tenders Board has demanded more information. This was confirmed by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, who is also the Chairman of the Tender’s Board. 

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ALL THE BEST: Jordon Milroy is ready to represent Samoa and overcome the high seas.

Jordon sets sights on Sailing challenge

After climbing the tallest towers around the world, Jordon Milroy is ready to take on the high seas as his next challenge. Jordon is a member of the Apia Yacht Club.

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P.M. hails Coin Save

A $600,000 Coin Save store was officially opened at what used to be the Vaitele produce market yesterday. And present to launch the venture was Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi who congratulated his fellow Falevao chief and Chinese businessman, Tuituioaiga Teeking Weng, for taking on the challenge.

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Sitting: Nefu WONG,Ms Manu, Nelisa Tapuai  Standing: Penina Lemamea Lemisio, Johanne Alesana, Victoria Tapati, Tauva Lefauaitu.

Congratulations, Faleata College!

Faleata College is celebrating a proud milestone this week. It follows the school’s sweet victory in TV3’s Year 10 Spelling Bee competition. The team of girls from Faleata overcame their much fancier opponents, Pesega College, in the final. 

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‘I am innocent’

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi, has resigned from his ministerial portfolios. But he is adamant that he is innocent. “I declare that only God knows the truth,” he said. “I claim my innocence and I can categorically state I am clean of all the things that I have been accused of.”

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Beauty pageant an opportunity to give back to community

The Miss Samoa Pageant for 2017 received more assistance yesterday courtesy of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.). The company presented $10,000 worth of help to Samoa Events Incorporated (S.I.E.), $5,000 in-kind and $5,000 cash, to help out with preparations for the Miss Samoa Pageant on 9 September at Tuutuuileloloto Hall.

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BIG ROLE ON SMALL SHOULDERS: Taira Lam Sam of Leulumoega.

Young man on a mission

At 17 years old, Taira Lam Sam, of Leulumoega, is a young man with lots of responsibilities on his shoulder. None more important than the job of looking after his parents.

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WE NEED BETTER ROADS: To’alepai Apineru of Saoluafata.

Better roads will complete our village

Our village deserves better roads. That’s the opinion of To’alepai Apineru of Saoluafata.

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LIFE IS ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT: Afetualaina Maligi, 55, of Falevao.

Positive mother happy with her lot

Nothing is easy in life. But if we stay positive and try our best, we can easily overcome any challenge.

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Think a Minute

Know your enemy

Think a minute…In a war rule number one is you must know who you’re fighting. Otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of time and energy fighting the wrong enemy. Our life’s daily struggles are like a battle.


Raising the standards of the Police service

Ou te mua’i fa’atalofa atu i le Paia ma le Mamalu ua tatou mafuta i lenei aso. Malo le Soifua Maua ma le Lagi e Mama.

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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