Jobs are scarce but Iosefa is happy he can provide for his family.

Being together with family the only thing that matters

The sun is high and at its hottest as young 18-year-old Iosefo makes the long walk back home to his family home in Taga Savaii. He takes a few minutes rest under the shade of the tree to talk with the Village Voice about his day.

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WATER STRUGGLES: Tupu Ioasa from Leulumoega.

Everything is good but we need water

Access to water continues to be an issue for several people in Samoa. Tupu Ioasa of Leulumoega knows this.

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NEED HELP WITH WATER: Utu Fa’aifo from Faleasi’u-uta.

Mother could do with water tank

Utu Fa’aifo, of Faleasi’u-uta, could do with some help. Speaking to the Village Voice team yesterday, the 49-year-old said a water tank would make a huge difference for her family.

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Ferina Tofā is passionate about fōfō and plans to one day have a business license.

Why the fōfō is so useful to the wellbeing of our people

Although jobs are practically non-existent in Auala and you would be lucky to have even just one member of your family working, Ferina Tofa is still smiling and optimistic about her future. 

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                             STOP THE POPS: S.P.R.E.P Planning and Capacity Adviser, Jope Davetanivalu, with Taefu Lemi, Associate Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Associate Minister drives clean air, land and sea campaign

Clean air, land and sea for healthy people is the focus of the new “Stop the POPs” Pacific campaign led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P), revealed this week at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forum on the Environment in Bangkok.

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Rotary District Governor Malini Raghwan cuts the ribbon to officially open the playground.

Rotary brings smiles as Moata’a Community Playground opens

Rotary President, Louise Main, and representatives from the Rotary Club of Apia gathered with members from the Moata’a Village’s Women’s Committee and Moata’a Village Matai to officially open the recently completed Moata’a Community Playground.

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The programme focuses on the children. The message is, as kids we must start saying No to Obesity and we must start now.

Students urged to ‘say no to obesity’

“You at your age now must start making healthy choices.” That is the message being promoted by Nobesity Samoa to the young people of the nation as they push for a healthier Samoa. The B.S.L Nobesity Samoa team is no stranger to Samoa.

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NOUMEA CONVENTION: S.P.R.E.P Director General, Leota Kosi Latu, outgoing Chair of the Noumea Convention, Mike Walsh, and newly elected Chair, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

Samoa’s Environment Chief is new Chairman of Noumea Convention

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, is the new Chairman of the Noumea Convention.

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GOING TO WORK: Josef Tuunasoli Pisi is back in Samoa as part of his studies.

Samoan scholar pursues Masters in Japan

A Samoan is among four successful applicants of a programme designed to address development challenges in the Pacific Island Countries with the help of Japan.

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UNDERWAY: The preparation of  the Tui Samoa Cable site in Vaivase.

Health warning alert about Tui Cable site

A resident of Vaivase-tai has sounded a health warning over the location of the Tui Samoa Cable in the area. Sagauga To’omalatai Uta’ileuo contacted the Samoa Observer to express his concerns.

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The Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration immediately launched an internal investigation to find out how the gun disappeared.

Missing gun evidence in hearing of suspended Police officer

A gun submitted before Court as an exhibit, which has disappeared, is part of evidence in the hearing of a criminal charge against a suspended Police Officer facing firearm charges. 

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S.P.R.E.P. Leota Kosi Latu, High Commissioner David Nicholson, Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo, Minister Afamasaga Rico Tupai and Japan's Ambassador Shinya Aoki.

Special significance for S.P.R.E.P’s 28th Meeting of Officials

The 28th Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P) Meeting of Officials is underway in Apia with special significance. Opened last night, the Acting Prime Minister, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, welcomed the members of the governing council of S.P.R.E.P who are here to discuss strategic issues and to approve the 2018-19 work plan for the organisation.

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Minister defends role for wife of Associate Minister

The Minister of Prisons, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, has downplayed concerns about a conflict of interest in having the wife of his Associate Minister, So’oalo Mene, as an Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Prisons and Correction Services (M.P.C.S.).

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Former Minister appears in Court

Former Cabinet Minister, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, appeared in the District Court yesterday in relation to a criminal charge against him. La’aulialemalietoa was joined by other officials of the nonu company including his wife, Heather, and business associates, Apulu Lance Polu and Tuitui Aiolupo.

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Starkist Samoa Co. tuna cannery in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

StarKist to pay $6.3M in American Samoa wastewater case

The world's largest supplier of canned tuna has agreed to pay a $6.3 million penalty for wastewater violations in American Samoa, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday. StarKist Co., based in Pittsburgh and owned by South Korea's Dongwon Industries, will also take steps to reduce environmental harm to the U.S. territory, where it is the largest private employer.

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HELP NEEDED: Talamatavao Motu from Moamoa, Faleasiu.

Water matters to all

Nobody really expects to live in a world where there’s no water but Talamatavao Motu from Moamoa Faleasiu is one of those people who does.

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SAVE THE YOUTH: Fesola’i To’alua from Sapulu Faleasi’u.

Concerned for youth of today

With the behaviour of the youth today; we can only pray that our country won’t fail with them in the future.

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PERCENTAGES: Apisaloma Siliato, 32 of Gagaifo Lefaga.

Enjoy life, be happy

Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it says Apisaloma Siliato, a 32 year old from Gagaifo Lefaga.

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THANKFUL MOTHER: Taliilagi Meki.

Grateful mother of six offered a job

”As a mother, you know your family needs you and they need you not just to provide but also to nurture them,” said 44-year old Meki of Fasito’o uta. 

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2017 National Short Story Competition results flood in

Over 650 entries came in on 8 September from Upolu and Savaii schools for the student’s national short story competition for 2017.

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Think a Minute

Let go

Think a minute…When 2 wolves fight over a place and territory, they end their fight in a very unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he can’t win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking out his neck to the teeth of the other wolf.


The truth behind the ‘Bio-Bag’.

It’s no secret that plastic is bad for the environment and unfortunately for us, we consume far more than we should. From plastic food wrappers to plastic buckets, it can be safe to say that plastic plays a big part of our everyday lives.

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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