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Screenshot from 1 News Now video of girls at Elei
Otara, NEW ZEALAND — Fridays after school is a time most kids will be celebrating the oncoming weekend, but for a group of girls in Otara, the learning doesn’t stop. Elei Dance was founded by Lorna Fa’alafi and is based in South and West Auckland. The group was set up to help young girls take...
Mother holding baby as doctor touches its head
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll in Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 48, with another four people dying this weekend. Most of the dead are children under four years old, and the number of infections in that age group is still on the rise. More than 1700 children less than four years old are...
Miss Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu shortly after being crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2019.
Port Moresby, PNG — Miss Samoa Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu has been crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2019 at the pageant finale in Papua New Guinea Saturday night.   Ms McFarland-Seumanu also won the major categories of Best Traditional Wear and Best Interview at the regional event.   Samoa had not...
Nuu and Baby Mina
Apia, SAMOA — “I can’t sleep at night. Everytime I close my eyes I see her little face and I start to cry. I miss her so much and when I remember our 1 week and 2 days of pain in the hospital, watching her lying hopeless on the bed, fighting for her life I cry myself to sleep”. Nuu Faailo Lameko is...
Fritz Alai'asa's clinic in Vaivase-Ta
Apia, SAMOA — A controversial 'healer' in Samoa - who attacked a Checkpoint crew who tried to talk to him this week - has been shut down by authorities as the measles crisis escalates. Forty-four people are now dead, with the health authorities urging the country's parents to immunize their...
Measles posters on display in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll from the measles epidemic in Samoa has climbed to 44. Five more deaths, including two of babies less than a year old, have been recorded in the past 24 hours. The Samoan government says a further 208 cases have been reported in the past day bringing the total number of...
Schuster with her lawyer Treena Atoa
Apia, SAMOA — A mother of four in Samoa has been given until January to arrange care for her children before being sentenced for drug offences. Christina Schuster, 42, was found guilty yesterday of possession of marijuana for the purpose of sale. Her husband, who pleaded guilty to the same charges...
Samoa's Ministry of Health Headquarters
Apia, SAMOA — There have been three more measles-related deaths in Samoa, taking the toll to 42 since the outbreak began in October. The government said there had also been 3149 measles confirmed cases of the disease, more than 200 of those in the last 24 hours. Nearly 200 people are currently...
Miss American Samoa, Epifania Petelo
Port Moresby, PNG — The crowning of Miss Pacific Islands will be held at the Stanley Hotel and Suites in Port Moresby Saturday evening (PNG time). Prime Minister James Marape and other dignitaries from the region will attend the event. Current Miss Pacific Leoshina hosted the contestants in Port...
Annie Grace playing her guitar.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Award-winning Samoan New Zealand entertainer Annie Grace, who performs tonight in Auckland, says she has turned her struggles into songs. The Samoan singer and songwriter is one of several female artists performing at the launch of the Pacific Divas National Identity Tour in...

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