Health & Well Being

The importance of Breast Cancer checks - Samoa campaign

Well known former Miss South Pacific, Mary Jane Mckibben-Schwenke returned to the motherland earlier this month with some of the children & youth from her cultural arts school 'Matavai'.  They were there to help kick off an awareness campaign around the importance of Breast Cancer checks in Samoa.

Dedicated to Manamea Schwalger who passed away earlier this year from the disease, Mary Jane has vowed to continue her campaigning for better breast cancer awareness and help for women with the disease in Samoa.

"I promised Manamea that I would help continue her legacy of spreading awareness about breast cancer and cancer itself. Currently there is no registry for cancer in Samoa however last year alone 140 or so people in samoa were diagnosed with this disease. Manamea believed that in order to fight cancer in our islands it takes the collective efforts of many, from government to private sectors to villages and Samoan people everywhere.

Prevention is better than cure, when there are more spreading the message of being vigilant with health checks etc them more lives could be saved.…more

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Weight Loss Warriors - Ben Tangatakino & Nancy Kora

Cook Islanders Ben Tangatakino & Nancy Kora share their weight loss journeys with us and the turning points for them in terms of realising they were overweight and needing to do something about it.

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Coconut oil is, as everyone surely knows by now, an extremely healthy oil to add to your diet, but did you know that this inexpensive oil can also do wonders for your skin – whatever your skin type?

Pacific Islanders have used coconut oil for years, but now the mainstream is catching on.  

Check out our Top 5 skin care benefits picks of using Coconut oil from our friends at 'Balance Me Beautiful' and you can check out their full list here


Coconut Oil Softens & Moisturizes Dry Skin

Finding an effective moisturizer when you have dry skin can be difficult. Many products hydrate the skin upon application, but after a few hours, skin reverts back to its dry and uncomfortable state once more.

The saturated fats in coconut oil are able to penetrate skin on a much deeper level than other moisturizers you may be using, and because of this ability, they provide lasting hydration beyond the surface layer.

With regular use, coconut oil will banish dry, flakey skin, and leave your skin healthy and smooth.


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NRL & Mate Ma'a Tonga star Andrew Fifita shares the moment he tried to take his own life

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year alone in New Zealand, the suicide rates are at a record high of 668 over the last year which means that every 13 hours someone in NZ takes their own life.

NRL & Mate Ma'a Tonga star Andrew Fifita shares the moment he tried to take his own life and his journey with Mental Health and depression.  His story is a reminder that Mental Health is an issue for everyone.  As friends and family we too need to be brave enough to ask the simple question:  Are you OK?  

A few years ago 'The Footy Show' gave an exclusive insight into one of the biggest issues facing Rugby League and society today – Depression.  Preston Campbell and Reni Maitua share their battles with depression and Shanice Alaiasa shares the pain of being the one left behind after her partner Mosese Fotuaika took his life.…more

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LAPI MARINER - A Healthy Lifestyle

Far beyond the physical benefits that a healthy lifestyle can bring, Lapi Mariner shares the importance of his health realities through his new lifestyle and current weight loss journey.

Popularly known as a prominent singer within the Pacific, the Father of 2 began his journey a year ago after an uncomfortable experience he had after one of his many performances.

“I was overseas in the US singing and noticed I was out of breath and had only just sung the first verse. So I got home and made a decision to make a lifestyle change.”

When returning to New Zealand, it was time to put it all to action. A year ago, Lapi got on board with former Heavyweight Professional Boxer, David Letele AKA The Brown Butter Bean, to help kick start his healthy lifestyle regime. This meant attending BBM WARD (Butter Bean Motivation) Boot Camp Classes 4-5 times a week, sticking to a healthy meal plan and drinking at least 4 litres of water a day. 

Like many would experience, it wasn’t an easy start.…more

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Fresh out da Box - Keyhole Gardening

Meet the Tokelauan eco-warrior in Samoa - Saia Mikaele Maiava - who shares a unique way of gardening with us.

Keyhole Gardening was founded in Africa and used for crops and plants in areas where they could't get enough water.  Saia trialled it in Tokelau after being told it was hard to grow crops there due to the sea water content in the soil.

Check out how he does it in the video above.

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Mai Body Mai Future - Ft Ma'a Nonu

The Pacific Rugby Players website has new content encouraging steps to better health - Mai Body Mai Future.

It's an initiative that aims to start a dialogue around the biggest health problems facing most of the island nations today – heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer, (Being overweight or obese increases the chances of having these diseases) and then providing practical advice from some of the rugby players themselves and access to the best resources to help you on your journey towards better health.…more

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Pacific Touch NYC

Nestled in the towering city of Manhattan lies a Polynesian paradise. Founder Nichola Weir brings the islands to New York with Pacific Touch NYC; an acclaimed day spa dedicated to holistic skin healing.

While in New York I was fortunate enough to visit Pacific Touch and receive an incredible skin treatment from Nichola who also shared her experiences and knowledge with me.

“Pacific Touch is about bringing the islands back to Manhattan. It’s about conveying everything that is comforting to me about being Polynesian into a service over here.” - Weir. 

Having previously suffered from bad acne for 15 years, as well as her mum working in beauty therapy, Nichola has always been passionate about skin and healing. Her holistic approach with Pacific Touch has been a life changing experience for many of her clients.

“I have a client who was in a really bad accident and she nearly died. She had a huge amount of facial reconstruction and she came to me for a really long time and we did massage and facial work.…more

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Taija Kerr is the first Afro-Hawaiian woman to star in a major beauty campaign EVER and she shows us how to create a sunset smoky eye look! Follow along to hear her tips and tricks.

Following in the footsteps of Fenty Beauty's extensive foundation shade range, Glossier's candid naked body product pictures and Illamasqua's work with transgender model Munroe Bergdorf, among others, Sephora's inclusion of the New York-based make-up artist is another win for 2017's long overdue diversity efforts.

Speaking on the importance of being involved, Kerr said:

'Most [Hawaiians] don't have curly 'Afro' curly hair and I have the softer Hawaiian features. My father is Hawaiian. My mother is black, so I'm considered Afro-Hawaiian to put them together'

And people are into it.

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By Hanalei Temese

Approximately 38.5 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer of any site at some point during their lifetime.

For Elisapeta and Shannon Skews, it was a double hit.

Born and bred in Samoa, Elisapeta (commonly known as Mousie) and her husband Robert, live in the tropical paradise of Rarotonga; their home of 27 years. With 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, the fight to jump this hurdle, is a fight she is determined to win.

 “They’re why I want to live forever” Mousie says proudly.

With a natural drive to be active and involved with her community, Mousie was just that. She represented the Cook Island’s in squash, became manager of the team as she retired from playing and joined forces with her husband in 1990 as entrepreneurs of their very own tourism company, Turama - Pacific travel group.

“Everything was fine.…more