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Pictorial Parade No. 120 - Samoan Family

Short Film (Full Length) – 1961

Today, as in the past, life in Samoa is based on the home and family. Samoans still grow up with a healthy respect for the traditional way of living and a lively awareness of their rich heritage of custom and ceremony.
– Narrator
On May 9th 1961, the Samoan and New Zealand governments arranged a plebiscite at the request of the United Nations, to decide whether our country would become independent in January 1962, or remain a United Nations Trust territory ... by a 6 to 1 majority we declared for the independence of Western Samoa.
– Narrator
So, a new life begins for Karaponi and Bill McGrath at a time when Samoa and New Zealand enter upon a new relationship.
– Narrator, referring to Western Samoa's impending independence from New Zealand