Father supports Miss Pacific's work
The father of reigning Miss Samoa and Pacific Islands has thrown his support behind his daughter as she begins work as part of the pageant.
Rev. Lemmy Seumanu, who is normally based in American Samoa, said his family lives in Aotearoa in New Zealand so it was only fair that he moved over to support his daughter Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu.
“I am a minister in American Samoa, however, I took a time out just to be able to support my daughter in her journey,” he said.
Revealing that he initially did not agree with her joining the Miss Samoa New Zealand competition, he said she persisted and won so it is important he supports her.
“I never approved of her participating in the pageant back in New Zealand but she still pushed through.”
Rev. Seumanu said his relationship with his daughter is very strong, consequently his decision to move to Samoa to support her for the duration of her term.
“Fonoifafo and I are very close, I am here to support her since she is far away from our family in Aotearoa,” he added.
Miss Samoa told the Samoa Observer that she appreciates the support of her parents as she works through her tasks as the reigning queen.
“My parents have been supporting me ever since I became the Miss Samoa New Zealand, then Miss Samoa and also becoming the Miss Pacific Islands,” she added.
Her mother is with her other siblings in New Zealand but she believes her mother has always been there for her just as much as her father.
She said having her father in Samoa with her is a blessing for her and her father also feels the same way.
Rev. Seumanu said it is his belief that his presence confirms his support and he thanked everyone for their support, which enabled his daughter to be crowned Miss Samoa New Zealand, Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands.
He added that it is his hope that Fonoifafo will do her job well and assist everyone who needed her assistance.