Calls for calm as tensions rise among Tongan and Samoan rugby league fans

Police have confirmed they have received calls regarding "celebrations'' in parts of Auckland, particularly in Otahuhu, where vehicles decked out in national flags have been lining the streets and beeping horns continuously.

Groups of supporters have also turned out in force on a daily basis.

After Mate Ma'a Tonga's thrilling win against Scotland on Sunday, legions of fans and supporters turned out to the streets of Otahuhu to celebrate.

Samoans encouraged to lift taboos

Samoa has had a number of incidents this year involving babies abandoned at birth or mothers committing infanticide.

The director of the Seventh Day Adventist Development and Relief Agency Su'a Julia Wallwork said with the rise in sexual violence and abuse within communities, more support was needed.

"Sometimes it's the social pressures that makes these young girls do these things," said Su'a Wallwork.