Deputy Prime Minister Hon Carmel Sepuloni represented Aotearoa New Zealand at Samoa’s 61st Anniversary of Independence commemorations last week and hosted a reception to mark the closing of the 60th Anniversary of Independence.
Sepuloni called on the Head of State of Samoa Afioga Tuimalealiʻifano Vaʻaletoʻa Eti Sualauvi II and his Good Lady Masiofo Faamausili Leinafo Tuimalealiʻifano. They discussed the close bonds between Aotearoa New Zealand and Samoa
Sepuloni met with Prime Minister Afioga Fiame Naomi Mataafa on the eve of closing 60 years of independence — and as we begin to celebrate and acknowledge the 61st anniversary. A warm meeting where the leaders underlined the strength of the relationship between our two countries
The visit also included a visit to The The National University of Samoa to hear about Aotearoa New Zealand’s investment into the Vaimoa Prison project, the collaboration with Creative New Zealand, and the new Bachelor of Health Sciences programme.