22 June 2021 Apia Samoa. Australia’s incoming High Commissioner to Samoa, Her Excellency Ms Emily Luck pesented her credentials to the Head of State of Samoa, Afioga i le Ao o le Malo, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II earlier today.
Her Excellency replaces outgoing High Commissioner Her Excellency Sara Moriarty who ended her three year tenure last Friday 18 June 2021.
A DFAT career officer, Her Excellency was most recently Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson.
HE Ms Luck has served on two diplomatic postings, as First Secretary of the Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea and as Second Secretary at the Australian High Commission, Trinidad and Tobago.
She has previously worked as an educator, including in Vanuatu. Ms Luck holds Bachelors of Communications and Education from the University of Canberra and a Graduate Certificate on Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney.
In announcing the new appointment last month, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Marise Payne acknowledged that this year marks the significant milestone of 50 years of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and Samoa.
“Australia and Samoa share a strong and enduring partnership underpinned by people-to-people links and spanning security, economic, social, sport and cultural spheres.”
Australia’s development partnership with Samoa estimated at $37.2 million (2020-2021) is helping with Samoa’s response to COVID-19, strengthening health systems, protecting vulnerable communities and supporting economic recovery.