11 December 2023 Aukilani, Aotearoa. The Prime Ministers of Samoa and New Zealand met in Auckland today.
The Samoa Government press secretariat posted a photo of Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa with Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, looking relaxed in conversation.
“Fa’afetai to Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa of Samoa for our talanoa today,” stated the New Zealand Prime Minister.
“It was wonderful to reconnect in Auckland, discuss our shared Pacific priorities, and reconfirm Nee Zealand’s support for Samoa’s hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Samoa next year.
The 2024 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, also known as CHOGM 2024, will be the 27th Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. The meeting is scheduled to be held in Samoa beginning on 21 October 2024.
The theme for the meeting is “One Resilient Common Future: Transforming our Common Wealth”. There will also be a focus on climate change, in particular its impact on small states and island states.
The meeting will be the first full Commonwealth summit held since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022 and the first presided over by King Charles III as Head of the Commonwealth.
Last week Prime Minister Fiame was hosted by King Charles in London.
Samoa’s hosting will be the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in a Pacific Small Island Developing State.
New Zealand, Australia, the UK and other development partners have committed to supporting Samoa to ensure the successful hosting of CHOGM 2024.