Following three days of Sitting, the Speaker, Hon. Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt suspended Parliament proceedings to allow for the Ceremony to commemorate the final Sitting of the XVth Parliament at the Maota Fono, Tiafau on 14th August 2015.
The ceremony was attended by His Highness the Head of State, Member of the Council of Deputies, Chief Justice, Members of the Clergy, Diplomatic Corp and invited guests. Apostle Viliamu Mafoe officiated the ceremony to farewell the old Maota Fono after 43 years of service to the Parliament of Samoa.
The Prime Minisiter, Hon. Tuilaepa Fatialofa Auelua Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi in his keynote acknowledged the presence of the Head of State and all invited guests.
The old Parliament building was officially opened in 1972, a gift from the Government of New Zealand. The new proposed Parliament House is a gift from the Government of Australia to mark 50 years of Samoa’s Independence. The construction of the new House will be funded by the Government of Australia with the assistance of the Government of Samoa. Demolition for the old Maota Fono commenced on Monday, 17th August 2015 and constructions work for the new building will begin in November 2015.
Parliament together with the Office of the Legislative Assembly will relocate to the Tuanaimato complex whilst new Parliament House is under construction.
Following the ceremony, the Prime Minister invited the guests for the official breakfast held in front of the Parliament House.