The official presentation of the new Maota Fono Clock gifted by the Tasmanian Parliament of Australia to the Parliament of Samoa in commemoration of the opening of the new Maota Fono was held on Wednesday 21st of August 2019 at the Maota Fono Mulinuu.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honorable Sue Hickey MP and President of the Legislative Council and Honorable Craig Farrell made official remarks before the handing over of the clock to the Samoa Parliament.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Sue Hickey remarked that the gift and the delegation visit will continue to nurture the relationship between the two parliaments and that the relationship will continue to grow and be as strong and long lasting as the precious natural timber that the clock is made of.
The clock is made of Huon pine, a timber that is native to the home state of Tasmania and is one of Australia’s oldest living species. The timber is well known for its rich golden color and strength, making it one of the most desirable furniture timbers. It is also used in boat building which has been a significant industry in Tasmania. One of the unique features of the wood is its natural perfume.
The Honorable Prime Minister, Susuga Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, in his keynote address re-iterated the significance of the clock as a monumental reminder of the twinning relations between the two respective Parliaments and that time is a limited resource, and therefore a luxury that must be used wisely to serve with integrity and humility and concluded by conveying on behalf of the Speaker and Members of the Parliament of Samoa and its people, their heartfelt gratitude to the Parliament of Tasmania for the genuine gesture and continuous support to the Parliament of Samoa.