On Tuesday 12th September 2017, an official ceremony was held at the Maota Fono construction site at Tiafau, Mulinuu to celebrate the installation of the roof frame for the new Maota Fono.
Reverend Iamafana Faauuga began the ceremony with an opening prayer followed by the keynote address by the Honorable Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Australia for its contribution and commitment to the project. I am confident that with the Australian Government behind this project, the new Maota Fono will be of high quality,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Nafoitoa Talaimanu Keti presented the bouquet to Francis Craig of Craig Construction to place at the ridge of the Maota Fono roof. In accordance with Samoan building traditions, this marks the achievement of a significant construction milestone.
The ceremony was well attended by Cabinet Ministers, Her Excellency the Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, senior government officials, Manteena Security Limited who are the design consultants for the Maota Fono and Craig Construction Limited.
The design and construction of the new Maota Fono incorporates traditional Samoan architecture and state of the art building technology. The project is a partnership between the Government of Australia and the Government of Samoa. The new Maota Fono is expected to be completed by mid-2018.