The Speaker of the Samoan Legislative Assembly, Hon Leaupepe Taimaaiono Toleafoa Faafisi, is visiting New Zealand as a Guest of the New Zealand Parliament next week.
New Zealand’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter, is delighted to host his counterpart. “This visit by the Samoan Speaker is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the warm relationship between New Zealand and Samoa. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the 1962 Treaty of Friendship, signed after Samoa became independent after a period of New Zealand Trusteeship. This high-level visit comes at an opportune time to discuss our common interests in the Pacific region and beyond.”
Samoa is the only nation with which New Zealand enjoys a Treaty of Friendship. The treaty emphasises the closeness of the relationship and recognises “friendship, confidence, and a mutual endeavour to obtain for their peoples fuller opportunities for social progress”.
New Zealand and Samoa share people-to-people links; there is a vibrant community over 144,000 Samoans resident in New Zealand and this comprises 49 percent of New Zealand’s Pacific peoples’ population. We have strong trade, economic, sporting, cultuHTTP/1.0 403 Forbidden
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