Samoan Independence Celebrations

Faafoi visits village three years after hurricane devastation

By John Tristram (Producer of Samoa’s official independence film)

Mana MP Kris Faafoi has been officially welcomed to the Samoan village of Poutasi, which was devastated by a tsunami three years ago.

An Ava (kava) ceremony was held to welcome the New Zealand Prime Minister, as well as Kris Faafoi and other dignitaries who accompanied him from NZ as part of the VIP party.

The Samoan woman’s headgear is called a Tuinga – traditional garb of the village taupo  who mixes the kava for offiical ceremonies.  She is the symbol of status and womanhood, representing chiefs and the village.

Soon after Poutasi was devastated by the Tsunami, Mr Key visited and was accorded a high title by the village in recognition of New Zealand’s help in rebuilding Poutase.

During the latest visit to mark 50 years of Samoan independence, a new village hall was dedicated and opened by Mr Key.

It was funded  by donations and help from New Zealanders.