Pōhiva attends Samoa's 53rd Independence Celebration

The Hon Prime Minister of Tonga, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva was in Samoa attending the nation’s 53 Independent Day.

The two-day programs which ran from May 31 – June 1 was held at the traditional malae of Tiafau beginning with religious services and raising of the flag this morning. It followed by the official address by his highness the head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and traditional entertainment in the afternoon.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s office said: “While in Samoa, the Hon. Prime Minister will also meet the Tongan community in Samoa, including the Tongan students at Alafua Agricultural School, USP Campus. He will also have an official meeting with the Hon. Prime Minister of Samoa, which will include presentation of gifts”.

Western Samoa became independent of New Zealand in January 1, 1962 . Independence Day, however, is celebrated in June 1.

Hon. Pohiva was accompanied by MAFFF Minister Hon Semisi Fakahau, Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Dr. Palenitina Langa’oi and Nunia Mone, the MAFFF Deputy Secretary.

The Hon. Pohiva and his entourage would return to the kingdom on Wednesday 3, June 2015.

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