Tofa Soifua, Prime Minister Ardern!

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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With a copy of the Samoa Observer at hand, Ms. Ardern, her partner Clarke Gayford and their delegation boarded the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane for Niue.

With a copy of the Samoa Observer at hand, Ms. Ardern, her partner Clarke Gayford and their delegation boarded the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane for Niue. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s one and a half-day trip to Samoa came to an end this morning when she left the country.

With a copy of the Samoa Observer at hand, Ms. Ardern, her partner Clarke Gayford and their delegation boarded the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane for Niue.

Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa was at the Faleolo International Airport to see them off.

The NZ Prime Minister arrived on Sunday for her first official visit to Samoa since she took over from Leuluaiali’i-o-tumua Bill English as New Zealand’s leader.

Monday was a busy day for Ms. Ardern, starting with the inspection of a Guard of Honour early morning and ending with a reception held at the New Zealand High Commission compound at Letava last night.

Prime Minister Ardern. Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer
Prime Minister Ardern. Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer
Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer
Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer

In between, Prime Minister Ardern announced assistance of more than $17million tala during the visit. 

She met with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and she also took the time to visit a number of projects, climate change related.

She addressed a climate change luncheon and also spoke to students at the N.U.S and during an event organised by Marist St. Joseph’s Sports Club at Lotopa.

The departure was a low-key affair, just as when they arrived.

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