Samoa and New Zealand further strengthened their relationship on Wednesday night during a gathering at Letava.
Among the projects announced by the visiting New Zealand Civil Defence Minister, Nikki Kaye, she presented a key building standards document to the Associate Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Seiuli Ueligitone Seiuli.
The document, which cost the New Zealand government, NZ$16,000 (T$27,000), will help Samoa with the revision of its Building Code and regulations.
“New Zealand is pleased to be able to assist in this worthwhile project which should facilitate the construction of safer, stronger and more climate adaptable infrastructure and buildings,” said Ms. Kaye.
Associate Minister Seiuli thanked the New Zealand government for their kind support.
“Your gracious visit and the assistance today and many others, reaffirm the true strength of the New Zealand Samoa relations,” he said. “To have such a strong, productive relationship is a great source of reassurance.”
“I believe this relationship will continue because of the strong leadership as you showed today, for better opportunities not only at the political level but also at Ministry and operational level.”
The gathering was also attended by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi who added his vote of thanks.
“I convey my own gratitude to your government as they are one of our friends who are always here when Samoa is affected by a natural disaster,” Tuilaepa said.
Ms. Kaye’s three-day visit reaffirms New Zealand and Samoa’s relationship in terms of disaster risk management. Having been to some of the villages affected by natural disasters in the past, including the tsunami of 2009, she said she is impressed.
“I believe what I would take back from this visit and why I have huge respect for the beauty of this country is the people that I have met, their character and their strength in terms of getting back up,” she said.
“The relationship runs deep, I just want to say whatever your involvement is in terms of supporting this incredible country.
“I have learnt so much today for what you are doing and it is very innovative, and it’s a hugely humbling visit and I’m absolutely privileged to be here.