Family and tourism brings couple to Samoa

Family brought Murray and Lenore Richard to Samoa.

The New Zealand couple is here to visit their daughter who married a Samoan, and most especially their grandson.

This is the Richards second time in Samoa, their first visit was for the historical All Blacks vs Manu Samoa test match held at the Apia Park a few years ago.

This time, the reason is more personal, to see their little grandson, Afa.

Apart from family reasons, Mr. and Mrs. Richard have also used the opportunity to check out some of the tourism spots in Samoa.

During their time, they have made many Samoan friends they had met through their Samoan son-in-law’s family. 

They told this newspaper of how lovely and friendly Samoan people are.

The bad weather has disrupted their plans to visit Savai’i.

“We are now deciding to visit some other more beautiful sites here in Upolu before my parents leave for New Zealand again,” Mel Fesili, their daughter said.

“Although we were so looking forward to seeing some more blow holes but we’ll just tour around here in Upolu island.”

As for things Samoa can do to improve the Samoan experience, Mrs. Richard suggested that the relevant authorities consider adding more tourism activities.

 “I don’t mean to be intruding or whatever but maybe just a little bit more of activities to do throughout the day to make use of our time.”

The couple definitely plan to return – and with their grandson being in Samoa, it might be a lot sooner than later.

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