PM revisits tsunami-hit village

VERNON SMALL IN SAMOA
Last updated 23:01 02/06/2014

Relevant offers

Politics

Michael Woodhouse promises 'guidance' on health and safety law Murray McCully the man in the middle on MH17 Security Council vote Ministers' travel and accommodation expenses creep up MSD officials 'unlikely' to have seen babies as 'lab rats' - ethics professor Dairy deal 'disastrous' as TPP talks near end Government trains more high-level nurses as hospitals buckle under winter strain TPP deal inadequate for NZ dairy NZ anthem change would need referendum: PM John Key Labour backflips on benefit sanctions for those not enrolled to vote IRD monitoring 20 for possible arrest in student loan repayment crackdown

Prime Minister John Key wraps up the first leg of his three-nation Pacific mission in Samoa tomorrow with a visit to tsunami-hit Poutasi village where he was made a matai or high chief.

Key first visited the village on the south-east coast of Upolu island in 2009 just before it suffered extensive damage in the October 2009 tsunami.

He returned a few months later and was awarded the chiefly title of ali'i.

He is now known in the village as To'osavili Sione Key which translates as "protect from the winds".

The village was hit again by the 2012 cyclone.

Key said it would be an emotional return and he was looking forward to going back to what is "a magical part of the world".

He will place flowers on the tsunami memorial and receive a briefing on disaster preparedness.

He and his 40-strong delegation then leave for a two-day visit to Tonga, before going on to Niue on Thursday and flying back to Auckland.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content